My beginning as a writer came, as many do, from writing fanfiction. When I was about thirteen, I fell in love with the Old West thanks to a little-known and short-lived CBS Western called “The Magnificent Seven” and it launched me full-force into writing. First, I wrote fanfiction for the show (none of it particularly good, by the way) and then over the years the stories I was writing melted into creating my own Old West worlds and the characters to populate them.
Cricket Bend, the town the FIRES OF CRICKET BEND series is set in, is an amalgamation of a hundred old west towns I’ve read about and seen in movies and on TV – From Linda Lael Miller books to HBO’s Deadwood - and I’m thrilled to be able to share its stories of love and adventure with readers of this genre. The characters at the center of HAVEN’S FLAME, Haven Anderson and her fiancee Matthew Frank, are ordinary people. But ordinary people often have extraordinary stories…
“Sometimes passion smolders, and other times it burns…”
High-button dresses aren’t made for hot Texas springs—or the burning desire Haven Anderson has for Deputy Matthew Frank…
After a lifetime of friendship, Matthew and Haven are finally engaged, but he doesn’t seem to share Haven’s emerging passion. Feeling rejected and uncertain about her future, Haven finds herself attracted to the handsome new saloon owner, Hank Porter.
Matthew holds Haven at arm’s length, despite the love smoldering inside him…
Matthew’s father was run out of town years ago for nearly killing his mother, and Matthew fears the lack of control passion can cause. Having been taken in and raised by Haven’s family, he vows to always treat her with affection and respect.
The season brings cattle drives and rowdy cowboys—and Haven can’t stay away from the saloon…
As the doctor’s assistant, Haven tends Hank after a fight, and befriends a lively “upstairs girl,” Callie Lee, despite orders from the Cricket Bend Sheriff—her father—to have nothing to do with anyone at the saloon.
Along with the cattle drive come the lawless McKenzie brothers, a rude bounty hunter, and rumors of a dangerous man headed their way. Caught up in this whirlwind, Haven remains torn between her love for the romantically distant Matthew and the more earthy passion offered by Hank and his scandalous reputation.
Should she follow her heart or the desire that puts everything she’s known at risk? Or even more importantly, will the people she loves still be standing in the aftermath of…
Marie Piper earned her B.A. in English Literature from Michigan State University, and lives in Chicago. She loves travel, coffee, and surrounding herself with her book hoard. Marie has several short pieces of romantic/erotic fiction being published in anthologies over the next few months, but it most excited about her debut novel, HAVEN’S FLAME (the first book in the FIRES OF CRICKET BEND series) coming 10/27/2015 from Limitless Publishing. Say hi via Twitter at @mariepiperbooks.
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