Although I've written six western historical anthologies for Kensington and two short story collections for Prairie Rose Press, I've ended up writing two contemporaries romance for Kensington, but mine are a little different. I knew I definitely wanted my heroine to come back to a small
town, but I needed a name. Suddenly, Kasota Springs and its fifth generation residents came to life. Many of you will remember the town and the names from two of my western historical anthologies Give me a Cowboy and A Texas Christmas. Texas
My story The Troubled Texan came to me after I followed a horrific mass murder in
. It took two and a half years to prepare for the three month trial. In my previous life, I worked in the legal field, so I know first hand how a case gets into the head of the lawyer ... particularly prosecuting such a horrifying one where psychiatrists were on the scene to assist the investigators. I asked myself what the prosecuting attorney would do if she was threatened in the courtroom as the defendant heard his conviction. My answer--get as far away from LA as possible. California
I’d been saving my hero for a special book. A retired professional football player turned Sheriff. He fit perfectly into the first of the Kasota Springs Romance series because it’s full of suspense, romance, and secrets. As a special treat, at the end, I included my grandmother’s chocolate cake recipe and the family story behind it.
Here's an excerpt to wet your appetite:
Alternating blue and red lights flashed from behind, jolting Rainey Michaels’ gypsy mind back to the dusky
highway not far off Interstate 40. Texas
A single blast of a siren from a county marked club-cab pickup sliced the air.
“Son of a ..l” She slammed her hands on the steering wheel, tapped the brakes and pulled to the soft shoulder of the road. Speedling! I had to be speeding. And her proof of insurance had blown away when she’d opened the glove box way back in
Trouble had found her and she hadn’t been in the Texas Panhandle more than an hour. In this Godforsaken county, she’d be lucky if she didn’t get the book thrown at her.
She had carefully selected
to relocate because it was far enough away from her hometown of Farley Springs , for her not to be recognized, while small enough to feel at home. Along with the fact she had prepaid a six-month lease on a building sight unseen in the Podunk city. She had planned to slip quietly into town and go inconspicuously about her business. But now ... that might be impossible. Denton, Texas
In the rearview mirror, she saw the silhouette of the officer unfold from the patrol car. He carried himself with a confident presence, an air of authority. Most likely there would be no talking her way out of a ticket.
There wasn’t the slightest hesitation in his stride, as the tall man approached. No doubt, she had found trouble and he came with a Stetson, a Glock .45 on his hip, and the means go unravel the elaborate ruse she’d constructed.
From the way the deputy pulled the white felt hat low over his eyes and lifted back his jacket to touch his service revolver, he expected instant obedience. A no-nonsense type person who would enjoy making an example of a commonplace automobile with
plates speeding through his sleepy New York town. Texas
Biting on her lower lip, she jerked open the gym bag and retrieved her new driver’s license and auto registration card. Maybe he wouldn’t ask for her insurance card. Not likely, but maybe.
He looks tough and way too cocky, but great body! Her tongue danced along her upper lip.
Shadowed by the remnants of a lazy
West Texas sunset, the big man trooping her way reminded her of Donovan Cowan, Sr., the tough-as-nails longtime sheriff of . Teaching the teenagers a valuable lesson, if he caught them speeding, they were an automatic overnight guest of the county. Swallowing hard, she tried to dislodge the knot in her throat. The death of the gruff old hound dog, killed in the line of duty, had been plastered all over the Internet for weeks. Denton
As though she stepped on a grave, thoughts of his son Deuce chilled her musing. After nearly three decades of trying to ignore his existence, why would she think about the baddest good boy she had ever known?
To one reader I will give you a gift card to purchase “The Troubled Texan”. And, to a second reader who leaves a comment, I will send them a
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