Wednesday, September 12, 2012







Hi all, Char Chaffin here, thrilled to be spending time with Lynda Frazier! You know, when I read her blog’s title, I couldn’t help thinking it fit my latest release, Unsafe Haven, to a tee:

“Romance with Suspense, Secrets and Sizzling Sunsets.”

In a tiny little nutshell, that’s my book! How completely apropos. My heroine, Kendall, is on the run from an abusive man, changes her identity, and hides in remote Southwest Alaska, hoping to start a new life. There are the ‘secrets.’ She meets Denn, Chief of Police in the village of Staamat, where she finally settles. Of course, there’s the ‘Romance.’ As they build a tentative yet passionate relationship, the question remains as to how safe Kendall really is, especially when her presence in Denn’s life stirs up some damaging local jealousy and the sociopath in her past is just a single phone call away . . . And there’s the ‘Suspense.’ As for ‘Sizzling Sunsets,’ it’s summer in Alaska, which means the sunsets sure can sizzle at one in the morning when the bed is warm and the lovers are more than willing to heat up the sheets.

Based on such amazing coincidences, I can only conclude that Lynda and I were destined to find each other during my blog tour. ::wink::

I used to live in Alaska, and I always wanted to set a story there. Unsafe Haven is a book straight from my heart and fueled by everything I love about the Last Frontier. Don’t get me wrong, life in Alaska isn’t always easy. The winters are killers in every sense of the word. Even for seasoned Alaskans who love the snow, winter is a tough, challenging season. The days are dark and often depressing, with the sun breaking over the horizon and hanging very low in the frigid sky for just a few hours before it dips back, out of sight for another day. The shortest day of the year is of course short everywhere, but when you’re in Fairbanks (Interior Alaska) and it’s thirty below and dark at two PM and you can’t see five feet in front of your face because of ice fog, “short” takes on a life of its own!

But late at night when the sky was at its very blackest, I could bundle up in many layers, step outside and look toward the sky. I could watch the Northern Lights dance and plunge and twirl in an ever-changing, endlessly fascinating neon show. That was when I’d say to myself, “Why would I ever want to be anywhere else?”

Well, as I said, the winters were a killer and my husband and I did move away, several years ago. Now we’re plotting to return, if only for a few months out of the year. Whether those months hit in the winter or the summer, I think makes very little difference anymore. Each season carries its own unique appeal. And the old saying, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” is all too true. 

Unsafe Haven takes place in the late spring, as the longer days warm up the tundra and flowers burst into color everywhere. There’s so much beauty in an Alaska summer, it hurts the heart to experience it. We’ve all had that feeling, of being surrounded by something that tugs at our hearts until the sweetness is almost a physical pain. That’s what summer in Alaska is all about. I debated whether or not to send Kendall running north in the bleak winter or the hopeful summer, and chose warmth over ice. Somehow, putting my heroine through the wringer when her innate paranoia and panic is being lulled by warmth and regenerating life was really appealing. I’m kind of rotten that way. ::grin::

Unsafe Haven is a book I hope will fuel the imagination and make its readers want to visit Alaska and see it for themselves. And for folks like me, who used to live there and no longer do, I hope it will make them smile as they read it, maybe even recall a ‘sizzling sunset’ of their own.




Here’s the book blurb:

For Kendall Martin, a small, remote village in Southwest Alaska seems like a good place to start over. On the run from an abusive relationship, she leaves everything familiar behind and begins a new life as owner of a small souvenir and sportsman trading post in picturesque Staamat.

Denn Nulo knows everyone in town: he’s the Chief of Police in Staamat. He’s lived there all his life, except for his college years, spent in Anchorage. Originally planning on practicing criminal law and living in Anchorage permanently, Denn is forced to change his plans when he receives word that his widowed mother has passed away, leaving his young sister, Luna, alone. Denn comes back to Staamat to care for Luna.

When Kendall meets Denn, she begins to believe there are truly good men in the world. Denn is everything she wants: strong, loving, dedicated to family, protective. . .and patient. There is instant attraction between them, but Kendall is leery of men, and Denn craves a serious relationship that includes marriage and children. Their courtship is a conflicting mix of hesitancy and passion, with Luna, desperately needing a mother figure in her life, cheering them on.

As Kendall learns how to trust again and her romance with Denn grows more intense, a local woman who’s had her eye on Denn for years releases a torrent of damaging jealousy. . .and the nightmare from Kendall’s past discovers where she’s hidden herself.


Want to watch the book trailer? Go here:  http://youtu.be/ZJieck3U17Y

And here’s where you can find me!


On Facebook and Twitter: 
SMP Authors’ Blog: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5337737.Char_Chaffin

GIVEAWAY:  I’m giving a copy of Unsafe Haven to one lucky commenter! Just make sure you leave your email address in your comment so I can find you later!

Thanks very much, Lynda, for hosting me today! I had a lot of fun. Have a wonderful week, everyone, and Happy Reading!



 Char Chaffin started reading romance, science fiction and horror at a very young age. Her love of books is directly responsible for her overflowing bookcases, and the bounty stored on her Kindle threatens to eclipse her entire paper collection. Char currently writes mainstream and contemporary romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love.

Char began her writing odyssey as a poet, crafting Victorian-style poetry, then went on to writing short stories. She found her niche when she began writing longer and longer short stories, until she wrote her first novel. It might never see the light of day, but writing it taught her a lot. Over the years she worked a variety of jobs, from farm hand to costume designer to fiscal accountant, before deciding a writing career was her true focus.

In addition to writing, Char is also an editor for Soul Mate Publishing.

A native New Yorker, Char lives Upstate on a sixty-acre farm with husband Don, rat terrier Daisy Mae and two barn cats who constantly slack off on the job of keeping the barn free of varmints. The Chaffin extended family is scattered all over the United States and Alaska.

When she’s not pounding away at her keyboard or burying her nose in books and Kindle, she tends a huge vegetable garden and helps Don maintain their farm. 








21 comments:

  1. Great trailer! And this promises to be a wonderful book. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Selena! So nice of you to drop by!

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  2. Love the trailer. The book sounds exciting. Wishing you many sales.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mary. Your support means a lot!

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  3. Great post, Char. - as usual. You've certainly given me a strong desire to visit Alaska. As you know, I loved Unsafe Haven. Great book, everyone.

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    1. Callie, you're the best cheerleader! Hugging you long-distance! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Nice post, Char. Congrats on your release!

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    1. Thanks very much, Calisa! I'm thrilled to finally have it released -

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  5. Alaska has long been on my bucket list. Thanks to you, Char, I'm going to have to move it up a few spaces!

    And I LOVE the trailer. :)

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    1. Hi Maura! I encourage you to go, for sure. Thanks for the kind words, and yes, I'm in love with my trailer, too!

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  6. I have never wanted to visit Alaska (I'm a desert rat thru and thru) but after reading how much you loved it, I think I need to go and see Alaska for myself. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi KC! You'd better take Maura when you go. :) It's a wonderful place and I miss it, every day. Thanks for stopping by -

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  7. Your description of standing outside and watching the Northern Lights makes me more adamant to visit Alaska. It has always been one of the places on my bucket list to visit.
    UNSAFE HAVEN is a fantastic book and one I really enjoyed reading. I love that it takes place in Alaska, and I love the characters of Denn and Kendall. It has been put on my favorite list, and I will be rereading it in the near future.
    Good luck with your book and your tour.

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    1. Janna, the Northern Lights are like nothing you can imagine, and when you're standing there looking up at them, heaven seems all that much closer. I hope you are able to fulfill your bucket list, and go there soon! Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for your support of Unsafe Haven!

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  8. Yes, I think my favorite part of the Alaskan year is the late spring. The daylight stays longer, everything is blooming or turning green, and anything seems possible! Congrats on your release, great story! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Lynn! Yep, I lived for the summers. The winter had its own beauty but those thirty and forty below days about knocked me out. But there's nothing like an Alaskan summer. So glad you dropped by! And I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Unsafe Haven. Thanks for the well-wishes!

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  9. Hey Char,
    I loved having you on my blog today. Dreaded day job kept me from stopping by earllier, just wanted to say thanks for being here and your book sounds amazing!
    Lynda

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    1. Lynda, thank you for having me! It's been fun. Keeping up a blog like yours is a lot of work especially with a full time job, and I really appreciate your dedication. It's a great blog!

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  10. I love Alaska. I set The Billionaire's Bauble there after a visit to Fairbanks one summer. In fact, next summer a girlfriend/colleague and I are driving all the way there through Canada--a road trip!

    I wish you great success with your newest release, Char.

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    1. Hi Ann! Road trip to Alaska via Canada? I'm envious! You'll have an amazing time. The Billionaire's Bauble is a great book. Alaska's a very inspiring state, for sure. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. Thanks again to everyone who stopped by! I'm happy to announce that Mary won the copy of Unsafe Haven! Mary, congratulations!

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