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‘An Uncertain Refuge’ by Carolyn J. Rose

Icon image for Teaser Tuesdays postsTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:


  1.  Grab your current read.
  2.  Open to a random page.
  3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  5. Remember to share the title and author too.
  6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.


My teaser lines are taken from the 50% indicator on my Kindle copy.

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

Lines of dark speckles spattered the lighter fur of his belly, advancing and retreating with each breath like the dizzying special effects in old science fiction films.

“People who set those traps should be trapped themselves and skinned alive.” She slammed the disinfectant bottle onto the counter. “I’m ready. Get him on the table.”

I have only just started this book, so I have no idea what is happening by the time we get to this point in the story and in the context of what I have read so far, I couldn’t even begin to guess!

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a Kindle gift of  ‘An Uncertain Refuge’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Carolyn J. Rose.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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  • Is this scene from An Uncertain Refuge about animal rescue? I wonder. This teaser is actually timely for me as we have been visited by a black bear twice this past week, that we know of at least. It seems every year around this time, when the bears come out of hibernation, they make their way up the street in search of food. We live nearby deep woods. I heard a bear last night turning my trash cans over. And as scary as they are, all it takes is flicking our porch lights on and off and making a bit of noise to scare it off. Poor bear though, as scary as they can be, I always feel bad seeing them come out for food like this.
    Happy reading.

    • Hi Naida,

      Wow! and we worry about getting a few urban foxes and badgers roaming the streets!

      I have watched scenes such as you describe, on wildlife programmes, but just can’t imagine it ever really happening as you tell it, not with you remaining so calm about it all anyway! I would be having panic attacks!

      There are similar stories which come out of areas where polar bears are prevalent and just a few weeks ago, reports emerged that in certain areas of Russia, residents are all being issued with firearms because of the dramatic rise in the numbers of packs of wild wolves, which are coming into residential areas searching for food. In India we saw film of tigers coming from the jungle into the cities, entering people’s houses and snatching children!

      This seems to be a growing global problem, which is only going to get worse, the more that we humans keep violating and desecrating the wild animals natural habitat. Basically there are just too many of us on the planet and until we can fix that problem, incidents of animals trying to retake their territory, are just going to increase exponentially.

      I am not sure that we have an incident on this scale in the book, especially because at the moment, the main protagonist is living on the coast, in sight of the ocean!

      Thanks for such an interesting comment and I hope that all is well with you.

      • Hi Yvonne,
        Well, being a city girl at heart, when the bear first made its appearance a few Springs ago, I surely had a freak out moment and I called the police…lol Looking back on it now, when we spotted the bear for the first time it must have been a comical sight as hubby, myself and our children were running amok inside the house screaming “there’s a bear in the backyard! call the police!” The authorities promptly told me that bears are not a police emergency and to call animal control instead.
        Long story short, it seems we have to just be careful, not leave garbage out and keep the porch lights on at night. You cannot stumble upon a black bear on accident, as that’s when it can be very dangerous if you surprise it. I was told that unless I have an exact location of the bear, so it can be sedated and replaced, there is not much I can do. Like you say, it is we who are living in their natural habitats.

        Oh my gosh about polar bears, tigers and wild wolves! I’d move away from there! Those things are deadly.

        • Hi Naida,

          And a black bear isn’t deadly ???

          Sounds deadly enough for me!!

          Badgers are quite lethal to property, they dig huge holes in the garden and will either burrow under, or break right through wooden garden fences, such is their strength. I have actually seen this for myself on our own property.

          But they are definitely more scared of humans, than we are of them, so that’s about as close to living with the wildlife that I want to get, thanks!!

          Have a great weekend.

  • Your teaser has really made me curious about this book. The cover doesn’t give much of a clue, does it? Guess I’ll have to read the synopsis! By the way, we have an occasional coyote or raccoon, but no bears … that I know of! That’s scary.
    My Teaser is from BLUEBONNET BRIDE.

    • Hi Sandra,

      I am curious about what is going on myself, as I am nearly at the page where the words are taken from and still can’t quite see the storyline ahead.

      The story itself is keeping me on the edge of my seat, as I can foresee certain events potentially unfolding, none of which bode well for the main protagonist.

      As I say, foxes and badgers are quite common where we live, but the main danger if you are out on the roads are deer. We live in quite a rural area, where roads have been developed which cut across swathes of pasture and fields, so the deer can often appear from nowhere to cut across right in front of the car.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are appreciated.

    • Hi Karen and Gerard,

      I am not much of an animal lover, but I couldn’t stand to actually see anything hurt and suffering, particularly if it is a deliberate act by humans.

      The cover doesn’t really give an awful lot away about the book, but that shadow is quite menacing, isn’t it? I think that the cover shown on Carolyn’s website is much more atmospheric and threatening though and probably more in keeping with the story.


      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Hi Tracy,

      ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ is a great mystery / suspense book and I think that the animal related lines are only a passing episode in the scheme of things. The threat to the human protagonists is much more worrying!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  • Yvonne,
    Thanks for featuring An Uncertain Refuge. Those who have commented are on the right track as far as what this creature is.
    I live in Vancouver, Washington, now. Last summer several young coyotes were hunting through the neighborhood and their yips and screams would have me waking in a cold sweat. If you’ve never heard them, it’s a chilling sound.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks so much for contributing to this post. You have to be the most ‘inclusive’ author that I have worked with to date and I really appreciate your input.

      I constantly complain about where we live, but having read all the different comments today, I am kind of glad that we are, where we are! Bears, wolves, coyotes, racoons … no thanks!

      The closest sound I have heard to the way you describe the coyote’s screams, would probably be that of the hyena. We had to go all the way to Florida to see and hear one mind you and it put the fear of God into me!

      I can’t begin to imagine what is going on in the story, but I guess that by tomorrow I shall probably know! Loving the book so far.

    • Hi Maria,

      ‘An Uncertain Refuge’ is a great mystery / suspense and was in fact an author review request.

      Carolyn has been a great author to work with, always ready to participate in any posts which promote her books and keen to have review copies out here in the ‘blogosphere’

      I am not quite half way through the book and I really have to tear myself away from it each morning to go to work! The sequel ‘Sea Of Regret’ is all lined up.

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always valued and appreciated.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      The book is very good and there are an abundance of teaser lines which don’t give away too much about the storyline, no matter which page I had chosen to open it at.

      I generally try to choose a page at a future point in the book for my teaser lines, so that they don’t divulge too much for me either!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.

    • Hi Melissa,

      I have just got to the part of the book where those teaser lines are taken from and I have to say the scenario was not what I was expecting at all.

      The story itself, although not particularly fast paced, is intriguing, engrossing and slightly sinister. Overall, a great read which is thoughtfully constructed and very well written.

      Carolyn is a great find as an author!

      Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always appreciated.

Written by Yvonne