Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE RIVER AT NIGHT w/ Print giveaway

I'm not the type of woman who's inclined to go white water rafting or any such adventure type trip. In the past, yes, but not anymore.
However, thought y'all might be interested in THE RIVER AT NIGHT which tells the story of just such an adventure trip a group of friends go on......
Alexa is offering a print giveaway (Sorry, due to shipping, U.S. only) to one lucky commenter.
Question: If you had the chance to go on such a trip, would you? Why or why not? Winner will be chosen at random Sunday, 1-22-17. Please leave your email in your comment so you can be contacted if you win. Good Luck y'all!

Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.
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Erica Ferencik is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. Find out more on her website and follow her on Twitter @EricaFerencik.

(Photograph by Kate Hannon)


  1. Hello all,

    Initially, I thought about how much I'd love to go on such a trip. I've always wanted to go white water rafting (bucket-listed just after sky diving); however, truth be told, I doubt i'd have it in me at this point. My wife says I have the broken body, fading memory, and crabby mentality of a 78-year old man. She'd know as she was a CNA for a number of years. I have learned of myself that I am truly a homebody. I'm not saying my adventure days are behind me... just that I am on an extended hiatus from anything loud, exciting, or story-worthy until reinvigorated by some major action catalyst such as my inevitable mid-life crisis. Forget raging rapids, when it comes to even being invited to an evening event, I have a list of things I immediately ask: "Will it be loud? Will there be crowding? ... much standing? ... hipsters? Do I have to wear anything dressier than my pajama pants?" and so on. And quite frankly I probably won't stay for the whole thing, probably leave by 9:00 pm, citing my new early bedtime as overruling my need for social anything (it's been my "new" bedtime for a few years, but who's really paying attention).

    Yes, I'd like to think that I am absolutely the individual who can answer yes to this your question. Unfortunately, the truth is I was for a long time, and hold a slight bit of hope that I will be again some day (as long as we can be back and unloaded early for what will probably be my new bedtime).