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Holding On (Colorado High Country #6) —
The Colorado High Country series returns with Conrad and Kenzie's story.

A hero barely holding on…

Harrison Conrad returned to Scarlet Springs from Nepal, the sole survivor of a freak accident on Mt. Everest. Shattered and grieving for his friends, he vows never to climb again and retreats into a bottle of whiskey—until Kenzie Morgan shows up at his door with a tiny puppy asking for his help. He’s the last person in the world she should ask to foster this little furball. He’s barely capable of managing his own life right now, let alone caring for a helpless, adorable, fluffy puppy. But Conrad has always had a thing for Kenzie with her bright smile and sweet curves. One look into her pleading blue eyes, and he can’t say no.

The woman who won’t let him fall…

Kenzie Morgan’s life went to the dogs years ago. A successful search dog trainer and kennel owner, she gets her fill of adventure volunteering for the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. The only thing missing from her busy life is love. It’s not easy finding Mr. Right in a small mountain town, especially when she’s unwilling to date climbers. She long ago swore never again to fall for a guy who might one day leave her for a rock. When Conrad returns from a climbing trip haunted by the catastrophe that killed his best friend, Kenzie can see he’s hurting and wants to help. She just might have the perfect way to bring him back to the world of the living. But friendship quickly turns into something more—and now she’s risking her heart to heal his.

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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy St. Padraig's Day

Don't expect shamrocks or leprechauns or other St. Paddy's silliness here. As my Irish friends point out, the real St. Patrick's day has nothing to do with green beer or any of the other iconic elements that make up Green Halloween in America. In Ireland, it's a church holiday. Strangely, some cities in Ireland now host St. Paddy's Day parades in an effort to keep up with American tourists, who decide to spend St. Pat's in the Old Country, only to find the only celebration going on is during Mass.

Perhaps because I've written stories set in Ireland and am largely of Irish descent, I take St. Patrick's day seriously. So I thought we could celebrate the day by honoring Irish beef.

Beef has always been an important part of the Irish diet, right up there with potatoes. That's why there are so many Irish. When a woman's diet includes significant amounts of Irish beef, she's more likely to produce strong, healthy offspring — and lots of them. There are millions of Irish in the world today because of Irish beef.

I, myself, have been trying to increase my daily intake of Irish beef in an effort to improve my overall well-being. Ideally, I would like to incorporate Irish beef into each meal. Three times a day is not too often for me when it comes to consuming Irish beef. Three times a day every day would be a welcome change for me.

Irish beef is deeply satisfying. It meets a woman's RDA for protein and has been found to aid in stress reduction, soothing a woman's hormones, helping to maintain mood and even easing menstrual cramps. In fact, frequent consumption of Irish beef completely eliminates menstrual cramps and, indeed, menstruation.

Irish beef goes well with wine, beer, whisky — all kinds of alcohol, in fact, making it easy to serve. Although Irish beef can be consumed cold, it's much more satisfying when hot or even completely raw.

Irish beef — it's what's for dinner.


Ronlyn said...

I like the P.C. diet. I think that is finally a diet that I could stick to! :)

Being Irish myself, I LOVE the Irish Beef!

Great blog! Charina sent me this way. She's my bestest buddy.

(and I'm also a HUGE fan of yours)

Irish beef is alright, but give me some of that hot Italian sausage and I'm good to go!

*waving Hi to Dana!*

Ronlyn, glad I could help you out with your dieting plans. I saw your post from this morning on RBL and have a few things to say that I'll send you privately.

Dana, welcome! Nice to e-meet you! Another Irish lass. Excellent! And someone who likes my books, too. That's even more exciting! Which do you prefer, historicals or contemps? Given that you're a good friend of Charina's, I'm guessing historicals...

Please feel free to stop by anytime. :-)

Hi, Charina. Hot Italian sausage? Thinking of Johnny D, are you? I'll have to get a hot shot of him on my blog one day, though he is on the cover of Ride the Fire in all his bare-chested e-fricking-gads glory.

God, got four hours of sleep, made myself get up at 5:30 (that's a.m.) and am trying to write. Just had lunch at 10:30 a.m. and now am dreaming of a triple grande five-pump vanilla latte...

I just had Sophie do something that, I'm sure, will get me smacked by the "we want tough heroines" crowd, something that's actually fairly controversial...

Debbie H said...

I too have an Irish background and love Irish beef!!! Thanks for reminding me to up my daily consumption! LOL

I have an idea for the cover of you WIP. I'll email you with it.

Well, there's a saying Char says that I'll use to answer your question...

"I'm like shart, I'm all over the place." hehe

I like historicals, but love contemporaries too.

Debbie H, congrats on your new granddaughter! She's a cutie! And thanks for the cover suggestion. Pretty freakin' sexy!

The cover concept I gave to NY is h/h kissing in a cabin in front of a fireplace with him on top and shirtless...

The shower scene on the cover of HE was complete luck, BTW. I never got a chance to talk about the cover with my editor. Talk about synergy.

Dana, that's great because it means you always have lots of choices. Until a few years ago, I had never read a contemporary. To this day I've probably read fewer than 20 contemps. But some of them I really love.

Bo said...

LMAO,P.C.!!! I personally would like Colin Farrell 3x a day...I think that would satisfy my Irish beef requirement.*G*

Bo, you glutton! How can you possibly still be hungry with Adam and Iain to feast upon? Oh, I guess they're Scottish beef, though one is more fairy tail isn't he? *G*

I'll share Colin with you, Boadicea, sweetie. I have to say that Liam Neeson does something for me, too. And that guy with the lips and the sword... Can I test drive his mouth?

Question: Is Irish beef white meat, dark meat or red meat? I don't know.

Rosie said...

Well, Pamela, I may not be Irish, but I sure do love me some Irish beef. Yes, it is quite a good form of sustenance. *BEG*

At first, I didn't know who the last one was, then I remembered. Isn't he the one from that mini-series The Tudors?


Ach - I could go for a foine Irish beef meself right about now.

Bo said...

MADANI'm just a greedy wench,P.C.-don't forget I have Zarek in there,too,LOL.

And I think Irish beef would have to be red meat-nothing else will satisfy my carnivorous little heart.*G*

Rosie, his name is Jonathan Rys-something. He played King Henry something in something. That's all I know. No TV, no clue. LOL!

Kristie J, I'm so with you! A nice bit o' warm beef would suit tonight! :-)

Bo, you are just one ravenous wench! I'm not familiar with Zarek (don't get into that series). But that's quite some foursome you got going on.

And, okay, so Irish beef is red meat. Is it a deep almost purple red? You know, kind of a plum red? I think it must be.

ksurbeck said...

Amen and How This is the way to feast

Chez said...

Hahaha I'm with Ronlyn and the nice diet. I reckon Irish beef has to be the whole bull ;)

Oh and I'm not totally on board with the whole kick arse/strong type heroine. The whole point is fantasy, not politically correctness. Well it is for me anyway. I do still like a book with a strong heroine, but just as happy with a slightly more submissive one too.

Leiha said...

I'd like ot change the beef slogan from beef it's whats for dinner to beef, it's whats for breakfast, lunch and dinner, yum! It's a good thing I'm such a carnivore and you all know how much I love to gorge myself on buffets, LOL

I so agree with you, Chez. Despite my initials, I'm not into political correctness in fiction. Fiction is about exploring and enjoying fantasy, not a reflection of how we necessarily want to be treated or hope to treat others.

And I like that... the whole bull. Dining on bull. MMM. Yeah, I could do that.

Leiha, I have a friend — well, I fired her so she probably hates me — who works on the American Beef Council doing PR work. I could contact them and see if they're up for changing that slogan. LOL!

Hey, Pamela! I finally made it. And just in time, too, to dish up slab or two of the Irish Beef you have laid out so nicely. To heck with the corned beef. Send a head or two of what you got and it'll be cornered beef. LoL

Hello, Ladies! I'm Sue and also a HUGE fan of Pamela's. I'm generally a fan of historicals first, paranormal/fantasy next and contemps last. I can honestly say Pamela's contemps are the only ones I do not have to think twice about reading. But her historicals were what hooked me.... didn't even put up a fight, just reeled right in. *G*

Well, I hope to get on to blog often - looks like a fun group hanging out here!

btw... pardon if this is a multiple post. this is the 3rd time trying to get this to work *sigh*

Sue, so wonderful to see you here! Sorry you had blogger problems, but I'm glad this post made it. Thanks for persevering!

And thanks for the sweet words. I do promise to get back on those historicals as soon as I can. I miss them, too. Historicals are the heart of romance for me.

Your daughter looked LOVELY in her Irish dance costume, BTW. :-)

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