A view from Meg’s lovely, gloomy winter hike. These photos capture the eerie essence of the Pacific Northwest under a winter sky. Perhaps it’s this undercurrent, the mystery of whatever is looming behind the fog that sparks Meg to wander deeper into the woods. Or, perhaps she knows that it’s the quiet space between the trees where she can completely disappear to find herself.
Kick-off the spring season by pre-ordering your copy of Scene of the Climb now. Whether you’re an intrepid adventurer or an arm-chair enthusiast you can hit the trails and explore the wild beauty of the Pacific Northwest with Meg Reed and her quirky cast of friends and family.
As a token of my thanks if you pre-order now, I’ll join you and your book club (either virtually or in-person) when the Scene of the Climb hits stores this June. For book clubs in the Oregon/Washington area I’ll stop by with homemade cookies, a bottle of wine or my husband’s homebrew—Meg’s a big fan. For book clubs farther away, I’ll Skype in and have a number of fun giveaways and freebies in the coming months.
Here’s the back cover text to give you a feel for Meg and her first adventure:
Portland, Oregon, is the perfect fit for someone like Meg Reed. It’s a city with a small town feel, where she can crash on the couch of her best friend Jill, now that she’s graduated from journalism school…
But a girl needs a job, so Meg bluffs her way into writing for Northwest Extreme magazine, passing herself off to editor-in-chief Greg Dixon as an outdoor adventure enthusiast. Never mind that Meg’s idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. So when she finds herself clawing to the top of Angel’s Rest—a two-thousand-foot peak—to cover the latest challenge in a reality TV adventure show, she can’t imagine feeling more terrified. Until she witnesses a body plummet off the side of the cliff. Now Meg has a murder to investigate. And if the climbing doesn’t kill her, a murderer just might…
Contact me to arrange a timeslot for your book club.
Here’s a first glance at the cover art for Scene of the Climb. I think it captures the spirit of Meg and the untamed beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
The first book in my new Pacific Northwest Mystery series Scene of the Climb is coming out this June from Kensington Books. I thought it would be fun to share with you the evolution over the next few months. For starters, below is a copy of the original query letter I sent my agent. Enjoy~
Meg Reed is fresh out of college with a degree in journalism. At 23, she’s a modern-day throwback. She has mad texting skills and can hang with the Portland hipster crowd, but prefers Frank Sinatra tunes and vintage skirts. Her dream has been to follow in her father’s footsteps as an investigative reporter and win a Pulitzer by the time she’s 25. But, her father’s recently been killed and newspapers all around town are shuttering their doors.
After months of crashing on her best friend’s couch and piecing together a few freelancing gigs, Meg has a chance encounter with the editor of Northwest Extreme Magazine. He offers her a shot at writing for the outdoor publication. There’s just one problem—Meg’s terrified of heights and doesn’t have an athletic bone in her body.
Meg’s first assignment is to cover Race the States, an adventure race filming in the historic and rugged Columbia River Gorge. As she claws her way to the 2,000-foot summit of Angel’s Rest, Meg’s convinced she’s about to lose her job, or worse—her life.
Paralyzed with fear, inches away from summit, Meg sees a body plummet down the side of the cliff. That’s when she realizes an investigation has found her. Lenny Ray, a sleazy, slick-haired contestant from New Jersey has been murdered. Now it’s up to Meg to find Lenny’s killer in the wild forests of the Pacific Northwest before his killer finds her.