Can I ask you a question? Do you ski? The mountains of Colorado are famous for awesome snow. Big name resorts like Breckenridge and Aspen bring in winter sports enthusiasts from all over the globe. But here in Aspen Hills, we have Little Ski Hill. Not as many runs as the big dogs, but it's fun and less than thirty minutes out of town.
I’m Cat Latimer, owner/operator of Warm Springs Writers Retreat. We’re located on Warm Springs Avenue in the old Victorian my ex-husband left me in his will. Getting the house was an inheritance I never expected. One reason was because Michael and I didn’t part on the best of terms. I figured once the divorce papers were filed, I’d never hear from him again. And besides, the guy was in terrific shape. He ran, he skied, he worked out. Dying young wasn’t on his life plan but apparently someone else had another plan. I’m still not sure what really happened there.
But I’m getting off topic. Anyway, Shauna, my BFF and a freaking wizard in the kitchen, and I run the writers retreat. We thought having a ski day to kick off the retreat would be a great way to introduce the gang to Colorado and specifically, Aspen Hills. Writers don’t get out of their head very often so doing something physical helps motivate the muse. Besides, it would be an awesome teambuilding activity to bring the group together.
Not to mention the fact, it was a great way for me to get in a day of skiing that I can write off as a work expense. And the fact that my boyfriend, Seth, came along as driver and to help with the guests, wasn’t too shabby either.
Well, it was a great day. Seth and I raced down the mountain more times than I could count. Of course, he won most of the runs. Then we found the group gathered in the ski lodge’s bar rather than out on the slopes. And our romance writer decided to live out one of her tropes, falling in love with the local bad boy. But this bad boy had already set the date with a local bartender. One with some powerful contacts.
Yeah, nothing could go wrong with a day of fresh air and relationship building. I really need to think about my bright ideas a little longer before hitting the go button.
Anyway, I’ve got to get the gang poured into the van and back down the mountain. I think writing tomorrow is going to be the last thing on anyone’s mind.
Lynn Cahoon is the author of the NYT and USA Today best-selling Tourist Trap cozy mystery series. Guidebook to Murder, book 1 of the series won the Reader's Crown for Mystery Fiction in 2015. She's also pens the recently released, Cat Latimer series. A STORY TO KILL, book 1, came out in mass market paperback September 2016.She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com