Sandra Marton Shares More About Blackwolf’s Redemption
A little over a year ago, my editor—hi, Jo!—contacted me with an question. Would I like to do something different for Presents?
I think she probably already knew my answer. I adore writing for Presents. I also adore trying things that are different but what, exactly, would the “different’ part involve?
Jo said Presents was thinking about doing a mini-series called Men Without Mercy. I said loved the title! It was pure Presents. Yes, she said, and the books would be pure Presents, too. Alpha heroes. Independent heroines. Lots of sexy passion and soul-deep romance–but with a retro twist.
I think I said something really smart, like “Huh?”
She said a retro twist meant a Presents in which a 21st century heroine comes face-to-face with a 20th century man.
A tough-minded heroine. A gorgeous, sexy, powerful, arrogant hero from a decade in which tough-minded women just didn’t exist. It sounded wonderful. When Jo asked if I’d like to do the first book, I said something along the lines of “Just try and stop me!”
“What ifs” began dancing through my head. I knew I needed two strong people, a powerful setting, a conflict (or two!) deep enough to keep them apart. And, of course, a meaningful way to deal with that retro twist.
What if my heroine was a graduate student in anthropology? It’s dawn on the morning of the summer solstice. She’s with her colleagues at an ancient sacred site in a Montana canyon. The old ones who once inhabited the canyon believed this event, at this place, held mystical powers. My heroine doesn’t believe that, of course. She’s a scientist.
And what if my hero owns the enormous, very successful ranch that contains the canyon? The site was sacred to his ancestors—he’s part Comanche, part Sioux, part plain-vanilla Westerner—but not to him. Not anymore. He’s turned his back on the old legends after his experiences as a Special Forces warrior. In fact, he’s about to sell his land. Still, something impels him to ride out to view the solstice one last time on this particular morning.
My story was coming together. My characters were coming alive. They whispered their names to me. She was Sienna Cummings. He was Jesse Blackwolf. And they told me one more thing.
For Sienna, the year is 2010. For Jesse, it’s 1975.
I have written books in which the words seemed to flow out of my fingertips but I’ve never had an experience like the one I had writing BLACKWOLF’S REDEMPTION. I could hardly keep away from the computer! I love these characters and I needed to tell their story… and now, I invite you to join Sienna and Jesse on a journey of the heart that will be, I promise, unlike any you’ve taken before.