My names is Krista Spurr and you can usually find me in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I try to spend as much time as I can seeing the world, those adventures are shared on my travel blog: http://bitesizedtravel.ca.

About Chase the Ace

Sam Chase has kicked around in local television news for 15 years, covering hurricanes and car accidents, always one step away from the national news job she wants. On the verge of breaking the biggest political scandal in decades, one mistake lands her even further away from that goal.

Professionally humiliated and privately adrift, Sam returns to her hometown of Beau Bay, on Nova Scotia’s rocky Atlantic coast, to hide from her predicament in her childhood bedroom.

It won’t be a quiet vacation, though, because Beau Bay is a small town with a big problem. Every week, chaos comes to town, as thousands of people show up to play the lottery fundraiser that has lasted way longer than anyone expected.

Week after week, no one with a winning Chase the Ace ticket can get the job done: drawing the Ace of Spades to win the big prize. From a jackpot of $45 in Week #1 to almost $2 million in Week #45, what are the odds?

It becomes the craziest, unlikeliest story of Sam’s career, and she’s not telling it alone. Old friends, frazzled parents, salty neighbours, political foes, a dead spouse, big city news bosses, and the one who got away – everyone plays an unexpected role in her biggest, smallest story yet.

The more Chase the Ace grows, Sam discovers the chase is one thing, but what’s the catch?

Inspired by the completely-true story of a 2015 fundraising lottery that saw $1.7 million going to the eventual winner, Chase the Ace is a contemporary commercial novel set in a fictional town in Nova Scotia, Canada and is informed by my experience as a former political operative and constant wanderer.

About National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) is an international creative writing challenge, where participants attempt to write a 50,000 draft of a novel in 30 days.

Why did I want to write a 50,000 word novel in month? I’ve written three pages of dozens of works of fiction over the years. In recent years, I’ve focused on non-fiction writing, oh, and work, but I’ve had this idea for a novel/screenplay/tv show for years and can’t shake it. So here I am.

That’s 1,667 words per day. Every day. While living a “normal life.” And then getting it published.

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