I'm not yet able to share anything from In the Arms of a Stranger, to be released in October by Entangled Suspense, so I thought I'd back up to my first book. To the Limit was published by HQ. It's a romantic adventure set in fictional San Mateo. But San Mateo is based on Peru, where I was born and raised. This snippet describes a view I remember from a real place called Carpish, where Central Highway crosses over the Andes and begins the descent to the jungle on the east. I fictionalized the name of the river and the valley, but the description is as accurate as I can remember. In the story, Mary Beth wants to go with Nick to ransom her brother held in the valley. He's argued against it. A local woman has told him he needs to go to confession before he tries it, but Nick refuses to explain why. We pick up at this point:
Mary Beth didn’t like it. “What’s going on?”
“Come on,” he said and led her out into the square. They walked around the church and, with a quick wave at the priest who waved back, Nick continued until the only thing they could see was the thick fog drifting up, at times revealing a magnificent panoramic view of the emerald-green ceja de montaña at the edge of town.
Then he took her hand and led her toward a crude wooden railing two feet high, in front of wild vegetation. Beyond lay an abyss misted in tropical wetness. Small breaks in the fog bank revealed a sheer drop of hundreds of feet. He brought her to stand before the railing and pointed down.
“This is the other way into the Río Hermoso Valley.”
And yes, they go straight down.
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Along with the cover of To the Limit, I've posted a picture of the type of terrain in described in the snippet.