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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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Sunday, October 11, 2009

After the epilogue

The site of Fort Edward (Fort Elizabeth) as seen from Rogers Island (Ranger Island)
El sitio de Fort Edward (Fort Elizabeth) como se ve desde Rogers Island (Isla de Ranger)

Last weekend, I finished tweaking the epilogue for Naked Edge. I'd kept it with me, sitting on it as if I expected it to hatch. Finally, I managed to come up with an ending that felt right to me. And by that I mean just the last two paragraphs. Yes, I spent a month thinking about the last two paragraphs of the story.

My editor has read it and thinks it's perfect. Her word, not mine. (But I'm happy that's the word she used.)

And then what happened?

Well, having worked so hard at the paper for so many weeks in a row and having worked either on the epilogue or on my ghostwriting project on the weekends, I just kind of... Quit. Doing. Anything.

Último fin de semana, terminé de ajustar el epílogo de Naked Edge. Yo había guardado conmigo, sentado en él, como si me lo esperaba para salir del cascarón. Por último, me las arreglé para llegar a un final que se sentía bien para mí. Y con ello me refiero sólo a los dos últimos párrafos. Sí, pasé un mes pensando en los dos últimos párrafos de la historia.

Mi editor ha leído y piensa que es perfecto. Su palabra, no la mía. (Pero estoy feliz de que es la palabra que utilizó).

¿Y entonces qué pasó?

Bueno, después de haber trabajado tan duro en el papel de tantas semanas en una fila y después de haber trabajado bien en el epílogo, o en mi proyecto de Escritura de ensayos los fines de semana, sólo tipo de dejar de hacer nada.

I packed up my junk, or some of it, jumped in the car and beat a snowstorm to my dear friend Kat's house. I quit spending time with the fictional Kat James, and I went to spend time with the real Kat James and her husband Ray. We spent three days talking, eating and watching movies.

Recogí mi basura, o parte de ella, subió al coche y golpearon a una tormenta de nieve a mi casa, querido amigo de Kat. Dejé pasar el tiempo con la ficción de James Kat, y me fui a pasar el tiempo con la verdadera Kat James y su marido. Pasamos tres días hablar, comer y ver películas.

A Thunder Being from one of my favorite scenes in Dreamkeeper

I highly recommend that if you haven't seen Dreamkeeper you rent it and watch it. It is without a doubt the best film I have seen about American Indian myths and stories. It features a who's who cast of Indian actors, some of whom I know, and is so creatively made that at times it left me almost breathless.

Le recomiendo que si usted no ha visto Dreamkeeper alquila y verlo. Es sin duda la mejor película que he visto acerca de los mitos indígenas de América y las historias. Cuenta con un quién es quién de actores como la India, algunos de los cuales conozco, y es hecha de manera tan creativa que a veces me dejó casi sin aliento.

From Into the West

Then we watched Into the West, which I had never seen. Half the actors in Dreamkeeper were in that series, which was terribly depressing but very well made.

Luego vimos Into the West, que yo nunca había visto. La mitad de los actores en Dreamkeeper estaban en esa serie, que fue muy deprimente, pero muy bien hecho.

Kat and I also paid a visit to a real, authentic Danish bakery run by an actual real, authentic Dane. Being a dork, I walked inside, saw real Danish pastries (not the Danishes everyone thinks of) and... burst into tears. (For those of you who don't know, I lived in Denmark for three years and love the country. I have lots of friends there and miss it very much. I don't normally weep at the sight of well-made pastries.)

Kat y yo también realizó una visita a una panadería real, auténtico danesa dirigida por un real real, Dane auténticos. Ser un idiota, entré en el interior, vio reales pasteles daneses (no todo el mundo piensa en Danesas) y ... rompió a llorar. (Para aquellos de ustedes que no lo sé, he vivido en Dinamarca durante tres años y el amor al país. Tengo muchos amigos allí y perder mucho. Normalmente no llorar ante la visión de pasteles bien hecho. )

Heaven on earth!

I got to speak Danish with the owner and decided to interview him for the paper so that I can have an excuse to come back and eat a bunch more pastries. He had Napoleons huer (Napolean's Hats), teboller, træstemmer, snegler, and something remarkably similar to tebirkes, my favorite.

In keeping with the theme of doing nothing, I decided rather spontaneously that I miss upstate New York and my son Benjy too much and bought plane tickets for a quick trip to Ithaca. I leave Wednesday and won't be back till the following Monday. We plan to hang around Ithaca for a day, going in search of the fabled gorges. Then on Thursday we're heading up to Fort Edward, which you know as Fort Elizabeth from my MacKinnon's Rangers series.

Yes, I'm going to visit the Rangers. I'm about to start Connor's book, so I need to breathe that air and sit on Rogers Island (Ranger Island) where the real rangers had their camp during the French and Indian War. Benjy and I plan to do a lot of nothing while we're there, mostly sitting around, walking through the trees and seeing the wonderful people we met last year once again.

I guess I have a desperate need to relax, and that's what I'm doing. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to keep up with the blog or Facebook or email, but I always try. Last time I was there, I used evenings to blog about what we did, so I'll try to do that this time. If I'm not too lazy...

I do plan to try to set up a Spanish-language blog and possibly a German blog when I get back. When I get some time.

En consonancia con el tema de no hacer nada, me decidí más bien espontánea que echo de menos el estado de Nueva York y mi hijo Benjy demasiado y comprar billetes de avión para un rápido viaje a Ítaca. Me voy el miércoles y no volverá hasta el lunes siguiente. Tenemos la intención de colgar alrededor de Ithaca por un día, yendo en busca de las gargantas de fábula. Luego, el jueves nos dirigimos a Fort Edward, que usted conoce como Fort Elizabeth de mi serie de los Rangers de MacKinnon.

Sí, voy a visitar a los Rangers. Estoy a punto de iniciar libro de Connor, por lo que necesitamos para respirar el aire y se sientan en la isla de Rogers (Ranger Island), donde los guardabosques reales tuvieron su campamento durante la guerra franco-india. Benjy y planeo hacer un montón de nada mientras estamos allí, en su mayoría sentados, caminando por entre los árboles y ver la gente maravillosa que conocimos el año pasado una vez más.

Creo que tienen una necesidad desesperada para relajarse, y eso es lo que estoy haciendo. No estoy seguro si voy a ser capaz de mantenerse al día con el blog o en Facebook o correo electrónico, pero yo siempre intento. La última vez que estuve allí, he usado la noche a blog acerca de lo que hicimos, así que voy a tratar de hacer que esta vez. Si no soy demasiado perezoso ...

Tengo previsto crear un blog en español de idiomas y, posiblemente, un blog alemán cuando vuelva. Cuando tenga tiempo.


RitaSV said...

Pamela, you are a very wise woman to take some down time for yourself. I cannot imagine doing one tenth of what you do....your spirit and body both deserve a break!

Hope your time with your friends and family is just the thing. We'll be here whenever you feel like resurfacing! :o)

Linda A. said...

Upstate New York must be beautiful right now. Have fun communing with the Rangers, and get Dougie to play a tune for me. You know, I wouldn't mind hearing more about Brendan and Betsy in that next book... Relax, refresh and enjoy!

Debbie H said...

It finally hit, huh? I've been telling you, you need a break. Now your body has taken over and is forcing you to! LOL

Enjoy your time doing nothing and being with Benj, K? If you can lift a finger, we would love to hear about your adventures. LOL

Now I'm off to find that DVD.


Mary G said...

Your body & mind are talking to you so you'd better listen. Glad you had some good down time. Have a crush on Michael Greyeyes from the Stolen Women, Captured Hearts movie & sure enough he plays Thunder Spirit in this one. I going to check this one out. Check him out on youtube. He's got ohhhhbliquesLOL.

03:47 - 2 years ago

Michael Greyeyes He's Canadian Native/First Nation. Cree Enjoy. The song is called, "I Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" by Melanie Doane youtube.

Tammy said...

The leaves are changing here in CNY.
Enjoy them and your visit to see Benjy.
The gorges are beautiful. I was in Auburn Sunday(its about 30 miles from Ithaca) and the leaves were just showing hints of golds and reds.Bring WARM clothes we are suppose to get snow showers tonight.
Next time you come we will have to get together.Have fun!

JennJ said...

Hi Pamela! I am so glad to hear that you are taking a much deserved break! You work as hard as anyone I know and you need some time off too dear! I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip!

I haven't tried that movie before I must go to Netflix now and put it in my queue! :)


Oh, that all sounds lovely, relaxing and fun. Enjoy yourself -you deserve it Pamela!

Tena said...

hi sorry I havent been on in awhile so glad you got to rest we all need it once in awhile it sound beautiful there Id like to see snow but not much I cant wait for the book to be out. Id love to see Ranger Island where is it at

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