Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tools of a Hero’s Trade Guest Blog with Julie Rowe

What does your hero carry in his backpack?

Don’t know? You should find out, because what a person carries in their pocket can say a great deal about them.

For example, if he’s a corporate CEO and has an expensive pen, a memory stick (computer flashdrive) the size of a stick of gum and a electronic pass card, he might be going to work or on his way to steal information from a rival company.

What your hero carries on his person can play a huge role in your novel (indeed it’s imperative to the plot twist on page 310).


I don't know if you’ve heard of "Pappy" Boyington who led this squadron, but there used to be a TV show based on this actual combat unit. I watched it as a child with my father every week and loved it!

I found one of the Appendixes in this book *very* interesting:

Typical Marine Aviator's Survival Equipment List (as carried by Henry S. Miller 1943-44).

Carried on Person: 

Colt .45 automatic in shoulder holster, three magazines with seven rounds each, two additional magazines on web belt, small sea marker, waterproof matchbox, compass, pocket-knife, Ray-Ban sunglasses, sheath knife, canteen, first aid kit with mirror, strip maps.

Contents of Jungle Pack:

Canteen, first-aid kit, poncho, jeep hat, machete (cut down), five pairs wool socks, eight bars D-ration chocolate, sail, mosquito net (head), one pound Australian silver, ID disk, two bottles sperm oil, bottle of oil of citronella, bottle of gun cleaner, can of 3-in-1 oil, bottle of matches, waterproof matchbox with compass cap, pocket-knife, sea marker, bottle of vitamin pills, two knife handles, signal flare gun with six rounds, mirror, .45 cleaning rod, sixty rounds .45 ammo, two fishing leaders, fish line, razor blades, three notebooks, six pencils, four strip maps, Rabaul map, four books on jungle edibles, translation reference, Australian government reference, sewing kit.

These lists gave me lots of great ideas of what I could have a present day hero have in his backpack. So, what does your hero have in his pockets?

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North of Heartbreak

By Julie Rowe

Since her divorce, Willa Hayes has thrown herself into her work as a nurse practitioner in the remote town of Stony Creek, Alaska. She's regained her self-confidence and her heart is almost healed. Then her newfound peace is shaken by the arrival of sexy flyboy Liam Reynolds. Willa can't deny she's instantly, intensely attracted to him—even if she's convinced he's yet another Mr. Wrong.

Liam has his own reasons for fleeing to the isolation of the north, and a relationship is the last thing he wants. He wasn't counting on being drawn to the pretty nurse who accompanies patients on his flights to southern hospitals.

Fortunately, the temptation—and the desire to avoid anything serious—is mutual. So the pair comes up with an arrangement: sensual, steamy, no-strings fun. But when things heat up on a cold Alaskan night, the rules of the game may change forever...


About the Author

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”

A double Golden Heart finalist 2006, Julie has two books out with Carina Press: ICEBOUND and NORTH OF HEARTBREAK. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Today’s Parent, Reader’s Digest (Canada), and Canadian Living. She currently facilitates communication workshops for her local city college. You can reach her at or on Twitter @julieroweauthor