There’s no going back!

the-ice-star-25pctThe Ice Star is released tomorrow, and there’s no going back! This is it then, sink or swim.

Will Fenna capture reader’s imaginations?

Will I?

What happens if she does?

What happens if I do?

These are questions I haven’t asked before – haven’t felt the need to. But The Ice Star is doing pretty well just now, moving up the charts in “military thriller” and “international crime and mystery”. I haven’t seen this interest in my other books – it must be the genre.

And what a genre! There’s a lot of competition, and a lot of books competing with the readers’ interest and doing their best to grab their attention.

This is it though.

It’s time to test the ice!

The Ice Star is available for pre-order from Amazon at a reduced price. Spoiler(ish) alert – it’s serious all of a sudden.

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Of bears, wolves, and men

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“I want the facts as they are fresh, so that I can compare them with the British version of events.”
“Burwardsley,” Fenna said. She struggled to stop her bottom lip from curling. “Who is he anyway?”
“We’ll get to that,” he said and picked up his notebook. He turned to a fresh page and nodded for Fenna to continue. “The wolf then. If we must.”

The men in The Ice Star are predators, at least some of them, the ones chasing Fenna across the ice. But the real wolves of Greenland, the Arctic wolf, conjure images of strength and resilience, character attributes that Fenna will need to survive and complete her mission.

I never saw a wolf during my time in Greenland, not even when we lived as far north as Qaanaaq. But I clearly remember the time when a polar bear came into town and starting making trouble. It had been seen at the graveyard, and again at the dump. On both occasions it was looking for food. My wife, Jane, told me about the sighting late one night.

I leaped out of bed and started pulling on clothes, grabbing my camera on the way out of the bedroom.

“Stop,” she said.

“What?”

“It was yesterday.”

Right there… grounds for divorce! Clearly, we had a very different appreciation of what was newsworthy, and when.

We’re still married, and, funnily enough, living in Denmark, we now have a greater chance of seeing a wolf than we did in Greenland. they cross the border from Germany – our new backyard.

The Ice Star is available for pre-order from Amazon at a reduced price. Spoiler(ish) alert – bears and wolves feature in the story.

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Yeah, and it can kill you!

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Greenland is beautiful. Always. Even in May, when the thaw sets in and the snow melts in the dog yard and the “winter treats” warm up and gush down the rocks in yellow and brown streams of…

You get the picture, but the smell is indescribable!

The sunsets and sunrises though – they never fail to please. Only during the dark periods, when you want  the sun to hang around for just a little longer – and it doesn’t. That can be tough.

But the beauty of Greenland, the raw, unadulterated beauty of ice, snow, rock and sun, and the sparse vegetation and wildlife that eek a living out in the wilds – that NEVER grows old.

I miss it.

There, I said it. But reliving the beauty of Greenland during the writing and rewriting of The Ice Star, compensated – to a degree – for the fact that I can no longer see glaciers from my kitchen window. If you get the chance to visit Greenland, do it. Just do it. You won’t be disappointed.

In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of the raw beauty in The Ice Star, as Fenna does her best to stay one step ahead of the men trying to kill her as she travels across the sea ice in the wake of an Arctic storm.

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The Ice Star LEAKED!

the-ice-star-25pctIt happened, the paperback is now available from Amazon UK – ahead of time!

Leaked!

Brilliant! 😉

The cover got a revamp too, a bit brighter, to reflect the coming of Spring? Or to give the reader hope that it is not as bleak as it first appears? Either that or lulling the reader into a false sense of security.

#authorsareevil

The Kindle version of The Ice Star is still available at a reduced price on pre-order.

Check it out, or maybe try and and get a copy of the leaked paperback!

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Sea Ice & Action Sequences

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Action sequences are a crucial element of The Ice Star, as are car chases.

I devour Jason Bourne movies – not necessarily for the plot as, by now, they are quite logical/predictable, but for the car chase set piece that occurs at least once in each movie. The Ice Star takes the classic car chase and puts it on ice, literally.

When I lived in Greenland, I travelled on the ice in various ways – by dog sledge, on foot, by snowmobile, and in taxis. I also flew regularly over the ice in a helicopter. Naturally, each of these elements of travelling across the sea ice – preferably at speed – had to be worked into the plot. I am pleased to say that The Ice Star has its fair share of chase sequences, on the ice, including all kinds of vehicles and engines – including the furry kind.

The Ice Star is available for pre-order from Amazon at a reduced price. Spoiler(ish) alert – there’s more than one chase scene in The Ice Star.

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Thunderclapping!

ice-star-thunderclapThe Ice Star is a little over two weeks from launch. So this is it then, crunch time. Time to bite the bullet, duck and cover, or just sit back and ride the wave. Is it going to break through the ice, sink, or swim?

I have no idea.

But I could use your help.

If you would like to support the launch of The Ice Star, then please feel free to click on the link to the Thunderclap page, and click to add your support.

The more I think about it, the more I get excited about promoting Greenland, and the fate of the North Pole (oops, small spoiler) through the actions of Fenna, Dina, Kula and Maratse.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Frost Bite and Frozen Corpses

the-ice-starI have killed again.

I’m not proud of the fact, but I have lost track of the body count – it’s not huge, but enough. It got a little rough all of a sudden, racing by dog sledge to the endgame. It’s a thriller – of that I have no doubt. But the political machinations took me by surprise, as have the characters. I mean, the Greenlander – Dina, she has more guts than I will ever have! She shows it too.

And then there is Fenna – Konstabel Brongaard herself. She has shown what she is capable of, and yet, she’s human. A woman in a man’s world – it’s a cliché she is doing her best to turn around, without sleeping with the leading male protagonist. And why not? Well, she is the main protagonist!

Between the description of the sledge patrol, when nature shows its teeth, and the build up to the first “car chase” (it’s a little different than your usual fare), there is plenty to occupy Fenna. She really is in a bind – literally to begin with, and then, well, literally again.

You know, at this point, even I’m not sure she is going to make it.

The Ice Star is available for pre-order from Amazon at a reduced price. Spoiler(ish) alert – Canadians are cool, really, and I could imagine Ryan Gosling playing a role in The Ice Star.

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The Real Sirius

Meet the real Sirius Sledge Patrol and their amazing dogs. The characters and dogs from The Ice Star are based on the real life Sirius Sledge Patrol and the areas they patrol in Greenland, but with a lot (can’t emphasise this enough) of artistic licence and drama. Here’s the link to film maker Morten Hilmer.

If you’re looking for the real patrol, this video (in Danish) does a fantastic job of revealing the lives of the men and dogs on patrol. If you’re looking for a thrilling read based on the patrol, The Ice Star is available for pre-order from Amazon at a reduced price.

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The Dog Star(s)

img_9042_2The Ice Star isn’t the first thriller to feature sledge dogs, but it might just be the first thriller to build a plot around sledge dogs and the men (and women – spoiler) that work with them.

Konstabel Fenna Brongaard is the first of her kind – the first female member of the Sirius Sledge Patrol. She’s also the first patrol member to be accused of killing her partner. The sledge dogs in the story play an integral part in letting the reader discover just who Fenna is, what makes her tick, and literally driving the plot forwards, from scene to scene.

Without dogs The Ice Star would be mostly ice. The dogs then are the real stars!

They shine brighter than life, much like the Sirius star itself.

The Ice Star is available for pre-order from Amazon at a reduced price. Spoiler(ish) alert – no real dogs were harmed in the writing of The Ice Star.

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