The Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch, Book One
Publisher: Twin Moon Press
Date of Publication: March 4, 2015
Number of pages: 133
Word Count: 38,800 (roughly 40k)
Cover Artist: Fiona Jayde
Lana Dixon knows well enough to steer clear of alpha males, but Ty Hawthorne is as impossible to avoid as the sizzling Arizona sun. Her inner wolf just won’t give up on the alpha who’s tall, dark, and more than a little dangerous. One midnight romp under the full moon is enough for Lana to know she’ll risk her life for him — but what about her pride?
Ty puts duty above everything — even the overwhelming instinct that says Lana’s the one. She’s the Juliet to his Romeo: forbidden. And with a pack of poaching rogues closing in, it’s hardly the time to yield to his desires. Or is love just what this lonely alpha needs to set his spirit free?
There’s more than meets the eye on Twin Moon Ranch, home to a pack of shapeshifting wolves willing to battle for life and love.
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Anna Lowe loves putting the "hero" back into heroine and letting location ignite a passionate romance. She likes a heroine who is independent, intelligent, and imperfect — a woman who's doing just fine on her own. But give the heroine a good man (not to mention a chance to overcome her own inhibitions) and she'll never turn down the chance for adventure, nor shy away from danger.
Anna is a middle school teacher who divides her time between coastal Maine and a village in view of the Austrian Alps. She loves dogs, sports, and travel — and letting those inspire her fiction.
Once upon a time, she was a long-distance triathlete and soccer player. Nowadays, she finds her balance with yoga, writing, and family time with her husband and young children. On any given weekend, you might find her hiking in the mountains or hunched over her laptop, working on her latest story. Either way, the day will end with a chunk of dark chocolate and a good read.
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Please welcome Desert Moon author Anna Lowe to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your favorite part of the story, Desert Moon?
My favorite part has to be either the happy end epilogue (I'm a sucker for happy endings, and you can bet every one of my books will have one!) or the dinner scene. So as not to give too much away, I'll share the dinner scene and not the epilogue – not yet!
Ty and Lana have only recently met and already the sparks are flying – and already they're avoiding each other. But they nearly run into each other at the dessert table after dinner and both simultaneously reach for the last piece of pie. Here's a little excerpt from Desert Moon, Book 1 in the Wolves of Twin Moon Ranch series:
Lana pulled back. “You take it.”
Her eyes narrowed at him. Crap. He hadn’t meant for it to come out as an order, but she was already gritting her teeth.
“No, you,” she ground out.
“I’m good.” He tried taking the edge off his voice, but he was badly out of practice.
Lana studied him so closely he would swear she could see into his childhood memories. Her nostrils flared, and he saw her catch a breath and hold it. Then she slowly exhaled and turned to the platter, scooping the last piece onto the last plate. She forked it roughly in half and held it between them with icy determination.
“We’ll share,” she growled.
If you were stranded on a desert island which of your characters do you want by your side?
I wish I didn't have to pick just one, because I fall in love with all my leading men as I write them. But yeah, Ty on a desert island? Absolutely. This desert wolf is only more scrumptious when he's out of his element (something I have fun with in the follow-up short story, Desert Wolf).
If you could be best friends with one of your characters, who would it be?
Well, there's my heroine, Lana, who says what she means without pussyfooting around – but knows when to hold her tongue, too. For example, when she has her first run-in with Audrey, the ranch playgirl who is after Ty, Lana manages to keep her mouth shut despite all the bait Audrey puts out for her (like saying “You'll get fat eating all that pie”).
There are also two older women on Twin Moon Ranch (Aunt Jean and Lana's grandmother, Ruth) who are a barrel of laughs: lots of naughty innuendo between lady-like sips of tea. That's where I'd head if I needed to re-find my smile, as Lana does at one point.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I never read romance until I was almost literally stranded on a desert island (by my own choice, and with the man I love, I should say). Three weeks with palms, sun, and sand and I was running out of reading. So I picked up a romance and to my utter surprise, loved it. I went on to read many more. The best books inspired me to try to capture the emotion and hope I found in them. The worst ones inspired me to do better – much better, I promise you!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I'm now four books into the Twin Moon Ranch series and now I'm going back in time and writing a Prequel called Desert Hunt, which appears in June in a boxed set titled Masters of the Hunt: Fated and Forbidden. Desert Hunt features a hot coyote-wolf mixed breed hero – the kid from the wrong side of the tracks - and the huntress heroine who believes in him. He rides a Harley; she carries a bow and a fletch of silver-tipped arrows. This story takes place two years before Desert Moon. What I also love about it is getting to see Ty of Desert Moon in his tortured days alone before his destined mate Lana finally comes along. Ty shoulders enormous responsibility, so he's tempted to give up on love – but he won't deny his best friend Zack the chance when fates delivers his destined mate. (Book link and more at www.fatedandforbidden.com).
What book are you reading now?
I just started reading Ainsley Booth's Hate F*@k, Part 2 and it's a wonder I went to sleep last night. Great writing, hot hero, an impossible situation – wow! After that I can't wait for Ellis Leigh's next Feral Breed release!