Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Fall Greetings from a Colorado Cabin

It's the most beautiful time of the year here in the Rocky Mountains 
when the stately aspen trees quake in their golden finery 
and the marshy bushes snuggle under their bright orange blankets. 

You never know what you will wake up to here at our cabin at 11,265 feet.
The mountains may be dusted with snow one day 
and bathed in golden sunlight the next.

The mosquitos have moved on to warmer climes, 
students are back in school 
and families have wrapped up their summer vacations 
so it's quiet here at the cabin.

We hold our breath and listen for bugling elk. 
We've seen their signs but haven't heard any mating rituals yet
which can be pretty exciting. 

However we were thrilled to see a moose with her calf close up and personal.
(That post in the lower right corner is our front deck!)

It's perfect weather for being outdoors so we hike abut two hours, 
skirting an old 1897 silver mine
then returning to the cabin on a back road that winds through a ghost town.

If you look closely, you'll see stumps scattered on the hillside 
where trees have been chopped down for old miners' cabins or mine structures.

The mountain in the distance is one of Colorado's 14ers. 

As we walk through the woods, we occasionally view a giant mountain 
peeking through enormous green pine trees. 
This unusual formation is shaped like a horseshoe. 

It gets dark early here in October and, with no electricity, 
it's darker and colder than you can imagine. 
The temperature overnight was twenty-four degrees. Brrr.

Roxy has claimed her favorite blanket to keep her warm.
So sweet. Her nose is usually buried in the blanket.

Soon the narrow road will be impassable with snow depths of eight feet or more. 

As total darkness overtakes our little cabin,
we turn on our battery lights and fire up the small propane stove. 
(Thank God for propane!)


Monday, March 16, 2020

It's Story Time

Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited to let you know my new novel is now available in PAPERBACK!

For those of you who prefer to hold a book in your hands instead of reading it online, 
I've added the paperback option for you. The Kindl version is also available.

Just google Amazon.com and search "Secrets from the Past" or "Pat Shipley." 
I've recently found out there is another book with the same title, so make sure you order mine. LOL. 

As always, I appreciate your support so much. 
I can't tell you how excited I get whenever I see another copy has been sold! Thank you!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Exciting News from Pat

Hi Friends! Have I got some exciting news to share. I'm a published author! 
Yes, that's what I've been up to and why you haven't seen too many posts on my blog for a while.

My book is called "Secrets from the Past." 
Below is a short preview giving you a little taste of what it's all about.

"Twenty-eight-year-old Cassie Hart finds herself unemployed, broken-hearted and still feeling the emotional scars of early childhood abandonment. She channels those feelings into saving a one-hundred-thirty-year-old cottage that is slated for demolition in the old part of Denver, a city that is rapidly losing its charming old neighborhoods in favor of progress and profit. She's stunned to find out a ruthless but sexy developer has purchased the cottage and is on a fast-track to clear the lot and build condos. As she explores the property, she encounters a small child who appears to be a ghost that only Cassie can see. Why is this ghost, who mysteriously died in the house a hundred years ago, guiding Cassie to find cryptic clues about her traumatic death? While Cassie unravels questions that have plagued her for years, she begins to realize she has more in common with the developer than just real estate and finally understands why she's inexplicably drawn to this old cottage."

I published my book on Amazon Kindle; I think this is a link to it below. (This is my first attempt at self publishing so I'm not 100% sure I'm doing the link right.) Maybe you can let me know if it worked. I hope you enjoy my book and would appreciate your comments and support. Thanks so much.

Love and hugs, Pat Shipley