I'm here this evening with a very special guest. Stacey Parker, now Mrs. Cord McConnell, the heroine from Surviving With Love, is taking a few minutes from her busy schedule to visit with us. Please grab your favorite drink and snack and sit with us as we catch up.
"Hello, Stacey. It's been a while since we got together."
"Hi, Rebecca. Too long, but we've both been super busy. And I'm not sure about that heroine title you continue to stick on me."
"Heroine is definitely deserved. And we have both been too busy. But now that my publishing business is winding down, I hope to have more time for my friends. How is Cord, and the family, of course?"
"Cord is wonderful and as sexy as ever." (soft laughter) "We have two kids now, Little Mac and Carly - he's three and she just turned one. We built a cabin near my parents' lodge in Idaho and divide our time between there and our home near Cord's business headquarters just outside Dallas. My parents can't get enough of their grandchildren, which gives me a chance to catch my breath now and then."
"It sounds like your life has changed quite a bit since Surviving With Love. Do you miss being a tracker and wilderness guide with Search and Rescue?"
"Those were really exciting, highly tense days, and I do miss them. But I wouldn't trade what I have now for anything. Of course, I will never forget the time Cord and I spent together on the trail and how we came to fall in love with each other. Our experience just proves you shouldn't always judge someone on first impressions."
"Let's talk about that, please. In the novel, it emphasizes how confrontational your first meeting was. That's a little hard to believe..."
"Oh, no - that's the absolute truth. Within a few minutes I wanted to kick him where it hurts and I'm sure he wanted to strangle me." (more soft laughter) "Cord couldn't imagine that a mere female could keep up with him on the trail, or even more, actually guide him anywhere. His attitude was so apparent, it infuriated me on the spot."
"But you did persuade him that you were needed on the job?"
"Once I showed him how hard it would be for him to follow the purposely hidden trail, he realized he did need my help to rescue the two kidnapped boys. But he's still not one to give in easily. Little Mac is just like his dad when he gets his mind set on something and I can see signs of it developing in Carly already, heaven help me."
"Sounds like you have your hands full there, Stacey. One scene I particularly remember from the novel was the one where Cord surprised you when he scooped you up and carried you across a stream. What affected you the most about that?"
"Hmm... Let me think back. I remember anger flew all over me and I gritted my teeth until they hurt, when I got my breath back. It offended me to be treated like I couldn't even cross a creek without help. He made me so mad I did actually hit him once he put me down - I just couldn't contain it. But once I cooled off a bit, I realized he'd done something my own father would have done for my mother...and my heart melted. I think that's when I began to see him as a real man and not an aggravating bossy jerk."
"Well, maybe we shouldn't give away all the best scenes so our followers will want to read more about you and Cord and how things progressed."
"I agree, but hopefully we've whetted their curiosity. Maybe we should share the cover by our friend Laura Shinn and where readers can grab a copy."
"Sounds like a plan. Thank you so much for dropping by to visit with us. Maybe we can get Cord to join us next time.
Followers, how about a comment of appreciation or a 'like' for Stacey?"
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~ Contemporary Romantic Adventure Novel ~
Sparks fly when Stacey Parker meets Cord McConnell in the Bitterroot Wilderness of Eastern Idaho. From their first heated exchange, she doubts they will survive their assignment in the wilderness without killing each other.
Cord McConnell isn't prepared for the sight of the young woman with the wild mane of strawberry blond hair who claims to be a tracker. No way is he agreeing to follow this girl into the woods on such a dangerous assignment! But time is ticking away and two kidnapped boys will not survive if he fails. Committed to the job and without other options, Cord reluctantly agrees.
Days and nights on the trail take on new meaning as Cord and Stacey struggle against the wilderness and their growing physical attraction. Stacey, idealistic and innocent, is determined to save herself for marriage. Cord, emotionally and physically scarred, doesn't do first times or marriage.
When danger inserts itself into the tension between them, will they be able to save the boys?
At the end of the mission, can they go their separate ways?
Or will fate step in and force them to face another dangerous situation and their attraction once again?