Wednesday 5 February 2014

A Boat Made of Bone by Nicole Grotepas - Fun Facts, A Guest Post

Introducing A Boat Made of Bone by Nicole Grotepas, a New Adult Paranormal Romance.

From the Blurb:

Kate Miller has been having recurring dreams about the same man . . . a dead man. Will Hawke, to be exact, a celebrity who died long before Kate had any reason to pay attention to celebrities.

While the night-world she enjoys with Will beckons, her waking world has suddenly gotten intriguing. Ty Watts--a guy with looks that could set a thousand housewives free--just walked into her life. He's got a smile and a secret that begs to be found out.

But is Ty a distraction or a savior?

Kate's dreams threaten to take over. She must negotiate the edge of reality, solve the mystery of her nightly rendezvous with Will and either set him free or lose herself forever in the seductively dangerous world he inhabits.

A Boat Made of Bone is a love story that spans worlds, generations, and reaches beyond death into the realm of fantasy. 

By Nicole Grotepas

  1.  Suga's (pronounced like sugar without the R), the vinyl shop where Kate works, is loosely based on a record store that used to be in the Sugar House district of Salt Lake City. I only shopped there a few times before the owner packed the entire store up and moved it to Indiana or something to be with his girlfriend. 
  2. The area where Kate lives is a fictionalized version of the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City. I didn't want to be strapped into being perfectly accurate, though, because that part of SLC has change so much since the post-college days when I lived there. So it's the version of Sugar House that I remember before all the old buildings were torn down to make way for massive strip malls and high-rise condos. 
  3.  The climbing areas aren't accurate portrayals of the canyons local to Salt Lake City. They're based on areas two and a half hours north of SLC in Logan Canyon, where I climbed during college. 
  4.  Several of the dream sequences where Kate searches for Will take place during festivals related to death or the dead in other cultures. At first that was unintentional on my part. When I noticed the pattern, I added a few things to flesh out the scenes because I thought it would be interesting. Kate never realizes this, of course, and assumes the locations are all accidental. 
  5.  Ty, Kate's real-life love interest, got a scholarship to the university in pottery. What we don't know yet, and what will be revealed in the next book, is why Ty lost the scholarship. Kate still doesn't even know that's what brought him to the university in the first place.
About the Author:

Nicole wrote her first fantasy novel in 7th grade on her mother's old Brother typewriter. It was never finished but it strongly resembled a Dragonlance plot and she's forever wondered what happened to the manuscript and Tonathan--the handsome elven protagonist. After living in Nashville where she worked as an editor, she returned to the Utah desert where she was raised. Nicole now lives near the Wasatch mountains with her husband. She writes and raises her son and three cats full time.

A Boat Made of Bone by Nicole Grotepas was released on January 18 2014, and is available from  Barnes&Noble.