Lost at Sea Scavenger Hunt: Stop #8

Today, we’re going to do something just for fun! Welcome to the Lost at Sea Scavenger Hunt where we are helping the Kinsman people find a new home. If you’ve just found us, be sure to start the adventure at Stop #1, which is Jill Williamson’s blog.

Want to Win Prizes?

Want to win a Kindle? All you have to do is collect the clue words (see the bottom of the post) from all of the sites participating in the scavenger hunt. There will also be a second Kindle prize at the end, but to enter for that you’ll need to take a pop quiz, which will test your knowledge about all the fantasy settings featured in the hunt. So take your time and read each post carefully.

The main prizes in the hunt (and mine at the bottom of this post) are open to international entries. Individual author contests on the various sites, however, might have different rules, so please read the parameters on each site. You have until Sunday night, February 19, at midnight PST to finish.

If you need help, or get lost along the way, click here for assistance.

Good luck!

The Continuing Journey of Wilek and Trevn

Wilek and Trevn had never seen anything like the people with four arms in Denver. They left the area as soon as they could, making their way to the northeast. They caught sight of a strange craft in the sky. This was different from the noisy sky vehicles they’d seen in Redmond, PacNorth, and Denver. This one seemed to float. They followed it all the way to Stop #8, which is Schturming from K.M. Weiland’s dieselpunk adventure novel, Storming.

About Storming

Here’s a closer look at Storming:

In the high-flying, heady world of 1920s aviation, brash pilot Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock’s life does a barrel roll when a young woman in an old-fashioned ball gown falls from the clouds smack in front of his biplane. As fearless as she is peculiar, Jael immediately proves she’s game for just about anything, including wing-walking in his struggling airshow. In return for her help, she demands a ride back home . . . to the sky.

Hitch thinks she’s nuts—until he steers his plane into the midst of a bizarre storm and nearly crashes into a strange airship like none he’s ever run afoul of, an airship with the power to control the weather. Caught between a corrupt sheriff and dangerous new enemies from above, Hitch must take his last chance to gain forgiveness from his estranged family, deliver Jael safely home before she flies off with his freewheeling heart, and save his Nebraska hometown from storm-wielding sky pirates.

Cocky, funny, and full of heart, Storming is a jaunty historical/dieselpunk mash-up that combines rip-roaring steampunk adventure and small-town charm with the thrill of futuristic possibilities.

Wilek and Trevn liked this looks of this place much better than the last few stops! They decided to set up camp and explore a little more…

The Last Thing You’d Ever Think to Find in Nebraska…

Doesn’t get much more ordinary than the farm country of western Nebraska, does it? That’s what my barnstorming flyboy protagonist Hitch Hitchcock thought when he finally came back to his (and my!) hometown of Scottsbluff. He hightailed it out of there nearly ten years ago, running from a corrupt sheriff but mostly just running away—off into the wild blue yonder in the cockpit of a rattly Jenny biplane.

When Hitch comes back late in the summer of 1920, he thinks he knows exactly what to expect: some very angry family members, the same old boring small-town life, and one very big airshow competition that he should handily win. But, nope. Turns out, sleepy little Scottsbluff can beat just about anywhere when it comes to the unexpected.

Bodies start falling out of the clear blue sky, and one of them (who survives, obviously!) hornswaggles poor Hitch into helping her escape the “Groundsworld” and get back to her top-secret home in the sky, to which she refers in her very bad English only as “Schturming.”

What is Schturming? Ah well, that’s (kinda) a secret. But let’s just say that if you toss all the following into a leather pilot helmet, give it a good shake, and dump it out, what you get is Schturming:

  • A Victorian science experiment gone very awry for a very long time.
  • Antique cannons.
  • Ambitious sky pirates.
  • Weather machines.
  • A foreign language that sounds a lot like Russian.

To find out the truth, you can order Storming on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or right here on my site!

Your Clue for This Stop!

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The next stop on our map is Stop #9, the spaceship Lepeus Delta, which you’ll find on Kyle Pratt’s blog.

Win a Paperback Copy of Storming!

Before you move on, I am giving away a copy of Storming to one lucky winner. To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy the rest of the scavenger hunt!

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Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! What fictional setting would you most like to visit if you could? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. This thing is a great idea. A collaboration between creative minds to put a story together and generate interest in each others’ sites and works.

  2. I would love to visit a fantasy world…but I’m not sure which XP. Narnia perhaps. There’s just so many

  3. Hogwarts. You can’t go wrong with a magical school and all the other amazing things that go along with it.

  4. HonestScribe says

    This is such a cool scavenger hunt! What a great way to find out about new authors.

  5. HonestScribe says

    Do I have to pick just one fictional world? I guess it would have to be…Narnia. I mean, seriously, Aslan and talking animals!

  6. Ummm….I’m not sure. Somewhere interesting and different.

  7. I could never pick just one fantasy world, and Storming sound pretty cool!

  8. I would love to visit Middle earth, in particular Fangorn.

  9. One fictional setting… that’s a really hard choice. Probably Star Wars.

  10. Sparksofember says

    Narnia, for sure!

  11. This is a tough one! There are a lot I’d love to drop in and visit, but I’m going to try to avoid those already mentioned many times which I could definitely have chimed in! Recently I’ve enjoyed both Tortall from a number of Tamora Pierce books and would also enjoy visiting Oakwald Forest or Terrasen from Sarah J Maas’ Crown of Thorns series. Of course, when dealing with fantasy worlds having a little bit of choice as to the “when” and “where” of dropping by would help immensely with staying out of some protoganists’ ways!

  12. Haven’t done a blog hop in awhile…forgot how much fun they are.

  13. Oh my goodness, Storming looks so good, K.M.! I seriously need to check it out now!

    At the moment, I think I’d like to visit The Shire in Middle-Earth. Hobbits are wonderful creatures, and, best of all, it’s green and warm!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Thanks. That one has a special place in my heart for a lot of reasons, not least because it’s set here in my home town. 🙂

  14. I’m quite fond of Serena Chase’s world of E’veria, from her EYES OF E’VERIA series. Thrilling mix of fantasy and fairy tale! 🙂

  15. Oh boy, probably Middle Earth. I mean, eleven, dwarves, hobbits, men, wizards, ents, wargs, orcs. How can you go wrong?

  16. I’d love to visit Narnia.

  17. I don’t think I could choose. I love so many storyworlds. Though as much as I love medieval stories, I’d definitely pick some place with flushing toilets and running water 😉 The essentials of life, you know.

  18. I’d most like to visit my own fictional worlds, actually. If that’s allowed. XD

    • You already visited your own fictional world. xD I do know what you mean, though. (Though half the reason I would want to visit my own worlds is so I could bug my characters even more than I already do, haha.)

  19. Cheri Schueller says

    I’d love to visit Narnia or Middle Earth!

  20. Ilyon and Rizkaland. And my own worlds.

  21. Kate Johnston says

    This is a tough question! Most of my favorite books take place in controversial or dangerous places, so as long as I can be guaranteed protection during my visit, I’d have to say Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. 🙂

    Enjoying the blog hop! And Storming sounds super fun!!

  22. To visit: Cornelia Funke’s Inkworld or Mirrorworld to see all of the magical creatures. To live in: C. S. Lewis’s Narnia- a much safer, warmer and all-around pleasanter world to be in. Very fun question! 🙂

  23. Wow, tough call…there are so many great storyworlds! Not sure which I’d pick! I’d probably have to put all the names in a hat and blindly choose one!

  24. Hann Remraf says

    I’d LOVE to travel to the Second Reflection in Sara Ella’s ‘Unblemished’ 😀

  25. I would go to Oz. It seems like a wonderful place, and the bad guys are far from brilliant. I just need to keep water handy, not pick any apples and most of all, avoid

    The Hourglass of Doom! Ooooh!

  26. I would visit Diagon Alley or Hogwarts and try really hard to pretend I wasn’t a muggle. This scavenger hunt has been fun! Thank you for taking part because I doubt I would have heard about it otherwise.

  27. Nathan Dobbin says

    I would like to visit The Lord of the Rings

  28. Mary Preston says

    Hogwarts for sure.

  29. Janice Verhoog says

    Woah, that’s a loaded question. I’d totally want to visit all the places I ‘ve read about, but I don’t know which one in particular. Your series sounds really cool!!

  30. Justus Dittemore says

    Storming. . . Sounds awesome to me!

  31. I’d have to say Middle Earth!! I want to visit the Elves & party with the Hobbits & maybe even defeat a Dark Lord.

  32. CutePolarBear says

    I don’t really wish to visit fictional places. There are enough places to visit on this Earth! Maybe I’d like to visit Odyssey and see Whit, Connie, and Eugene. 🙂


  33. Sierra Blasko says

    I would love to go to Narnia! 🙂

  34. The setting I want to visit is in my WIP. I know, that sounds really narcissistic but there’s a reason I’ve got to write about it. Well, and draw about it. Graphic novel and all..

    I can’t wait

  35. I would love to go to Narnia, Brie, or back in time to Scotland how Claire did in the out lander series.

  36. Cesar Musitani says

    My favorite fictional setting is the Gregor Samsa’s bedroom, when he awake transformed in a beetlee

  37. Rebekah Gyger says

    I still dream about visiting Narnia!

  38. Gondor (Anfalas), Rivendell or the Shire!

  39. If I could pick a fictional setting to travel to it would have to be one with magic, preferably if it were a magic I may be able to learn. Or maybe my own story world because it would be so cool.. or maybe hot and I would be able to write it better afterwards.

    Is your giveaway open internationally?

  40. Sarah Anderson says

    Online scavenger hunts! A great way to get to know new authors!

  41. I think it would be Narnia without a doubt! xD

  42. Jennie Webb says

    Are you going to Narnia? Take me along with you!

  43. Thendylath in K.C. May’s The Kinshield Saga.

  44. Narnia of course!

  45. Ok, “Storming” just rocketed WAAAAAY up my TBR list.

    Also, in answer to the question- I can’t pick just one- no, wait, I can. I want to visit Goldstone Wood and then find Paths to all the OTHER fantasy worlds. 😀

  46. Jane Mccarthy says

    There are so many fictional places that would be great to visit. I think possibly scotland.

  47. i have not read enough Fantasy books to even know about a different world…So i can not even list any….Hope that this does not disqualify me from your drawing.

  48. The are so many fiction worlds I could choose from, but I think ultimately I would want to visit Narnia. I also think it would be cool to visit a world of my own creation. That would be awesome.

  49. Pamela Nastase says


  50. Lia Clarity says

    I’m torn between Narnia and Middle Earth. Maybe I can just visit a fictional setting where you can travel to other fictional settings, and spare myself the agony of choosing?

  51. Somewhere cool but really safe. I’d like to see dragons but only tame ones where there’s no mortal danger.

  52. “Wilek and Trevn liked this looks of this place much better than the last few stops! They decided to set up camp and explore a little more…” Oh my goodness, I’m dying of laughter! XDDD

    This story sounds strange and intriguing! I’ve seen it around but hadn’t taken a close look before…

    I’d love to visit most any fantasy world, though Middle-earth might be at the top of my list. 😉

    Thanks for the fun and the chance at this epic giveaway! 🙂

  53. I would want to visit Middle-Earth, or maybe Narnia, or Luna… TOO MANY CHOICES!

  54. not sure

  55. Ooh, I’m loving this scavenger hunt.

  56. I think this is the most interesting book I’ve seen on the hunt so far. I’d love to visit this setting. xP

  57. Hm, maybe Serena Chase’s Everia. Or even Berk from How to Train Your Dragon! 🙂

  58. The Land of Oz

  59. Trethyn Trethyn says

    If I were to visit a Fantasy world it would certainly be the Lord of the Rings!

  60. I’d love to visit a deep space station. I’ve always been a stargazer at heart though!

  61. I would love to visit this forest in a series I read by Robert Liparulo called the Dreamhouse Kings. The forest had a special spot where they could float, and climb up, almost like invisible stairs. It was really cool.

  62. Annie Erbacher says

    I qould love to vist the world of ‘Supernatural’

  63. Glenda Alexander says

    Thanks for participating in the HUNT and making it possible!

  64. I would want to visit the Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, and the world of Roshar. There are so many cool cities and characters 😀

  65. I wanna read this now XD I haven’t actually encountered any deiselpunk stories before, and didn’t know it existed until about two weeks ago.

  66. Athelas Hale says

    Having read the en-ti-re outline of “Storming” when I was doing some research on how to outline a novel, I’m very interested to someday read the actual book. xD

    What fictional setting? It’s a toss-up between Middle Earth, and space. Hopefully I’ll never have to decide between visiting Middle Earth or a space-ship, because I could never choose.

  67. Definitely Middle-earth!

  68. Definitely would have to be Narnia! Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Rachel Crist says

    I suppose Middle Earth would have to top the list of fictional lands I’d like to visit. Although Serena Chase’s E’Veria is tempting too!

  70. YES!! I loved your book Storming when I read it last month! 😀 All of the characters were super great, and the plot had so many twists. If I could visit one fictional storyworld…. I think I would choose Illyon. 😀

  71. Narnia 🙂

  72. I would like to visit a medieval fantasy world, maybe with fairies. 🙂

  73. I would like to see Barsoom. It was the place that started me dreaming of more

  74. Either middle earth or Narnia. Thanks for the giveaway

  75. Oooh, I can’t wait to read Storming!!!

  76. Middle Earth would be amazing to visit! Or Narnia, or Hogwarts, or a galaxy far, far away.

  77. Jennifer Tipton says

    The Lord of the Rings would be my fantasy World where the hobbits lived.
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

  78. Elizabeth Russell says

    I’d love to visit Narnia. LOTR is my first love, but it would be very dangerous there most of the time.

  79. I would love to visit Narnia.

  80. I would go to Alagaesia.

  81. From Riyan to Adar-Iyr and everywhere in between in R. J. Larson’s ‘Books of the Infinite’ series! And also “The Realm” from Wayne Thomas Batson’s ‘Door Within Trilogy’ (wouldn’t it be AMAZING if we could actually travel to these places?!)

  82. Narnia would be cool!

  83. Visiting Narnia would be amazing!

  84. Stephanie H. says

    I think a place like Rivendell from The Hobbit would be really interesting and fun.

  85. Hmmm, I would most like to visit some fantasy world. With dragons and griffons and other mythical creatures. Castles and knights and sword fighting. A place where your trusty horse is your best friend and adventure waits around every beckoning forest path!

  86. Mallory O'Bier says

    If I could visit any fictional setting, any one at all, it would probably be Middle Earth, particularly the Shire.

  87. Great scavenger hunt! I would love to visit Pern and ride on a dragon.

  88. Chrystiana Silva says

    Hmm, maybe Narnia as that was one of my favorite book series growing up. 🙂

  89. I think I would love to visit Hogwarts the most…although Narnia or the TARDIS are close follow ups.

  90. Crystal Balzer says

    If I could visit any fictional place it would have to be The Shire ?

  91. Not entering the contest because I already own the paperback AND the e-book of “Storming”– enjoyed it by the way!

    Just commenting because the scavenger hunt is so cool and I wish you every success with it.

  92. I would visit so many if I could but reading this post put me in the mood for a steam punk setting. I’d go with Everland. I’ll have to check your book out sometime!

  93. I would love to visit Middle Earth! ♡

  94. Hi, K.M.!

    If I could visit a fictional world it would be Lyric from the Restorer books by Sharon Hinck. I would love to try some clavo tea, see the beautiful countryside and watch the Guardian training.

    Thanks for the contest!

  95. Polaris Northstar says

    Um… I think I would like to visit Narnia the most… or somewhere where I would have superpowers (so… would Marvel or DC count?;).

  96. I got into a real fantasy BINGE the end of last year/first of this year and have been reading just everything I can get my hands on. From Benjamin Denen, to D. K. Holmberg, to R. J. Larson, Jill Williamson and Ro is Kendig. See, I’m in a situation where I can either sit in an easy chair or be in bed most of my waking hours, and I can either read or rot my brain with TV. I prefer to read, lol ? So I can read about 250 – 300 pages a day. ALL of THAT was to say that I guess I left Narnia and Middle Earth many volumes ago, though they remain dear. I’m really enjoying the ancient and biblical feel of the worlds created by both R J Larson and Jill Williamson in the “Realms of the Infinite”, and “Kinsman Chronicles”. Since I was a little girl in Sunday school a VERY long time ago, I’ve fantasized about those places.

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