Many of my long-term fans and readers are aware of this but some readers who are just finding Deirdre O’Dare now may not know that I am a huge fan and supporter of the amazing sport of sled dog racing! I’ve spent a total of over two months in Alaska the last three years, most of it related to this sport and the fabulous dogs and the equally incredible folks who race them.
My interest goes back a number of years and the idea of setting a fiction tale in that environment came to me about five or six years ago and the first version of Love is Snowblind was written and published. Since then I have gained a lot more knowledge of the sport. Since the original story had gone out of print, I decided to do a rewrite of it to add more atmosphere and authenticity while still keeping the challenging love story of Dylan and Grey as the heart and soul of the tale. And of course highlighting some of the fabulous dogs that compete in the races. They are the real stars of the show!
I’m delighted to announce that a “new and improved” version of Love is Snowblind will be released February 25 by JMS Books. Below is the blurb, a link and the great cover, designed by JM Snyder from my notes and suggestions. You can preorder the book at the link below
Blurb: Loner Dylan, seeking to heal from wartime trauma, pursues a new-found dream of building and training a winning sled dog team to compete in the Iditarod. He makes a difficult choice to rescue a stranger lost in a blizzard instead of seeking to win a preliminary race. This choice and its results throw unexpected but major changes into his solitary life. Can he accept and adapt to these changes?
Grey must prove himself, pursuing his dream of seeing Alaska first hand and writing about the world of sled dog racing in a powerful way to jump start his chosen sports and feature writing career. Young and naïve, he almost pays with his life for a bad decision. Can he learn and grow fast enough to survive in the unforgiving environment and overcome a rocky start with his new hero, musher Dylan?