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Six years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother's will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch and trouble isn't too far behind.As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn't the man the town made him out to be.
Your book takes place on a ranch. What got you interested in writing about that setting?
I’ve lived in Montana since I was five so I’ve been around ranches and people who live miles from anyone else. I love writing about Montana and what it is like to live here for a whole lot of people. Ranching is a dying way of life. I like to capture it before it is gone.
Have you lived on a ranch? How do you prepare to write this type of book?
I haven’t lived on a ranch, but I’ve lived in a cabin with only an outhouse at the edge of a wilderness area; I’ve lived on a lake where we didn’t have electricity or a phone; and I’ve been around ranching. My parents had me in hunting camps from the time I was a couple weeks old. So what I like to write about is the Montana away from civilization, which a lot of ranches are.
Dana is the main character. Tell us about her.
Dana Cardwell was the heroine of Crime Scene of Cardwell Ranch. A strong determined ranch woman, she married Hud Savage six years ago. Six years ago she also was at war over the selling of the ranch with her siblings: bad boy Jordan, back-stabbing Stacy and theatrical star Clay. At the end of the book, that problem was resolved when she found her mother’s will. But the animosity between the siblings remained. That is until Justice at Cardwell Ranch, which comes out Oct. 1. Readers wanted to know what had happened to this family. I was curious as well.
What can a reader expect from Justice at Cardwell Ranch?
We find out what happened to Dana’s siblings. Since we last saw them, she has had two children and is now pregnant with twins and been given bed-rest by her doctor. It is the worst possible time for two of her siblings to suddenly show up in Big Sky.
Jordan, the hero of this book, has returned because of his 20-year-high-school reunion. Or at least that’s how it seems. Twenty years ago his best friend committed suicide their senior year. He now believes his friend was murdered.
So he comes back to realize that most everyone was just as they were in high school. The class was very small, but there is still the jocks, the mean girls, the wannabes. And there are still all the old grudges – only now he knows there is a murderer among them.
Do any of your characters remind you of you?
Okay, now you have me laughing out loud. My heroines and heroes are all me. They are strong and determined and capable. Heck, they are amazing. Seriously, they are who I want to be when I grow up.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about you or your books?
My big exciting news is that my first single title book, UNFORGIVEN, will be out in December. It is set in the shadow of the Crazy Mountains near Big Timber, Montana. It is part of a continuing series with the second book, REDEMPTION, coming out in February. I am working on the third book now.
Watch for FALLEN – the prequel to the series. It is in ebook format and I believe it will be offered free for a while. Also as I mentioned, the Cardwell Ranch series will continue with CARDWELL RANCH TRESPASSER out next April and a Christmas at Cardwell Ranch book next December.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just want to say thank you. My wonderful, loyal readers let me do something I love – write. I am forever grateful. I work hard to make sure they get the best book I can write and I love hearing from them. They can email me from my new webpage at www.bjdaniels.com
Thank you too for your interest in my book and having me on the Stuck in Books Blog!! I’m honored to be here.
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