Boston heiress, Effie Sheridan, takes matters into her own hands when her fortune is being stolen. The last thing she expects is to be kidnapped by a gang of train robbers. Forced to pretend to be an outlaw's lover to stay alive, she questions her sanity when she is drawn to the gruff, yet charming bandit who risks everything to save her.
U.S. Deputy, Alex Marshall is mad enough to spit nails when the beautiful, city-bred girl lands in his arms. Unable to abandon her to the cruelties of the gang, he searches for a way out of the responsibility. But her courage and sweet kisses begin to chip away at the bitterness inside his heart and he must choose between revenge on the gang that slaughtered everyone he loved or redemption for saving a women he can never have.
Why I chose to write about a U.S. Deputy Marshal
I’ve always admired the stories about Marshals in the Old West and since I have an ancestor that actually was one, I just couldn’t resist bringing him to life. And his name was Alexander. Plus, I really wanted a play on names, so I chose Alex Marshall as the lead character in Effie’s Outlaw.
Choosing a character that, in the end, will always do what is right, no matter what he feels about himself, appeals to me. Plus, overcoming great odds adds a depth to a person that I find admirable. All through history we find examples of those that step forward and do what others will not. What we rarely read about is the average men and women that quietly went about their lives and just did what had to be done, without recognition or fame. These are the people that I like to learn about and draw ideas from. Their stories are worth being told, even if it is done in fiction.
Writing about Alex, who thought he could throw his life away on revenge, but discovered deep down that he couldn’t, was fun. Having an annoying angel in need of rescuing, dropped into his lap forced him to face his demons and overcome the grief that had almost broken him.
About the author:
A transplant from Oklahoma where she grew up on a farm just one mile away from where her great-grandparents settled in the land run, Karen now lives in the enchanted land of New Mexico and has a running competition with her dad on who can grow the tallest hollyhocks. Books and tales of ancestors were staples in her life and she fell in love with history. Enthralled with the short stories her grandmother wrote and passed down, she took the plunge (with encouragement from hubby and kids) into the world of writing. Her inspiration comes from research into her family tree and their interesting lives.
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