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I'm teasing with CLOUDBURST ICE MAGIC, a paranormal romance featuring Ice Demons, and book 3 in the Cloudburst Colorado series. In today's tease, Lily Sinclair has trained to be an SAR operative and she's trying to save some hikers caught in a spring blizzard in Colorado. After having been with Zach Snow, she knows more about winter weather than any other human. They're in an ice cave they dug to ride it out. And her phone just died.
Lily grimaced as her phone cheerfully shut down after she’d sent the text to Zach. Damn. They wouldn’t be able to track her phone using GPS. She stuffed the little device back into her pack and did her best to smile at the others in the snow fort.
The temperature had warmed from the stove and their combined body heat, but she had no illusions of how long it would last. They had two days’ worth of food to help fight the cold. After that, things would get tough.
Randy settled beside her after distributing the sleeping bags and nodded his graying head to her pack. “Did you get anything out?”
Lily shrugged. “I hope so. Sent a text just before my phone died. You?”
“I sent my wife a text and powered the phone down to save the battery. I got nothing from the radio.” He scraped more snow into the pot and set it on the stove to melt. They wouldn’t turn it on for a bit, but their body heat would help it liquefy. “What’s your gut tell you about our situation?”
She let her gaze slide over the others huddled in the tent. Their expressions varied from miserable to worried, and Lily lowered her voice to a whisper.
“It’s going to be a long storm. I think we’ll be better off if we sleep here tonight and try to move them down-slope tomorrow.” She set her pack aside and leaned against the snow wall. “My nose tells me we can’t stay.”
“Smell.” She tapped her nose. “It smells like there’s more moisture in the air and it’s gonna stay that way for a while.”
“Come on. It smells wet because we’re in a blizzard.”
“Yeah, a really wet, heavy blizzard. Which means what in these mountains?”
Randy sighed and grimaced. “Avalanches.”
“Yeah. And we’re in Quicksilver Chute if my last bearing was right. That’s a direct path.”
“Hell.” He pulled out his laminated map and focused his head lamp on it. “Where do you think we are in the Chute?”
Lily scanned the map and pulled out her compass, setting it on the floor between them. The needle steadied at around ninety degrees and the spread the map with north to their right.
“We’re right about here.” She pointed to a spot below Lost Peak Ridge. “I know there’s a Forest Service equipment shed somewhere about here.” She stabbed the wooded flank of the ridge. “If we can make it there tomorrow, we’ll be out of avalanche danger. Mostly. And we’ll be able to weather the storm better. There might even be extra supplies inside.”
Randy frowned. “Would they stock the equipment shed with food and firewood?”
“I don’t know. I thought I overheard one of the older SAR’s talking about the fall restocking efforts the Forest Service does around here.” She stared at the map. “I just hope that was one of the places they stocked up.”
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