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Thanks to all who participated in the contest and who stopped by to give the blog post a read. Surviving Bear Island is available at  Amazon and Barnes & Noble  and Independent Bookstores. If your local bookstore doesn’t have Surviving Bear Island, just ask them to order it for you.

If you want to learn about the story-behind-the-story of  Surviving Bear Island, I was interviewed at Cynsations. There are photos of Surviving Bear island territory in the interview!!

If you want to read the first chapter of Surviving Bear Island you can do so here.

Thanks to some assistance from Random.org, here are the winners:

Debby Herceg                                             Kim Thal

Sharon Sjordal                                         Stephanie Keyes           

Tyler Bender                                             Carl R.

Lou                                                              Marcy Collier

Jim Chaize                                               Denise Goshert

I’ve emailed them all and hope to hear back from each of them soon!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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Surviving Bear Island hits the shelves today in independent bookstores and libraries. It’s also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To celebrate the release of my debut novel I am going to giveaway TEN, shiny copies!!! Even you already have a copy you are free to enter. Maybe you want to give one to a friend or to a school in your area, or to some other organization that works with kids.

Surviving Bear Island is a 2015 Junior Library Guild Selection.

Here are snippets of the reviews coming in from the media thus far:

Kirkus: “a terrific thrill on the page.”

Juneau Empire: Surviving Bear Island is an exciting book outdoors-minded boys and girls both will enjoy….It’s fast paced enough to keep reluctant readers’ attention, but it also avoids oversimplification while communicating real-life dilemmas in understandable ways .”

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:  Surviving Bear Island is a heart-pounding adventure that both kids and adults will enjoy…It follows its hero through a brilliant coming-of-age the likes of which are unlikely to be found anywhere outside Alaska.”

Here’s how to enter the contest: Leave a comment below to be entered once.

Share the link and tell me where you shared it to receive an extra entry and double your chances of winning.

Don’t forget to leave your email address if it is not readily available when I click on your name so I can contact you if you win.

The contest is open until midnight, Friday, March 27th Eastern Time.

I’ll announce the winners by Tuesday, March 31st at the latest. They will be chosen by a random number generator.

Finally, please ask your local libraries and bookstores to carry Surviving Bear Island. Word of mouth is still the best way for books to be discovered by people who love them.

Thanks for stopping by!

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PGreci and PDahlmeyer copy

A couple days ago, I did my first Surviving Bear Island school visits. I visited two schools where I was student back in the 70’s, John Marshall and Andrew Jackson Intermediate Schools for grades five to eight.

paul and marshall board

I felt very taken care of at both schools. The visits were set up on really short notice and the school staff did a fantastic job of being prepared. And the kids were just awesome and full of questions about writing and about Alaska.

paul reading at marshall

Later that day, I got my first letter from a student who had read my book.

The next night I went out to dinner with my high school English Teacher and signed books for him and for the school library.

Paul SBI

If you’d like to schedule a school visit or book signing check out my schedule and contact information by clicking here.

Surviving Bear Island comes out March 25th. Look for it in bookstores or order online now at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.


On the 25th I’ll be celebrating the release of Surviving Bear Island and will be giving away ten copies of my book!! One of them could be yours!!

I hope you’ll stop by then for a chance to win!!!

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Crisp air at forty below.

Congrats to Patricia O’Brien!! Random.org chose her as the winner of the Become gift package.

Thanks for stopping by. And, stay warm!!

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This photo, taken this in some small town outside of Milan, exemplifies the feel of Nightshade City for me. I read Nightshade City while I was in Italy and since Hilary’s writing has an old-world style  to it, reading it amongst buildings several hundred years old really added to the immediacy of the story. I’m pretty sure I saw Billycan’s shadow darken the window above.

And the winner of both Nightshade City and The White Assassin–I used a random number generator to choose–is Natalie Bahm.

Oh, Natalie. Where art thou? Come hither and collect your prize!!

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A big thank you to everyone who entered my Possession ARC, Smoked Salmon and Organic Chocolate giveaway and everyone else who stopped by to check it out.

The winner was chosen by Randomizer (pictured below):

And his side kick, who goes by the clever name, Side-kicker:

At my suggestion, they employed the services of RANDOM.ORG to choose the winner. I’m glad they listened because last time I had a contest Side-kicker put the comments in my screen saver, closed his eyes and delivered what he assured would be a light kick. Randomizer was supposed to watch and see which comment he’d connected with. Well, you can guess the rest.

Yeah, sometimes it’s hard to get good help, but I do love their spirit of enthusiasm.

Congrats to our winner Sarah Allen !!! Yay Sarah!!

Please email me at paulgreci(at)yahoo(dot)com with your mailing information and I’ll send you your prize.

Thanks again to all who participated and stopped by. Have a great weekend!

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In my corner of the world

The first  snow of the season clings to a layer of thin ice on Frog Pond

A squirrel perches, exposed on an island of bare willows,

As the sun sets on Autumn.


My friend, randomizer chose Elana Johnson to recieve a nice hard cover copy of Borderline by Allan Stratton. Congrats, Elana!! 

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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