I recently noticed a trend in my stories—my characters always seem to be traveling from one place to another. I guess it’s a popular device to show character growth, to show them getting to know each other as they deal with trials and tribulations along the way. In my case, I use it to isolate my characters so I can concentrate on the relationship and the intimacy can develop. I like my characters to team up instead of being at each other’s throat, and while sometimes my characters start out at odds, they migrate toward an us-against-the-world mentality.
In Hot Shot, the characters hiking down a mountain share a tent after sending the rest of the crew back in a helicopter. In Breaking Daylight, the characters hiking through the jungle had a scene in a waterfall after being separated from his unit, in Don’t Look Back, the characters driving through Africa share a tiny bed in a motel after being separated from the rest of the team.
Sunrise Over Texas is a bit of a departure in that the hero and heroine are traveling with the heroine’s mother- and sister-in-law. This pushes them together more as they work side by side despite the disapproval of her mother-in-law.
Do you like road trip stories? I’ve told you why they appeal to me as a writer. Why do they appeal to you as a reader?
Texas Frontier, 1826
Kit Barclay followed her husband into the wilds of Texas only to be widowed. Stranded with her mother- and sister-in-law to care for, with no hope of rescue before winter sets in, Kit has only one goal: survival. So when a lone horseman appears on the horizon, and then falls from his mount in fever, Kit must weigh the safety of her family against offering aid and shelter to the handsome stranger.
Trace Watson has lost everything that ever mattered to him. Trying to forget, he heads to the frontier colony of San Felipe, not caring if he lives or dies. But when he wakes to discover he’s being nursed back to health by a brave young widow, he vows to repay her kindness by guiding the three women back to civilization, no matter what the cost.
Soon, Kit and Trace are fighting the elements, Indian attacks and outlaws—as well as feelings they both thought were long buried…
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