HARD RAIN: The Montana Hamiltons
by New York Times bestselling author B.J. Daniels
He's meant to protect her, but what is this cowboy keeping from her about the danger she's facing?
As the daughter of a presidential candidate, Cassidy Hamilton left the Montana family ranch to escape notoriety and live her own life. But when someone tries to abduct her off a Houston sidewalk, Cassidy finds protection in the tall, dark and sexy form of cowboy Jack Durand. The gorgeous Texan doesn't recognize her, wants nothing from her and is determined to keep her safe.
Jack hates keeping secrets from the beautiful Cassidy, but he knows more about her kidnapping attempt than he's admitting. Forced on the run, Jack and Cassidy begin piecing together a jagged family puzzle, exposing a plot years in the making—one that will either tear them apart or bring them closer together than ever.
I’ve often painted myself into a corner with my writing. I write by the seat of my pants. It’s the only way I know how to write. I never know what the story is about until I sit down at the computer and put my fingers to the keys.
As the characters appear, they tell me their story. I’m often as shocked as anyone by what they have to say. My characters have also often gotten me into trouble by saying or doing something that takes the story off in a direction I’m not sure I want to go with them.
When I started the Montana Hamilton’s series, I was writing in the car, my husband driving, on our way back from a nearby town. I suddenly looked up and said, “Oh no, my rancher is running for president!”
I am the least political person ever. I got a “D” in government in high school because I hated it so much. Now I had a character running for president? I knew nothing about any of that.
“So don’t let him run for president,” my husband said. He should know after all the books I’ve written (more than 80) that I have no control over my characters.
“He’s running for president.” I was going to have to do a lot of research.
And I did.
Often one of my characters will saddle up his horse and go for a ride to figure things out – or save a cowgirl in distress.
But when I was writing INTO DUST, the latest in the Montana Hamilton’s series for HQN, I suddenly realized that I’d done more than paint myself into a corner. My characters were in such a dire position that there was only one way out.
They would have to die.
I couldn’t believe the spot we were all in. But if I have learned anything after all these books it is how to get my characters out of these jambs. I can sit around and get a headache trying to figure it out....
Or I can sit down in front of the computer, fingers on keys and write. The characters got us into this, let them get us out.
If you read INTO DUST, you’ll see what happened.
No one was more surprised than me.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author B.J. Daniels lives in Montana with her husband, Parker, and three springer spaniels. When not writing, she quilts, boats and plays tennis.
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