Rain Trueax is one of the best Western Authors I know. I have read the first book – ‘When Fates Conspire’ and thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to reading this second book.
Rain has been kind enough to share some of her story with us today.
‘The Dark of the Moon’ is the second in a trilogy called Diablo Canyon
The Dark of the Moon is the second in a trilogy to be called DiabloCanyon. A trilogy is interesting to write, at least as I did it. Each story stands alone but they are connected in the end by the overall meaning of the events that began with When Fates Conspire. The story that began it all came out of one of my dreams. That there was more story to tell was slowly revealed to me later.
Myra Farrell, middle-aged, having lost her husband many years before and her son a year and a half earlier, is struggling to hold onto the Box Z ranch. Big ranches, even those, which have been inherited, aren’t easy to keep especially for a woman alone except for one less than adequate hired man. In addition there are powerful men who will do anything to get her land.
A stranger arrives at the ranch– Pace Emerson. When he offers to work for her, Myra is distrustful of his motives, but she needs someone like him for many reasons. Pace is a man with secrets. He sees and can communicate with the spirit world, which makes Myra’s spirit guide, Racine, distrust him from the get go. What kind of living human can see her and the nearby demons? He can’t be good.
Where Myra is a woman who has loved and lost, Pace has never loved. He is not only different because of his gift, which some might call a curse, but he has become a warrior for light—which is one of the secrets that brought him to the Box Z.
Cole and Jessica Morgan, from When Fates Conspire, are now married and soon to have a baby. Madly in love with his wife, Cole is disturbed by memories he cannot explain. When his stepbrothers nearly murdered himself and Jessica, he kicked them out, but opted not to press charges. He realizes that was a mistake. He needs to be assured of safety for his family and hires an agency to find out what his brothers are plotting. It will eventually bring Cole and Jessica to the Box Z where more secrets are revealed.
The Dark of the Moon is a story of the unseen side of life, falling in love, facing danger, and life on a Montana ranch. For all of us, when momentous events happen, it can force a reevaluation of what life is about. Why DiabloCanyon matters will be revealed in the final book—Storm in the Canyon, due out middle of June. A mystery, a contemporary love story, questions of what can we really know about the other side, and the land south of Billings, Montana are at the heart of this paranormal romance.
“Once we take care of whatever is going after your stock, you won’t need me.” He threw her saddle over the fence beside his.
“I started a slow cooker this morning.” She ignored what he had said. “Chili. Come on up in a bit. I am planning to make biscuits to go along with it.”
“No rocky mountain oysters?” he teased as he gestured toward the bucket of scraped off testicles.
“You two can have them if you are so inclined,” she said wrinkling her nose. “I would appreciate you cook them downwind from me.”
He grinned. “I had another idea for them actually.”
She stiffened. “You don’t mean the predator.”
“I can’t start on it right away; so I’ll put these in the barn refrigerator with the antibiotics. Tomorrow, I need to go into Billings. When I get back, I’ll set them out and then get myself to where I can get a shot at whatever comes. You can’t let whatever is out there continue killing your stock.”
“Maybe it does it at night.”
“Might be. I plan to be out there until I get it.”
“Maybe it left. There were no fresh carcasses in the north sections.”
“It’s too easy pickings here. It will be back. I sense it. I will head up to that canyon you mentioned. It might be hiding in there.” It was the most likely possibility.
She grabbed his arm. “I don’t want you going in the canyon.”
“Myra, if I can lure it out, I will; but it has to be dealt with. It might show up here someday.”
“I’m afraid. I forbid you to go there. This is my ranch. I give the orders in case you forgot.”
He smiled at the fervor in her voice. “Boss lady, you can tell me what to do in a lot of places.” His voice had softened. “A few of them I might really like, but that’s not one.”
“I’ll fire you first.” He saw then the fear in her eyes.
He stepped back, leaning his elbow on the corral. “You want to tell me about it?”
“Take a shower and come up to the house with Toby in half an hour,” she said. “I’ll tell you after dinner.” She ran toward the house leaving him pondering what she’d just said. He glanced up at the barn roof at her red-haired spirit guide who was still watching him with clear distrust. He saw no other beings around.
“Well, Racine, go with her,” he hissed as he headed for the bunkhouse and the shower to get some hot water before Toby used it all up.
The Dark of the Moon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K105OVY
When Fates Conspire:
A little about Rain:
Rain Trueax lives in the Pacific Northwest on a cattle and sheep operation with her husband. She has published two Arizona historical romances with a third on its way in July. There will be three paranormal romances when the third comes out in June. Her eleven contemporary romances are all based in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Arizona.