Hello and welcome! Today I have a guest blogger who is also my critique partner and close friend. I hope you’ll join me in giving a warm welcome to author, D’Ann Lindun as she talks about her new releases, A Cowboy to Keep and Sunny Days Ahead! Welcome, D’Ann! Take it away!
My daughter means the world to me. I’d do anything for her. I often write about mothers, and one theme that often runs down through my stories is how strongly a mother will protect her child. In both my Black Mountain books, a mother’s love is showcased.
“I was saying the kids make a cute couple,” Dottie said. “Although, they’re a bit young for anything serious.”
“Yes,” Laney said.
“But then, I’m sure you know all about being too young.” Dottie fluttered her perfect scarlet nails. “Oh, dear. I’m making a mess of this. I’m just saying they probably shouldn’t spend a lot of time alone together, if you know what I mean.”
“I understand perfectly,” Laney said. Her insides went cold for a moment. She felt as frozen as a snowwoman. “But since my son is only thirteen years old, I don’t think your daughter is in any danger of losing her innocence anytime soon.”
“Oh, I didn’t mean to imply—”
“That’s exactly what you meant,” Laney interrupted. “You were insinuating Justin is trashy like his mother. Poor breeding runs in the family, isn’t that what you’re saying? Well, I have news for you. I fell in love with Wyatt at eight years old when I met him at my first 4-H meeting. He’s the only man I’ve ever wanted. And yes, we made love way too young, but I wouldn’t change any of it. I worshiped him then, and I still do. I’ll never find anyone who can fill his boots. So if you’re concerned Justin is like his mother, your daughter would be lucky to have him. Because Ellis love is deep and true and forever.”
Because her voice had raised several octaves, Laney didn’t realize someone had come in. Only the look on Dottie’s face alerted her. Laney looked over her shoulder into the mortified faces of Justin and Amber Lyn, who stood like a steel post next to him, her big blue eyes wide. Behind them, Rayanne and Luke stared at her like she was a bug on a board. But it was the cool, cynical eyes of Cody she wanted to shrink away from.
Sunny felt pretty well considering she had given birth that day.
Somehow she had even managed some rest.
The tall, good-looking man with the quiet brown eyes. Gary. No, that wasn’t it. Garret. Just passing through. He’d helped her through a huge crisis, but the truth was he’d only diverted one. More were coming with the speed of a freight train. And she stood directly in its path. Three babies to feed, no husband, and no job. She couldn’t live on unemployment forever. And she couldn’t take the kids to the bar where Starla had offered her a job waiting tables. What was she going to do? All she’d ever wanted was a normal, decent family, and she’d somehow ended up with the newer version of her own messed up bunch. Three kids, two different dads. She wasn’t a bit better than Clem Jamieson. Hell, she was exactly like him.
The weight of it all pressed down on her and she closed her eyes. The baby whimpered. She smoothed a hand over his tiny back. Worry creased her brow.
She struggled to a sitting position, and her head swam. For the first time in what seemed like eons she didn’t feel like throwing up, but she was weak from lack of food and giving birth. The pregnancy had been easy enough, but the flu had really taken its toll on her.
Waiting until her head cleared, she stood, using the dresser for support. Then she slowly made her way to the bathroom. After looking in the mirror, she tried to untangle her hair a little with her fingers, but gave up in disgust. She had more important things to worry about.
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Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
Thank you for joining us today! Have a fabulous day and enjoy D’Ann’s books as much as I did!!