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Welcome to the 20th stop on the 31 Author Scavenger Hunt. Be sure to write down the clue and continue to the next stop on the hunt. If you’ve missed a stop or if you are ready to enter the full phrase (clue), head on over HERE.

 
 
Meet Jill Williamson

I'm honored to be hosting my friend and fellow Marcher Lord Press author, Jill Williamson.

Jill Williamson is a chocolate loving, daydreaming, creator of kingdoms and the award-winning author of several young adult books. She's a Whovian, a Photoshop addict, and a recovering fashion design assistant, who was raised in Alaska. She blogs for teen writers at www.goteenwriters.com. You can also visit her online at www.jillwilliamson.com, where adventure comes to life.

Jill also gave me permission to put a mustache on her photo. So here you go...

Here's what Jill's latest books are about:

The Safe Lands is a dystopian series inspired by Daniel chapter one in which earth’s population is divided between the infected and the uninfected; the infected live short, cushy lifestyles within walled cities of unending entertainment, while the uninfected live primitively off the land; when the virus mutates and becomes uncontrollable, the uninfected become the hunted; it is believed they hold the cure.

 

In book two, Outcasts, since entering the Safe Lands, Mason has focused on two things: finding a way to free his village from captivity, and finding a cure for the disease that ravages many within the walls of the Safe Lands. After immune-suppressive drugs go missing in the clinic, Mason discovers his coworker, Ciddah, may know more about the Safe Lands than imagined … and may have an agenda of her own. At the same time, Mason’s brother Levi is focused on a way to free the remaining Glenrock captives, while Mason’s younger brother Omar decides to take the rebellion against the Safe Lands into his own hands as a vigilante. Soon all three brothers are being watched closely—and when Mason stumbles onto a shocking secret about the Safe Lands meds, his investigation just might get those closest to him liberated.

 
 
A Scavenger Hunt Exclusive from Jill!

Authorities fear Messenger Owl vigilante will encourage rebel forces

by Luella Flynn

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With his sleek costume and electrified voice, the Messenger Owl looks more like a ColorCast movie star than a rebel. But rebel he is, according to Enforcer General Tyr Otley. And a military threat as well. “His lies have stirred up confusion among Safe Lands nationals,” General Otley said.

But in an exclusive interview with the Owl, the rebel vigilante claims to be protecting Safe Lands nationals from lies the Guild has been heralding for decades and promises to get the people answers, something enforcers have been unable—or unwilling—to do.

“It’s preposterous that anyone would believe such claims,” General Otley said. “Our Safe Lands Guild has always served our nation well. The Owl is nothing more than a coward in a mask who uses tricks and lies to try and discredit our leaders.”

These “tricks” General Otley refers to is the Owl’s method of hijacking the ColorCast so he can speak to Safe Landers. But as to the lies he is accused of, the Owl said some things that shocked Safe Landers. Here is a transcript from a recent ColorCast interruption:

“This is not an error. The Messenger Owl has truth to deliver to the people of the Safe Lands. Truth brings freedom. Listen well. Liberations are not filmed live. They are prerecorded and edited so you hear only what the Guild wants you to hear. This ColorCast is a tool for the Safe Lands Guild to tell lies. The Owl speaks the truth. There are not nine lives, but one. Make yours count.”

Such wild claims speak to longstanding concerns many Safe Landers hold dear. “This Messenger Owl hit the nail on the head,” C Factor’s Eris Mirandel said. “He said just enough to scare a lot of people. I mean, what if he’s right?”

And many believe he is. There have always been rebel groups in the Safe Lands, but never has anyone managed to communicate to the entire population at once. And his method brought instant fame. Vendors in the downtown Midlands were selling T-shirts bearing the Owl’s face until enforcers shut them down. And over the past few weeks, copycat graffiti groups have sprung up throughout the Safe Lands, especially in the Midlands. They claim to be helping the Owl spread his message.

“He’s going to get answers,” a man who calls himself Little Owl said. “We’re finally going to find out the truth about a lot of things.”

But it’s been several weeks now since the Messenger Owl first interrupted the ColorCast with his warnings, and he has yet to reveal the truths he promised.

Meanwhile, enforcer presence has grown, in the Midlands especially, with patrol units pacing every street corner, armed and waiting for the Messenger Owl to make an appearance.

“We will catch this shell,” General Otley said. “And when we do, Safe Landers will see the truth.”

Hoping to avoid a full-blown crackdown, the copycat groups have retreated back to a task and play mentality. But there is little evidence that they’ll be gone for long. “We just need to give enforcers a few weeks to calm down,” Little Owl said. “Then we’ll be back.”

But will the Messenger Owl ever give Safe Landers more than cryptic warnings? Will he actually reveal any truth? Or is he, like his copycat owls, going to grow bored and go back to task and play like the rest of us? Only time will tell. But the longer he takes to prove his warnings true, the less Safe Lands nationals are interested. For the Messenger Owl, time is running out.

 
 
Now what?

I hope you enjoyed that little glimpse of Jill and the world of The Safe Lands series. Make sure to grab a copy of Outcasts at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com.

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Your next stop is Jill's own blog. Have fun!