Okay, so I’m just finishing the first week back from a very long vacation (5 weeks) in which we traveled over 9000 miles from Northwest Arkansas to Alaska and back. Talk about buttitis! On our last stretch, the final push to get home, we drove for 16 hours straight from Steamboat Springs to our home in NW Arkansas. My fanny was physically hurting by the time we disembarked from the motor home. I wanted to drop to the ground and kiss it like I’d been away forever and just returning.
No really, the trip to Alaska had it’s ups and downs. Many ups. Many downs. You should see some of those hair-raising roads with no guardrails. I realize we take a lot for granted in the States. When you’re plowing your way through the wilderness in a a land yacht weighing in at close to 30,000 pounds, you can’t go off-roading…well my husband did once. We spent the night alongside the Racing River in northern British Columbia, let’s say it wasn’t in a campground. Almost didn’t get back up on the road.
The best part about the adventure was that I came away from the trip with ideas. We traveled across the plains of Wyoming and Montana, Oregon and Colorado where cowboys rule and rodeos are the favored form of entertainment. I could write stories all day long about those rugged cowboys who brave the weather and terrain of the wind-swept plains or the craggy Rockies. I want to write a story about a woman who moves to Dawson City, Yukon (look at the map, it’s waaaayyyyy up there). Or maybe a story about an airplane crash in the high, rugged mountains of either Denali National Park or the Aleutian Mountain Range. How about a story about a woman how hires on as a deck hand with a charter fishing outfit out of Homer, AK, or goes with her friend to the fish camps of the Athabascan tribe during the salmon run? From bear encounters at Whistler to being dropped on a lake in the wilds of Alaska via a float plane, the opportunities for stories are endless!
Now to get to work and put these ideas on my computer and get them out to the readers. I can’t wait. I’m recharged and ready for work.
And I come back to the post-vacation task of promoting my next Ugly Stick Saloon story, BOOTS AND LEATHER. Look for it. It comes out on July 24th! Can’t wait to revisit the gang.
This biker chick longs for the open road…until two Kiowa cowboys shift her gears.
Ugly Stick Saloon, Book 2
Eight months ago, Libby Jones parked her motorcycle in Temptation, Texas, to work at the Ugly Stick Saloon. Since then she’s grown to love the bar’s feeling of family, but now it’s time to hit the road. The longer she stays, the greater the risk her father’s investigators will track her down.
Yet she can’t resist taking the Gray Wolf twins up on their offer to go riding on their ranch. Even though getting involved should be the last thing on her mind.
Ever since Libby landed at the Ugly Stick, Mark and Luke Gray Wolf have been trying to capture her attention. She’s blown them off at every turn, until now. Their plan: expose her to the delights only twins can provide—and persuade her to stay for the long haul.