Monday Magic presents Char Chaffin, Romance Author

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Welcome to another Monday Magic. I’m super excited today to present my critique partner, and Soul Sista, Char Chaffin, with her wonderful soon-to-be released novel, Unsafe Haven. Let’s welcome her with a nice applause (sound of applause). Thank you. Now, I’ll let Char take over.  You’re on girl!

Hi everyone, Char Chaffin present and accounted for at Callie Hutton’s fantastic Monday Magic! Callie was kind enough to host me back in January, to chat about my debut novel, Promises to Keep. Now I’m within a few weeks of releasing my second novel, Unsafe Haven. Where Promises to Keep was the culmination of many years spent writing and dreaming of being published, Unsafe Haven is a kind of celebration of the years I lived in Alaska with my family. We moved there in 1988, when our daughter Sue Ann was still in grade school, “just for a few years.” Well, “a few years” stretched into sixteen years and during our time there, I discovered I liked to write. Then I realized I wanted to write, needed to write. I also made a decision: that someday I’d write about Alaska, maybe more than once.

Having finally done so, I’ll have to set a few more novels in The Last Frontier. Alaska is one of those places so much larger than life, it would be impossible not to find plenty of inspirational story fodder.

I based Unsafe Haven in one of the most remote regions of Alaska: Southwest. If you look on a map of Alaska, the entire western area of the state is desolate and daunting. Mountains, rivers, lakes, tundra, all conspire against such “trivial” civilization necessities as roads. If you can’t drive there, you can’t live there, right? Well, not exactly. You just have to be inventive and clever. Or live in a tiny Native Alaskan village where the hardships are balanced out by the sheer beauty of your surroundings, and Mother Nature happily offers up her bounty. It also helps to know how to live off the land.

Contrarily, each year more and more tourism pours into some of the remote regions of Alaska, changing its dynamic, allowing for things like cell phones, Internet, maybe a few more roads here and there for places that in the past were completely cut off. Visitors to Alaska still want to see Anchorage and Fairbanks, Skagway, Sitka, and Juneau, the glaciers, Prince William Sound. But they’ll also come to the villages if they can find a way to get there. My fictional village of Staamat is such a place: a cross between modern and traditional, predominantly Native Alaskan but with other ethnicities settling and experiencing the wonders as well as the difficulties of life in the Arctic.

My heroine, Kendall, uses Alaska as a way to escape her own personal nightmare, but finds herself renewed when settling in Staamat nets her the attention of Denn Nulo, the Chief of Stammat’s tiny yet effective police force. Native Alaskan and all man, Denn falls for Kendall instantly, but here is a woman whose past flares up in the form of nightmares and flashbacks. She wants Denn but she’s very, very leery. Until she feels completely safe in her new home, romance might just have to take a back seat. But Denn is as persuasive as he is charming, and Kendall allows herself to love him, just as the monster from her previous life finds out where she’s been hiding.

Often considered the last bastion of true freedom in America, Alaska affords its residents the opportunity to live their own lives unfettered by some of society’s more restrictive customs. You’ll find some real characters thriving there, and a few of them found their way into my story. Characters like Bear and Old Man Fake are patterned after real folks I met while living in Alaska.

I never did meet anyone exactly like Denn Nulo while I was in Fairbanks. But I saw bits of him, here and there, during those sixteen years I called Alaska my home. A smile, a turn of the head, the light in a pair of amber eyes, a brush of dense black, shoulder-length hair over broad shoulders. The nobility and pride that comes with understanding and embracing a rich heritage, a willingness to move forward . . . I saw that, too. Intelligence, fortitude, determination, love of family and fellow man. All of it I drew on when I sat down at my keyboard and fleshed out my hero.

I also had a lot of fun crafting Conroy Herington, my handsome but nasty villain. And I discovered, as I wrote him, how much fun sociopaths can be to write. You can have them do anything, get away with untold horrors, and not suffer a moments’ guilt over it.

In Kendall, I wanted a damaged young woman strong enough to escape and start anew, who finds out along the way she’s a lot braver than she ever thought she could be. Her survival instinct is so much a part of who she is, and her reluctant attraction to, and love for Denn is what helps her fight for the life she sees within reach. Hers is a journey I think many of us can relate to.

Maybe I could have set a story like this anywhere in America, but in my heart I know only Alaska could do it justice.

Unsafe Haven will release in late August, from Soul Mate Publishing, and then Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I hope you’ll read Kendall’s and Denn’s story, and when you do, that you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Thanks again, Callie, fellow Soul Mate sister and CP extraordinaire!

My links:

website: http://char.chaffin.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/char.chaffin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/char_chaffin

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5337737.Char_Chaffin

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.

As Char’s critique partner, I’ve had the privilege of reading Unsafe Haven, and can assure you all to get ready to buy a fabulous story. Murder, mayhem, betrayal, love, passion, hot hero, funny teenager, beautiful scenery, Unsafe Haven has it all.

Thanks for being with us today, Char. I know Unsafe Haven will be a huge hit.

 

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32 Responses to Monday Magic presents Char Chaffin, Romance Author

  1. Congrats on your release Char! This book sounds wonderful. I love your choice of settings and some of the quirky characters. Oh..and um, Denn sounds delish! *wink* I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska….a definite bucket list top runner!

    HAPPY SALES!!!!!!

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Thanks, my dear 3CsCP! ::wink:: Alaska is definitely a great bucket list item. I think everyone should go there at least once in their lives. Thanks for the great comments!

  2. Unsafe Haven sounds like a great read! Congrats on your upcoming release, Char! :)

  3. Cheryl Yeko says:

    Applause, applause!

    Hi, Char. The book sounds great and I can’t wait to read it.

    Congrats!

    -Cheryl

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Cheryl! So glad you got un-buried and could stop by! (I know what your days have been like!) Thanks for the well-wishes. I hope you enjoy reading Unsafe Haven as much as I enjoyed writing it -

  4. Ceri Hebert says:

    Fantastic post! I love stories set in remote, rural locations. Sounds like this would be right up my alley!!

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Thanks, Ceri. I had so much fun writing it, even if at times I wanted to rip my hair out and stomp on it. Fortunately for me, I have a very sane CP! I hope you enjoy reading!

  5. Sounds like a great story. Congratulations on your release!

  6. Calisa Rhose says:

    This book sounds exciting, Char. Nice to see you again! :) I’ve always pictured Alaska as hard and remote and would love to visit that part of the states one day- though I know it’s not likely. Living vicariously through someone who has lived there is one way to go. Denn sounds wonderful and sounds like a woman I would love to meet. Congrats and good luck! :)

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Hi Calisa, thanks for stopping by! Yes, Alaska can definitely be a harsh environment in the winter, but there is beauty to be found in those long, dark winter days, and at night when it’s the absolute coldest, the Aurora display in the sky makes it all worthwhile. Don’t discount going there: Anchorage and Fairbanks are both easy enough to get to. Thanks for the well-wishes! (BTW, Denn is my hero. ::wink::)

  7. Char Chaffin says:

    Callie, thanks so much for having me! I love to talk about Alaska, and this blog was a lot of fun to write. Monday Magic is such a great support system for authors!

    Char

  8. Unsafe Haven sounds great! I can’t wait to read it!

  9. Hi, Char and Callie! What a great story to set in a remote location. Just when she thinks she’s safe, he finds her! Love the tension! I had the good fortune of visiting Alaska when I was ten, or so, (Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan) and I will never forget it. Best of luck with your release!

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Hi M.J.! Three of my favorite Alaskan cities, and all three gorgeous. I especially love Sitka, in fact hubby and I talked about moving there from Fairbanks.

      Thanks for the well-wishes!

  10. Donna Steele says:

    I wouldn’t mind meeting Denn – next time you go up, let’s talk! Congrats on the new work, it’s stellar!

  11. Char, I’m so excited about this book. Visiting Alaska is #1 on my bucket list. I can’t wait to get your book so I can visit there through your characters. Best wishes for much continued success.

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Hi Gerri! Yep, Alaska is on a lot of bucket lists, right up there with sky-diving. ::eek:: I’ll tell, you, life in Alaska was plenty exciting for me. So glad you stopped by, and hope you enjoy reading Unsafe Haven -

  12. Diane Burton says:

    Alaska is on so many people’s bucket list (mine, too) and you got to live there. How great is that! Congrats on your book. Sounds like quite a story.

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Hi Diane, thanks for stopping by! Yep, so many people who find out I’ve lived in Alaska tell me that’s a place they really want to visit. I always tell them to just buy the tickets and go! I loved my years there and would move back in a heartbeat.

      Thanks for the well-wishes!

  13. Like nearly everyone else who’s commented, Alaska is on my must-visit list. The book sounds fabulous. Best of luck with it.

  14. Callie says:

    Wow, Char, you’ve been busy, girlfriend! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Y’all will absolutely LOVE Unsafe Haven. And Denn is soooo hot. I loved the story.

  15. Nona Raines says:

    Hi Char!
    Your book sounds great with such a unique setting. I love multicultural romances. May you have great success with Unsake Haven!

  16. Hi Char, great post! The book sounds fabulous, and have fun with the new release! Alaska is am amazing place.

    • Char Chaffin says:

      Thanks, Lynn! You’re near Anchorage, aren’t you? Our kids thought about moving there from Fairbanks, and Don and I would have stayed in Alaska and moved down there to be near them if they’d done it. Then we got that farming bug, and… :)

      So glad you stopped by! Thanks for the thumbs up!

  17. Char Chaffin says:

    THANK YOU CALLIE!! What a great time I had. And thanks to everyone who stopped by and left such wonderful comments!

    I can’t WAIT for release day!

    Char

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