Hello and welcome! Today I have my wonderful critique partner and fabulous author, D’Ann Lindun on my blog and she’s talking about her awesome romantic suspense, Cooper’s Redemption! So give her a huge welcome and enjoy!
Yesterday, my daughter and I went to help my sister and her husband move their horses from summer pasture home for the winter. It was cold, windy and snowing. Not ideal. But livestock doesn’t care about the weather. When it’s time to move them home, or to another pasture, it has to be done.
Cooper is searching for his cattle…
The hair on the back of J.B. Cooper’s neck stood up and goose bumps prickled his skin. An odd electricity he couldn’t identify sparked the atmosphere. Reaching into a pocket of his Carhartt jacket he dug out a pair of sheepskin gloves and pulled them over his frozen fingers. An icy wind whipped across his neck and he tugged his Stetson down a little tighter.
His eyes narrowed as his gazed roamed over the familiar terrain. Something wasn’t right. The scent of snow had hung on the air even before black clouds raced over the horizon carrying the promise snow. Already December, it was late for the first snowfall of the year, but white would be on the ground by morning.
The weather matched his mood. Twenty Hereford yearlings he’d expected to find in the north pasture were missing. Like the phantom herd in the song Ghost Riders, they’d vanished into thin air. He motioned, and his blue heeler loped ahead, nose to the ground. Reining his sorrel that direction, Cooper’s heart thudded against his ribs.
When he arrived at the catch corral a few minutes later, the pen stood empty. The adobe ground told the story. The earth had been churned and torn by bovine hooves. Someone had crowded the yearlings into the pen where they’d milled around.
Stepping off the gelding, Cooper dropped his reins on the ground and knelt down to study the marks. A hoof print stood out—one of the horses was missing a back left shoe, leaving his hoof cracked, jagged. Not much to go on. In this rugged country a horse could throw a shoe about once a day.
Cooper remounted the gelding and followed the tracks, unable to guess why the rustlers had headed toward his house. As he rode, Cooper faced the terrible truth—his cattle were gone, stolen. He grew angrier each mile. Who had herded his heifers into the upcoming blizzard? And where had they gone?
Elizabeth Adams has often dreamed of being a heroine in a western film, but her job as a florist in Los Angles is a far cry from cowgirl. Her mother travels to Colorado to sell her inherited ranch…and vanishes. When local law enforcement refuses to search, Elizabeth travels to Salt Lick to find her mother.
There is no proof JB Cooper murdered his neighbor, but the people of Salt Lick, Colorado, believe he killed the old man in a heated exchange over water rights. Lack of proof is the only thing keeping Cooper out of jail. When a woman goes missing and a homeless man is killed, he’s the first suspect.
Although everyone, including the local sheriff, advises Elizabeth not to trust Cooper, she instinctively knows he’s no killer. The cowboy reluctantly lets the city girl inside his tough outer layer. Can they find Elizabeth’s mother in time? Or will the dark eye of suspicion on Cooper tear them apart?
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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, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
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