Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch. Or the rancher.
Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her well being is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?
A strong arm grasped Amanda, catching her upper arm and dragging her onto the horse. As soon as she was solidly on the animal, she grabbed ahold of Brandon as tightly as she could.
They took off. The bull pawed at the ground, making all manner of grunting noises, but as if by some miracle, he ran off to the left. All of this happened as if time had slowed.
The horse continued to push forward. And as they neared the edge of the fence, Brandon urged the horse to go even faster. Were they going to break through? What would happen to the cattle with the fence destroyed?
But as they approached the fence, the horse leapt. Amanda gripped Brandon impossibly tighter. Jolted when the horse landed, her teeth chattered.
Only then did Brandon slow the horse. He then placed a hand on her upper arm and pushed.
She released him.
He sucked in a deep breath and expelled it.
Had she been holding him too tightly? Her face warmed.
He took hold of her shoulders. “Are you all right?”
She nodded, and though their faces were but a breath apart, she was not quite able to meet his eyes, fighting tears in her own. Only then she found herself staring at his bare chest. Jerking her head away, she averted her gaze.
“Do you realize what could have happened?” His voice rose.
She nodded, still not able to meet his eyes. The force of his emotion hit her. Was he so concerned after her?
“I would have had to shoot that bull.”
What? Eyes wide, she tilted her face up to look at him.
“That bull is worth half my herd.”
So he was only worried about the cattle. Not her. His precious cattle.
About the Author
Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
That is a tough question. I have always strove to be the best me I can be. And I don’t mean that in a cheesy way. But my parents taught me from an early age that I can’t change who I am (in the sense that I can’t be any one else), so I need to be the best me I can be. That’s not to say there haven’t been times I wanted to be my sister because she seems so confident about herself. Or a close friend who had a very magnetic personality. But I will say that pretty much, I’ve been content with myself.
What did you do on your last birthday?
My husband surprised me and took me on a double date with our close couple friends that live nearby. We went out to eat and my sweet friend made a dessert that was “on plan” (I was limiting my sugar and white flour at the time.) It was great!
What part of the writing process do you dread?
Self editing…especially when you’re going through the manuscript for the hundredth time. It all starts to blur together at some point.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Sure. But I’ve found that it’s more likely a case where I’m just not feeling inspired in that moment. And in every instance that has happened, I found I just needed to get the creative juices flowing. So, I needed to do some free hand writing on a scene or through a character’s point of view or even nab a writing prompt off the internet and write until the “pump was primed” so to speak.
Tell us about your latest release.“A Convenient Risk” is about a young widow, Amanda, in 1870’s small town Arizona who finds herself in a marriage of convenience. Women at this time had few options left to them when their spouse died, especially if they had children to care for. The hero in the story, Brandon, needs to expand his ranch. So adding the dearly departed rancher’s cattle to his own appeals to him. What neither of them bargained for was the emotional entanglement. Or that Billy the Kid and his posse would become a part of their story.
About the Author
Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside.
Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara's great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”.
Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.
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