Guest Post: Elizabeth Goddard – COLD LIGHT OF DAY

Cold Light of Day

by Elizabeth Goddard

February 20 – March 17, 2023 Virtual Book Tour

Hello, my fellow book lovers. For those of you in the US, I hope you’re staying safe, warm, and dry during this recent cold front creeping across our country. Do you give a lot of thought to the setting of the books that you read? Some stories cry out for a big city setting, whether it’s a fictional or real city. Other stories are perfect in a small-town setting. Some readers consider the setting as vital as the characters and the action. Many authors seem to intuitively understand the importance of setting for their stories. Elizabeth Goddard, the author of Cold Light of Day and more, understands this concept. Ms. Goddard joins us today and discusses the impact of setting as a “force of nature” in her writings. I hope you’ll enjoy what she has to say and add Cold Light of Day to your TBR list. Thank you, Ms. Goddard, for taking the time to join us today. I’ll now turn the blog over to you.

Force of Nature
by Elizabeth Goddard

Who doesn’t love a great view? Whether you’re looking out your living room window at a beautiful sunset or pulling over your car to take in a magnificent vista that lets you see for miles, the beauty of nature catches your attention. That’s why setting has always been an important starting point for my novels. In fact, setting is truly my inspiration for writing almost every story I’ve penned (Or typed out on a keyboard!). Once I’m inspired by a stunning location, then I discover the plot and the characters.

The best novels include strong multi-dimensional characters that we can’t forget. Their vitality and personality often drive the story as we cheer them on. We might refer to them as a “force of nature.” But nature itself can become a character in a story. A great location can be not only the backdrop for suspense and adventure, but, like the recent Publishers Weekly review of Cold Light of Day mentions, “The Alaskan wilderness is a character all its own.”

Years ago, I wrote a series set in Southeast Alaska and I loved those books so much, that I had been considering returning for another series. While researching for my book Deadly Target (Rocky Mountain Courage book 2) I came across a podcast about people missing in Alaska, and I knew that I wanted to write a series about the same. Cold Light of Day, (Missing in Alaska book 1), was born. I created the fictional town of Shadow Gap situated in a beautiful fjord, and I’ve tried to take advantage of all the amazing scenery and wildlife my setting could offer along the way—cold water diving and whale watching for example. I’ve also used the setting to put my characters in dangerous situations—over and over. Cold Light of Day is a mixture of romance, suspense, and adventure. Man versus man and man versus nature. That’s how I prefer to write my stories. As a reader, I also look for books with a strong interesting backdrop that can become a force of nature in the story. ♦


Cold Light of Day by Elizabeth Goddard

Police Chief Autumn Long is fighting to keep her job in the quiet Alaska town of Shadow Gap when an unexpected string of criminal activity leaves her with a wounded officer, unexplained murders, and even an attack on her own father. Despite her mistrust of outsiders, she turns to Grier Brenner, a newcomer who seems to have the skills and training Autumn needs to face this threat to her community.

Grier is in Alaska for the same reason so many others are—to disappear—when Chief Long enlists his help. He emerges from the shadows and proves his mettle, but his presence in her life could be a deadly trap for them both. If his secret is exposed, all will be lost. And he’s not sure even Autumn could save him.

As the stakes rise and the dangers increase, Autumn and Grier must rely on each other to extinguish the deadly threats.

Book Details:

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by: Revell
Publication Date: February 7, 2023
Number of Pages: 336
ISBN13: 9780800742041 (Paperback)
ISBN10: 0800742044 (Paperback)
ISBN: 9781493439775 (eBook)
ISBN: 9781705083918 (Digital audiobook)
ASIN: B0BP9CQZPM (Audible Audiobook)
ASIN: B0B6Q6PXBQ (Kindle edition)
Series: Missing in Alaska, 1
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Author Bio:

Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 50 novels, including Cold Light of Day and the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. She is a Carol Award and Reader’s Choice Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. When she’s not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. For more information about her books, visit her website at

Catch Up With Elizabeth Goddard:
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Twitter – @bethgoddard
Facebook – @ElizabethGoddardAuthor

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