Many thanks to Petticoats and Pistols for their kindness in having me as a guest today. I’d like to talk about road trips. Have you ever been on one? Do you like them? Hate them? I tend to like them. The fun thing for me is that you never know who you will meet, what you will see, what you will eat.
About five years ago, my family and I took a road trip when we moved across country from east coast to west. We stopped at Graceland so my husband could have a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. We went through Memphis and ate barbecue on Beale Street and continued through Oklahoma as they were getting pelted by locusts (try getting those guys out of the nooks and crannies of the car). We stopped in Texas and watched people try to get a free meal by eating a 72 ounce steak (not many successes there). We drove through Albuquerque and ate lunch in Old Town, then continued on through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest of Arizona. For some reason I thought the Petrified Forest would consist of standing trees, but it’s actually fossilized chunks of tree trunks just laying on the ground! (They still look like trees!) We continued on to Slide Rock near Flagstaff, a natural water slide that was nice and refreshing on an August afternoon, before moving onward toward our final destination.
This is a journey I’ll always remember. There’s an intimacy to a road trip that brings you closer to the people with whom you’re traveling, shared experiences and memories that linger with you forever and bind you in a way you can’t explain. Perhaps this is why I decided to do a road trip for my April release, THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER (Samhain Retro Romance).
Susannah Calhoun has been arrested for murder and is being transferred to Denver for trial. It seems the deceased is the brother of a U.S. Senator who is pulling some strings. Of course, Susannah didn’t kill the guy, but for once her famous charm fails her as no one believes her about the missing witness who can prove her innocence. When she discovers that her escort to Denver is none other than U.S. Marshal Jedidiah Brown, a man who left town without a word after they shared a flirtation and a kiss a year before, she figures she’s on her own to find the truth. No way would the straight-arrow ex-soldier from Charleston ever believe that she didn’t kill Brick Caldwell, not with the evidence pointing her way.
But when Brick’s irate brother breaks into the jail with a lynch mob in an attempt to hang Susannah, it’s Jedidiah who comes to her rescue. With Susannah’s life in danger, Jedidiah decides they’re going to skip the train and head to Denver on horseback instead to give him more control over their route and schedule. Road trip!
For all that Jedidiah did walk away without a backward glance, he has never been able to forget Susannah. And now that they’re stuck with each other, he finds it harder and harder to ignore the attraction between them. Susannah has tried to dismiss Jedidiah as the one man she couldn’t charm, but the more time they spend on the road together, the more she longs to be the woman who can make him stay.
THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER is the second book in the Calhoun Sisters series (Book one is DONOVAN’S BED.) Come along for the ride as Jedidiah tries to find ways to make Susannah less memorable (how do you disguise the most beautiful woman in the world?), meet the people they encounter along the way, and discover the reasons Suzie cannot seem to stay locked in a jail cell.