Monday, March 12, 2012

Liz's Lair: Meet Suspense Author Tiffinie Helmer


It is with great pleasure that I turn my blog over to my friend and fellow suspense author Tiffinie Helmer, a Utah girl who spends her summers in Alaska catching salmon. Today is Tiff's debut with her Alaskan adventure, and I am proud to be the one to introduce you to her. Here she is:

Love is never easy. But I made it extremely difficult for my characters, Skip and Wren in my short story IMPACT. They were childhood friends who became high school sweethearts, then life happened. Skip became an Alaska State Trooper. Wren became a criminal who fell into drugs as a way of escaping her troubled childhood. He arrested her and sent her to jail. Now its five years later, Wren is sober but still nursing a broken heart and carrying a grudge the size of Alaska.

You’d think that would be enough, but not for my characters. No, they need to fight to be together, prove to me they are worthy of the love I have in store for them. So I threw them into a situation where they had to rely on each other in order to survive. That’s right, a plane crash with an arctic storm bearing down somewhere between King Salmon and Egegik.

Where the hell is that, you ask? It’s nowhere.

If you look at the map, they crash landed in Southwest Alaska above the Aleutian Chain on the brutal banks of Bristol Bay. Have you seen Deadliest Catch? If you have then you’ll get a good picture of the nasty Mother Nature can dish out. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and check them out. Deadliest Catch’s Season 8 starts April 10th on the Discovery Channel.

I really enjoyed writing Skip and Wren’s adventure and hope you’ll check it out. Here's a teaser.

Alaska State Trooper Skip Ozhuwan has waited five years to reunite with Wren Terni, the woman he’s always loved. Flying back home for his sister’s wedding with only him and Wren in a chartered bush plane guarantees he’ll have her undivided attention.

Ever since Skip arrested her five years earlier, Wren vowed never to lay eyes on him again. She’s gotten sober and made a life for herself that she’s proud of. Seeing Skip now throws her into a tailspin.

When the plane crashes, they are forced to battle a violent arctic storm, outwit predators, and dispose of a dead body. They must find a way to get past their differences if they are to survive to have a future together. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.

What kind of crazy situations have you put your characters in or have loved reading about? One lucky commenter will win a copy of IMPACT.


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Tiffinie Helmer is an award-winning author who is always up for a gripping adventure.

Raised in Alaska, she was dragged “Outside” by her husband, but escapes the lower forty-eight to spend her summers commercial fishing on the Bering Sea.

A wife and mother of four, Tiffinie divides her time between enjoying her family, throwing her acclaimed pottery, and writing of flawed characters in unique and severe situations.

31 comments:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Loved this book! Love Dealiest Catch :-) Love Tiffanie Helmer!!!

So happy for you. Your writing truly rocks.

Anita Clenney said...

Hi Tiffinie. This sounds like a winner! I love stories where the hero and heroine are thrown into a survival situation. As a fan of Deadliest Catch, I'm sure I'll enjoy this. Congrats!!!

Vicki Batman, said...

Wow! This book sounds action packed. Good job!

stanalei said...

Excited to get my copy, Tiff. Good luck.

Wendy S. Hales said...

Love your humor and love your voice, can't wait to read Impact!

LizbethSelvig said...

Hi Tiffinie,
I can't wait to read "Impact" -- it sounds amazing. And you know what an Alaska fan I am after being lucky enough to spend 3 years there. You're high on my TBR pile -- I'm looking forward to reading authentic Alaskana from someone who'll get all the gritty, beautiful facts right! Good luck with this story!

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Thank you Kari! I'm thrilled that you loved it. :)

I can't wait until Deadliest Catch Season starts. I miss my guys. For those of you who don't know, I fish on that same ocean in the summer. Most of the boats, Time Bandit, Northwestern to name a few tender for us.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Hi Antia,
IMPACT is set (crashed) on the banks of Bristol Bay overlooking the Bering Sea where the DC boys fish for crab. There is a sample chapter in the back of IMPACT of my book HOOKED which is more Deadliest Catchish. :) It's my life out there in the summer trying to catch a living amongst other cutthroat fishermen doing the same.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Hi Vicki,
Yes, there is a fair amount of action in this short story. Both hot and cold action. :)

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Thank you, Wendy! You are so sweet to say that.

Kerrigan Byrne said...

I live a boring life... nothing too scary to share here. But, I'm LOVING this book! Great blog

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Liz, it's so good to see you here. Yes, I will not let you down on the Alaskan front. So many Alaskan books disappoint me. I can't wait for your book to be out either!

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Tiffinie Helmer said...

Stanalei, so glad you stopped by

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Natalie, you could not lead a boring life if you tried. Not when you bring such laughter into the lives of everyone you meet.

Mary Martinez said...

Tiff,
I purchased my copy this morning before work. I can't wait to read it.

Good luck!
Mary

Sandy L. Rowland said...

I love deadliest catch!
And of course, Tiffinie.
I'm picking up your story on my kindle.

Tam Linsey said...

If anyone can get the weather near Bristol Bay right, it's you, Tiff! Congrats on Impact!

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Thank you Mary and Sandy! I hope you enjoy it.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Tam, you are so right. I've been spit on, blown over, iced, baked, and dunked by Bristol Bay weather. She is one nasty woman.

Clancy said...

Lived in Fairbanks and I can certainly appreciate the struggle to survive the elements in Alaska. Can't wait to read this one!

L.L. Muir said...

I live to put my characters in dungeons, make them cold and hungry and afraid of the dark. Love what happens.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Thank you, Clancy! There is just no way to really appreciate what Mother Nature can do to you in Alaska. You can read about it, watch it on TV, but nothing prepares you for actually being there.
I leave for Alaska in June and I can't wait.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

L.L. Muir, I agree, there is nothing more pleasing than stripping a man down to the animal within. I love that as writers we can do that and then shape the outcome, sometimes.

Rochelle Staab said...

Hi Tiffinie,
I just picked up Impact on my Kindle—I can't wait to read it! I've been in the mood for romance lately :)

I know it will be as much fun as you are. Best of luck on the launch and wishing you mega sales.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Rochelle, you are so wonderful. I hope you enjoy the romance in IMPACT. I tell people it's one Alaska story that won't leave you cold. :)

Liz Lipperman said...

I've purposely stayed away to let Tiffinie have the spotlight, and it looks like she's doing great. Love all the comments and loved having you, Tiff.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Liz, thank you so much for having me as a guest. I have always loved M&M's blog and it has been wonderful to have IMPACT's go for launch party here. You guys are the best!

tonirgregg said...

i am happy to read a story set here in alaska. we need more of those.

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Toni, I have a lot of Alaskan stories. A series of them in fact. Thanks for stopping by. Your book looks cute too. I'm going to check it out right now.

Anonymous said...

why can't i buy hooked on my kindle? has it come out yet? i can't find any info