Over the past several months, I’ve been revising and updating my bestselling Western romance series. After ten years of practicing my craft, I wanted to apply all that I’ve learned to bring these books closer to my original vision.
All four books have been updated with new content and new covers. Check out the awesome trains! I owe thanks to Matthew Malkiewicz for his inspiring images. His photography really captures the mood and drama of this series. (You can see more of his amazing work at www.losttracksoftime.com.)
This series was inspired by my love for Westerns that deliver exceptional drama, passion and suspense in authentic historical settings. I’ll give a nod to the television series Hell On Wheels as one of those inspirational shows.
The Steam! series begins with Her Bodyguard, a story about an unredeemable man and an unstoppable woman whose paths cross in the midst of a cut-throat railroad construction race across southeastern Kansas in 1870. It’s a thrilling ride with unexpected twists and turns right up to the end. Buck O’Connor is one of my favorite “dark” heroes.
Redbird was originally released as a short novella under the title, Kate’s Outlaw. I’ve added exciting new scenes, updated the story line, and renamed it after the Cherokee legend that inspired it. This cross-cultural love story is set against the historical backdrop of a bitter battle between the Katy Railroad and the Cherokee Nation. Through this story, I strive to present a perspective that often gets lost in our glorification of Western expansion. Its central theme is hope–for peace, understanding, respect, and. ultimately, a sense of unity despite our differences.
At the end of Redbird, we leave Indian Territory and return to Kansas, where the Katy Railroad has a new headquarters in Parsons, and a new general manager. Henry Stevens is charismatic, courageous, obsessively ambitious. Could he also be a murderer? A young woman, with more to lose than her heart, is determined to find out.
In the case of A Dangerous Passion, the character of Henry Stevens was inspired by bigger-than-life stories about the real “Colonel Stevens,” the man who led the Katy Railroad to victory. I do a lot of research when planning a series. This one, in particular, follows the historical journey of the Katy Railroad as the underpinning for both settings and plot lines.
In Fugitive Hearts, two runaways take a wild ride through Indian Territory where outlaws and train robbers plague the new Katy Railway line.
A hotel owner confesses to accidentally killing her husband, which sets off a scandal and an investigation. When the widow sets out to find her missing foster child, what follows is a passionate, suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse between Claire and the sheriff, who is determined to uncover the truth. When he does, it will challenge his preconceived notions about justice—and love.
I’m currently writing Book Five in the series, Lawless Hearts, which will be released in early 2022. Get a sneak peek at the cover and read the blurb here.
Stay tuned for more blog posts about each book and details about historical events and characters that brought this series to life.
Steam! Series Giveaway
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