Won first place in the 2008 New Mexico Press Women’s Excellence in Communications Contest in the Novel Category.
Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2008 Spur Awards for the Western Mass Market Paperback category and in the
2008 Southern Magic RWA’s Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Historical Category.
Wins third place in the 2008 National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest.
Finalist in the 2008 WILLA Awards.
Was the Las Cruces, New Mexico Friends of the Branigan Library Book of the Year for 2008.
Finalist in the 2008 Spur Award from Western Writer’s of America.
A wilderness adventure set in Yellowstone National Park . . .
It began with lies.
One-quarter Nez Perce, Cord Sutton attempts to hide his Indian blood by adopting the life of a gentleman. As part of the ruse, he intends to gain respect by buying the Lake Hotel, an island in the Yellowstone wilderness that offers elegant accommodations to travelers on the Northern Pacific Railroad.
When Chicago heiress Laura Fielding is rescued from a stagecoach robbery in Jackson Hole by a rugged looking mountain man in rough clothing, she hides the fact she is wealthy. She does not know the man traveling to the park with her is, in fact, Cord Sutton.
Nonetheless, during a three-day wilderness journey their alliance is sealed. Upon arriving at the Lake Hotel, Cord and Laura learn each other’s true identities. . .and the fact Laura’s father is backing a rival to purchase the hotel.
On opposite sides, Cord and Laura find bigotry, arson, and the desire for revenge threatens their growing love, and their lives. If they survive, Cord must learn to embrace his heritage and Laura must turn her back on her father’s luxurious world. . .IF they survive. . .
The Lake of Fire.