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There’s no spoilers in this short, 30 second trailer for Surviving Bear Island due out in March 2015. There are, however, some cool visuals, and some eerie growling noises!

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I’m totally enjoying working with Eileen Robinson at Move Books and am thrilled to share this book cover, which captures the essence of the story. Surviving Bear Island is due out in March 2015. I hope to share more about the process of getting this story ready for the world in future posts. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying summer. I’m in summer school working on my Masters in Special Education but am still managing to get out on some hikes. No prolonged adventures like the ones that inspired Surviving Bear Island but hopefully I’ll have a few more of those in the future.

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The land and water where my story takes place.

The land and water where my story takes place.

I am happy to announce that my middle grade adventure novel set in the wilds of Alaska, my home state, will be published by Move Books, a house dedicated to publishing books for boys, in the Spring of 2015.

A big Thank You to my agent Amy Tipton who introduced me and my writing to Eileen Robinson at Move. I’m totally excited to be working with Eileen.

From Publisher’s Marketplace:  Paul Greci’s untitled novel, pitched in the spirit of adventure/wilderness survival stories like Hatchet and Far North, about a sea kayaking trip gone wrong; at the beginning of the trip, a boy had a tent, a sleeping bag, plenty of food, and a traveling companion and guide, his father — but that was all before the accident that left him alone, cold, and soaked, with only the clothes on his back and the small survival kit in his raincoat pocket, to Eileen Robinson at Move Books, by Amy Tipton at Signature Literary Agency.

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A little good news

I just learned that my YA novel, Sacrifice Area, took second place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual contest in the young adult/middle grade category.

Last year my MG novel, Stranded, took second place.

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A couple shots of the full moon before it slipped below the horizon this morning.

When the Owl Calls

Last night I heard a Boreal Owl calling—the first of the season around our place.

Every year, when I hear the first owl call I wonder if one will nest close by. Several years ago a female nested in an old birch snag behind our house. We’d see her poking her head out of a round hole in the dead tree—an opening made by a woodpecker.

One day–sometime after the trees leafed out—I heard a crash on our deck and went out to investigate. Here’s what I found.

A just-fledged Boreal Owl snug up against the house.

It stayed there for at least 30 minutes. I didn’t know if it was hurt so I gently touched it with a stick and it moved. Horray!!

Finally, after several more minutes, it flapped it wings and landed on the railing.

A few minutes later, it flew off.

So yeah, every year when I hear the first owl I wonder if we’ll have new neighbors for a little while in the Spring. I hope so!!

Do you have any animals making their homes by your house? Or, have you in the past?

moon

Moon

Moon!

MOON!!

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