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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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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

How I Met Your Mother — historicals

I adore my two boys, and not just because they're my boys and are smart and funny and cute. I've been writing since Alec, my oldest, was 9 and Benjy, now 17, was 6. When they were little, I just hoped they wouldn't fight or break something, allowing me a few precious hours of writing on the weekend. I was naive enough to promise them that I'd take them to Disney World once I sold my first book. Oh, what an idiot I was!

They're old enough now that they probably have zero interest in Disney World, but fortunately they don't seem to hold the fact that we never made it against me. In fact, they go out of their way to help. Alec is away at college now, so I don't see him all that often. Still, he checks up every weekend to see how my writing is going, and he's read a few of the novels, sharing them with his girlfriend, Anna, who loves romance and thinks I am the shit.

Ben is 17 and still lives with me, and the kid is a hero. He does all the yard work — mowing, weeding my enormous rose garden, raking, etc. — as well as all the house work, apart from laundry. He mops, cleans the bathroom, dusts, takes out the trash and vacuums every weekend to give me time to write. He takes care of our pet bunny, Wubbit, makes grocery shopping lists and goes shopping with me to make it speedier. He does the dishes on the week nights when I cook and does the cooking (and often the dishes as well) on the nights when I'm writing.

Yes, chicks, he rocks.

The other night as I was working on Untamed he turned to me and said, "You know, I think romance novel characters must have the most interesting 'how I met your mother' stories" Then he pretended to be Morgan MacKinnon and started talking about the day he and Amalie met, as if he were talking to their children. In a matter of seconds I was laughing my butt off. It sounded like such a fun idea that I found myself wanting to spend an entire blog sharing the stories of "How I Met Your Mother."

So here we go.... (((SPOILERS — if you haven't read the books parts of them may be ruined for you... You have been warned....)

Sweet Release

Alec Kenleigh: "My brother had just betrayed me and had me beaten to within an inch of my life. He sent overseas with false papers as a convict. I must say I can't remember the first moment your mother and I met because I was out of my mind with fever. But your mother took pity upon me — and bought my false indenture, thinking at least to let me die with dignity. But when I came to myself again a fortnight later, I'm afraid I treated her rather poorly, thinking her to blame in some fashion for my ordeal."

Cassie: "As I recall, you threatened to break my neck."

Young Nicholas, wide-eyed: "But, father, you say a man must never harm a woman."

Alec (clearing throat): "Aye, well, that was not my finest moment."

Carnal Gift

Jamie Blakewell: "I was visting Ireland, hoping to persuade and old friend to joing me in pressing Parliament to declare war on France in the Americas. We were out hunting one afternoon and rode into a clearing where a group of Irishmen and women had gathered for funeral. In the middle of it all stood your mother, the most beautiful creature I'd ever seen."

"And did you love him at first sight, Mama?"

Bríghid (looking intensely at her sewing): "Well, he was an Englishman, wasn't he? I was afraid of him."

Children (laughing): "You were afraid of father?"

Uncle Ruaidhrí (guffaws): "Aye, and what else could she be? Your father's friend took her prisoner and gave her to your father to be his—”

Jamie interjects: "Skullery maid!"

Bríghid (giving Ruaidhrí a dark look): "Aye, his skullery maid."

Jamie (glaring at Ruaidhrí): "I tried to help your mother escape, but then your Uncle Ruaidhrí ran me through the chest with his sword, didn't you, my brother-by-marriage?"

Children stare at their uncle, mouths wide.

Ruaidhrí (going red in the face): "How was I to know?"

Ride the Fire

Nicholas: "I was in the sixth year of my self-imposed exile in the wilderness, when two French soldiers attacked me. I found myself in dire need and alone. Then I heard a gunshot and followed it until I came across the cabin where your mother was living alone. I persuaded her to help me."

Bethie: "Was it your charm that won over, love — or was it the pistol you pointed at my head?"

Belle and Little Nicholas gape at their father and gasp.

Nicholas (frowning): "I'd never have pulled the trigger."

Bethie (smiling): "Though I thought him at first a filthy oaf, your father proved his affection by seeing me and my new baby girl—

Belle smiles: "Me!"

Bethie: "Aye, you—safely to Fort Pitt. And all I had to do to tame his wild nature was to bind him till he'd learnt his manners."

Belle and Little Nicholas break into giggles.

Nicholas (looks meaningfully at Bethie and raises a single, dark eyebrow): "If my manners fail me, will you promise to tie me up again?"


Iain: "Och, I was out on a scout wi' your uncles and the men, when we heard the sounds of gunfire. We rushed in, and what did I see but a sweet and innocent lass fightin' for her life against fifteen—

Annie: "Six."

Iain (ignoring her): "—or twenty ferocious French and Abenaki warriors."

Iain Cameron (sitting, wide-eyed): "What did you do, da'?"

Uncle Morgan: "Why, naturally, your father fought them off and saved her."

Uncle Connor: "And got himself flayed for it."

Iain Cameron: "Is that how you got the scars on your back, da'?"

Iain: "Aye, but your mother was well worth the sufferin'."

Iain Cameron: "And she loved you from that day on!"

Captain Joseph gives a snort. He and Connor start to laugh. Then he, Connor and Morgan leave the room, guffawing all the way.

Iain Cameron: "Why are they laughin', da'?

Iain (glaring after his brothers and shouting after them): "Because they're stinkin' louts wi' no more sense than God gave a turnip!"

Annie (smiling and setting aside her stitching): "Come, Iain Cameron. Enough stories. It's time for bed. But, aye, your father is a dashie man and brave, and I loved him from that day on."


Aimee said...

Especially at Carnal Gift LOL!

That was great, it would be really fun if you could somehow add all those to their respective novels someday.

Thanks for the big huge smile PC, I love you! MWAH!

Debbie H said...

ROTFLMAO!!! Those were cute! You have wonderful sons who will two women wonderful husbands! Good Job, MOM!

Ronlyn said...

LOL! Too fun!
Tell Ben when he's done with the chores at your house I have a lawn that is in need of mowing and dishing in need of washing. ;)
Your boys are amazing PC, but that is simply a reflection of you and how you raised them, so how could they be anything but wonderful?

Casee said...

LMAO!!! I loved them all. How cute. Your Ben sounds like he'll be a real catch someday. Bathrooms AND mopping? *swoon*

his girlfriend, Anna, who loves romance and thinks I am the shit.

Smart girl. *g*

Sue Z said...

Brilliant! And you ARE the shit my writer friend! Love these...I had to skip over Carnal Gift because I just so happen to be reading that for the first time this week (only 70 pages to go) and did not want any spoilers.

Benji is going to make a wonderful husband for some lucky lass. I was always told that you can tell the quality of a man by the way that he treats his there you go.

Bo said...

I had the biggest grin while reading these,and I still do! LMAO @ Iain's parting shot about a turnip,and they are all just making me giggle.

Ben is SUCH a gem,OMG! Your future daughter-in-law is sooo lucky! Both your boys are just awesome,and you have obviously done a fantastic job of being Mom!!(((HUGS)))

Karen said...

You are most definitely the shit! Way to go with your sons. I almost wept when I read what he does. What a great job you did raising them.

I absolutely loved "How I Met Your Mother." What a great idea.

Brenda said...

Your son is not only wonderful, he's brilliant. Wish I had an older daughter that could marry him.

Anonymous said...

All the scenes were wonderful! What a great idea! Your boys are definatley keepers! You obviously have done a great job raising them!

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