My favorite place in the world is Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. They’re still relatively pure and untouched. The wildlife is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. There’s no experience quite like getting out of a Zodiac raft, walking onto a beach, and settling on some ice -coated rocks. Baby seals come sit in your lap. Penguins come close enough to peck you. I’ve spent two months there, and I’m trying to find some justification to go back. I dream about the southern end of the world, and it’s featured in several of my books. Icy Passage, and the Bitter Harvest series.
Small ships (e.g. less than a hundred passengers) are the way to go. The huge cruise ships never let you go ashore. The trips I took have landings two and three times a day. The schedule is weather dependent. First trip there, we had weeks of 90 knot winds and 30 foot swells. It was wild and incredible. You truly get a sense of the power of nature in an up close and personal way. My other suggestion is to sign up for the sea kayak option. I probably should stop there. I could chat about Antarctica for hours. My friends have learned not to encourage me. LOL
Narrated by Gregory Salinas
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
Series: Soul Dance, Book 2
Release Date: 06-26-17
Publisher: Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
Egypt is a haven for magic-wielders of all kinds. Vampires hold court, staying one step ahead of the priests who want them dead. Gypsy caravans roam the Nile, plying their wares.
Tairin Jabari was born in a caravan and has always believed she's Romani. Why wouldn't she? Her mother and father never suggested otherwise. The Rom have harsh rules. When Tairin's first shift catches her unaware at 13, her father disappears, and the elders move with deadly speed to punish her mother for mating outside the blood.
Hurt, lost, confused, and fearing for her own life, Tairin runs away, leaving her mother's smoking funeral pyre behind. With her survival on the line every single day, she and her wolf face hard choices.
Half Romani, Tairin's no stranger to hiding her mixed blood from gypsy caravans. What she can't hide is her perpetual youth, courtesy of her shifter heritage. She's overstayed her welcome where she is, but Germany is at war, and travel has become impossible for everyone targeted by the Reich.
Elliott's clairvoyance is strong. Seer for all the caravans in Germany, he catches Tairin eavesdropping outside their leader's wagon. He should turn her in, but he can't bring himself to do that. Instead, he interrogates her. Her magic is different, but he can't figure out quite what she is.
Any association between Romani and shifters is forbidden. Tairin should leave right now, tonight - before he discovers what she is and destroys her.
©2017 Ann Gimpel Books, LLC
About the Author:
Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains. It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.
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