Patchwork Press is celebrating the release of The Lost Locket of Lahari! The blog tour features several posts that are part of a scavenger hunt. At each stop, we reveal one letter that, when put together with the other letters from each of the other stops, will spell out a secret message to announce the topic of our next anthology.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to the main characters from each of the short stories in the anthology. Take a look, comment on who is your favorite, and don’t forget to visit the other stops on the tour by clicking here to find all of the letters and solve the puzzle!
Meet Adara from The Seeker, by Kara Baird
In my past life I would be a tropical bird—so I could see a world beyond the desert, a place where pools of water with flowers floating on top are almost everywhere.
My favorite quote comes from a Latin phrase: esse quam videri, or, to be rather than to seem.
My favorite food is anything bready. My father is a baker and has learned how to make the most delicious naan in the land.
My favorite music is from Aamir, Isa’s father. He had a small wooden flute when I was growing up. He would play it sometimes while telling Isa and I one of his fairy stories. I remember it added a sense of spookiness or cheeriness when the story called for it.
If I had one wish, it would be to cook for others like my father did. There is no greater charity then feeding a man who is hungry.
Meet Odessa from The Empath, by Erica Crouch
My favorite quote is, “Fortune favors the bold.” — Virgil
If I could go anywhere, it would be somewhere new and very far from here. I’ve always had an interest to visit big cities and get lost in a crowd. Maybe New York, or London. I’m tired of roadside towns. I want to travel the world.
If I had one wish, it would be to fix the mistakes of my past and save the people I couldn’t.
My worst fear is losing myself and not being able to maintain control.
In a past life, I would be Michel de Nostredame (Nostradamus).
Meet Olivia from The Dreamer, by Terra Harmony
My favorite quote is, “Hope is a waking dream.” – Aristotle
I think a fun date would involve a fancy dress, a hopping speakeasy, and a handsome beau on my arm.
My worst fear is to end up back in an orphanage.
If I could go anywhere, it would be Paris!
My favorite color is glitzy gold, of course!
Meet Emma from The Confidant, by Janna Jennings
My favorite book is For Whom the Bell Tolls. Robert Jordan sneaking behind enemy lines, risking his life to slow the fascist forces, Pablo’s betrayal… You won’t tell Mamma, will you? She would say it’s not appropriate reading for me. I’m not sure I’m really my favorite anymore. I think I’ve had enough adventures for awhile.
My favorite food is sugar. Anything made with sugar. Cakes, puddings, toffee bars, ice cream… pretty much anything we haven’t been able to make in the past four years.
If I could go anywhere, it would be home! I was old enough when we left America I have some memories of living there. With the war over I’m ready to go back.
My worst fear is losing Mamma. When Papa died it was like living in a nightmare. If Mamma were gone to, it would be worse. I’d be alone.
Meet Madeline from The Adventurer, by Ruth Silver
My favorite color is black. I prefer to blend into the background. It’s something I’ve always been good at.
If I could be any animal, I’d be a cheetah. I’m fast but I could always be faster. I also think they’re beautiful creatures.
If I had one wish, it would be complete freedom; never having to look over my shoulder.
My worst fear is being caught.
I have a lot of trouble with trusting others. I’ve been alone for so long, I’ve gotten used to it.
Meet Ben and Serra from The Dancer, by Kellie Sheridan
I’m not really a big reader, but my favorite books are the Percy Jackson books.
A fun date would be something super romantic and cheesy – whatever will make her feel special.
In a past life I would have been Charles Darwin – looking for answers to life’s big questions.
My favorite quote is, “Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ― Voltaire
If I could go anywhere, it would everywhere! Paris, Rome, London. I’d love to backpack around Europe after college.
My favorite author is anyone who writes contemporary. Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Gayle Forman are my favorites.
I hope you enjoyed meeting all the characters!
And now to reveal my piece of the puzzle:
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