Cheri Kay Clifton is one of the very talented authors with a story in our upcoming Western Romance anthology. I hope you enjoy learning a little about her and this tantalising excerpt from her story.
Thanks, Sue, for having me on your blog. I’m so proud to be included in the Anthology, Rawhide N’ Roses, saddling up with a wonderful group of other western romance authors.
I have lots of notebooks filled with story ideas and characters just waiting for me to breathe life into them, so I had no problem choosing my hero and heroine for my short story, Destiny’s Kiss. I’ve never written a time-travel before and thought this was a good opportunity to try my hand at it.
Cheri Kay is happily married to her high school sweetheart, has one grown son and resides in Florida and North Carolina. She previously served as president of a local chapter of Romance Writers of America. If she’s not riding on the back of her husband’s motorcycle, she’s writing the third book in the Wheels of Destiny Trilogy which includes already published Book One, Trail To Destiny and soon to be released, Book Two, Destiny’s Journey.
Excerpt from DESTINY’S KISS
From Rawhide ‘n Roses A Western Romance Anthology which is due for release on March 15 2014.
What in the hell just happened!
Kenzi’s heart pounded inside her chest. Unable to focus, she felt an aura of numbness sweep through her body. Frightened and dizzy, she staggered away from the cheval mirror and collapsed into an armchair.
She shook her head, desperately trying to gather her thoughts as she glanced around the room that wasn’t the attic. Across from her stood a dressmaker’s form, beside it a treadle sewing machine. On the tabletop next to her was a kerosene lamp, a magazine laid beside it. Kenzi read the heading: Godey’s Lady’s Book, New Fashions for Spring, 1884.
She turned and faced the upright mirror again. Her reflection stared back at her just as it had a minute ago … the hair rose on the back of Kenzi’s neck … before she had stepped through the glass. Sweet Jesus! This had to be a dream.
The loud clopping of horse’s hooves drew Kenzi’s attention to a large front window. Outside a carriage passed by followed by two men on horseback. A couple walked by, their steps resounding on what must have been a wooden boardwalk.
Maybe she was hallucinating? Damn sure not a hangover this time. She’d given up drinking and partying when she’d given up dating.
Been watching too many westerns on TV, gal! Either that or getting too involved in American history research with her students. She laughed, certain she’d awaken and once again be sifting through the antiques she’d discovered in the attic of the house she’d rented.
She closed her eyes and eased back in the chair, waiting for the dream to fade and reality to take hold.
Hope you enjoyed this tempter, keep an eye out for the release of Rawhide ‘n Roses for more brilliant stories.
I loved researching the history of my hometown, Kearney, Nebraska, known as the gateway to the Oregon Trail. My passion for those brave pioneers and Native Americans led me to write, Book 1, Trail To Destiny. Keep a lookout for Book 2, Destiny’s Journey to be released soon.
Laura Westbrook expected to face her share of challenges crossing the continent on a wagon train. But when she saves the life of the courageous white warrior, Grey Wolf, she finds the pathways between pride and prejudice, love and loyalty far more difficult to travel.
Having buried deep within him the horrific memory of his family’s massacre at the hands of a rogue band of Pawnee, young David thrives under the care and tutelage of his rescuer, Cheyenne Chief Black Arrow. Trained to become the proud warrior named Grey Wolf, he finds his life changed again by the beautiful and strong-willed Laura, who encourages him to reclaim his forsaken heritage and face the secrets of his haunted past.
From the rugged Nebraska plains to a Cheyenne village, from an army fort to a small town in California, destiny leads Laura and Grey Wolf on a trail of passion and danger that culminates in an astounding revelation.