Cold Pursuit by Gayla K. Hiss – Book Review, Preview, Guest Post

Posted October 1, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews, Guest Post /

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Where my reading is concerned, this is apparently the summer of National Parks stories! This is now the second one I have read this summer that takes place at Yellowstone. Interestingly, they are both suspense, though Ever Faithful is a historical story.

Cold Pursuit by Gayla K. Hiss – Book Review, Preview, Guest Post

Cold Pursuit

by Gayla Hiss

Series: Peril in the Park #4
Series Rating:
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date October 1, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Suspense, Action/Adventure, Clean Romance
Setting: Wyoming Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 270


Can they elude the relentless danger before it’s too late?

A December tour of Yellowstone National Park sounded like the perfect escape from Faith Chandler’s problems at home—until she discovers her tour guide is her jilted childhood sweetheart, Jake Mitchell. Faced with guilt from her past mistakes, plus a disturbing pattern of suspicious incidents, Faith has second thoughts about staying on the tour.

Despite her misgivings, the serene splendor of the winter wonderland provides a much-needed respite from her stressful life and gives her a fresh perspective. After a little soul-searching, she wants to come clean with Jake. But can he forgive her for the heartache she caused—or the truth she’s withheld from him? Meanwhile, Jake wants to keep Faith at a distance, yet he must protect her from the menace stalking his tour group.

As her enemies close in like ravenous wolves, Faith is the only one who can stop the mayhem by finding the missing piece of the puzzle. Is it a smoking gun—or a trap set to destroy both her and Jake?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Far from the relaxing vacation at Yellowstone she was expecting, Faith found herself the target of a masked man. Was it somehow related to Monica’s disappearance? Was it someone trying to hurt the business of the tour company? Or, was it actually a jealous female, hating that Jake was showing her interest? Gayla K. Hiss did a great job in keeping the motive behind the attacks as hidden as the person behind them. I was kept guessing. When I thought I knew the answer, there was reason to question it yet again.

While Jake had been hurt when Faith broke off their engagement years earlier and then surprised and a little dismayed to find her on the tour he was leading, his response was mature and even kind. Well, after he stopped ignoring her, that is. It was not an “insta-forgiveness”; he had to choose to forgive and treat her with kindness. This did make it more realistic to me.

While I was bursting with curiosity and just wanted Faith to tell Jake why she deserted him right away, I could see why she would have wanted to avoid doing that. Not a fan of confrontation myself, I loved that Jake was able to forgive without knowing why she had made the choice she did.

The descriptions of Yellowstone made me want to hop on a plane and go visit immediately. It even made me want to do cross-country skiing! At least in theory. 🙂

More About the Peril in the Park Series

by Gayla K. Hiss

All four books in the series are set in and around the national parks: AVALANCHE is set in North Cascades National Park, DANGEROUS GROUND in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, WILDFIRE in Rocky Mountain National Park, and COLD PURSUIT in Yellowstone National Park. One of the great things about writing a book series set in the national parks is that it’s a good excuse to visit the parks for research. So far, my husband and I have been to over 35 national parks and have traveled to 28 states in the U.S. with our RV. Our goal is to travel to all of the national parks and all 50 states with our RV, but getting it to Hawaii might be a bit of a challenge. Most recently, we took an RV trip through Montana and the Dakotas, where we toured Glacier, Theodore Roosevelt, Badlands, and Wind Cave National Parks, as well as Mt. Rushmore and Custer State Park.

Why do I write Inspirational Romantic Suspense?

I think I’m drawn to romantic suspense because I’ve always enjoyed solving puzzles. I was a software engineer for 22 years, which turned out to be good training for writing mysteries and romantic suspense. In fact, developing software requires a mix of creative writing and puzzle-solving skills, and working on fascinating projects involving aerospace and defense for NASA and the Navy gave me greater insight into what is possible with technology. Weaving inspirational themes into my stories allows me to explore what is possible with God.  

Gayla's National Parks I've Visited Pinterest Board

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  • Glacier is the Switzerland of America. You could spend a lifetime exploring all the rad things to do in Glacier National Park, but here is our short list!
  • South Dakota  (USA) vacation idea. South Dakota travel, visit Custer State Park. South Dakota road trip: visit Custer State Park, the Black Hills and more. South Dakota vacation with kids – so much to do! South Dakota family adventures: wildlife, history and gold! Custer State Park Wildlife Loop is amazing. Custer State Park in South Dakota has it all!  (ad) #CusterStatePark
  • It seems appropriate that one of this nation’s most remarkable and serene landscapes should be named after the president who spent the most time and effort to ensure the United States’ natural beacons remained preserved for all to enjoy. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, our only national park with a person as its namesake, is a testament to the sheer reverence T.R. showed for the plains, peaks and canyons of North Dakota’s Badlands.
  • Mount Rushmore in South Dakota // 8 Amazing South Dakota Attractions | The Planet D Adventure Travel Blog:
  • Wind Cave National Park in the state of South Dako... - #Cave #Dako #National #nationalparks #Park #south #state #Wind
  • Family travel: Find out what is so great about the South Dakota Black Hills & Badlands; home of Mount Rushmore (AD)
  • Wind Cave National Park Poster
  • PIC Custer State Park is 71,000 acres in size,  and is located in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota. In the video below, we show you all the sights a
  • Wind Cave National Park Poster
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
  • Practical Travel Tips for visiting Glacier National Park!
  • Guide to the badlands
  • It's National Parks Week, which means you can enter national parks for FREE! Get out and enjoy nature!
  • Fun things to do in Capitol Reef National Park with  kids  |
  • Experience Canyonlands National Park.
  • Utah’s National Parks in 50 Photos  A bunch of photos of Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.
  • Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah features a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. Sunrise here is absolutely gorgeous.
  • Experience the unique Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
  • In our opinion, Joshua Tree has them all beat as the quirkiest and most eccentric park in the system. Get ready to do a lot of exploring, because we've rounded up the coolest of park's best-kept secrets.
  • Explore Petrified National Forest in Arizona. Road trip USA. Road trip ideas.


About Gayla Hiss

Gayla began her writing journey painting landscapes. In her imagination, characters and scenes came to life as she painted beautiful natural settings. Her inspiring novels combine her love for the great outdoors with romance, suspense, and adventure.

Her third book WILDFIRE recently won the Faith, Hope, and Love Reader’s Choice Award for romantic suspense, and she has been a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier contest and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association literary contest. Her latest book COLD PURSUIT is the fourth in her Peril in the Park series.

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One response to “Cold Pursuit by Gayla K. Hiss – Book Review, Preview, Guest Post

  1. Alicia Haney

    I enjoyed reading the book review, the book sounds intriguing and like a very good page turner! I love the cover, it is beautiful! I would love to read this book, so i will be adding it to my TBR list. Thank you so much for sharing this book review. God Bless.

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