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Our readers may not know that Mr. Kraft is part Native American. A very small part, but one we’ve given a lot of attention. As best we can determine from scanty records, his great grandmother’s grandmother, born in Alabama, may have walked the Trail of Tears to Indian Territory/Oklahoma as a teen. When we write a Native American character, we do so in honor of Mr. Kraft’s ancestors.
Here is the prologue to Cassie’s Hope, introducing the hero, Clint Travers:
“You must know your heart. Trust your blood.”
The setting sun cast a warm glow on the reddish clay hills of eastern Utah. Resting one foot on the lowest corral rail, Clint Travers paid close attention to the soft words spoken by his grandmother, who stood patiently, hands clasped at her waist, gazing at the eastern horizon.
Clint loved the bent old woman whose dark hair hung in a single braid over a heavy shawl. He’d fight mountain lions barehanded for her—but she wanted him to see the world as she saw it, and that wasn’t entirely possible.
“You are a good grandson. Listen carefully. A red ball will rise from a great lake in the east. Those flames will make for you much joy and much pain. Do not be afraid. They are your destiny.”
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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?
Why do we write about horses?
We blogged about this at Kayelle Allen’s Romance Lives Forever Blog yesterday – confession time: I was once a horse crazy little girl!
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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Veronica Scott says
I really love and respect his feelings for his grandmother (including not being able to ‘live in her world’). Great snippet!
Jenna Jaxon says
I love your description of his grandmother. Her pride and her need for him to understand her world is beautifully done. Wonderful snippet!
Amy Braun says
Christina Ochs says
Very interesting! I wonder if her prophecy will come true.
Daryl Devore says
Wow – loved that. Could easily see the scene. Tweeted.
Nancy Gideon says
Love this, Adriana! Nothing like the wisdom of your elders.
Hywela Lyn says
Lovely scene, his love for his grandmother comes through so strongly, as does the differences in the world. The forshadowing has me intrigued!
Ed Hoornaert says
I look forward to reading about your half-Ute hero, as this is a meme I’ve written in some of my books. Not Ute, though; Kwakiiutl.
Teresa Cypher says
Wonderful snippet. I like his respect for his grandmother and the way she talks to him, almost as if she’s a soothsayer.
Enjoyed the snippet, his respect for his grandmother and her love for him. Look forward to reading more.