Cover Your Tracks Tour – Review

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About the Book

Margo Fletcher, eight months pregnant, is traveling by train from Chicago to Spokane, her childhood home. While passing through an isolated portion of the Rockies in blizzard conditions, the train unexpectedly brakes. Up ahead, deadly snow from a massive avalanche plummets down the mountain. Despite the conductor’s order for the passengers to stay seated, former Army Ranger Nick Eliot insists that survival depends on moving to the back of the train. Only Margo believes him. They take refuge in the last train car, which Nick heroically uncouples in time to avoid the avalanche. The rest of the train is hurled down the mountainside and is soon lost forever in a blanket of snow. Margo and Nick, the sole survivors, are stranded in the snowstorm without food, water, or heat. Rescuers might not arrive for days.

When the weather turns violent again, the pair must flee the shelter of the passenger car and run for their lives into the wilderness. They must fend off the deadly cold as well as predatory wild animals foraging for food. We learn that both Margo and Nick have secrets that have brought them together and threaten to destroy them.

Cover Your Tracks is a chilling story of love and hate, the devastating power of nature, and the will to survive.

Praise for Cover Your Tracks

Sensational – new, fresh, suspenseful, and lead character Margo Fletcher is to die for. I loved this book.” — LEE CHILD, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“This nail-biter from Auffenorde … [has] [w]ell-crafted action sequences [that] keep up the energy and tension. Thriller fans will want to see more from Auffenorde.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Fast, slick, brimming with tension–Daco Auffenorde knows how to ramp up the suspense with this terrific new thriller. Loved it!” — GLENN MEADE, Internationally Bestselling Author

“Emotionally resonant, provocative, timely—this unique thriller will linger in your thoughts long after the final page. Auffenorde brilliantly captures the extreme lengths a mother will go to for her child. In COVER YOUR TRACKS, you’ll be snow-blinded in the deep wilderness where the one person who can get you out is also your enemy. Sensational.” — K.J. HOWE, International Bestselling Author of SKYJACK

“Cover Your Tracks is exactly what a thriller should be. A fast-paced plot, great characters, and tightly-wound suspense create a story that will linger long after you turn the final page. Highly recommended.” — D.P. LYLE, award-winning author of the Jake Longly and Cain/Harper thriller series

“Daco S. Auffenorde’s thrilling COVER YOUR TRACKS unspools a relentless crescendo of menace and doubt. A chilling tale of damaged souls, iron wills, and dark obsession. Two strangers—a resourceful ex-soldier and a pregnant doctor—must trust each other to reach safety after their train is swept down a remote mountain by an avalanche. Survival as a team sport.” — JAMES W. ZISKIN, author of the award-winning Ellie Stone mysteries

Review

You know those books where you just have to take one look at them and you instantly know they’re your kind of book? Well, Cover Your Tracks was one of those books. I have a penchant for survival stories and as soon as I saw this one I just had to read it. And it did not disappoint. To say the least: this book had me HOOKED.

Now, when I say this book had me hooked I mean I could literally not put it down. I just had to keep turning the pages and seeing what fresh horror awaited our characters. And, as you can surmise from the synopsis, the stakes are high. But they’re also so much higher than you could even begin to imagine. And I don’t want to say anything more on that lest I accidentally give anything away.

Now, there are a few things I want to touch on before I close out this review and that is mainly some race issues towards Indigenous Americans I noticed throughout the book. However, I am not an Indigenous American so I just want to mention it but not make any assumptions based off of what I read. BUT, these have been removed per the authors/publishers request for the finished version and knowing that I can gladly say that this is an amazing book.

About the Author

Daco Auffenorde was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Huntsville, Alabama―also known as Rocket City for its role in building the rocket that took astronauts into space―Daco holds a B.A. and M.A.S. from The University of Alabama in Huntsville and a J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, Alabama Writers’ Forum, Authors Guild, and Alabama State Bar.

Tour Schedule

Oct. 19th –  Dani Reads https://instagram.com/dani.reads.1225

Oct. 21st – Noor The Bookworm https://instagram.com/noorthebookworm

Oct. 22nd –  Whimsicaly Me https://instagram.com/whimsicalyme

Oct. 23rd- Bookish With Wine https://instagram.com/bookishwithwine

Oct. 25th – Lindas Book Obsession https://www.facebook.com/lindasbookobsession/ 

Oct. 26th  Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Oct. 27th-Biblio Reviews https://instagram.com/biblioreviews 

Oct. 28th  – Bookoholic Cafe https://instagram.com/bookoholiccafe

Nov. 5th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

Nov. 5th – Christina Stephanie Reads https://instagram.com/christinastephaniereads

Nov. 7th – Marilyn Goncalves https://instagram.com/marilynjgon 

Nov. 8th – Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreviews 

Nov. 16th – Books With Bethany https://instagram.com/books_with_bethany 

Nov. 29th – Book Coffee Cozy https://instagram.com/bookcoffeecozy

Dec. 1st- Sho Biz Reads https://instagram.com/shobizreads

Dec. 8th – Rozier Reads and Wine https://instagram.com/rozierreadsandwine

Dec. 12th – Sealed With A Book https://instagram.com/sealedwithabook

Dec. 19th -Really Into This https://instagram.com/reallyintothis

Jan. 5th -Jennifer Tar Heel Reader – http://www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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Jan. 7th – The Caffeinated Reader https://instagram.com/the.caffeinated.reader

Jan 8th –  2 Babes And A Bookshelf https://instagram.com/2babesandabookshelf

Jan. 8th – Ya It’s Lit https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit

Jan. 9th – Rebecca Well Read https://instagram.com/rebecca_well_read

Jan. 12th- Colleens Reading Adventures https://instagram.com/colleensreadingadventures

Jan. 13th –  A Book And A Latte https://instagram.com/abookandalattee

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*

Remote Tour – Review

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About the Book

When DJ Lee’s dear friend vanishes in the vast Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness of Idaho and Montana, she travels there to seek answers. The journey unexpectedly brings to an end her fifteen-year quest to uncover the buried history of her family in this remote place. Although Lee doesn’t find all the answers, she comes away with a penetrating memoir that weaves her present-day story with past excursions into the region, wilderness history, and family secrets.

As she grapples with wild animal stand-offs, bush plane flights in dense fog, raging forest fires, and strange characters who have come to the wilderness to seek or hide, Lee learns how she can survive emotionally and how the wilderness survives as an ecosystem. Her growing knowledge of the life cycles of salmon and wolverine, the regenerative role of fire, and Nimíipuu land practices helps her find intimacy in this remote landscape.

Skillfully intertwining history, outdoor adventure, and mystery, Lee’s memoir is an engaging contribution to the growing body of literature on women and wilderness and a lyrical tribute to the spiritual connection between people and the natural world.

Praise for Remote

Part adventure story, part cautionary tale, DJ Lee’s quest weaves through memory and meaning like a broken trail. The ghosts she is searching for–her grandmother, her grandfather, her friend lost in the wilderness and never found–appear and disappear in moments of mystery. Like the archivist she is, Lee pins her investigations to historical and archeological facts, even as she revels in the lyrical otherworldliness of extreme isolation. Her narrative reads like a journal of longing and belonging, bravery and fear, clarity and insanity, celebration and lament. Always, what she offers is a map that we might follow: more than blood, it is a story that binds us–all that we have to make sense of our lives. –Kim Barnes, author of In the Wilderness: Coming of Age in Unknown Country

DJ Lee’s Remote offers profound and moving meditations on nature and narrative, frequently on the two phenomena together. –Scott Slovic, author of Going Away to Think: Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility

As DJ Lee and her remarkable family and friends circle and tussle around a remote ranger station over several generations, they will draw you into their mountains and mysteries as deeply as they did me. A book to remember.  –Robert Michael Pyle, author of The Thunder Tree and Magdalena Mounta

Review

It’s actually very rare for me to read memoirs, but when I do it’s usually something about the wilderness. There’s just something so soothing and relatable to them since I aspire to hike the Appalachian trail at some point in my life. But I just love being able to go into the wilderness through a book. But this is one of those stories that will truly draw you in and hook you.

Lee does such an amazing job setting the scenery. You truly feel as if you could look around and find yourself in the Bitterroots. And I now have a new place that I must see at some point! The formative undertones to this book revolve around her search for her friend Connie, who went missing even though she is a woman very much capable of navigating alone in the wilderness. Throughout the story there is a sense of mystery and an almost sort of mysticism of the beauty of the Bitterroots. And I think that anyone that spends any time in the wilderness knows what I mean by saying that it is magical.

All in all this is a beautiful story that takes you on a journey. You get an inside peek into the life of Lee and her pivotal moments. It has also fully re-instilled the backpacking urges that I’ve been dealing with all summer. So, grab this book, grab a blanket, and go outside and read this one!

About the Author

DJ LEE is Regents Professor of literature and creative writing at Washington State University. Her creative work includes over thirty award-winning non-fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies. She has published eight books on literature, history, and the environment, including The Land Speaks. Lee is director of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness History Project and a scholar-fellow at the Black Earth Institute.

Tour Schedule

Aug. 14th – Dani Reads https://instagram.com/dani.reads.1225

Aug. 15th – David L Morgan https://instagram.com/david_l_morgan

Aug. 17th – Bookish Heidi https://instagram.com/bookish.heidi

Aug. 17th – Jackie Loves Books https://instagram.com/jackieslovesbooks

Aug. 19th – Lindas Book Obsession https://instagram.com/bookobsessionslinda 

Aug. 21st – Ya It’s Lit  https://instagram.com/ya.its.lit 

Aug. 24th – Books and Chinooks https://instagram.com/booksandchinooks 

Aug. 29th – Miss W Book Reviews https://instagram.com/misswbookreview

Aug 30th – Coffee Books Dogs https://instagram.com/coffeedogsbooks

Aug. 31st –  A Book And A Latte https://instagram.com/abookandalattee

Sept. 1st – Momfluenster https://instagram.com/momfluenster

Sept 10th -Little Book Page https://m.facebook.com/Littlebookpage-192613211319741
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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*