This book couldn’t have been written without the contribution of several fellow authors who encouraged
and helped me on the way.
More specifically to Josh Lanyon for giving me initial direction, Charles Edward for jolting me out of the past perfect, to Don Schecter for ensuring my guys are guys and encouraging me to continue whenever I felt like quitting, and to the incomparable Kate who at times saw my characters and their story better than I did and made me do rewrite after rewrite until I did them justice. Then it was the turn of Vivian and Heather who read the final product and gave me the courage to submit it.
Finally, this book is dedicated to the canoe, because it allows us to leave behind the comfortable and familiar, and visit places like the Quetico where long hours of paddling, and longer portages, both crush you and make you strong.
(thanks to Cindy for sharing the experience and letting me use her wisdom)