Her mouth was dry, her clothes filthy. She was wearing not only the dust of the land, but hair and blood from the calves she’d spent the morning branding. Hair, blood, and dust.
Some perfume, she thought with disdain. I’m a real lady.
“Not only do I have a missing herd to worry about, I’ve got a thief as a neighbor.” The fact that she was, despite her manly clothes and manner, a very pretty thief wasn’t lost on him. It wasn’t lost at all.
She watched him retreat and wished to tell him to go straight to hell.
“One. You caught me unawares with that right hook. But, Heather, I wouldn’t advise trying it again.”
Sounds like the sparks are already flying between these two.
BLURB: Heather is a spirited, independent woman living alone on a ranch left to her by her parents. She is also a healer of animals, domestic and wild. A woman doing a man’s work, running a ranch that everyone said couldn’t be done, not in this untamed, vastly unsettled land, in the mid 1800’s. the ranch had everything she needed except water. She stole that from a neighboring abandoned ranch watched over by a lonely cabin and a grave.
He rode alone, coming back after five years to an empty cabin, a run-down ranch, and a grave on a hill. A former Texas Ranger burnt out on life and afraid to love. Whip had spent five years hunting the man that took his wife’s life and left him to die.
Whip and Heather meet in an explosive moment on the banks of the Powder River. Both lonely, both drawn to one another, and both stubbornly fighting the attraction
Bio: DeAnn Smallwood lives in Colorado with her husband, Marvin and their two Yorkies, Stormy and Eli. She has the support and pleasure of family surrounding her. DeAnn is a native of Colorado, but lived several years in the beautiful state of Wyoming. She draws from this time for many of her novels. Her greatest pleasure next to writing is having her books read and enjoyed.
Other historical romances by DeAnn are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie and her contemporary romance, Tears In The Wind. Then, changing genres, DeAnn wrote a suspense/thriller under her pen name of: D. M. Wood. Death Crosses The Finish Line, is the first in a series of three ‘Death’ novels. Her second in this series, Death Is A Habit, will be out later this year.