By Beth Carpenter
My first Harlequin, THE ALASKAN CATCH, takes place in my home of Anchorage, Alaska. I’ve spent the last few weeks in Arizona, but by the time you read this, I’ll be back in Anchorage. I can hardly wait. When I left in early April, it still looked like this.
But now it’s almost summer, and summer in Alaska is special. Today, the sun rose at 4:46 AM and will set at 11:08 PM. In between it’s never truly dark, just twilight. My flowers love the long days and cool temperatures.
So do cabbages.
And avoid others.
There will be time to get downtown for a little shopping or to visit galleries and museums.
And I'll enjoy the outdoors. This is Winner Creek, over in Girdwood, which is technically part of Anchorage. There’s a great path from the ski area through the woods that leads to a hand tram over the creek.
And if past years are any indication, before I know it the fireweed will be blooming, which is the sign that summer is almost over.
So many people have told me, “I came to Alaska for one summer, and never left.” Dana, the heroine in my book, plans a quick trip Alaska to find her brother, but she starts to fall in love with the place, as well as … oops, I’d better not give too much away. The book comes out in August, but it’s available for pre-order now.
What are your plans for the summer?