Happy Thursday! I am excited to have debut author D’Ann Lindun with me today. She is truly an inspiration with her dedication and passion for writing.
Welcome, D’Ann! Tell us about your book/series and how did the idea come to you?
I read an article about how a group was trying to block the removal of mustangs off the Apache-Sitgreave forest, and a story idea was sparked.
When did the writing bug first bite?
Twenty years ago, I took a how-to class from Superromance author Margot Early. I was hooked!
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
I love HQ Intrigues. I love any suspense. I’ve been discovering a lot of new, sharp authors from Six Sentence Sunday.
What is your most favorite childhood memory?
My dad brought home a little black pony for my 3rd birthday. It’s etched in my memory.
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I like to trail ride with my daughter. We take the horses and our five Australian shepherds to the mountains, roast hot dogs. Nothing like it.
Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Don’t give up. Don’t quit after a rejection. I got over 200 before I got the call (email)!
Boxers, brief or commando?
Favorite eye color?
I almost always write dark eyes on men.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?
LOL I don’t know. That list would be pretty long. When I was 13, my dad and I were hauling horses and we broke down. He sent me to town with a woman who stopped to help. She had an old fashioned VW bug—full of live, loose chickens!!!
Her family ranch outside of Payson, Arizona, is the last place Castaña Castillo thought she’d ever see again. But when her mustang activist brother goes missing, Castaña returns home to lead the search. Years of bad blood between local law enforcement and the Castillo men lead Castaña to believe the local cops won’t put out much effort to locate her brother. Especially since they think he murdered two federal wildlife agents.
Disgraced FBI agent Jake Breton needs to bring in Martin Castillo to redeem himself and resurrect his career. Falling in love with someone related to the suspect is the last thing he can afford to do. The last time he followed his heart, and not his head, it nearly cost him his life.
Danger, adventure, and death push Jake and Castaña together. Will they learn to trust each other and leave their pasts behind?
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In less than half an hour, Castaña pulled into the ranch and killed the engine. Even in twilight, it looked as if the place hadn’t changed much since the day she drove away six years ago. Blinking back tears of regret, she took in the familiar wood-hewn ranch house with its wide porch that offered shade even on the hottest day, the small barn and attached corrals. Farther, she saw horse pasture, and surrounding it all the Apache-Sitgreave National Forest. Up here, on the rim, it was forest, not desert. A lump formed in her throat and she fought to swallow. The day after her eighteenth birthday, she’d packed up and set off for Dallas planning to never look back.
The last place she wanted to ever see again was this dusty old ranch that held very few happy memories and less opportunity. After a lifetime of being told she wasn’t good enough by her father, she was beginning to make something of herself as a horse trainer in Texas. Martin had been the only child her father wanted, or desired. Men in the Castillo family didn’t rely on women for anything more than physical pleasure.
Wouldn’t Martin be horrified to know she was the one he depended on now? But no matter how much he’d rejected her in the past, she couldn’t just leave her brother to die. Finding him safe and sound was all she asked. She knew better than to hope for acceptance from him. A low moan to her right reminded her she had another headache. She shot a glance toward her passenger. He rested, half slumped against the door, eyes closed.
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, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
Other books by D’Ann:
A Cowboy To Keep:
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