The Clovis Dig, Fink's second novel, is a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association’s (PNWA) Nancy Pearl Award for published authors. The winner will be announced at the PNWA Conference on September 25, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. the novel's one of two finalists in the Literary Fiction category. This prestigious award is named for Nancy Pearl, who in 2004 won the Women’s National Book Association Award for her contribution to the world of books. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Nancy celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. She is a regular on National Public Radio’s "Morning Edition” and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa.
The Clovis Dig was selected at a Category Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. A news release from the Awards says: "After our rigorous first round of judging, less than 10% of the nominees become category finalists. We consider this a distinction of its own merit and, in 2008, began officially announcing these titles. Finalists are selected by category scoring and considered for category honors. There are typically 1-6 books per category selected as a finalist."
Thanks to Susan Lagsdin for writing an article about me for The Good Life magazine. And to The Good Life for featuring me on the cover!
The reviews are starting to come in for The Clovis Dig, and they're great! Here's a couple samples:
“Fink has impressive command over the many swirling elements of her well-plotted novel, from the stresses of an agricultural business to the politics of academic power plays … The characterizations are strong, but the author has the ability to make the unique setting as important as the people. Archaeology and murder mix in this smart, picturesque novel that’s steeped in local culture.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Given the sheer volume of literature produced each year, it can sometimes be hard to find true works of such striking excellence as this tiny gem of a book … It is effortless for the reader to be transported in this richly created literary world. One sees as the curtain slowly falls even more as the author spins a complex web of secrets and revelations that keep the audience engaged throughout. The book has some of the most creative and fully fleshed-out characters in modern fiction. The novel's narrative is both nuanced and breezy, and its visuals are compelling and revealing. In short, this is a wonderful and engaging literary experience that can't fail to bring one enjoyment.
—RECOMMENDED by the US Review — review by Robert Buccellato
I'm excited to say that The Clovis Dig is published! The paperback is coming in just a few days, and the eBook is now available on Amazon, Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and more. This book has been a long time coming. It's inspired by a true archaeological dig in East Wenatchee, Washington, and I was fortunate to tour the project. I was instantly smitten. I began collecting newspaper and magazine articles, and started the first draft in the late 1990's. Life intervened, and I put the novel away in the proverbial drawer until years later, when I signed a three-book contract with Evolved Publishing. I grew to love the cast of characters in this book, and I still think of them often—tough orchardist Claire Courtney, rookie archaeologist Joe Running, sophisticated archaeologist Spencer Grant, orchard manager Carlos Barbosa, Colville tribal attorney Shawna Ross and her savvy grandfather, Sam Moses, a tribal leader. I enjoyed writing about them all. I hope you like it! And if you do, I invite you to rate it on Amazon, Goodreads, Bookbub, or wherever you share books with fellow readers.
A new novel will be coming out in just a few months, titled The Clovis Dig. "The Clovis Dig is the perfect mix of mystery and archaeological intrigue," says A.C. Fuller, Author of The Alex Vane Media Thrillers. "Teri Fink is an excellent writer and The Clovis Dig is a gripping book."
Orchardist Claire Courtney is struggling to make a living when ancient artifacts are unearthed beneath her apple trees. Could the discovery bring Claire the money she so desperately needs, or will these primeval relics jeopardize the home and orchards that have been in her family for generations? Reluctantly, she invites archaeologists to investigate. Joe Running—a Native American and rookie archaeologist—and renowned Clovis expert Spencer Grant, soon begin to clash. When the dig exhumes a shocking find, an investigation of a different sort begins, dredging up secrets from the past and kindling threats and turmoil. Claire must decide who to trust as she desperately tries to salvage what’s left of her livelihood and her life.
Teri is featured on the Writing and Wellness website this month. She talks about how she got started in writing, how she stays healthy and fit while writing hours each day. Writing and Wellness is a website dedicated to inspire people from all walks of life to overcome modern-day challenges and find creative fulfillment. Take a look...