Sunday, July 23, 2017

Do You Find The Outdoors Relaxing?


Congratulations to "Lauren B." and "Theresa Z.", the winners in Katee's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

We all have those teachers we remember, for better or worse. One of my favorites was my ninth grade English teacher. He was a little bald guy with a sly sense of humor—usually at the expense of us students. He challenged me in a big way, helping me find books that I ended up loving for my reading outside of class.

But the most lasting impression came by way of our short stories segment. He started with The Lady or the Tiger, and things went darker from there. The Lottery, The Veldt, The Monkey’s Paw. And one of my personal favorites—The Most Dangerous Game. All of those creepy stories have been bouncing around in my head ever since, and never more so than when I’m plotting and drafting my romantic suspense stories.

The Most Dangerous Game, in particular was one jumping off point for The Hunting Grounds. There’s something inherently terrifying about a hunter who’s decided that humans would make better prey than animals. Suddenly, being human isn’t enough to keep you at the top of the food chain—because you’re being hunted by someone who’s just as smart, just as clever…and more prepared than you could ever be for a mad dash through the woods.

The majority of murder mysteries have an element of this feeling in them—the story is usually a push and pull between the hero/heroine and the killer, though the role of hunter and hunted change depending on the story. But for The Hunting Grounds, I wanted to take the story to its most literal interpretation—the killer is actually hunting and killing people in Glacier National Park.

I’ve been to Glacier once or twice over the years, and it’s one of the most humbling experiences. The mountains tower over you, the beauty is breathtaking, and it feels like a layer of civility is ripped away. Out there on the trails, miles and hours away from anything resembling civilization, and you start to have an inkling about what it was like not to be at the top of the food chain. Now, Glacier is one of the safest parks out there in terms of the numbers—it doesn’t even hit top five when it comes to national park deaths—but you still spend a bit of time thinking quite vividly of all the things that could go wrong.

Or maybe that’s just me.

For The Hunting Grounds, I followed that thought all the way down the rabbit hole. What’s the worst that could go wrong? Well, you could be being hunted by someone who is better equipped, better prepared, and has the element of surprise on top of all that. No way to call for help. No way to effectively defend yourself—from either killer or the elements. Several days’ hike to get to a road. And if someone does hear you scream, they’re almost certainly too far away to be able to help.

Where do you fall on the outdoorsy spectrum? Do you find it relaxing? Or does is creep you out like crazy?


Giveaway:

Katee is awarding an ecopy of THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER to two lucky readers leaving a comment or email entry.



THE HUNTING GROUNDS

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.
Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.
For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.
As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.

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Praise for The Hidden Sins Series

“…a captivating read, made all the more rewarding when good triumphs.” —Washington Post

“Robert shows off her impressive versatility in this fast-paced and inventive new Hidden Sins series. The small-town setting is a masterful blend of quaint and oppressive, which ratchets the menace and thrill factor. The protagonists carry the full weight of their pasts with them, making their growing relationship as compelling as the mystery element in The Devil’s Daughter. With plenty of twists and betrayals, this is a book that is sure to earn Robert a wealth of new fans.” RT Book Reviews


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THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTER
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About Katee Robert
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

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11 comments:

  1. I love the great outdoors. We once camped in the redwood forest and it was phenomenal. Trees bigger than trucks. It was very humbling, but also very peaceful. I guess that's the best part, it's quiet and peaceful. But if I am reading a book about the great outdoors I want adrenaline pumping excitement. Sounds like The Hunting Grounds will be just what I want.

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  2. I am an indoor person all the way. I do not do well in heat or in extreme cold. Fall is my favorite time of year to be out and about when it's not so hot but temperatures haven't dropped to the uncomfortable point yet. Thanks for the giveaway. debbiemac73 at yahoo dot com.

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  3. depends

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Theresa ZachariasJuly 23, 2017 at 11:18 AM

      I love going for walks in the spring, summer and fall! I sit on a bench in the park by the river. It's so peaceful and quiet especially early in the morning.I find it relaxing and it really helps my mood. tl_zacharias@hotmail.com

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  4. I fall in the middle of the outdoorsy spectrum.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  5. I'm generally a fan of the outdoors but I don't get out as much as I would like what with studying and the lure of TV and books. I'm looking forward to going camping soon where I will get to enjoy both the outdoors and reading all day :)

    alex.young at shaw (dot) ca

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  6. I am more of an indoor person. I like the privacy.

    janet_kerr at msn.com

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  7. In my youth, I was quite the outdoors woman. I would stay at our small lakeside cabin and take off into the woods. I would climb towards the top of the neighboring mountain, just taking off into the woods and heading up. There were no trails and I rarely went the same way more than once. One winter I did a white tailed deer study tracking them and noting behaviors. I also saw tracks for bobcats and wild dogs on those hikes.
    Today, not so much. I am much older (50 years older) and much less mobile. My husband and I still go out and hike when we can, but not the difficult trails we used to do. We did make it to Glacier about 4 years ago. It is spectacular. We hope to go back next year and continue over the border into the Canadian part of the park. Today, we do think more about the dangers than we did in our youth. I don't know if it is because there are more dangers out there or if we are just more aware of them. Could be we just aren't young and stupid anymore.

    library pat AT com cast DOT net

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  8. It depends what I'm doing outdoors - I love to read on benches in the park or at the beach, but the woods freak me out.

    Good luck with the new release

    ljberma01 AT gmail DOT com

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  9. Love the outdoors, especially near the ocean. mistressofthehounds at gmail dot com

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  10. Thanks Maureen and Katee. I've received my copy from Amazon.
    Looking forward to reading The Devil' Daughter

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