Oct 2, 2011

{Book Tour + Giveaway} Up a Dry Creek by Avery Flynn

Seeing Night Reviews is the next stop for the CBLS Promotions tour for Up a Dry Creek by Avery Flynn.  Everyone welcome Avery Flynn and enter for your chance to Win a digital copy!

Endless Fields of Corn
Only in Nebraska can you take a turn on the world’s largest porch swing. It fits 25 people.

Why would you want to do that? Because Nebraska is a strange place filled with amazing people. Here is one of my favorite examples. 

“The town of Niobrara was established in 1857 along the Missouri river, about a mile southeast of its confluence with the Niobrara river,” according to the Nebraska Historical Society. “In March 1881 an ice jam flooded the town with three to six feet of water. By April the town had been flooded three times. Teamsters, armed with house jacks, winches and capstans, block-and-tackles, oxen, mules, and horses moved Niobrara, building by building, to the benchland a mile and a half to the southwest. Although moving an entire town seems remarkable, Niobrara was moved again in the 1970s when a rising water table, caused by the Gavins Point Dam, threatened the town. The third, and current, town of Niobrara was dedicated on July 4, 1977.”

Now that is the very definition of stubborn, which is one of the many reasons why I wanted to set my debut novel, Up a Dry Creek, in Nebraska.

There’s just no way Up a Dry Creek would have worked in a big city. The small town vibe was intrinsic to the plot and my heroine, Claire Layton, just wouldn’t have been Claire in a big city. She’s a small town girl with big dreams and enough innate Nebraskan stubbornness to make them come true in her hometown. But her well-ordered life veers off course when she finds a dead body in the dumpster outside of her restaurant, The Harvest Bistro. She can’t believe such a thing would happen in the town she loves.

“Dry Creek was the kind of place where people said hi to each other when they passed on the street. They left their cars unlocked at the mall. It was just another railroad town on the flat Nebraska plain to outsiders, but to the folks who lived here, it was home. Home was supposed to be safe. Sure they had crime, but it was nonviolent stuff. The mayor’s house getting toilet papered. A meth addict breaking into a house in the middle of the day when no one was home. Kids taking a car for a joy ride. Nothing like this. She couldn’t remember the last time there had been a murder in Dry Creek.”

I’ll admit to bias in picking Nebraska as the setting for Up a Dry Creek. I grew up in Western Nebraska. Eventually I moved across the country but the older I got and the farther I moved away, the more I realized what an amazing place Nebraska had been to live. Also, I had to spend a lot of time convincing the big city types that we had indoor plumbing and other modern amenities. Frankly, I got sick of Nebraska being the butt of all the hick jokes and I swore I’d set a novel in Nebraska to give people a look into the amazing folks who live in my home state.

After reading Up a Dry Creek, I hope you’ll agree that there’s more to Nebraska than endless fields of corn.



One lucky commenter will win a digital copy of Up a Dry Creek. Must be a follower to enter. Make sure you leave your email address of contact link with you . Winner will be picked and noticfied at the end of the tour.

Don't forget to follow along with the book tour for more changes to win. The next tour stop to check out for the Up a Dry Creek Tour is: Heart of the Dragons Den


  1. I've had my eye on this book for a while now. Sounds so awesome & I of course would love to win.
    GFC: _yay_

  2. Sounds like a great book to me! :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC: Naj

  3. Thanks so much for having me today! Good luck everyone on the giveaway for Up a Dry Creek. :)

  4. Up a Dry Creek sounds like a great book. I don't know much about Nebraska, so it would be wonderful to learn more about it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  5. This sounds like a really good book! I would love to win!!


    GFG: Sam S2


  6. This looks like a really good book, and I would count myself lucky to win a copy:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  7. Sounds like a great read, thanks for the chance