04 November 2023

Mountain Storm Survival | Excerpt + Giveaway

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A brutal storm. Relentless pursuers.

And more than their lives are on the line…

Helping with youth wrangler camp is how Kate Spencer is atoning for her past. But now she and ranch manager Rand Walkins are trapped in the Superstition Mountains with two girls as illegal miners hunt them down. Rand has every reason not to trust Kate, much less forgive her. But working together is the only way they’ll escape from the danger that threatens them all…

Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date: October 24, 2023


“You say from my past like she and I have bad blood.”

Whatever else Rand intended to say was cut short by the sound of tires crunching on the dirt road. He and Ansel turned to see a dented and rust-eaten pickup heading straight for them. The driver glanced their way and then parked in front of the ranch office. The door creaked as it opened and a cowgirl hopped out, her jeans worn, her hat weathered, her boots scruffy and her thick brown hair falling to midback.

Recognition hit Rand like the shock from a live wire. No, not her!

She nodded in greeting and walked toward them, shoulders squared in an obvious brave front but trepidation lighting her eyes. Rand knew they were a deep hazel. He’d never forget the day, over ten years ago, when she’d flashed those eyes at him and smiled beguilingly.

Anger raged inside him, growing until it filled his chest and strangled his throat. He squeezed his eyes shut and, in his mind, relived the fall in nightmarish detail. He couldn’t stop his hands from shaking.

“Easy, son,” the ranch owner said, attempting to calm Rand as he had many times before. “You’re all right.”

No, he wasn’t. “Anybody else but her, boss.”

Try as he might, hard as he prayed, he’d never been able to forgive her for what she’d done, and he never would.


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author CATHY MCDAVID wrote her first book at sixteen. The self-illustrated children’s story featured a young girl whose lack of responsibility nearly resulted in the demise of her pet fish. It’s quite possible the book was an autobiography, but Cathy’s not telling. She wrote her second book, and first romance, at nineteen with the help of a portable Smith Corona typewriter. One never knows how the unrequited crush on a college professor will affect their eventual career. These days, with over 57 titles and 1.6 million books in print, she still incorporates a little of her own life in each story. A lover of all things western and former avid horsewoman, her stories include riding, ranching, and rodeo because, well, who doesn’t enjoy a good cowboy romance? Mother of grown twins and married to her own real-life sweetheart, Cathy is living her dream penning heart-stopping suspense thrillers and heart-touching family dramas for Harlequin.

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(2) winners will win a print copy of both Blizzard Refuge and Her Surprise Cowboy Groom, a $5 Starbucks gift card and a cowboy coffee mug!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight October 31, 2023 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 7, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.



  1. This excerpt conveys the bad feelings and history between Rand and Kate. There is going to be major tension in this story.

  2. Sound like a book I would love to read.

  3. I'm very excited to read this one. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  4. I am excited to check this book out.