"Fast-Paced" - MOUNTAIN SURVIVAL by Christy Barritt - Excerpt

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Mountain Survival, a Love Inspired Suspense novel by Christy Barritt

Mountain Survival

An injured victim has disappeared…

Can a park ranger and her K-9 find him?

When search-and-rescue park ranger Autumn Mercer and her K-9 partner, Sherlock, meet a stranger in the mountains whose brother is injured, they drop everything to help. But all they find where Derek Peterson last saw his sibling is a trail of blood—and men who want them dead. With gunmen closing in, can Autumn and Derek survive long enough to save his brother?

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“It’s up to you, Sherlock,” Autumn Mercer murmured as she knelt beside her dog. “You have to find her.”

Sherlock barked, his tongue hanging from his mouth as he panted with excitement.

Autumn held a sweater belonging to one of her coworkers beneath her dog’s nose. Sherlock sniffed it before sitting at attention and waiting patiently for her command. The dog was practically salivating to get to work.

Autumn paused a beat before saying, “Search!”

At once, Sherlock tugged at his leash and started toward the thick forest on the edge of the small, secluded parking lot.

The dog never looked as happy as when he had a job to do. The Australian shepherd, a red merle with striking blue eyes, was always a sight to behold. In the three years since Autumn had been training him for search and rescue missions, the canine had become like a family member.

She followed behind him, careful to track her steps so she could find her way back later. Every month, Autumn did these exercises with her dog so they could be prepared when needed.

Just last week, she and her team had to track down a missing fourteen-year-old who’d wandered away from his family on a camping trip. Sherlock had also helped with search and rescue missions involving the elderly, hikers who explored off the marked trail and once an entire family who’d gotten lost while geocaching.

Sherlock paused near a tree and sniffed. Then he veered to the left, deeper into the wilderness.

“Good job, boy,” Autumn said. “Keep going.”

Autumn pulled her jacket closer as she tramped between hemlock and oak trees. Even though it was October, a chill lingered in the air today. It didn’t help that the sun was obscured behind gray clouds overhead. A massive storm system was coming this way, but she had at least two hours until it arrived. She planned to make the most of her time.

As Sherlock pulled her, she glanced around. The leaves on the trees around her were gorgeous. There was nothing like fall in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. At least, in her estimation.

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The Author

Author Christy Barritt

Christy Barritt loves stories and has been writing them for as long as she can remember. When she’s not working on books, Christy writes articles for various publications. She’s also a frequent speaker at various writers groups, women’s luncheons and church events. She’s married to Scott, a teacher. They have two sons, two dogs and a houseplant named Martha. For more information, visit her website at www.christybarritt.com.

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Title: Mountain Survival

Series: K-9 Search and Rescue #3

Type: Novel

Author: Christy Barritt

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

Content Note: 2 Hearts

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