Western romance

Weekend Snippets #2

Welcome again!

As part of the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday groups, I’m posting very short excerpts from my writings.

Today’s snippet is a continuation of last week’s and is from the opening of my Western romantic suspense book, WYOMING ESCAPE. Hope you enjoy it.

She’d bWyoming Cover - 4x6 - #2een coming to these woods outside Providence for the past two years, and never having heard of any problem, felt safe enough to run alone in the quiet and solitude. Now some idiot had decided to play games with a gun?

No further shots disturbed the forest and the birds began to chirp. Mikela took a tentative step from her hiding spot. At the sound of heavy footsteps pounding toward her, she jumped back into the greenery.

A slim man in a leather jacket ran into view, headed toward the parking area. He looked somewhat familiar and her shoulders relaxed until she caught sight of his glazed, panicked expression.

And the black nine millimeter pistol in his hand.

For more information on WYOMING ESCAPE, click the Home link.

Be sure to check out more fabulous snippets on the  Weekend Writing Warriors website and also Snippet Sunday, on Facebook. Happy reading!

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Weekend Snippets

Welcome. As part of the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday groups, I’m going to start posting very short excerpts from my writings.

Today it’s the opening of my Western romantic suspense book, WYOMING ESCAPE. Hope you enjoy it.

The gunshWyoming Cover - 4x6 - #2ot reverberated through the cool morning air and jolted Mikela Richards to a halt. At a second ear-splitting crack she plunged through the button bushes to hide behind an old hickory tree. Breathing hard, she scanned the wooded trail but saw nothing. Who the heck was shooting in the park? She’d spent enough time on the firing range with her grandfather to know that it hadn’t been someone plinking at a tree with a twenty-two. Those reports had come from a large hand gun, probably a nine millimeter. Her heart rattled her rib cage while she listened for another blast.

For more information on WYOMING ESCAPE, click the Home link.

Be sure to check out more fabulous snippets on the  Weekend Writing Warriors website and also Snippet Sunday, on Facebook. Happy reading!

Categories: Books, Cowboys, Dude ranches, Horses, Romantic suspense, Uncategorized, Western romance, Wyoming | 42 Comments

Wyoming Escape – 50% off

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I’m taking part in Read an eBook Week at Smashwords.

Wyoming Escape is 50% off until March 9.

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Use the discount code CM93G at checkout.

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The Next Big Thing – What I’m Writing Now

Today I’m going to talk about my upcoming book, FOREWARNING, as part of the Next Big Thing blog series. I was invited to share my plans by the marvelous Kris Neri, author of the Tracy Eaton mysteries and the Samantha Brennan & Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery. You can find out more about her at: http://krisneri.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-next-big-thing-learn-what-im.html

At the bottom of this post I list the next five authors who will be talking about their work next week. Be sure to look them up.

What is your working title of your book?

FOREWARNING – Book 1 in the Horses and Healing series

 Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve had horses most of my life and love the outdoors. I also use alternative medical techniques for many health problems. I wanted to write about both of these within an intriguing story. Having visited the Oregon Cascades, I thought they would make a great setting for a horse ranch.

 What genre does your book fall under?

 It’s a cross-genre book with suspense, romance and a touch of the paranormal.

 Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

That’s really hard to answer. I think Stana Katic, who plays Kate Beckett on the Castle series, would be good for Kasey. (If she’d agree to go auburn.) Matthew McConaughey might do for Jim. Still trying to think of someone dark, muscular and intense for TJ.

 What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Forced to use the healing skills she has rejected, Kasey Martin saves an injured man and begins an unexpected journey of danger, rebirth and love.

 Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I plan to self-publish it on all the epub venues, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

 How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It was the first long novel I attempted and I had a lot to learn, so it took much longer than it would now. Probably about two years. I revised it several times and then put it aside to work on my just published book WYOMING ESCAPE.

 What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Since it’s cross-genre, I can’t think of a close fit, but Robyn Carr’s books are similar in tone.

 Who or what inspired you to write this book?

One of my horses had physical problems that traditional veterinary medicine couldn’t solve, so we embarked on an exploration of alternative modalities. Some were helpful and others weren’t. The technique that proved the best for her, and ultimately for my husband and myself, is similar to what I describe in the story.

 What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s the first in a series with the theme “Horses and Healing.” My next book will feature a psychologist who uses horses in her practice.

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 Next week five more writers will share their answers to these questions about their upcoming books.

Nora Barker is the author of four published ebooks, all of which involve murder on a small Midwestern university campus. You can find her at www.norabarker.com

K.R. Morrison, author of BE NOT AFRAID. A prequel, UNHOLY TRINITY and a sequel, RESURGENCE: THE RISE OF JUDAS will be published in early 2013.
Blog link:  www.krmorrison777.posterous.com

Annie Adams is the author of THE FINAL ARRANGEMENT, a cozy mystery and part of the Flower Shop Mystery Series including the Zombie Delivery Van. Her blog link: http://www.annieadamstheauthor.com/the-blog.html

D’Ann Burrows is the author of SMALL TOWN SECRETS. You can find her blog at http://www.mollykategray.com/

Mardi Ballou is the  author of fun, sexy romance with a twist of wry. She’ll be blogging at http://flirtyauthorbitches.com/tag/mardi-ballou/

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Wyoming Escape

My first book, Wyoming Escape, is now out on AmazonBarnes&Noble and Kobo. Apple iBooks and others coming soon.

One dead body is frightening enough, but a second one, plus a dirty cop, sends chef Mikela Richards fleeing for her life. The ultimate city girl finds a safe hiding place on a Wyoming Dude ranch, where she tries to discover if the murders are connected to the mysterious computer memory stick she found in her car. But her fragile feeling of safety is disturbed by a compelling Marine, home on leave.

Back from Afghanistan to heal both physically and emotionally, Shawn Saunders recognizes the type of fear in Mikela’s eyes—it’s one of the things he’s come home to forget. Even though he knows it’s a bad idea, he can’t stop himself from trying to help her, while she’s even more afraid of letting him. In spite of their reservations, neither can resist the pull of their attraction.

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