2017 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
2017 Honorable Mention-Genre Fiction–Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
2018 Finalist–Adult Fiction–MN Writes, MN Reads self-published author contest
Fugitive Matt Lanier, unjustly accused of a violent crime, has been hiding in the northeastern Minnesota wilderness for nine months. The law wants him in jail. His enemies want him dead. He simply wants to survive the most brutal winter in decades.
After rescuing an injured trapper, Matt is forced to leave his primitive encampment. He undertakes a Herculean trek through a blizzard to Castle Danger, a small town on the rugged North Shore of Lake Superior. There he’s saved from near death by Allyson Clifford, a shrewd and beautiful restaurant owner with secrets of her own. Despite wanting to move on in order to evade his pursuers, Matt helps Allyson weather a business crisis as repayment for her benevolence.
Then Allyson’s estranged husband, Donnie Vossler, shows up intent on reclaiming their 8-year-old son, Josh. Caught in the middle of the custody battle, Matt learns about Allyson and Vossler’s criminal past life together and is torn between self-preservation and his growing feelings for Allyson and Josh.
Matt’s recent past has left him with little hope for the future, so when Vossler resorts to sabotage, kidnapping, and attempted murder to capture his son, Matt’s integrity, honor, and survival instincts are put to the ultimate test just as a hit man hired by his enemies closes in for the kill.
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Chris Norbury is a freelance writer and novelist. He independently published his first novel, “Castle Danger,” in April 2016. In June of 2017, “Castle Danger” was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion from indieBRAG.com. In October of 2017, “Castle Danger” received an Honorable Mention-Genre Fiction- Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. In September of 2018, “Castle Danger” was one of three finalists in Adult Fiction for the MN Writes, MN Reads self-published author contest.
“Straight River,” the prequel to “Castle Danger,” will be published in early 2019. A sequel to “Castle Danger” is in the planning stages.
Chris has also written numerous freelance pieces. His essays on wilderness canoeing have been published in the “Boundary Waters Journal,” the leading canoe country magazine in North America. He is also a contributing editor to brokerage-review.com and has written for numerous websites on a variety of topics.
Chris is a long-time volunteer Big Brother (since 2000) and will dedicate a percentage of all sales of his novels to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. Even if you do not buy his books, please consider volunteering for one of the best mentoring programs in the country. Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at http://www.bbbs.org to find a local chapter near you.
During golf season in Minnesota, Chris works on perfecting his golf game, an impossible dream but also an excellent excuse to get out of the office. He lives in southern Minnesota with his wife and golf clubs.