Archive for October 2nd, 2012

Guh. Just…guh.



To get what you want you have to move fast.


Gray Preston was born into money, but he’s built his racing empire on hard work and muscle. Now, with millions of fans, his senator father sends one of his aides, Evelyn Hill, to elicit Gray’s help in garnering votes for his upcoming national election. Gray wants nothing to do with his estranged father’s campaign, but Evelyn can be pretty persuasive. She’s willing to learn about racing, and maybe even get a little dirty.

Evelyn’s number-one goal is politics, which makes working with Gray difficult, because his only passion is fast cars. As she and Gray spend time together, he teaches her about the sport he loves, and she learns a lot about the man behind the wheel. The more she learns, the more she wants him. But any desire that threatens to derail the carefully laid plans for her future is a dangerous one.

With the passion Gray and Evelyn share running hotter than either imagined, one of them is going to have to compromise, or run the risk of losing more than their hearts.


Release date: June 2013


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It’s the classic in love with the girl-next door, in a western setting. My western setting, which means we’re talking the foothills of the Canadian Rockies instead of Wyoming, South Dakota or Texas.

One thing I got asked when I started writing this series, was about the language. The reader didn’t think that cowboys in Canada would use ‘Darlin’ or ‘Ma’am’ the way that cowboys in the south are known to do.

Well, in a way she was correct. There are cowboys and ranchers in Canada who speak without any kind of accent at all. Same as there are boardroom CEOs who have a strong accent remaining from their country of origin. Canada is a bit of a mosaic of cultures, and with the size of our land, there really is no one, true Canadian accent or lingo.

But do Alberta ranchers use ‘darling’? Oh, yes. Yes, they do.

I was hanging onto the fence rail at a local rodeo ground watching a father work with his son on roping. The voices around me could have come from any ‘western’ setting in North America. There’s a lilt to the voices—maybe from working around animals a lot and learning to keep your volume steady and smooth to stop from spooking them. Maybe it’s the attitudes these men and woman have. They fight the land to raise crops and animals and at times, the land fights back and wins. You can’t set your hopes in stone, but you can’t give up, either.

Maybe that’s why there’s more of a slow-talking, smooth-walking feel to a lot of cowboys, whether they’re from the north or the south. It has to do with what’s coming up from inside that makes the words sound similar no matter what the latitude of the ranch.

And I wouldn’t want it any other way. 😉

Today ROCKY MOUNTAIN HEAT comes out in print. The Romance Reviews named it the best Western Romance of 2011. It’s the start of the journey for the Coleman family, and I hope you’ll join the others who have enjoyed coming to know the clan.



Rocky Mountain Heat
Six Pack Ranch, Book 1

He’s the one who taught her to ride. Now all he wants is to ride her.

Blake Coleman is old enough to know that acting on impulse causes nothing but a heap of trouble. But when trouble’s a western-hat-wearing blonde with slim legs that go on forever, what’s a man to do? Wanting the sweet girl next door is just wrong. The responsible thing to do is keep his hands off.

Jaxi has other plans for Blake’s hands, and his heart. She may have once considered him a big brother, but that was a long time ago. She’s all grown up now and ready to convince him that she’s perfect for him. Except he can’t seem to see past the big “don’t touch” sign that’s apparently still hanging around her neck.

When Jaxi ends up living right under Blake’s nose, the undeniable heat between them slides off simmer and leaps up to barn-burning levels. However, a few of the younger six-pack Colemans have decided Jaxi’s brand of trouble is worth risking a few busted bones.

That is, if Blake’s finally ready to let go the reins and fight for what he wants…

Warning: Sexy cowboys seducing and being seduced in trucks, pool halls and barns. Droolworthy country charm, a little double-teaming, a few secrets and a whole lot of brothers to look forward to. Anyone wanna go for a ride?



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