Today I get to welcome another talented Wild Rose author Dawn Luedecke, whose Western BIG SKY BRAZEN is FREE on Amazon right now. Yep, through Nov. 9, you can download her brand new book for just a smile. BIG SKY BRAZEN was released September 24 on Kindle.
So glad you're here today, Dawn. There's been wonderful response to your book. Readers do love Westerns. Please tell us a little about it.
Here's the blurb:
After discovering her horses missing, DeEtte hunts the man who stole them, only to discover things aren't as they seem. Her adventures lead to Bozeman where she joins up with a cattle drive north - a lawless place run by a cattle baron society. John, the man who stole her horses and broke her heart, trails after her. Many difficulties arise that prevent him from wooing the headstrong woman -- from two-timing outlaws, to deadly secrets, and finally to DeEttes ability to find trouble in any situation. John needs to settle his score with a man from Texas, protect DeEtte from not only outlaws but also determined suitors, and convince her trust him enough to marry. Can he clear his name and keep her from running head first into a range war and possible death?
You had me at cattle drives and outlaws. I can't wait. What drew you to this story?
I wanted to write a story for my sisters. I began with my youngest sister, Dusty, in ‘To Tame a Montana Heart’. This story, ‘Big Sky Brazen’, is my sister DeEttes story. She’s tiny and sweet, but thinks she is big and tough, so I wanted to give her a story where she kicked some ass.
That is so sweet. Would you share an excerpt?
This is my favorite excerpt from the story:
“So what are you in for, doll?” The woman in the corner with lemon-yellow hair, asked. “Did ya kill
someone?” A raspy, harsh cackle followed. The malicious sound of the yellow-haired woman’s laugh
convinced DeEtte that this particular whore had stopped caring long ago.
DeEtte’s eyelashes rose and she looked at the scantily dressed women in the corner. She took a deep
breath and watched the two with a blank face, although her insides were bubbling like a spring from a
“Yep,” she said and pursed her lips. She tilted herhead to the side and stared at the women with what she hoped was the hollow eyes of a cold-blooded killer.
Without the slightest hint of surprise, the blond responded, “How’d you do it?”
The prostitute motioned to the woman beside her. “Rosie here stabbed the yellow-bellied sidewinder
when she finally had enough of his right hook, didn’t you, Rosie.” The blonde looked at the other woman, leaned back on her cot, and turned back to DeEtte. “I helped hide the body, but damned if they didn’t catch us just as we dumped him in the river.” She chuckled to herself. “His body may be cold, but his soul is burnin' in hell, and that’s the truth of it…ain’t it, Rosie.”
The talkative woman rose to her feet, took two steps toward DeEtte, and held out her hand. “Name’s
Mona. Did you take over Rosie’s job at the Last Chance?”
DeEtte grasped Mona’s rough, callused hands and nodded. She noticed the slight tremor as she shook it hard. She may talk as if she doesn't care, but she’s deeply affected by her lifestyle choice.
“So, who’d you kill?” Mona asked as she returned to her seat.
Rosie’s lips curved in a snarl. “Probably a john, like we did.”
DeEtte tried to bring a curious glint to her eyes, like she’d seen in a few unsavory characters in the past, and hoped it worked to convince the women. “Na, I
killed my sister.”
The occupants in the small cell grew silent as they studied her face.
The look on Mona’s face told of her emotions, from skepticism to acceptance, as clear as the mirror
hanging above the saloon’s countertop. Mona sized her up, eyeing her, then lifted her head and kicked the corners of her mouth up in a smile. “What she do, steal your man?”
“Nope. She stole my boots,” DeEtte lied.
DeEtte sat on the cot opposite the women and stretched her feet out on the floor. When she leaned back again against the wall, her breasts strained against the tight red fabric of her low-cut silk dress.
“You kilt your sister ’cause she stole your boots?” Rosie repeated. Her tone sounded curious, but without real emotion.
“Yep.” DeEtte looked up at the ceiling, dirty from years of filth and dust.
Without giving an explanation, she let the silence grow. Both women watched her, waiting and
wondering, by the looks on their faces.
DeEtte wanted the women to remember her as the mysterious murdering madam, suspicious to everyone. A cold-blooded killer. However, she just couldn’t take it anymore. Exhaling forcibly, she sat up and stared into the eyes of the prostitutes to begin the tale of how she’d
killed her older sister.
I am currently working on a western titled WHITE WATER PASSION. It is about a logging company and the rough and tumble men who worked the rivers. They were said to have a ‘devil may care attitude’, but everyone knows those are the best men to wrangle and tame. ;)
I am also working on book 3 in the Montana Girl Series titled MONTANA BOUND. This will be Justine (aka Daylene) and Sacred Eagle Feather’s story. Complete with train robberies, prissy ladies thrown into the wild, and political intrigue. I love it!
They both sound exciting. Hope they'll be out soon. What one tip would you offer writers?
Never give up! A little rum and some Toby Keith’s ‘The Critique’ and you’ll be back to writing in no time after that bad review/critique.
I usually get my idea and the way my characters will fit in on some random day doing ordinary things, but when it comes down to plotting, I do my best thinking as I’m trying to fall asleep and when I’m in the shower—you know…those times when it’s most inconvenient to jot the idea down.
Ah, yes. When you have a pen and notebook right by your side LOL. Other that the shower, do you have a special place you like to write?
In my husband’s recliner, but I’m working on trying to get an office and feng-shui it to perfection.
Feng-shui? Hmmm. Sounds intriguing. During an ordinary day, do you have challenges with finding writing time?
Uck, that is the challenge. When I don’t have a day job, I get all the time in the world during the day when my children are either asleep, or at school. When I do have a day job, I write whenever I can. I hope to be able to get into a work day schedule where I work Monday-Friday from 9-5.
Good luck with the job search. But meanwhile, it's good that you have lots of writing time. I'm sure all your sisters would like to have their stories as soon as possible. Thanks so much for being here today, Dawn and best of luck with the release. I hope you’ll come back again.
Here is a little more about Dawn and where you can find her online.
A country girl born and bred, Dawn Luedecke has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving a successful tour in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. She enjoys writing historical and paranormal romance and spends as much time as she can working on her current manuscript. For more information visit www.dawnluedecke.com.
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