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Snow Angel

TopIntroduction

Please . . . God . . .

She whispered before collapsing.

When Noah Wesley hears the faint sound outside the door of his remote Alaskan cabin during a violent nighttime blizzard, it is no less than the voice of God that urges him to take a closer look, to discover there his snow angel.

Unconscious and more than half frozen to death, her name is Elizabeth, a beautiful young woman, fragile yet fierce, intent on discovering gold like so many others rushing headlong toward the Yukon.

But why Elizabeth is so drawn to the gold, and why she would chase it even through a pounding storm that no man would dare face, is a secret to be shared with no one, not even at the invitation of Noah’s deep-blue, trusting eyes.

Jamie Carie has penned a can’t-up-down debut novel in Snow Angel, a masterfully romantic story wherein cold and lonely hearts risk everything to be forever warmed.

TopDear Reader

Independence is the safe route. If you fail, you have no one to blame but yourself, right? Elizabeth has found this to be true. Abandoned as a child she has learned the value influencing people and circumstances to fit her need. If she knows anything for sure, it is how to survive. And she’s convinced all she needs is her share of Yukon gold. Back in 1898, women had few choices aside from marriage – Elizabeth’s security, her pot of gold, means Alaska and the courage to get there.

But she didn’t plan on meeting a man like Noah.

Noah Wesley startled her out of all her thinking. He didn’t seem to need anything . . . and why that was puzzled and courted her. This man, so tall and strong in ways that weren’t just physical, taught her something beyond mere survival. He taught her risk . . . and hope . . . and a faith in something bigger than the here and now.

Noah taught her love.

They say you can’t let nothin’ in without letting go. Now, Elizabeth is faced with the task of letting go of everything that has helped her survive over the past twenty years. Can a mere man be trusted with something so guarded as her heart? Will he prove as good as he appears? There is some healing to be done first. Jane is the mother who has been searching for her stolen daughter. A dark evil has kept them apart, but God is still God and His timing is perfect. Just look up, Elizabeth. Look up and believe.

Dear Reader, if you have ever doubted love, both His and man’s, as I have, you will know Elizabeth’s story. There might not be fairy-tale endings in this life . . . but there are eternal endings, and any effort of faith we put into the side of love will count for eternity.

May His extravagant love overwhelm you every day – this day, this hour,

Jamie Carie

TopAwards
Snow Angel winner of USA Book News Best Books of 2007 in the Religious: Fiction and Literary Category
Snow Angel wins ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year for best Romance of 2007!
Snow Angel was nominated for a 2007 RITA Award (this is BIG, like the Oscars of the romance biz!!) in the First Books category!
TopThe Worst Cooking Show Ever – Part 1

TopThe Worst Cooking Show Ever – Part 2

TopSnow Angel – Recipes

Sourdough Recipes:

Basic Sourdough Starter Without Yeast
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Sugar

Mix all ingredients. Place in a loosely covered container and refrigerate several days until doubled in size. May take 4-14 days. Ready to feed and use when doubled.

Basic Sourdough Starter With Yeast
2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Warm Water
1 Package Yeast

Mix all ingredients. Let stand uncovered in a warm place overnight or up to 48 hours. The longer mixture stands the stronger the ferment. After fermenting the starter is ready to store. Feed once before using.

Sourdough Feeding
1 Cup Flour (all purpose)
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Milk

Feed every 5-7 days or it will die.
Keep in tight covered container in refrigerator.
Do not use the day it is fed.
Always leave 1 Cup of starter to feed.
Feed every day if you want to build your supply. Just don’t use the day you feed. (Donna feeds hers after she measures what she wants to use).
If some watery substance appears, just stir it in and use.
The Recipes:
Sourdough Biscuits
1 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Oil
1/2 tsp. Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Cup Sourdough

Mix well. Make into small balls 3 to a muffin tin. Let rise 15-20 minutes. Bake 12-15 minutes. 375-400 degrees. Makes 12 medium biscuits.

Sourdough Yeast Rolls or Bread
3 Cups Sourdough
2 Tbsps. Melted Margarine
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 Package yeast dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2 Cups Flour

Measure starter. Add butter, yeast, salt, soda and 1 cup flour. Beat with mixer until smooth. Add remaining flour. Turn onto floured board and knead for 10 minutes. Add flour as needed. Put into greased bowl and let rise until it doubles. Punch down and form rolls of loaves. Let rise until double. Place in loaf pan or on cookie sheet (if doing rolls) and bake at 325 for 30 minutes. Remove and butter top. Bake additional 15 minutes on top shelf. Rolls at 350 for 10 minutes or until brown.

(To make whole wheat bread/rolls add 1 Tblsp. honey and sub 1 Cup whole wheat flour for white flour).

Sourdough Hot Cakes
2 Eggs
1 Cup Sourdough
2 Tbsp. Sugar
3/4 Cup Flour
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Soda
1 Tbsp. Baking Powder
2 Tbsp. Oil

Mix and Fry. (Donna uses her blender to mix. Also use 1/4 Cup whole wheat flour to make buckwheat cakes:)

Sourdough Coffee Cake (My Dad’s Favorite!! Yum!!) OR Fruit Muffins
1 Cup Flour
1/2 tsp. Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/4 Cup Oil
1 Cup Sourdough
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon (omit for fruit muffins)
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla

Topping:

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Stick Oleo (Note from Jamie: What the heck is Oleo???)
1 Tbsp. Flour

Mix all Add topping. Bake 25 minutes at 375 degrees.

ENJOY!!

TopInto the World of Snow Angel

Many people have asked me if I’ve ever been to Alaska and the answer is, not yet! So how did I capture the feel of that snowbound world? Here are some resources that I used to research Alaska and the Alaskan gold rush. Have fun diving into the land of the north!!

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Great overall info from the state of Alaska http://www.library.state.ak.us/goldrush/

There were two trails to Dawson City for the miners to choose from. The first was the jump off city of Skagway and the White Pass Trail. This trail was a bit easier to follow, except during the spring (when Elizabeth starts her journey) when the mud from all the melting snow made the trail nearly impassable. Heavily loaded pack horses slid off into ravines, making for horrendous graveyards of injured and dead animals. There are still bones today in the Dead Horse Gulch. Since the weather would have made this trail so difficult, I choose to have Elizabeth and Noah travel three miles further to Dyea and the Chilkoot Trail. The most dangerous part of the Chilkoot Trail was the steep incline of the mountain pass. Check out these photos from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

Juneau:

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Remember the log cabin church that Jane thinks is so quaint. I got the idea from this old photo.

Log Cabin Church, Juneau, Alaska (Winter & Pond)

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The Juneau Hotel where Joe stayed and where Elizabeth made her incredible escape.
Juneau City Hotel, 1893 (George Family)

View more old time photos of Juneau here.

Listen to the sounds of bears and other Alaskan wildlife here. Very cool!!

TopSnow Angel Cooking Video – Bloopers

TopDiscussion Questions

Discussion Questions (Spoiler Alert! If you haven’t read the book yet these questions might give some of the story away!)

Discussion Questions