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Rue Allyn | High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Cat Ballou

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My second western historical romance, One Night’s Desire ~Wildfire Love # 2 debuted on July 15, 2013. I love this story. It has every element that I think belongs in a western—rustlers, Indians, claim jumpers, a handsome tough as nails US Marshal, an independent woman determined to right a wrong, a couple of side-kicks, a dastardly villain, cows, horses, a vintage western town, double crosses, sacrifice in the name of love, and a last minute rescue or two. About the only thing missing in One Night’s Desire is a train.

I included all of these elements because they were essential to the story, but also because I consider myself a fan of the western. Oddly enough when I think of the novels I’ve read set in the west, only The Virginian and a couple of romances come to mind. The strongest images and memories for me are of classic western films, so when I set out to write One Night’s Desire, my goal was to make the story read like one of those films.

I drew inspiration from my three favorites. Marshal Evrett Quinn’s dedication to justice is modeled on the Will Kane character in High Noon. Kiera Alden’s championing of a seemingly lost cause mirrors Cat Ballou’s stubborn attempt to get justice for herself and her father. So where does The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance fit in? From this film I drew the theme of sacrifice. Tom Doniphon sacrifices his love for the beautiful Hallie and makes Ransom Stoddard (the man Hallie loves) look like the hero who shot villain Liberty Valance. This is the kind of sacrifice that melts the heart. In One Night’s Desire Evrett and Kiera must be willing to make a similar sacrifice before they can have their happily ever after. 

Please leave a comment and let me know what you consider essential for a good western romance or share memories of your favorite western film. 

One Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1 are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July. Here are blurbs, excerpt links and buy links for each book.

One Night’s Desire

A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family.  But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail.  She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT:  Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception.  Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables.  Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart. 

One Night’s Desire EXCERPT

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One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister.  Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss. 

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

One Moment’s Pleasure EXCERPT

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ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.  Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com Rue Allyn | High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Cat Ballou

My second western historical romance, One Night’s Desire ~Wildfire Love # 2 debuted on July 15, 2013. I love this story. It has every element that I think belongs in a western—rustlers, Indians, claim jumpers, a handsome tough as nails US Marshal, an independent woman determined to right a wrong, a couple of side-kicks, a dastardly villain, cows, horses, a vintage western town, double crosses, sacrifice in the name of love, and a last minute rescue or two. About the only thing missing in One Night’s Desire is a train.

I included all of these elements because they were essential to the story, but also because I consider myself a fan of the western. Oddly enough when I think of the novels I’ve read set in the west, only The Virginian and a couple of romances come to mind. The strongest images and memories for me are of classic western films, so when I set out to write One Night’s Desire, my goal was to make the story read like one of those films.

I drew inspiration from my three favorites. Marshal Evrett Quinn’s dedication to justice is modeled on the Will Kane character in High Noon. Kiera Alden’s championing of a seemingly lost cause mirrors Cat Ballou’s stubborn attempt to get justice for herself and her father. So where does The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance fit in? From this film I drew the theme of sacrifice. Tom Doniphon sacrifices his love for the beautiful Hallie and makes Ransom Stoddard (the man Hallie loves) look like the hero who shot villain Liberty Valance. This is the kind of sacrifice that melts the heart. In One Night’s Desire Evrett and Kiera must be willing to make a similar sacrifice before they can have their happily ever after. 

Please leave a comment and let me know what you consider essential for a good western romance or share memories of your favorite western film. 

One Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1 are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July. Here are blurbs, excerpt links and buy links for each book.

One Night’s Desire

A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family.  But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail.  She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT:  Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception.  Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables.  Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart. 

One Night’s Desire EXCERPT

One Night’s Desire    BUY on Kindle

One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister.  Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss. 

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

One Moment’s Pleasure EXCERPT

One Moment’s Pleasure  BUY

ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures.  Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com

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Re: Rue Allyn | High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Cat Ballou

The movie, among quite a few that I could have chosen from, would have to be Tombstone. It has all of the elements. There are gun fights, for sure, but there are also sprinklings of Romance, as well as your Western heroes Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. The worst outlaws were in the movie, and there was a little bit of everything in it. You could say the movie was very well done, for an updated version of a Western, considering many of the old-fashioned ones usually win out hands-down!! As for your book, I am looking forward to reading it, considering that you slipped under my radar, so I had to put you on my TBR list, to make sure you didn't get away this time!!
(Peggy Roberson 7:59am July 16, 2013)

There are so many to choose from, but John
Wayne with Maureen OHara are the perfect
couple in the western. I love the rugged
adventurous people that came to settle on new
ground, they carry a different spirit, they also
had to have the strength to survive, the
wherewithal to drive cattle stake their land and
keep their family safe. From the weather, the
land, to the outlaws and even starvation - living
was hard, romance grand.
(Carla Carlson 1:24pm July 16, 2013)

I've never been a huge fan of western movies. I do, however, always enjoy
a good western romance book! The characters always have to overcome
so many obstacles and hardships (and untrustworthy characters) that it
makes the ending so much sweeter! The men have to be tough and the
women have to be strong-willed. I imagine that is the kind of people it took
to settle in the west way back when. Your book sounds wonderful!
Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway!!!
(Linda Brennan 3:57pm July 16, 2013)

I also like the John Wayne and Maureen O' Hara movies.
High Noon with Grace kelly and Gary Cooper was a good romance.
I cannot remember (we watch so many) but the other day, the movie had the male and female ride into the sunset at the end of the movie.
(Leona Olson 4:08pm July 16, 2013)

My favourite western is probably My Friend Flicka. The horses are so beautiful. As is the Wyoming scenery.
(Clare O'Beara 10:49am July 17, 2013)

The remake of True Grit was amazing and Jeff Bridges owned the
role of the main character in the film.
(Alyson Widen 8:54pm July 17, 2013)

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