When I wrote Arizona Sunset, the romance of an outlaw and a lady, It had a secondary character, a marshal who was bound and determined to see justice done. I knew he was the man who had established the Circle O, which showed up years later as the home of my contemporary heroine in Desert Inferno. The question was how did he end up at that ranch and who was his love? He needed his own book to answer those questions.
The answer became obvious as my heroine in Arizona Sunset, Abigail, had a best friend, blonde, beautiful, loyal, and kind of drifting along without any firm goals—Priscilla Wesley. Her fascination with the occult was a factor in Arizona Sunset. Where might it take her in a book of her own?
Priscilla had so much going for her with wealthy parents, beauty, a privileged life. The last thing she needed was a lawman to love and yet of all the possible men in Tucson, the one who fascinated her was U.S. Deputy Marshal Cord O’Brian. Except, he made his living with a gun, something she abhorred. Attraction isn’t enough—or is it? These two are about to find out when Cord's nine year old daughter arrives in Tucson and he very much needs Priscilla's help to learn how to be a father.
Cord and Sam Ryker, the hero of Arizona Sunset, had a strong dislike for each other, which is explored in the second book. Will they end up facing each other with guns blazing or is the connection between the wolf and the hawk more complicated than either might imagine?
Tucson Moon is about love, family relationships, the desert, and Arizona Territory in 1886-87 with a villain who is a carry over from Arizona Sunset. Martin seemed mostly weak in the first book, but he had since continued to make choices that carry him deeper into decadence. He blames others for whatever has gone wrong in his life. Exploring how our character, by our choices, can be improved or degraded, was part of my interest in this story.
Having spent a lot of time in Tucson, the beauty of the area and history of its people has always captivated me with so many diverse elements to make up its energy. I had written Arizona Sunset some time ago and it was only as I began serious editing that I realized there was a second book. Whether there will be a third, only time will tell-- perhaps the next generation. Arizona’s history is full of stories.