Bush AlaskaMurder Mystery Finalist for CrimeFiction Award
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Sundown on Top of the World has been selected as one of three finalists for the Whistler Independent Book Awards in the Crime Fiction category. Set in bush Alaska, it is the most recent novel in a mystery series featuring a former RCMP homicide investigator who drives an eighteen wheeler. The title is taken from the Top of the World highway that runs between Dawson City, Yukon and the town of Tok in eastern Alaska.
I wanted to write traditional mysteries sometimes called whodunits with a uniquely North American setting, says author Donald. With a hero whos always on the road, I can use various locations. Much of my second novel, Ice on the Grapevine, is set in and around Los Angeles. The third one, Sea to Sky, is set primarily in the mountain resort community of Whistler, B.C., which happens to be where the award winners will be announced during the Whistler Writers Festival this October. Using new locations for each book takes a lot of research, but it keeps the scenarios fresh and interesting for readers.
The novel that launched the series is Slow Curve on the Coquihalla, named after the highway featured in Highway Thru Hell on the National Geographic channel. As one of the new breed of independent author-publishers, Donald looks after her own advertising and promotion, and mainly targets the growing market of ebook readers, although all her books are widely available in trade paperback editions as well.
My books have sold in Europe, South America and Australia as well as in North America and the UK. Its very gratifying to have complete strangers thousands of miles away contact me to say they love my books and cant wait for the next one. I may never become a household name, but my fan base grows with each new book, says Donald.
In the fall of 2015, a German translation of Sea to Sky was released, and award-winning translator Ingrid Könemann-Yarnell is now working on the translation of Sundown on Top of the World. (Könemann-Yarnell, received the Readers Choice award from Amazon Crossing during the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair for her translation of a book by another Canadian author.)
Donald is at work on a fifth novel in the series and hopes to have it available for readers later this year.
The authors web address for information on new releases is http://redonald.com or visit the Proud Horse Publishing site at http://ProudHorsePublishing.com. Paperback and digital editions of the Highway Mysteries are widely available on-line.
Award finalists announcement at http://www.tidewaterfestival.com/whistler-independent-book-awards-2016-finalists/
Information on Highway Thru Hell at http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/highway-thru-hell/
Press Contact: Ruth Donald Owner Proud Horse Publishing Lone Butte, BC, Canada 604-323-4788 https://redonald.com/
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