On Tour with Prism Book Tours
Where life’s currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to Alaska nineteen years ago. It’s impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking state, even if Dana’s no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother’s best friend, Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick, might be able to help her. He’s strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend of diverse cultures. He’s also haunted by a tragic family history with a startling connection to Dana’s past…
About the Author
Once upon a time …
when Beth Carpenter was a little girl, she read everything she could get her hands on, and entertained herself on the school bus by making up stories in her head. Not a lot has changed. She’s still consuming books like M&Ms, and spends her days creating happily-ever-afters for her imaginary friends.
She lives in Alaska and Arizona with her husband and an aggressively affectionate fifty-pound lap dog. She loves to hear from readers.
So, you want to date an Alaskan. Who wouldn’t? You’ve seen the pictures of hunky wilderness firefighters and fishermen. In Alaska, there are around a hundred and seven men for every hundred women. But women in Alaska have a saying. The odds are good, but the goods are odd.
Now whether this is a bad thing is for you to decide. Personally, I like people who are on the quirky side. Normal people don’t work outside at twenty below, or mush dogs a thousand miles, or land planes on glaciers. But the picture below shows what happens when you mix natural quirkiness with long, dark, winters and shake thoroughly.
Figure 1 Photo by Lynn Scott: Running of the Reindeer
Still in? What if you go to Alaska, meet that perfect guy, and he seems to be speaking a different language? Never fear. I have a handy translation guide right here to get you started.
Suppose Alaska Man says he wants to take you for a ride on his sled. It could mean he wants to pull you up a local hill for a ride on his plastic toboggan, but most likely he’s talking about one of these.
Figure 2 Yes, usually called a sled, sometimes a snow machine, never a snowmobile.
If he mentions he works a rotation on the slope, you’d better be the independent type. The slope is the North Slope of Alaska, where Prudhoe Bay and the surrounding oil field lie. Workers spend their rotation, most commonly fourteen days straight of twelve-hour shifts, living in dorm-like facilities there. The good news is he’ll have a similar amount of free time afterward to spend with you.
Unless he says, “The reds are at the Russian.” This may sound like you’ve fallen into a spy thriller, but it really means the red salmon have started their migration upriver to spawn, and they’ve made it up the Kenai River to the mouth of the Russian River. It also means your Alaskan Man is about to disappear into a crowd of combat fishermen until he’s caught his limit. Or you could tag along and try it yourself. Even if you don’t fish, the sight of fisherman from all over the world standing shoulder to shoulder along the banks of the Russian river is unique. Just remember, if anyone yells “Fish on,” get out of the way. Alaskans, both men and women, take their salmon seriously.
Figure 3 Taken at a stoplight in Anchorage
Once your man gets his fish, the two of you might want to take some to a friend’s potlatch. A potlatch was originally a celebratory community meal held in the villages, but has come to mean roughly the same thing as potluck.
If he mentions wearing his “Alaskan tuxedo” to the potlatch, he’ll show up in Carhartts, with matching pants and jacket. Be aware, clean Carhartts are appropriate for almost any event in Alaska. If all goes well, he might even wear them to your wedding.
So come on up to Alaska. The men are waiting.
August 12th: Launch
Nicole’s Book Musings
Becky on Books
It’s All About the Romance
Hearts & Scribbles
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
Getting Your Read On
underneath the covers
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
What to Read Next
Reading Is My SuperPower
The Bookworm Chronicles
Janice’s book review
Thoughts of a Blonde
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
August 18th: Grand Finale
Taste of Alaska Prize Pack (US only), which includes:
- Alaska cross-body bag
- Wild Smoked Alaska Salmon for Dip
- Alaska Wild Berry Company Bering Sea Salt Caramels
- Gold Nugget Chocolate Chunks
- Raspberry Herbal Tea
- Salmon Jerky – Teriyaki and Original
- Three Bears Postcard
- Alaska Sourdough Starter
- Moose Notecards by Alaskan Artist Vonnie Gaither
$25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends August 22nd