HAPPY WEDNESDAY! Time for another round of What to Read Wednesday 🙂 Today I have another wonderful author visiting.
Please help me welcome Dawn Luedecke. I’m turning the blog over to her so that she can share the inspiration for her debut release TO TAME A MONTANA HEART. And again I have to say *swoon* to another awesome cover.
Take it away Dawn!!
The search for the perfect story can be a grueling task. When I wrote my first book, ‘To Tame a Montana Heart’, I went to the library in search of inspiration. There I found a book about Missoula Montana history. On a side note in the middle of the book was a fact about how the army in 1850 brought in camels to help with Indian affairs. The only problem was that the camels were too stubborn for even the handlers. As a result, they were released into the wild, and often confused with moose and shot. Such an odd act is what allowed the creative juices to flow the very first time. Ever since then, it has been increasingly easy to get an idea for a new story or scene. Here is a little peek at Clyde the camel’s role in ‘To Tame a Montana Heart’.
Clyde made his way into Lolo with his new
master perched with brave resolve on his back.
Through the sleepless night behind her she had
considered the woman she was going to meet. At
times, Belle seemed like a decent woman who had
been given a tough lot in life, but then Dusty would
get the feeling the woman was up to something.
Would Travis be able to make everything clear? She
had brought Clyde for support. She always felt
better when surrounded by animals, which is why
Killer was tucked snugly into the saddlebags behind
The dust kicked up behind her as she made her
way through Main Street and to the Mercantile.
There were very few people out this early in the
morning, but those who were did not even look twice
as she rode through the streets on a camel. It was
not unusual to see her doing something odd, and
since the barn-raising the whole town knew about
Clyde and more than likely had assumed it was just
a matter of time before she started to ride him
Belle sat atop a rented horse and waited for
Dusty. She gave an obvious start at the sight of
Clyde, but an odd smile replaced it. The knot in
Dusty’s stomach intensified when she watched the
confidence stretching over the woman’s face.
Confident she could steal Travis back from her, no
Many simple moments in life have sparked my imagination and given me a story idea. Watching the serene scene of a snow capped mountain on a cold winter’s day, the waves crashing against the cliffs of the coast of Washington, and even a meathead at the gym have been inspirational to me. Now I have a question for you. Have you ever been out and about when inspiration struck? Give some of your best ‘that’s it’ moments.
Running from a past of privilege, deceit, and danger, Travis Simms is ready to settle down. What better place to forget all he left behind than the quiet little Montana town of Lolo Hot Springs? His goal is clear — build a hotel and his own destiny without complications —until one of the town’s most troublesome women captures his attention.
Dusty Larson is hell bent on independence, helping her sister run the Triple D Ranch. She can do anything a man can, and do it better, so she certainly doesn’t need one in her life. The only problem is she seems to attract bad luck and danger…and Travis. Can he tame her wild ways and keep his bachelor status intact — or does he risk losing his heart?
She watched him with care. “I don’t know
if I love you. I like you, a lot, but I don’t have
the slightest idea what love feels like.”
Travis’ smile grew slowly across his face. “I
understand. I’m not sure if I love you or not, but I
also don’t think I could live without you. So you will
always have that.” His voice was almost a whisper
when he said the last.
“Truly?” Her voice cracked and she had to force
herself to breathe easy.
She inclined her head and took two brisk steps
toward him. She leaned over and kissed him with all
the fever of a thousand fires. He reached up and
intertwined his hand through her hair to hold her
still as he plundered her mouth.
She released him with a shaky breath and
jumped back to turn on her heels. “Put something
nice on. I’ll be back with a preacher man.”
“You know, I heard you only have to say ‘I marry
you’ three times and then you’re hitched.”
She threw him a sassy look and slammed the
A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving a successful tour in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. She enjoys writing historical and paranormal romance and spends as much time as she can working on her current manuscript. For more information visit http://www.dawnluedecke.com.
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