On March 19, 2015, my debut novel will have been live on Amazon for a year! Happy Book Birthday to The Woman on the Painted Horse.
Sometimes, I still can’t believe it. I mean, when I first started writing the novel, I always dreamed of publication, and I always knew whether traditionally or self published, I would see it on the market and hold it in my hands. However, knowing this still doesn’t eclipse the shock and excitement every time I see the cover.
Of course, I had my set backs. From the numerous drafts I believed were finished when they really weren’t, to the 29 rejections from agents and publishers. Ouch! But, all that strife was only leading me toward my publisher, editor, and the final book. And, for that, I wouldn’t change a single step of my adventure with this novel.
Overall, it’s done rather well it’s first year. Sure, I’ve had my not-so-good reviews, but I’ve also had some amazing reviews. Sales have been higher than I ever expected—and from strangers too—and as we go into year two, I only can hope it does even half as good.
Alexandra Monroe is a slave smuggler, smuggling slaves north to Tennessee where they can live as free people. Her crime is sedition and her punishment, if caught, is death. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Montgomery, Alexandra lives a life not by her own accord, but a life she willingly accepts for her secret quest to save the lives of slaves. Her ultimate sacrifice is to marry the town’s most eligible bachelor, Thomas Ludlow.
One afternoon, Alexandra comes face to face with handsome William Graysden. He captivates her, and her thoughts confuse her. Born a Creek Indian, not only is William forbidden because of his race, but also because Alexandra is a closely betrothed young woman. William and Alexandra fascinate one another, finding in each other a bond they don’t wish to ignore. After a series of events; however, William is forced to face the choice to continue the dangerous pursuit of Alexandra’s affections or forget about her.
As a sweet, level one heat level, romance novel, THE WOMAN ON THE PAINTED HORSE weaves through the social disparity in Deep South 1861. A time where blackmail, money, and greed could be more powerful than love.