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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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


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

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

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

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

  5. Jennifer Tipton says

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

  6. 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.

  7. I would love to visit Narnia.

  8. I would go to Alagaesia.

  9. 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?!)

  10. Narnia would be cool!

  11. Visiting Narnia would be amazing!

  12. Stephanie H. says

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

  13. 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!

  14. Mallory O'Bier says

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

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

  16. Chrystiana Silva says

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

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

  18. Crystal Balzer says

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. I would love to visit Middle Earth! ♡

  22. 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!

  23. 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?;).

  24. 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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