I’m delighted to host today’s stop on the blog tour for Master of Alaska by Roger Seiler and spotlight this fascinating book. Based on detailed research, including actual letters and reports by Aleksandr Baranov, the author has created an exciting story of determination and survival against the odds.
Watch the trailer and listen to the author reading excerpts from the book here
GIVEAWAY – Roger Seiler is giving away EACH DAY one SIGNED hard-copy Master of Alaska during the virtual book tour from 12th June to 30th June 2017. For a chance to win, register at Roger’s website. Good Luck!
Find links to the other great book bloggers taking part in the tour here
About the Book
Master of Alaska is a compelling historical fiction about the first governor of Alaska, Aleksandr Baranov, sent to the colony by Russia in 1790. Leaving his family in Russia, Baranov sails across the North Pacific to Kodiak to become the chief manager for Tsarina Catherine the Great’s colony in the far Northwest of North America. Baranov is shipwrecked, saved and adopted by the Aleut natives. Later he is forced to marry Anooka the daughter of the tribal chief, despite still having a wife back in Russia, to save his men from starvation. Only slated to serve five years, Baranov spends the next 28 years in Alaska, surviving natural disasters, a massacre of his people at Sitka, meddling competing Russian authorities, a British attempt to undermine his colony and an assassination attempt. Baranov built an empire and sought peace with the warring Tlingit, and thanks largely to his efforts Alaska is part of the U.S. today.
|Publication:||12th June 2017||Genre:||Historical Fiction|
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About the Author
Award-winning filmmaker and author, Roger Seiler grew up in Alaska from the age of three. His love of adventure comes from his parents. His father, Edwin, was a civil engineer who eventually became an Alaskan bush pilot. His mother, Josefina, was a writer and Alaskan sport-fishing lodge manager. In his late teens, Roger was a King Salmon sport fishing guide on Alaska’s Naknek River and also a commercial salmon fisherman in Bristol Bay.
Roger attended Deep Springs College and graduated With Honors from UCLA with a BA in Theater Arts – Film. While attending UCLA, Roger worked with actor Karl Malden and famed director Francis Ford Coppola. Roger worked for IBM for several years as an in-house filmmaker involved largely in producing and directing motivational films for employee conventions. He has made over 30 documentary films. His IBM film, “The Inner Eye of Alexander Rutsch” had a special screening at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and won the CINE Golden Eagle Award, as did three of his other films, “Frontiers,” “Challenge Over the Atlantic,” and “Strategy of the Achiever.”
Roger currently lives in South Nyack, NY with his wife Sally. Roger is a devoted reader and supporter of libraries. In 1977 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Nyack Library (Carnegie funded in 1879) and has continued to serve for 40 years, 16 as Board President. Master of Alaska is his second book..
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