Not this year, but during the summer of 2008.
I wrote a book — a ski mystery, actually, called DOUBLE BLACK. It was published by Minotaur Press in 2008. But it was only available as a hard cover.
Until now. All good things come to those who wait. So if you’ve been putting off reading it because you’ve been waiting for the ebook or the paperback format, well, you’re time has come.
I have to say it’s a lot of fun. DOUBLE BLACK features Stacey Curtis, a young woman who moves to a Vermont ski town to become a ski bum. She’s kind of my alter ego — the person I might have been when I was younger, if my life had taken a different turn. Anyway, Stacey doesn’t have any money, so she ends up sleeping in her car behind — until one day she stumbles across a ring of master keys for the area’s vacation condos. Of course, she decides to put them to good use, going from condo to another, spending one night here, one night there, until one night she opens a door and discovers (dah dah dah dahhhhhhhhh) a dead body. And that’s where the really book takes off.
Here’s what Publisher’s Weekly had to say:
For all its fluffy powder and Green Mountain gemütlich, Vermont’s Spruce Peak has a decidedly sinister side in Clinch’s easy, breezy debut. Bostonian Stacey Curtis, a grad student turned ski bum, quickly discovers that when she finds a dead man with “the jagged oily chain from a chain saw yanked tight around his neck.” Though she has headed for the hills in hopes of lessening the drama in her life (think cheating fiancé), spunky Stacey’s amateur sleuthing efforts send her schussing into fresh intrigue, danger, and just maybe romance with hunky ski patroller/trust funder Chip Walsh. Clinch, a Vermont resident who runs a popular Web site for women who ski (www.TheSkiDiva.com), clearly knows—and loves—the terrain, conjuring the kind of bewitching winter wonderland and endearing New England characters that will leave readers antsy for a return visit.
And this is from Romantic Times, which gave it FOUR STARS:
This first in the new Ski Diva mystery series set in the Green Mountains of Vermont features a smart and sassy lead character with a fun sense of humor and appealing supporting characters. Clinch captures your attention from the start and never lets go with a plot that must be similar to traveling down a slick slalom course with all its twists and turns. This is a wonderfully entertaining way to spend a chilly winter evening.
You can find DOUBLE BLACK in all the usual on-line places: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo.
Ski season’s coming, and this is a great way to get yourself geared up. Hope you enjoy it!
Wendy, it looks like this is not available in Europe 🙁
((when I search amazon.de for “Wendy Clinch” it would even offer me “Cinch” plugs and cablings…!!))
So – this might be a good excuse for me going to the rockies soon then 🙂
Regards from stormy Germany
Sorry it’s not, Jellyflake, though it is available on Amazon in the US. I’d
suppose you could order it from them, though I’m not sure how it works.
Still, a trip to the US sounds like a great idea!
Sometimes it is good to still have England in Europe (although they don’t want to
belong to the rest of us 😛 ) – amazon.co.uk sell your book and they also ship to
Germany for small delivery fees. Let’s see…!
I am a bit surprised that none of the divas left any review here? I must go
search the forum and the site whether I find any.
If not I’ll make sure I’ll do some eventually 🙂
Have just finished your book and found it a really good read. Guess I can
be classed as a ‘flatlander’ since I do only come out the moth balls to
ski once a year these days. Living in cornwall the rest of the time where
I spend a lot of time riding a horse on the beach! Never made it to the US,
but love to ski in europe, Austria and Italy in particular because I find
the ambiance and the people gemuetlich. Your book transported me. It was
lovely to “feel” the sentiment of early morning skiing, being first up on
the lift, the bluebird days that make you grin from ear to ear and that
‘my mountain’ glow when you have the whole slope to yourself and no queues
on the lift either, in early or late season. And that burn of the muscles
as the legs work well and the spirit flies you from top to bottom. Thankyou.
Found the book on amazon.co.uk and downloaded to kindle. When is your second
book going to be available on kindle? Best wishes.