By now you probably know the drill but let’s do a quick review just in case my blog is the first place you’ve landed:
- The Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt runs from April 4th at noon, through April 6th at midnight mountain time.
- It starts here.
- And ends here.
- You collect the clue in red at each stop.
- Da Big Prizes are, a Kindle Fire HDX, a $100 gift cert, AND all of the novels on the hunt. (Thirty one!)
- If you want to see all the participating authors and sites on one page, go here.
Now let’s get to my guest:
I’m hosting Lisa Harris, which is fun because we didn’t know each other till this hunt. You as readers often get the chance to meet authors new to you, sometimes we get the chance as well, so this is a treat.
Quick Bio on Lisa:
She’s a Christy Award finalist and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She and her family have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women’s group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. To find out more about her books and life in Africa, visit www.lisaharriswrites.com
And now, Lisa is going to teach us …
What to do if Faced with a Hostage Situation
Desperate times create desperate people. And desperate people are dangerous.
Have you ever imagined how you would react if you were faced with a life and death situation like a hostage situation? Would you stay calm? Would you panic? Would you rise up as a leader, or would you simply try to run? Maybe you’ve been already been through something like this. Or maybe the very thought sends chills up your spine.
A quick Google search will give you practical answers on how you should react if you find yourself in a hostage situation. Some of the top responses are first of all to stay calm. Everyone involved in the situation will be on edge, so adding to the drama will only make things worse.
It’s also important to be observant. Pay attention to what is going on around you, the captures, their descriptions, how many weapons they have, and the layout of where you are being held.
It’s also suggested that you shouldn’t try and be a hero or draw attention to yourself. You’re being used as a tool, so don’t be aggressive, and speak only when spoken to.
But even if you have information like this ahead of time, it’s hard to know how you would actually react. The good news is that most—if not all of us—will never find ourselves in a situation like this, but involvement in a hostage situation is exactly what my heroine from Fatal Exchange, Emily Hunt, finds herself in.
Emily comes from a family of cops, but she’s chosen a different life, and the role of a high school teacher suits her just fine. She has no interest in high-adrenaline situations like her father and sister. In fact, the most nerve-racking her life ever gets is during a football game with her school’s rivals or during final exams. Not having her life on the line.
Until the unthinkable happens—a hostage situation in her classroom—and she’s forced to draw on all of her strength to handle what happens next.
An ordinary person caught up in extraordinary events.
Writing this story made me think about the difficult things we face in life, and how we react to those situations. And while I hope none of us ever finds ourselves in a situation like this, life is full of difficult choices and challenging situations.
We all face trials in our lives. In fact, the Bible tells us to expect them. But how do we respond not just the tougher, life and death situations, but the smaller, day-to-day issues? How do we respond to difficult people? To unfairness at work? To a trying neighbor, child, or spouse? Sometimes these are the situations where it takes the most courage to be gracious, loving, and forgiving.
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” Proverbs 15:1
Be blessed today!
Fatal Exchange: Emily Hunt might come from a family of cops, but she never goes looking for an adrenaline rush. She’ll have to draw on a well of strength and savvy she didn’t know she had as student Rafael Cerda takes her class hostage for ransom money to save his brother’s life. Fatal Exchange draws readers into a complex matrix of intertwining lives and unraveling secrets, where every answer creates more questions.
Thanks, Lisa! Hope none of us are ever this type of situation, but if we are, now we know how to handle it.
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Your Clue From My Site: … you can only …
Now head here for Stop # 15, where you’re visit Lisa’s site and get your next clue!