This Crazy Love (Crazy Mountain Series book 1)
by S.H. Pratt
Release date: January 28, 2014
Austin Green wanted the simple things in life… a quiet life with his horses and a family with the woman he loved. When his fiancée, Cassie, is killed in an accident on Christmas Eve, Austin’s life takes a sharp detour into a special misery where his anger rules him… consumes him. Five months after losing Cassie, Austin’s twin, Adam, finally pushes Austin too far. Fueled by his fury at Cassie, at Adam and at life in general, Austin decides to simply leave it all behind and taking a job as the head wrangler at a dude ranch in Montana seems to be the perfect place to learn to live with his loss and anger.
When Fiona arrives at the Lazy D Dude Ranch, she discovers that not only does she have a roommate, but he’s got his own demons that haunt him. During the day, Fiona and Austin tolerate each other, but at night, when Fiona’s nightmares overwhelm her, Austin becomes the only light in her dark existence. Slowly, their relationship becomes a friendship laced with a passion that Austin craves and Fiona doesn’t understand. But as the summer season nears its end, Fiona’s nightmares crash in on her and Austin can’t reach her. Can Austin and Fiona find their way back to each other before they give up?
I am a native Montanan and the youngest of seven children. I moved to Washington in 1998 and have lived here since. I am the mom of three gifted children who challenge me and frustrate me in equal measure. We currently reside in Olympia, Washington. I began writing in high school, completing my first novel on a Commodore 64, saved on I can’t tell you how many floppy disks. I actually have no idea where that novel is and if I did, I’d have no way to retrieve it… I stopped writing to pursue my education but quickly realized I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up… oddly, I still don’t know. So I decided to find a “real job”. Over the course of the next twenty years, I was everything from a barista, to a restaurant manager, to a purchasing agent and an administrative assistant to the owner of a fire truck construction company and everything in between.
After having my children and they began reading, I noticed that the content of many books that they were able to comprehend was entirely inappropriate for their age and thought at the time that someone should write books that younger children with extreme vocabularies could read without destroying their innocence. Yet, I didn’t get serious about writing until a couple of years ago. By the time I worked up the nerve to attempt self-publishing, I’d amassed a stack of rejection letters and seven complete manuscripts.
I have begun writing a fantasy novel that my children could read with appropriate content that I hope is advanced enough to challenge their minds. But I prefer to write contemporary romance with a heavy emphasis on psychology and the emotions of my characters. I feel that if my reader can feel what the character feels and can identify with it, I’ve done my job.