I'm happy to welcome P.D. Singer to my blog today, in the continuing Out in the Rockies Blog tour. It's all yours, P.D. Hi, all! Thanks for coming along on the Out in the Rockies Blog Hop! I’m P.D. Singer, and George has graciously invited me to take over his blog today.
So, if I’m a Colorado author on a Colorado Blog hop, why did I just show you a picture of Yosemite? That’s in California.
Ah, yes, and my new release,Fire on the Mountain is set in Colorado, up by Meeker, which is a tiny town in the mountains, the only town of real size for fifty miles in any direction. The area is gorgeous, up in the Flat Tops, with nothing but miles and miles of wilderness, crisscrossed by streams. Like this:
This is the little lake near Kurt and Jake’s cabin, and if you can think of a prettier place for a first time, let me know.
In this novel, Kurt Carlson is beginning his third season as a forest ranger, and we see him only through Jake’s eyes, because Jake is my POV character. But Kurt has plenty of story of his own.
Fire is on its second edition, much expanded, enhanced, and with a smashing hot cover by Reece Dante. Many readers enjoyed it the first time around, and now that I’ve been able to add a great deal more story, I’d like to convince folks to take a second look.
Is a nice meaty bonus story a good enticement?
Kurt mentions an adventure in Yosemite in the main novel, and it’s a more important event in his life than he’s willing to explain at first. So I thought I’d drag all the details out of the boy. Into the Mountains details that fateful climbing trip on El Capitan.
“El Cap” can be done in a few hours by the best of the best of the best, but for most sport climbers of sufficient skill, it’s a two-day affair, with a night spent on the wall. If you do it in style, it looks like this:
Or maybe this:
But Kurt isn’t that flush, and his equipment is a sleeping bag clipped to the mountain with only a bivvy bag for external shelter. If he’s lucky, he’ll get to a ledge before it’s time to bivouac.
And unfortunately for him, few ledges on El Capitan are that long. Kurt and Benji would probably have had a lot less trouble if they were.
Find out the details when you read Into the Mountains, the bonus story with Fire on the Mountain.
Take a break from academics, enjoy the Colorado Rockies, fight a fire now and then. That’s all Jake Landon expected when he signed up to be a ranger. He’ll partner with some crusty old mountain man; they’ll patrol the wilderness in a tanker, speak three words a day, and Old Crusty won’t be alluring at all. A national forest is big enough to be Jake’s closet—he’ll spend his free time fishing.
Except Old Crusty turns out to be Kurt Carlson: confident, competent, and experienced. He's also young, hot, friendly, and considers clothing optional when it’s just two guys in the wilderness. Sharing a small cabin with this walking temptation is stressing Jake’s sanity—is he sending signals, or just being Kurt? And how would Kurt react if he found out his new partner wants to start a fire of a different kind? Jake’s terrified—they have to live together for five months no matter what.
Enough sparks fly between the rangers to set the trees alight, but it takes a raging inferno to make Jake and Kurt admit to the heat between them.
Bonus Short Story: Into the Mountains
Long before he met Jake, Kurt Carlson climbed Yosemite with his best friend, Benji. But after a storm traps them halfway up the face of El Capitan, Kurt has to accept that their friendship isn't what he thought.
Available today at Dreamspinner. Find out more news at Pam’s blog.