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Guest Author: Gayle Ann Williams (Guest Post & Giveaway)

Please join me in welcoming Gayle Ann Williams here today to Dark Faerie Tales to talk a bit about Tsunami Blue.  The first book in her Tsunami Blue series, Tsunami Blue, was released on March 30, 2010.  Tsunami Blue is also part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge.  Stay tuned for my upcoming review.  This book is just fabulous.

Four lucky commentators will have a chance to win some really cool prizes.  Details are listed at the end of the post.

The Writing and Inspiration of Tsunami Blue

by Gayle Ann Williams

First let me say thank you so much for having me here today. I love Dark Faerie Tales. It’s such a cool blog.

I thought your readers might like a bit of background on the writing and inspiration of TSUNAMI BLUE, and what will be the next book in the Tsunami Blue world.

As you know, my name is Gayle Ann Williams. I live off the coast of Washington, on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. I love the San Juan Islands, and when I sat down to write BLUE, I knew I wanted to set the story here, in my own backyard. The idea for TSUNAMI BLUE stemmed from my travels in SE Asia.

On Christmas night, in 2004 I boarded a plane out of Seattle and flew right into the Southeast Asia Tsunami. In the air when the deadly wave hit, I knew that if I had arrived a few hours earlier, I might have been a statistic. As I continued to travel in the region over the next few months, I listened and observed, hugged and cried, and yet through all the pain, something else emerged. It was hope. The resilience of the human spirit surfaced. I did not know this at the time, but this experience, this life changing adventure, would become the foundation for my novel Tsunami Blue.

I knew I wanted my characters to be honorable and heroic, even in the most challenging of circumstances. And what could be more challenging than a post-apocalyptic world where “survival of the fittest” and the most “brutal” seem to be the law of the land. What is left of  the land that is. I wanted them to be flawed, not perfect, because really? Who of us are? But in the end, I wanted them to find a way to do the right thing. . .to survive, and ultimately find each other.

I also had such fun with TSUNAMI BLUE. I incorporated my own favorite rain boots into the story, black vinyl, with skull and crossbones on them. I used the names of my real life, identical twin nephews and my wonderful little niece. And Max, Tsunami Blue’s very cool dog,  really is named “Beans,” and belongs to my circle of relatives.

Right now, I’m so happy to say, there is a book two set in the TSUNAMI BLUE world. Due out in March of 2011, the second book will take place in the same tsunami ravaged landscape. Six years have passed, the world has evolved- but still, danger is everywhere. I will introduce two new characters but don’t be surprised to see an appearance of Blue and Gabriel.

TSUNAMI BLUE is edgy and urban, futuristic and paranormal. And yet it is a romance, always a romance. I hope you enjoy the story. And hang on tight, it’s a ride! Thank you.

And thank you again, Angela for having me. This was such fun!

Author Bio:

Gayle Ann Williams lives a life of contrasts. For example, she lives on a small island off the coast of Washington in the amazing, beautiful, wet, Pacific Northwest. Accessible only by boat or air, the scenic island doesn’t have a stoplight. Not one. She also spends months at a time in her favorite city, Las Vegas, Nevada, where the metropolitan area exceeds a population of two million. Here she can be found pursuing her second love after writing, playing poker. Whereas the desert offers a unique beauty, Gayle often feels, due to the landscape, she is on the moon when she is in Las Vegas. On a very fun moon to be sure. Oh. And if you see her driving in Las Vegas, you might want to get out of her way. She’s not used to stoplights, remember?

Growing up in a small, cowboy town in Eastern Washington, and, after numerous visits to Seattle during her college years, Gayle fell in love with the ocean. Trading her spurs for a sea kayak, she left her Rodeo Queen roots behind (yes, she really was a Rodeo Queen) and moved to the “rainy” country. For a time she lived on a sailboat and to this day she thinks sailing throughout the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands as one of the best experiences of her life.

You can visit Gayle around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Synopsis (Product Description):

NO SAFE HARBOR

With her badass rain boots, her faithful dog, and the ability to predict the monster tsunamis that have reduced the US to a series of islands, Kathryn O’Malley isn’t afraid of much. Cut off from all society, she takes to the airwaves as Tsunami Blue, hoping to save something of humanity as the world around her crumbles. But Blue should be afraid—because her message reaches the wrong ears.

Now she’s the target of ruthless pirates known as Runners who want to use her special talents for their own profiteering—as soon as they can find her. Blue’s only shot at survival lies with the naked stranger who washes up on her rocky beach. A man who might just be working for Runners himself. Torn between suspicion and attraction, the two will have to navigate a surging tide of danger and deceit if they hope to stay alive.


GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

Four lucky commentators will have a chance to win the following:

Grand Prize: An autographed copy of Tsunami Blue, bracelet, bookmark, collector card, and a pair of shell earrings.

1st Winner: An autographed copy of Tsunami Blue, bracelet, and a pair of shell earrings.

2nd Winner: A bracelet and a pair of shell earrings.

3rd Winner: A bracelet and a pair of shell earrings.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

How would you survive the aftermath of a Tsunami?  Tell us about your survival 101 techniques.

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Friday, July 2nd at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winners will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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21 Responses to “Guest Author: Gayle Ann Williams (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Elie NNo Gravatar
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    To survive a tsunami aftermath…
    1. I would find another family or two who would be willing to work together and look out for eachother
    2. Try to rebuild and plannt some food
    3. help others rebuild
    4. really, I am clueless, it can’t imagine how I would rebuild my life after such a tragedy

    +3 tweeted
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    +2 I follow on google friends, feedburner and twitter
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    I am glad to hear there will be another book in this series. I love the TBlue cover.

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  2. debpNo Gravatar
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    I have been very prepared for disasters. I can do many basic skills. I would just start over. As long as I have my family, possessions can always be replaced, they can’t be. +1
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  3. FeliciaNo Gravatar
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    I have to be honest, I would probably not survive. I have been in tornados and earthquakes, both of which were easier to wrap my head around than a Tsumami (probably because I live inland). If I actually survived the event, then I would just pick up and start over!
    thehistorychic @ gmail . com

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  4. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    First thing is to find water and shelter. Once that is secured, other things can be handled.

    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter.
    I follow both!

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  5. JenMNo Gravatar
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    After a tsunami, I imagine one of the biggest problems would be potable water because all the normal water sources would have been poisoned by sea water. So, I’d be looking for wood or other fuel, and hopefully would have waterproof matches or a flint on hand (Survivor anyone?) so that the available water could be boiled. After that, I’d be looking for food, then thinking about scavenging materials to build a shelter (on higher ground of course).

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  6. Kate N @ YzhaBella's BookShelfNo Gravatar
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    Hi everyone!

    This rather embarrassing, but my Tsunami 101 Survival Plan………….depend one my big bag hunk ‘o hubby to take care of me? Lol, it’s really not a topic we;ve ever had to contemplate. Living in southern Ontario (Canada) we really don’t have to worry much about natural disasters!

    +1 See above
    +2 I am already a follower
    +3 I shared the link for this event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/YzhaBellas.BookShelf (June 11 @ 9:47pm est)

    Have a great day every one!
    Kate (aka YzhaBella’s BookShelf)
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  8. MariannaNo Gravatar
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    My survival techniques are: I would get to dry land (don’t wanna be wading in sewage). I would locate shelter, find food and clean water. And when I finally got settled (tended wounds, fed myself, slept and gathered my strength) I would try to find relatives, etc.

    +1 answer

    +2 GFC and twitter follower
    http://twitter.com/suan_tian/following

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  9. Kristen H.No Gravatar
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    How would you survive the aftermath of a Tsunami? Tell us about your survival 101 techniques.

    I would definitely find someone to help me. Whether it be a family or someone to call a friend. I’d definitely go look for some food first and gather enough up to keep me for a while.

    Follower of blog and twitter follower @bookgoil +2

    Thanks for the contest!

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  10. ChristaNo Gravatar
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    I would undoubtably need help. In fact, without it, I’m not sure I’d survive much. However, people can do amazing things when they’re put in hard situations. Right? : ) Finding clean water would be top on my list & then food.

    Twitter follower & blog Friend. @wordsrollon & GFC id: Christa

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  11. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    I would survive to protect my children. My technique would be to persist on our safety at all costs. Even if it meant leaving, moving, running, or swimming.

    +1 entry for answering the question
    +2 follower of this blog and on Twitter
    +3 http://twitter.com/IntenseWhisper/statuses/16111936166

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  12. CrystalGBNo Gravatar
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    I would salvage all I could find to make a shelter and have food to eat. I would search for other survivors to create a community.
    +1 answering question
    +2 twitter follower

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  13. kisah j.No Gravatar
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    i would gather what’s left of my family and friends and get to dry land. safety in numbers, i always say….

    +1 entry for answering the question
    +2 entries for becoming a follower of this blog

    k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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  14. linaramzNo Gravatar
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    I’d find a place with water and then start making weapons with whatever I could put together (for protection and hunting) and then search for shelter or start building one.

    linaramz at yahoo dot com

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  15. Chas @ LLL in the 808No Gravatar
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    +1 question: this question hits close to home. Recently, Hawaii just had a major scare and I thank GOD that my husband and his family are survivors to the T! They had gallons of water stored and ready. Food for the whole family for 2 weeks. temp toilets and all other amenities!
    How I would survive after a tsunami…. first I’d how I would have lost my pack because not only do we have bulk supplies we have packs that we can strap on in case we get separate. If that pack were to stay put I’d have all I need for a week. My worst fear ever is being separated from my kids if something like this were to ever happen.
    To be honest, I’d probably die if my hubby were not with me. He knows what to do- Eagle Scout.

    +2 follower blog and twitter @lll808

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  16. katiaNo Gravatar
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    I have no clue..I’d still be freakin’ out!

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  17. EliseNo Gravatar
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    I would definitely have to say dry land. It also depends how large the tsunami was, although I’m sure there would still be chaos in the case of a small tsunami. Anyhow find dry land, food and clean water. You can live without shelter for a while as long as you keep the clothes on your back but you need water to survive.

    +1 for answering
    +2 for following blog and and on twitter (expogenic/east.ofeden)

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  18. ToriNo Gravatar
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    Oh I’ve been dying to read this book! Thank you so much for the opportunity! :)

    How would you survive the aftermath of a Tsunami?
    That’s an extremely difficult question, simply because I cannot imagine how i would cope in such a situation. Chances are I would first take care of both myself and my family. When I knew that all of us were okay, then I’d probably try to help other people around me who might possibly be in need.

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +2 Already a blog/twitter follower

    3. +3 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/Book_Faery/status/16910583564

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  19. JustineNo Gravatar
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    Since I don’t live anywhere near a body of water large enough for a Tsunami, I’ve never had to think about it. But, since I have a ‘live off the land’ kind of dad, I’d probably employ the basic survival techniques.
    1. find water
    2. find/make shelter
    3. get some sort of weapon (to hunt and defend myself)
    4. start gathering food
    5. depending on the circumstances, go from there

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  20. tina dudleyNo Gravatar
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    Well seeing how I HATE to swim or get in the water even though I can swim I would find the highest building/hill/mountain and get there fast. The water will take a while to go down. I would also search for things to help me live off of (food, water) and would try to make shelter if the highest point was shelter lol.

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  21. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    1 – First thing would be to find some shelter on high, dry ground. Form a small community for help & security. Build a fire, and look for food. Its a way to ger started…

    +2 for follower of blog & twitter – @heatwave316

    +3 tweeted – http://twitter.com/Heatwave316/status/17460132694

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