I love a great many things about Crevice, not the least of which is that it’s my first book baby to be published. As I celebrate its release to the world tomorrow (August 23rd), I thought I’d list for you a few of the things I adore about it:
- Two parallel stories, the modern-day treasure hunt and the historical life of the Dutchman
- The challenge of recreating someone’s life who died 100 years ago and making it relevant today
The Superstition Mountains in February
- Doing the research for the setting—the Superstition Mountains of Arizona are an amazing testament to God’s majesty
- The main character’s journey is one of accepting God’s unconditional forgiveness, something I think is difficult for us all
- Often, the hunt for the Dutchman’s treasure has ended in tragedy, and I feel like this story is my way of honoring those who have died searching for the Lost Dutchman gold mine, and of course those who still live to hunt the treasure
I hope you get a chance to read my first release, and I’d love to know what you think. You can leave a review on Amazon or contact me directly at Janice@janiceboekhoff.com. The discounted price for the e-book ends tomorrow on release day, so if you want to pre-order and save a little, click here.
In my novel Crevice, one of my characters spends seven days trapped in the mountainous desert near Phoenix, Arizona. That’s a long time to go without food and water in a dry climate. Garrick Hearst (the main character’s brother) walks off a cliff due to a lapse in his own judgment. First, he was climbing up a mountain in conditions so foggy he couldn’t see much of anything ahead of him. And second, he was distracted by a girl. Two big mistakes in a row, and suddenly you’re falling off a cliff. Does he make it out alive (you’ll have to read the book to find out)?
More importantly, how would you survive if you ever found yourself in the same situation?
Although I enjoy putting my characters into uncomfortable positions, I hope you understand I’m not making light of these types of accidents at all. Accidents in the wilderness happen to real people, and some of them have died as a result.
Often a person will die in the initial fall, but if God spares you, and you find yourself trapped halfway down a mountain, what should you do?
It can take only a few days in arid climates to die of dehydration, although some healthy young people have gone more than a week. To die from lack of food happens much slower, more than two weeks, sometimes over a month, depending on overall health and body weight.
Obviously, water is your biggest concern.
If you find yourself trapped in a desert, here are some basic survival skills:
- If you’re with your car, stay there, put the hood up to signal distress and wait for help.
- If you’re deep into the desert and there’s no one around, look for ways to get to civilization. Your best bet to survive is to help yourself.
- If you can’t get out (or down the mountain), put out bright-colored clothing as a flag to signal you need help.
- Search for water-bearing plants within your reach. Drinking water from cacti can be a good idea—if you pick the right one. The giant Saguarro cactus is poisonous, but the Barrel cactus has a drinkable milky sap.
- Take advantage of any short-lived storms by putting out a piece of clothing (preferably waterproof like a windbreaker) to collect the momentary rainfall. Pour the water (or squeeze it out) into a water bottle.
- Improvise a shade screen using clothing. If possible, sit above the ground, which can be up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the air temperature.
- Food will not be your biggest problem for at least a week, so don’t even worry about it. After a few days, your body won’t feel hunger any more. In fact, ingesting food adds to your body’s water needs to digest the food. The biggest concern is finding enough water to keep your brain and other organs from the effects of dehydration.
I won’t give away which technique(s) Garrick uses in the book or whether he makes it out alive. I hope you’ll read Crevice to experience his ordeal with him, and to discover how his sister, Elery, searches for him by hunting for the Lost Dutchman gold mine.
To pre-order the e-book of Crevice before the price goes up, click here.
For more tips see, 26 Tips for Surviving in the Desert (http://www.desertusa.com/desert-activity/desert-survival-tips.html).
The wonderful Kara Hunt is hosting me on her blog today, along with the amazing group Quid Pro Quills! Come on over and check it out as I give a little behind-the-scenes info on my debut novel, Crevice (releasing August 23rd)!
1. The surface of the sun has got nothing on Orlando. Seriously, I had sweat running down the back of my legs because my bootie was sweating.
2. Older ladies or men (no discrimination here) in rented scooters navigating through huge crowds is a recipe for disaster. About a dozen times, I narrowly avoided becoming road kill due to these elderly drag racers.
As a dinosaur fan, I love this!
3. If Disney puts it on a T-shirt, someone will buy it—like this little beauty I bought for my son.
4. My children hover too much. They kept stepping on the back of my sandals, causing the Velcro to fly open (painful, yes) and me to literally walk out of my shoes. My mantra became: DO NOT walk behind mom!
5. The best way to take the fight out of my feisty kids is to dehydrate them, stick them on the surface of the sun (see #1) and force them to walk 20,000 steps per day (thank you fit bit for tracking our torture). They did all of this with surprisingly little complaining for the promise of a 3-minute ride every hour—amazing!
You get him, baby girl!
6. Watching your kids in Jedi robes on-stage fighting Darth Vader is truly the BEST thing EVER!!
7. Walt Disney had it right. Life is so full of responsibility—work, school, cooking, cleaning. We all need to remember how to play, dream and imagine more. It’s good for the soul (at Disney, though, not so good on the bank account).
When was the last time you went to Disney? How was your experience? Tell me what your plans are for the summer to play and relax?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
What we celebrate at Christmas is that YOU came!
You cared enough to put feet on Your spiritual legs and step on the broken dirt of this world.
Certainly not because of anything wonderful we ever did.
No, You came to rescue us. You came to meet us where we are so we could leave this Earth and be with You forever. You first met us here … and here You are still meeting us.
In some way every day, You touch our lives. Through the Holy Spirit. Through Your words in the Bible. Through the ordinary occurrences we like to call coincidences. It’s all You.
In a manger, as a frail baby boy, You came long ago … but You’ve never left us.
Happy Birthday, Jesus!
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