Treasure Quest: Discovery Lies Between the Covers


I live near Bedford, Virginia, the reported location of buried treasure that is, as of a 2010 estimate, worth $65 million USD. I’m talking gold, silver, and jewels, rumored to have been buried by Thomas Jefferson Beale in a secret location somewhere in Bedford County in 1820. Mr. Beale allegedly left a box in the care of a local innkeeper. The box was said to have contained three ciphertexts – containing a list of names of the owners of the treasure, the contents of the treasure, and the whereabouts. Some say it was a hoax, some say the treasure has already been found. Either way, it’s fun to look into the golden hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains around Bedford, Virginia and dream about $65 million in gold, silver, and jewels. More information, including the text of the ciphers, can be found here.

In the meantime, we’re on a treasure hunt of our own. Take a look at the six pictures below and tell me which of the six have hidden treasures, and what the treasure is, for a chance to win my grand prize of Elusive Echoes plus your pick of any five of the following:

1. Kim (Wayward Soul)

2. Jean (Sunny Days, Moonlit Nights)

3. Bri Clark (Cafe Seduzione)

4. Stephanie Taylor (Lucky For Her)

5. Stephanie Taylor (The Picture)

6.  Kay Springsteen (Heartsight)

7. Lisa Kumar (Through the Rabbit Hole)

8. Stephanie Smith (Lizzie and the Rebel)

9. Monique O’Connor James (The Keepers)

10. J. Gunnar Grey (Deal with the Devil, part one)

11. Felicia Rogers (The Perfect Rose)

12. Kristine Cheney (Spartan Heart, part one)

13.  Meg Mims (Double Crossing) – Tentative release date August 2011

All who comment have a chance to win in this drawing. Good luck!


Amazon, Astraea Press, Barnes & Noble   SALE!! Get Heartsight and Lifeline Echoes (P/PG reads) for $1.99.

Treasure to be found in the sky, from Lifeline Echoes:

She leaned into the kiss, enjoying the feel of his muscular arms beneath her hands. She hated having to let him go. “I wanted to watch the stars come out with you, Chicory,” he whispered.

She looked up. Even with the ambient light from town, the sky was overflowing with visible stars. “I love the stars. There are so many they almost. . .”

“. . . blend together.”

Electrical current raced along her spine. “Yes,” she whispered, wishing she could see his face.

Ryan turned Sandy so her back was to him and slid his arm around her waist while they enjoyed the view from her tiny balcony. “My mom used to tell us stories about the sky and the stars,” he murmured, his breath warm against her neck. “She said the night sky was one of God’s favorite old blankets, keeping everyone here on Earth safe and warm. And the blanket has these tiny pinholes worn in, like some comfortable blankets do. The lights we see are little glimpses of heaven on the other side of the blanket.”

“Ryan, that’s beautiful.”

“Next time, we’ll get it right.” He turned her back to face him, kissing her with slow, sweet longing. “I’ll see you tomorrow, Sandy.”

Next up: Morgan’s Musings

Go back to start:  Kristine Cheney



30 thoughts on “Treasure Quest: Discovery Lies Between the Covers

  1. Temprance says:

    What a great ideal:)
    1,2,4 and 6
    And its your books..
    Thank you for the great giveaway:):)

  2. jennyt82 says:

    Great post, I loved the film National Treasure and i loved learning about your own secret ciphers. Very cool =)
    As for the treasure I’m going to say:
    1 Heartsight
    2 Lifelong echoes
    4 Matrimonial mayhem
    6 elusive echoes

  3. Julie Witt says:

    What fun! And what beautiful pictures, too. I know I could have just copied the answers from above but where’s the fun in that? So these are my very own answers: (lol)

    1) Heartsight
    2) Lifeline Echoes
    4) Matrimonial Mayhem
    6) Elusive Echoes

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  4. Ellen Trieu says:

    Hi! Wow, this was sort of hard cause the pictures blend in with each other xD Here are the answers:

    1. Heartsight
    2. Lifelong Echoes
    4. Matrimonial Mayhem
    6. Elusive Echoes

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway! (:


  5. andie says:

    1, Heartsight
    2, Lifeline Echoes
    4, Matrimonial Mayhem
    6, Elusive Echoes

    Great Hunt! Thank you for the awesome giveaway! (:

  6. Diana says:

    1. Heartsight
    2. Lifelong echoes
    4. Matrimonial Mayhem
    6. Elusive Echoes

    Thanks for the giveaway and blog hop tour!!!
    artgiote at gmail dot com

  7. June M. says:

    Cute little hunt! The treasures are:

    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  8. Theresa says:

    What a cool treasure hunt!
    1.) Heartsight
    2.) Lifeline Echoes
    4.) Matrimonial Mayhem
    6.) Elusive Echoes

    Thanks so much for the great contest.

  9. Shadow says:

    How fun! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂 Very clever! Thanks for the fun!
    1.) Heartsight
    2.) Lifeline Echoes
    4.) Matrimonial Mayhem
    6.) Elusive Echoes

  10. Kay Springsteen says:

    Drum roll please! And the blog hop winners are …….

    Lisa Ann Richards
    Shadow Kohler
    Theresa from Just One More Paragraph

    Congrats ladies, and thank you to everyone for participating!

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