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Don’t tell anyone but I’m cheating a bit. Instead of showing the view either inside my writing space or outside my at-home window, I’m sharing what is just beyond my family’s summer cabin because it is connected to His Montana Rescue, one of the books in my Montana Lakeside romance series.
My sons had a somewhat more ‘civilized’ upbringing, but we lived in a small, historic Oregon town while they were growing up. If they weren’t in school or it wasn’t pouring, they were outside—like their mom had done. Unless they were on their bicycles on the narrow county road, I didn’t worry. (Maybe I should have because years later I learned they and their friends had explored some abandoned gold mines including tunnels that went under the streets).
My background and the affinity I have for the wilderness is what prompted me to write the Montana Lakeside series. I wanted my characters to embrace the natural world and have it embrace them as part of the healing process. I ‘moved’ the action from Oregon to Montana because Tule Publishing asked me to, but what my characters and I experienced remained the same. I have always felt at peace when I’m surrounded by nature and wanted to have the same thing happen to my characters. In an attempt to be able to examine that experience as fully as possible, I set each of the four books during a different season. (Romancing The Montana Bride is a novella that takes place in a single day)
I’ve written over 70 books. The majority take place far from cities because I’ve never lived in or been able to connect with urban areas. Obviously, I took the advice to write what I know about to heart.
Rey Bowen is not the only one at Lake Serene with secrets and a desire to reboot his seriously derailed life. Meeting Echo reminds him that life can sparkle with joy and laughter and passion, but can he show the cautious Echo how to love again even as he struggles to trust his own heart?
Enjoy an Excerpt:
“Ranger Echo Rose,” a rumbling voice said.
Taking it slow, she turned in the direction the words came from.
Rey Bowen was looking at her, or rather looking down at her. He wasn’t a giant of a man, just a shade over six feet, but that didn’t stop her from remembering she was at least seven inches shorter and only one hundred twenty pounds. For reasons she was careful not to examine too closely, she’d told herself the breadth of his chest and width of his shoulders were responsible for her unsettling reaction to him.
What was she thinking? Hadn’t she learned, painfully, to keep emotional distance between herself and men? She had, darn it. She’d never drop her guard.
Until she’d done in her ankle, she’d spent much of her time around physical people, most of them men. She still was around more men than women, but in recent months she'd mostly rubbed shoulders with people who spent their days behind desks.
Despite how she'd been forced to earn her living since last summer, she believed she still understood the physical male. When he was around women he was trying to impress, the breed carried himself as if he was a bull elk, strutting a bit, hard muscles pushing against too-tight T-shirts, and gazes giving out bedroom vibes.
Rey did none of those things. Instead, it was as if he’d built an emotional wall around himself. The reason was none of her business, darn it. She had enough to do dealing with her own life.
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