Today, I welcome my good friend and fantastic critique partner–the wonderfully talented D’Ann Lindun to the blog. She’s here to share her love of Western TV shows and Movies and to share a bit from her latest release Cooper’s Redemption, a contemporary western romance. Take it away, D’Ann…..
I grew up on western movies and TV shows. The first movie my parents took me to was How The West Was Won. I think I was around three months old! Like so many other fans of the western genre, I loved The Rifleman, Bonanza, The Big Valley and The Virginian on the television.
True Grit was filmed in and around Ridgway, Colorado, my hometown. The old café sat on the corner lot of Main and Railroad. My grandfather was the caretaker of the Hasting’s Mesa home used for the shoot. I’ve ridden across Debby’s Park, the same place John Wayne gallops his big sorrel with reins in teeth, guns blazing.
I love Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns. Who doesn’t know the music from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? My favorite of Eastwood’s films is The Outlaw Josey Wales. We have a poster of Clint Eastwood in that role hanging by our front door!
My dad, a cowboy, is featured in a western documentary. He’s also been in a Coors commercial and a cigarette ad. He’s been photographed by a million greenhorns he took riding into the Colorado mountains who admire his lifestyle.
Suffice to say I love the western genre. My books usually have some added suspense, too. I always wanted to write a heroine who loved western movies like I do. Meet Elizabeth Adams.
In Cooper’s Redemption, Elizabeth Adams lives in Los Angeles, but she’s come to Salt Lick, Colorado, to search for her missing mother…
He looked grim. “The only road ends at this cabin. There’s no reason for anyone but me to come up here.”
“Do you think this is where the rustlers are hiding out?”
He shrugged. “Who knows?”
“Well, I know how to find out.” Elizabeth took a step before Cooper grabbed her from behind.
“Are you crazy? You can’t go busting in there. We don’t know who’s there, and what they’re doing.”
She squirmed in his grasp. “What do you propose?”
His grip on her tightened. “I think we need to go around and see if we can get a peek through the window.”
“Just like Butch and Sundance,” she whispered. “Or Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid and William Petersen as Pat Garret before they became enemies . . . .”
“Young Guns . . . at his puzzled look, she said, “Oh, never mind. Let’s do it. Which way do we go?” She wiggled out of his hold.
He led off. “This way. Be quiet.”
They circled wide, backtracking part of the way, eventually coming out at the rear of the cabin.
“Can we get closer? I can’t see anything from here.” Elizabeth wound her way through the trees. Something caught her eye and she stopped. As her vision focused on the object hidden in the forest, her knees went weak. “Oh my God.”
“What?” Cooper bumped into her rigid back.
Elizabeth Adams is a Los Angles native who has always dreamed of living in the Rocky Mountains. She loves western movies and riding horses, and dreams of being a heroine in a western film. She gets her chance for real life adventure when her mother disappears from Salt Lick, Colorado, after going there to sell a ranch she inherited.
J.B. Cooper (just Cooper) is under suspicion for killing his neighbor, Henry Harper, over a water dispute. There is no evidence to convict him, but the shadow of doubt hovers around him. He just wants to be left in peace.
Circumstances throw Elizabeth and Cooper together when he tracks rustled cattle to her ranch … and discovers a body in the barn. Once again, he is the suspect in a suspicious death. Elizabeth is convinced Cooper had nothing to do with the murder of her cousin because to her, he’s a true western hero. Together, they search for her mother, clear Cooper’s name and fall in love along the way.
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, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!