Texas Ranger Jake Nelson patrols the U.S.-Mexico border, protecting the settlers from cattle rustlers, outlaws, and bandits. Sparks fly when Manuel Diego stirs up a revolt against the government, which leads to the murder of a newspaperman, who is the son of a U.S. senator, and the kidnapping of his sister, Elizabeth Madison, a journalist in the making.
With Elizabeth's photograph in hand--a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes--Jake rides over the border to find her. After the Rangers defeat the marauders and rescue Elizabeth, Jake is surprised to learn she's not the spoiled daughter of a senator that he was expecting. In fact, he finds himself taken by her. And she by him.
Your novels are action packed and daring. What genres do you enjoy reading the most?
- I like Westerns, of course, with lots of action and some danger. I also like romantic thrillers and suspense. Tom Clancy was my favorite for years. I like military backgrounds and appreciate helicopters as well as horses.
- Twenty plus years. I wrote magazine articles before sliding into novels. I sold my first article on children and clay to Women's Day, the only place I sent it to. I was into ceramics at the time. When I moved to Jersey from , I took a job as Personnel Director for a hotel chain. I picked up the article writing again and wrote business articles on hiring and firing and employment taxes. The secret is to write what you know, then send it out.
- Everything, especially the students. It was the most rewarding thing I've ever done. I was/am a business education instructor and always looking for some way to make it more interesting.
- A new Western romance. I haven't decided yet, but I'm considering picking up with the characters of one of the earlier books and watch them grow and prosper.
Where is your favorite place to write?
My computer at 4:30 in the morning. I have a small office with a coffee pot. I started that when I worked at the hotel. Getting started so early gave me two hours of quiet writing time.
Where is the silliest place you came up with a book idea?
- Lying in the sand on a beach at the and coming up with how my hero and his horse might survive a blizzard in .
Summer. I've got blood, and it doesn't get too hot for me.
If you could ask your readers anything, what would it be?
- To be less critical of their own writing and to stay at it.
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