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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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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

My weekend with the Gangstas — a photo essay

The first thing that needs to be said is this: We didn't take that many pictures because we were too busy doing stuff, primarily laughing. Some things are just too special to capture on film. And KrisTAY lying on her back with her feet in the air and her face turning purple because she can't quit laughing is one of them.

But here are some things we did photograph...

While on a quick tour of Rocky Mountain National Park, we had the pleasure of watching about 50 elk cross the road. They stopped traffic while slowly making their way from one side to the other. Some were males with big racks; others were cows with calves. These are obviously bull elk. The mountain with the flat top that you see in the distance is Long's Peak. It's the mountain I see from my front yard. The mountain I fell on is behind the elks' butts off to the viewer's right.

I think they look like hobbits, don't you? KrisTAY and SueZAY posed in front of Boulder's Foothills on our way to breakfast. The biggest rock in the background is what's called the Third Flatiron. Both my dad and bro have climbed it. I have not and don't plan to. Behind the person taking the photo (aka me) is NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Up there we met one of my Ranger friends, who told us about an idiot drunk-driving accident on one of the hiking trails. This is about five minutes tops away from my office. This is the view I have from work. Not bad if you have to go to work.

Hobbits, I tell you. Hobbits.

After sucking a second glass of sangria through a straw, I find myself sitting beside "Debby," who is leading a prayer meeting. (Don't ask.) Actually, Kristi and the other gangstas were sampling my perfume oils that I bought from a parfumerie — ambergris, Arabian musk, castorium, and a couple of artisan perfumes called Seduction and Erotica. But I was a bit tipsy and got confused about a few things.

Naturally, one thing led to another, and so KrisTAY had to try on my authentic police handcuffs that I learned how to break out of while writing Unlawful Contact.

We new we needed to get some photos, and it was really a tough night in some ways because we knew KrisTAY and SueZAY were flying out the next morning. It seemed such a shame to have such a great time and then have to say goodbye and not see each other again forever. We took turns posing together because we had no one to take photos. Here, Kristi seems fascinated with me, while Libby strikes a pose wearing the RBL shirts that Sue made for us. She looks like the librarian of the erotica section. Sheesh!

Now it's Sue's turn.

One of the last things we did together was drive to the set of my son's film. He wrote the screenplay and has spent all summer filming, using replica weapons. It's a 1930's noir detective story. He's in the center with the dame (his girlfriend Liz) perched on his arm. They were filming in the middle of an abandoned rail yard among old semi-restored train cars.

Here's one of just Ben and Liz.

To LiberTAY, KrisTAY and SueZAY — I miss you!!!!


Debbie H said...

OK, you guys had way too much fun! Wish I could have been there, maybe I would loosen up a little more, huh? The mountains are so beautiful. (sigh)
Beautiful women, beautiful mountains what else does one need?

I love poses of the kids. Ben is so handsome! Glad he has a chance to do this now!

Aimee said...

Looks like you girls had a truly wonderful time, hard not to with such a beautiful, funny group of women! I can't wait until it's MY turn LOL!

I hope I get a chance to see Ben's film, I love the costumes, they all look very authentic! (And handsome) Heh!

Karen said...

What an awesome time. I'm glad they were able to come see you. Your son and his girlfriend are too cute!

Anonymous said...

It looks like y'all had a blast! And the mountains are beautiful (like the lasses). Last time I was in Colorado they were having rolling blackouts because of the heat, but I was staying in a friends guest room which was in the basement and froze every night... go figure. Still can't wait to visit again though. It's so beautiful.

Sue Z said...

The pictures really don't do it justice. You feel so small (and hobbit like) next to these enormous mountains (and we are NOT talking about your boobs. Libs!)

I can't wait to get together again!!! And I too miss my sistas.

Cheryle said...

Awww, what great pics and I am with Sue, anyone would look small standing next to a big mountain.

Looks like you had alot of fun!

Pamela wow your son is filming. Love the costumes and he is Handsome.

Bo said...

Great pics,although I have to tell you,when I called my hubby in to see the elk picture,he said something not very nice,as he was jealous,LOL! I told him maybe that's why we never see them when we are out hunting,they have all gone to CO.*G*

Here's something funny-that greenish wall in your office looks like the same color I have in my kitchen! *G*

Ben's film sounds great! I love stuff like that.Road to Perdition and The Untouchables come to mind.

Hi, Debbie. Well, one might wish for beautiful men? But I guess I'm the only unattached one. And thanks for your words about Ben. He's pretty awesome in my mind, but then I'm his mom and am extremely biased.

Hi, Aimee. They're saying the debut will be at Christmastime when all the seniors (last year's seniors) are back from college. I hope to get a DVD and post some clips on YouTube or something. Maybe they'll post the whole thing somewhere. They were filming in an old abandoned rail yard that night, and the mosquitoes were voracious. I just hope no one gets West Nile. And please! Come soon!

Thanks, Karen! Wait till you see the photo of them I'm going to post next! Good to see you!

Hi, Debbie D. Rolling blackouts? When was that? The funny thing about Colorado is the temperature extremes. In the hundreds in the summer at times -- we once had three weeks of temps above 114 -- and then below zero in winter. I told the Gangsta-B's to bring four season's worth of clothing. LOL!

Hey, Cheryle -- thanks so much! And those mountains? Those are just the little foothills. The big ones are behind them. Kristi and Sue are just pygmys! :-)

Hi, SueZay! No, the photos just don't catch it, do they? Then again it was my cell phone. I'm so glad you got to see it and get a taste of it. Wanna see more? COME BACK! Dump the job, the dh and move into my "downstairs suite." LOL!

Hi, Bo. I hope you're feeling better! I was sure you were in labor, but the heparin issue makes total sense. Yeah, those elk are there precisely because no one shoots at them. LOL! It's illegal at this point, though they're trying to change that. I've got a couple of accent walls -- one yellow one in the kitchen and the green behind my writing desk. That's where we're posing, at my desk.

And thanks for reminding me about the UNtouchables. I think I'm going to go rent it tonight. He'll love it. And I need to distract him as much as I can.

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