When I was three, my family went to
Island for spring break. According to my parents, I ran into the
water just as a wave rolled in. It picked me up, flipped me over, and set me
back down on the wet sand. For the rest of the trip, they didn’t have to worry
about me getting too close to the ocean.
I don’t remember that incident, but it may have shaped my feelings about the ocean. I enjoy beaches and I like snorkeling or sailing – as long as the water’s smooth – but I never feel entirely comfortable with bodies of water so big I can’t see across them.
Lakes and rivers are more my style. I like to see the shoreline, to watch the plants and animals along the way. I like the canyons formed by rivers, exposing layers and layers of natural history. And I like the way rivers act as a natural highway. If you look at a map, you’ll notice people have always tended to settle along rivers.
Last summer, my husband and I floated the
a couple of hours south of Anchorage.
Some of the streams that feed into the Kenai are glacial runoff, which turns the Kenai a deep turquoise
My husband is a fisherman, but I just went along to enjoy the day. The salmon weren’t running and the water was high, but it was a beautiful day to fly-fish and eventually he landed a rainbow trout. Trout are catch and release on the Kenai, which meant I didn’t have to cook it. Win/win.
My first Heartwarming, The Alaskan Catch, comes out in five days – not that I’m counting or anything. Water is a theme in this book. On their first day together, Sam and Dana go kayaking on a lake in
Where life's currents take you…
Dana Raynott just traveled 3,600 miles to reunite with the brother who changed his name and fled to
nineteen years ago. It's impossible not to be moved by this wild, breathtaking
state, even if Dana's no closer to finding the answers she came here for.
Her brother's best friend,
Anchorage engineer Sam MacKettrick,
might be able to help her. He's strong and kind—a six-foot, irresistible blend
of diverse cultures. He's also haunted by a tragic family history with a
startling connection to Dana's past…
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So how do you like your water? Ocean, lake, pond, river, or creek? Or do you prefer dry land?