The Alligator Dance

by Brenda Spalding (Author)

Inspired by actual events in Manatee County Florida,

Book Description:​

Inspired by actual events in Manatee County Florida,Saving wildlife is an everyday, ever-changing challenge. Early summer is nesting time for the alligators in Florida’s Manasota State Park. Head Ranger Seth Grayson takes a group of visitors on a two-mile hike to Gator Hollow, a gathering place for hundreds of gators. Once there, the group makes a horrible discovery. A young man’s partial remains from an alligator attack are found along with several nests empty. It’s evident. Poachers have invaded the park.Grayson, a Seminole Indian, values his heritage but chooses to live in the white man’s world. Alligators and all wildlife have special significance for him. He knows he will need help to catch whoever sent this young victim to his death.Officer Liz Corday of Florida’s Conservation Commission arrives to help catch and prosecute the poachers. A devoted officer, her trust issues with men pose a possible relationship barrier between her and Seth.Tracking down the head of the huge interstate poaching operation, Seth and Liz risk all, even their lives, to bring these criminals to justice.Seth goes undercover at the Myakka alligator Farm, hoping to learn more about the operation and find evidence Liz can use to bring charges against the poachers.Meanwhile, Liz is harassed and threatened. A large rattlesnake is found in her vehicle, and a dead raccoon is left dripping blood on the hood a night later.Things get complicated, as they find there is more on their mind than catching the poachers but don’t know how far to go with their feelings.

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I got to meet the author while I was vacationing in Florida. We discussed her creative process and she emphasized the research that she puts into each of her books. That was evident in this book! Having some familiarity with the geographic area in which the book is set, I really enjoyed her world-building, learning a great deal about the illicit alligator/eggs trade, how FWC works to protect wildlife, and what rich history local native Americans celebrate. I became invested in the characters and look forward to her sequel!

Brenda Spalding (Author)

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I was educated in Boston and now live in Florida. I came to writing late in life. I received the President’s Award from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association at their event in Orlando, Florida, for my novel Honey Tree Farm – For the Love of the Beekeeper’s Daughter. My book The Alligator Dance has received two accolades. Sailing away to Nod received a silver award from the Florida Authors and Publishers. In 2022 it received the Eyeland International award for a children’s book. I’m thrilled that others are enjoying my books. I’m a past President of the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. I love the art and culture that the Sarasota area has to offer. There are just so many wonderfully creative people here. I’m a member of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association, Sarasota Fiction Writers, and on the board of the Florida Writers Association. I am the founder and president of ABC-Books, Inc., a networking organization to help other self-published authors connect and share information. We are a 501c3 and promote literacy in the area. I help other authors with my company Braden River Consulting LLC, to publish and market their books.

The Alligator Dance

I got to meet the author while I was vacationing in Florida. We discussed her creative process and she emphasized the research that she puts into each of her books. That was evident in this book! Having some familiarity with the geographic area in which the book is set, I really enjoyed her world-building, learning a great deal about the illicit alligator/eggs trade, how FWC works to protect wildlife, and what rich history local native Americans celebrate. I became invested in the characters and look forward to her sequel!

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