Monday, July 2, 2018

Avalanche by Gayla K. Hiss ends July 9th


3 Tales of Romance and Adventure in the National Parks 

One of my favorite pastimes is to visit our beautiful national parks. In fact, my husband and I have traveled to 11 different national parks and monuments this year alone. Hiking to a romantic lake or waterfall in the mountains, watching wildlife, or stargazing while relaxing around a campfire are just a few of the activities I enjoy in these delightful destinations. Something about being in nature always fills me with excitement and a sense of adventure. That’s why I chose national park settings for the books in my inspirational romantic suspense series, Peril in the Park. 




It all began with a hike in the Cascade Mountains during the summer. Some of the trails were closed due the avalanche danger—what? In July? That’s right. Intrigued by the discovery that avalanches can indeed happen in the middle of summer, I wrote a story about a female park ranger and a U.S. marshal on a manhunt in the mountains, and AVALANCHE became the first book in my Peril in the Park series. Set in the spectacular North Cascades National Park, the story is full of adventure and suspense in an exhilarating natural setting. 










The second book, DANGEROUS GROUND, picks up with a female marshal and her handsome Good Samaritan in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’ve been to the Smokies a number of times, which gave me plenty to draw from as I wrote the story. I also had fun with the fictional nearby town of Tyler’s Glen. The rural community nestled in the scenic mountains is an idyllic vacation site—except for the mystery that surrounds it and threatens the town’s peaceful existence. 




WILDFIRE is the third book of the series and is set in yet another magnificent location, Rocky Mountain National Park. When I think of the Rockies, I think of gigantic, rugged mountain peaks and fascinating animals like elk, moose, and bighorn sheep. However, in the summer months, wildfires can threaten the park and its wildlife. Over the last year and a half, I saw the devastation wildfires can bring to national parks like Great Smoky Mountains and Glacier, and it raised my awareness of the important role fire managers and firefighters perform by managing wildfires and helping to preserve our national parks. It also inspired me to write this story about a female wildfire scientist and a firefighter who team up to solve the mystery behind the outbreak of wildfires in the Rockies. 


A common theme in my books is getting back to the simple things in life like faith, family, and the land. To me, there’s nothing more enjoyable and restorative than going camping outdoors and connecting with God, the Creator. We are so blessed to have our national park system. I want future generations to value and enjoy them too. 

With 59 national parks and 117 national monuments in the U.S. alone, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. Whether you prefer the mountains, the seashore, the desert, or caves, there is a park for everyone. And if you can’t go there in person, you can still enjoy these fascinating places through the many stories written about them. So visit a park (or read about one) and rediscover the beauty and wonder of Creation. But beware—once you’ve experienced life in the wild, you might just become a park-aficionado like me. Happy Adventures!

GIVEAWAY:
Book Giveaway Question: What is your favorite national park and why?
Winner will receive a print signed copy of my book AVALANCHE.
Leave a comment answering the above question and your email addy to be entered. 


Wildfire

Will Rachael and Dylan escape the fire’s fury, or
perish in the flames?       
Sparks fly when wildfire researcher Rachael Woodston clashes with firefighter Dylan Veracruz in Rocky Mountain National Park. The June fire season has just begun, yet a long-standing drought has already turned the park into a tinderbox. Rachael’s computer data indicates the fire Dylan’s crew is fighting is about to accelerate, but he doesn’t believe her—until the fire suddenly gets out of control and they have to evacuate.

Suspecting arson, Rachael and Dylan join forces in search of answers and soon discover that chasing fires isn’t all they have in common—they’re both survivors of deep loss. However, their difference of opinion about faith keeps them at arm’s length, despite a growing attraction. As the danger escalates, Rachael and Dylan soon find themselves in a firestorm they cannot escape. All seems lost until Rachael has a profound encounter that restores her faith and gives her hope. The close call also fuels her determination to stop the fiend behind the flames. But can she and Dylan solve the mystery and extinguish their enemy before disaster strikes again?




ABOUT Gayla K. Hiss:

Gayla’s writing journey began with her hobby painting landscapes. In her imagination, characters and scenes came to life as she painted beautiful natural settings. Her inspiring novels combine her love for the great outdoors with romance, suspense, and mystery. Gayla and her husband often tour the country in their RV, visiting many state and national parks. She enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling, and lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s excited to announce the soon release of WILDFIRE, book 3 in her Peril in the Park series, which can be purchased on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2KhK7Ec. Visit www.gaylakhiss.com to learn more, and connect with her on Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.
Gayla’s website is: https://www.gaylakhiss.com

Amazon Author Page: https://goo.gl/WrzGcD
Purchase WILDFIRE on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2KhK7Ec

46 comments:

  1. I have only been to the Everglades. But I would love to go out west or to the Smoky Mountains. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. Hi, Paula, I went to the Everglades last December. Very interesting national park! I hope you get out to the Smokies or Rockies one day.

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  2. The book sounds wonderful! I have lived in the sangre de christo mountains in CO and we had snow into June and again in September so an avalanche in summer makes sense. I started counting how many national parks I have visited from the Golden Gate to Boston and quit counting at 13 but I am quite sure I missed a number of them. Perhaps all the moving we have done has been good for something...lol
    Thanks for the giveaway - I would love to read this book :). bettimaceATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Hi, Betti, Good to hear from you. Sounds like you've lived in some interesting places

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  3. My favorite park is Yosemite. I was there in my early twenties -over fifty years ago. I met a bear on an early walk around a small lake.
    nlgriggs902@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Nancy, You met a bear! I'm glad you lived to tell about it. :) Yosemite is a great park!

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  4. I love Yellowstone. The beauty that surrounds is awesome. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, Melanie, Yellowstone is one of my favorites too! We were there last September and took some wonderful hikes. Beautiful park!

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  6. So many! I'm going to say Great Falls Park in McLean, Virginia. Partly because it's close to where I live and mostly because I absolutely love to see the power of the falls tumbling down the river.

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  7. Thanks, Diane! I love waterfalls too!

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  8. I love the covers of your books! I really enjoyed Bryce and Zion Nationals Parks, but I'd have to say that Yellowstone is my favorite. it has so much diversity and beautiful things to see.

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    1. Hi, Vickie! Thanks for responding. We visited Bryce in June--gorgeous park! Great choices!

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    2. Thanks for the compliment about my book covers too! That means a lot!

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  9. My favorite memory is when my husband and I camped at Crater Lake National Park. We forgot to stow our popcorn popper when we went to bed and were visited in the middle of the night. We didn't know if it was a bear or something else until lightning flashed outside and the silhouettes of three deer appeared outside our tent. Needless to say we didn't make that mistake again. Your book intrigues me.

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    1. Hi, Pat, Great park and story! I also had a deer encounter in a tent, which inspired a scene in my second book, DANGEROUS GROUND. Good to hear from you!

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  10. My favorite National Park is, Mount Rushmore.
    To stand there and gaze at our Presidents forever engraved in stone, makes me proud to be an American.(
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Hi, Janet, I know what you mean. We went there once for July 4th and saw the fireworks over those engraved faces. Very memorable and inspiring. Happy Independence Day!

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  12. Yellowstone is one of my favorite National Parks. Your books sounds like delightful ones to read. Thank you for the giveaway. Blessings for a lovely 4th of July.
    marilynridgway78[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi, Marilyn, Yellowstone is a gem. Have a great Independence Day!

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  13. My favorite is The Smoky Mountains Love the cover's on the books would love to win Thank you for the chance. SARAHTAYLOR601973(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thank you Sarah Taylor

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I'm blessed with a great publisher and graphic artist who give me great book covers. Since I grew up in Tennessee, I feel a special connection with the Smoky Mountains.

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  14. I don't have a favorite, because I haven't been to many National Parks. Thanks for the giveaway! bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. That's okay, Connie. I'm glad you responded. Maybe you can enjoy the parks through books. I'm also a big fan of state parks too.

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  15. I have never been to a national park, therefore I don’t have a favorite. I enjoyed your review.
    Blessings
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! I've been to many national parks, but it's still hard to choose only one favorite. It's good to hear from you.

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  16. I love the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sweet memories of visits as a child and later as an adult.

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    1. Hi, Zanese, The Smokies are near and dear to my heart as well. Good to hear from you!

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  17. I don't have a favorite park because I've only ever visited Acadia Park in Maine. It would be nice to change that. Thanks for the giveaway! bcrug(at)twc(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Connie, Acadia is on my list to visit one day! I hope you get to see some other parks one day. Thanks for responding!

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  18. I haven't been to a national park since I was kid. But we have some nice state parks here in Oklahoma. puzzlej88@gmail.com

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    1. What's your favorite in Oklahoma?? Beautiful there too!

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    2. I agree! I love state parks too. We visit many of them in our RV.

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  19. My favorite national part is Yellowstone followed by Rocky mountain National Park. Vivian Furbay jtandviv(at)q(dot)com

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    1. Those are two fabulous parks! So much to do and see in them. Thanks for responding!

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  20. I love the Smoky Mountains, but would love to see Mt. Rainier and Denali someday. 🙂

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    1. Mount Rainier and Denali are wonderful!! So beautiful!

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    2. Yes, they are! I hope you get to visit them one day, Susanne!

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  21. Wow. Choosing a favorite is tough. High on my list are Glacier, Yosemite, Rocky Mountains, Denali, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Badlands, Grand Teton, Redwood, Mount Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades, Black Canyon on the Gunnison, crater Lake, Kings Canyon, Lassen, Wrangle-St Elias, Theodore Roosevelt, - well, these are my favorites. Such a beautiful country we live in!!

    By the way, I really enjoyed Avalanche!

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    1. Hi, Valita, From your posts, you are a fellow national park enthusiast! You've seen a lot of great parks! I'm so glad you enjoyed Avalanche!

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  22. An aunt of mine took me to Yellowstone for my 13th birthday. What a wonderful trip. Yellowstone has such a variety of things to see.

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    1. So true, Sandra! Yellowstone is amazing. One of my favorites! Good to hear from you!

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    2. I've seen many National Parks. They all are beautiful in their own unique way. Each one I see is my new favorite! If I had to choose one, it would be Yosemite.

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  23. And the winner is Puzzlej88! Congratulations! Gayla will be contact you soon.

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