Mountain Survival excerpt by Christy Barritt

Hello, reader friends! We’re spreading the book love for an inspirational romantic suspense novel with a JustRead blog tour including a Mountain Survival excerpt by Christy Barritt and a giveaway!

about the book

Mountain Survival by Christy Barritt (K-9 Search and Rescue book 3)

Mountain Survival by Christy Barritt

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:
February 1, 2021
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

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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Mountain Survival excerpt

“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.

Copyright © 2021 by Christy Barritt. Used with permission.


about the 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 or connect with Christy on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!


tour giveaway

(1) winner will receive a print copy of Mountain Survival!

Mountain Survival JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight March 10, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on March 17, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

enter giveaway here

K-9 Search and Rescue

Desert Rescue Trailing a Killer Mountain Survival by Christy Barritt

Courage and optimism unite on the pages of Love Inspired Suspense. Find strength and determination in stories of faith and love in the face of danger. Discover all Love Inspired Suspense has to offer here!


tour schedule
Mountain Survival JustRead Blog Tour

Follow along at the link above to learn more about Mountain Survival by Christy Barritt!
Have y’all read any of the K-9 Search and Rescue books, reader friends? Are you adding this one to your tbr?!

6 thoughts on “Mountain Survival excerpt by Christy Barritt”

  1. Thank you for being part of the blog tour for “Mountain Survival” by Christy Barritt.

    Between the cover and the excerpt, I can’t wait for the opportunity to read this wonderful book now on my TBR list.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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