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Fall in love with the first book in the Blood Rose trilogy-a romance of the Old West by a phenomenal new talent

On a stagecoach traveling through New Mexico Territory, Jessica Thornton is a long way from the cool mists and lush gardens of her native England. An authoress and milliner, she carries the weight of a scandalous secret-a horrible shame that has brought her to the West on a desperate search for the only family she can trust: her brother.

No one prepared Jessica for the heat and the hardships. And no one prepared her for a man like Brady Wilkins. For, despite the rancher’s rough-hewn appearance and her own misgivings, Jessica must put her life in his hands after their stagecoach crashes. And she begins to see the man behind the callused hands and caustic wit. A man strong enough to carve out a home in the wilderness, brave enough to fight for his own, and passionate enough to restore her faith in herself-and in her heart.

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I’ve been asked why I chose to write about the West, especially since Historical Western Romance is a small subgenre and one that doesn’t have many openings for new authors.  In truth, I didn’t consider any of that.  When I sat down to write Pieces of Sky twenty-five years ago, I had just finished one of those ghastly early Western-type stories where everyone spoke like a dimwit, waved guns around, and were such stereotypical caricatures it was painful to read.  I thought surely I could do better.

So I set out to write a Western love story where the setting was as much a character as the humans (i.e. sweaty, dusty, dangerous), and the humans were mostly believable (i.e. sweaty, dusty, possibly dangerous, and definitely flawed), facing obstacles that were a little more challenging than “now where’d that dang cow get off to.”  In other words, I wanted it to be as real as I could make it without completely grossing myself out. (more…)

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