Two of my Favorite Things….

Well, The Fishing Widow-wise, that is.  I’m adding two pages today!  They’re two of my favorite chapters.  Chapter 10 and Chapter 19….  I’ll give you a little background.  I’ll hope this will inspire you to leave a comment and want more.  I do really hope for that!

After the Prologue in September 2006, the Chapter 1 begins in the fictional small fishing town of Port Saint Anne, Alaska on March 14, 2010, just before the start of the Sitka herring sac roe fishery openings. Colin’s gotten married to Ellie, and the two of them have bought a seine boat that they’ve christened The Case in Point.  The name came from a conversation Colin and Ellie had had on the dock just after purchasing the seiner.  The conversation ended with Colin saying to Ellie that she must think he’s “nuts to buy this boat,” to which Ellie smiles and replies, “Of course you’re nuts, sweetheart.  And this is just a case in point.” So, Colin is a newly-minted skipper with boat, gear, and permit debt up past his eyeballs (meaning: approaching nearly $1.5 million at the outset), and Ethan is his deckboss. 

Their crew is mostly locals: Mike Passarella, 35; Danny Rennick, 20; Tommy Ansoategui, 27; Josh Padgett, 17; and Brett Riesgraf, 26, from Yachats, Oregon.  Most of these fishermen have worked together on other boats before, with the exception of Josh who’s new to all of this.  While several odd events take place on the way to Sitka, Ethan and Colin chalk it up to stress.  During the first opening (and the Sitka herring sac roe fishery is notorious for short opening times), Colin, Ethan, and the crew manage a miracle set–similar to what happened in real life aboard a seiner called Infinite Glory in 2008.  They close a 1,500 ton set.  A million dollar set.

But after the fish are gone and the fervor dies away, the crew is left to haul in the rest of the net, and things go from odd to terrifying….

The action in Chapter 10 picks up during the second opening of the fishery.  The crew is confident that they’ll have good luck again.  Ethan is confident enough to leave the crew on the deck alone to handle the net … unaware that circumstances are moving from terrifying to deadly…..

… Chapter 19, though, is my absolute FAVORITE of the “hey-I’m-not-giving-it-away-just-yet” chapters.  It takes place during the third opening of the fishery.  It’s night.  The Case in Point’s net has been pumped empty of fish, and the crew heads in as a storm begins to brew out to the west.  A rogue wave, and the consequences define this chapter.  The reader gets another glimpse of just what’s out there stalking the crew of The Case in Point.  Jack Burnsed, Ethan’s least-favorite, but my favorite, Alaska State Trooper makes an appearance toward the end of the chapter.  Between Jack and Ethan, not much has changed, but Ethan is older, shrewder, and more self-assured than he was at 19 in the Prologue.

I hope you like these two chapters.  Enjoy!

The Fishing Widow

The Fishing Widow

In September 2006, Ethan Lindgren and Colin Claybaugh, two fishermen aboard the seine boat F/V Fairweather are ordered to hook onto and board Revelation, a 58′ seine boat that is found drifting and lightless in a storm off the coast of Southeast Alaska.   They find the boat abandoned, the captain and crew have vanished completely out of the world.  But, they are not alone on Revelation that night, and what Ethan sees in the fo’c’sle of the abandoned fishing boat is so terrifying, not even Colin, his best friend, can pry the secret out of him….

In March 2010, Colin and Ethan, along with their crew,depart Port Saint Anne, Alaska aboard Colin’s seiner The Case in Point for the opening of the 2010 Sitka Herring Sac Roe Fishery.  What was aboard Revelation is following, now darker and more desperate.  As the combat fishing intensifies, rival crews try everything to put each other off their game.  As the events of March 2010 continue to unfold, the forgotten loss of  the Nantucket whaler The Covenant in 1835 and the massacre of Spanish priests in their mission on San Angelo Island three centuries earlier begin to present a real and terrifying threat….

There’s an old saying that goes … “The only difference between a Fairy Tale and a Fisherman’s Tale is this … a Fairy Tale begins ‘Once Upon a Time,’ while a Fisherman’s Tale begins “This ain’t no bullshit…”

The Fishing Widow Prologue is now online

Welcome to The Fishing Widow!

Happy Thanksgiving!  It’s nearly the end of November, and since I’ve reached the 50,000 word goal in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for my latest titled In Dark Places, I can finally turn my attention back to The Fishing Widow, which is through its final edits and ready for the entire world to see!  I’ll be working on query letters over the next few weeks and am hopeful that a publishing house somewhere will love this story as much as I do.  So far, so many decent reviews.  If you’re curious, follow the page link to the Prologue.  Enjoy!