Two destinations lead to one destiny
Fleeing her wavering feelings for her fiancé, Taryn Ashford boards a westbound train to visit relatives
Gunman, shooter, the brand is Jared King’s life. His skill with a gun creates an existence forever searchingDescription:
Release Date: June 4th, 2018
Two destinations lead to one destiny
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Fleeing her wavering feelings for her fiancé, Taryn Ashford boards a westbound train to visit relatives. Her journey awakens unbridled passion with the dangerously handsome, Jared King. When Jared is accused of murder, she is faced with providing him an alibi at the risk of her own reputation. Did he use her to save himself or can she trust her heart – and him - to discover the truth? A truth they must work together to reveal.
Gunman, shooter, the brand is Jared King’s life. His skill with a gun creates an existence forever searching – searching every face for the bounty hunter in constant pursuit, for the settled life he is certain he will never find and for one woman’s love. Taryn Ashford, jeopardizes his need to remain emotionally detached. She represents the happiness denied him, but if he pursues her, will he risk both their lives?
1. Please, tell us more about the time and space the story takes place and in what measure you used the real historical elements.
The story takes place in 1879 when emigrants from the East Coast began traveling via train to the West Coast. This is the beginning of the story’s journey. The references made to the names of the train lines, the various stops, geography covered, and the sleeping arrangements on the train during the journey are accurate to the time. The clothing styles described throughout are fitting to the era and discussion of breeding cattle is factual. I try to balance incorporating as many real touches to the period in time as possible to give readers a sense of the era without feeling like they are receiving a history lesson.
2. It is said that women like (love?) bad boys or at least the wild ones. Do you think it is true?
I don’t think women are looking to like/love ‘bad boys’. If yes, why and where could we place Jared? I think the attraction is there is an initial something that catches the eye – whether it’s a certain look or impression given that is unique. It may start as curiosity but grows because of how different that person may be to the one attracted. Jared gives the perception of danger which would place him in the ‘bad boy’ group, but there is that something that raises the question of whether he is or isn’t bad. What Taryn thinks about Jared? Taryn’s initial ‘first glance’ attraction is based on Jared’s overall aura of power, danger and chiselled features. He surpasses anyone she’s ever met and represents someone who lives their life versus simply going through it.
3. In our day romance literature, the explicit scenes tend to be “mandatory”. Who needs them: the story, readers, authors, publishers? And WHY?
I feel it is more a change with the advance of time and what has become acceptable, whether good or bad, rather than necessarily a need of any specific group. Even within the various categories of the romance genre there are degrees of how far a scene will go. Those who read romance want to know the characters are passionate for each other. What constitutes the definition of romance varies by individual and, thus the variety of options by category to allow choice.
4. How goes the human resources management with writing (love) stories?
For me, the two are separate entities. One focuses to corporate business and my writing focuses to my creative side. The only subliminal crossover would be that in my human resources position, I resolve conflicts and for stories I create, there is always a conflict that ultimately needs resolving.
5. What do you think about happy endings in stories in general and in romance stories in particular?
I’m a romantic at heart so I enjoy happy endings in all stories, most especially romance stories. Even with the anticipation/expectation of a happy ending, I want it believable. Similar to any real love story, there are always struggles along the way, making a happy ending all the more satisfying.
About the author:
Colleen has been an avid reader her entire life and has a particular love of the historical romance genre. Having enjoyed reading romances early on, she began writing them herself when she wanted the stories to take a different turn and determined the only way to achieve it was to craft her own. She currently lives in Northern Kentucky and has a background in Human Resource Management.