The most popular book set in Colorado is Stephen King’s The Shining set at the
fictional Overlook (aka The Stanley Hotel). That should have been a gimme, but I
missed that question recently, which is crazy because the haunted
history tour of The Stanley Hotel ranks as one of the best cross sections of
literature, history, and pop culture in my experience.
In fact, our trip to the hotel sparked several scenes in UNSTOPPABLE. Every summer
we like to spend a few days in Grand Lake, CO where I worked in the summers
before and after my senior year, and it’s still one of my favorite places on the
planet. The kids had recently watched The Shining (both versions) after
having convinced me that it wouldn’t give them nightmares for the rest of their
lives, and they wanted to visit The Stanley. I had never taken Trail Ridge Road through the Rocky Mountain National Forest
between Grand Lake and Estes Park, but it was summer, so it shouldn’t be a
The tour guide at The Stanley told us that King had been en route to Grand Lake
to do some writing when he got stuck thanks to a snowstorm that closed Trail
Ridge Road. This happens every winter, and the road stays closed until spring
thaw. This actually worked in King’s favor as he used the haunted hotel as
fodder for his very active writer mind.
I have a serious fear of heights, but it’s never bothered me when I drove.
Enter the Trail Ridge Road. At times we were so close to the edge I thought we
were going to die. My daughter in the passenger seat thought it was hilarious.
My son was as terrified as I was. At one point, my daughter threatened to take a
video of my near-debilitating fear. She said we’d be YouTube famous. We were in
the middle of a section close to the edge, and all I could do was groan and say
a very long curse word. They died laughing, but to this day, my hands sweat at
the mere thought of driving that road EVER again.
But I did get a great scene out of it. All of the Untouchables
books are set in Colorado, but in UNSTOPPABLE, Dez and Mick
go off-road, on the run from a relentless drug lord. At one point, they hit a
high plateau: “What’s with the posts?” Mick asked, pointing out the wooden
posts sticking up every twelve feet along the edge of the road. The big-ass
poles were taller than a semi and looked like the trunk of a long-dead tree.
Just looking at them made her stomach drop. Right now, the headlights peered
over the edge of the ridge into nothing. They were literally driving in the
clouds. “The three foot metal posts they use on the highway aren’t tall enough.
We’re above timberline so there’s nothing to stop the snow. It creates massive
drifts that bury the highway midwinter. These poles mark the edge of the road
for the snowplows so they don’t fall off a cliff.”
Thanks to the military, I’ve been to more countries than I can remember and
nearly every state in the U.S., but the 47.7 miles of Trail Ridge Road are the
most memorable. Fear will do that to a girl.
Bad boy Mick Donovan is out to avenge his brother’s death, and aligning with
Destiny Harper is his ticket. But landing in the mountains amidst a blizzard and
a past Dez would rather forget tests what Mick will sacrifice for revenge.
Bad boy Mick Donovan has dedicated his life to avenging his brother’s death,
even aligning himself with an FBI Task Force to achieve his ends. Which leads
him to the mess he's in now--undercover as the husband of the woman he's been
fantasizing about, despite knowing how off-limits she is, to protect an innocent
After an ambush, Destiny Harper is on the run and out of places to hide from
a ruthless drug lord hellbent on claiming his son. Charged with protecting the
boy, Dez lands in the mountains on a collision course with Mick, a blizzard, and
a past she’d rather forget. But even as the close quarters ignites the passion
between her and the sexy biker, she knows there's no future with him. Mick will
sacrifice everything for revenge—even her.
[Entangled Ignite, On Sale: May 1, 2017, e-Book,
ISBN: 9781544870281 / eISBN: 9781633759428]
Giveaway: What’s one of your favorite vacations? Leave
a comment, and Cindy will give one lucky poster a signed print copy of UNTOUCHABLE (Untouchables
1) and a digital copy of UNFORGETTABLE (Untouchables
2), winner of Harlie’s Best Books of 2016.
Cindy Skaggs grew up on stories of mob bosses, horse thieves, cold-blooded
killers, and the last honest man. Those mostly true stories gave her a lifelong
love of storytelling and heroes. Her search for story took her around the world
with the Air Force before returning to Colorado where she’s turning her lifelong
love of storytelling into a career she loves. Find her on Facebook as Cindy Skaggs,
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