After a plea for help, Xenia Poindexter and her sister, Mea Ann rush to Arizona to help an uncle everyone says is not worth saving.
On the way, Mea Ann rescues a half-Indian baby and decides that no matter what happens she will raise the child. When Xenia learns her uncle lured them west only to make prostitutes of them, she turns to half-breed Ty Eldridge for help.
A true southern lady from Virginia, she never suspects she’d be tempted to care for the tall, lanky cowboy who is half Sioux. As it happens she doesn’t believe it herself – even after her sister has declared her intention of marrying Ty’s cousin, Wilt. Having been stung by a white woman in the past, Ty won’t let himself even consider falling for the beautiful Xenia.
“When you get to Deer Meadow, I’m sure you’ll find the men will appreciate you more. Then you won’t have to be subjected to an Indian raid or a man like Ty Eldridge.”
“Mr. Eldridge doesn’t seem so bad,” Mea Ann said. “He was careful to make sure there was no danger in here before he let us come in.”
He shook his head. “Now I know how innocent you and your sister are. Don’t you know what Eldridge is?”
Xenia interrupted. “I don’t think we should be discussing Mr. Eldridge or anyone else. It looks to me like we should be trying to find out what’s going on here.”
“Xenia’s right,” Mea Ann said.
“You don’t have to worry. I’m sure the stage driver will know what to do if Eldridge doesn’t kill him first.”
“What do you mean?” Mea Ann looked scared.
“Don’t you know what he is?”
Xenia wasn’t sure what Lou was going to say, so she said, “It doesn’t matter what he is.” She stood. “I’m going to look out the window and see if I can tell why Mr. Eldridge told us to stay in here.”
“The breed probably put us here to wait for his friends to come back.”
She whirled around and glared at him. “What are you saying?”
“Can’t you tell he’s part Indian? They’re all alike. I got in a little trouble with one in Deer Meadow last time I was there. Just hope it’s all been cleared up by the time we get in.”
“What difference does it make if he has some Indian blood in him?”
“Oh, Miss Xenia. It’s an important factor in this area.”
Agnes Alexander is a multi-published author with over 40 books in print. She writes in different genres, but says her favorite is Western Historical Romance. After 26 books, ranging from books for children to non-fiction, written under the name Lynette Hall Hampton, she changed her name to Agnes Alexander and wrote her first Western Historical Romance, FIONA’S JOURNEY. It was published in 2012. She then left leave the business world to pursue writing as a fulltime career.
Agnes now has 13 Western Historical Romances in print. The next, ULLA’S COURAGE is under contract and will be published later this year. She titles her books with a woman’s name and one other word and intends to use each letter in the alphabet, but not in order. She’s now busy writing ZELDA’S GUILT. Though she loves to write, if you ask her, she will tell you her favorite thing to do is spend time with her two grandchildren.
Let's get to know Agnes...
Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
I’m not a big coffee or hot tea drinker. I usually have 1 cup of coffee in the morning with milk, no sugar. I only drink hot tea when I have a sore throat. As a Southerner, iced tea is a staple with meals and on hot, humid days.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
WESTWARD THE WOMEN starring Robert Taylor and Denise Darcel. I saw it when I was a young girl and have watched my copies many times over the years. Though there are things in the movie I disagree with, the grit and the determination of these women is an inspiration to me. And to this day, I think of Robert Taylor as the perfect cowboy.
Be honest, when reading...do you put yourself in the heroine’s role?
Of course I do. I also put myself in the heroin’s role when I’m writing. I laugh, cry and hurt whenever they do. As best as I can I try to think and feel the same as the hero as well.
Is writing or story-telling easier for you?
Writing is much easier. I skip too much when I’m telling a story. I guess it’s because I’m in a hurry to get to the end.
Do you read reviews of your books? Is so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
I do read them, but I don’t dwell on them. I’ve had good ones and bad ones and some I didn’t even understand. For instance, a woman raved about one of my books being the best one she ever read and she couldn’t wait to read more of my books. Then she gave me 1 star. Though I especially love the good ones, I never let them or the bad ones influence my writing. My characters are the only things that determine the way my story goes.
What turns you off like nothing else?
Writers who have been fortunate enough to have their books published who think they’re better or more important than the struggling newbie. Most of the writers I’ve met, even the big names that most anyone would recognize, have been giving of their time to talk with a fan. But I’ve met one or two big and one book authors who have brushed aside a fan asking questions, and then made fun of the person behind their back. I admit I’ve never bought these peoples’ books and I won’t in the future.
What’s something you’d like to tell your fans?
I wish I could personally thank everyone who has bought and read my books. Without you I would not be able to do the work I love. I appreciate seeing you at signings, getting your notes and emails telling me you like a particular book. I also appreciate the reviews you take the time to write on different outlets. This is one of the greatest compliments a fan can give a writer.
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What's your favorite Western movie of all time?
What's your favorite Western movie of all time?