Deception Island by Judith A. Boss – Spotlight and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Judith will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

mediakit_bookcover_deception-islandWhile at an archaeology dig in Afghanistan, evolutionary anthropologist Rachel St. Claire discovers a pendant with strange shifting symbols. Not long after, she receives an urgent call from her colleague, Dr. Grace McAllister, insisting Rachel come to Antarctica to examine an unusual body with ethereal properties found in an ice cave. Before Rachel can respond, bandits storm the desert dig site. Just as they are about to seize Rachel, a helicopter appears with Trevor Brookenridge, a handsome polar geophysicist sent by his Aunt Grace to bring Rachel to Antarctica. Sparks fly, but Rachel already has a fiancé. Rachel must decide who she can trust when a group of bioterrorists engaged in secret genetic experiments in an abandoned World War II Nazi base under the Antarctic ice sheet come after the pendant–and her. For it seems everyone knows a secret Rachel does not, one which will change her life forever.

Enjoy an Excerpt:

Rachel peered over the rail as the hydrofoil eased into a slip at a floating dock. Whalebones on the floor of the bay, from the days whaling ships used the harbor, could be seen through the clear water. As usual, the beach near the dock was bustling with penguins. A Snow-Cat, a sleek, bullet-shaped vehicle with yellow stripes painted on it, was parked just above the beach line.

As they disembarked and started up the beach toward an awaiting Snow-Cat, some of the gentoo penguins scattered, lurching and stumbling over the cobblestones. Others raised their bright orange beaks in protest.

“The penguins seem particularly jumpy today,” remarked one of the crew. “Like something spooked them during the night.”

Two men unloaded what looked like a body bag from the Snow-Cat and loaded it on the hydrofoil.

In the distance beyond a ridge, Rachel noticed a small hut silhouetted by the low sun. “That’s the Argentinean hut,” said Antonio, shouldering his overnight bag. After saying a quick farewell to them, he slipped on a pair of snowshoes and headed up to the hut.

“All aboard,” one of the men said. He reached out a hand and helped Rachel climb up into the cab of the Snow-Cat.

From her seat on the Snow-Cat, Rachel could see the skittish penguins watching the receding vehicle wind its way up to Shackleton Station. What had upset them? The very air seemed to bristle with angst. She glanced over at Trevor sitting across from her, but he didn’t seem to notice anything amiss.

About the Author:Judith Boss (née Wager) was born in the village of Honeoye Falls, south of Rochester, New York in the heart of wine country. She attended elementary school in Irondequoit, where her family moved when she was two.

When not in school, she enjoyed wandering the woods and fields around her home and picking beans for 25¢ a basket for Mr. King, who owned the truck farm behind her house. She also loved hiking and camping and was active in the Girl Scouts throughout high school.

An avid writer, when Judy was 11 years old she wrote and illustrated her first “novel,” a story about her beloved parakeet “Sparky.” My Little Sparky was followed by several other short novels and a book of poems.

Following graduation from high school, Judy attended the University of Rochester for a few years before dropping out and emigrating to Australia. Both of Judy’s daughters were born in Australia. She also finished her B.A. in philosophy and anthropology at the University of Western Australia.

From Australia, the family moved to Nova Scotia, Canada for graduate school. After graduate school, Judy worked for eight years as a writer/researcher for the Nova Scotia Museum. In 1979, Judy and her two daughters moved to Newport, Rhode Island where she continued to work as a writer. She also worked as a lecturer for several years at the University of Rhode Island before going back to full-time writing.

Judy currently lives in rural Rhode Island with her family and Corgi. An avid traveler, she has traveled with students from the University Of Rhode Island and Brown Medical School to work with undeserved, indigenous people in Guatemala and Mexico. Her favorite travel destination, however, is Antarctica.

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  1. James Robert says:

    Thank you for both the excerpt and giveaway as well.

  2. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Nice site! Thank you so much for posting the review of my novel Deception Island. For more reader feedback check out the reader reviews at:

  4. Can you tell us about your hobbies? (when you’re not reading or writing)

  5. When you start a new book, do you have all the characters in place and an ending planned, or does it come to you as you write?

    • I have the setting in mind. I did a lot of research on Antarctic before writing Deception Island and even traveled to Antarctic Peninsula. As for the characters, had an outline of the characters but they pretty much took on their own personalities and direction as the book progressed.

  6. Lisa Brown says:

    congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  7. thanks for the giveaway and link to Amazon!

  8. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

  9. James Robert says:

    Hey!! Just me back again saying hello and thanking you for the giveaway.

  10. Eva Millien says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a terrific read, Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. This sounds like a book I’ll enjoy reading – thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. bernie wallace says:

    What is the best book that you have read recently? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

    • I’ve been reading some of the R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books for young YA readers. The books are well written, have great characters, and do an excellent job at walking the line between terror (nightmare inducing) and just being scary (heart-thumping but enjoyable).

      Good luck in winning a copy of Deception Island!

  13. James Robert says:

    Hello! Before I bake some pies for the kids for our Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to drop by and say thank you once again for the giveaway. Anyone celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. kim hansen says:

    Enjoyed the excerpt.

  15. James Robert says:

    My days are all messed up now but Happy Friday! Thanks so much for working so hard to bring us amazing giveaways.

  16. James Robert says:

    Hope your Saturday is a fun one. I usually work but am off today so watching some football. Thanks again for the chance at work

  17. James Robert says:

    Wishing you an awesome Blessed Sunday. Thank you so much for the opportunity at winning.

  18. James Robert says:

    My brother is at work so I am here helping him out and want to thank you for giving him and others the chance to win.

  19. James Robert says:

    It’s me again! Hope this day is going well for you. I want to thank you again for the chance at winning and let you know I appreciate it.

  20. James Robert says:

    Hello! Back again today and thanking you one more time for the chance at winning.

  21. James Robert says:

    Hello and happy Friday! Hope your weekend is great and thank you for the giveaway.

  22. James Robert says:

    Hope you’re having fun this Saturday. Thanks for all you do bringing us such great giveaways. You’re awesome!

  23. Sold several copies of Deception Island at the Rhode Island Author Expo yesterday.

  24. James Robert says:

    Hello to all you beautiful people on this awesome Sunday. I am back giving thanks to you for the giveaway. Hope your Sunday is fantastic!

  25. James Robert says:

    Back to it being Monday already? Hope your weekend was a fun one. Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

  26. James Robert says:

    How this little messages find you doing great. I am back saying thank you again. Please don’t get tired of seeing me.

  27. James Robert says:

    Happy Hump Day! Have a great one and thank you once again.

  28. James Robert says:

    Good afternoon to all you beautiful people. Hope your day is going great. Thanks again for the giveaway.

  29. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  30. James Robert says:

    We made it, finally Friday even though I will work for most of it. I will ask my sister to help me out on here. Thanks again for this opportunity to win and have a great day!

  31. Love the cover

  32. James Robert says:

    Finally I am back to see y’all. Thanks again for all you do and the chance at winning amazing giveaways.

  33. James Robert says:

    I sure have been messing up this week with my visits to you. Sorry about that! I am back tonight to say thanks again for the chance at winning and have a great Friday evening.

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