Happy Tuesday of Release Week!
Yesterday marked the release of my 3-in-1 collection Colorado Dawn! YAYAY!
This book contains three stories set in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and I thought I'd share a little bit about the first story today.
The idea for this story came about because I was watching one of my favorite old western tv series, The Big Valley. The episode was titled Time After Midnight, and in the story, one of the main characters is blinded in an explosion. Of course, by the end of the episode, his sight had been restored, but I wondered what would have happened if things hadn't ended so tidily. What would the sudden loss of sight do to a man who was used to being capable and in charge of his life? What kind of a woman would it take to make him face life again?
Enter main characters David McKenzie and Karen Worth.
David is a mining engineer, elder son of a silver mining tycoon. Handsome, proud, smart, and newly engaged. Then disaster strikes. A cave-in in the mine leaves him blind, bitter, and terrified of what the rest of his life will be like.
And Karen is in for the fight of her life to make him realize she loves him as much as ever and still wants to be his wife.
I had a wonderful time with David and Karen, and it was particularly challenging to write scenes from David's point of view, since I had to describe sounds and smells and textures, but not anything visual, since he is already blinded when the story opens. I loved the surrounding cast, David's parents, David's brother, Sam (who you will learn more about tomorrow) and the McKenzie family butler, who plays a great role in Before the Dawn.
The Original Release
You can read an excerpt of Before the Dawn HERE.
You can order a copy of Colorado Dawn by clicking on one of these links:
Did you watch The Big Valley? Or another western like Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Rifleman, and the like? Which one was your favorite?
Don't forget, Friday, we'll open up the entries for the Colorado Dawn Gift Basket Giveaway, so be sure to come back! You can read more about the contents of the basket by clicking HERE.
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