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Seattle, Washington is today’s stop for Deadly Destinations. Kat Richardson takes us on a tour of Shilshole Bay Marina the setting for the seventh book in her Greywalker series, Seawitch. Seawitch will be released on August 7, 2012. A big thanks to Roc/Penguin for today’s giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Seawitch.
A SEAWITCH travelogue of Shilshole Bay Marina, Seattle WA
In the latest Greywalker novel, Seawitch, Harper has been hired to investigate the return of an ill-fated yacht thought to have been lost at sea. Joined by Seattle PD Detective Sergeant Rey Solis, Harper soon discovers there’s a lot to be afraid of in the icy waters of Puget Sound.
Much of the initial investigation takes place around the very real Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. It’s where the titular boat was moored twenty-seven years before and where it has mysteriously returned, without a living soul aboard.
Normally one might not find this sunny place very creepy, but when a winter wind is crying through the masts of the sailboats, or late at night when the lights around the garden illuminate the statue with an uneven orange glow, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking there’s something out there. Watching you.
Even Harper has the impression Leif Eriksson is about to turn his head or heft that ax he’s leaning on. Luckily, he doesn’t. Or at least, no one’s ever seen him do it.
In the book, the Seawitch has been moved to the “legal status” dock—B Dock—where the vessels with problems stay until their issues are resolved one way or another.
B is one of the only docks at Shilshole that’s crooked, bending twice as it reaches toward the breakwater. It’s here that Harper meets a strange sea creature, as well as an engine room full of ghosts with distinct ideas about what Harper should really be investigating.
Folks around the nearby boat yard claim they’ve heard the yacht screaming late at night. But how much can you credit the word of people who work around this?
With that thing stalking around, anyone might be a bit… jumpy, right? Though, to be honest, boat people have a strange sense of humor. Just look at this water feature outside the marina office that looks like the ribs of a wrecked ship:
If you’re wondering, Seawitch is a similar design to this boat, but nearly twice as long.
And not nearly as nice. Plenty of room aboard for ghosts… or worse. But on a sunny summer day it’s hard to see how creepy the marina can be in the fog or the darkness of a winter night.
But Harper and her friends will be longing for that unsettling statute once they’ve seen what’s waiting for them offshore…
Kat Richardson is the national bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Prior to success in the fiction world, Kat worked as a writer and editor in the computer industry and as a course writer for the Gemological Institute of America. She has tried her hand at a bit of almost everything in genre fiction and has dabbled in other text forms and media including: RPGs, Film, and Computer Games. Before going into writing, Kat pursued a degree in vocal music and she used to read the “Sunday Funnies” for the Evergreen Radio Reading Service in Seattle–part of the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library. A former theater brat, she worked the technical side as well as singing and acting in community and school theater from the age of eight–putting in almost a year as an orphan and doing a short stint as a singing nun–and put in thirteen years as a renaissance faire actor, dancer, and costumer at RPF in Agoura CA.
Kat is a California native with a degree in Magazine Journalism from California State University, Long Beach. She currently lives in the Seattle area with her husband and a pit bull named Bella aboard an old wooden boat that is haunted by the ghosts of ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and has been known to swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym. She finally got her first TV in 2011–yes, she missed Buffy but not Firefly! And, although she no longer lives there, she is an advocate for California Ferret Legalization.
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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Roc
One lucky winner will win a copy of Seawitch by Kat Richardson
Available August 7, 2012 from Roc/Penguin
About this Book:
A quarter century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now, the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened. But Harper is not the only one investigating. Seattle Police Detective Rey Solis is a good cop, albeit one who isn’t comfortable with the creepy cases that always seem to end up in Harper’s lap. As Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger’s wife, Harper’s investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be responsible for the disappearance of the Seawitch’s passengers and crew.
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