To Tame a
by Dawn Luedecke
Romancing The West welcomes Dawn Luedecke, a country girl born and bred, who has spent most of her life surrounded by horses, country folk, and the wild terrain of Nevada, Idaho and Montana. As a child she would spend many afternoons reading books, watching western classics, and Rogers and Hammerstein movies. When she grew up she decided to leave the quiet country life for a chance to find adventure by serving a successful tour in the United States Coast Guard. During that time she found her soul mate (and alpha male) and started a family and writing career. She enjoys writing historical and paranormal romance and spends as much time as she can working on her current manuscript.
RTW: Thanks for visiting today, Dawn! You have a new book out, To Tame a Montana Heart. First, so we know a little more about it, please give us the blurb.
DL: Running from a past of privilege, deceit, and danger, Travis Simms is ready to settle down. What better place to forget all he left behind than the quiet little Montana town of Lolo Hot Springs? His goal is clear — build a hotel and his own destiny without complications — until one of the town's most troublesome women captures his attention. Dusty Larson is hell bent on independence, helping her sister run the Triple D Ranch. The only problem is she seems to attract bad luck and danger... and Travis. Can he tame her wild ways and keep his bachelor status intact — or does he risk losing his heart?
Dawn's running several contests on her month long tour. Stop by her facebook events page for all the contest information.
RTW: Why do you write Westerns? What aspect of life in the Old West intrigues you the most? Did you work that into To Tame a Montana Heart?
|Dawn Luedecke, author|
DL: I write westerns because not only do I love the genre (it’s one of my faves), but I grew up a country girl. The west is an important part of who I am, and I am extremely interested in history. So combining the two just made sense when I decided which genre to dip into.
The old west just seems romantic to me. I love the serene life of the country, but combine that with the simplicity of the old west and you have yourself the perfect setting for a romance. In To Tame a Montana Heart, I tried to capture that feeling.
RTW: If you lived in 1890 what would you visit first? Is there something you’ve been curious about that you can’t find in your research sources?
DL: I would love to visit Lolo Hot Springs when it was in its natural state. Now, it is a resort perfect for the modern day traveler.
RTW: If a person who had never read a Western asked you for a recommendation, what novel or movie would you recommend and why? What did the author do to bring the story alive for you?
DL: Lonesome Dove, Tombstone, or Young Guns. Lonesome Dove is a classic cowboy movie, and Tombstone and Young Guns are based on real people and real events in history.
To Tame a Montana Heart
by Dawn Luedecke
She watched him with care. “I don’t know if I love you. I like you, a lot, but I don’t have the slightest idea what love feels like.”
Travis’ smile grew slowly across his face. “I understand. I’m not sure if I love you or not, but I also don’t think I could live without you. So you will always have that.” His voice was almost a whisper when he said the last.
“Truly?” Her voice cracked and she had to force herself to breathe easy.
She inclined her head and took two brisk steps toward him. She leaned over and kissed him with all the fever of a thousand fires. He reached up and intertwined his hand through her hair to hold her still as he plundered her mouth.
She released him with a shaky breath and jumped back to turn on her heels. “Put something nice on. I’ll be back with a preacher man.”
“You know, I heard you only have to say ‘I marry you’ three times and then you’re hitched.”
She threw him a sassy look and slammed the door shut.
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RTW: What’s next? Is To Tame a Montana Heart a part of a series?
DL: Yes! In fact, I am currently working with my publisher to perfect the second book in the Montana Girl Series, titled Big Sky Brazen. It takes off where DeEtte exited To Tame a Montana Heart.
RTW: Anything else you’d like to add?
DL: I am currently on a virtual tour and have several stops and contests along the way. For more information you can always stop by my website or facebook page.
Here is one of the several contests I am doing during my tour. Have fun!
I am featured in an online magazine (pages 26-29), where I give a free sample chapter of the third book in the Montana Girl series!!! I'll give away one free signed book to anyone who can tell me what Daylene (or Justine as she's known in To Tame a Montana Heart) sings.
Click here for a free download of the magazine.