Hello Gemma! Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today! It’s such a pleasure to chat with you. So tell me…
Q) Is this book part of a series? If so, can you tell us about it?
Yes! Wild Flowers is book two in the Triple Diamond series, which is set on the Triple Diamond Ranch in Wolf Creek, Montana. The first book in this series, The Lovin’ Is Easy was actually meant to be a short, but I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to expand, so it’s now a four book series, with each story set in a different season. This one is fall and let me tell you, Montana is beautiful in the fall. (She says, from having spent too many hours on Pinterest and never having gone…)
I have to say though, living in the modern day is great! When I first started expanding this series, I actually found a real estate website for luxury ranches in Montana. It had these half hour video tours of the grounds and homes – it wasn’t quite as good as going myself, but it was a close second! It’s just been so much fun creating this setting and telling stories there.
Q) What do you think is your strongest asset as a writer? …what is your weakest factor as a writer?
I’d have to say that my strongest asset is probably my ability to just get it done. Programs like National Novel Writing Month or writing sprints/word count goals are really effective for me, because I write fast and once it’s on the page I can fix it. That being said, my weakness is also writing fast. It’s really important for me to write comprehensive synopsis and outlines to follow while I’m writing, or I’ll end up with a full-length book that doesn’t say a whole hell of a lot of anything.
Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
I think every character develops as the story unfolds. I come from a background in journalism and it’s been very effective for character creation, with interviews and research and I love going into a story with a strong grasp on my characters. That being said, the characters get tested, they get challenged, they come upon unusual circumstances and, just like people, they change and are changed by those events.
It’s particularly interesting, too, to write romantic character development for ménage romances. The dynamic is going to be very different than a more traditional type of partnership and exploring those unique approaches to communication and trust has been a lot of fun and very educational.
Q) Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I love writing series! Every time I try to write a stand alone book, it ends up developing into a series. I’ve always loved reading them too, so I think that has a lot to do with it. For me, it’s fun to see characters or places from previous books and to get that sort of outside interaction. It’s easy to accidentally isolate our heroes and heroines because we do want them to be alone together, but we don’t want them to be alone in the world and creating that larger series setting can really help give them a solid place.
So yes! The Triple Diamond series is interconnected between the (what will be) four books in the series. I have a few stand alone short stories, but I think it’s a little different. I have two recently released titles I’ll be republishing and they’re both part of series as well and I’m actually thinking of expanding one across time, so yes, huge series fan!
Q) What are your upcoming projects?
I’m working on such a fun project right now, but I’m quite at the point where I can spill the beans. Suffice to say, it has dukes, friends to lovers tropes and bacchanalian, hedonistic festivities with 1800s circus themes! I have fun.
That’s in early stages though. Right now, Wild Flowers is out this week and book three in the Triple Diamond Series, Most Wanted is coming out early next year. I’m also planning to republish two of my recently unpublished works, so fun things!
When it comes to the two very tempting search-and-rescue survivalists, Lily Hollis is all about getting in touch with nature…
Five years have passed since her fiancé’s death and Lily Hollis has had enough. She’s done with the self-pity and the guilt and putting the brakes on her own life. She’s going to visit her sister, Madison, in Wolf Creek, Montana and she’s going to finish her master’s research, finally graduating, like she never did all those years ago.But Wolf Creek holds temptation, specifically in the form of the very sexy, very dangerous Dec McCormick and Micah Ellison, two search-and-rescue specialists who run a survival camp near her sister’s ranch. When they suggest she stay with them to complete her fieldwork, Lily is shocked to find herself agreeing. After all, she hasn’t wanted a man in a very long time and now she finds herself wanting two.
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“We’ve got a scent!”
There was definitely a cave on the other side, a yawning, darkened mouth, gaping right over the valley. The question was—was there anyone in it?
But now was just about the worst time to calculate the distance it would take to kill a grown man, so he focused his attention on the solid ground and his mission and called out again. “This is Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue Agent Micah Ellison, I repeat, is there anyone in the cave?”A sound. It was barely even a real sound and if he hadn’t been trained by the very best to determine the difference between human and nature, he might not have heard it. But there it was, a whimper catching on the wind, the softest, shuddering inhalation of a very terrified child.
“How do you know my name?”But that was the way of kids, wasn’t it? Find them hidden in a darkened cave in the middle of a mountain range and they want to know how you know their name.
Micah sighed in relief. Good, she was talking, which meant she wasn’t too dehydrated to function or too badly injured. He hoped.“Well, Chloe, I’d really like to get you back home to Daisy, okay?” he said. “Now, I’m going to talk to my partner, but I’ll be right back…”
“Dec,” he radioed over. “She’s here.” The radio crackled in and out, then cut out completely, plunging the mountain’s edge into silence that suddenly felt a whole hell of a lot colder and lonelier than it had a minute ago.Or maybe that was just the clouds rolling in overhead. For fuck’s sake.
Okay, okay. He’d dealt with hairier situations than this and he was damn well going to get that girl out of the cave if it was his last act on earth and all that. He sent up a prayer to as many of his gods as he could remember in the moment then called back to the little girl.
“Just you and me now, Chloe, okay?” he said. “Now, I’m going to hook my belaying chord to a tree on this side of the gap then I’m coming over to you. You can talk to me. I can hear you.”He stood and stepped a foot in from the edge of the cliff, allowing himself one deep breath before walking over to the thick oak tree growing sideways out of the mountain. He tested a branch with his weight, finding it thick and sturdy, before tossing the end of the rope around it and securing the knot that he had been tying since he was about Chloe’s age. He tugged on the end attached to his security belt and, satisfied, returned to the edge of the mountain.
“Well, you’re very brave, Chloe,” he said, testing the rope one more time. “I’m coming over now, okay?” And before she could answer him, he began the slow, one-foot-in-front-of-the-other walk across the large yawning mouth of the valley. He didn’t dare lift his feet, but rather scraped them along the mountain’s edge, making rock and dust crumble, and he gritted his teeth to keep from following their path with his eyes.
He’d been working for Lewis and Clark County Search and Rescue Team for nearly six years and he never got over that feeling of being suspended over the incredibly far valley below. Even two decades later, memories still plagued him, very nearly paralyzing a man who was otherwise incredibly good at his job.
But before Micah could give in to any of those fears or panics, his feet touched down on the other side, grounding him against the dirt and mossy leaves, and there he was, at the entrance to the cave.
“Chloe,” he called, his voice soft and gentle. “It’s me, Micah. Do you want to come out of there now?”
She emerged, her movements slow and wary. Her clothes were dirty and her hair had all manner of sticks and leaves tangled in the curls, but she appeared otherwise unharmed, and Micah let out a low breath of relief. “You did a good job hiding here, honey,” he said. “Now, I’d like to bring you home to your mom and dad, okay?”She nodded and sniffled. “Okay.” It seemed that the bravery that had gotten her so far was just about tapped out. Well, fine, she was allowed to be a kid again. It was no longer her responsibility to get home safely.
They hadn’t expected such a happy ending for Chloe and they’d been lucky, more than lucky.
In her free time, she loves to travel, and spent a semester abroad living in a 14th-century castle in the Netherlands. When not exploring the world, she likes dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars, and talking to strangers. She recently moved to Nashville with a cute redheaded cat and a cute redheaded boy.
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