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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

#RitesofSpring Blog Hop Kindle Giveaway!

#amreading #amwriting #avgeek #aviation

Folks, I’m once again participating in a “Blog Hop,” joining other bloggers with a themed post.  In addition, we are having a drawing for prizes!

TWO WAYS TO WIN:
1.) SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG!!!  Click "Join this Site," in the upper right corner!
100th person to subscribe wins FREE SIGNED COPIES of BOTH my novels!

2.) COMMENT ON THIS POST BELOW, INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL, AND CLICK THE RAFFLECOPTER GATEWAY, & YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A RAFFLE ON THIS SITE FOR A FREE SIGNED COPY OF ONE OF MY NOVELS!  YOU ARE ALSO AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED IN A DRAWING FOR THE GRAND PRIZE...


GRAND PRIZE:  KINDLE FIRE!
2ND PLACE:  $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE!

(Deadline March 23rd.  Drawing March 24th.  Winners have one week to respond, or a new winner will be picked!)

The blog theme is “Your First Experience."  As a certified AvGeek in love with flying, there’s no more perfect "first" scene than a love affair set in the sky!  To wit, here's a passage from my just-published novel, “The Last Bush Pilots,” which is now a TOP 100 FINALIST in this year's Amazon Worldwide Breakthrough Novel Contest.

The main character, young pilot DC Alva, experiences his first Alaska flight with the legendary bush pilot Jake “Crash” Whitakker, over the spectacular Juneau Icefield.  For those newer blog readers who are unfamiliar with the novel, here's Amazon's synopsis, and my most recent trailer:



Two young pilots, Daniel "DC" Alva and Allen David Foley, take on the world's most dangerous flying: the Alaska bush. But Mother Nature-and a sexy Native Alaskan-stand in their way.

Author, airline captain and blogger Eric Auxier brings his former Alaska bush flying to life in his second novel, "The Last Bush Pilots." Exhilarating flying, tall tales and larger-than-life characters abound in a wild land that truly is America's Last Frontier.

Southeast Alaska Seaplanes, Juneau. Retired airline Captain, Chief Pilot Dusty Tucker pilots a renegade band of flying misfits. Meet legendary bush pilot Jake "Crash" Whitakker, equally adept at landing planes and ladies-and "crashin' 'em" as well; prankster pilot Ralph Olaphsen, who once set an extinct volcano ablaze on April Fool's Day; and no-nonsense Check Airman Holly Innes, trying to cut a respectable niche in the notoriously macho bush pilot world-while escaping a dangerous past.

Amid Alaska's volatile skies, DC and Allen face escalating challenges in and out of the cockpit. As the two "cheechackos," or greenhorns, learn the ropes, they are also roped into Crash and Ralph's hare-brained scheme, "Operation Dirty Harry." Under the suspicious nose of Draconian FAA Inspector Frederick Bruner, the pilots hatch a plot to hijack and rescue a planeload of orphaned bear cubs. Moreover, mischievous Tlingit Indian Tonya Hunter, as wild and unpredictable as the land in which she lives, plays the two lovestruck cheechackos against each other.

But the true villain of the story is Mother Nature herself. Alaska's notoriously fickle weather and rugged terrain take on a life of its own. Can the two cheechackos survive Her relentless onslaught and launch their fledgeling airline careers?

50% OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE LAST BUSH PILOTS ARE DONATED TO CHARITY!

Excerpt from...

Available in print on Amazon at: https://www.createspace.com/4053153
or ebook (Kindle/iPad etc.) at: http://goo.gl/VZj7g 


A brilliant sun shone from a partly cloudy sky, and a blanket of pure white snow sparkled in reply.  The light danced in crystalline prisms across the Juneau Icefield, as if it were spun of glass.  Island statues of rock, dappled in white, towered above the frigid blanket.
From DC’s vantage point, in the copilot’s seat of Jake Whitakker’s single engine, deHavilland Beaver floatplane, he felt he could see a thousand miles.  Despite wearing his brand new Serengeti sunglasses, he had to squint at the shining panorama before him.  Behind them, three other tourists gazed in awe.  Cameras clicked and whirred.
Whitakker chuckled at the wide-eyed cheechacko.  “Beautiful, isn’t it?”
Overwhelmed by the scenery, all DC could do was nod.
At the end of the icefield, Jake closed in on a pine-topped ridge.  He aimed for a cut in the rock along the ridgeline.  The granite spires towered ever higher.
DC noticed a slight gleam in Whitakker’s eye.
Bonzai!” Jake exclaimed as they launched through the tiny niche.
The ground dropped away.  A girl screamed in back.  Suddenly, DC and the tourists aboard were faced with a raging waterfall.  DC actually had to look up to see its crest.  Even above the din of the engine, DC could swear he heard its thunder.  A puff of moisture cooled his cheeks.
Whitakker banked away, out over the Taku River.  Below, green islands of grass sailed by.
“Wait, I think I see something ahead,” Jake announced, throttling back.
DC glanced at his cohort, then followed the man’s gaze out the window.  After a moment, DC spotted a tiny brown figure in the water.  As the tour plane closed in, he realized with amazement that he was staring at an Alaskan moose.
Whitakker circled the beast to get a better look, careful to keep a respectful distance.  Though it stood knee high in the river, DC could tell the animal was enormous.
Whitakker rolled out of the turn and headed for home.  For ten reverent minutes the plane flew straight and level and silent, as DC and the other awestruck passengers contemplated the amazing world.
As Jake set up for a water landing back in Gastineau Channel, DC watched in quiet respect.  Out the front window, he saw the gentle blue waves rise up to meet them.  Suddenly, he felt the shoulder straps press his chest.  Spray leapt up to the sides in a whoosh!, like the grand finale of a log ride.  With a swan’s grace, the plane settled in the water.
Whitakker idled the engine, lowered the water rudders, and deftly sailed the flying boat up to the small wooden dock floating next to the cruise ship.
With lines dangling from the wingtip, dock hands pulled the Beaver in and lashed it fast.
While the ecstatic tourists climbed out, spouting praises, DC remained in his seat, speechless.  For the first time in a long time, he felt alive.  Somehow, this magnificent land had pumped him with the stuff of spirit.  And DC knew he was in love again.  In love with flying.  In love with life.
In love with Alaska.
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The Last Bush Pilots recently made the FINALS in Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Contest 2013—TOP 100 out of 2,000!
To read excerpts and comment to Amazon Judges, click this link:
http://goo.gl/NhGcN 

While you're at it, sign up on my Facebook Page:
And subscribe to my YouTube Page!
Check out All versions of Both books at:

100% OF ALL PROCEEDS FROM CODE NAME: DODGER, AND 50% FROM THE LAST BUSH PILOTS ARE DONATED TO CHARITY!!!
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Posting March 27 @ 12:00PHX:
Cap'n Aux answers readers' technical Questions
—First of a Four Part Series!


Episode I: "Have you ever . . . "
Latest entry, by Mark L.:  Have you ever ...... had to do an emergency descent because of pressurization issues - what are the procedures for that?"
Good Q, Mark!  Look for the answer March 27th! 

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Coming Soon:  New Vlog!



Cap'n Aux's Excellent Philippine Adventure!

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Also working on:
"Around the World in 80 Jumpseats"
A Pilot's Eye View of the World from the Cockpit Jumpseat!

20 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm liking a post dedicated to technical q's, do we ask in advance or wait and ask in the comments section??

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    1. Email me at capnaux@gmail.com!

      And to enter this contest, don't forget to push the green ENTER button, above!

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  2. I was actually thinking the same Dave - sorry Capn Aux - how do we pose these questions??

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  3. Pick me! Pick me! And come by my blog tomorrow. Happy Spring!

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  4. Thanks for being a part of the blog hop

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    1. Thank you, Heather! It's a pleasure! :-)

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  5. Enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great story.
    GFC JeanMP
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jean! If you clicked the above Rafflecopter link after posting your comment here, you're entered!!

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  6. Of all the stories I've read, it is so refreshing to read of something that is not commonly bombarded out there; Alaska and Pilots. I'm looking forward to learning more about these men. Thank you so much!!!

    Z.
    zeoanne@gmail.com

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for the compliment, SM! I hope you enjoy the book. If you purchase it (print or Kindle, 50% of proceeds go to charity!) :-)

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  7. Thanks for the hop!! mikiajanai@yahoo.com

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  8. These books sound so interesting and unique! I'm glad I stumbled upon this hop or I'd likely not have found this blog and I'd have never known of the books (or at least I'd have taken longer to find them)! I love the idea of these books and I love the excerpt. The writing style is one that I find myself enjoying making me have to add the book to my must read list!

    As for the spring thing, my very favorite thing about spring is opening up the windows again. I am starting to miss the fresh air!

    Thank you for the chance to enter the giveaway and happy spring everyone!

    Shelly H.
    Booski24@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi Shelly!
      Thanks for stopping by! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt! I have a little something for you...gonna email you about it! :-)
      Eric

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  9. Hey Cappy....Damn.....you sure are a busy fella these days.....!!!......Congrats on making it to the finals....of Amazon's......breakthrough.....Novels....!!!.....I Loved the book....even if it took my procrastinating......bum.....a year to read.....ha ha..that was my fault.....I'm more of a visual creature!!!....
    So...a tech....'Post'....I'll have my quezz'ies ready ....fo sho!!!.......
    Hey there Dave.......and hey there Mark(one ping only)...inside joke........anyway......Cappy so glad your doing so well......Lord you got some serious followers..........of which I am proud to be one of.........!!!......and wants with the bare feet....stearing the slow boat..to.......lalalalla...Ugh.........now the Philippine adventure 'Post' I am really looking forward to...!!!....Take Care to my Cappy......and Safe Flying.....MissTWa

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Miss T, of MissTWA.blogspot.com!

      You entered the drawing above, right?! If not, click on the Rafflecopter above!!

      Philippine gonna be a big post--blog AND vid! So...you'll have to wait a bit, but it'll be worth it!!

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  10. I think I was close to number 100 follower. either way I look forward to following you! :)

    smurfettev AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Yes, Sheri, you came in at 101--so close!

      Thanks for stopping by and "playin'!" I hope you like the blog and stop by often!

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Sorry, folks, due to more spamming, Word Verification is back on. If you have trouble posting, please email your comments to me and I will post it for you!

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