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“A passionate story of rebuilding lives and working to find a place in the wild frontier during the years following the American Civil War. A rugged, heartwarming story of choices and love in the continuing saga of Redemption Mountain.”
Luke Pelletier is settling into his new life as a rancher and occasional Pinkerton Agent, leaving his past as an ex-Confederate major and Texas Ranger far behind. He wants nothing more than to work the ranch, charm the ladies, and live a life of carefree bachelorhood.
Ginny Sorensen has accepted her responsibility as the sole provider for herself and her younger sister. The desire to continue their journey to Oregon is crushed when the need for food and shelter keeps them in the growing frontier town of Splendor, Montana, forcing Ginny to accept work as a server in the local saloon.
Luke has never met a woman as lovely and unspoiled as Ginny. He longs to know her, yet fears his wild ways and unsettled nature aren’t what she deserves. She’s a girl you marry, but that is nowhere in Luke’s plans. Complicating their tenuous friendship, a twist in circumstance force Ginny closer to the man she most wants to avoid – the man who can destroy her dreams, and who’s captured her heart.
Believing his bachelor status firm, Luke moves from danger to adventure, never dreaming each step he takes brings him closer to his true destiny and a life much different from what he imagines.
“Hold it right there.”
Ginny froze, not recognizing the deep growl coming from behind her.
“Put your hands up and turn around.”
She did as he asked, her heart pounding, wondering if someone had slipped by Hank to come in the front door. Slowly she turned, raising her eyes to meet those of the man holding a gun on her. Her breath caught at the sight of Luke, his face hard, his mouth in a thin line. She could see the instant recognition dawned. He lowered the gun in a quick motion and slammed it into the holster.
“What the hell are you doing here? And why are you dressed like that?”
She swallowed the hard lump in her throat and took in shuttering breath, anger replacing the fear she’d felt.
“You scared the daylights out of me,” she hissed and pulled the hat off her head, exposing soft brown wisps of hair which had escaped the loose bun.
He held his ground, taking in the sight of her in men’s trousers, a too big shirt haphazardly tucked inside and held together by a wide leather belt. The coat he’d given her covered the ridiculous outfit. He let his gaze wander over her, his eyes softening at the same time his body tightened—a reaction he was powerless to control.
“I asked what you’re doing here, sneaking around the house. Stealing?”
“I am not stealing,” she threw back at him. “I work here.”
“What?” His voice took on a hard edge as his eyes narrowed, signaling his disbelief.
“Dax and Rachel hired me to take on Bernice’s job.”
He took a step forward, then thought better of it, crossing his arms over his chest, planting his feet shoulder width apart. Frustration warred with the desire he felt toward her. This was not what he’d expected to come home to—Ginny living at the ranch. It slammed into him that he’d see her every day, obliged to be around her, and forced to fight his constant attraction toward her. His jaw hardened as he processed the implication of her new position. He didn’t like it. Not one bit.
“We’ll see about that.” He turned and stormed from the room, walking into the study, slamming the door behind him.
Interview with the Author – Shirleen Davies
- How do you come up with your book ideas? Do you sit and plan or go with the flow when an idea comes to you?
The idea come to me at the most unexpected times. I keep a notepad in my purse and a notebook of ideas. If it’s an idea for a series, I start a spiral binder and outline story ideas for the first three to four books—names, archetypes, ages, challenges, etc. The next step is to write three to four pages of ideas for each specific story. For a series, I find it’s better to have at least three book ideas drafted.
- Do you listen to music when you write? What’s on your playlist?
Sometimes I listen to music, other times I have movies playing with the sound low or off. I listen to George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryant, Eric Church, and several others. I also listen to jazz. For movies, I tend to like action and fantasy themes such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Expendables, Red, Independence Day, plus some great western movies such as Quigley Down Under and anything with John Wayne.
- Who are your favorite authors?
I think this may be the question most authors dread most as it is almost impossible to list absolute favorites. Over time, I’ve collected almost all the books written by Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Linda Lael Miller, and Kat Martin. But, there are also a bunch of other authors that I consider ‘favorites.’
- What was the inspiration behind Wildfire Creek?
This is the second book in my Redemption Mountain series, and focuses on the second of the Pelletier brothers. Having boys of my own, I’ve always been fascinated by the pecking order and rivalry that exists between brothers. Some families handle it well, others not so much. I wanted to show a younger brother as strong as the oldest with his own unique personality, talents, and goals. In addition, I wanted to show that it’s possible for brothers to work side-by-side, with love and loyalty.
- If you were to insert yourself into the time period of Wildfire Creek, what sort of character would you be? The hero? A shady villain? Something else?
There’s a character who appears in book one, Redemption’s Edge and Wildfire Creek, and who will have her own story in book three, Sunset Ridge. She’s from a wealthy family but objects to the stern life and rigid social structure demanded of her father. If I inserted myself into a specific character, it would be her—Abigail Tolbert.
- Speaking of the past, what time period would you most like to visit (outside the historical west)?
Of course the historical west is my absolute favorite for time travel. Excluding it, either during the American Revolution or England in the early 1800s. Although I love the Scottish romances, would I really want to be a woman during that time period? Probably not.
- What’s up next for you?
I’m working on three projects:
Book three, Sunrise Ridge, of the Redemption Mountain series, due to release in mid-2015.
Book six, Hearts Don’t Lie, of my MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary series, due for release in mid-2015.
Book two, Our Kind of Love, of my new Kerrigans of Peregrine Bay Contemporary series (Book one, Reclaiming Love, will come out in March).
Some fun Q&A:
1.Coffee or tea? Both – coffee in the morning, tea in the evening.
2. Morning person or night owl? Morning
3. Favorite book? Too many to pick just one!!
4. Savory or sweet? Mostly sweet, but savory can be good also. Can I mix them?
5. Favorite animal? Horse
6. Favorite place to write? My dining room table at home.
7. What’s your hidden talent? Dancing.
8. Most exotic place you’ve traveled to? Turkey and Croatia
Write to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit her website: http://www.shirleendavies.com
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Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ShirleenDaviesAuthor
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00RUYQB7K
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$15 Amazon Gift Card
eBook of Redemption’s Edge, Book One, Redemption Mountain
eBook of Tougher than the Rest, Book One, MacLarens of Fire Mountain
eBook of Second Summer, Book One, MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary