Young, adventurous and widowed in a new land, Cassandra Courtney Brooks finds her dream of raising a superior breed of saddle horse slipping away with the death of her husband. Left with four horses, living in a tavern attic, and her scant savings depleting, she resolves to see her vision through to fruition by accepting the scandalous position of steward at Varina Farms.
Born in the image of his native ancestry, Colton Rolfe’s savage blood runs through his veins. Scorned by his father, Colt grew into a man of ill temperament whose only interest is the wild equine beasts on his plantation. His desire to breed his horses with the superior Thoroughbreds of the newly widowed Cassandra Brooks leads him to abandon societal rules. Colt’s growing resentment toward the Crown and his assistance to Sons of Liberty missions is complicated by the discovery that Cassandra’s father is a titled English nobleman.
Cassandra is soon forced to question the wisdom of her decision when she finds herself enamored with her employer. As fiery passion grows between them, Cassandra realizes her own spirit of independence, love of the land, and the savage man who is so much a part of it.
As the threat of war comes ever closer, wills are tested through gunfire, treachery, danger, and kidnapping. Does Colt dare trust Casandra with Sons of Liberty secrets? More importantly, can he trust her with his heart? And will Colt ever trust Cassandra enough to love her as she longs to be loved?
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Of course with romance, the love story has to take the lead in the story, and it is sensual. But we insist on historical accuracy and an exciting, suspenseful storyline. Unlike most romance, we’ve even had some gentlemen take an interest in the book, no doubt because of the history and the battle scene, which we tried to portray as accurately and descriptively as possible. We wanted the reader to become immersed in the whole experience.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Read & Write! That is the most essential. If you don’t read, you will never know the proper process to your craft. I would also recommend they trash the excuses; if you don’t have time to write, then you’re not a writer. You will always find the time if that is what you really want, or need, to do. Treat it like a job, because believe me, if you do ever get published, it is a 12-hour a day job, so be prepared for that. Writing isn’t just writing…it’s re-writes, edits, more re-writes, proofreading, and just when you think you’re done, there’s more. And once your book is out there, that’s also not the end, because you have to produce not only more manuscripts (you’re not a one hit wonder, are you?) and you have to throw in marketing of your first book on top of that. It’s not enough to write it; you have to find readers for your work. If you don’t absolutely love the whole process, maybe you should re-think your aspirations. But if you do love it, then there’s nothing better, believe me.
Carley Bauer enjoys life on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. with her husband and their blue eyed feline, Noelle. After 30 years as a state contractor in a self employed capacity, she decided to try her hand at her first love, writing.
She loves being an empty nester, free to travel with her husband. Still involved with her children and grandchildren, Carley loves big family dinners.
Some of her other hobbies are fashion, the occasional bite of the Big Apple where the excitement feeds her natural love of city life and home decor, which boasts a collection of Fenton Glassware.
I’m Lynette Willows. I live in rural Alberta, Canada. My debut novel, “No Gentleman Is He”, the first in the Sons of Liberty series, is co-written along with my partner in romance, Carley Bauer. We wanted to write a romance for readers who love good, intelligent stories as well as great characterization in their books.
It has been said I have a very interesting past. Not only was it unusual, but some would even say reckless. I’ve lived on an Indian reserve in a teepee with my young son for three months in the winter, I’ve chased storms, and worked as a social services aide on one of the most troubled and dangerous reserves in Canada, where I met great friends as well as made a few enemies.
I enjoy camping, movies, especially historical bio dramas, strange dogs, stranger cats, exclamation points, coffee mugs with stupid sayings, friends, the crazier the better, family, as long as they are crazier than I am, and I have a huge collection of shiny, outrageous earrings. Yes, I’m a magpie.
If you’re curious about my favorite reading material, it’s very eclectic and varied. I’m extremely picky about what I read, so check out my “to read” list on Goodreads. You can also follow me and Carley, my talented, patient, and illustrious co-author at our fan page on Facebook at “Lynette Willows & Carley Bauer”. I’m also on Twitter under @LynetteWillows, as well as Pinterest, though I’m still figuring that out. You are welcome to also visit me and chat at “Lynette Willows, Author” at http://lynettewillows.blogspot.ca/
.What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My co-author on this book, Carley Bauer, has a fascination for the American Revolution era, and since we have been interactively writing for ten years, we decided what we have written was good enough for publication. We found out some interesting, little known facts about the fight for Independence, and we wanted to include these in our romance book, adding historical accuracy and an exciting story to the romance. She convinced me to try it out and I soon found myself completely immersed in the research. We both think we’ve produced a superior first book in the Sons of Liberty series. Book 2, as yet untitled, will hopefully be published this summer.