Welcome to my tour stop for Silenced in the Surf by Kate Dyer-Seeley! This is book three in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series and released March 29th, 2016. The tour runs April 4-15 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Covering a windsurfing competition should have been a breeze for reporter Meg Reed, but with a killer in the curl, she's headed for rough waters…
Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge is the windsurfing capital of the world, and Meg is stoked to cover the King of the Hook event for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine. Before the competition gets under way, Meg has a chance to try some windsurfing on her own. But when the current sweeps her downriver, she spots a body snagged on the rocks. The dead man is Justin Cruise, aka Cruise Control, a celebrity windsurfer and not exactly a nice guy. It's soon clear his death was no accident, and Cruise had no shortage of enemies. As Meg dives right in to discover who wiped out the windsurfer, she'll need to keep her balance--or she too may get blown away.
Praise For Scene Of The Climb "A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie." --Library Journal "A fun, terrific adventure." --Suspense Magazine
Includes Adventure Guides!
Don't miss out on the first two books, Scene of the Climb and Slayed on the Slopes!
Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. The first book in the series, Scene of the Climb, features the rugged landscapes of the Columbia River Gorge and a young journalist who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme. Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and international publications including: The Columbian, The Vancouver Voice, Seattle Backpacker, Portland Family Magazine, and Climbing Magazine. Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.
What was your inspiration for this story?
This is the third book in the Pacific Northwest Mystery series, and since I began writing the series I’ve wanted to send Meg to Hood River. Meg is a young journalist who has landed a job writing for an outdoor magazine, Northwest Extreme, but let’s just say that her athletic skills could use some serious improvement. She’s had adventures out in the wild Oregon forests and on the high slopes of Mt. Hood where things haven’t gone exactly as she planned. But Meg is spunky and willing to try anything to keep her job at the magazine, so when she learns that an international windsurfing competition is going to take place in the charming and very windy town of Hood River, she signs up for the assignment. Swimming just might be her sport, but she never anticipates finding a body on the banks of the mighty Columbia River.
Hood River is about a forty-five minute drive from my house. It’s considered one of the windiest places on the planet and attracts windsurfers, kite boarders, paddle boarders, and water lovers from all over the world. The town is situated just up the hill from the Columbia River and exudes the perfect mix of small town charm with a touch of adventure. There are artisan coffee shops, brew pubs, restaurants, shops, and dogs everywhere. My family and I love taking day trips to Hood River. We’ll grab a delectable lunch and pint of Northwest microbrew at one of the restaurants, meander through the shops, and then head down to the river.
On windy days you can sit on the sandy shores of the river and watch windsurfers and kite boarders catch incredible air and perform death-defying stunts. Colorful kites and sails fill the sky and rain down like confetti. Throughout the season Hood River hosts a variety of tournaments and competitions where (like Meg) spectators can get a glimpse of professional athletes in action.
When the river is quiet you’ll spot paddle boarders slowly cutting through the calm water—often with a collection of dogs along for the ride. They glide in almost a meditation as the sun sparkles and reflects from the river’s brilliant blue surface.
You can dip your toes in the water, soak up the sun from the safety of the sand, or try your hand at one of the river sports. There are board rental companies and guiding groups that will give you a quick lesson and let you catch your own air!
I hope that readers will fall in love with the charming outdoor mecca of Hood River as Meg puzzles through the clues and pieces together whodunit.
Signed copies of Scene of the Climb, Slayed on the Slopes and Silenced in the Surf, pink water bottle, Organic Clif bars, Sunscreen, Chapstick, Pink sunglasses & Gourmet lemonade.
Open to US addresses only.
Ends April 20, 2016
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.