I have a sister and three brothers, so I have many people to brag about. Today, I will be touting my brother, to whom I dedicated BAD LIES. Colin is the rock hound in the family, with a penchant for hiking, climbing, tunneling, and caving, all for the purpose of examining the geology of a given place. In fact, for most of his career, he’s been under contract with our own and foreign governments, helping them understand how to ‘use’ geology. For example, if Norway wanted to develop a structure below-ground to keep their commanders safe, my brother would help them find such a location. Another example: If the U.S. needed a new spot to store nuclear waste, where would that be?
He has traveled the world, delighted to examine the contours of this earth in each place. Here he is in Norway, high above a fjord, on top of the world, one with the rocks.
When I wrote BAD LIES, I was interested in how criminals might use caves to hide their activity. I chose the Amalfi Coast partly because I enjoyed my trips to Italy so much, and partly because of the rich history of cave use in Italy. I was soon over my head with the research, so I consulted with my brother, Colin. He delights in sharing his knowledge with family and friends, always augmenting his advice with a wealth of research, pictures, and outrageous scenarios. I could have written a whole series focused on the caves in Italy!
My simple question was: How easy would it be to hide certain criminal activity in a cave? Second: How do you find your way out of a cave without use of the usual senses?
My brother answered these questions breezily, more interested in telling me how the Nazis built a space ship in an Italian cave, and how earthquakes affect certain cave structures in that country. To say he is passionate about geology is an understatement.
After I collaborated with Colin, caves seem to be on my mind. I’m working on a novel right now that has a spelunking aspect as does BAD LIES. Presently I'm reading a book on Karst Caves. Way over my head. Again. The geology bug bit me, and I thank my brother for it!
So I'm giving you permission to brag about a sib, son, daughter and grand kid...one with a passion that makes you burst your buttons with pride. Brag away!
Here’s BAD LIES http://a.co/0DuYNPn:
Italy’s haunted caves spell danger for an American golfer and a NATO geologist
Sophie Maxwell is a late-blooming, unorthodox golfer, and mother of a precocious thirteen year-old. Determined to put divorce, bankruptcy, and a penchant for gambling in her past, Sophie goes to Italy for a qualifying golf tournament.
Jack Walker turned his back on a pro golfing career to become a geologist. As a favor to his ailing father he’ll caddy for Sophie; off hours, he’ll find caves on the Mediterranean coast, suitable for NATO listening posts for terrorist activity.
Someone is determined to stop Jack’s underground hunt and ruin Sophie’s chances to win her tournament.
On a Rome golf course and in the Amalfi coast’s haunted caves, all the odds are stacked against Sophie and Jack. In their gamble of a lifetime, who wins?
Amazon 5 star review for BAD LIES:
"If you enjoy a tightly written romantic suspense novel, then this is the book for you. Bad Lies is a real page turner. When I say I couldn't put this book down, I mean it. Read it in just a few sittings. Great characters you're drawn to immediately, playful and sophisticated dialogue, intriguing Italian setting, and a tense plot that keeps you guessing all the way. Ms. Anderson knows how to spin a terrific yarn and this is a very, very good one."
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