by D.J. Davis
GENRE: Paranormal romantic suspense
Loner and history buff Troy Hart gets more than he bargained for when his psychic connection to the past leads him to the mountains of Colorado. The legend of buried treasure is nothing new, but falling in love is—and that’s the last thing Troy wants.
Troy’s visions of the old west are all fun and games, until the ghost of an outlaw forces Troy to fulfill his dying wish. To save his own life, and the life of the woman he loves, Troy must follow the trail of greed, betrayal and revenge on a treasure hunt for lost Civil War gold.
Now the fun is over and the game is survival as Troy battles the elements, a dead man, and his own heart deep in the remote high country.
He gazed at her with those haunted smoky-quartz eyes. “Come with me after the snow flies. Stay all winter.”
“I haven’t been with a man in a very long time. Years. So long that I’m afraid I’ve forgotten what it’s like.”
The corners of his mustache lifted. “Don’t ask me. I’ve never been with one.”
“Aren’t you ever serious?”
“Not if I can help it. I’ll try if you want.”
She imagined him as a lonely little boy in a sprawling mansion. There probably wasn’t much laugher in that house. “Don’t try too hard. I like your sense of humor.”
“Good to know. If it’s any consolation, it’s been a long time for me, too.”
“Remember what you said about life being too short to live in fear?”
“I’ve been living in fear for most of my life. I don’t want to live like that anymore.” She unsnapped his flannel shirt and slipped it off his shoulders. She ran her hands over the solid muscles, down the silky black hair on his chest, to the perfect six pack of his belly. His skin pebbled under her touch.
“Are you sure?”
“More sure than I’ve ever been.” She unbuckled his belt.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
DJ Davis is a Colorado native and the rugged high country sets the scene for her stories. When she's not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, photographing the wildlife, or camping with her husband. A Great Dane runs her life.
A portion of each sale of her novel "Courageous Cain" will be donated to Big Bones Canine Rescue in Windsor, Colorado. Help us help big dogs in need.
Interview with D J Davis
As a kid did you write or make up stories?
I constantly made up stories in my head when I was a kid. We had horses and while riding I would pretend I was a cowgirl or a pioneer. My family camped a lot and I loved to look up at the stars, snug in my sleeping bag, and imagine being an explorer in a land no one had ever seen before. Dogs have always been a huge part of my life. As a kid hiking with the dogs, it was fun to dream about mushing in Alaska, or handling tracking dogs on search and rescue missions. It wasn’t until I was forty that I started writing. The mountains, dogs, horses, and the wilderness—all those childhood dreams—are at the forefront of my stories.
Where does most of your Character inspiration come from?
Most of it comes from things I’d like to do, places I’d like to see, ways I’d like to be. I get to live vicariously through my characters. Even better, because when all the bad stuff happens to them, those things that push them to the very limits, I don’t have to experience it firsthand.
Do some qualities of your characters come from real people?
Absolutely. I think every writer takes qualities from those around them and slips them into their writing. It’s natural. What’s fun is trying to find qualities from two or more people that clash on every level and put them in the same character. Even on your character’s best days, he’s still at odds with himself. There’s a certain level of satisfaction and triumph when she learns to live with her idiosyncrasies and be happy in spite of, or maybe because, of them.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The inspiration for SUMMER STAR was those childhood dreams. The hero, Troy Hart, is a psychic who can see the past associated with certain antiques and relics (something I always wished I could do). He loves the mountains and makes his living restoring old cabins. Things get bad in a hurry when a ghost from the old west attempts to force Troy to fulfill his dying wish.
What is your favorite spot to write?
I love to write setting details and character descriptions outside. I wrote the premise and a few pages of notes for SUMMER STAR while leaned up against a crumbling old miner’s cabin at 12,000 feet elevation in the mountains. When writing the story on my computer, I’m parked at my desk next to big windows with in-your-face views of the stunning Sawatch Range in Colorado.
What advice would you give budding writers?
Don’t be your own worst enemy. Doubting yourself can stop you cold. You’re going to write some really bad stuff, but that’s okay. We all do. It’s how we learn. Write anyway.
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