Tuesday, April 5, 2016

D - DEADHORSE

IS FOR DEADHORSE



Deadhorse consists mainly of facilities to house the workers from the companies that operate the Prudhoe Bay oil fields. 495 miles from Fairbanks trucks carry the supplies needed during the winter months using the Haul Road. The facility was built on man-made gravel pads. 

The story behind the name is a long one, but basically, a gravel company, called Dead Horse Haulers, the company that hauled most of the gravel for those gravel pads, was so familiar to residents and non-residents alike, they used the name until it became the known name. Despite the best efforts of Prudhoe Bay - Deadhorse was the name that appeared in the official zip code directory. You can read the full story HERE!

For Detective Quaid, in Murder & Obsession it's supposed to hold his alibi . . .

Yolanda Renée Copyright

Murder & Obsession

Excerpt:

Helen inspected the main room, noting the items out of place, the fingerprint dust still clinging to most of the surfaces. Forensics had ruined Steven’s romantic honeymoon getaway. She wondered if Sarah had appreciated the trouble Steven had gone to in order to make his cabin hideaway comfortable, although Helen had always found the cabin cozy.
“Detective, it’s fresh.” Kelly handed her a cup of coffee.
“Thanks. Crazy night. Have you checked on Quaid’s alibi?”
“I’m leaving for Deadhorse now. I can’t reach anyone by phone or radio. I think it’s best if I just drive. What do you think?”
“Take George; he’s bored. I want official statements, so stay until you’ve talked to everyone. Keep in touch. Take the satellite phone. I have more equipment on the way.”

“Yes, sir.” Kelly saluted and hurried out the door; Helen couldn’t help but wonder if he was glad to be free of her sour attitude. The cold had turned her temperament to ice, and she saw her own anxiety reflected on the faces of her team.
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70 comments:

  1. Deadhorse, I love these names. Things are getting interesting with this mystery. Doesn't sound like they had that romantic getaway. :)

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  2. Excerpt is intriguing. Good luck with the rest of the challenge.

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    1. Thanks, Ronel, appreciate your comment!

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  3. Coldfoot. Deadhorse. These single word names are punchy.
    Okay, something has happened here...
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Something is always happening here, Hi, Michelle!

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  4. What a name for a place! Interesting that it came from a company name, not an actual ex-pony :)
    Sophie
    Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles | Wittegen Press | FB3X

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    1. Hi, Sophie, I'm glad it didn't come from an actual dead horse. :)

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  5. Interesting excerpt as usual, and all very evocative names so far.

    Nilanjana.
    Madly-in-Verse

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  6. A comment for a chance to win free copies of your trilogy! Definitely worthwhile. I'm The Bookwright, just stopping by from A to Z.

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    1. Hi, Claudia, so you think bribery works? LOL

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  7. Great post again and an opportunity to win free copies of your books! All the best!

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    1. Hi, Zeljka, free books are always good! LOL

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  8. I enjoyed the post and can not wait to see what happens.
    And thank you for the chance to win a free book.
    As I love to read and find new Authors and types of books
    that I do not usually read and this is that book.

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    1. You never know what will catch your fancy, you might actually enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Another interesting place in Alaska.

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    1. Hi, Rhonda, I think all places have them, but it is fun to share. :)

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  10. That last sentence in the excerpt leaves the reader with chills as well as wanting more.

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  11. I've heard the phrase 'flogging a deadhorse' which I've been known to do every now and then rather than moving on :)

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    1. Hi, Nicola, yes, I have a bad habit of doing that too. :)

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  12. Deadhorse haulers? I feel bad for the horses. Good choice of snippet there.

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    1. I love then name, once heard not easily forgotten. LOL

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  13. Alaska sure has quite the murky names indeed. Great excerpt.

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  14. I like that people named the place. I bet there are plenty of examples of this happening all over the states.

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  15. I like that people named the place. I bet there are plenty of examples of this happening all over the states.

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    1. Hi, Bish, I think it happens everywhere. But some of the names, OMG. LOL

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  16. How interesting with the way names will stick around, even if they aren't the official names for the places :)

    thanks for visiting!

    betty
    http://viewsfrombenches.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hi, Betty, my pleasure. love discovering new blogs!

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  17. Sounds like an absolutely chilling place. Great name though!

    Meet My Imaginary Friends
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    1. Thanks, Kathleen, it is and in more than one way! :)

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  18. I think of that TV shoe Ice Road Truckers. I drove a semi for a few years and it's not an easy job. Lots of things can go terribly wrong.

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    1. When I first saw that show it brought memories of driving a pick up over Atigen Pass in winter. An amazing trip!

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  19. Thank you for these snippets. Since I have decided to read your series, these snippets are a big help.
    Shalom,
    Patricia @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Hi, Pat. I'm so excited that you're reading the series, I can't wait to hear what you think. Thank you!

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  20. just rolled by for A to Z and now I"m hooked. Excellent writing

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    1. Thanks, Joanne, I'm thrilled to hear it!

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  21. The cold is a great backdrop for your story, Yolanda.

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  22. Interesting how a familiar name will override a name chosen by the populace. Deadhorse doesn't make anyone want to visit however. . .In BC we have a few weird names for places too: Pouce Coupe, Spuzzum. I'm enjoying the excerpts and loved the expression of Helen's temperament turning to ice - a don't tread on me look, I imagine.

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    1. Lots of weird names all around! LOL She's a woman that means business!

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  23. Have added this on Goodreads. Look forward to reading it.
    Rosa
    @RosaT_Author
    Rosa Temple writes...

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    1. Thanks, Rosa, much appreciated! Love your ongoing story!

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  24. Deadhorse - another good name - another interesting post.

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  25. Deadhorse - another good name - another interesting post.

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  26. Long time no see! Congratulations on the book.

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  27. Yeah, but where did the company get the original name from I wonder?

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    1. Sorry, I stopped at the research for Deadhorse, but maybe another day. lol Hi, Jo!

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  28. 'Don't beat a dead horse.'
    That's about the only time I've heard that.
    Horrible saying. :)

    Very interesting to find out all these facts from your book! Great job on your theme!

    Heather M. Gardner / @hmgardner
    Co-Host, Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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    1. Thanks Heather, appreciate you visit! Co-host is a big job!

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  29. Another interesting name origin :) Your story excerpt sounds like the dynamics of my job, if one person is in a icy mood, everyone else ends up feeling the same way by the end of the day.

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth, I do think it trickles downward! :)

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  30. Love these excerpts. Names are so interesting, and it's always curious how one can take precedence over another.

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  31. In in love with your theme this year, Yolanda. Am learning so much!
    Damyanti, AZ cohost 2016

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    1. Thanks D, appreciate it, and your co-hosting of the challenge! Huge responsibility!

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  32. Great ending line in today's excerpt!

    @mirymom1 from
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  33. No sense beating a...
    Anyway, another great post. Another great except. Love your writing.

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  34. Unusual name and a fascinating origin too. Great going with the story, Yolanda! :)

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  35. I love these quirky names in Alaska! Adds good atmosphere to the story.

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  36. You're my last stop for the night. I'll catch ya during the weekend.

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  37. Deadhorse sounds perfect for a mystery novel.
    I am off the A-to-Z schedule. Got too much on my plate, so going to do it bi-weekly instead of daily. Will be seeing you around.
    - Chicky @ www.mysteriouskaddu.com

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