Jane Leopold Quinn takes over today to talk about her newest release, The Long Road To You (The Brothers Agee Series).
Cowboys are my first love. The Long Road To You is Nick’s story. A few months before this story begins, Nick and his brother Jake had reunited in an odd way, endangering Jake’s love, Ivy. Jake and Ivy, the first story in this series, features the characters in the title – Jake the drifter horse trader and Ivy the eastern girl who falls in love with the Flamenco. Nick comes to visit his brother and meets Margee McPherson; well, he actually yanks her off a rearing horse. Their story needed to be told.
Nick Gabriel, orphan, outlaw, reformed man, yearns for what his brother Jake has – land, a home, and best of all, a loving wife. Nick pulls a woman off a rearing horse, slamming her sexy, lithe body against his, the impetuous action setting him to lose his heart.
Margee McPherson’s whole world revolves around running the ranch her father left her and handling the creepy ranch foreman she also inherited. Years before, she’d made a mistake that ended tragically. Now, she won’t allow the drifter cowboy, Nick Gabriel, to get anywhere near her no matter how tall, dark, and handsome he is, and how much she longs to be in his arms.
Both have secrets in their pasts. Will Margee’s fear and guilt keep her from moving forward with her life? Nick’s fallen in love with the beautiful rancher. Can he prove to her his roaming days are over? And will they survive their past secrets, finding the love they didn’t know they craved?
Joshua, California 1881
The day was warm for early spring in the mountains, the sky luminously blue and topped with a few high clouds mashed-looking as if with the tines of a fork. Unlike the heavy, hot, moist heat of the southern part of the state, the air was arid up here. Fir trees on the mountain slopes had a crisp, clean, triangle-like look.
Nick had known where Jake and Ivy had settled since they’d reunited several months ago. He’d debated with himself if he should stay away or seek them out. But at thirty-one, he was weary of the uncertainty and loneliness of tramping around the country. Reuniting with Joey, who now went by the more grown up sounding Jake, had been bittersweet. Thank God the kid had turned out all right and not like his jail bird older brother.
He’d been hired by her father to find the runaway Ivy Westlake. It was a once in a lifetime chance that the baby brother he hadn’t seen for fifteen years was with her. He’d been jealous of the obvious love between Jake and Ivy, but he’d had a job to do. Then she was kidnapped by his own two henchmen. After rescuing her, he’d protected her all the way to Los Angeles, holding her when she’d vomited every morning. When he learned she was pregnant with Jake’s child, he’d promised to find Jake and send him to her in Mexico. But Jake had found her all by himself.
Now it seemed Nick had found them here together with a ranch of their own and a baby on the way. Family. Something he’d never really had. Something he was aching for now.
The ranch house, painted white and with a wide porch, looked inviting. A wooden fence surrounded a large swath of grass across the front with bushes and flowers as a border. He smiled as he rode closer. It appeared Jake had the ideal home. A woman leaned against the porch railing, one hand above her eyes to cut the sun so she could see better. Ivy. God, she looked wonderful even at a distance and heavy with child.
“Jake, come out here!”
Nick reined in at the bottom of the porch steps, his expression neutral. After all, he had no inkling if Jake would be happy to see him.
The Long Road To You is available here: Amazon – The Long Road To You
Jake and Ivy is available here: Amazon – Jake and Ivy
Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?”
Why not, indeed.
One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!
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