Congrats to lucky winner Cait O’Sullivan, the lucky winner of a copy of Desert Heat!
Like your heart to pound a bit with your romance? Well then, you must be a romantic suspense reader. While I’m busy writing sequels and dirty cowboy stories, fellow Coloradan D’Ann Lindun has kindly stopped by to tell you about a dry kind of heat – the desert sort. Stick around to the end and leave a comment, and you could win an e-copy of D’Ann’s October 22 release Desert Heat! Here are the Five W’s.
WHO are your main characters?
Mike Malone: tall, blond, muscular, outdoor type. He owns the Jumping Cholla, an Arizona resort. Mallory James is a professor of Environmental Science at UNLV. Her father abandoned her when she was five years old. She is tall, slim, with a mass of dark, curly hair and she wears dark rimmed glasses.
WHAT tropes do you utilize in the story?
I hate tropes! But it’s probably damsel in distress.
WHEN is the story set and how long does it take to resolve?
The story is now, February. It takes place over about a week.
WHERE is the story set and why’d you choose that setting?
Mesa, Arizona. On a fictional guest ranch, or resort. I grew up on guest ranches in Arizona, and I have ridden in the Superstition Mountains many times. I love the area, love the legends.
WHY did you write this story?
(See last question.)
HOW is this story different than the last one you wrote?
This story is several years old. I have written several since that one. This one being set in Arizona, on a guest ranch, is different from the last one set in Colorado. My last one had a dark undertone about racial prejudice. This one is not as heavy.
About Desert Heat
Mallory James doesn’t trust men. How could she when her own father abandoned her twenty-two years ago? Now, when she receives a phone call from a man claiming to have found the body of her father in the Arizona desert, Mallory has no way to find out the truth. For closure, she flies to Phoenix to claim the body.
Mike Malone has more trouble than he knows how to cope with. An environmental group, the Salt River Protection League has gotten an injunction that prevents his guest ranch from operating. Tired of the battle, his longtime girlfriend has left him, and his friends—all depending on him for their livelihood—are getting desperate. The last thing he needs is the body of desert rat, Skeeter James, in one of his vacant cabins. And Mike really doesn’t need a beautiful woman taking his mind off business.
The minute Mallory reaches the deserted guest ranch things seem odd. Mike’s friends aren’t welcoming, and one in particular, Diana, seems to want Mallory gone. A vial of gold and half a treasure map are the only legacy Skeeter leaves. Before she can have the burial, Mallory is lured into the desert, bucked off a horse sabotaged by a thorn under his saddle blanket and stalked. Although she is falling for Mike, she can’t love a man she can’t trust. At first, Mike is skeptical of Mallory’s claims, but as incidents begin to pile up, he is forced to admit someone is trying to hurt. But how can they stop what they don’t understand?
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, ten ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
Want to read it? Of course you do! Just leave a comment telling us whether you’ve ever been to a resort, and D’Ann and I will pick a random winner next week. Good luck!