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Brooks Yeager Award Winning Author

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About Chilly Winds

Brooks Yeager’s – First novel, Chilly Winds, won the American ¬ Fiction award for best adventure novel in 2021. Before trying his hand at ¬fiction, Brooks campaigned for wildlife and wilderness, negotiated global environmental agreements at the State Department, and consulted on environmental issues with the World Bank and the Arctic Council. His conservation career took him all over the world, from Brazil and Mexico to South Africa and the Russian Far East. These days Brooks and his wife Cindy Shogan enjoy life on the island of Chincoteague, on the Atlantic coast of Virginia. When he’s not writing, he likes to play guitar, watch birds, read philosophy and obscure books of history, and listen to all kinds of music.

2021 American Fiction Award Winner in Adventure: General

Taz Blackwell, former environmental negotiator and now a trouble-seeking drinker and romantic charmer, tries to find a new life and love against a backdrop of espionage, corporate plunderers, and devious diplomats.

Escaping a failed marriage, Taz moves to the island of Chincoteague on Virginia’s Atlantic Coast, where he explores friendships with a cast of small-town misfits and romance with a beautiful but wary divorcee. Meanwhile, he fights a corporate land grab on the shore and a shady billion-dollar mining play in the international Arctic.

Why is a Chinese mining conglomerate stealing the land underneath a traditional black community on Virginia’s Eastern Shore? Why is the Russian ambassador to Iceland trying to open southern Greenland to mining? Why does Taz interest the ambassador’s beautiful mistress? The answers are in Chilly Winds, a tour de force that will appeal to mystery lovers, adventure addicts, and espionage fans everywhere.

Alan & Janes Chilly Winds Playlist (on Spotify)

Occasional and Random Musings from Chincoteague

Soul of Chilly Winds

Chilly Winds readers know how important music is to the book, and to Taz Blackwell, the book’s principal character. Taz is a musician himself, and musical scenes and settings are important markers in his life and in his community.

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