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Stephanie M. Bond
Romance and Research
Author Diane Story Combines Her Passions to Create Desperate Hearts
(Clovis, CA)—When author Diane Story visited the Sumpter Flea Market in Oregon one summer, not only did she find a treasure trove of bargains, she also discovered the setting and plot for her September 2010 new release, Desperate Hearts (Whiskey Creek Press).
“I really enjoy the research aspects of my books,” said Story, the author of Overlander’s Bride and Bewitching, My Love. “When I visited Sumpter, I learned about its early history and couldn't help but feel sorrow for how the river and surrounding area are still scarred by the strip mining of the 1800s and early 1900s. I interviewed several residents to find out more. I saw the outline of a story in that visit.”
Story also uses another aspect of American history to tell her tale. Set in 1866, Desperate Hearts finds Chantel Aubuchon, half American, half French, as mayor of Elkhorn, Ore.
“The French played a major role on the Oregon Trail,” said Story, which is her real name. “So I used my imagination as to what a woman born from a full-blooded French man and a woman born in the States would be like. I came up with Chantel. Stubborn like her French father, and soft like her American mother.”
As mayor of Elkhorn, Chantel manages her position with pride as she attempts to keep her town afloat. But when gold is discovered on the Powder River, she soon finds her small town threatened by the approaching mines. Strip mining has turned Elkhorn into a ghost town. Searching for a way to ensure her town’s survival, Chantel resorts to desperate measures.
Harper Barnes owns nearly all the mines along the river and can stop the town’s destruction. Out of good ideas, Chantel finds herself hidden behind a bandana and pointing a pistol at Barnes. Little does she know that by robbing the man responsible for her town’s demise, she will set off a series of events that will not only prove to her that first impressions should never be trusted, but that love can be found where we least expect it.
“I hope readers become encaptured by the life of the characters and their individual plights,” said Story. “Where Chantel feels a desperate need to save her town, Harper must have the gold mines in order to save the children in his aunt’s orphanage. I hope the readers see that love can persevere even in our most desperate times. And never assume that what you see is fact. Always look deeper.”
Diane Story lives in Clovis, Calif., with her husband of 32 years. She’s the mother of two and the grandmother of four. Find more information about Diane at her website, www.DianesStorys.com
, or at Whiskey Creek Press, www.whiskeycreekpress.com. View the Desperate Hearts
book trailer here
“Desperate Hearts is one of the true Western Historical Romances. It has all you need: a stubborn woman, a handsome hero, and its fair share of ups and downs.” ~ RomFan Reviews
By Diane Story
Published by Whiskey Creek Press
Release date: September 1, 2010
Print retail price: $15.95
Ebook retail price: $6.99
Print ISBN: 978-1-60313-887-1
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-60313-886-4