Wicked and Wild Scavenger Hunt Clue

BTS Tours and Wild Child Publishing are proud to present the Wicked and Wild Halloween Scavenger Hunt. 37 blogs have linked together to allow you to hunt for 37 different words that will be hidden in each post, so at the end of the hunt you will have 37 answers to plug into the rafflecopter. Please DO NOT leave your answers in the comment section. We want this to be fun for everyone, and not take the challenge out of the game. So this is how it works.
All the blogs listed below will post their game piece on their allotted date. You are looking for one word (related to Halloween) to plug into the rafflecopter as your answer. For Example:’
If you are on Close Encounters with the Night Kind, and find your word (clues will be provided for you in the banner) you log into the rafflecopter form and place your answer in the box marked Close Encounters of the Night Kind. Follow along the entire Scavenger Hunt and collect all 37 clues. We will be drawing for 4 $25 dollar Gift Certificates to Wild Child Publishing. Happy Hunting!!!

October 1 – Awesomesauce Book Club , Guilty Indulgence
October 2 – Reading Between the Lines , Beauty In Ruins
October 3 – Riverina Romantics
October 4 – Book Swagger
October 5- Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
October 6 – Book Devotee Reviews
October 8 – Love is a Many Flavored Thing
October 9 – House Millar
October 10 – Literal Addiction
October 11 – S.J. Maylee
October 12 – Fictional Candy
October 13 – Sweet Southern Home
October 14 – Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
October 15 – Salacious Reads
October 16 – For the Love of Reading Reviews , Novelly Nice
October 17 – Pink Skulls Book Reviews
October 18 – Full Moon Bites
October 19 – The Bunny’s Review
October 20 – Romance Book Club . Com
October 21- The Jeep Diva
October 22 – Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews
October 23 – Beagle Book Space , Pippa Jay…
October 24 – All She Wants and More
October 25 – Ex Libris
October 26 – Close Encounters with the Night Kind
October 27 – Herding Cats and Burning Soup
October 28 – Noracast
October 29 – TBR
October 30 – Reader’s Confession , Naughty Editions
October 31 – Speculative Friction , Worlds of Escapism

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Title: Balken Spring
Author: John M. Dargo
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing .
Length: Novel
Sub-Genres: Military, Action-Adventure, Historical

In 1943, the Nazi war machine had yet to be blunted. In the midst of war-torn Europe, in the central mountains of Yugoslavia, three friends band together to fight against German invaders. But when Partisan regulars prove to be a threat as well, the friends must question their resolve in the face of a new menace from within their own ranks.
Once settled on flight, the three embark on a journey to save themselves while the Nazi stranglehold tightens on their ever-diminishing homeland.
At the same time, on the fells of southern England, another warrior readies for battle. Reluctant to echo the misery his family has felt on others, Ian Langford knows he must carry the war to the heart of the enemy in order to end it. When his mission carries him over the spring fields of Yugoslavia, he must reassess exactly what he is fighting for, and decide if his actions are to be those of a hero, or just those of a killer.
Balkan Spring is a tale of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary times. Sometimes they rise to the occasion, but other times falter and give in to lower natures, only to rise again with the absolution that only courage can bring.
This is a tale of our better selves.

That’s got to be their’s, the young Major thought as he stared at the Mannlicher M1903 rifle sitting in the pilothouse of the Helena. It was barely dawn and Ivanovic was figuring the boat could not have arrived more than six or seven hours ahead of them. He was hopeful his prey had rested after their arrival, and were even now, nearby.
The Major had learned of the three fugitives’ escape via the Helena while he had questioned laborers at the Visegrad docks the afternoon before. And, to his incredible fortune, before they had opted for a military vehicle to take them toward Belgrade, a naval vessel had been spotted moored to one of the Visigrad piers. Though the craft had previously been commandeered by the Partisan Army, the boat still retained the markings of the Yugoslav Navy, which meant it could sail into German occupied Belgrade without notice. The boat had even included two naval uniforms to complete the disguise. So Major Ivanovic had released the majority of his force, sending them back to Cajetina. And a few minutes ago, aboard the gunboat, and dressed in the standard uniforms of seaman of the Yugoslav Navy, he and his remaining soldier, Babic, had just approached the docks at Belgrade. There they had found the Helena tied to the pier in the early light. She was still loaded with cargo, but no crew was aboard. And there was no sign either, of the three fugitives whom they sought.
Babic was pointing out the rifle as one similar to those he had seen in the possession of the men they were after, when they were interrupted.
“You there! Is this your ship?”
The Major looked up and saw that the question had been posed by a Yugoslav officer and that there was another soldier with him. The officer was coming aboard the Helena while the other man stood on the pier looking into the gunboat moored alongside.
“If you mean the gunboat, then yes, it is ours,” Ivanovic answered, trying to add authority to his voice. “We are looking for Partisan infiltrators.”
“Oh yes. Well then we have already found them,” the officer replied, entering the pilothouse. “There were two of them aboard this vessel and we sent them to the north end police station for questioning.”
“Two of them?”
“Well, two of them and a woman. But we sent the woman on her way.”
“Oh well, that’s all right,” thought the Major, “I’ll just have to deal with her, privately, later. But the other two are in custody. What luck. Let’s hope they’re still alive when I get to them.”
“Where is your commanding officer?” asked the Yugoslav who had entered the pilothouse asked, now looking suspiciously at Ivanovic. “Is the captain aboard your vessel?”
A scuffling noise arose from behind them on the dock, and the Yugoslav officer turned to see his fellow soldier crumple to the pier at the feet of Babic, who was dressed in the naval uniform. The officer moved to turn back toward the seaman he was addressing on the Helena, but Ivanovic had already prepared his knife. The blade entered the man’s throat before the officer ever had time to see it.

Originally hailing from northern Virginia, where he earned a degree in Political Science from George Mason University, John M. Dargo spent nine years in the Los Angeles area, before only recently moving to the Louisville, Kentucky area.
Mr. Dargo lives on a farm on the outskirts of the city, in a log cabin that dates from the late eighteenth century.
In addition to the novel, “Broken Down Summer”, of the Brenford Stokes Detective Series, Mr. Dargo is also the author of the historical fiction novel, “Balkan Spring”.


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