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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.

In ebook and soon in print!

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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 11, 2017

What's next in Scarlet Springs?

Thanks to all of you who’ve posted reviews about Tempting Fate. Your love for this series is so incredibly gratifying. Your support means everything.

Being an author is something like being a cook. A cook works for hours — sometime days — on a meal, only to watch it be devoured in a fraction of that time. An author works for months — sometimes years — on a book, and readers finish it in a matter of hours. Before the author has slept off the post-writing hangover, they ask, “What’s next?”

That’s a good question. Here’s what I can share with you.

In May, I bought my way out of my contract with Penguin, which means I am free to write and publish anything I wish to write an publish. I no longer have any contractual obligations that prevent me from writing romantic suspense (I-Team or an I-Team spinoff), historicals (Kenleigh-Blakewell and MacKinnon's Rangers), or straight contemporary (Colorado High Country series).

Though the I-Team series is the most popular series I’ve written, my historical fans are hardcore. Hardcore. They have waited years for the next book in the MacKinnon’s Rangers series. I-Team fans, meanwhile, are hoping for Joaquin’s story and perhaps a revamp of the series or a spin-off, while my contemp fans just want the next Scarlet Spring book yesterday (but no pressure).

My plans through the end of this year include giving Rain and Joe their story as part of a Scarlet Springs Christmas novella. This will include some history of the town complete with historical flashbacks. I’m really looking forward to writing it.

I also want to write book 5 in the series. I’d imagined that Conrad would be the hero of Book 5, and I did leave him wandering the Himalaya in a state of grief over a fatal accident on Everest. I need to bring him home. His heroine might be a woman on the team. I’m not certain yet.

That will bring me up to three full-length novels and a novella in 2017 — a record for me. My novellas are the size of some people’s novels (around 50,000 words), so really, it’s almost like four novels.

What about next year?

For 2018, I plan to give historical fans Joseph’s story. Set just at the end of the French and Indian War (Seven Years War), it will give the last “MacKinnon” brother his own HEA and get us back in touch with Iain, Morgan, Connor, Dougie, Killie and the rest of the motley Ranger crew. If I have a very productive year, I will continue the series with Lord William’s story, which I have wanted to write for so very long.

I also plan to give Joaquin Ramirez (I-Team) his HEA in 2018. I haven’t settled on a concept for his story yet. It might be straight romantic suspense, or I might tie his story together with Scarlet Springs somehow. I’m exploring a variety of ways to bring the two series together. Gabe Rossiter (Naked Edge) is a member of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team, and Zach McBride (Breaking Point) has made a couple of cameo appearances, too. But it would be so fun to get Julian, Marc, and the others in on some kind of action in Scarlet Springs.

I’d like to launch an I-Team spin-off series with Derek Tower getting his story as we follow the exploits of Cobra International Solutions, Javier and Derek’s private security firm. This would definitely include Nick and Holly, who work for Javier and Derek, as well as Laura and other I-Team members.

And then I’d like to get another Colorado High Country book and novella written.

That makes for a very busy year, but there will be something for everyone.

In the meantime, if you haven’t tried the Colorado High Country series because it’s straight contemporary and you don't like straight contemporary romance, you might want to give Chaska’s book a try. No, it’s not suspense, but it’s sexy.

Tempting Fate has a 4.8 average on Amazon after 51 reviews and a 4.51 average on Goodreads after 184 ratings. One reader told me she thought I could never write anything she liked as much as she liked the I-Team series but that now she couldn’t choose between the two series. That was wonderful to hear. The book is available in ebook and paperback.

Barely Breathing, the first book in the series, is only 99 cents in ebook — a great way to get caught up.

A lot of you have asked about the Colorado High Country series as well as Dead by Midnight and when they’ll be out in audiobook. I don’t have an answer for that yet, but I know it won’t be soon.

I hope everyone is having a safe and happy summer!


Lisa said...

I'm very excited about the prospect of an I Team spin off with Derek. Not to mention more Scarlett Springs.

I've been enjoying the scarlet springs books but am beyond thrilled to know that you have thoughts toward Joseph's story and Lord Williams. Also more I team stories. Thank you. Hope you are doing well.

Lisa, I'm glad to know you're excited about those options. I would love to see what Derek and Javier are up to, in part because I love Holly so much. :-)

Mary, I am doing very well. Thank you! I'm glad you're looking forward to more historicals. So am I! That's my native habitat, after all.

Pamela I am so looking forward to all of these new books you plan to write. I loved Chaska's and Naomi's story, well I love the series, but it was interesting learning a bit about Lakota ways and traditions. Thank you for that. I think it is very interesting how much time you research on the subjects, jobs, histories, town/cities, characters and their lives. I have done research on things during and after I have read your books. Thanks for the wonderful reads.

JanetCoop said...

I would like to see a sequel to "Ride The Fire," with more Nicholas (I am in love with him, and I'm not ashamed!!), Or Belle...Or one of Nicholas & Bethie's sons, or Nicholas's sister Emma Rose...I love everything you write...

Unknown said...

I'm so happy to read this! I can't wait for Joseph's story. How exciting. Here I go wishing away 2017.

Rachel said...

I'm so excited, everything you listed is something that I want! No pressure of course, I'm just so happy that all of these things are still ruminating in your mind. No matter what ends up coming to the fore, 2018 sounds like an absolutely amazing year already!

Milly Rose said...

This is such exciting news!!

That was such a lovely post. I am one of your hardcore historical fans and am so excited for more MacKinnon Rangers. I have been hoping you would still do those two stories. I am looking forward to Joe's book, but I am really excited to see what you do with Lord William. It's hard to believe he could be a hero, but in the hands of a great writer like you, I know you can belielably turn him around. I love romantic suspense, so another series from I'Team, that's certainly something to look forward to as well. Your whole plan sounds fantastic so there's a lot to look forward to for the next year or two. I am so glad for you that you are well again.

You're welcome, Michelle. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the series so far. The research is part of the fun of it all for me. I love learning new things myself, so I really get into that part. :-)

Janet — I definitely want to give Emma Rose a story and Ruaidhrí too. We'll see what happens after that.

Rachel — That's wonderful. I'm glad you're excited. I'm excited, too. :-)

Milly — Thank you! I hope to be able to pull it all off.

Vickie — I've been wanting to write Lord WIlliam's story fo SO LONG now. I'm glad you're looking forward to it. So am I!

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