Sep 182014

Why does Compass North take place in Alaska? It’s the perfect place for Meredith’s story…

Compass North is a romantic suspense novel about personal reinvention. Meredith narrowly escapes a catastrophic accident and is presumed dead. She slips into a new identity and a new life in Homer, Alaska, leaving behind her deceitful husband and her disastrous marriage back in Florida. She finds that it’s not that easy to leave the baggage of the past behind, but she discovers that she can peel back the layers of unhappiness that have weighed her down, to find her strength and joy again. But not everyone back in Florida is convinced that she’s dead, and someone is looking for her, someone who could destroy her dream of becoming a new person.

Homer, where Compass North takes place, is a small quirky city located in Kachemak Bay, not too far from Anchorage. You can see some pictures of Homer on my website, and I’ve included links there too, for more information. Homer is just drop-dead gorgeous. Gleaming glaciers pour down from the high mountains that circle Kachemak Bay. The bay is rich with marine and bird life. According to Wikipedia, the Homer Spit, an isthmus of land that spins out into the bay for over four miles, is the longest road into ocean waters in the entire world. And Homer is one of those communities that exudes character. You’ll find fishermen, ex-hippies, tourists, artists…the list goes on.

Meredith had to be in a place where she could disappear. Homer was a very long way from her home in Florida, but more than that, Alaskans all over the state pride themselves on their rugged and individualistic spirits. The land and weather can be harsh, but there are those who manage to live a subsistence lifestyle and barter for their needs, disconnected from the kind of life most of us lead.

And the struggles Meredith experiences in Alaska mirror her internal journey. Just as she has to learn to deal with icy weather, bears, lack of money and the suspicions of the people she meets, she has to come to terms with her questions about who she has become and who she wants to be. In Homer, Meredith is adrift in a new place, finding her way and finding herself.

About Stephanie Joyce Cole

Stephanie Cole

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.

Guest Post: Stephanie Cole explains Why Alaska + GiveawayCompass North by Stephanie Joyce Cole
Published by Champagne Book Group on Jan 5, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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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.

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  One Response to “Guest Post: Stephanie Cole explains Why Alaska + Giveaway”

  1. I love small quirky towns, and what better place to start over when you need to hideout than in Alaska! I don’t think that I’d want to live there myself (I already live far enough North as it is, thank you very much!), but I definitely plan on visiting some day. The scenery must be breathtaking! Homer is a funny name for a city; The Simpsons immediately comes to mind, and I’m sure that I won’t be the only one who thinks that. LOL That pendant is pretty, however alas it’s out of my reach, at least I qualify for the consolation prize. Thanks for the chance!

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