Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Mountains Are Calling…



Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend kicks off the beginning of summer. Here in Texas, the temperature has been hovering at the mid-nineties mark most of the week and it looks like the heat and the humidity are here to stay for a while.
 
As a child, I grew up loving to go to the beach. Every vacation my family went on had to be to the beach…until one year when my husband and I visited the mountains. That was it. So long beach. I was hooked on the mountains.
I think we all have places like that. It’s where we go to recharge. Grow close to nature and to God. For me, it’s staring up at a mountain and feeling so small amongst the majesty before me.

 


Every time my husband and I visit our cabin in Colorado, I’m reminded of John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High.

He climbed cathedral mountains, he saw silver clouds below, he saw everything as far as you can see.

Now he walks in quiet solitude, the forest and the streams, seeking grace in every step he takes.

 His sight is turned inside himself, to try and understand the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake.

 And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high, I've seen it raining fire in the sky.

 You can talk to God and listen to the casual reply.

 Rocky Mountain high, Colorado. Rocky Mountain high. 

 
I never really understood that song until I visited the Rocky Mountains. The mountains get in your blood and they won’t let you go.
 
I think that’s why when I start a new book, I always gravitate toward the mountains for the setting. Such is the case in my three new releases from Forget Me Not Romance. The mountains are just in my blood.
 
 
 
Past Sins
 
 

In Past Sins - Available at Amazon: FBI Agent Samantha Morning Star barely survived a serial killer’s knife when the Night Slasher captured her, intent on making her his next victim. Samantha’s narrow escape still haunts her, sending her fleeing to the one place where she has always felt safe. The Durante Mountain Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Northern Wyoming. But Samantha’s past sins are all there waiting for her. The young boy she once loved and left behind is now all grown up and the chief of police for the reservation.

Chief Zack Standing Elk can’t believe it. The woman who tore his hearts to shreds is back. But Samantha isn’t the same person she once was when she left the reservation behind after her grandmother’s death, insisting that he not wait for her. Samantha is one troubled soul. It isn’t long before he realizes the reason behind the fear in her eyes, when the killer who took her hostage follows her to the Cheyenne reservation determined to claim her as his once more.
 
Layers Of The Truth
 

 
In Layers Of The Truth - Available now at Amazon:  When Cady Russell receives a heartbreaking call from Deputy Sheriff Aamon Lone Elk telling her that her sister has died in a fire that mimics the one that took her parents’ lives twenty years earlier, Cady knows she has to return to Wyoming to find out what really happened to Samantha.

Deputy Sheriff Aamon Lone Elk knows a little about grief himself. He lost his wife to a drunk driver five years earlier. Aamon still isn’t able to move beyond the pain. Yet meeting Cady Russell throws him. She is both beautiful and strong, and he is attracted to her right away.

Cady has been lost in the past as well, unable to move beyond the tragedy that claimed her parents. Now her sister is dead by the same means, and she is convinced the two fires are related.

As the attraction between then continues to grow, can Aamon keep Cady safe as they peel back the layers of lies connected to the two fires? Or will a killer bent on keeping his deadly acts secret send them both to their graves?
 
Eye Of The Storm
 
In Eye Of The Storm - Available at Amazon: Former CIA Agent Kate Reagan finds herself in the middle of storm that has disrupted her life for six years. When Kate’s entire team was killed by the terrorist they’d been chasing for months, Kate finds the only way to save her life is to pretend to lose it.

After moving dozens of times through the years, Kate ends up in the small mountain town of Soaring Eagle, Wyoming where everything about the place screams of the home she’s been longing for.

Running into Deputy Sheriff Brady Connors, Kate finds herself attracted to the handsome frontier lawman right away, but having a future is not possible while the enemy is still stalking her.

With Brady’s help, Kate is about face the showdown she’s been expecting for a long time, when the enemy coming after her proves to be closer than Kate could ever imagine.
 


Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author Mary Alford grew up in a small Texas town famous for, well not much of anything really. Being the baby of the family and quite a bit younger than her brothers and sister, Mary had plenty of time to entertain herself. Making up stories seem to come natural to her. As a pre-teen, Mary discovered Christian romance novels and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do with her over-active imagination. She wrote her first novel as a teen, (it’s tucked away somewhere never to see the light of day), but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first Christian romance and was hooked. Today, Mary still lives in Texas, and still writes about romance. In fact, she can’t think of anything else she’d rather do. Learn more about Mary Alford at: www.maryalford.net where you can sign up for her newsletter. Also feel free to send her an email to maryjalfordauthor@gmail.com.
 
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All the best…
 
Mary Alford
 
 

 
 
 

 

 

 
 

11 comments:

  1. I love the hills of Southern Indiana (where I live) but the mountains are definitely awe-inspiring. I hope to visit the Rockies again sometime. Congratulations on your new series, Mary!

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  2. I love the mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. Now, I live at the beach and enjoy the beach, too. :-)

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  3. I love the NC mountains, Mary, even better than the beaches. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Josie. I love the beach, but I'm definitely a mountain person.

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  4. I love the mountains and the beach equally. That's why when you find a place with both it is neat--Kauai is an example.

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  5. We are at the beach. It's been a while since I've spent Memorial Day at the beach. I look out at the mountains every day.

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    1. You are very blessed. Enjoy the beach, Merrillee.

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