End of Summer Blog Tour Guest Post: Victoria Dahl

Posted August 12, 2015 by Sherri in Author Spotlight, Contemporary Romance, Giveaways / 4 Comments

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Summer Adventure – Taking the Heat

by Victoria Dahl

Even though I live in a winter sports town, summer is my time for adventure. For me, adding ice to an activity sounds like a guaranteed trip to the hospital. I’ll pass. Actually, I would’ve passed on almost any adventure ten years ago, but as I got closer to forty, I decided to start taking on a few things that scared me.

I tried running, public speaking, river rafting, overseas travel. Then I did the scariest thing of all. Rock climbing.

It seemed like a great idea at the time. I was just starting work on Taking the Heat, and the hero is a rock climber. I live in the mountains. I could actually try climbing as research for the book!

I planned for a month, made an appointment with an expert guide and started doing some upper body exercises because I have the arms of a chubby newborn. I’m not an athletic person, but I was so excited! I figured I’d learn a lot and go up about 20 feet.

We did not go 20 feet. This was the view from halfway up. [Picture 1, Storm Mountain]

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Picture 1 – Storm Mountain

It was, by far, the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done. I thought my instructor would be right there next to me, pointing out exactly what to do, but that’s not how belaying works. He climbed up and anchored the line and called down encouragement. It was all me.

At first it was easy. I was concentrating on finding the next foothold and it wasn’t much harder than climbing a ladder. Then I got stuck on this smooth face. [Picture 2 – From Above]

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Picture 2 -Stuck on Smooth Side

That was when I really wanted it to be over, and I wasn’t anywhere near done. I stayed on that face for a good five minutes, maybe ten, just breathing and looking at the rock and trying to convince myself that I could ease my way over the slanted rock face even if there weren’t any ledges to hold on to.

I did it. One hundred feet up. My legs were jelly, I felt like I’d been in a car accident and I really needed a drink, but I did it and I never once said “I can’t,” no matter how many times I thought it. And I was so, so proud of myself. There aren’t enough moments in our life when we truly let ourselves feel pride without an ounce of guilt. [Picture 3 – Rappelling]

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Picture 3 – Rappelling

So I encourage you to get out there and find your own adventure this summer, even if it’s as simple as a hike on a trail or an hour in a canoe. I think trying new things changes us in the best ways…and that’s really the theme of Taking the Heat. Trying new things, taking some chances. What have you been dying to try?




Taking the Heat by Victoria Dahl

Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (July 28, 2015)

Passion this hot can’t be faked…

All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig—writing a relationship advice column!—requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town’s irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out…and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know.

Gabe MacKenzie’s heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future’s tied up in his family’s Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights—not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there’s just no going back…and it might be too hot for either of them to take.

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About Victoria Dahl

Victoria Dahl lives with her family in a small town high in the Utah mountains. During the summer, she hikes and drinks margaritas (usually not at the same time.) During the winter she likes to curl up with a book and a cup of hot cocoa and think about all those poor, freezing skiers working so hard out in the snow.

She’s been reading romance since the age of twelve and started her first manuscript at the tender age of twenty. Occasionally, on dark and stormy nights, she bravely posts excerpts of that original story on her blog for the entertainment of her readers.

Her first published novel won the Golden Heart award. Since then, she's published over twenty-five books and novellas, including three USA Today bestsellers, and several of her books have been nominated for the prestigious RITA® Award for excellence in the romance genre.

Tourwide Giveaway

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER.  Purchase or acceptance of a product offer does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes opens 8/3/2015 at 12:01 AM (EDT) and closes 9/1/2015 at 11:59 PM (EDT).  Enter online athttps://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/82ae250c9/Open to legal residents of the U.S. and Canada who have reached the age of majority or older.  Void where prohibited by law. Void in Quebec.  One (1) prize available to be won consisting of: one (1) print copy of each of Back to You by Lauren Dane, Finding Glory by Sara Arden, Taking the Heat by Vitoria Dahl,Can’t Fight This Feeling by Christie Ridgway, and Second Chance with the Billionaire  by Janice Maynard; one (1) e-book copy of Riding Dirty by Jill Sorensen; one (1) Harlequin tote bag; and a Fifty dollar ($50.00 USD) VISA gift card (Total ARV: $92.00 USD). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received.  Full details and Official Rules available online at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/82ae250c9/. Sponsor: Harlequin Enterprises Limited.

4 responses to “End of Summer Blog Tour Guest Post: Victoria Dahl

  1. Carol L

    That’s amazing. Great for you that you went out of your comfort zone. Had it been me they’d have had to come & get me because I’d have frozen in place . I’m petrified of heights. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experiences.
    Carol L

    • Funny enough, my guide did not tell me until AFTER we were down that he could have lowered me down using the ropes at any time. Cheeky. I probably would’ve said I couldn’t do it at that one smooth point, but I didn’t know I had that option!!!!

  2. Diane Sallans

    I don’t think I could do that rappelling – unless it was a matter of life or death!

    • The nearly impossible thing about rappelling is that you are finally standing on solid ground! And then you have to lean back off the cliff and trust the ropes. Even after an hour of climbing that was really really REALLY hard to get past. But then I was done! 🙂