All I Need Is You [NOOK Book]

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Headstrong Casey Straton inherited her mother's beautiful eyes and her father's stubborn temperament. So when she is denied the responsibility of running her grandfather's ranch despite her unladylike prowess at roping, riding and shooting the high-spirited hellion storms away from her Texas home, determined to prove she can do much more than "woman's work."

Successful businessman Damian Rutledge III came West for vengeance. But though he possesses a powerful physique and ...

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Overview

Headstrong Casey Straton inherited her mother's beautiful eyes and her father's stubborn temperament. So when she is denied the responsibility of running her grandfather's ranch despite her unladylike prowess at roping, riding and shooting the high-spirited hellion storms away from her Texas home, determined to prove she can do much more than "woman's work."

Successful businessman Damian Rutledge III came West for vengeance. But though he possesses a powerful physique and unwavering courage, the handsome Eastern "dude" would have surely been lost in the wild west without the timely intervention of a half-pint bounty hunter called "Ed." There is more to this fearless gunslinger than first meets the eye, however. And when Damian discovers his rescuer is, in fact, a stunningly sensuous young lady named "Casey' in disguise, he realises dial there are going to be very serious complications on the rocky trail that is leading them both toward a dangerous, irrepressible love.

Johanna Lindsey's enchanting romantic adventure All I Need Is You is the sequel to her immensely popular A Heart So Wild. Lovely and tempestuous Casey Straton the headstrong child of Chandros Straton and Courtney Harte leaves her Texas home determined to prove to her parents that she can do more than "woman's work." Successful businessman Damien Rutledge III came west looking for vengeance. But though he is strong and fearless, the handsome Eastern "dude" would have surely been lost in the wild West were it not for the timely intervention of a half-pint bounty hunter called "Kid." but when Damien discovers his rescuer is, in fact, a stunningly sensuous young lady named Casey in disguise, he realises that there are going to be very serious complications on the rocky trail that is leading them both toward a dangerous, irrepressible love.

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Editorial Reviews

0maha World Herald
Enjoyable...a flowing tale of strong wills and, of course, romance.
Romantic Times
Johanna Lindsey gives you everything you expectand more. She taps into fantasies, adds a large dose of humor,poignancy, adventure and passion to spice up yourreading experience. To read a Lindsey is to add joy to your day.Read All I Need Is You and feel wonderful!
Library Journal
Queen of the historical romance (she's had 32 New York Times best sellers), Lindsey rides off to the Wild West, where an adventuresome young woman and a New York society man join forces to hunt down a band of outlaws.
Library Journal
Queen of the historical romance (she's had 32 New York Times best sellers), Lindsey rides off to the Wild West, where an adventuresome young woman and a New York society man join forces to hunt down a band of outlaws.
— Nora Rawlinson
— Nora Rawlinson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062106438
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 17,049
  • File size: 795 KB

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

"I want to do this, and you haven't given one good reason why I shouldn't."

"Then you haven't been listening, little girl," Chandos said, frowning. "You're too young, you're a female that the forty-some wranglers on the Bar M are not going to want to take orders from, and you've reached the time in your life when you should be looking for a husband. You won't be finding one with your nose buried in ranch ac counts and coming in off the range each day sweat-soaked and filthy."

Casey was red-faced by then, most likely from anger, though it was hard to tell. "Marriage again!" she all but sneered. "There hasn't been a man around these parts in the last two years worth my taking notice of. Or do you want me to marry just anyone? If that's the case, I can think of a dozen men who are eligible. I'll go rope me one tomorrow, if that's what it'll take to—"

"Don't be impertinent."

"I'm being absolutely serious," Casey insisted. "You'd let a husband of mine run the Bar M, wouldn't you? You'd find-that perfectly acceptable. Well, I'll have a candidate for you no later than—"

"You'll do no such thing. You will not marry just to get your hands on those account ledgers—"

"I've had my hands on those account books for months now, Daddy. Sawtooth is half blind, if you didn't realize it. Trying to tally the ledgers gives him a powerful headache that actually makes him physically ill."

It was Chandos who was red-faced now, and there was no doubt in his case that it was from anger. "Why wasn't I told about this?"

"Maybe because every time Sawtooth rides over here to see you, you're out on the range somewhere. And maybe because you won'tstep foot on the Bar M to find out why he came over in the first place. And maybe be cause you don't really care about the Bar M. You'd just as soon see it fall to ruin now that Grandpa's gone, just to spite his memory."

"Casey!" This from Courtney in an appalled tone.

But Casey had already blanched. She'd gone too far and knew it. And before her father could blast her for doing so, she ran from the room.

Courtney started to assure Chandos that Casey had just let her emotions run away with her, that she hadn't really meant what she'd said; but, tight-lipped, he marched out of the room right behind Casey. Only not to follow her. He headed off toward the back of the house, a more direct route to the stable, while she'd run toward the front.

Which was entirely too bad. Chandos shouldn't have let the argument end like that, with Casey riddled with guilt now, but still determined to change her father's mind. He should have been more explicit with his reasons. He should have pointed out that he didn't want to see Casey get hurt when she failed, which she was bound to do.

The cowboys on the Bar M might accept her for a while, because they knew her as Fletcher's granddaughter, but inevitably there would be new men, and those who didn't know her and hadn't known Fletcher would start dissension soon enough. It might be different if she were an older woman, a widow or the like, but she wasn't. Most men simply wouldn't take orders from a woman, much less one they considered a young girl.

But Chandos hadn't mentioned any of that, at least not clearly enough. Courtney would have to talk to her herself, though she would give her a day or two to calm down first. Casey was unpredictable when her emotions were riled.

Copyright 1997 by Johanna Lindsey

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First Chapter

CHAPTER ONE

Texas, 1892

"I don't give a damn if you are part owner of that ranch, you're not going to run it!"

"That's not fair and you know it! You'd let Tyler run it if he was here."

"Tyler's a full-grown man now. You're just seventeen, Casey."

"I don't believe you said that. He's full-grown at one year older'n me, when women my age have husbands and three kids already? But that's not grown up enough for you? Or is it just because I'm a woman? And if you say it is, I swear I'll never speak to you again."

"A welcoming thought at the moment."

Neither of them meant it, but you couldn't tell that by looking at them. Courtney Straton watched her husband and only daughter glaring at each other and sighed long and loud, hoping to get their attention. It didn't work. The argument had escalated from heated words to shouting, and when Chandos and Casey argued, subtlety didn't work. She doubted they even recalled that she was there.

This was an old argument. However, it had never been this heated before. Ever since Fletcher Straton had died last year, the ultimate fate of the Bar M Ranch was in question. The ranch would have belonged to Chandos, but Fletcher, knowing his son, had put a provision in his will that if Chandos refused the inheritance, the ranch would then go in equal shares to his three grandchildren. Which was exactly what had happened.

Chandos didn't need the ranch. He had done well for himself. The incentive had been there, to prove to his father that he could match him, and he'd done that well enough. He might not own quite as many acres, but he had just as many head of cattle, and his house was nearly twice as large as Fletcher's, which made it almost a mansion.

Combined, the Bar M and K.C. ranches formed one of the biggest spreads in Texas. Because they were owned by father and son, most folks had always considered them combined. It was only the father and the son who didn't, and now only Chandos who still insisted on keeping them separate.

But separate didn't mean allowing his daughter to run the ranch. He was quick to temper, and Casey wasn't helping matters by turning stubborn on this particular subject no matter how serious she was about it.

They were much alike, these two. Unlike her two fair-haired brothers, Tyler at eighteen and Dillon, who was only fourteen, Casey took after Chandos in temperament and in looks. She got her hair from him, black as pitch. She got her height from him, making her, at five feet nine inches, about the tallest girl in the county.

The only thing Casey had inherited from Courtney was her remarkable eyes. On Casey, they were like softly glowing amber jewels. And for all that she professed to be a woman and was one by the standards of the West, where young women married at such young ages, she was late in filling out. Tall, lean, and lanky like her father, though without his muscles.

Yet she was a very pretty girl, if she would be still long enough for one to notice. Trouble was, Casey was never still. Standing, sitting, she was always in motion of one sort or another, pacing, or talking with her hands, or walking with long, masculine strides.

But if you caught her in a quiet moment, you'd notice how large her eyes were, how flawlessly smooth her skin was under her tan, how her nose was shaped rather pertly. Her brows were a bit too thick, her chin a bit too stubborn--like her father's--but added to her finely chiseled cheekbones, these features weren't so noticeable. What was disconcerting, though, was that she had the same uncanny ability as Chandos to hide her emotions when she chose to, completely, so that you had no idea whatsoever what she was thinking or feeling.

This wasn't one of those times. But Casey had another of Chandos's traits--strategizing. When one tactic didn't work, she usually resorted to another.

Shouting hadn't worked, so she switched to a calmer tone. "But the Bar M needs someone in command."

"Sawtooth is doing well enough."

"Sawtooth is sixty-seven years old. He was retired and living peacefully on his little spread when Grandpa died. He agreed to take over the reins only until you could find someone else. But you haven't found anyone willing to take on those responsibilities without demanding half the profits, and you refuse to manage the place yourself."

"I have enough headaches here. I don't have time to divide myself--"

"But I do, and I can do it. You know I can. The Bar M is one-third mine. I have every right--"

"You're not even eighteen yet, Casey--"

"What's eighteen got to do with anything, I'd like to know? And besides, I will be in a few months--"

"Which is when you should be thinking about getting married and starting your own family. You can't do that if you're saddled with running the Bar M."

"Marriage!" the girl snorted. "I'm only talking about a couple years, Daddy, just until Tyler finishes college. There isn't anything I don't know about running a ranch. You saw to that. You taught me all I know about ranching, all I know about surviving on the trail--"

"Biggest mistake I ever made," Chandos mumbled.

"No, it wasn't." Courtney spoke up finally. "You wanted her to be able to handle any situation if we weren't around to handle it for her."

"Exactly," Chandos said. "If we weren't around."

"I want to do this, and you haven't given one good reason why I shouldn't."

"Then you haven't been listening, little girl," Chandos said, frowning. "You're too young, you're a female that the forty-some wranglers on the Bar M are not going to want to take orders from, and you've reached the time in your life when you should be looking for a husband. You won't be finding one with your nose buried in ranch accounts and coming in off the range each day sweat-soaked and filthy."

Casey was red-faced by then, most likely from anger, though it was hard to tell. "Marriage again!" she all but sneered. "There hasn't been a man around these parts in the last two years worth my taking notice of. Or do you want me to marry just anyone? If that's the case, I can think of a dozen men who are eligible. I'll go rope me one tomorrow, if that's what it'll take to--"

"Don't be impertinent."

"I'm being absolutely serious," Casey insisted. "You'd let a husband of mine run the Bar M, wouldn't you? You'd find that perfectly acceptable. Well, I'll have a candidate for you no later than--"

"You'll do no such thing. You will not marry just to get your hands on those account ledgers--"

"I've had my hands on those account books for months now, Daddy. Sawtooth is half blind, if you didn't realize it. Trying to tally the ledgers gives him a powerful headache that actually makes him physically ill."

It was Chandos who was red-faced now, and there was no doubt in his case that it was from anger. "Why wasn't I told about this?"

"Maybe because every time Sawtooth rides over here to see you, you're out on the range somewhere. And maybe because you won't step foot on the Bar M to find out why he came over in the first place. And maybe because you don't really care about the Bar M. You'd just as soon see it fall to ruin now that Grandpa's gone, just to spite his memory."

"Casey!" This from Courtney in an appalled tone.

But Casey had already blanched. She'd gone too far and knew it. And before her father could blast her for doing so, she ran from the room.

Courtney started to assure Chandos that Casey had just let her emotions run away with her, that she hadn't really meant what she'd said; but, tight-lipped, he marched out of the room right behind Casey. Only not to follow her. He headed off toward the back of the house, a more direct route to the stable, while she'd run toward the front.

Which was entirely too bad. Chandos shouldn't have let the argument end like that, with Casey riddled with guilt now, but still determined to change her father's mind. He should have been more explicit with his reasons. He should have pointed out that he didn't want to see Casey get hurt when she failed, which she was bound to do.

The cowboys on the Bar M might accept her for a while, because they knew her as Fletcher's granddaughter, but inevitably there would be new men, and those who didn't know her and hadn't known Fletcher would start dissension soon enough. It might be different if she were an older woman, a widow or the like, but she wasn't. Most men simply wouldn't take orders from a woman, much less one they considered a young girl.

But Chandos hadn't mentioned any of that, at least not clearly enough. Courtney would have to talk to her herself, though she would give her a day or two to calm down first. Casey was unpredictable when her emotions were riled.

CHAPTER TWO

When Casey stormed from the room, she didn't head upstairs. The front porch was closer, and at this time of the morning it was usually empty and peaceful. Today was no different.

It was a big porch, only ten feet wide but some eighty feet long, fronting the entire length of the house. It was filled with small white tables and chairs, a couple of two-seater swings that her father had built, and a profusion of plants that her mother babied and that hid the numerous spittoons the ranch hands made use of.

She moved to the railing, gripping it until her knuckles fumed white. As far as the eye could see was Straton land, either her father's or her grandfather's, vast plains dotted with the occasional hill or a lonely stand of trees around a watering hole, and the usual cactuses and fauna of Texas. There was a forest on the northern border, but you couldn't see it from the house. A creek bed divided the two properties. Farther south, they shared a freshwater lake teeming with bass. It was stark land, it was beautiful land. Yet on that fine spring morning Casey noticed nothing.

She never should have said what she did to her father, but then, he'd been so unreasonable. And choking on both guilt and anger wasn't an easy thing to deal with. Anger she was used to, growing up with two brothers who delighted in teasing her. But guilt was another matter, and for something that might be true ...

What else was she to think? Her father had always given the impression that he really didn't care about the Bar M. He didn't want anything to do with anything that had ever belonged to Fletcher Straton. Everyone knew that. Yet Casey had loved her grandfather. She had never understood why he and Chandos couldn't bury the hatchet, so to speak, and get along after all these years. Fletcher had made every effort. But Chandos was unyielding.

She knew the history, of course--how Meara, Fletcher's wife, had left him, apparently because of his unfaithfulness. She had taken their son with her, and although Fletcher had searched far and wide for them, intent on bringing them home, they had completely disappeared.

He didn't find out how they had managed to elude him so thoroughly until years later, when Chandos showed up at the Bar M. He had been lucky he hadn't been shot on sight riding in on his pinto, wearing buckskins, his long black braids, and little else. He'd looked like a full-fledged Indian, all except for his deep blue eyes, Meara's eyes, and the only way his father was able to recognize him.

To hear Fletcher tell it, Meara had left him in a fit of temper without taking the precautions she should have before running off. She and her child had been captured by Kiowas and sold to a Comanche. They had been fortunate, though. The young brave had taken Meara to wife and adopted Chandos. A few years later, another child was born of that union, Chandos's half-sister, White Wing, whom he had adored.

He had been a child himself at the time of the capture, and it wasn't until ten years later, when he was eighteen and ready to take his place in the tribe as an adult, that Meara had sent him home to his father. She had wanted him to experience living in the white man's world before he chose the Comanche way of life.

That had been a mistake. Chandos had gone, because he would have done anything his mother asked of him, but his decision had already been made. He had been raised by the Comanches. As far as he was concerned, he was a Comanche.

But he wasn't averse to learning all he could from the whites, as he had thought of them at the time. Know thine enemy wasn't only a white man's creed. The trouble was, Fletcher, thrilled to have his son back, thought Chandos was there to stay, so he couldn't understand his son's hostility. And Fletcher, stubborn, belligerent, and autocratic in those days, had managed to increase that hostility, not lessen it.

They argued constantly, with Fletcher trying to mold Chandos into the son he wanted him to be. But Chandos was no child at that age.

The breaking point came when Fletcher ordered his men to corral Chandos and cut off his braids. It was quite a fight, to hear Fletcher tell it, with Chandos wounding three of the men, and that was when he took off, three years after he'd shown up. Fletcher had thought to never see him again.

Later, the old man discovered that Chandos had returned to his tribe to find most of them dead, massacred by a group of whites, his mother and sister both raped and killed, and this had happened the very day he'd gone home to them. For four years he and the few remaining men of that small band of Comanches had tracked down the killers to exact their revenge, and brutal it was, as brutal as the massacre of all the women and children of the band had been. It was during that time that Chandos had met Courtney Harte, Casey's mother.

They had fallen in love. Chandos had eventually made the decision to settle on the property that belonged to Courtney's family and adjoined his father's; he wanted to compete with Fletcher and prove that he could be just as successful at ranching without his help. He'd had a fortune in the bank in Waco that Fletcher had given him long ago, but he never touched that money, likely never would. What Chandos created, he did on his own.

Chandos and Fletcher, father and son, never made peace, at least not that anyone was aware of. And even though Fletcher was dead, Chandos hadn't buried their differences with him. Yet one day the two ranches would be combined through Chandos's children, and that probably didn't sit well with him at all, which was why he'd as soon see the Bar M go under than get the proper management it needed.

But Casey never should have said so aloud. She could believe it all she liked, but to actually say it was an insult of the worst sort, and she had never insulted her father before.

She didn't hear any footsteps come up behind her, yet she was asked, "You gonna cry now, missy?"

Without turning around, she knew who had joined her and must have been near enough to overhear the fight she'd just had with her father. She'd gotten pretty close to Sawtooth after Fletcher's death, close enough for him to easily question her and expect answers.

"What good will tears do?" she replied in a tight voice.

"Never served no purpose in my opinion, 'cept to make a man squirm. What are you gonna do, then?"

"I'm going to prove to Daddy that I don't need a husband to get by, that I can work in a man's world just fine without having one tied to my apron strings."

"Not that you'll ever wear aprons." He chuckled at the idea of it. "But just how you gonna do that?"

"By getting a job that isn't suited for a woman," Casey answered.

"Ain't many jobs that are suited for a woman, let alone those that ain't."

"I mean really unsuitable, dangerous maybe, or something so strenuous a woman would never consider it. Wasn't that Oakley girl a bullwhacker for a time, and a scout, too?"

"From what I heard tell, that Oakley girl looked more like a man than some men do, dressed like it, too. But what's your point? You ain't thinking of doing something stupid like that, are you?"

"`Stupid' is a matter of opinion. The point is, I need to do something. Daddy isn't going to just miraculously change his mind. He's as hardheaded as they come, and we know where he got that from, don't we?"

There was a snort. Sawtooth had been a good friend of Fletcher's, after all. But he also admitted, "I'm beginning to not like the sound of this."

"Well, too bad," she grumbled. "I wasn't asking for permission. But I wasn't expecting to have to prove myself either, when Daddy already knows I'm capable, so this will require some thought."

"Thank God. Spur-of-the-moment actions from you, missy, scare the bejesus out of me."

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Interviews & Essays

On December 3, 1997, barnesandnoble.com on AOL welcomed Johanna Lindsey, a romantic dream-spinner with 32 New York Times bestsellers under her belt who has set the standard for romantic adventure. Now she has worked her magic again, this time exploring adventure, passion, and irrepressible love on the turbulent plains of the wild American West in 1892, in ALL I NEED IS YOU.



VogelBN: Hello, and welcome, Ms. Lindsey. We are so glad you could join us tonight to chat.

Johanna Lindsey: Thank you, I'm glad I could make it.


VogelBN: The audience is brimming with questions, so whenever you are ready, we will fire away!

Johanna Lindsey: Are you hearing me okay?


VogelBN: Loud and clear! :)

Johanna Lindsey: [smiles]


VogelBN: All right then, without further ado, let's dive into the questions, shall we? :)

Johanna Lindsey: Certainly.


Question: Avon books has been publishing paperback editions of your books for over 20 years! It seems that many authors today jump around from one publishing house to the next. How did you establish such an enduring relationship with Avon?

Johanna Lindsey: Well, perhaps because I joined with Avon pretty much back at the beginning of the historical romance genre. And they do feel like family to me, which does make quite a difference.


Question: I have been reading your books for years, and I've loved every one of them.... You are definitely The Queen of Romance! Is writing still as fun and interesting as when you began? Can we look forward to another 20 years of your novels?

Johanna Lindsey: Yes, to both questions. I feel you do have to enjoy writing or your readers will notice that you don't. I do still love to write, and I do still have tons of books in me.


Question: Will you be writing any more tales about the Malory family? Thanks. Marietta Hicks, Richmond, VA.

Johanna Lindsey: Well, the Malorys is probably my one series that will never end, Marietta. Especially now that Tony and James both have kids. I've been thinking of doing a story for Drew Anderson next. And Jeremy will get his once he ages a bit more.


Question: If you could spend the holidays with any one of your characters, who would you pick and why?

Johanna Lindsey: [smiles] Well, that's one I never thought of before. Challen, I think, since WARRIOR'S WOMAN is still one of my favorites.


Question: When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Was it tough getting started?

Johanna Lindsey: You could say I didn't know I wanted to be a writer until after I'd written my first book. I didn't write that first one to be published, I was just amusing myself with it. But it took off on its own, and I suddenly had a finished book. Fortunately, I sent it to Avon, and they accepted it. So you could say that for me, it was very easy getting started. This was back in 1975, though, when publishers were eager for more of these type books.


Question: What sort of writing schedule do you keep? Is it erratic, or are you more comfortable treating it like a 9-5 job?

Johanna Lindsey: My schedule is pretty much the same daily. I write seven days a week when I'm writing, usually about 8-16 hours a day. I work on short sleep schedules, though, so I do allow a little time for myself.


Comment: I just wanted to let you know that my 70-year-old father is a fan of yours. He started reading my romance novels shortly after my mother passed away, and you are the author he most enjoys. Thank you for putting a little enjoyment back into his life. KLE128.

Johanna Lindsey: [beams] Thank you, KLE128, that was a pleasure to hear. And please tell your father hello for me.


Question: Do you have a Web presence at all? I'd love to be able to find a Johanna Lindsey fan club online.

Johanna Lindsey: Well, I hear there are a few sites devoted to me, but I haven't checked them out myself. I don't maintain a site myself. I know that AOL has a few weekly chat rooms that discuss my books. I've dropped in to say hello in both of them.


Question: I just love your heroines...they are so independent and strong-minded. Who are the inspirations for your heroines? Are they based on women in your family or your circle of friends?

Johanna Lindsey: My heroines are mostly complete creations, women that I would respect myself and enjoy knowing.


Question: What advice would you give today's aspiring authors -- should they get an agent first, or approach the publishing houses on their own?

Johanna Lindsey: Well, I didn't have an agent myself until after my 20th book. Today, however, I think an agent could help a new writer better than if they try it alone. An agent would know exactly what a publisher is looking for, and so save a lot of time in hunting for the publisher that would be right for you.


Question: Ms. Lindsey has stated several times that the favorite book she has written is WARRIOR'S WOMAN. What are her other favorites?

Johanna Lindsey: Well, I had a lot of fun doing DEFY NOT THE HEART, which was my first attempt at a humorous medieval. And LOVE ONLY ONCE, which was my first true attempt at humor. And I love GENTLE ROGUE, because I'm so fond of James Malory. I think the reason I like WARRIOR'S WOMAN so much is because of Martha. I really adore that computer.


Question: CAPTIVE BRIDE was the very first romance novel I read, and I have loved your work ever since. Do you think you'll write another romance set in Hawaii?

Johanna Lindsey: I have no plans for it at this time, but it's certainly possible. Actually, I do have a contemporary romance that is partially set in Hawaii. Don't know when I'll get around to finishing that one, though.


Question: What do you consider the most difficult part about writing, researching or actual writing?

Johanna Lindsey: [smiles] The middle of a book. That's when you reach the point of having written just about everything you've planned for, and must pretty much start afresh. Research is the easy part, if you have the material on hand. And by the way, I've gotten most of my material from Barnes & Noble. Not a shameless plug, they just have great historical books.


VogelBN: Wow, thanks for the plug, shameless or not! :)

Johanna Lindsey: [chuckles]


Question: Ms. Lindsey, I love every one of your books -- I bought them all when they were new. Are you involved in the creation of your book covers?

Johanna Lindsey: Well, I did ask for more of Fabio back when he appeared for the first time on one of my books. That was HEART'S AFLAME, in case not everyone recognizes him from that one. Otherwise, no, I see the cover work after it's created.


Question: Ms. Lindsey has said her next book will be a medieval. Will this be a stand-alone or a sequel? Can she tell us a little bit about it?

Johanna Lindsey: Well, it was going to be a stand-alone, but then I found myself needing to use the same time period as DEFY NOT THE HEART. So the characters from DEFY NOT THE HEART will have a very small part in the new medieval. It won't be a true takeoff, as my others have been, using the same characters. It's about two powerful families joining through marriage. So powerful that even the king will try and prevent their joining. The couple themselves would love for someone to prevent the marriage. They don't exactly take to each other. [smiles]


Comment: I just wanted you to know, Ms. Lindsey, that I believe your writing is very inspirational. Besides yourself, the only other person to get me seriously reading romance was Kathleen Woodiwiss. Thanks for starting the bright blaze which I write now with. CaptnAnn.

Johanna Lindsey: [smiles] Thank you, CaptnAnn. My greatest pleasure in writing is giving enjoyment to others.


Question: Do you have a favorite author?

Johanna Lindsey: To be honest, I have not done much reading myself for many years now, but when I did read, I enjoyed writers like Iris Johansen, Sandra Brown, Roberta Gillis, and Judy McNaught.


Question: I feel you set up sequels better than most romance writers. I especially love the Malory series. I would love to see a book for Drew and Jeremy.

Johanna Lindsey: Both Drew and Jeremy will get one. Like I said, that series will probably never end. I love that family too much to ever say goodbye to them.


Question: Will we see more futuristic romances? They were wonderful! Melissa, Louisville, KY.

Johanna Lindsey: There will be at least one more, Melissa, Dalden's story. I can't say exactly when it will be written, but it will be.


VogelBN: Thank you so much for joining us tonight, Ms. Lindsey. It has truly been a pleasure! We hope you will join us again upon the publication of your next book.

Johanna Lindsey: It was my pleasure, and thank you for inviting me. Give me a yell when the time comes.


VogelBN: Goodnight, and good luck with your next novel.

Johanna Lindsey: [waves]


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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    Excellent

    I have this book in paperback & purchased it for my nook because I read it over & over. Although it is a sequel, it is very much a stand alone book. It makes me laugh. I enjoy a little romance, a little mystery, a laugh or two, & a fast pace. It was a nice change of pace having the girl be the expert while the guy is out of his element. He is a city boy while she is a western girl tracking through the old west.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

    I loved this book. The characters were rich and full with indivi

    I loved this book. The characters were rich and full with individual strengths and weaknesses. The story was full of excitement. The love story was unusual, with plenty of growth through the story. I was worried in a couple of places, but things do work out in the end. I enjoyed how Casey and Damian worked well together even though they did not try to or even know they were doing it. I also enjoyed learning how Casey's father supported her and watched over her.

    A very fun read.

    I have not read the 1st story but look forward to doing so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    Easy read

    Relax and enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Merica

    Shes hot. Whos she got? Sprized if she doesnt have one.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Good read!

    I don't usually read Westerns, but thesynopsis grabbed me. Well drawn characters and a perilous plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Dreamspirit

    I need a mate *the most beautiful cream colored she cat said longingly. Her soft green eyes filled with sorrow and lonliness.* i wish i at least had a friend. I was once told i was just so beautiful...but how can that be if i have no friends and no mate? >dreamspirit

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2012

    Enjoyed it.

    An enjoyable story. Not too bizarre for reality, but if the characters are likeable – and in this case they were – one might overlook a few foolish parts.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Good read

    Not as captivating as Courtney & Chandros story but I liked it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2009

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    Liked it !!!

    I liked this book. I agree with the other reader, A heart so wild was better. There was more chemistry BUT this book was still good,thrilling,passionate. I really did enjoy it. I loved reading about courtney and Chandos again. I think Damian is such a gentleman,not as passionate but still wonderful ;0) I will recommend this book, there was nothing boring about it ;0)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    Good, but not Great!

    This is the sequel to A Heart So Wild - which I absolutely loved - because there was alot of passion! This book has alot of travels in the West - but was not a great romance. I didn't think Damien (the city boy) and Casey (the Kid) had enough passion as they traveled together. Although Casey admits (to herself) she loves him - she walks away. Damien seems weak in his attraction and quest for Casey. I did enjoy having Courtney and Chandos in the story.

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