She’s the daughter of a lawman. He’s a notorious outlaw, or is he? They can never be together, but this fiery redhead will defy her family to marry the man she loves.
On the verge of an engagement to Samuel Hardy, Madeline Ashton is a carefree young woman with the world at her feet. It’s not until her father arrests the notorious “Gentleman Bandit” that she meets Jared Stott, staring at the handsome outlaw through the bars of a jail cell.
Having come to the Colorado Territory to find a wife and open a shop, Jared Stott is stunned to be arrested, having been implicated in a series of robberies he did not commit. Being the identical brother of a bank robber, no one believes his innocence, except the beautiful redhead, whose father happens to be a lawman.
Surviving the hangman’s noose is only the beginning of Jared Stott’s troubles, because Madeline’s family is firmly against him. To compound matters, he is saddled with his brother’s wife and child, a burden worsened by the woman’s drinking. The only glimmer of light on the horizon is Madeline, who is steadfast in her love for him and her faith in the Lord, hoping that one day they can be together.
Choosing the images I need for my books is always a challenge. I typically scour stock photo sites for hours looking for the perfect picture and I end up with “something” that works. I’m always frustrated by the fact that I need the model to look a certain way to match the sweet romance genre. I often find the images I want, but the model has too much makeup on or she’s dressed in an outfit that is modern. Showing a lot of skin won’t work for an inspirational or a western cover.
Then there is the matter of the expression on the model’s face. My heroines are typically suffering and in some sort of peril or adventure. A smiling woman is a beautiful thing, but I need a girl that looks pensive, even slightly melancholy. The Old West was a harsh and unforgiving place to live, and the cover has to reflect that to some degree.
An author friend generously gave me a few photos from photographer Phil Marley, which I have recently used on the cover of Gillian: The Oregon Trail (The Brides of the Rockies) and the soon to be released Madeline: The Outlaw’s Redemption (The Brides of the Rockies). Not only are these women young and pretty, yet they also convey the mood of my stories perfectly.
I feel really lucky to have the use of these photographs. It’s made publishing recently a lot easier, and saved me hours going over stock photo sites. The end result is exactly what I had hoped for. They are some of my favorite covers, and I look forward to using more of the same photos for soon to be released projects.