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Cowboys, lawmen and bad boys, oh, my.
I've met one real cowboy, a few peace officers and more than my share of bad boys in my lifetime, but for some reason I have a penchant for writing about cowboys and lawmen, good or bad.
In Rising Above, a time travel released by Desert Breeze Publishing, Hal Grantham, the hero, is an undercover Pinkerton Agent tracking stagecoach robbers in a silver mining town in the mountains above Death Valley, California. He's the tall, silent type who keeps his angst-riddled past to himself and passes himself off as a misplaced cowboy working the mines who sometimes follows the trail of crooks.
The last thing this widowed lawman wants to do is marry again, but luck is not with him. Wilda Stone's hot air balloon crashes, dashing her hope of winning the race to Death Valley and dumping her back in 1874 and smack on the hero's back.
Although he rescues Wilda, fate still has it in for Hal. The high wind that forced her balloon down blows up a sand storm and Hal seeks shelter for them in a cave, where Wilda spends two nights in the cave with his horse and Hal before the wind finally dies.
To Hal's way of thinking he has compromised her reputation and the outspoken woman must marry him, but strong-willed Wilda wants no part of a marriage without love. She's planning to return to her empty house and empty life in Riverside as soon as she figures out how to get back to 2012.
The arrival of the stately newcomer in Cerro Gordo creates quite a stir among the love starved miners who see her as fair game, forcing Hal to prematurely announce their betrothal. Wilda endures the novelty of Hal coming courting while she waits to return to her time. However his first kiss changes everything. A tomboy who grew up to work with a Caltrans road crew without ever being asked out on a date, quickly falls in love with Hal.
It's said the course of true love never runs smooth. Their marriage hits a few snags. Wilda can't cook, but much of the newlyweds' time is spent in bed, and they continue to take their meals at the American Hotel. Then, while Hal is off trailing the latest stagecoach robbers, a villain from Hal's past kidnaps Wilda, counting on her husband to come to the abandoned mine shaft where he's keeping her. Then the villain will kill Hal.
Wilda has no way to warn him, but she has her trusty pocketknife, the same knife she used to beat Hal at mumblety-peg while confined to the cave after the balloon crash. Her aim is true. The gutsy heroine buries the blade in the villain's chest and Wilda and Hal escape unharmed.
No, their lives still do not run smooth. Hal lost his first wife and young son when diphtheria swept their town while he was away protecting railroad shipments for Pinkerton, so when a diphtheria epidemic hits Cerro Gordo, he panics. Wilda insists childhood immunizations given her by Twentieth Century doctors will protect her from the diseases prevalent in 1874. Still fearing for her safety, Hal repairs her balloon and sends her back to her own time in tears.
Like a lucky penny Wilda returns, allowing Rising Above to have a happy ending. True to his promise to never again leave his wife unprotected Hal accepts employment as sheriff in a small town in the Owens Valley where he can keep close watch over his buxom bride.
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