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The Kentucky Derby is only five weeks away! From now at least through the Derby, we’ll take you on a whirlwind tour of the horse racing industry, the setting for our four-book romantic suspense series, Riders Up. Here’s a snippet from Book One, Cassie’s Hope:
Set-Up: Cassie’s agreed to come home to her dad’s horse farm in Northern Illinois for six months to train horses for him after his stroke. He has a plan…
“Only you can do this—I want you to take Cassie’s Hope to Wyoming Downs. They have a stakes race comin’ up May seventeenth—that’s sayin’ a lot more than it is—but it’s a decent race.”
“Wyoming Downs,” Cassie squeaked, her eyes rounding. “Where the hell is that?”
“It happens to be in Wyoming.”
“You want me to haul a horse half way across the country to find her confidence? Why not Prairie Meadows or Canterbury?”
Cassie saw the cagey glint dancing in her father’s eyes. Every horse trainer, every horse player had to have an angle, and she was about to hear one more.
“Altitude—if we train the filly in the mountains, she’ll have a tremendous edge when we run her back here.”
Cassie’s Hope is the first romance my husband and I ever wrote together – more years ago than I’d care to admit. What we finally published bears very little resemblance to that early manuscript. We had so much to learn! Even so, we got encouraging feedback from a few editors we submitted to (in the days when everything was hard copy)!
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Because we love to celebrate the Kentucky Derby, starting next weekend and through Derby weekend May 5, we’ll be offering free downloads of each book in the series. If you follow our Author Page at Amazon, you’ll get an alert when each free promo begins. Enjoy!
High stakes, a fiery Irish redhead, her stunning racehorse, and a fiercely loyal rancher
What happens when a fiercely loyal widowed half-Ute cowboy meets a fiery redhead with an Irish temper to match? Cassidy O’Hanlon – Cassie, to her friends – has set aside her Chicago career for six months to train racehorses for her dad after his stroke.
Furious the interloper has shipped in a ringer from the Chicago circuit to his Wyoming turf, Rancher/trainer Clint Travers sets out to put her in her place. Sparks fly immediately, but after their rocky start, the two quickly forge a passionate relationship, and he follows her to Chicago.
When it becomes clear someone is drugging Cassie’s horse, Clint sets out to solve the mystery, but storms off in a cloud of wounded pride when suspicions turn to him.
Can love trump pride?
Riders Up, Book One
Novel: 71,000 words
Cover Artist: Rebecca Poole
Three flames: Explicit sex: M/F
REVIEW: Five Stars at Goodreads: “…I took their journey with them. I felt their pain, their sadness, their struggles, and most of all their love. And that is the mark of a truly good book.” Faith
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