LASR Anniversary: Tena Stetler

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Camping At Steamboat Lake, Colorado

Predawn, the surface of Steamboat Lake is like glass as my husband and I wind our way down trail to the lake carrying our kayaks, chow dog bouncing along beside us. Humidity from the spectacular thunder storm last night creates a mist that settled across the lake creating an eerie atmosphere, not unlike the mist from which spirits rose out of a pond in my paranormal romance, A Witch’s Journey. Yes, this is where the idea was born.

Our kayaks skim the surface of the water silently, with only the occasional thwack of the paddles cutting through the water. River otters bob on top of the surface until we come a little too close causing them to dive with a splash expressing their displeasure at our invasion.

A mother duck and six ducklings paddle along the shore. We stay a good distance away so as not to disturb the little family’s search for food.

The eastern horizon is awash in yellow, orange and red as our kayaks glide to shore. We pull the boats up on the bank, secure them and make our way to the campsite to prepare breakfast.

Following the hiking trail we discover a meadow full of wildflowers blooming in blue, yellow, purple, red and white. A heavenly sweet fragrance floats in the breeze that’s keeping the climate comfortable for our hike. Upon our return to the campsite, the hummingbird feeder we filled and hung from a tripod is full of the tiny winged creatures with more hovering close by waiting their turn at the food.

This is the way to spend a five day vacation in the Colorado Rockies. Refreshed and energized we hook up the fifth wheel trailer and head back to the rat race.

AWitchsJourney_w10497_300Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.

Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?

About the Author:Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination. She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle. Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.

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  1. That camping trip sounds absolutely wonderful.

  2. Mary Morgan says:

    What a beautiful adventure, Tena! Big sigh…now I long for a camping trip!

  3. C.B. Clark says:

    Great descriptions of your camping trip, Tena. I’ll have to go.

  4. That sounds like such a lovely vacation!

    • It really is. I look forward to it every year. One of my favorite places to camp. Rocky Mountain National is another. Glad you stopped by. Thanks!

  5. Donna Simonetta says:

    I’m not much of an outdoorswoman, to say the least, but your vivid description of the lake and your camping trip made it sound appealing. Even to me!

    • Thanks for the wonderful compliment. Steamboat lake is a favorite camping spot, of course it’s in our 30 foot fifth wheel trailer, with all the comforts of home. LOL, but kayaking is so peaceful and wildlife watching fun. Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  6. Your trip sounds so peaceful. It’s No wonder you were inspired by that setting.

  7. Allison Morse says:

    Lovely description of your adventure. Very inspiring. You’re book sounds terrific, too 🙂

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