I added all the things I love and fear when I'm camping in Alaska's wilderness. My characters will have to band together in order to survive the elements, the landscape, the wildlife, and a killer.
They will be tested.
Here's a scene as Tern (who you will remember being Raven's sister in SHIVER) and the others are dropped off at Nowhere Lake. The picture of on the cover is exactly how I picture this forbidding place.
The DeHavilland skimmed the placid waters of the lake on a perfect landing, drifting right up to the sandy beach near the cabins. Hugh powered down the Beaver and silence pressed in.
"Welcome to Nowhere Lake." Hugh rolled up his hip waders and stepped out onto the plane’s float. He hopped onto the bank and secured the plane to a birch tree before wading into the water. One by one, they climbed out onto the floats and jumped to shore. Hugh unloaded their packs, tossing them the short distance. Tern seized hers just as it would have smacked her in the face. As it was, she stumbled backward.
Hugh waded to shore, pulled an envelope from his back pocket, and handed it to Nadia. "Here you go. Instructions are in there on the rules of the game. I’ll be back in a week to pick you up." He wasted no time untying the plane, turning it around, and hopping aboard.
They watched, standing in a line, as Hugh took off. Tern wondered if they were all thinking the same thing.
Just where the hell were they, and what would they do if he didn’t come back?