Returning to Cardwell Ranch with Author B.J. Daniels

by B.J. Daniels, author of Steel Resolve

Welcome back to the Cardwell Ranch. That’s how I felt  when I returned after realizing that the offspring of Dana Cardwell and Hud Savage were all raised and on their own now. Since writing CRIME SCENE AT CARDWELL RANCH, which started the whole series, I was curious about the kids. How had they turned out? I thought I’d stop by and see.

It was fun to pop into their lives and find out what was going on. No surprise, there was trouble, and in the first book, STEEL RESOLVE, Mary Cardwell Savage, the eldest, was right at the middle of it.

She’d fallen in love years ago with a ranch hand by the name of Chase Steel. He’d broken her heart when he’d left her—and Montana. Then she’d done something innocent enough that had put her in danger.

Years ago out of curiosity, I tracked down an old boyfriend of mine, so I wasn’t surprised when Mary, in a weak moment, had done the same thing. Not finding our exes on Facebook and not able to get phone numbers for them, we’d both written letters.

The difference being in her letter, in  fit of nostalgia, she’d admitted that she was still in love with him. Whether she would have ever mailed the letter or not , it got mailed and Chase received it. That’s where the trouble began.

When I started to try to reach out to my old boyfriend, I had a moment of indecision. I was curious about him, but not still in love with him. Nor was I looking for closure or by any means wanting to start anything up again. But even so, I hesitated because of the way my author mind works.

What would happen if I wrote him and he wasn’t the only one who read the letter? Here was my letter dropping into the middle of his life, with me not knowing anything about what was going on with him. What if he’d become a serial killer? What if he had a jealous psycho for a wife?

That’s where the gem of the idea for STEEL RESOLVE began. Fortunately, my old boyfriend wasn’t a serial killer, nor did he seem to have a jealous wife. He wrote me a nice letter back and I responded and that was the end of it. His wife didn’t get upset, nor was she offended.

But unfortunately for Mary, her letter was found by someone who did take offense.

I think we’ve all wondered about old boyfriends. I was curious what had happened to mine since he was my first rather serious boyfriend. I was glad to hear that he’d had a happy life. But there was that moment when I feared that I could be starting something I might regret.

Have you ever tried to contact an old boyfriend? Were you worried that it might start something? What would have happened if your current boyfriend or husband had found out? What if things went south and you suddenly found yourself running for your life?

I will admit it—I had a great time with this book. I went with my worst fears. There were times I scared myself.

But as we all know, love always wins out. Fortunately, Mary is strong, smart and capable, and Chase, like all good heroes, shows up, to help save the day and promise love everlasting.

I hope you enjoy STEEL RESOLVE. But it might make you think twice about ever contacting an old boyfriend.

About Steel Resolve:

Steel Resolve by B.J. DanielsSometimes you can go home again
It’s just not always safe…

Mary Cardwell Savage never meant to send that letter to her ex, Chase Steele. How could she know her words would bring the gorgeous cowboy back to Big Sky, Montana—with an unstable and dangerous stalker following close behind? Now Chase wants to prove that their love deserves a second chance. And this time, nothing will keep him from his heart’s desire…not even a killer.

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