Friday, June 27, 2014

Compass North by Stephanie Joyce Cole ~ Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

Hey Everyone! I'm delighted to be taking part in the Compass North Blog Tour! This is Stephanie Joyce Cole's first novel, and she's stopping by here today to tell us what inspired her to write 
Compass North.

The Inspiration Behind COMPASS NORTH
When you ask an author where the idea for her book came from, you might get a blank stare in return.  Often, a writer won’t know where or how a story is born.  Characters and story lines will pop into her head, unbidden, and who knows where they’ve been lurking up to that point? That’s often been true for me, but it wasn’t the case for the concept behind COMPASS NORTH. 
Although COMPASS NORTH is a positive story of hope and personal reinvention, the inspiration for the book came from a dark place.  After 9/11, when the towers fell in New York, I thought of all the people who had lost their lives and whose remains would never be returned to their loved ones because of the total destruction at the scene.  I also realized that it was likely that some must have escaped certain death just by luck. Perhaps, when the planes hit, they were late for work in the World Trade Center that day, perhaps they had just gone off-site for coffee.  For most people, a tearful reunion with friends and family would follow.  But what if, after a terrible event like that, a desperately unhappy person discovered that the tragedy was also an opportunity, a chance to escape and become someone else entirely?  
As COMPASS NORTH opens, Meredith has been betrayed by her husband and worn down by years of abuse.  In the middle of her misery, a terrible accident hurls her into a new identity and a new life in a small town in Alaska.  At first she is swept away by circumstances, but then she starts to make her own choices.  She begins to rebuild her life anew–but she also discovers that leaving behind her old self isn’t that easy.  COMPASS NORTH is about secrets and the costs of keeping them.  It’s a book of joyful rediscovery too—Meredith has to find the courage to take chances again and to move forward in a new way in her life.  
Alaska, where I lived for many decades, was the perfect place for Meredith’s story to unfold.    Meredith is inspired and challenged by the beauty and harshness of Alaska, and its rugged “end of the road” environment gives her an opportunity to disappear and start anew.  (Haven’t we all yearned to do that, at some point in our lives?)

Author: Stephanie Joyce Cole 
Author Location: Seattle, Washington 
Genre: Women’s Fiction; Romantic Suspense 
Release Date: December1st, 2013 (digital) April 1st, 2014 (print) 
Pages: 224 pages 
Publisher: Champagne Book Group 
Format: Digital eBook, Trade Paperback 
ISBN: 978-1-77155-008-6 

Synopsis: Reeling from the shock of a suddenly shattered marriage, Meredith flees as far from her home in Florida as she can get without a passport: to Alaska. After a freak accident leaves her presumed dead, she stumbles into a new identity and a new life in a quirky small town. Her friendship with a fiery and temperamental artist and her growing worry for her elderly, cranky landlady pull at the fabric of her carefully guarded secret. When a romance with a local fisherman unexpectedly blossoms, Meredith struggles to find a way to meld her past and present so that she can move into the future she craves. But someone is looking for her, someone who will threaten Meredith’s dream of a reinvented life. 

Author Bio 
Stephanie Joyce Cole lived for decades in Alaska. She and her husband recently relocated to Seattle, where they reside with a predatory but lovable Manx cat named Bruno. Stephanie has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. When she's not writing, she's hiking, creating ceramics, practicing yoga, traveling, volunteering and discovering new ways to have fun--and oh yes, reading, reading, reading. 

Find out more about COMPASS NORTH in this exclusive interview with Stephanie Joyce Cole!

Follow along the official blog tour for an inside peek at COMPASS NORTH!

Tuesday, June 10th at Read Me        

Friday, June 13th at Lush book reviews        

Tuesday, June 17th at Zee Monodee - Author's Corner        

Wednesday, June 18th at Archaeolibraianologist - I dig good books!          

Thursday, June 19th at Hines and Bigham's Literary Tryst   

Thursday, June 26th
at Chick Lit Club   

Friday, June 27th at So Little Time...    

~ ~ ~ GIVEAWAY ~ ~ ~

The Compass North Blog Tour hosted by Barclay Publicity is having a giveaway! 

Grand prize 18" Sterling Silver Compass Pendant (US entrants only) Retail value $35.00. 
Runner-up prize $10 GC to Amazon or B&N (open internationally, winners choice).

To enter fill out the Rafflecopter below! This giveaway is part of the Blog Tour. So little time... is not responsible for the distribution of prizes. Thank you.

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Those prizes look awesome! Good luck!

Any thoughts? I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Thank you, Candy, for bringing this debut book to our attention. Otherwise, I wouldn't have known. Will have to check this out.

    1. I am sorry -I meant to add best wishes to the author for success with this book.

    2. Hi Joy! You're welcome! Sounds like a great storyline, doesn't it? Starting over. Hiding from your past.

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Thanks, Candy, for talking with me today. And thank you J Dawn King, for your best wishes.

    1. You're welcome, Stephanie! Looks like a great story! I'll have to add it to my TBR pile. Definitely, best wishes to you!

  3. This looks like a good story. I think we all can relate to wanting to go away and start over, for one reason or another, or at least reinvent ourselves in our current life.

    1. Hi Monica! I agree, especially in the situation Stephanie is describing above! Sounds like an interesting story!

  4. looks interesting Candy! Good luck with your book Stephanie :)

    1. Hi Tamara! Very interesting, indeed! :) Thanks for stopping by!


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