Giveaway and Blog Tour: "An Echo Through the Snow"

As part of the blog tour for "An Echo Through the Snow" by Andrea Thalasinos, I'm happy to host a giveaway for a copy of the book!

"An Echo Through the Snow"
by Andrea Thalasinos

Publisher: Forge
Release Date: Aug 21, 2012

Summary from  

Andrea Thalasinos's debut novel is an inspiring story of how a single act of kindness can transform your life.

Rosalie MacKenzie is headed nowhere until she sees Smokey, a Siberian husky suffering from neglect. Rosalie finds the courage to rescue the dog, and—united by the bond of love that forms between them—they save each other.  Soon Rosalie and Smokey are immersed in the world of competitive dogsled racing. Days are filled with training runs, the stark beauty of rural Wisconsin, and the whoosh of runners on snow. Rosalie discovers that behind the modern sport lies a tragic history: the heartbreaking story of the Chukchi people of Siberia. When Stalin’s Red Army displaced the Chukchi in 1929, many were killed and others lost their homes and their beloved Guardians—the huskies that were the soul and livelihood of their people.

Alternating between past and present, telling of a struggling Chukchi family and a young woman discovering herself, An Echo Through the Snow takes readers on a gripping, profound, and uplifting dogsled ride to the Iditarod and beyond, on a journey of survival and healing.

The Single Act of Kindness That Changed Everything
College professor uncovers a rich and colorful history of a little-known population

MADISON, Wis. – It's 1992 in the Red Cliff Indian Reservation on Lake Superior and Rosalie McKenzie has several lifetimes already packed into her 18 years, including a long line of dead-end jobs and a destructive marriage. Stuck and feeling hopeless, she can only envision a bleak future for herself...until she meets Smokey.

The exquisite Siberian husky is suffering greatly from neglect, and Rosalie, moved by more than just a gut feeling, sticks her neck out and rescues him. United by a bond deeper than love, the two become a natural pair as they enter the world of competitive dogsled racing. Curious about the history behind this sport and ancient breed of canine, Rosalie digs around and discovers a rich background colored by tragedy and maybe even the supernatural.

Through of a series of mysterious events, her life begins to intertwine with that of Jeaantaa, a young Chukchi woman from eastern Siberia, who lived in the early 1900s. When Stalin's Red Army displaces the Chukchi in 1929, many were killed and others lost their homes. Jeaantaa's devotion to her Huskies, called Guardians, creates a rift with her husband and with the ancient ways of her people, and her stunning choice haunts her family for years to come.

When Rosalie's life in the present day begins to summon the spirit of Jeaantaa, all the strength and potential she failed to see in herself earlier can no longer be denied, and the two narratives meet together in a dramatic present-time conclusion.

An Echo Through The Snow (Forge, August 2012, Hardcover, $23.99) is ultimately a story about the relationship between unlikely people who forge ahead with the belief that a better world is possible.

"Much of my inspiration for this novel has come from watching my students over the years," says Thalasinos, a sociology professor. "It's been moving to note how resilient they are; how they bounce back from trauma and move on to find their lives and save themselves."

For ANDREA THALASINOS, it was the newspaper ad that changed everything. A husky puppy needed a home. Thalasnios, a sociology professor at Madison College, and naturally curious about origins, delved into research about this particular breed. What she found out about these little-known historical and political events spanning 60 years; they inspired a novel. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her own dogsled team. Find out more on


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  1. This sounds like an incredible story! I would stick my neck out to rescue any animal being neglected, I already like the main character!


  2. This sounds like an amazing story.I am always a sucker for anything that revolves around dogs so I know I would love this story.

  3. Looks like a fun book. Thank you!

  4. Wow, this one sounds like a heartbreaker! I hadn't heard of it, thanks for the heads up, Carrie.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  5. Doggies!!
    I love Doggies!
    I had a Alaskan Malamute/Samoyed mix and that dog was the love of my life.

    This book sounds awesome and yeah, a bit like it's gonna break my heart.

  6. I enjoy pets so much, especially dogs.

  7. I love dog stories.

  8. It took me a bit to get into it but I ended up like it.

  9. This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it!

  10. Sounds like something I'd like! Thank you for the giveaway!

  11. I like the concept that a single act of kindness can change your life forever.


Thanks so much for your lovely comments!