Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spotlight on Alaska Books: Compass North, by Stephanie Joyce Cole

Evan gulped his coffee and waved his cup at two fishermen walking by. He stretched his arms above his head, one at a time, groaning. “Lots of people here get by off the grid. They barter for food, work in exchange for getting what they need, no records, no government, no Big Brother. They hunt and fish when they can. It’s not always easy and it’s not always pretty, but you can do it.”
She leaned back against the sticky vinyl seat. The clanking of dishes in the kitchen and the rise and fall of voices from the other booths flowed around her, comforting in the normalcy they evoked.
She gripped her coffee mug tightly and rubbed her finger over a tiny chip in the rim, feeling a prickle of cold air from the drafty window slip down under her collar. Alaskan cold. Alaska, where things are different.
(Compass North, Stephanie Joyce Cole)
Reeling from the shock of a suddenly shattered marriage, Meredith flees as far from her home in Florida as she can get without a passport:  to Alaska.  After a freak accident leaves her presumed dead, she stumbles into a new identity and a new life in a quirky small town.  Her friendship with a fiery and temperamental artist and her growing worry for her elderly, cranky landlady pull at the fabric of her carefully guarded secret.  When a romance with a local fisherman unexpectedly blossoms, Meredith struggles to find a way to meld her past and present so that she can move into the future she craves.  But someone is looking for her, someone who will threaten Meredith’s dream of a reinvented life.
“Compass North is a must read for today’s generation of women (and men), defining their role in a complex and fast changing world.”--Grady, Goodreads
“..an intriguing book of love and loss mixed with just the right elements of romance and suspense.  Well done to this author.” --The Romance Studio
Stephanie Joyce Cole lived for decades in Alaska.  She and her husband recently relocated to Seattle, where they reside with a predatory but lovable tailess Manx cat named Bruno.  Stephanie has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a law degree from UCLA.  Stephanie is a member of 49 Writers.  COMPASS NORTH is published in ebook and paperback formats by Champagne Book Group.
Paperback and ebook editions available from Amazon.com and Champagnebooks.com
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