The weather authorities say that today may have been the coldest on record here in the Waterloo region of Southern Ontario, as temperatures plummeted to -26 ºC (-15 ºF)! So is this a record or isn’t it? Well, it’s all in the decimal places.
To be honest, with it officially feeling like -41 ºC (-42 ºF), thanks to the wind chill, records are beside the point. It’s certainly the coldest day I’ve ever experienced. My fur froze solid when I popped outside this morning to take a photo for Instagram!
So on this coldest (perhaps) of days, here’s some news to warm up all fans of Rich’s Jaspa’s Journey novels…
I’m proud to announce the official release of the third book in the series, Jaspa’s Journey 3: Jaspa’s Waterloo, as an ebook! It’s the perfect read for the young and the young at heart, for kids 8 to 80!
I mean, what better way to while away the cold winter hours that with your nose stuck in a book about yours truly?! Other than reading two Jaspa’s Journey adventures, of course. Or even thr… well, you get the point.
As you may have already guessed, in the latest instalment of the award-winning series, I end up at Waterloo, although not the cold, cold one from where I’m currently writing this blog.
Here’s a brief summary to capture your curiosity:
Waterloo, 1815. One of the most celebrated battles in history. Where the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and the might of France suffered their final, crushing defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington and his army. So when Ben and Sam visit the legendary Belgian battlefield, Jaspa and the Ses can’t resist tagging along.
But after Ben is tricked into a loaded wager by his bullying nemesis, Gobber, all bets are off. To win, Ben must find something called a geocache – part of a worldwide scavenger hunt based on GPS technology – hidden somewhere on the famous battlefield. The name of the cache?… Waterloo, 1815.
After nearly getting trampled during an all-too-real re-enactment of the combat, Jaspa and the others set out to scour the battlefield for the cache, with the aid of a handheld GPS device. They’ve hardly begun when their task is unexpectedly complicated by a sudden onslaught of unprovoked attacks by a fierce Ses stranger.
Will they succeed in turning the tables on Gobber’s sly plan, by solving the puzzle and finding the geocache’s final hiding place? Will they discover the reason for the hostility of the mysterious Ses? Or will Waterloo again be a place of defeat, as it was for Napoleon 200 years ago?
All three Jaspa’s Journey are now available from all good ebook retailers, as they say. Visit my Books page to learn more.
Unfortunately, Jaspa’s Journey is not currently available in print form, since our publisher sadly passed away. Although, if you happened to know a publisher or agent who’d be willing to give us a new home, we’d love to hear from you!