Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees to the American West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes under the pen name Lud Madison.
Civil War veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her in an Indian attack, Ben becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man’s gunslinger brother swears revenge.
After Ben joins a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, a waiting Maggie interviews him for her next story. Sparks fly as they wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter’s promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I raised my daughter to think for herself and be a little feisty. My heroine Maggie is based upon her. Maggie is smart as a whip and believes she can do anything she sets her mind to, which is something I love about her.
My hero Ben needed to be a man broken, one who thought he’d never love again after his wife’s death. I wrote him to be smart, handsome, caring, and a bit surprised to find he CAN love again–because he’s found his soul mate in Maggie.