Savannah has come to Boone, Indiana, for her identical twin sister’s wedding. She has refused to spend any time in the small town throughout her adult life, even though most of her family lives there happily. Savannah is a jetsetter who spends her time traveling around exotic places where the wealthy spend their days. She is much too sophisticated for the tiny town of Boone. But her whole family seems to be conspiring to get her to stay. And when she meets the cowboy of her dreams, there is even more pressure for her to make Boone her home.

Ben, Savannah’s cowboy, vows to make her his, and her loved ones fully approve. But he knows better than to let her know how he feels. Their relationship is fiery and combative at first, only to become wildly passionate.

When Savannah is pulled back to France, she is torn between her two separate lives. If she chooses her cowboy and her family, she will have to face and conquer the demons of her past. Will she be able to do that?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy Western romance contains elements of power exchange.

Excerpt

“Don’t you touch me, Ben.”

“Not going to happen.”

He grabbed her arm and pulled her over to a stump beside the little cluster of trees, then he put his foot up on the stump and bent her over his leg, holding her firmly with his left arm. He aimed a hard swat at her blue jeans clad butt and she gasped in shock. He swatted her again, hard, and she started swearing at him as she struggled to escape. Before long, Ben was spanking her hard and fast, his hand landing all over her bottom as she continued to yell at him. He knew damn well he wasn’t really hurting her, spanking her on the seat of her jeans.

“Since you’re still running your mouth, it’s obvious that I’m not really getting through to you.”

“You bastard! You’re going to pay for this. Nobody treats me this way!”

Grimly, Ben unbuckled his belt with his right hand and pulled it out of his belt loops. Doubling it, he let it fly, snapping across her butt with a crack. Savannah gasped in shock again, temporarily without the breath to yell. He snapped the belt across her butt again and yet again.

“Ben! Stop! That hurts; stop it!”

“It’s supposed to hurt,” Ben said.

The belt fell several more times, and then he brought it down across the back of her thighs, just below her buttocks. Savannah let out a wail.

“I’m sorry! Ben, please, I’m sorry; please stop. You were right. I’m sorry. I really am.”

Ben paused. “Prove it.”

“How? I’ll do anything, just please stop.”

Ben pulled her upright and looked her in the eye, holding her by the shoulders. “You bend over and put your hands on that stump and take one more lick with the belt without fighting it. Then I’ll believe you.”

Savannah’s eyes widened and she stared at him in disbelief. “Are you serious?”

“I’ve never been more serious in my life.”

Staring at him a moment longer, Savannah took a deep breath. Turning slowly, she bent over and put her hands on the stump.

Ben said, “I’m going to give you one stroke with the belt. It’s going to hurt and you’re going to stay bent over until I tell you to stand up. If you don’t, you are never getting on one of my horses again.”

He heard her suck in a sharp breath at his words. “Okay.”

Author Interview

1.When did you know you wanted to be an author?

   I began writing stories when I was in fifth grade, sitting at my dad’s big old desk. Then life took over and it wasn’t until I was retired that I began to write again. My first book took a long time to write but, to my incredible excitement, when I submitted it to Blushing Books it was accepted. And thus I became an author.

2.What is your writing process like?

   I start with a very rough outline of the general idea of the story and then I jump right in. I would say my writing process is pretty much by the seat of the pants. My characters take the story where they want to go and often they end up in a place that was much different than I had in mind when I began.

3.What is your favorite novel?

   My very favorite novel in adult life is The Stand by Stephen King. However, there is a really special place in my heart for The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. In high school I had it nearly memorized!

4.If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

   I have always wanted to go to Ireland, and that could have been inspired by Nora Roberts’ wonderful books that take place there.

5.What do you like to collect?

   I love to collect vintage glass. My everyday dishes are a set that was a grocery store promo in the fifties. I saw them at a garage sale and had to have them!

Five Fun Facts About Me

1. When streaking was a thing back in the seventies, I did it once.

2. I have a very smartass mouth that tends to come alive whenever it wants to. And I have a daughter who definitely inherited it from me!

3. I’m a terrible morning person but since I began writing I find myself up before dark so that I can write in a nice quiet house.

4. One of the best hobbies I’ve ever had was when my hubby and I used to load up our horses and go to camp and ride trails. It was so much fun and I still miss it today.

5. I am never, ever bored!