#SNARKTEMBER 15th with Mark @WriterStevens #GIVEAWAY (2!)
NATIONAL ONLINE LEARNING DAY
Mark Stevens was raised by two librarians in the suburbs of Boston. By law, he was required to grow up loving books. And writing. And learning. Mark’s parents were all about school and Mark’s father, Charles H. Stevens, spent the last two decades of his life (in the 1960’s and 1970’s) working on information transfer between computers, including at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Project INTREX (Information Transfer Experiments).
No, Mark’s father didn’t invent the Internet. (Of course, Al Gore did.) But Mark’s father believed in computers as a terrific learning tool—and therefore Mark is the perfect writer to feature on National Online Learning Day.
Also, Mark’s books (mysteries) are topical and newsy. Mark writes the Allison Coil Mystery Series—Antler Dust, Buried by the Roan, Trapline and Lake of Fire—featuring a female hunting guide who is based on a woman Mark met in The Flat Tops Wilderness in western Colorado years ago. The novels are sparked by political and environmental issues, from fracking to poaching, from climate change to immigration.
Antler Dust was twice a Denver Post best-seller and The Aspen Times raved: “Prose and plot sing in perfect harmony.” Buried by the Roan, Trapline, and Lake of Fire were all finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Trapline won (2015).
Kirkus Reviews called Lake of Fire “irresistible” and Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire novels, said, “Mark Stevens writes like wildfire.”
A Coloradoan since 1980, Mark is the 2016 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year.
Official Website: http://www.writermarkstevens.com/
With laudibly unsentimental prose and sure command of character, Antler Dust takes us on a dark hunting trip through the snowy Rockies. Pitting a tough but vulnerable heroine against a killer out to bag more than elk, Mark Stevens gives new meaning to the term ‘trophy kill’.
The spark for Buried by the Roan is a dead hunter on the shore of Oyster Lake, deep in the Flat Tops Wilderness. Josh Keating’s demise could be a case of a hunter drinking too much and stumbling late at night. Or it could be something much worse. Plenty of other strange things are going on to make hunting guide Allison Coil think the death is no accident. Someone is lurking around, leaving odd notes and maps. Hunters and guides are turning up violently ill from drinking the Flat Tops water. Four of the buffalo on Keating’s ranch are slaughtered. And there’s word that Keating and his neighbor were tangled up in a property dispute triggered by a centuries-old doctrine known as adverse possession. The future of the way of life in the rugged Colorado mountains is at stake. Allison finds the killer’s trail but doesn’t avoid being trapped in the simple but wicked device that murdered her client.
Intrigue and murder in the Rocky Mountains
A badly chewed-up corpse high in the Flat Tops Wilderness Area leaves Colorado hunting guide Allison Coil mystified and wary. Obvious signs suggest the dead man is the victim of a mountain lion attack, but Allison’s wilderness-savvy bones scream otherwise. A few miles away and a few thousand feet lower in downtown Glenwood Springs, a controversial candidate for U.S. Senate is shot during a campaign stop as newspaper reporter Duncan Bloom watches from a few feet away, dodging the long-range gunfire. Trapline follows Coil and Bloom as their investigations into the corpse and the shooting expose greed, hatred, and the dark depths of human indifference.
A giant wildfire is roaring through Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness. The massive blaze is wiping out Allison Coil’s precious hunting grounds, and the flames have set their sights on the beautiful ranch owned by her boyfriend’s family.
Allison and longtime friend Trudy are shocked to learn that a body has been found in the fire ravaged forest—a friend who was a reclusive environmentalist with an unorthodox idea for the battle against global warming. Along with reporter Duncan Bloom, Allison burrows into an underground group of anti-government extremists. As they strike close to home and hurt those closest to her, Allison vows hell might not be punishment enough for this cabal of sinister fanatics.
Mark will give away a free copy of one of his books to THREE random commenters below. Simply leave a comment about your reading preference—e-books or anything online versus the pleasure of holding a real book with pages you can turn.