Come to Paradise. Come to Kaua'i.

[ON THE KALALAU TRAIL, Book 2 of the TRAILBLAZER series. Publication release expected in December 2019]

Self-discovery. Sounds simple, right? After all, you’re already there. You’re already you. So it can surprise us that it takes so much time, and so much effort. It surprises Nathan Bartlett.

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In the first Trailblazer book (On Chocorua), Nathan’s adored older brother had died a tragic death. Two years later, during this second book, his grandmother—who’d raised her three grandchildren alone since Nathan was a baby—passes on as well.

For Nathan, there’s a surprise that makes him question his own worth: In the wake of these deaths, he realizes he hadn’t really known the people he’d loved. At least, not nearly as well as he’d thought.

So he goes on a journey. A quest. He goes searching for a connection with these people after their deaths that he hadn’t known how to make in life. He goes to Paradise.

Paradise is the island of Kaua’i, and the Kalalau Trail in particular. Part of Nathan’s journey is a physical one, a journey promoted by Conroy Finnegan of Finnegan’s Walks. 

Conroy is attractive, sexy, very masculine, and charismatic. He’s a rolling stone with no moss, a gypsy rover, leading a life with no strings attached, and he seduces Nathan in more ways than one. His invitation is irresistible:

Come experience a place where the physical and the spiritual are one. A place where magic happens, where the very names are magical: Napali. Ho’olulu. Waiahuakua. Hanakoa. Hanakāpīʻai. 

Nathan, come to Kaua’i.

The Kalalau Trail, Napali Coast, Kaua’i

The Kalalau Trail, Napali Coast, Kaua’i

Conroy leads Nathan to paradise and lets him find his own way back.

Nathan begins his journey as a searcher. On the way he becomes a seeker. These states of mind are different. And neither is in itself the end of Nathan’s journey.

Walk with him.


Read about the entire Trailblazer series, and get the story behind the story.

ON CHOCORUA: The story behind the story

There’s a mountain in New Hampshire called Chocorua. It’s not terribly high—doesn’t even qualify for the four-thousand-foot club, which many hikers attempt to join. But it’s a special mountain. I know this, because—just like Nathan—I climbed it. And, just like Nathan, the first time I climbed it was for all the wrong reasons.

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