Praise from the judges of The Write Stuff Contest: "The dialogue is quite natural and compelling. Great job!" "I loved the premise of the story." "Addie's likeable and she's acting in a believable manner, so good job there." "Your opening scene was great! I love how it started with your two characters meeting each other in not the best circumstances." "I love your characters; both have something they need to redeem in different ways." "From your voice, to your characters, and plot you have an amazing story here." "Great western feel and classic fish out of water story."
From the judges of the Emily Contest: "I think you're a truly talented writer." "I like that you got right into the story, introducing the characters and giving the readers enough back story to pique their curiosity." "Great story. Congratulations!" "It was very clear that Baron and Addie would be an excellent match (beyond their initial physical attraction)." "Very good! Very intriguing and likeable characters. I would totally go horseback riding with Addie."
Praise for Captive of the Cattle Baron from the judges of the Touch of Magic Contest: "Full of life and real people with distinct, believable voices and personalities." "Love your voice! This was so easy to read. I love it when the author disappears and the story comes to life. Few are able to carry that off well--you have that talent." "Enjoyed the read! You have a great story!"
From the Author
The plot of Captive of the Cattle Baron was prompted by a reaction I once had to an over-the-counter allergy medicine. It knocked me for a loop, just wiped me out, and I couldn't do anything the entire day. I've always been shocked that such a powerful drug was freely available without a prescription. Then one day I thought, "What if a romance heroine took a prescription allergy medication that was even more potent? She'd be helpless." Captive of the Cattle Baron starts with just that situation. My heroine, Addie Jelleff, has followed doctor's orders but is showing signs of suffering from a drug overdose. Is it any wonder that my hero, Baron Selkirk, thinks she has a substance abuse problem? Especially when, in trying to help her, he sees that she's attempting to get into a hotel suite whose occupant will not open the door unless Baron leaves? Sounds suspicious, right? Additionally, I am a firm believer in coincidence, because it happens in real life all the time. It's totally a coincidence that my heroine ends up in my hero's power. What happens from then on is the result of their individual personalities, fueled by their life situations and their fierce physical attraction. One thing I'm adamantly opposed to: the idea of a clear winner or loser in this abduction story. My hero and heroine have to fight to a standstill. Their battle of wills can't be one person crushing the other. That's not love. Addie Jelleff is one of my feistier heroines and she fights back when Baron Selkirk attempts to control her. What Addie sees as a threat is her powerful desire to give in to her attraction to Baron. As for Baron? He's a good man, a decent man, but being the boss of a vast, isolated cattle ranch can make a man think he's the boss of everyone, can't it?