My upcoming Four Stones Ranch series is set in the Wild West. (Hence the “ranch” part of the series title. You’ll have to read the books to learn about the name Four Stones.) The first book, Cowboy to the Rescue, will be released in September 2014. I do wish I could show you the cover, but it’s not ready to be revealed. Click on the title for a hot link, where you can learn more about the story.
So why do you suppose I’ve hopped all over the place with my books? Before writing for LIH, I wrote two historical series set in the United States during the 1800s. I love that time period. I also greatly enjoy reading and writing about historical England. I even wrote a novel about my daughter’s missionary adventures in Africa in 1991!
However, no setting brings me quite the satisfaction as writing about a place I know well and love: the San Luis Valley of Colorado. I moved there when I was in high school, and after meeting and marrying my husband in Denver (married 49 years this June), we lived in the Valley. Our four beautiful children were born there, and even though we moved to Florida thirty-four years ago, we all have fond memories of that special area of Colorado.
For the historical writer, the San Luis Valley is loaded with historical places of interest to spark story ideas. I have pictures my husband and a friend of mine took of the following landmarks: the Great Sand Dunes National Monument (left), with Medano Creek running below,
the headwaters of Rio Grande del Norte (this picture is farther downstream from Creede, where the Rio Grande truly begins),
Another impressive site is La Garita Natural Arch in the Rio Grande National Forest (I don’t have permission to post a picture of this lovely arch, so please check it out at http://www.sanluisvalley.org/?q=node/320 .
If you’re ever planning a trip to Colorado, don’t just think of Denver, Vail, Breckenridge, or other points north. The San Luis Valley is a gorgeous area with countless attractions. And if you’re unable to travel there, visit through my upcoming book, Cowboy to the Rescue, in September 2014.