Saturday, April 2, 2016

B - BIG LAKE

IS FOR BIG LAKE



The community of Big Lake is located on the shore of its namesake lake about 60 miles from Anchorage. Big Lake is famous for its recreational opportunities, such as swimming, fishing, and camping to name a few. 

Views of Mount Susitna, Denali, and the Talkeetna Mountains makes this resort town a favorite spot summer or winter.

I spent time in Big Lake when I lived in Alaska, and couldn't resist using it in my novel Murder & Obsession. It's a prime location for a surreptitious meeting.

Murder & Obsession
Excerpt:
A mixture of cherry, cerise, and mauve colors filled the sky, and Big Lake mirrored the hues, adding depth and shadow through small ripples across its otherwise glassy surface. The sunset exemplified one of the most striking John had ever seen, and he took a few moments to enjoy the beauty before his meeting.
Inside the entry, he discovered a note. “Make yourself comfortable. Be right back, went to town for groceries.” John checked the time. This doesn’t feel right.
John scrutinized the big room while he pretended to fuss with the bags. Gun at the ready, he continued his surveillance, looking to the loft for intruders. He listened but only heard the crackle of the fire in the huge fireplace across the room, the tick tock of a cuckoo clock above his head, and his own heartbeat. He slowly took off his jacket, just to give Eddie time to get in position and make contact with Brent. John placed his jacket on a hook and entered the living room, his gun hidden at his side. He took in his surrounding, but in the center of the room, his peripheral vision picked up a person sitting by the fire, in a chair not viewable from the door. He immediately honed in on the stranger.
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Yes, I snapped these pictures of Big Lake. Just to prove to all those that thought Alaska was an iceberg, that in the summer the temperatures are warm and the entertainment, the same as most states. The man in the white suit was the Finance Director of the Native organization where I worked as an accountant.
Manohar Nevaskar, a genius financial executive, hired from India. I learned so much from this man!
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83 comments:

  1. Gorgeous place! Love the excerpt from the novel. You have an amazing writing style.
    Have a great weekend!
    Lori

    My A2Zs @ As the Fates Would Have It & Promptly Written
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    1. Hi, Ravyne! It is gorgeous! Thank you. You too, it'll be nice to get a break on Sunday, won't it. LOL

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  2. Great pics! So much could happy at a Big lake. The mind whirrs with possibilities. Have a great day, Yolanda.

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  3. It's lovely to see people enjoying a lake - it is huge!

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    1. Hi, Sally, it's even more popular now!

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  4. What a difference from the stuff I usually see on tv. I thought if I ever go there I'll freeze to death :D The Truck Traveller

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    1. Hi, Zeijka, Nope, well, not until winter hits. LOL But during the summer it's lovely!

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  5. Your photographs are gorgeous. And the extract is a real hook for the book.
    @fparkerswords
    Frank Parker’s Author Site

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    1. Thanks, Frank. A very fun place but for my meeting, perfect seclusion.

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  6. I was fortunate enough to take an Alaskan cruise last June. I was stunned by the beauty and majesty. We spent a night in Anchorage and met an 85 year old man who still pilots a float plane and loved the salmon chowder at Humpies. Put them both in my book, The White Iris. Gorgeous pictures. https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/

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    1. Hi, Susanne, and that's just part of the journey. So much to see. I hope you get to visit the interior too!

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  7. I enjoyed the excerpt! Yes you're right about the concept people have of Alaska, I certainly did so thanks for sharing.
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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    1. Hi, Fran, it's easy to have such an opinion, but it's so different than what's shown on TV or talked about the most. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Tense excerpt!
    I wondered why there was a guy at the lake in a suit...

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    1. Hi, Alex, he was checking the site out. We had stopped for a few minutes during a business trip. LOL

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  9. Love the pictures :) Looks like a good time was being had by all. I have never swum in a lake, only swimming pools - fallen in a pond or two though ;)
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I don't care for lake swimming, too much fish poop! LOL Thanks, Natasha!

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  10. Sounds like the perfect spot that would bring all walks of life indeed

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  11. That is an absolutely beautiful picture - sunset and a mysterious strange - intriguing.

    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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    1. It'd better, it's none as the land of the Midnight sun! LOL Hi, Duncan!

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  13. That picture is stunning and your excerpt described it perfectly.

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    1. Thanks, Sandra! When I found that picture I used it as inspiration.

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  14. Such a teaser from your story, it draws us in like the character is drawn into that room with the fireplace and the unknown person waiting. . .Very nice Yolanda! Alaska, like British Columbia isn't as cold all the time as everyone thinks, BC is probably warmer due to warm ocean currents. Love that first image, it's lush with colour.

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    1. Thanks, D. G. Lot's of folks still think it's an iceberg. Maybe that's good. LOL

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  15. I love the visual...cherry, cerise and mauve...a great color combination.
    A "prime location for a surreptitious meeting" - love that phrase. I need to pinpoint a location and add a shady meeting to my WIP story line...it's a great technique to develop the plot and add suspense.
    Writer In Transit


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    1. Hi, Michelle, It works doesn't it. I'm glad you were inspired.

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  16. What a lovely spot Yolanda. I would really like to visit Alaska one day.

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    1. I hope you get to, Jo. And I really hope that bug problem get cleared up, soon!

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  17. Big Lake must be a gorgeous spot to kick back.

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    1. It's been highly populated, the bedroom community of Anchorage, now. Sad but the way of good real estate!

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  18. I love the name. Simplicity itself. Lovely post and photos. Good luck in the challenge.

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    1. True, a lot of places are like that in Alaska. Thanks, Stuart!

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  19. You've given me the shivers talking about swimming in Alaska. It's very pretty, but I'm already cold in Michigan!

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    1. I think sometimes Michigan is colder than Alaska! Sorry!

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  20. Another intriguing segment. And as for Alaska, we were there in an unseasonably warm summer and had fabulous weather. I have to remind myself that it a snow cold winter spot.

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    1. Global warming is affecting Alaska in dramatic ways. It's sad!

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  21. Like many others, I have always pictured Alaska as icy and snowbound all year.
    I love the name Brent, and I picture him as hunky. :)

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    1. Hi, Li, he is, very. My hero, well, one of them. Thanks for stopping by! Summers get hot in Alaska, too!

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  22. If we're ever in the same geography, we need to sit down and talk about Alaska. I miss it so much!

    @mirymom1 from
    Balancing Act

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    1. I would love that Samantha! I miss it too! Some day I tell myself, but hubby's never really been interested. Although, we lived in WA state - our compromise. :)

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  23. Your fotos do dispel ice berg Alaska thoughts.

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    1. Hi, Susan, I hope so - it's anything but!

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  24. Oh, it looks so serene in the summer. I'm not a cold weather person, but I'd certainly swing by there when it's warm. Captivating excerpt, as always:)

    The AtoZ of EOS
    #TeamDamyanti

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    1. Thanks, Samantha, like I said, it's worth the trip!

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  25. Okay, I think I could visit Big Lake without looking over my shoulder for ax murderers! I'm putting it on my Things to See in Alaska if I Ever Get There list!

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    1. I hope you get there, nice to have a list, I love lists! :)

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  26. Hi Yolanda!

    I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com.

    If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

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  27. Yolanda Ma'am, Wow! An accomplished murder thriller writer.That's great! Your blog posting is so full of wonderful things and fun. Hank loves the info on local tourist attractions which otherwise may be missed by those not familiar. It is going to be an education for me. Will look up your A of yesterday and hope not to miss anymore of yours forthwith. Thanks for stopping by twice.

    Hank

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    1. Hi, Hank! Thank you. I look forward to learning more about you and your blog too!

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  28. Love learning more about Alaska. The excerpt was also great again today. :)

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  29. Big Lake sounds like a great place to visit. Your book excerpts keep leaving me in suspense :)

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  30. That description of the sunset is to die for! Cerise, mauve and cherry! Love the photos too.

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  31. Writing of a place you know well is such a plus in any story. There are things you can only learn on site and things that only you will notice in your own way. It's a great writing experience :-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - Jazz Age Jazz

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  32. It's weird how many people think Alaska is permanently under ice and snow like the North pole. I knew it wasn't and relied on great pics (like yours here) to research the setting for the WIP I'm writing now. Thanks for sharing about Big Lake! Have a great weekend, and good luck on the A-Z!

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    1. Thanks Lexa, they still do despite all the evidence. LOL

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  33. Well, I didn't think the water would be very warm... :) Silly me, people can acclimatize to almost anything.

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    1. Acclimating is very important! Took me a full year. :)

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  34. Well, I didn't think the water would be very warm... :) Silly me, people can acclimatize to almost anything.

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  35. This was interesting to read because I'm actually moving to Alaska in a few weeks.
    That's the main theme of my blog for the A to Z Challenge!

    Best of luck rest of the challenge.
    Jazminn
    Under Jazminn Skyes

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    1. How exciting, I'm envious. I'm coming by to learn more! :)

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  36. I like your idea of linking your A-Z posts to different parts of your book. And it is interesting to hear about Alaska. :)

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    1. It made sense at the time. Hi, Deborah!

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  37. It sounds like a beautiful place. Good luck on the challenge! We're doing “I’ve Got The Music In Me” this year on The Road We’ve Shared. – looking at how important music is in the Down syndrome community. I hope you’ll stop by and see/hear! http://theroadweveshared.com/category/a-to-z-blogging-challenge-2016

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    1. I will, Walkersvillemom, I love the theme! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    1. Sorry - major typo! What I meant to way was:
      One of my clients is taking an Alaskan cruise this June. That's something I'd love to do, as well. Your description at the beginning of your excerpt whets the appetite!

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    2. meant to SAY. Sheesh! I'm getting punchy.

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    3. Hi, Debbie, I know what you mean, I've been doing way too many of these half asleep or barely awake. LOL A cruise is such fun, but unless you visit the interior you're missing so much more! :) I'd love to be your tour guide!

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  39. What a great descriptive set-up for forewarning of danger ahead! Nice!

    Mary Montague Sikes
    Notes Along the Way
    The Artful Way

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  40. I have been to your B-Big Lake! I lived in Anchorage for three years-it is stunning and so are your words~ Nicely done!

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    1. Hi, Ella, thanks, I love it. Sharing that with you makes me smile! :)

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  41. Great set, foreshadowing and suspense. I'm going to love following your blog post during the challenge.

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  42. I'm blowing through blogs this morning and playing catchup and at first, I thought your title was Big Cake.

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