Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wyoming Escape


Congratulations to "Norma H.", the winner of Kate's giveaway.  Thank you to all who participated!


Thanks so much for having me Maureen! This is my first outside blog.

Dramatic black clouds boiled over the jagged mountain peaks and darkened the sky as our horses picked their way down the steep, rocky slope. The out-of-season storm had blown in with no warning, abruptly ending our ride in the Big Horn Mountains’ foothills and sending us down a little used short-cut back to the dude ranch. At the bottom, we waded through a rushing stream whose muddy waters brushed the soles of my boots. The weather had been so nice for the past week that neither my husband nor I had brought along a slicker, and the heavy mist began soaking through our clothes. Trotting as fast as we dared over the rough, rutted ground, we managed to get back just as the skies opened up.

Later, after drying off in our cabin, I went back to working on my current project, but soon stopped, thinking how our recent experience would make a great scene in a book. And that’s how WYOMING ESCAPE was born. I don’t actually use that event in the story, but the ranch and its wonderful, down-to-earth people were definitely my inspiration.




One dead body is frightening enough, but a second one, plus a dirty cop,sends chef Mikela Richards fleeing for her life. The ultimate city girl finds a safe hiding place on a Wyoming Dude ranch, where she tries to discover if the murders are connected to the mysterious computer memory stick she found in her car. But her fragile feeling of safety is disturbed by a compelling Marine, home on leave.

Back from Afghanistan to heal both physically and emotionally, Shawn Saunders recognizes the type of fear in Mikela's eyes---it's one of the things he's come home to forget. Even though he knows it's a bad idea, he can't stop himself from trying to help her, while she's even more afraid of letting him. In spite of their reservations, neither can resist the pull of their attraction.

Kate Wyland writes romantic suspense stories, often in a horsey setting and sometimes with a paranormal twist. She’s a life-long horse lover and brings her equestrian expertise to her books.

Kate will be giving away a FREE Smashwords copy of WYOMING ESCAPE to one lucky person leaving a comment!


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20 comments:

  1. Hi Kate! This sounds like a great book. Thank you for the giveaway!
    jaclynlavigne@yahoo.com

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    1. Good luck. Maybe you'll win it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Delores Goodrick BeggsDecember 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    I can just imagine riding through that water, my boots have been
    muddy almost to the tops and still survived when cleaned although somewhat stiff when dried. gfadelores AT verizon.net

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    1. Oh yeah, I've had my boots flooded more than once too. In Ireland, a guide deliberately led our group into deep water so we would all get soaked! Warped sense of humor.

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  3. My parents generation scraped and saved for the next generation, but eighty years later, there is little gratitude. The message hasn't been reinforced. So I appreciate your blog today calling attention to the lifestyle of necessity that was shared by the masses. Would love to read your novel. georgiaruthwilson at gmail dot com.

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    1. The ranch staff were so delightful, so real and grounded. We thoroughly enjoyed them. A different style from most big city folks.

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  4. Don't you love how real life inspires fiction. Congratulations on Wyoming Escape and on your first outside blog!

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    1. It's fun. One scene in the story was inspired by something I saw while walking near the beach. Couldn't resist using it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Kate: In another lifetime, I spent a few days at the Heart Six Ranch, just outside of Yellowstone near Jackson Hole, and absolutely loved it. I even got on a horse for the first time in years and was so sorry for putting all my weight on his back at that altitude, I walked him, gasping all the way, most of the way back to the ranch.

    I can just imagine the thrill of your adventure. Congratulations on the story, and I would love to read it and review it on Amazon for you. Good luck with this story and all those others in your head.

    cjpetterson at gmail.com

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    1. wow, that horse must have been really out of shape. We were in eastern WY and the ranch was at 4500' so the trails went up from there. Our horses had no prob.
      I'd love it if you would review Escape. I could use a few.
      Thanks.

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    2. I should have mentioned that we stayed at Eaton Ranch in Wolf, WY, just outside Sheridan.

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    3. I was the one gasping. Ha ha. The horse had no problem. I think my sympathy for it arose after it jumped a creek and I almost fell off. Sigh.

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  6. Thank you for sharing with us today Kate! It is a pleasure to meet you and learn about your book WYOMING ESCAPE. You have me curious about Mikela & Shawn... sounds good! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I really enjoyed getting to "know" Mikela and Shawn and the ranch family. I intend to add at least two more stories about the Triple H ranch. WYOMING HOPE will be next.

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  7. Wyoming is the State I have plan to retire in. It's the Yellowstone National Park that attracted me to the State. For a City girl like me, I'm going have to adjust to rural life.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yellowstone is so spectacular, I don't blame you for wanting to retire there. And you will enjoy the people.

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  8. Kate, that book sounds wonderful. Love the cover. And, like everyone else, would love to win the book.

    rhuss at willow gables dot com

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  9. Glad you like the cover. I did it myself. Thought it came out well.
    Good luck on the lottery.

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  10. This sounds intriguing.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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