Book Tour, Guest Post & GIVEAWAY Of Trails In The Sand By P.C. Zick

Trails in the Sand by P.C. Zick
Publication date: December 12, 2012

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A Family Saga Filled with Love Triangles, Sea Turtles, and an Oil Spill 

When environmental writer Caroline Carlisle sets off to report on endangered sea turtles during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the last thing she expects is to uncover secrets - secrets that threaten to destroy her family, unless she can heal the hurts
from a lifetime of lies. To make matters worse, Caroline's love for her late sister's husband, Simon, creates an uproar in a southern family already set on a collision course with its past. 

Using real-life events as the backdrop, Trails in the Sand explores the fight to restore balance and peace, in nature and in a family, as both spiral toward disaster. Through it all, the ancient sea turtle serves a reminder that life moves forward despite the best efforts to destroy it. 

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Guest Post:

Tikkun Olan Found Its Way into the Novel

By P.C. Zick

As I drafted the novel Trails in the Sand, I kept coming back to the concepts of restoration and redemption in both the environment threatened by the very real Deepwater Horizon oil spill and in the fictional family I was creating. During the oil spill crises, I worked as a public relations director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. One of the wildlife biologists always cautioned me about using the term “recovered” or “restored” when referring to an increase of population of an endangered species or to habitat that was improved.

She believed, along with some other well-respected scientists, that what is lost or destroyed can never be recovered or restored. As the characters in Trails in the Sand work to save the endangered sea turtles from the oil spill, I wrote a scene where the concept is explained by the main character, Caroline, to her niece. “Except for the Everglades,” I [Caroline] said. “I miss the ‘Glades even in summer.” “If you call the Everglades ‘pristine,’ then I really do have some land to sell you down there,” Kate [biologist] said.

“Sorry, Kate. I meant to say ‘isolated.’ Too much tampering with the water down there means pristine left with the digging of the first canal to divert the water,” I told Jodi. “That’s just as bad as saying the Florida black bear has ‘recovered’ since we banned hunting in 1994.” “Haven’t they recovered?” Jodi asked. “All I hear about in Calico is how those pesky bears are taking over our communities.” “Nothing permanently destroyed can ever be ‘recovered’ according to the scientists,” I said. “I guess you’d be an expert on that,” Jodi said.

Thankfully, we pulled into the parking right then so my words about destruction and recovering wouldn’t hang in the air. There were times when I wondered if Simon and I had any chance of having a real family with Jodi. I’m sure she felt we’d destroyed everything she believed about family. I did some simple research on the topics of restoration and recovery, and I discovered I’d stumbled upon an ancient belief of the Kabbalists called tikkun olam. This belief embraces both the inner and outer to repair or perfect the world.

In Trails in the Sand, the main character, Caroline, seeks answers in one scene. As I began my trek west on I-10, I thought about tikkun olam – restoring the world. I’d read an article the other day about this idea of repairing the world with goodness and decency. That’s probably what caught my attention about the Jewish belief taught to followers of Judaism: They had a religious obligation to restore peace. Despite my lack of belief in much of anything, tikkun olam drew me to its very fundamental optimism – something lacking in me for most of
my life. It’s a concept well known in the animal kingdom as a matter of instinct. The female sea turtle did its part by coming back to the same beach where it hatched thirty years before to lay its eggs. The turtle didn’t stick around to nurture what it gave to nature, but it still did its part.
Tikkun olam’s tenets also included the duty to restore the environment. Who would take the responsibility for this disaster?

I wondered about my obligation to heal the world to bring about peace, freedom, and justice, but could only imagine a sea turtle laying its eggs while a desperate teenager watched. My uncle Alex walked into the ocean before he could do any restoration work. He left a legacy of wounded warriors in his family. I inherited that legacy despite the fact he died nine years before I entered the world. Through my grandfather, aunts, and most of all through Momma, I learned the world is not peaceful or fair. I turned on the radio for something to change my mood and heard more about the fruitless efforts to cap the well in the Gulf of Mexico.

The main characters in Trails in the Sand seek to repair what they, and others long gone from this earth, have destroyed. Caroline and her husband, Simon, must repair the damage created when they married. The repair and ultimate restoration of their family depends on their ability to remain honest and true to their core beliefs despite what the “outside” world – other members of the family – tell them. In the background of the human drama, wildlife suffers from the oils spewing into the Gulf because of the negligence of BP. Restoration efforts on both fronts continue.

Restoration back to the way things were before the destruction is never possible. Although, it isn’t as dire as it sounds. When I’d searched for another word to please the wildlife biologists, I usually couldn’t find one. Along the way, I discovered that we can’t go back and change the past. We can move forward, take the good from the past, and apply the lessons from

it to make it a better world in the present. That’s my hope, for both man and the environment, and it’s why I wrote Trails in the Sand.

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Author Bio:

P.C.'s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

P.C. Zick began her writing career in 1998 as a journalist. She's won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. She describes herself as a "storyteller" no matter the genre.

She's published four works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Prior to 2010, she wrote under the name Patricia C. Behnke.

She was born in Michigan and moved to Florida in 1980. She now resides in Pennsylvania with her husband Robert.

Her fiction contains the elements most dear to her heart, ranging from love to the environment. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion.

"This is one of the most exciting times to be an author," Ms. Zick says. "I'm honored to be a part of the revolution in writing and publishing."

Where to purchase Trails in the Sand

Amazon - Kindle
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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17246946-trails-in-the-sand

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