DEFENDING THE PEN – is all about murder . . . and romance . . . writing it! I post interviews, book reviews, and flash fiction, and occasionally it's all about me. Careful . . . you may end up the victim . . . of fun!
Alaska has several natural hot springs. A
tourist favorite is Chena Hot Springs. 90 minutes from Fairbanks it’s a
favorite in the summer or the winter, when the aurora borealis is active.
Besides Chena there are at least 12 other
Natural Hot Springs in the Alaskan Interior. And while a natural spring is mentioned in the Snowman, it's not in Alaska.
O = Obscene – offensive to moral principles, repugnant
(of the portrayal or description of sexual matters) offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency.
The Snowman may be offensive for both
the violence and the sexual portrayals of the story. Please be forewarned.
Stone is not a nice character.
P = Ptarmigan – (t arm again) The Willow
Ptarmigan is the State Bird of Alaska. Also, known as the Arctic Grouse or as
some in Alaska call them, the Alaskan chicken. There are three types of Ptarmigan and all are found in Alaska - the Willow, the Rock, and the white tailed.
In the Snowman I mentioned the ptarmigan as part of the Alaskan turducken dish of - ptarmigan, bear, and moose. FYI - there is no such dish! 😉
Q = Quiver or quiver?
To quiver is to tremble or shake with a slight
rapid motion or it’s a slight trembling movement or sound especially one caused
by a sudden strong emotion.
Or a Quiver is the tool that holds your arrows.
Both examples are used in the Snowman – both uses
cause uncontrollable shaking, terror, and eventually result in death.
R = Reincarnation– “Reincarnation is the
philosophical or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after biological
death, can begin a new life in a new body. This doctrine is a central tenet of
the Hindu religion. The Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to
as reincarnation and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as
Pythagoras, Plato, and Socrates.”
Stone believes in reincarnation - can he kill the same person twice?
"The Alaska Interior covers most of the
U.S. state's territory. It is largely wilderness. Mountains include Denali in
the Alaska Range, the Wrangell Mountains, and the Ray Mountains. The native
people of the interior are Alaskan Athabaskans." wikipedia.org
nestled at the base of Mount Juneau
and across the channel from Douglas Island. The Tlingit name of the
town is Dzántik'i Héeni, and Auke Bay just north of Juneau proper is
called Áak'w in Tlingit.
Taku River, just south of Juneau, was
named after the cold t'aakh wind, which occasionally blows down from the
Quaid is Tlingit, and his family is from Juneau.
“A sociopath is
typically defined as someone who lies incessantly to get their way and does so
with little concern for others.” Truth About Deception Stone is a sociopath and
very adept at lying. Here’s a place you can
take a quiz and see where you fall on the lying scale. HERE!
The forest was still. The cold
misty air filled Steven’s lungs revitalizing him. Breathing deeply, he let
the stress of the last few months slip away.
The confrontation with his
father over his career choice left Steven
on edge even though they’d compromised. Steven had met the political machine in
Juneau, and his father had enlisted the aid of several of his friends to add
more pressure. While consistent, the timeline for submission to the political
realm had moved to the future. His father wouldn't give up that easy. Hell, Dad will never give up; it's why he
such a good politician.
He scoped through the trees of the valley and focused on the
Mendenhall Glacier. The knots in his shoulders
loosened. A vision of creamy skin tucked under a garbage bag cleaved its way
into his thoughts. I wonder what’s
happening in the case. Did another clue surface?
The grunts of a moose took his
mind off the mystery. Bow and arrow in hand he scanned the area.
Would you ski down a mountain while being pulled by a snowmobile?
One of the biggest tourist sites, Interior Alaska, if you only take the cruise, look at what you're missing.
Juneau, would you live in a place only accessible by boat or plane?
Would you risk it all on the Klondike?
How good of a liar are you?
Are you as creeped out by Marionettes as I am?
Okay, the truth, I bit off more than I could chew!
I will not be able to adequately participate in the challenge. Although, I'll let my posts run, there is no way I can get to all the daily postings, although I will make an attempt to hit everyone at least once a week!
Wishing you all the best for the rest of this crazy busy month!
that time again, a day to express insecurities, and boy do I have a few. Just
last week I asked my publisher for the rights to my trilogy. Now, I'm dealing
with cover designs, but thanks to a picture taken just last month in the snow, I
had my start. I then sent that on to Michael Di Gesu, and he worked his magic. You can see the results in the sidebar -->
Madness & Love is now up as a Kindle, and I'm going to
use Amazon to publish in paperback too.
of Murder should be up as a Kindle in a few days. Murder
& Obsession will come next. All while I’m working to get the Prequel
to the Series online too!
but that when it rains, it pours! Up to my elbows in edits, and designs, and
more edits, plus getting ready for the book tour for the Snowman, and this
month, all month the A to Z!
only the half of it, but, well, no more crying over spilled milk. Pulling up my
big girl pants and getting to work! Wish me luck, because I’m damn sure as Hell
going to need it! The tour for the Snowman begins in May, there are still a few spots open, please consider hosting me that day for a review, guest post, or interview! Thank you! Just click HERE!
Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?
Yes, as a matter of fact last year after the release of Murder & Obsession I used the A to Z to introduce the story and discuss Alaska. I sold 40 books that month. Not a bad start. And for this A to Z I'm going something similar for the Snowman!
Thank you, everyone, who stayed with the posts and bought the book! I enjoyed that A to Z almost as much as the one I did on Margaret Mitchell.