Monday, December 3, 2018

Northern Deception by Laurie Wood

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Welcome to the book tour for Northern Deception, an inspirational romantic suspense novel from Laurie Wood. Today's stop is a fun guest post. I love when characters get a chance to speak out on the blogs. Kira Summers is the main character of this book, who works as a polar bear scientist. Today she is sharing some of her research with us. Enjoy her knowledge, as well as other stops along the tour.

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Northern Deception

(Heroes of the Tundra #1)
By Laurie Wood
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
ebook, 170 Pages
December 4th 2018 by Anaiah Press

Reunions can be deadly.

After a savage attack in university, Kira Summers fled to the safety of northern Canada and her work as a polar bear scientist. But when her whistleblower brother dies in a mysterious car crash, she must return home to bury him and pack his belongings. Unaware she’s carrying explosive evidence someone’s willing to kill for, she has no choice but to rely on the one person she never thought she’d see again.

Lukas Tanner, a widowed single father of a special needs toddler, moved to Churchill five years ago. As the proud owner of Guiding Star Enterprises, a wilderness tour company, he and his daughter lead a simple life. But when Kira comes crashing back into his world, he realizes God has other plans. Now, Lukas and Kira must confront a merciless killer as their past and present collide in a deadly race—a race they must win if they have any hope of a future together.

Kira Summer’s Fun Polar Bear Facts:

I love doing research and learning about polar bears was no exception. Some of these facts made it in to the book and some didn’t:
  • Canada is home to about 15,000 polar bears
  • Adult males weigh 772-1,543 lbs and measure 7ft 10in–9ft 10 in in total length
  • Adult females weigh 331-551 lbs and measure 5 ft 11 in–7 ft 10 in in total length, unless she’s pregnant when she can weigh as much as 1,101 lbs.
  • The largest polar bear on record, reportedly weighing 2,209 lbs, a male, was shot in northwestern Alaska in 1960. This specimen stood 11 ft 1 in tall on its hind legs when mounted.
  • An adult bear’s foot is approximately 12” across and its claws are 3” to 5” long.
  • It has an extremely keen sense of smell and can detect seals nearly 1 mile away and buried under 3 feet of snow/ice. Its hearing is as acute as a human and its eyesight is also good at long distances up to a kilometre.
  • The polar bear is an excellent swimmer and can swim for days. A bear can swim 6 mph. 
  • When walking they can go around 3.5 mph. When running, they can reach up to 25 mph (or up to 40 km/hr).
  • Whereas brown or black bears might maul a person, polar bears are predatory and will almost always kill a person unless someone saves them.
  • They leave their scent in their tracks which allow other bears to keep track of one another in the vast Arctic wilderness.
  • The polar bear is the most carnivorous member of the bear family and primarily eats ringed or harp seals. They can haul a 150 lb ringed seal out of a hole in the ice with one paw.
  • They are both curious animals and scavengers when hungry from fasting during the summer months. They’ve been known to consume garbage when coming into contact with humans including hazardous substances for example: Styrofoam, plastic, car batteries, ethylene glycol, hydraulic fluid, and motor oil. The dump in Churchill, Manitoba was closed in 2006 to protect the bears and waste is now recycled or transported to Thompson, Manitoba. 
  • Polar bears have been known to tear the doors and windshields from cars and trucks as well as tear windows out of cabins. 
  • In Churchill, Manitoba people leave their vehicles unlocked so that anyone being chased by a bear during bear season (Oct-Nov) can jump in for their own safety.
  • Windows on public buildings in Churchill are frequently barred on the outside for the same reason.
  • Churchill Conservation Officers use large live traps the size of six-foot wide culverts baited with seal meat on the town perimeter to try to trap bears before they enter the town limits. Bears are then taken to “Polar Bear Jail” which was a military barracks made over into a holding facility for the bears. They’re held without food till the sea ice is strong enough and then flown by helicopter northward and let off at least 100 kilometres away.

About the Author

Laurie Wood has followed her RCAF serving husband across Canada, raising their two special needs children to adulthood, and "keeping the home fires burning" while she began her writing career. She's a member of Romance Writers of America, where she's finalled in several prestigious contests, as well as American Christian Fiction Writers. She writes romantic suspense and historical novels.


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