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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, August 27, 2007

Parting is such sweet sorrow!

There was a Gangsta Bitch sighting in Colorado this weekend.

This past weekend, Kristi and SueZ from the RBL board came to visit and stayed at my house. They flew in from O-hi-o to spend a three-day weekend with me and Libby, known at RBL as Evil Libby (for reasons that would be obvious to anyone who met her).

Libs and I had been looking so forward to having them here and were bummed to find out their flight was delayed by two hours. We had some sushi, then headed out to DIA and did our best to wait patiently. Given the fact that both KrisTAY and SueZAY are short, we realized we were looking for pygmy gangsta bitches so we looked down a lot. They arrived late and hungry from what must have been the flight from hell, and even though we'd never done more than talk on the phone, IM and post on message boards/blogs together, the four of us felt instantly as if we'd known each other forever. How at ease were we? Well, the dinner conversation took a decidely x-rated turn pretty much from the moment we got in the car.

Thursday night we ended up just coming back to my place — Libby was kind enough to drive everyone in her Tony Soprano wagon — so that we could crash. Libs stayed at her own house about 25 minutes away with her DH and kids.

Friday, we got a bit of a late start and drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park. This was the pygmy bitches' first trip into the mountains, and they seemed to enjoy the scenery. Actually, I think it blew them away. Kristi was quiet for, like, a whole half hour. They saw a huge herd of elk, as well as the mountain I fell off of — Mount Ida. I also showed them a few places of personal significance, like the place whereI once had sex in the snow. Ahem.

ANYWAY, by the time we got down from the mountains, we were pretty wiped. We had lemoncello from Libby's personal stores — the glasses were rimmed with "fucking pink" sugar — and washed that down with pizza. Strange combo, but it worked. What's funny, though, is that we didn't really drink that much. Most of the time we were too busy talking and laughing to drink. That night we watched my Dieux du Stade DVD featuring nekkid European rugby players. Mmmmmm.

On Saturday, Libs had some errands to run, so I took the pygmys in to the People's Republic of Boulder, my hometown, for breakfast and a mini tour. They saw the outside of my office, NCAR on top of the mesa, a hot mountain parks ranger who happens to be a friend of mine and was there dealing with a car wreck, as well as Chautauqua Park where I played as a kid. We had a very yummy breakfast (Kristi was a rebel and ate lunch) at Chautauqua Dining Hall, which sits right up against the mountains. Then we headed up to Libby's, where we talked about music and enjoyed entertainment provided by Libby's two kids. Once her DH got home, we came back to my place and then went out for a steak dinner. DELICIOUS.

A couple of glasses of sangria later and we were laughing our butts off. I had sore abs from laughing so much. We took pictures of the four of us, something to help us remember the weekend, and then sadly and too suddenly it was time for bed. The pygmys flew out the next morning, leaving Libby and I to put the pieces of our lives back together.

I can't say when I've had more unrelenting fun.

Kristi and Sue, it was such a pleasure to have you here. You are both such sweet, caring and FUNNY women that spending time with you is fantastic. And Libby, it was wonderful to be able to spend that much time with you. It's even more exciting to know that everyone's lipstick was accounted for at the end of the weekend — no hapless tubes were taken hostage by Libby and Jabba. Libby and I plan to return the visit by heading to O-hi-o next summer, hopefully with a keg of lemoncello.

Thanks so much to my gangstas for the wonderful, wonderful time. I miss you so much already!

And, yes, there are photos. I don't have them yet, but when I get them, I'll post them.


Debbie H said...

Wow! Sound like fun was had all around. I'm glad, you really needed the break to refresh your batteries.

I knew without having met KrisTAY and SueZAY, they were wonderful women and fun to be with.

I would love to see you and Libby smuggle a keg of lemoncello on a plane to Ohio.LOL

Ronlyn said...

What a fun weekend!!
I swear, I'm going to start taking weekend trips away once Alex is old enough.

Bo said...

'Pygmy bitches'-LMAO!!!

Sounds like you all had a great time! I swear,everyone from RBL will get up there to meet you before I do,dammit! *G* I have to try for next spring/summer.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like y'all had a blast! One day I'll get to visit all my on-line friends but until then, I'll see you when we go to Scotland.
BTW, I'll make sure we have someplace to stash some lemoncello if you want...

Cheryle said...

Sounds like you all had a great time!

Somehow I am not surprised that the conversations turned x-rated LOL!

Can't wait to see the pics.

Libby Loo said...

I am so bummed nobody left anything behind that Jabba and I could hold hostage. Dammit! My days of evil-doing seem to be few and far between lately, however I have been forced to be good because I've been home with a herd of munchkins all summer. Things are looking up now that school is back in session and I have all this free time to myself *cue the evil laughter*

I still have my bright fucking pink sugar in my purse, I have decided that I shall carry it everywhere and sprinkle the world with its loveliness. And so what if I happen to have the keg of lemoncello strapped to my back? *EG*

I had the best time with you guys, and I'm so glad we got to do this! Here's to many more gangsta biatch get-togethers!


Aimee said...

I wish I could have been there! But alas, I am going to have to wait until after my "Great-White Hunter" of a husband has finished with his hunting season adventures LOL

Sounds like a fabulous time was had by all, and I want to see the sights when I get there too!

Miss you PC, it's about time for another phone call :)

Libby, I miss you girl so you need to email me a link to your blog & stuff, I can't wait to hug the stuffing out of both of you LOL

Hi, Debbie! I hope you're feeling well. And, yes, it was crazy fun. It was so much fun that I spent the entire day after they left sleeping. I just couldn't get up Sunday.

And if anyone could smuggle a keg onto a plane it would be Evil Libby. ;-)

Ronlyn, the door is always open, dearie.

Hi, Bo! How are you feeling these days? And I hope you DO make it here soon. Heck, bring the kids. They'll scream and run around while we drink lemoncello. And, yes, those pygmy bitches were tiny and very cute! You and I are most of a foot taller that they are, as the photos will show.

Debbie D — Good to hear you'll be on the Scotland trip. For me, it'll be a one-way ticket, I hope. I'm planning on moving back to Europe at some point, and it might as well be then. And good thinking on the booze stash. You gotta plan stuff like that ahead of time.

Cheryle, you're right. It's not surprising that the conversation turned X-rated. We'd be pretty lame gangsta bitches if we talked about our kids and the weather. LOL!

Libby, dearest, I'm so sorry your criminal instincts were thwarted by our organization and careful monitoring of property. But don't be sad. The munchkins are back in Oz for the year, and you'll have time to return to your evil ways and hopefully also to the 'net. I'm tired of reading about bugs and bike rides, and I miss our IM chats.

I'm SOOOO glad we were able to host the pygmys -- Kristie and Sioux -- LOL! (Note: There may have been a book signing in the kitchen at which I, inebriated on sangria, was unable to spell the names of the people whose books I was signing or even get their names right when I spoke to them. Kristi? Debbie? Marsha? Sulu? Whatever!!!! Who are you people sitting in my kitchen???)

Next time it will be our turn to travel. O-hi-o or bust!

Aimee!! I'd been hoping you'd come here this summer, but you know my door is always open. Drive, bike, swim, fly — you're always welcome here. Yep, time for another phone ketchup soon. I'll be happy to show you the sights (Trail Ridge Road is closed from mid-September through Memorial Day due to snow) and raise my glass with you. I'll even misspell your name if given half a chance. :-)

Hugs to all.


Sue Z said...

Hello Gangsta Bitches! Pamela and Libs...what else can I say. This was truly one of the best weekends of my life!! Thanks for your hospitality, friendship and laughter (& HOT videos and lemmonchello). I can't wait to come back (on a different air line, of course.)

Little did Evil Libby know that Yoda was traveling with us and kept a watchful eye on all of our make-up.

PC - this was the BEST book signing ever!! (although your PR chick had quite the attitude)

Pygmy Sue (AKA: SueZ, SueZAY, Soo or Sioux)

Kristi said...

God, that's just plain FUNNY! xoxox, Pygmy K

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