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The Vail Mountain Trilogy by Desiree L. Scott is on virtual book tour. The romantic suspense stops at the blog with an excerpt from Drawn to Vail Mountain.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC or signed copies of the trilogy (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).





Stranded on Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain Trilogy Book 1
by Desiree L. Scott
Genre: Romantic Suspense

It was supposed to be a vacation, a time to save her marriage, but what Joan Clayton hadn’t counted on was Murphy’s Law of Vail Mountain and the secrets that had damaged her marriage beyond repair. It was over. Depressed and angry, she decided to venture directly into an oncoming snowstorm, one that would be known as the blizzard of the century.


Stephen Brockheart received the call concerning a missing tourist after working 26 hours straight. A park ranger for the mountain resort, he set out on the routine mission, knowing he was running out of time as the blizzard hit with visibility zero. What he hadn’t counted on was saving a beautiful woman and falling for her, a city girl who knew nothing about the dangers of the mountain. He had been there before and vowed never to return. 



As Mother Nature raged, Joan was soon overcome by the feelings a complete stranger evoked in her, causing her to reevaluate her own life. Through the blizzard and stranded at the resort, death was imminent for any who would try to leave. Despite loss and secrets, can two people find love and happiness again? 


Can they be given a second chance to make it real and lasting, or will that chance die with them?





Trapped on Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain Trilogy Book 2

Nina Williams’ world shattered in an instant when she and her daughter witnessed her father's brutal murder. Everything in her life became trivial save one: protecting her only child. 


With the help of a friend, Nina leaves the city in a cloud of terror and heads for Vail Mountain and the safety she prays she will find.



Rob Garland has seen his share of the treacherous conditions on the mountains. But even spring floods, summer fires, and hikers lost in winter storms have not prepared him to face the fear in Nina's eyes. 


There is no beating the odds on this one. The men who are after them won’t give up. It’s only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and the stakes turn deadly.

Can Nina and Rob hold it together when nature and man turn against them?





Drawn to Vail Mountain
Vail Mountain Trilogy Book 3

Her dreams shattered, Connie Meyer just wants to be left alone to live her life in peace. She finds that difficult to do when her estranged husband’s mother insists she return to her son and a marriage she no longer wants—a marriage that does more harm than good.


Desperate to escape, Connie returns to Vail Mountain, the one place she had truly felt alive. However, her troubles soon follow her, and she gets more than she bargained for as she fights not only her past but the intense feelings that one newly elected sheriff arouses in her.



Jacob Tanner is weary of the city life and the never-ending stream of criminals that plague New York City. He resigns from the police force after a drug bust goes wrong, landing himself in the hospital to face his mortality alone. Uncertain about the direction of his life, he learns of the new sheriff position on Vail Mountain and takes a gigantic leap of faith—faith that he isn’t making a big mistake. Armed with nothing but a few possessions, Jacob relocates, only to find himself falling hard for a woman whose blue eyes speak of pain and loneliness.


As he battles his worst nightmare, can Jacob show her there is more to life than what they have been dealt and convince her that with him, nothing is impossible?





I have been writing since I was sixteen years old and love to write both horror and romantic suspense. I think there have been many influences within my life that has set me on the path that I can not help but walk. A few of those names consist of Karen Rose, Lisa Gardener, Nora Roberts, Cynthia Eden, Catherine Anderson, Laura Griffin, Andrea Kane, and Lisa Jackson, just to name a few. This list by no means defines by own writing but they have indeed influenced my desire to live outside of my own world and to create the thrill of my dreams. I live on 40 + acres in the SHOW ME state with my six year old daughter, with the wonderful addition of four dogs and a handful of chickens. The weather is unpredictable, but the surrounding beauty of the country helps my creativity as I sit on my top deck with my laptop and coffee close by.


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Drawn to Vail Mountain

A few weeks after his decision was made, Jacob navigated the treacherous
roads, careful to stay away from the edge of the cliff as he climbed higher up
Vail Mountain.
What the hell am I doing? he wondered, his hands tightening on the wheel.
Everything he owned was in the back of his Jeep, and for some surprising
reason, it had been easy to pack up his city life with no intention of coming back.
This decision was unlike him. He wasn’t a spontaneous kind of guy. He never
made decisions without first analyzing each possible outcome. Yet within a small
amount of time, he had packed and settled his affairs with the city and his bills.
It had taken him a bit to cancel commitments, handle his lease, and sell what
he wasn’t going to need or want, and he now found himself on the mountain
headed to the edge of civilization, for all intents and purposes, homeless.
A few hours later, his back ached from the holes in the roads, and his arm
pulsed in pain from any small amount of movement. The brace had come off the
week before, the stitches before then, but it was still tender and sore. The lack of
shocks on his Jeep hadn’t helped either. He had been meaning to get those
replaced, but with everything else that had happened, he had forgotten.
I should have just sold the damn thing and bought me a truck.
Sighing, he pulled up in front of the resort and cut his engine, looking
around. Nothing had changed, but he hadn't really expected it to. The tall
mountains with the snow-covered tips graced the landscape in the background,
and everything was turning the different shades of autumn. Before long, winter
would again fall on the mountain, and the resort would be booked. He had called
ahead, and Nina had said that it was their slow season with only a few bookings,
so that suited him just fine. He really didn’t feel like socializing now.
He was surprised he didn't see anyone in the yard, but Nina had mentioned
that most people didn't start showing up until late November and early
December, and it was early October.
He stepped out of his green Jeep, rocks crunching beneath his boots, and
sucked in the cool mountain air as he took in the large trees surrounding the
resort, and the smell almost seemed to rejuvenate him. It was colder up in the
higher elevation of the mountain, and he pulled his jacket closed, hastily zipping
it.
I must be crazy, he thought, taking another glance around. He didn't know
what he was going to do or if the city council would even hire him, but hell, no
one could accuse him of not trying or stepping outside of his comfort zone. This
was so far out of his comfort zone it wasn’t even funny anymore.
That’s it. I’ve lost my fucking mind.
Just then, the door opened, and Nina walked out on the porch, a large grin on
her pretty face.
A few months, hell, years, he had spent thinking he was in love with her.
And then she had gone and fallen for Rob, the resort owner. Now he knew it had
just been infatuation of a sort. All he felt now was a gentle love for a sister, and
he was grateful for that.
"Jacob! You made it!" Nina exclaimed.
The glow on her face was so vastly different from a year ago when the run
for her life and kidnapping had taken place. Now the glow of happiness was the
result of peace and joy with her new life. Marriage and love agreed with her.
Jacob wanted that same glow, hence the drastic move himself. He was sick of
waking up by himself with no plans for the future and with no one to share it
with. He walked up the steps of the porch and gave her a side hug, smiling at the
man who appeared behind her. He was glad the aching jealousy was gone. All he
felt now was happiness for his friends.
"Hey, Rob. Thanks for putting me up for a bit until I find a place," he said,
shaking the other man's firm grip.
"No problem, man. I'm glad I could help."
Just then, they all heard a squeal, and Jacob braced himself for the little body
that launched herself at him.
"Uncle Jake!"
He grabbed her but was careful with his wounded arm, hugging her from the
side as tightly as he dared. Even the gentle hug caused him to flinch at the pull of
his shoulder. Getting shot was never a pleasant experience, but the healing
process was just as painful as the actual bullet.
"How’s my princess doing?" he asked as he drew back to look down, the
same glow of her mother gleaming on the little girl's face as she grinned up at
him. Mountain life agreed with them all, and if he was honest with himself, he
was a tad jealous, but he didn't let that stop him from being thrilled that his two
girls were finally happy. That meant the world to him.
"Great! I love it here!"
Before he could respond, the four of them moved inside, and the aroma of
the kitchen made his stomach growl. Loudly.
Nina laughed, Rob chuckled, and Emily grinned.
"Steak and potatoes sound good?" Nina asked with a smile and a raised
eyebrow.
"Sounds delicious."
They moved to the table, and Jacob again looked around, slightly puzzled at
the lack of activity at the resort.
"No guests?" he asked as he sat down at the dining room table. Nina had
mentioned it was slow, but he could have sworn she said they had a few
bookings.
Rob shook his head, thanking the cook who began putting the food on the
table. "Not yet. Around six this evening, we have a few bookings, and the winter
months are almost booked as usual, so it's going to be busy, but we have a bit
before they get here."
Jacob nodded and started to dig in, the food almost melting on his tongue.
God, it had been months since he had a good home-cooked meal. He was used to
living on fast food, and he wouldn’t miss that.
They made small talk, catching up on the past few months and the fall and
winter plans of the resort.
Before long, dinner was done, and he sat back with a sigh, finally relaxed for
the first time in months.
“So, when do you meet with the city council?” Rob asked, taking a drink of
his soda as he shot the question everyone wanted to know.
Jacob shrugged, not having much to tell them at the moment. “Haven't called
them yet. Figured I would just go into town and scope everything out. I haven't
decided if I'm taking the job yet.”
Nina rolled her eyes. “You'll take it,” she quipped, sounding confident, the
brat. But she was right. He was going to apply, but that was beside the point. She
already had a big head and a knowing grin on her face. He wasn't giving her
more to gloat over.
He opened his mouth but froze when he heard the voice coming from the
front of the building, asking if anyone was home.
Nina and Rob both jumped up, Nina’s grin widening, and they rushed from
the room. He remained still. Emily had recognized the female voice too and ran
out of the room in excitement.
With a slow movement almost resembling an old man, he stood up and
walked over to the door of the dining room, the view of the front desk in his line
of vision.
He saw her standing in front of Nina, and his heart started to pound. He had
often found himself thinking of her, which had been surprising considering he
really didn't know her.
She turned to look down at Emily, and just then, their eyes met. Hers
widened, and for a brief second, a flash of interest gleamed in them before it
disappeared, and she nodded toward him, acknowledging his presence before
turning back to the little girl. He couldn't take his eyes off her. She was dressed
in blue jeans and a red sweater, and her strawberry blond hair was longer, ending
just below her shoulders. She had minimal makeup on, and yet she was
beautiful. The same aura of sadness was still there, hidden in the blue depths of
her eyes, but unlike last time, he was taking a vast interest in getting to know her
better.
Now he just had to convince her to talk to him past the pleasantries of
conversation.
Without the cloud of Nina hanging over him, or his illusions, he saw her,
really saw her, and he liked what he saw.

A lot.






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3 comments:

  1. Best of luck with the books and book tour! I included the tour in the Sunday, Oct. 07, 2018 edition edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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  2. I like the covers very much. The storylines sound great.

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  3. I like the covers & anything with mountains, so romantic.

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