Hello and welcome to my blog for another round of Meet the Characters! Today I am featuring a guest blogger who has graciously agreed to let me do a character interview, which is my favorite kind of interview. Join me in welcoming author, Rosanne Bittner, and her characters from Paradise Valley. It’s a fantastic historical romance with wonderful characters so without further ado here is the interview with Sage and Maggie.
Heroine: Maggie Tucker
Did you think your life would end up in a book?
“No. I’m from a little southern farm and always led a plain, quiet life till I came west and ran into outlaws … and one heck of a brave, handsome man who changed my life!”
What are your favorite scenes in your book?
“The romance with my hero, Sage!”
Do you like the way the book ended?
“You’ll have to read the book!” (smiling)
Hero: Sage Lightfoot
Are you happy with the genre your writer placed you in?
“Sure! I’m a big, strong man who loves ranching and the wild landscapes of Wyoming.”
Would you be interested in a sequel?
“I sure would. There is still a lot that could happen in my life. I have a ranch to build, more challenges ahead and … well, I don’t want to give away too much of how the story ends!”
What do you think your greatest weakness is?
“My weakness is that I’m a lot softer on the inside than I appear on the outside. But then that could be a strength because it keeps me balanced when I lose my temper, which happens a bit too often.”
Sage Lightfoot, a ranch owner with a questionable past and a secret love he’s struggling to forget, meets up with Maggie Tucker, a young woman who’s been attacked by outlaws who killed her husband and ravaged Maggie. Circumstances lead these two to travel together in search of the outlaws, who Sage also wants to find because of money they stole from him.
Their journey leads them into action and romance the likes of which Rosanne Bittner is best at writing, all set against the magnificent landscape of 1880’s Wyoming. Their journey brings them closer, but Sage’s old flame, and a secret Maggie is afraid to tell him, presents a challenge to the love they find as they struggle against the dangers of outlaw country and the forceful elements of the unforgiving western land.
(Main caracters are Sage Lightfoot – part Indian – owns a huge ranch called PARADISE VALLEY – and Maggie Tucker – a woman he rescues from a fate worse than death. Together they are searching for Maggie’s attackers, who are the same men who stole money from Sage.) In this scene, Maggie had been wounded in the thigh by an arrow from a renegade Indian and she and Sage are holed up in an old abandoned cabin while she heals …
… Reason told him not to, but Sage stretched out beside Maggie, then pulled her into his arms. “You’re safe here, Maggie, and you need your rest. Go back to sleep. No one is going to turn you out in the storm.”
The rain came down in torrents then, pounding the old shingles of the cabin roof. Sage could hear it dripping inside where the roof had split from years of hot, western sun, but things remained dry on their end. Maggie rested her head against his chest.
“The laudanum worked good, Sage. My leg doesn’t hurt much right now.”
“I’ll check it again in the morning. If it’s not red and swollen, we might have avoided an infection.”
They lay their quietly while the rain kept coming down. Another clap of thunder and flash of lightning caused Maggie to wrap her arms around Sage. “I want to tell you something, Sage. I hope you won’t think the worse of me for it.”
He leaned down to smell her hair. “What?”
“It doesn’t matter if you love me or not. I want to know what it feels like to take a man I really want.” She looked at him, her lips close. “Make love to me, Sage.”
“You don’t know what you’re asking. It’s the laudanum talking.”
“No. It’s me. I need to know what it’s supposed to be like. I need to forget the pain of what happened … before. Please, help.”
“Damn it, Maggie, I’ve been drinking. A drinking man doesn’t have any common sense.” “I don’t care.” Magge reached up to meet his mouth. He returned the gesture with a hungry, yet tender kiss. “God, Maggie,” he groaned, moving his lips to her neck. “Don’t ask me to stop.”
“I won’t. I’ve never felt like this,” she said in a near whisper. …
Buy the Book:
You can purchase Rosanne’s books at Amazon.com, through her web site, through Sourcebooks.com, i-Universe.com, Rosanne’s blog and at book stores.
Rosanne Bittner has been published for 30 years, with 57 titles to her name. Many of her books have been published in foreign languages, and she has won numerous writing awards, including the prestigious WILLA award given by Women Writing the West.
Rosanne lives in southwest Michigan with her husband of 48 years. They have two grown sons and three grandsons.
Rosanne will be running a contest to celebrate the publication of PARADISE VALLEY. Watch her web site and blog for news regarding giveaways!
Thank you for joining us today! I hope you enjoyed this round of Meet the Characters and will join us again next week!