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Monday, March 7, 2016

The Woman in the Fire Tower (Giveaway)


WICKEDLY POWERFUL has been out for about a month now, and it seems to be doing pretty well (yay, and thanks to everyone who has bought a copy!). I'd actually meant to blog about some of my inspirations for the book before this, but, well...stuff happened.

But I'm finally getting around to it, because I thought you'd like to meet my friend Kathy, the real woman in the fire tower. As you know if you've read the book, my third Baba Yaga, Bella, gets involved with a former Hotshots firefighter, Sam, who now works in a fire tower in Wyoming. What you might not know (unless you read the dedication and acknowledgments pages at the beginning of the book) is that my inspiration for Sam come from someone I actually know.

This is my friend Kathy. Wave hi to Kathy, people.

Kathy on the tower. That's some view!
 And that funny green building she is standing next to is the real life fire tower she has worked in for a number of summers on and off over the years. It was her tales of life as a fire watcher that gave me the idea for Sam's current occupation.

Sam's previous job as a Hotshots fire fighter was inspired by the tragic story of the Prescott Hotshots team that died a few years ago, leaving behind only one surviving member of the twenty man team. When I first heard about it, I thought, "What on earth must it be like for the one who lived?" And I had a personal connection with that story as well, because my friend Caere lives in Prescott, and told me about how the entire community mourned.

But Sam's tale was most based on all the wonderful bits and pieces I read on her fabulous blog A Room with a View (here's a sample). Sadly, last year was Kathy's last season up on the mountain, but thankfully she let me pick her brain for all sorts of great stuff, and fact-checked the manuscript as I wrote it. [Note: any errors were obviously mine, or else poetic license required by the story.]

She also shared with me some cool photos of the tower, both inside and out. Obviously, Sam's tower wasn't *exactly* the same as hers, but it was pretty damned close. (Yes, hers was in Wyoming too.)

Not a very big place to live for over five months!

This seriously IS a room with a view!

That's a LOT of stairs. The bathroom is at the bottom. Yeesh.

If you wondered how Sam could see a fire so far away, now you know!

An amazing view in every direction.
I am incredibly grateful to Kathy for sharing her story and her expertise with me, so I could share Sam's story with you. (She lived here in Oneonta for a time, and was a cherished member of Blue Moon Circle. Plus an amazing baker!) And I'm grateful for all of you who have read the book and shared Sam's story as well. So I think we should have a giveaway to celebrate, don't you? Kathy was kind enough to send me a sage smudge stick made from sage that she picked and wrapped on the mountain. Plus, I'll throw in a Wickedly Powerful notebook and a fun stuffed dragon (maybe a Chudo-Yudo?).

As always, there is no purchase necessary to enter, and all you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form below.* Tell me if you have read the book yet...and do you think you would like to live in a fire tower, like Kathy did?

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*You get extra points for reviewing this book, or any of the other novels (poor Wickedly Powerful hardly has any reviews compared to the others...it's feeling a little sad). Don't forget that leaving a review--and buying a book if you can--is one of the best ways to help an author!

29 comments:

  1. How cool! Off to read her blog. Love that a Wiccan guarded the wild lands.

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  2. This series is on my TBR list. The view from a fire tower is gorgeous but I would not want to live there...heights!

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  3. The views are wonderful but couldn't they have fit a bathroom up top?! Lol! Awesome blog entry!

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    1. No plumbing! There is a solar shower, apparently :-)

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  4. I have not read the book yet. If I didn't have my kiddos I would LOVE to live there!!!! Just the openness is amazing!

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    1. There are probably some days you'd like to live up there *because* of the kiddos :-)

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  5. I have only gotten through part of the book. But now with some poctures I can imagine the tower as a tower and not this weird never ending tower of dark..lol ty.

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  6. Read it and loved it! Can't wait for the first Rider story :) Kudos to Kathy! There's no way I could live in that tower for 5 months...even with the spectacular views ;)

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    1. Yay! I'm so glad you loved it. I'm not sure I could either...

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  7. I have not read it yet so I'm not sure if I'd want to live there... It's on my reader though! I'm catching up with the series and that's why I haven't jumped right into it!

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    1. Yay for catching up! I love it when I get to read a bunch of books in a new series in a row.

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  8. I have it on my tbr pile to be read next. :-)

    I am afraid of heights so no I wouldn't be able to live in a Fire Watch Tower. Just the thought of going up there has me shaking in terror.

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    1. I am not great with heights either. I think the stairs would be the part that got to me!

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  9. I LOOOVED the book, of course. The Babas make me so super happy. I left reviews at both Gooodreads and Amazon!
    I could totally live in the tower. I'd feel like a bird perched up high in a nest.

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  10. I haven't gotten to Wickedly powerful yet. But will! I would love to live in a fire tower for a season. It would be a unique experience.

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  11. Loving all of your books so far :)

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  12. Those pictures! It's not how I had it in my head.. but I'm a New England girl :) I've never been to Wyoming. It's on my bucket list! That is some wide open viewing~ I think I could live there for 5 months :) I like camping & quiet... your friend Kathy is amazing! So was this installment of the Baba series. I can't wait to see the first Rider book!

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  13. I think I'd love to live in a fire tower for awhile, watching over the land would be awesome. Perfect that she was wiccan, who better to watch out for mother earth.

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  14. I think I'd love to live in a fire tower for awhile, watching over the land would be awesome. Perfect that she was wiccan, who better to watch out for mother earth.

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  15. Read it. Enjoyed seeing a bit more with Queen & court. Bella's my favorite Baba. Still wondering which child Liam had in mind to bring to the Court to raise. Except for missing my cats & dog, wouldn't mind living in a tower for a season.

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  16. I bought my copy of Wickedly Powerful and Wickedly Ever After and now that I am on March Break I can sit down and read them. I haven't had a chance to visit the site recently and I am now just catching up with your posts. So sorry to hear about your kitty. It's always hard to lose a fur baby. I love your work and looking forward to your future books!

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  17. I haven't gotten to read it yet as I haven't had the funds to buy it sadly. But I look forward to getting it when I can!

    Kit

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