Scott Elliott, associate professor of creative writing, has written his second novel. “Temple Grove” will be published by the University of Washington Press in May 2013. Deep in the heart of Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula lies Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas firs not under federal protection from logging. Bill Newton, a logger desperate for work and a place to hide, has come to Temple Grove for the money to be had in the timber. There to stop him is Paul, a young Makah environmentalist who will break the law to save the trees. A dangerous chase into the wilds of Olympic National Park ensues, revealing a long-hidden secret that inextricably links the two men. “Temple Grove” is a gripping tale of suspense and a multi-layered novel of place that captures the traditions that tie people to this powerful landscape and the conflicts that run deep among them. To read more about Scott and his book, go to www.scottelliott.net. To see a trailer for “Temple Grove,” go to bit.ly/12IeSq4.
Edward Weinman, who works as a writer in Whitman College’s Office of Communications, has published his debut novel, “The Ring Road.” “The Ring Road” is born out of the eight years he spent in Reykjavik writing for two travel magazines. He also co-wrote the feature film “A Little Trip to Heaven,” starring Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner and Julia Stiles. “The Ring Road,” a blend of crime and dark fantasy, is a Nordic noir set in Iceland after a glacial eruption strands an American tourist who becomes ensnared in a strange murder investigation involving a road-weary cop, a brutal pimp and a homicidal sheep farmer. The thriller is published by The Rogue Reader. Barnes & Noble named “The Ring Road” a January Nook First Pick. “The Ring Road” is available for e-readers such as Nook, Kindle, iPad or as a PDF download at theroguereader.com/theringroad. You can follow Edward on facebook.com/TheRingRoad and twitter.com/edwardweinman1.