Crazy about Alaska + Giveaway

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Crazy About Alaska
Written by: Shannon L. Brown
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Month, Year: June 2017
Amazon

About the Book:

Holly has her eye on a handsome state trooper. Not on her boring, oh-so-serious, former professor, Adam.

Having her toes curl when she’s near Adam must be ignored.

Holly just wants a great dad for her twin girls. She’s going to find one, write a novel to fulfill her dreams, and create a happy life.

Falling in love isn’t part of her plan.

My Thoughts:

With a summer full of possibilities, Holly has her eyes set on selling a few homes, enjoying the Alaskan sun, and perhaps falling in love. What she didn’t plan on was having two men vying for her attention! As she grows closer to both men, Holly has a nagging feeling she should tell them about her twin daughters. But Holly is still stinging from her ex-husband’s rejection of their daughters; is her heart ready to be hurt again?

This sweet tale will put a smile on reader’s faces as they enjoy Shannon L. Brown’s novel, Crazy About Alaska. This story made me reminisce of my childhood, where I lived in the Fairbanks/North Pole region of Alaska for five years. I loved the wide open expanse, seeing moose munching on grass in my front yard, fly fishing, and the never-ending sun in the summers. And I especially loved those winters because,

S N O W!!

I love snow!! Crazy About Alaska is the third book in the series but works well as a stand-alone novel. This is my first read of Shannon L. Brown’s works and I’m going to be adding her other works to my TBR list.

About the Author:

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Even though Shannon L. Brown always loved to read, she didn’t plan to be a writer. She earned two degrees from the University of Alaska, one in journalism/public communications, but didn’t become a journalist.

Years passed. Shannon felt pulled into a writing life, testing her wings with a novel and moving on to articles. Shannon is now an award-winning journalist who has sold hundreds of articles to local, national, and regional publications.

Shannon was born and raised in Alaska so she enjoyed writing the books in the Alaska Dream Romance series. “The Feather Chase” was her first published book and began the Crime-Solving Cousins Mystery series. The eight-to-twelve-year-olds in your life will enjoy this contemporary twist on a Nancy Drew-type mystery.

Shannon lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her professor husband and adorable calico cat.

Guest Post from Shannon Brown:

When a character opens the door and steps from her world into mine, writing about her is easier. Holly Harris in Crazy About Alaska is a real estate agent, and I was once one. I’ve driven clients around and shown them houses only to have them go a different direction. My husband and I bought a new house a few years ago, so I have tales to tell from that experience too. (Readers may think the purple shower is made up. Think again.) I chose to bring a college professor into her life as a love interest. I’m married to one.

Some of myself always finds its way into a story. Sometimes, it’s just something I might like to do. Holly’s sister Jemma rehabs furniture in Falling for Alaska, book one in the series. The idea for her business came while I was watching HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. Taking trash and making it beautiful sounds like something I’d like to try. Jemma also dislikes coffee and drinks tea. (Here I am again.) But she is not exactly me. She’s cooking challenged, and I’m a good cook.

Does the story become about the author when she inserts herself into it? Reality is only a fun fraction of the book. Holly has two men vying for her affections. That never happened. (It might have been fun if it had!) She also has five-year-old twins. I never experienced that.

By far the most challenging of the sisters in the series was Bree in book two, Loving Alaska. She’s a doctor, and my knowledge of the medical profession comes from sitting on the exam table, not from doing the exam. I spoke with doctors I knew and brought her to life. But Bree isn’t all made up either. She despises being in nature, especially camping. I’ve camped on a frozen river, beside a lake after canoeing or boating in, and many more places, but I’m with Bree and hotels are greatly preferred. There I am in the story again.

Reading the books I’ve written helps you know who I am. I’m a woman with a big imagination who enjoys bringing stories to life. Oh, and that slightly sarcastic sense of humor you may notice with Jemma and Holly? That might be from me as well.

 

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Giveaway:

To celebrate this tour, Shannon Brown is giving away a grand prize of a book lovers gift basket – a basket filled with book-related things!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

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I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Pam Graber says:

    This book sounds wonderful! So good, in fact, that I went to Amazon and ordered it! Looking forward to reading.

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    1. Pam, I hope you enjoy it! Don’t miss the beginning of the series with Falling for Alaska.

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  2. Joyce J says:

    This book sounds like a lot of fun!

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  3. Karen Wright says:

    I love Alaska and love reading books that take place there. Can’t wait for my next visit to Alaska!

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  4. darla says:

    A purple shower sounds interesting.

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