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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Guest Post: The Grand Tetons with Lindsay McKenna / @TLCBookTours @lindsaymckenna


I sometimes wonder if the places authors write about in their stories are imagined or if they're someplace the author has visited. Lindsay McKenna writes about some pretty amazing sounding places. When I heard about Out Rider and where it was set, I wanted to pick her brain about it and--yay, me!--she let me.


WLR: Have you been to the Grand Tetons?

LM: Often. My husband and I started taking vacays up there every other year. We love the Grand Tetons. Fifty miles north of it is Yellowstone National Park. So you have two world class gems 50 miles apart, and the scenery is breathtaking.

The Tetons (French for: breast) were discovered by fur trappers moving West. A “hole” (as in Jackson Hole) at that time meant “valley.” And fur trappers would go to Jackson Hole to winter over and do their fur trapping in the Tetons as well as the Wind River Mountain Range to the east of the valley.

The Tetons are overlooked by most tourists who are hurrying to Yellowstone. But the real action, as a wildlife photographer, is in the Tetons. There are grizzly every 500 acres of land in that park. That’s a LOT of grizzly bears! You’re bound to run into one and when you do? They call it a ‘bear jam’ in the US Forest Service.

Usually, one car driver spots a sow (female mother bear) with 1, 2 or 3 cubs and they slam on the brakes, pull over on the berm and get out, photographing excitedly. And of course, 20 other cars pull over, hoping to see what the first car saw. And so it goes.

We go up in early Spring of June or, like this year, we’ll be there about September 12, for the rutting season. When the season is in full swing, you will see everything mating: moose, elk, grizzly, black bear, antelope and mountain goats, for starters. Including buffalo herds that roam the area. It’s a feast for the eyes and senses if you love seeing true wild animals in their natural habitat.

I try to infuse my Wyoming Series with the beauty, the smells, the richness of the region.

WLR: What is the one place there that calls to you the most?

LM: Probably just hiking up the slopes of one of the many trails in the Tetons. You are bound to run into wildlife from a grouse to a moose. It’s always a surprise and if you know your way around animals like this, it’s such a thrill to capture them on a digital card, which is what I do.

WLR: Would you share it with me and why?

LM: Of course I would share it with you. My love of Wyoming, Jackson Hole, the Wind River and Salt Mountain ranges are some of my most favorite places in the U.S. I do it to encourage others to take a trip out there and see for themselves.

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Thank you, Lindsay, for sharing this place with us. I don't know about my readers but a trip is definitely in order for me in the future!

Keep reading to find out more about Out Rider.



Title: Out Rider
Author: Lindsay McKenna
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Romance

With her return to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, New York Times bestselling author Lindsay McKenna shows how love can find a way out of the darkness…

A fresh start—that's all Devorah McGuire wants. As a former Marine and current Ranger with the US Forest Service, she's grown accustomed to keeping others safe. But when the unthinkable happens, she can only hope that a transfer to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, will allow her to put the past behind her for good.

Dev's mentor at Grand Tetons National Park is fellow canine handler and horseman Sloan Rankin. He shows Dev the spectacular trails, never knowing the terror that stalks her every move. Despite her lingering fear, Dev feels an attraction for Sloan as wild as their surroundings.

With Sloan, Dev can envision a new life—a real home. Unless a vengeful man fresh out of prison succeeds in finishing what he started…

A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition. Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women. Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, the Tetons sound like the place to see wild animals in their habitat. I just love seeing them like this. It's so wonderful that you capture them for those who don't have the stamina to do it themselves. That is a true gift :-)

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  2. Thanks for featuring Lindsay for the tour!

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