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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Excerpt & Giveaway: Deception Island by Judith Boss


Judith Boss (née Wager) was born in the village of Honeoye Falls, south of Rochester, New York in the heart of wine country. She attended elementary school in Irondequoit, where her family moved when she was two.

When not in school, she enjoyed wandering the woods and fields around her home and picking beans for 25¢ a basket for Mr. King, who owned the truck farm behind her house. She also loved hiking and camping and was active in the Girl Scouts throughout high school.

An avid writer, when Judy was 11 years old she wrote and illustrated her first “novel," a story about her beloved parakeet “Sparky." My Little Sparky was followed by several other short novels and a book of poems.
 
Following graduation from high school, Judy attended the University of Rochester for a few years before dropping out and emigrating to Australia. Both of Judy’s daughters were born in Australia. She also finished her B.A. in philosophy and anthropology at the University of Western Australia.

From Australia, the family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada for graduate school. After graduate school, Judy worked for eight years as a writer/researcher for the Nova Scotia Museum. In 1979, Judy and her two daughters moved to Newport, Rhode Island where she continued to work as a writer. She also worked as a lecturer for several years at the University of Rhode Island before going back to full-time writing

Judy currently lives in rural Rhode Island with her family and Corgi. An avid traveler, she has traveled with students from the University Of Rhode Island and Brown Medical School to work with undeserved, indigenous people in Guatemala and Mexico. Her favorite travel destination, however, is Antarctica.

Find Judith online:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_A._Boss
https://www.amazon.com/Deception-Island-Judith-Boss/dp/1628308680
http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2016/08/a-conversation-with-suspense-novelist-judith-a-boss-5fdbf5b0.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8a5CQJmAPUs
https://www.facebook.com/judyboss2
https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-boss-41895150?trk=hp-identity-name



Rachel peered over the rail as the hydrofoil eased into a slip at a floating dock. Whalebones on the floor of the bay, from the days whaling ships used the harbor, could be seen through the clear water. As usual, the beach near the dock was bustling with penguins. A Snow-Cat, a sleek, bullet-shaped vehicle with yellow stripes painted on it, was parked just above the beach line.

As they disembarked and started up the beach toward an awaiting Snow-Cat, some of the gentoo penguins scattered, lurching and stumbling over the cobblestones. Others raised their bright orange beaks in protest.

“The penguins seem particularly jumpy today,” remarked one of the crew. “Like something spooked them during the night.”

Two men unloaded what looked like a body bag from the Snow-Cat and loaded it on the hydrofoil.

In the distance beyond a ridge, Rachel noticed a small hut silhouetted by the low sun. “That’s the Argentinean hut,” said Antonio, shouldering his overnight bag. After saying a quick farewell to them, he slipped on a pair of snowshoes and headed up to the hut.

“All aboard,” one of the men said. He reached out a hand and helped Rachel climb up into the cab of the Snow-Cat.

From her seat on the Snow-Cat, Rachel could see the skittish penguins watching the receding vehicle wind its way up to Shackleton Station. What had upset them? The very air seemed to bristle with angst. She glanced over at Trevor sitting across from her, but he didn't seem to notice anything amiss.

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While at an archaeology dig in Afghanistan, evolutionary anthropologist Rachel St. Claire discovers a pendant with strange shifting symbols. Not long after, she receives an urgent call from her colleague, Dr. Grace McAllister, insisting Rachel come to Antarctica to examine an unusual body with ethereal properties found in an ice cave. Before Rachel can respond, bandits storm the desert dig site. Just as they are about to seize Rachel, a helicopter appears with Trevor Brookenridge, a handsome polar geophysicist sent by his Aunt Grace to bring Rachel to Antarctica. Sparks fly, but Rachel already has a fiancé. Rachel must decide who she can trust when a group of bioterrorists engaged in secret genetic experiments in an abandoned World War II Nazi base under the Antarctic ice sheet come after the pendant--and her. For it seems everyone knows a secret Rachel does not, one which will change her life forever.

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Release Date: March 2015
Formats: paperback | ebook
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20 comments:

  1. Antarctica and secret Nazi bases? I'm in! Lovely cover on this one and I like the premise. I wonder what's made the penguins so skittish... ?

    Good luck with the book!

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    1. Thanks Greg. Penguins usually are usually comfortable with people. The naturalist on our ship thinks penguins simply regard us upright humans as another type of penguin

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  2. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. Thanks for hosting Deception Island!

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  4. I enjoy hearing back from my readers. Let me know what you think of the book.

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  5. A compelling novel which interests me greatly. Thanks.

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  6. I really enjoyed reading the entire post, thank you!

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  7. Glad you enjoyed the post! Deception Island is available as an ebook and will also be coming out as an audio book early next year.

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  8. I could have done with more to make it obvious this was in the Antarctic, but that may show elsewhere than the selected excerpt.
    Thank you for offering the giveaway.

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  9. Great post! I enjoyed reading the excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Thank you for your feedback. Have any of you been to the Antarctic Peninsula? It's one of the most beautiful places in the world!

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    1. My brother and one of our sisters went a couple years ago. They loved it.

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    2. It is incredibly beautiful. There is so much wildlife--penguins, whales, seals--none of which is afraid of humans since there are no land predators in Antarctica.

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  11. What a great setting. And an interesting premise.

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  12. What we see is shaped to a large extent by what our culture tells us is real and unreal.

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  13. Are any of you in the process of writing or marketing a novel?

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  14. Sounds like a great read, thank you for sharing this interesting excerpt!

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    1. Thanks. By the way, Deception Island makes a great holiday gift for both adults and young adults.

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