Saturday, September 21, 2013

Alaskans were the first to coin the phrase, "Winter is coming."

Congratulations to "Debby F" and "Martha L", the winners in Tiffinie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Alaskans were the first to coin the phrase, "Winter is coming."

It might only be September, but in Alaska winter is breathing down with her icy breath and any moment snow will fall. My all-time favorite season is winter. I love playing in the snow, wearing bulky sweaters, sipping hot drinks, and cuddling indoors after a day enjoying the frosty wilderness. I grew up in Alaska so I've seen brutal cold, but with the brutality there is beauty. Nothing compares to the Northern Lights. There is magic in the colors and movements as they dance across the sky. I'm here to tell you, winter in Alaska isn't for sissies. It takes a special kind of crazy to enjoy Alaskan winters, and I happen to fall into that unique group.

My newest release, SHIVER, is set in the Interior of Alaska during the month of November. Setting SHIVER in winter mirrors the struggles I put my hero through. His future is bleak, desolate, lonely and cold. He's in a dark place emotionally when the story opens, and then physically, I have him stumble into a bear trap within the first few pages and really mess him up. Because of everything I do to him, he fights and grows, becoming worthy of the title hero. 

He’s a wolf without a pack...

Graphic novelist, Aidan Harte, writes about the kind of heroes he knows he’ll never be. He’s returned to the forgotten gold mining town of Chatanika, Alaska to scatter his father’s ashes and close out the bastard’s life. He plans to get in and get out without seeing a soul. That is, until things take a deadly turn.

She’s a raven who’s clipped her wings...

Raven Maiski’s thrilled Old Man Harte is dead. But she’s not happy about the return of his son, Aidan—her soul mate and enemy—who promised never to step foot back in Chatanika. If she doesn't run him out of town fast, he'll uncover what she's hidden from him. 
When word of the miser’s death spreads, danger erupts in a hunt for gold that will either lead to redemption...or blood. 

SHIVER is the 3rd book in my Romance on the Edge Novels, but is considered a standalone. I will be giving away an ebook of SHIVER to two lucky commenter. 

Author Bio:
Tiffinie Helmer is an award-winning author who is always up for a gripping adventure. Raised in Alaska, she was dragged "Outside" by her husband, but escapes the lower forty-eight to spend her summers commercial fishing on the Bering Sea. 

A wife and mother of four, Tiffinie divides her time between enjoying her family, throwing her acclaimed pottery, and writing of flawed characters in unique and severe situations. 

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  1. Sounds like a really good book. I'm going to put it on my TBR Pile.
    krisrich85 at gmail dot com

  2. The older I get the less I like winter and I cannot even imagine dealing with winter in Alaska. It does sound like a great setting though.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  3. I continue to be fascinated by this state and its odd weather and seasons. Shiver sounds very interesting and I'll check out the rest of the series.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  4. The most stand out thing in Alaska is the people. But I have to say I will never forget sitting on a slice of hollowed out tree looking at a fantastic view in a three sided out house.
    debby.fender at yahoo dot com

    1. Great visual! I have often done this very thing. Mostly I'm scanning the area for bears. Nothing like being caught with your pants down. :)

  5. Oh boy... loving the sound of SHIVER! Wonderful cover too! :) One day I look forward to seeing a bit of Alaska... my parents told me it is beautiful and showed me such amazing pics from when they took a trip there. Thank you so much for sharing and for the chance to win this book!

  6. The title "Shiver" sounds like Winter. And Alaska is certainly a very cold place!
    Please enter me in your draw.



  7. Sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. I have always wanted to go to Alaska - maybe one day!! The book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  9. Will book 2 - HOOKED be available for the Nook? Loved EDGE.

    Enjoyed my Alaskan cruise - hope to go back again.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Thank you for asking about HOOKED. It will be available for Nook on September 30th. Not long to wait. I hope you check it out. I have never taken an Alaskan cruise and would love to. I hear they are fabulous!

  10. sounds intriguing! Congrats to Tiffinie on the new release and thanks for sharing :)


  11. I do not think I would survive a winter in Alaska. We don't even get snow here in Winter & I find it too cold.

    SHIVER, love the title, does sound like a great read.


  12. I was interviewing for a job in Alaska a few years back. Southern California weather is great but during the month of August to October, the humidity is just intolerable to me. I think of Alaska during these months. After all, Alaska is quite beautiful to live there.


  13. So sorry everyone. I have been away at a writers retreat and was told we would have internet. That was not the case so I was unable to reply to your comments as they came in. I so appreciate the comments and really encourage all of you to add Alaska to your list of things to do in your lifetime. Summers there are stunning and a lot less brutal. Congratulations to the winners, Martha and Debby. I will be contacting you shortly. I hope the rest of you will check out SHIVER and the beauty that can be found in an Alaskan winter and the love that keeps you warm!