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Location, location, location. It’s not just important in real estate.
Click here to see my guest column for the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today about the importance of location in a book.
Happy Summer. I am so grateful for warm, sunny weather. It was a very long winter.
I’m excited to announce that my new The Men From Crow Hollow series will be available very soon.
Hunted, the first book, will be on the shelves July 15 and available in e-book on August 1.
Stalked and Trapped will follow shortly.
The book is set in Colorado, a very special place for me. In the 1930s, my maternal grandparents homesteaded on a ranch in the mountains of Colorado. One of the requirements was that they live on the ranch at least three months out of the year. What that meant is that every summer my grandmother would take her three young daughters, of which my mother was the oldest, and move to the ranch. My grandfather who had a job in town would come up on the weekends.
My mother spent her formative years on the ranch and she was fond of saying that she could ride a horse before she could walk. At age eighteen, she fell in love with a young soldier who’d been sent to Colorado to learn to ski before shipping out for WWII. She waited for the young man to return and when he did, she left Colorado and settled in Illinois where she and the young man married and had their family. I am the youngest child of that union.
Almost every family vacation that I can remember was a trip back to Colorado to see my mother’s parents and extended family. It was a long drive from Illinois to Colorado but the anticipation in the car was palpable. The mountains were magical—and the stories my mother told, perhaps a bit fact and a bit fiction, made them come to life.
It seemed natural that Colorado and the mountains would be the connecting thread in my new series.
The heroes of all three books are boyhood friends who spent their summers in the Colorado mountains. Now they’re adults but still, the mountains call them home. In
Hunted, former helicopter pilot Ethan Moore has left the Army under a cloud of suspicion. He returns to Colorado looking for peace and quiet at his friend Mack McCann’s cabin. Instead, he stumbles upon Chandler McCann , Mack’s younger sister, who is grown up and gorgeous but in a whole lot of trouble.
Someone seems determined to kill Chandler. Ethan vows to save her from this unknown assailant but in order to do so, he and Chandler must not only survive a perilous drive through the mountains in an early winter storm, they must confront the demons of Ethan’s past and unravel a trail of clues that lead them back to those that Chandler has always trusted most.
There are lots of twists and turns and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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by Beverly Long