Polar Day by Julie Flanders *Giveaway
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by Julie Flanders
The midnight sun bakes Fairbanks, Alaska as residents gather for the annual summer solstice baseball game. Amidst the revelry and raucous shouts of “Play ball,” a spark alights and a jogger bursts into flames. Detective Danny Fitzpatrick, still reeling from his near death at the hands of vampire Aleksei Nechayev, watches in horror as the man burns alive.
Someone is burning Fairbanks and its residents and leaving nothing but smoldering embers behind. As the city sweats under a record-breaking heatwave and unexplained fires claim more victims, Danny and his colleagues struggle to find an arsonist who can conjure fire out of thin air.
To Danny’s horror, the only one who may be able to help him stop the arsonist is his nemesis Nechayev. Will the vampire help in the hunt for a witch?
The inquisitive Fairbanks detective Danny Fitzpatrick had ruined the peaceful home Aleksei had maintained in the Arctic town of Coldfoot for decades. He enjoyed checking in on the detective and, while he couldn’t help but feel a strange fondness for the man he had chosen to let live, he always hoped to find him struggling with some new problem. He was tickled to see that this time he got his wish.
Aleksei grinned from ear to ear as he read about the mysterious fires that were plaguing Fairbanks while the city suffered through its worst heat wave in history. How fascinating! And by all accounts, the police, including the dear detective, had no idea who was starting the fires or even how they were doing it.
Fire was one of the few things Aleksei feared and hated as much as humans did. He still remembered the time he had been nearly burned to death by a male witch not long after he’d arrived in Alaska. He couldn’t help but wonder if a supernatural force was responsible for these fires as well. Was there a witch on the loose in Fairbanks?
Since he was safe and sound on the other side of the world, Aleksei desperately hoped so. How would his favorite detective deal with a situation like that? And what of the fire starter? What was his, or her, motivation? What was the game?
His lousy winter here in Australia had suddenly taken a surprisingly lovely turn. Clearly, the summer in Fairbanks was turning out to be more horrific than anyone there could have imagined. He couldn’t wait to see how it all unfolded. It was going to be such fun.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Julie Flanders is a librarian by day and a writer all the rest of the time. She is also a television show addict with a particular fondness for Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and a slightly obsessive sports fan who cheers for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Reds. Julie is an animal lover and animal rescue advocate who shares her home with her rescued dog and cat. She has written about the joys of pets for outlets such as Cat Fancy, Thrive in Life, and Best Friends Animal Society. Visit Julie at julieflanders.net.
1. Light or Dark Chocolate?
2. What was your favorite book when you were little?
Winnie the Pooh
3. Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?
I would like to meet Danny because I think he would be fun to spend time with. He’s also one of my only characters I wouldn’t be afraid to meet!
4. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
It’s hard to pick just one but I would say I was definitely influenced by Stephen King, especially his early novels. I love that he inserts horror and the extraordinary into things as ordinary as a high school prom, an old car, or a fancy hotel.
5. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism has just been bad reviews in general. I learned early on that I don’t have thick enough skin yet to handle bad reviews. I realized it’s best for me to just not read any reviews at all. The best compliment is any time someone says they enjoyed one of my books or enjoyed the characters. I never imagined that other people might connect with a story or character that once existed only in my head. It’s a huge thrill!
6. Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?
I wish I could say yes but I can’t. I would like to be laid back enough to do something like this but I can’t deny I am wound very tight. I would run back inside and change immediately.
Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog and giving me the opportunity to answer your questions. This was a fun interview!
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