This is the third book in the Destiny in Deadwood series but you can also read it as a stand alone.
Zach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.
Neither task is an easy one.
Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything.
I just finished reading this book and I was not able to put it down. From beginning to end it kept my interest and made me feel as if the characters were my friends. I will go purchase the rest of the books in the series to find out what happens to the rest of the family. Amazing book, well written. - Amazon
Forever Western Romance
· Setting – must be in the west (duh!) Whether contemporary or historical the setting must be somewhere in the West. West is anywhere West of the Mississippi, but in western books usually takes place in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, California, Utah, Oregon or Washington.
· The Hero or Heroine must be a rancher, cowboy, miner, sheriff, outlaw etc. This is especially true if your western is an historical. But even in the books with a contemporary setting I find this to be true. Contemporary’s can also have characters, such as rodeo riders, bronc busters, rodeo clown. You get the idea.
· We are fascinated with the western and the cowboy myth in part because it was such an important part of our settling of the west. It was also a very short period in our history. What I consider the settling of American West was from the end of the California Gold Rush in 1849 to the late 1880’s. By the time the first automobiles came around in the 1890’s the cowboy and the huge cattledrives were at an end.
· Railroad expansion brought an end to the huge cattledrives, from Texas to the railyard at Kansas City. As the railroad expanded and railheads became closer, the need to drive the cattle for thousands of miles was no longer needed. Cattle were moved by rail to the stockyards of Kansas City for sale.
Hollywoods fascination of it. From the 1950’s through the 1970’s there were hundreds of movies and television shows about the old west. Movies like Rio Bravo, They Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Shane, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, How the West Was Won, and McClintock! are just a few that come to mind. Westerns were also staples of the television industry. Remember shows like Bonanza, Gunsmoke (on the air for more than 20 years), the Virginian, The Big Valley, Palladin, Wanted Dead or Alive, The Rifleman and Wagon Train.
· These movies and television shows made stars of John Wayne, James Arness, Steve McQueen, Lee Marvin, Alan Ladd, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, James Drury, Lee Majors, Chuck Connors and numerous others that I can’t remember at this time.
· I think our fascination with the cowboy and all things western is because it’s lasting. It was a short period in American History, but it made a lasting impact on us as a nation. Dime novels made heroes of Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Bat Masterson. Just the fact that I could name all those people is indictive of our fascination with the west.
· We still have cowboys and cowgirls today. Men and women who ride horses, brand cattle, drive cattle to the rail heads, all the things that our ancestors did.
The American Old West and the cowboy are still with us in our hearts and in our blood. That’s why we still love them and probably always will.
Cynthia Woolf is the author of six historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way.
She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner. Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she's made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.
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