Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Characters that won't leave you alone - Colorado Wild

A year ago I was walking my dogs with my husband and it was raining just a bit, not too bad, but enough to make the road damp in places. I was just about at the spot where the sun is filtering to the pavement in in the photo to the left. Of course, this photo was taken on a different day, but it was that place that I started doing the "what if's" for my characters in the Colorado Heart series. Then Grant was born. Soon after, the other men of Wild Bluff Ranch and the Colorado Heart series followed. The question I asked was, "What if you had cowboys who were assassins?"

About that time, Rob Kristian, posted a photo of John Charles Dickson. The image blew me away. You can see it below. John became the main image for the Colorado Heart series. He represents the perfect cowboy. When Rob took this shot, he was messing around, little did he know that it would be so important to me. I see angst, and heartache along with hope for more in this shot. Colorado Heart is all about hope for a better tomorrow. Grant, Roger, Billy, Tucker, Marshal, and Zander, they all want more for themselves and for the world.

Once the idea was planted, I started to develop the story. What could happen in the lives of these men to make them become assassins? They are all ex-military and all of them want to make a difference. You see, they don't assassinate just anyone, the person has to be bad.

These guys aren't heartless, they feel deeply, and for Grant,
that's an issue. His partner of five years has walked out on him, and now, he has to figure out how to move on. Can Roger, the new assassin at Wild Bluff, entice him, or is he ruined on relationships for the rest of his life.

Then there's Billy. He's got a huge problem. The man he's in love with is straight. There is no way they will ever be together...but tragedy strikes and forces Billy to act.

It's never easy at Wild Bluff and the guys find themselves in some difficult situations. So get comfy, find your favorite reading spot, and get ready to meet the men of the Colorado Heart series.

You can purchase Colorado Wild at Amazon ARE Smashwords or in paperback at Createspace

Colorado Wild blurb - When love sneaks up on you, shoot for the heart.

Billy Bradford has a secret, and it's bigger than the fact that he's an assassin. When Tucker Hayes, Billy's "straight" best friend, is injured on a mission, Billy acts in haste, kissing Tucker. Shocked by the act, Tucker runs. But desire is stronger than convictions, leading Tucker to hunt down Billy.

The other guys on the ranch are oblivious to Tucker and Billy's actions as they investigate a new target. Grant Stovall is hung up on his ex, but Roger Burk, their new operative, catches his attention and one small touch isn't enough.

Meet the cowboys of Wild Bluff Ranch in the first book of the Colorado Heart Series, Colorado Wild.

Excerpt - 

Every second seemed to take forever, the minutes stretched on seeming like hours as Billy waited for the car to roll through the gate. He'd kept up with Marshal's progress reports, reading each line about Tucker at least five times. Anger and relief had left him on edge for the last few days. The guys had called him on his attitude more than once, assigning him horse stall cleaning duty, which was his least liked job on the ranch.
Perched on the top of the fence, he watched the three men unload from the car, Tucker with his arm in a sling. White-hot rage boiled up and Billy jumped from the top rail, stalking into the barn to finish cleaning the stalls. The anger didn't abate as he shoveled clean straw into the last of the stalls. After finishing the task he put the pitchfork in the closet, straightening all of the tools before turning around quickly, running straight into Tucker. The gasp from Tucker shot spikes of electricity down Billy's legs, but when the man cringed in pain he felt like his heart was being squeezed so tight he'd die.
"Wow, didn't expect you to run over me." Tucker's voice spilled out, filling the small area. Billy wanted to close his eyes and lean in, resting his ear against Tucker's chest and listen to the man talk while feeling the vibrations from the deep baritone.
"Tuck." He tried not to let his emotions show, hiding the desire and need filling him. "Glad you're back. I guess you won't be working though."
Tucker's lips turned down and his eyes drooped. The light he'd seen in them dimmed a bit and Tucker dropped his chin, his gaze sliding away from Billy. He was being harsh and he hated himself for being such a jerk, but Tucker getting shot had made him feel so vulnerable he'd cried himself to sleep. The need to punish Tucker for scaring him overrode his good senses.
"Hey, why are you mad at me?" Tucker pressed his lips together and stepped forward, blocking Billy's exit.
They were both big guys, but Tucker was tall and broad, not an ounce of fat on the man. Billy was tall, but narrow, his muscles lean and long. Though blond, Tucker had a dark look about him, and when he allowed his stubble to grow, Billy would do anything for him. They were best friends, inseparable most days. There were so many ways to answer Tucker's question. The truth wasn't one of them. If he spilled the beans, telling Tucker how attracted he was to him, how he wanted to try to build a relationship, he'd be laughed off Wild Bluff Ranch. Tucker was straight and girls were his thing, he just didn't sleep around with them so he was mostly celibate. They'd spent hours talking about it, not girls, but sex. Tucker said was saving himself for someone special. Not that he was a virgin, but he didn't see the point in having sex with random people when his hand never talked back or complained.
Billy understood and though he went into Colorado Springs a few times a year to get off, he didn't pressure Tucker to do the same. Those times he did head into town, he picked guys who were big and burly like Tucker.
"It's nothing. I'm just busy. I need to finish off the barn," Billy barked out, lying through his teeth. The barn was done and he had nothing to do. If this were any other mission, he'd throw his arm over Tucker's shoulder and have a beer with him.
"Okay, how about I grab us a few beers and we can sit out on the patio until dinner is read."
"No, I don't want a beer."
"Billy, what the fuck is wrong with you?"
"It's nothing." Billy clenched his fist and his teeth, words spun through his thoughts but nothing he could say. "You getting injured makes things hard around here. That's all." He wasn't making sense and he was about to cry. He couldn’t let Tucker see him cry. The truth would come out then and he'd be without his friend forever.
"You're being an ass."
"Then leave."
Tucker didn't move and Billy almost told him the truth. Every cell in his body cried out for him to spill the beans but the fallout would devastate them both. Helplessness and rage combined causing a roar in his ears that left him completely unable to deal with the situation.

Purchase Colorado Wild at Amazon ARE Smashwords or in paperback at Createspace

1 comment:

Gladys Marrero said...

Goodness,I have got to get this book...