Howdy, y’all! I have to say this past year of dealing with Mom’s ever-expanding symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s has been time consuming and difficult. Several after-midnight trips to the ER—with falls that caused arm and head injuries and an ankle broken in two places—led to numerous doctor visits and physical therapy. Those of you who are the only caregiver for an elderly parent know what life can be like. Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day to juggle work and obligations.
I needed to write a fast-paced, fun-loving romantic romp for my own therapy. I was looking for an assertive heroine, a tough-as-nails hero and a villain I could sink my teeth into and really hate. Thus, Natalie Blair, the spirited heiress—fleeing from her ruthless stepfather who wanted her life and her money—was born.
She decides to hire a husband who can withstand bribes and threats from a dirty, rotten scoundrel. Who better to handle adversity than the legendary contract gunslinger, Donovan Crow? After all, the ruggedly handsome Crow can be bought. Right? Right.
Natalie insists that marrying her is the easiest money Crow will ever make. Wrong! He has his own set of enemies trying to blow his head off. He doesn’t need his new wife’s stepfather trying to dispose of him, but that’s what he gets.
Natalie’s dream of staying a step ahead of her money-hungry stepfather, so she can enjoy freedom and adventure, becomes complicated when love trips her up. But a deal is a deal. This is supposed to be a temporary marriage with no strings attached…
Whose dumb idea was that? Natalie wonders how much it will cost her to change the rules and play for keeps.
THE GUNFIGHTER AND THE HEIRESS, available now from Harlequin Historical, was just what I needed to escape day-to-day difficulties and create a distraction for myself. For those of you who lead hectic lives, I hope this new book will bring you a few hours of reading pleasure and a few smiles. Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, even when you can’t leave, ya know?