Moving to Tucson and living in Rose’s Cottage provides a wellspring of inspiration for Lily Jacobs’ art. It also helped her avoid a man in Chicago, who was threatening with his unwelcome attentions. After years of doing her father’s bidding, Lily is now a woman of means, free to choose her own path. When famous painter, Patrick Jamison arrives in Tucson, Lily is eager to take lessons and improve her work. She isn’t looking for love.
Slow from birth, Jesse Taggert lives on the desert as he trains horses and works for a large ranch. Jesse knows animals and finds the further he is from people, the better—especially beautiful woman, but how can he refuse his brother’s request that he teach his sister-in-law, Lily, how to ride the horse he has trained?
Once these two meet, sparks fly. A woman like Lily would never want a man like Jesse, someone who can’t even read. If that hasn’t been enough reason to avoid her, the dangers his father is bringing onto him will be. Lily isn’t listening. She sees things in Jesse he does not see in himself. Some loves are worth fighting to hold onto.
Set in Tucson Arizona with familiar characters from earlier Arizona historicals, Lands of Fire is a love story not only of two people but also of the desert. Danger walks with this land, but the passion it stirs can make it all worthwhile—if one survives.
68,100 words,, Heat level 4
About the Author
All my stories and art works portray the values of self worth, hard work, and community while intertwining the complications of physical attraction, sexuality and outside challenges, whether, malicious or societal. I have eleven contemporary romance novels, two novellas (one of the supernatural sort). My first historical romance, 'Arizona Sunset,' came out in September with the second, 'Tucson Moon', arriving in December. I have in mind a third for that family which should be available by June 2014. Two of my contemporaries, 'Desert Inferno' and 'Evening Star,' follow up on the O'Brian family and where they are today (one still in Arizona and the other in Oregon)
Today, I work from a sheep and cattle operation in the Oregon coast range mountains or on the road in the inter-mountain west via satellite link. My goals are to portray real life, real passion, personal growth and mutual fulfillment for heroes and heroines, using the land and the mysteries that one finds when they stop to look around and listen to local legends.
The romance novel is a bit of a modern fairy tale as it inspires with imagination and emotions. I think of mine as emotional roller coaster rides for the protagonists who take the reader along as they form a temporary partnership when the reader is pulled into the story. When a romantic novel doesn't build that bridge between story and reader, it hasn't fulfilled its highest purpose.
When someone finishes one of my novels, I want them to wish there had been more and sorry it's over but knowing they will read it again someday. I want it to have been an enriching use of their time. Lofty goals? Maybe but without them, what would writing be about?