For Release July 12, 2016
Villain Demands His Own Love Story:
Rascally Bad Boy Steals
Bestselling Romance Author’s Heart
to Become the DEVIL IN TEXAS
in New Romantic Suspense Novel
AUSTIN,TX — Some characters capture an author’s heart. They refuse to go quietly away after “The End” is typed in a novel.
“Coyote Cass” was one of those troublemakers for national bestselling Romance author, Adrienne deWolfe.
“Cass blazed his way into my heart while I was plotting the love triangle in Seduced by an Angel (Book 3, Velvet Lies Series,)” deWolfe said. “He was supposed to be the villain — a real villain, who kidnaps the heroine and gets shot by the hero.
“But Cass wasn’t happy with this plan. He kept whispering in my ear, ‘Aw, c’mon, I’m not so bad. I’m funny! How many villains do you know with horses named Jelli and Pancake? And what about that jail scene, where I’m losing my shirt to the marshal ‘cause he’s a rat-fink card cheat? I’m adorable! Give me a book and a woman of my own!”
Cass — or rather, “Eros in Spurs, as the rascal is aptly named” — can be extremely persuasive, deWolfe said. “The next thing I knew, I was doing something crazy: rewriting the plots of previously published ebooks in the Velvet Lies series so I could redeem Cass.”
Those revisions let deWolfe star Cass in a new romantic series of Western Whodunits called Lady Law & The Gunslinger. Book 1, Devil in Texas, is deWolfe’s first contribution to the Romantic Suspense genre.
“Cass’s childhood dream was to become a Texas Ranger,” deWolfe said, “but that plan got derailed when the hothead turned vigilante, gunning down the Ku Klux Klansman who murdered the last of his kin. As a result, Cass has spent most of his life on the run. But intrinsically, he’s a good man.
“Of course, he’s also the ultimate womanizer,” deWolfe said, laughing. “He once accepted a bet to seduce a virgin on her wedding day — and won. Needless to say, this Bad Boy is too canny to be tamed by the average wedding-bell chaser. To create his perfect foil, I had to write a woman who was larger-than-life. She had to be strong enough to survive on the frontier, canny enough to resist Cass’s ‘Coyote Charm,’ and noble enough to inspire him to do good deeds with his guns.”
Enter Sadie Michelson, a fiery-haired, wise-cracking ex-bawd with a Pinkerton badge. “Sadie’s a hoot,” deWolfe said. “She has a temper, and she’s not afraid to use it! But what I really love about Sadie is she’s courageous and resourceful — a female action hero that modern women can cheer for. She leaps out of a burning building; she demonstrates steely nerve when bullets are whizzing past her ears; she battles armed foes, who vastly outnumber her, so she can rescue a kidnapped child.
“But to make Sadie really interesting,” deWolfe said, “I turned her into Cass’s long-lost love, the one woman he has never been able to forget — even though he thinks she betrayed him to the Rangers.”
In Devil in Texas, Sadie goes undercover to cozy up to a corrupt senator and stop him from assassinating his rivals. But first, she must get past his hired gun, Cass — the one man in Texas who can blow her cover. The sparks fly when the star-crossed lovers reunite, waging a battle of wits and wiles that ranges from Galveston’s seamy red-light district to the glittering health resorts of the “Saratoga of the South” (Lampasas.)
Devil in Texas received high praise from national bestselling Historical Western Romance author, Barbara Ankrum: “Adrienne deWolfe has done it again with a rousing adventure that’s sure to please any lover of Western novels. Deftly weaving rich characters with a sublimely unique plot, Devil in Texas is the perfect blend of laugh-out-loud storytelling and heartfelt emotion. DeWolfe delivers a deliciously wicked pair of star-crossed lovers, a Texas-Ranger whodunit, and a rascally raccoon, named Vandy, who will steal your heart. Honestly, I couldn’t put it down!”
DeWolfe’s writing has also been praised by USA Today bestselling author, Julie Ortolon: “Adrienne deWolfe never ceases to delight. Her spunky heroine’s and sexy heroes offer an exciting read every time. The subtle levels and dimensions deWolfe gives her stories and her characters are an added bonus to an entertaining tale. She is a true storyteller for anyone who enjoys something above the ordinary.”
Based in Austin, Texas, deWolfe is the recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She has written novels for Bantam Books and Avon Books, in addition to ePublishing Works, which is publishing Devil in Texas. The novel will be released on July 12 in print and ebook formats. Pre-ordering begins in mid-May. For more information, visit WildTexasNights.com. Read excerpt.
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