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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.


Seductive Musings

Monday, April 09, 2007

Lipstick diaries

You won't see this on CNN, but there's a new hostage crisis. That Badass Warrior Princess, Libby, has my two favorite tubes of lipstick and she's holding them hostage. Apparently, I abandoned them at her house — I'd had a whole Bud Light, after all — when I accidentally dumped my purse on her couch, where they were found, helpless and alone.

I spent all weekend looking for those tubes of lipstick, thinking I must have dropped them in the car or left them at work. I was at the office when the email arrived: "Do whatever I say, or the lipstick gets it..."

I was both horrified and relieved. My poor little lipsticks had been found, but they were in the wilds of La La Land in the hands of someone who'd vowed to do them wrong if I didn't comply. Fortunately, the demands weren't too harsh — no request for $1 million in unmarked bills or anything like that. Just a piece of Marc...

Marc Hunter... Just imagine sitting on that face.

The goods have been delivered, and I am anxiously awaiting my wee lipsticks later this week.

But the plot thickens. This was actually a ploy on my part to get Libby away from her bows and arrows and leather restraints and into a coffee shop. And it's working. Yes, she thinks she got what she wanted, but in truth, she's coming to my realm — the espresso bar — very soon. Bwahahaha!

OK, sorry. I'm insane with allergies and sleepiness. I went to bed right after dinner, and only by force of will was I able to get up and come downstairs so that my son would feel like he has a mum.

I got through Chapter 26 of Unlawful Contact which brings me to the climax of the story. It's always exciting to write this part of any novel and also a bit stressful, because either the threads pull together in a way that feels worthwhile or they don't. I panicked all weekend that they wouldn't.

This tendency to freak out — and I'm not the only author who does it — has made me think that writers need live-in psychiatric help. Writer shrinks. Probably actors would benefit from this also. Definitely rock stars, judging from Britney's bald head. Imagine how useful it would be if creative people were less freaking crazy.

So only four chapters to go plus an epilogue and then on to the second book in the MacKinnon Rangers trilogy. I'm really looking forward to writing a historical again. YAY!


Oh thank God! Poor Morgan he's been left hanging. And schaaaa! I can so imagine sitting of Marc Hunter's face...

Ronlyn said...

I'm so glad the goods have been delivered (yum!) and the lipsticks are on their way home.
I hope allergies lighten up soon. What a nightmare.
And I'm not so sure that live in psychiatric help is what you require. I think you need a sexy man to give you a good backrub/foot rub...whatever type of rub would relieve the stress. *G*

Rosie said...

LMAO at Libby and her hostage situation. That was too funny!! Glad you got some rest too, chick. You've been busting butt with that book. Take care, it's amost done!! Woot!!


Aimee said...

LMFAO@Libby! wOOt!

Almost there chic, almost there. After all the blood-sweat-tears, 4 chapters & the epi are a POC right?! I can't wait to see them!

I love you chic, I'll be calling soon!

Leiha said...

Well she's not called Evil Libby for nothing. But sounds like you're going to top her from below, LOL. That's so great you two live so close together and have developed this friendship.

Libby Loo said...

Geez, I should have been more of a hard ass! Here I thought I was well on my way to being Madame Badass the Evil Dictator, and you had my number the whole time LOL. Back to career counseling services for me...

A girl can never have too much Marc *RAWR*, especially when he's strategically placed ;)

You're homestretching it, and I have no doubt everything up to know is just amazing. I know self doubt sucks, but it tells me that you care so much about giving it the very best you've got. It's going to rock!


Debbie H said...

LMAO, that is too funny. Poor little helpless lipsticks. But Moma lion is ever ready to pounce on the evil one!

As far as sitting on Marc's face, I started giggling at the thought of those whiskers tickling and then quit giggling and started squirming, hum...

You are going to deliver a fantastic book as always and I agree that creative people are also tortured people. My 28 yr old daughter has a very creative streak and I have endured it since her birth. I also agree with Ronlyn, you need a big hunky man to relieve some of that stress on.

Kristi said...

What they neglected to tell you is that Libby's daughter said "Daddy's girlfriend left them..." hmmmm... I think something "special" happened with that "Menage a trois" wine... lmao! xoxox, K

Charina, I thought you might welcome that news. I think the last time we talked I wasn't sure what I would be writing. I can imagine sitting on his face, too. In fact, I have imagined it. In fact, I'm imagining it right now...

Ronlyn, thanks for the good allergy wishes. I'm doing much better today. And I would prefer a sexy man over a shrink any day. Thanks for the idea. Now where can I find one?!?!?

Rosie, that Libby IS funny. It was so great to get away from the 'puter for a while to go and see her!

Aimee, that's right. Almost there! It seems like forever, doesn't it? Can't wait to talk with you. I've been missing you.

Leiha, it is so fun to finally live close to someone from RBL. For a while I was pretty isolated here in CO. I'm so glad Libby found her evil way to RBL! Good to "see" you chick. Loved your rant, BTW.

Libby, dear, next time you'll have to set the stakes higher. Mr. Libby ought to have advice for tough negotiating. He's a SWAT dude after all. He can consult with you. And thanks for the confidence! I wish I felt that way. I hope your semester winds up quickly so you can read again. :-)

Debbie H, I laughed out loud about the giggles turning into squirms. Looking at that mouth long enough does it for me. And why is it that creativity comes at a price? Are all artists tortured?

D'oh! Kristi, that's classified information. LOL! Just joking. Yeah, that bottle of wine wasn't just a gift, it was a message. ROFL!

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