A Road Trip With the Marshal

Please welcome our special guest…


 Deb Mullins


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.





I’m giving away a copy of THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER (electronic only) to one lucky commenter. An excerpt of the book is available here: http://store.samhainpublishing.com/lawmans-surrender-p-6774.html


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15 thoughts on “A Road Trip With the Marshal”

  1. Horse trip to Denver, I’d love to ride along oas Suzanna (Suzie) and Jedidiah’s horse ride through the wild country to Denver. What an interesting and intimate way to get to know someone!

    I’ve been on road trips to camp out west in Olympic, Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Also went to Banff and Jasper in Canada. We take an annual road trip to Florida.

    Luckily, no bad adventures!

    I’m always amazed at how huge and beautiful our country is!

    Best wishes for continued success!

  2. Hi Debra, I have not been on many road trips myself.Sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I will get to take one some day. Your book sounds really good and I can’t wait to read it.

  3. We love road trips and have taken quite a few of them. Our cross country moves were memorable, but not really because we made a vacation out of them. It was always a case of going straight there as soon as possible. Our trip east to west was memorable because we were trapped in a blizzard for 4 days. With the wind chill it was -100. Cat, dog, a dozen cases of jars of canned vegetables, plants, 2 children, and mom & dad in a motel room that never got above 55 and the snow blew in around the door. Five years later, we headed west to east and it was 115 with the heat index and high humidity. No air conditioning in one vehicle. My car had it, but I also ended up with the dog, rabbit, and a cat who cried all across country. It was bad enough the kids chose to ride with their dad in the car with no air conditioning.
    We have had many good trips, some covering the same areas your trip did. Even the bad trips make for good, or at least memorable, times. We have many more trips planned – Alaska and the Canadian Rockies next year and Glacier if we can fit it in. We did South Dakota, the Tetons, and Yellowstone a few years ago. Making plans for Ireland and Scotland one of these days.

    THE LAWMAN’S SURRENDER sounds like a good read. Don’t think I’d want to try a cross country trip on horseback, but it would be an adventure. Best of luck with the release.

  4. Sounds like some good road trips! Laurie G., I haven’t made it to Yellowstone yet, but I want to. Quilt Lady, I hope to get to take your trip some day. And Patricia B., my hubby and I went to Scotland and Ireland on our honeymoon a few years back. It was a bus tour with CIE. I highly recommend them.

    In a bit of irony, I am on a road trip right now! Hubby and I are in Arizona for the weekend, though snow is expected where we’re going!

  5. Hi Debra, so great to have you blog with us again. Your subject sparked some great memories. When I was growing up our family always took a road trip from New Mexico to California to visit my grandparents. I loved seeing all the things along the way. Back in those days there were Indian trading posts all along our route and stopping at those was the highlight of our trip. I always looked forward to buying a pair of moccasins with the money I’d saved. And we loved seeing the snakes and other live animals. Then there were the museums and ghost towns that we all loved. Like you said, taking a road trip draws the travelers closer to together.

    Lawman’s Surrender looks like a great read. Wishing you much success with it.

  6. Hi Debra,

    Our family vacations were always road trips, and they were fabulous. We learned so much on those trips and had more than our fair share of fun, too. Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories.

    LAWMAN’S SURRENDER looks like a fun read!

  7. Not really a road trip person… went on a few when I was younger with my parents… you have my attention with your book… sounds like something I would enjoy… I will admit that I do not believe I have had the pleasure of reading one of your books before… I will have to double check… thank you for sharing with us today! 😀

  8. My family has taken road trips before, both long and short ones. They are always fun. The best part for me was taking in all the scenery. From beaches to mountains and forests. Your pictures are lovely.

  9. Thank you all for sharing your road trip stories! Now I have one to add. I mentioned I was on a road trip right now, right? As always, the unexpected happened. I am in Sedona, Arizona, and we couldn’t continue on to Flagstaff because of SNOW. So we ended up staying in Sedona, and the views are GORGEOUS. Everything works out for the best…

  10. Oh, I love road trips! But only when you can take your time. My husband likes to drive start through and that’s no fun!

    The Lawman’s Surrender sounds like a great book! I would love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win a e-copy!

  11. I had the fortune to travel with my parents in their motor home back in the 90’s. I had a ball! My mother was constantly horrified that I talked to so many strangers but I love making new friends and someone has to make the first move…right?

    My best friend and I took a bus from Nebraska to New York to visit some of her family. When we set out we said we wanted an adventure and it certainly was!

  12. Candy M., my husband loves road trips and loves to stop and see stuff and especialy eat! I keep telling him he should start a restaurant review blog. He especially loves driving through the desert. I don’t get it, but it gets me places like Vegas and Sedona!

    Connie Lorenz, how cool to have gotten the opportunity to travel in a motor home! Hubs and I have speculated about doing that. It sounds awesome!

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