Published by HQN Books on June 30th 2015
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Stanton Rourke lives life on the edge. The steely South African mercenary is dangerous in every way…especially to Clarisse Carrington's heart.
She and Rourke were playmates as children, but she's not the innocent girl he once knew. When tragedy robbed Clarisse of her entire family, her life was changed forever. Besides, she's a grown woman now, and there are secrets that hold her back from succumbing to her pursuer.
As she struggles to keep her distance, sparks as hot as a Texas summer fly between them. But danger is following Clarisse, leaving her no choice but to rely on Rourke, even as the old wounds lying dormant between them flare up again…
You are a Texas´s hero expert ! Why so many books about cowboys? What´s special about Texas?
DP: When I was a girl, my favorite author was Zane Grey. I loved his Western romances and I read every one I could find. I fell in love with Texas first through books, and then through visiting Texas. It is a wonderful state, with very kind people. I love it. I love cowboys because they love animals. Big strong men, taking care of little calves and cows…it’s just beautiful to me.
What defines a good romance book?
DP: A romance based on emotion more than simple physical attraction. Passion burns out. Friendship lasts forever. People must have common interests in order to share a long life together.
Between all those amazing tittles you have sold worldwide. Is there any you love the most for any reason?
DP: I love LAWLESS, not because of the hero, but because of Cash Grier, who turned up in it and became my favorite hero. I also love THE COWBOY AND THE LADY and TO LOVE AND CHERISH, because of the heroes. I always love my bad boys most.
When you are writing your stories which is the main feeling that surrounds you (Happiness, hope, expectation, anxiety…) ?
DP: Absolute joy! I always feel that each new book I write is the first one I’ve ever written. I get so caught up in the characters and their stories that I forget the time and just live in the book.
You´ve written more than a hundred books and every single story is fresh and captivating. Which is the key to write a good plot after so many books published and keep the readers interested on it?
DP:I think the answer to that is that I let the characters drive the action. I have a very basic plot in mind when I start to work, but the characters themselves decide what they want to do in the course of the book. I don’t try to force them into situations that they aren’t comfortable with. I know this sounds insane, but characters do assume life when you create them. They are very individual, and some are very forceful. Cash Grier was only a minor character in THE TEXAS RANGER, but he was so persistent that I had to put him in his own book!
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