On tour with Prism Book Tours.
You can’t always play it safe
With four sons dependent on her, Janie Everett needs to keep her life uncomplicated. Now famous scientist Aidan Hollings is disrupting her orderly world, starting with the rescue of a…bumblebee.
Aidan is only passing through her Alaska wilderness town, and wasn’t planning to bond with her two older boys. Or become so attracted to the widowed journalist. His globe-trotting days may be be over if he’s able to show Janie that they can share the adventure of a lifetime–together.
Carol Ross lives with her husband and one loveable miscreant of a dachshund in a small town in Washington close to both the ocean and the mountains. She adores the Pacific Northwest because it provides her with endless opportunities for the activities she loves—hiking, running, skiing, and spending time outdoors. Although she enjoys reading in many genres, she writes what she loves the most—romance, especially light-hearted stories about the fun, flirty, and often-tumultuous path toward a happily ever after. For a complete list of her books, social media links, giveaways, and other fun stuff stop by and visit her new website: carolrossauthor.com.
10/12: Katie’s Clean Book Collection & Zerina Blossom’s Books
10/13: Thoughts of a Blonde & The Power of Words
10/14: Christy’s Cozy Corners, underneath the covers, & Teatime and Books
10/15: Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima & deal sharing aunt
10/16: Singing Librarian Books & Chill Reviews
10/18: Grand Finale
– Grand Prize:Grand Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card & copy of If Not for a Bee (open internationally, print book to US winner, ebook to international winner)
– US Prize Pack: bee coffee mug, bee charm necklace, 17.6 ounce jar of honey, honey dipper, box of organic tea, and signed copy of If Not for a Bee (US only)
– Ends October 23rd
~ Guest Post ~
Dating in the Extreme – Rankins Style
With its rugged countryside and dramatic seasonal changes, dating in Alaska can present some interesting challenges, or unique opportunities, depending on your point of view. Each book in my Seasons of Alaska series highlights some of these circumstances. Take city girl Emily Hollings from Mountains Apart, who’s never been subjected to the special, bone-chilling kind of cold that is the hallmark of an Alaskan winter. She looks forward to her snow machine ride with wildlife guide Bering James. She layers on her best and most fashionable designer winter gear (a girl’s gotta look good) and impatiently awaits his arrival. But when Bering shows up and sees what she’s wearing, he quickly demonstrates how her how her impractical designer clothes offer little protection against Alaska’s elements. A girl might need to look good, but any style maven will tell you there’s not much that’s attractive about hypothermia.
Alaskans don’t let obstacles like weather, mountains, dangerous animals or annoying insects get in their way. In fact, they don’t even see them as obstacles so much as opportunities. And dating in Alaska’s elements is fun. If you’re prepared.
So many date options in this stunning place. A little “bee hunting” perhaps?
A Case for Forgiveness takes place in the summer where some of the more obvious dating adventures await such as hiking, biking, and boating. Jonah and Shay take a fishing trip. If Not for a Bee unfolds in the spring and has Janie and Aidan clam digging and bee hunting. And while “bee hunting” might not be an activity typical of an Alaskan spring date, it’s a fine way to take in Alaska’s rugged beauty and wilder side. Of course, all of these outings have to be shared with grizzly bears, wolves, and protective mama moose. Pack some bear spray, mosquito repellent, and a vigilant eye and you’ll be good to go.
As with many Alaskan communities, the remoteness of Rankins presents limited opportunities for a night out. The Cozy Caribou offers a welcoming, casual atmosphere for families in one half of the restaurant, and a bar in the other half—complete with two pool tables and a dart board in the back. Live music is featured as often as every other weekend in the warmer months, and even occasionally in the winter. In Rankins, The Faraway Inn is the place to get a fancier meal. A reservation for the seafood buffet on Saturdays will ensure you a full plate of king crab legs as well as a table with a stunning view.
In spite of Alaska’s extremes, there is no shortage of dating possibilities. Here’s a list of some of the more unique suggestions I’ve compiled throughout my own Alaskan writing adventure, some of which may or may not be included in a Seasons of Alaska book. (Watch for others in future stories.)
Wolf viewing. Be sure and participate in this one from a safe distance and under the guidance of a professional. Wolf packs have a fascinating and complex family dynamic. (Plus they are cute and fuzzy.) A hot wildlife guide doesn’t hurt either. Emily from Mountains Apart can attest to all of the above.
Glacier calving: What could be more thrilling than taking a boat ride to one of Alaska’s glacier fields? Not only are the glaciers alive with gorgeous colors, they resound with a cacophony of fascinating sounds – rumbles and groans and growls. And you might get lucky enough to see a massive chunk of ice dislodge and tumble into the ocean. Alaska has more than 10,000 glaciers, so there’s no shortage of options here.
A glacier excursion earns a place on my dating short list.
Bonfires: A popular activity in every season. Cuddling up in front of a roaring fire. Roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Sipping hot chocolate and gazing at the millions of stars on display. And, oh, to be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the northern lights…
How about a bonfire with this for a view?
Cross country skiing on a golf course at night: I think this one is self-explanatory. The perfect activity for the adventure-seeking couple.
Greenhouses and atriums: Alaskans are good at bundling up and getting outside, but sometimes it’s fun to get a feel for a milder clime. Greenhouses are prevalent here and a fun place to duck into and get out of the cold. (Look for some of these moments in the next Seasons of Alaska book, A Family Like Hannah’s February, 2016.)
Listening to a lake freeze. If the conditions are right, with the temperature dropping and no snow covering the ice, you can walk out onto the ice and lie down. You can both feel the vibrations as the ice forms beneath you and hear these awesome sounds. (According to my sources who participate in this activity firsthand, the sound sometimes brings to mind the call of whales.) This one is my favorite. Talk about romantic! And FYI…Alaska has around three million lakes with 40% of the United States’ surface water resources. That’s a lot of lake dates.
(Thank you once again to my Alaskan brother in-law, Joe, for his creative suggestions and valuable info.)
This is just a sampling of the many, many fun and a bit out of the ordinary activities you can do here with your significant other. If anyone out there has a dating experience or suggestion of their own I’d love to hear about it.