Friday, April 1, 2016

A - ANAKTUVUK PASS


A IS FOR ANAKTUVUK PASS



"Anaktuvuk Pass (Uhn-uk-too-vuk) was named after the Anaktuvik River. Anaktuvuk is the English way of spelling annaqtugvik place of caribou droppings in Inupiaq, the language of the Inupiat." Wikipedia

While Alaska attracts people seeking adventure, it also attracts those who need a place to hide. The wilderness is a great place to lose oneself, and to lose those in pursuit. Just as one criminal does in my latest release Murder & Obsession! Detective Quaid, with the help of his uncle, tracks the culprit to Anaktuvuk Pass. 

A beautiful place, Alaska, but a dangerous place too!



Murder & Obsession

Excerpt:

Anaktuvuk Pass, just north of the Brooks Ranges, was a remote village of Nunamiut Eskimos. Flying in during October, early November meant below zero temperatures, a frozen tundra, and few places to hide. Steven knew if Gayln Southwick was there, ferreting him out would not be hard.

. . . Steven crossed the room in two strides. His hand clamped around Gayln’s neck. "Remember me?"

Grasping at Steven’s hand, Gayln struggled for air and words. Steven threw him against the door. Gayln’s head bounced with a sickening thud. “Going somewhere, Gayln?”

Gayln tried, but couldn’t move his head. “No,” he croaked.

“No, you aren’t, unless it’s a quick trip to meet your maker. You want that, Gayln? Are you ready?”

Gayln nodded, then immediately shook his head.

“Give me a reason. Please, just one little reason. You've no idea the rage I’m holding. What-Have-You-Done?”

Gayln moaned. His face turned an odd shade of blue, his eyes bulged.

“Are you going to talk or do I have to show you the entrance to Hell first?”

Gayln's face was almost purple. “I’ll talk,” he gasped.


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89 comments:

  1. Hi Yolanda!
    What an unusual name for such a frozen place. I'm wondering how the word Anaktuvuk is pronounced. I love the sounds of words...
    Great excerpt too.
    Enjoy the madness of the A to Z...I'll definitely pop in again!

    Writer In Transit

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    1. Hi, Michelle, thanks, I'll add that (Uhn-uk-too-vuk) great idea. Visiting soon! Enjoy your April fools day!

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  2. Happy April!!! I'd love to visit Alaska at some point.

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    1. Hi, Nicola, I hope you have the opportunity!

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  3. All that's beautiful is also dangerous, in my experience :) African bush is the same, so is the desert. Beautiful pic, and awesome excerpt. Alaska is definitely on my bucket list, it sounds divine.
    Have fun this A-Z.
    Best always,

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. So true, Nila, thanks, you have fun too! See you on the flip sile

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  4. Beautiful spot!
    I'd think hiding would be just as dangerous. A bear could attack you and no one would be there to help or even know where to find your body later.

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    1. Good morning, Alex, and the fun has begun. But you're right, lots of places to disappear, and folks do!
      Happy April Fool's Day!

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  5. Yolanda, best wishes to you for your latest and greatest!

    I’m exploring different types of dreams and their meanings during the #AtoZChallenge at Stephen Tremp’s Breakthrough Blogs

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    1. Hi Stephen, thanks. I love your theme and will be back to see the meanings. I'm a dream oriented person!

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  6. This is going to be a great theme for me! :) And I've got your book loaded up read to go on my Kindle right now. Can't wait to start!

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    1. I'm thrilled, Christine, that you have it. You've made my day! I do go on and on about Alaska, some would say I'm obsessed. I'd have to agree! :)

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  7. Congrats on the book release, Yolanda and an intriguing excerpt!
    Rosa
    @RosaT_Author
    Rosa Temple writes...

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    1. Hi, Rosa, thanks for stopping by. Thanks!

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  8. Hiding there would be easy to do but deadly to you. I'll pas if I'm ever on the run lol

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    1. Hi, Pat, yeah, not a good place for cats - too many wolves!

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  9. This is going to be interesting reading, particularly since I just won a copy! Thanks, Yolanda!

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  10. This is going to be interesting reading, particularly since I just won a copy! Thanks, Yolanda!

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    1. So cool! You got it! I'm glad, can't wait to hear what you think!

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  11. It does look rather wild and dangerous. I'm not brave enough to venture there although I love the thought of wildness and nature at its best.

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    1. It's beauty belies it's danger. But it is a heaven on earth too! I was so privileged to see so much of it! Hi, Sally, thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I love that your book is set in such a magnificent place on this planet. I love Alaska. It's a perfect spot for mystery and beauty.

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  13. I suppose anyplace is dangerous if you're touring it with a murderer.

    I wonder why they changed the spelling...certainly not to make it easier to pronounce. LOL

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    1. No, of course not. Easier. LOL When we first moved to Washington State. A city, Puyallup, we called puuyloop for the longest time. Well, until we heard the proper pronunciation, still we liked puuyloop. Pew-al-up is the right pronunciation. If I've done it right. Not good at this at all. :) Hi, Elizabeth!

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  14. That's a gentler translation of Anaktuvuk than I've heard before :-)

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. Oh dear, did I get it wrong? Fill me in! LOL Hi, Samantha!

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  15. Ooh, I love your theme! I am thinking about trying another Alaska story and can't wait to read your posts about the state. I'm so inspired by it even though I've never been.
    Enjoy the A-Z!

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    1. You have to go, Julie. I wish I could too. Hubby keeps promising, but I don't know if it'll ever happen now. LOL I think he's afraid if I ever get back I won't come home. :)

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  16. I've never been to Alaska, but the idea of it is so intriguing--and not just to me--look at how many shows on Alaska there are!

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    1. I know, they seem to have popped up over night too. Blew me away. LOL But they still don't show it's true beauty, although our favorite is the one with the teams that have to survive the wilderness. Can't remember the name. LOL

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  17. Interesting setting. I can see how the Alaskan wilderness and native population could add to a story. Steven sounds like a pretty tough guy. Makes me wonder what Gayln did. Interesting start to your A-Z challenge. :)

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    1. Hi, Deborah, Steven is part Tlingit and Irish. I think, an interesting character. Thanks!

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  18. The Alaskan wilderness is a beautiful and fascinating place. I can understand your fascination.

    @LGKeltner from
    Writing Off the Edge
    Parallels

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    1. Hi, Laura, it certainly is. And yes, I am obsessed. LOL

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  19. What a setting, a setting that becomes a character onto itself.

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  20. Very nice setting. After that beating, I would talk also. Your setting description drew me in.
    All the best for the Challenge.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Hi, Pat, I think most of us would. LOL

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  21. sounds intriguing - like Alaska - really is the far frontier

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    1. Hi David, nice to see you this A to Z go around! It's a very intriguing place!

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  22. I'd love to visit Alaska. Intriguing snippet!!!

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    1. Thanks, Cathrina! I hope you get the chance!

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  23. Mary and I are fans of the show "Alaska State Troopers" on The Justice Network. I don't think they've visited there yet (or maybe at all; they're rerunning the shows), but I can just imagine the characters they'd run into there.

    John Holton
    Blogging from A to Z Challenge Co-Host
    The Sound of One Hand Typing

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    1. I'm not sure they have yet, either. Alaska is full of 'characters'! Thanks for stopping by John!

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  24. Great start to the AtoZ challenge.
    I love the Excerpt provided.
    I've always wanted to visit Alaska. I keep telling myself, "Maybe this year."
    I'd love to catch the Aurora when on display.

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    1. Then you'll have to visit in the winter, but it too, is a beautiful season! Thanks, Jeffrey!

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    2. I'm from Wisconsin, so the cold is normal to me. To be honest, I'd love to visit in Winter more than Summer.

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  25. Excellent start to the challenge, Yolanda. Alaska looks very beautiful indeed, and I loved that excerpt from Murder & Obsession. What did Gayln do to make Steven so angry?!

    Clare Dugmore from Clare Dugmore Writes.

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    1. Hi, Clare, thanks. I hope it fosters interest! LOL He took part in the 'killing' of Sarah, Steven's fiancee! The worst part is that he 'was' a friend.

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  26. Intriguing thanks for share a snippet of your book! I'm anxious to learn why Steven is so ticked off!

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    1. Hi, Donna, I hope you do learn why. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. I love this excerpt! Alaska is on my list of places to go. I'm hoping to do an Alaskan cruise!

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    1. You'll love it and want more. I took the ferry from Seattle to Haines once, it's beautiful! Thanks for stopping by Megan!

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  28. I'd love to visit Alaska someday. It seems unusual to see a green field--not the way I would imagine Alaska. Very pretty, though.

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    1. Hi, Colin, a lot about Alaska will surprise you! It unbelievable. Thanks for stopping by, Colin!

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    1. Me too, Sandra, LOL
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  30. Great start to the Challenge. I love Alaska, and am now sucked into the book. Do I want to start with book one of the trilogy? I am heading over seas soon - 15 hour of consecutive air travel and hadn't picked a book yet. BTW - I am also one of Alex's minions.

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    1. Hello, fellow minion! Hi, Rhonda. I hope you choose the murder trilogy, it will fill those 15 hours. Each is a stand alone, but the love story is what ties them together.

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  31. A remote area to be sure. Hope you enjoy the A to Z challenge this year - cheers.
    I'm A to Zing from: Fill the Cracks and Moondustwriter's Blog

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    1. Hi, Leslie, I'll be wandering over. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. Hi Yolanda! I've long wanted to visit Alaska, and now thanks to you, I'll know to skip Anaktuvuk Pass if I know what's good for me!

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    1. LOL, it's safe honest! Have a wonderful trip! Thanks for visiting!

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  33. Anaktuvuk looks so beautiful and sounds so intriguing too. While it's good place to hide, but if somebody needs help... OMG! he will be left all alone for wild animals! :D

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    1. Hi, Shilpa, They do have an airport! LOL Thanks for stopping by!

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  34. Anaktuvuk looks so beautiful and sounds so intriguing too. While it's good place to hide, but if somebody needs help... OMG! he will be left all alone for wild animals! :D

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  35. I would love to visit Alaska someday, preferably in the summer! It would be a good place to escape to, if you knew what you were doing, but it doesn't sound like Gayln did ;)

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    1. Gayln was way over his head. Hi, Elizabeth. Thanks for stopping by!

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  36. Alaska, oh Alaska... She's been in my dreams for as long as I can remember. I don't know if I ever mentioned it, Yolanda, but I have a friend who lives for six months every year. He loves it. One of these days I'll make it up there :)

    Thanks for the visit over at Life In Dogs earlier! Your neighbor sounds like someone I'd have lots to talk about with :D

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    1. I'd give anything to live there for 6 months of the year. Wonderful. I hope he invites you soon! Love you blog, I know Karen and you would hit it off!

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  37. Alaska is one of the places in the list I want to visit. And the excerpt is awesome. And the picture looks tempting. My travel bug has bitten me and I may turn into a travel woman soon😃😋

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    1. I hope so Ramya, You would enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. What a fun beginning to the challenge. You've intrigued me.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah. I hope you come back every day!

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  39. Wow, Yolanda! Why am I not reading your books? I will have to rectify that in upcoming months (I have a limited allowance for books *laughs* otherwise I would have no money for food *winks*). This place would chill me to the bone! Love your descriptive writing.
    Have a great weekend!
    Lori

    My A2Zs @ As the Fates Would Have It & Promptly Written
    Follow Me (Ravyne) Twitter|Facebook

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    1. Hi, Ravyne, I'd love to know what you think! But food or books, I know what I'd choose. :)

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  40. Interesting! Looking forward to the next :) The Truck Traveller

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    1. Thanks Zeljka, I hope I keep surprising you!

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  41. A beautiful place for a confrontation. Steven sounds like he has a lot of pent up anger.
    Hope the book sales are going well.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. Hi, Natasha, I think it's his anger that gets him most of the way through the book! :)

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  42. "Anaktuvuk" sounds a lot better than "caribou droppings". ☺ I wonder why Stephen is so enraged? Great teaser, Yolanda.

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    1. Hi, Debbie, thanks for stopping by! Yeah, he's pissed, and for a very good reason. :)

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  43. I'm intrigued both by the name of the place and this book. I'd love to read it. Good luck for the A to Z Challenge.

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    1. Thank you Kalpanaa, I hope you'll take the time to find out! Good luck to you too1

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  44. Intriguing teaser. Loved reading it. I'm just now getting around to commenting on all the blogs because I was traveling over the weekend. Thanks for visiting my blog. I can see how Alaska would attract criminals & others as it offers a plethora of options for hiding out.

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  45. Good luck and fun to you during the A/Z game.

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