Welcome back, Susan. You have a lot of books out now. What is your favorite setting to use in your books?
It’s hard to choose—I love writing about
Maine and the West and . England
What do you look for when you’re shopping for a book to buy for yourself?
I look for a story that sounds intriguing. I read certain authors over and over, but I’ll also take a chance on a new author if the storyline draws me.
Give us a little tour of the setting for this book.
This contemporary romance is set in
. A large part of the story takes place on a 100-mile trail ride in the Wyoming Medicine Bow Mountains area.
What other books do you have coming out soon?
In September, Captive Trail will release as part of the Texas Trails series. It features a young woman who has escaped from her Comanche captors in 1857. Also this fall, I have a novella in the Christmas at Barncastle Inn anthology. In this collection, guests at the Barncastle Inn can celebrate their holidays in any historical period they choose.
Please give us a glimpse inside your home.
We moved a year ago from
Maine to , and it’s been a big change for us. Instead of a woodstove, we have central air conditioning. I have a corner room for my office, and it overlooks the driveway and part of the pasture. I love looking out there and seeing lots of birds and occasionally other wildlife. Kentucky
Is this novel part of a series or a stand-alone book?
My book, Trail to Justice, is first in the Wyoming Weddings collection. The other two books are Hearts on the Road, by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, and A Wagonful of Trouble, by Vickie McDonough. Each of the three stories can be read as a standalone, but all share the contemporary
setting, and you’ll see the Groovy Grannies, in their hot pink semi, in all three books. Wyoming
Tell us about the story.
Ruby Dale finds the freedom she longs for on the back of her horse. An only child since her twin sister died in an accident, she stays close to home, despite feeling cloistered at times. When the chance to compete in a hundred-mile endurance ride arises, Ruby is eager to compete and forget her job of police dispatcher for a day. Riding with the handsome veterinarian makes the event even more appealing.
Chuck Sullivan finds his social life on the upswing when Ruby agrees to join him on a day-long trail ride in the mountains. And riding alongside her in the
100 is even better. But when a friend takes a bad fall and Chuck makes a sinister discovery off the trail, the ride turns from a friendly competition into a fight for life. Wyoming
Please give us the first page of the book.
Ruby Dale let her palomino gelding, Lancelot, canter across
the prairie toward home. They’d had a good workout—twenty
miles plus—but Lancelot was still ready to go. In two weeks
he’d demonstrate his mettle at the
100 competitive Wyoming
trail ride, but she knew without that proof that he was at the
peak of condition. Both were more than ready for the hundred-mile
This was what she loved—getting out away from the
claustrophobic atmosphere at home and her stressful job at
the police station, alone with her horse. The burnished gold
palomino had given her many hours of comfort in the last
few years. If only Julie were riding beside her.
She was about to pull Lancelot down to a walk to cool him
off when he missed his footing. He stumbled, lurching to the
side. Ruby flew forward onto his neck, clutching desperately at
his mane. She slid down his shoulder but tried to push herself
upright as the horse recovered and found his footing again. Too
late. Her center of gravity had shifted too far. She wouldn’t be
able to get back up into the saddle.
“Whoa, boy!” she called as she slipped down his side. For
a moment she hung helpless, clinging to his mane. Her foot
inched over the saddle. This was always the worst instant of
a fall, not knowing how you’d land. She tucked her head and
pushed off, falling hard on her left shoulder, and rolled quickly
away from the horse’s hooves. For a long moment she lay panting
in the dry grass assessing her pains. Nothing major. Good thing,
or her parents would have fits and forbid her to ride alone, even
though she was twenty-four and well into adulthood.
Slowly she raised her head. Lancelot had halted and stood
shivering a few yards away. She rose stiffly and stretched
out her limbs. Nothing broken, but she’d have some colorful
bruises by morning. She hobbled to the palomino’s side and
stroked his withers. “Are you all right?”
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So glad to have you back, Susan. Can hardly wait to see you again.
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