Do you enjoy contemporary western romance with a touch of mystery thrown in? If you do (and I certainly hope you said yes), I have a new release that fits that bill perfectly. GRANT ME THE MOON is set in West Texas in and near the town of Post.
That small town of just over five thousand residents was founded by C. W. Post, the cereal magnate, in 1907 as a utopian community. Poor Mr. Post died before he could learn the town was successful. Although definitely not utopia, Post is a nice small town my family travels through on the way from our home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to and from Lubbock where we have family members.
An unusual feature of this area is the Caprock. From Post, the road climbs to the top of the high plains. The Caprock is a surprising geological feature that forms a cliff face when viewed from Post. Above, is the Great Plains the Spanish explorers labeled the Llano Estacado, or staked plains. The area hosts a combination of ranching and cotton farming with large numbers of wind turbines on the hills where the Caprock begins.
All Tory Fraser intended was to show her high school history club students a local archeology dig. How could she know the excursion would involve a murder? Or that one of her students would be suspected as the killer? And she had no idea she would meet the man of her dreams.
Grant Grayson has taken over management of his family’s Grayson Ranch near Post, Texas to give his grandfather a less arduous schedule. A flash flood washed away an old talus slope on the ranch to reveal a prehistoric cave that is a Clovis site. Being a good citizen, Grant invited the nearest large university archaeology department to excavate the cave. When a gorgeous blonde high school teacher asks his permission to take her students to the site, how can he deny her? Especially when he’s instantly attracted to her as he’s never been to anyone.
Tory and Grant are drawn in to the investigation to clear her student but unintentionally make themselves targets. Now they must evade the killer to live and celebrate their new found love.
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“So your grandmother is sad rather than ill. Does she get around well?”
She raised her eyebrows and nodded. “In fact, she can keep up with me. After Grandpa passed away, she was so heartbroken that we were afraid her health was deteriorating. Actually, it was. She wasn’t eating properly and not sleeping well. Or, she was staying up most of the night and sleeping most of the day. With me here, she keeps regular hours and we have breakfast and supper together.”
He reached across the table and laced his fingers with hers. “But not tonight.”
She met his gaze and smiled before she slid her hand to her lap. Disappointment claimed him at the loss of her touch.
“I stopped by the store on my way home and bought her a chicken pot pie in a brand that’s healthy. I only hope she’s doing as I asked and having that and a salad for dinner.”
After they’d eaten, he drove under the speed limit on the way back to Post. Her company fascinated him and he wished he could prolong the evening. When they reached the edge of the Caprock above Post, he pulled over at a wide space on the shoulder and opened the sunroof.
“I love this spot. You can see the lights of our little town below and the stars above.”
She relaxed against the seat and head rest. “The almost full moon tonight obscures many of the stars. This is a beautiful vantage point, though. As if we’re divine and are hanging above the world. I could almost reach out and touch the moon.”
He reached for her hand and entwined their fingers “Should I grab it for you?”
She offered a whimsical smile. “Let’s leave it there so everyone can enjoy the moonlight.”
“Tory, I’m having a hard time resisting making a move on you like some teenager. I think we’d better get you home.” After releasing her hand, he shifted to drive and pulled back onto Highway 84.
In the moonlight, her eyes shone like stars. “I don’t need rescuing, Grant. I can fend for myself.”
I hope you’ll give GRANT ME THE MOON a try. If you do and enjoy it, please let me know by leaving a review on Amazon. I love to hear from readers, and you can reach me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My #Romanticidea is simple:
The most precious gift anyone can give another is TIME.
I mean personal time listening, exchanging ideas, holding hands as you go on a walk, or doing anything the two of you enjoy.
The key is to be receptive to the other person—truly be in the present with that person instead of concentrating on a million other things instead of listening.
About Caroline Clemmons
Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.
Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys time with family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends. Find her on her Blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest.
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