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Rae Burke is an investigative crime reporter who is asked by her brother to find her missing sister-in-law. She realizes that Jackson Hole Wyoming is the place to look. Knowing she needs help, Rae asks her past boyfriend, former DEA Agent, Liam McKade for assistance. But he is hesitant because of their past relationship. Rae blew his DEA cover on an assignment, and now she needs his help again.
What is an interesting sidebar is Rae’s niece, Callie, who happens to be a Special Needs child. She is a bright spot that readers root for.
The setting also plays a large role. The beautiful imagery of the ski resort, the struggling to ski, and the snowmobile scenes. These scenes show Wyoming’s natural beauty.
The characters are brought to life as readers go on a journey with them. The many twists and turns will keep readers on their toes in this intricate and well-crafted plot.
Elise Cooper: You explore the family dynamic centered around a drunk and abusive father?
Elizabeth Goddard: Yes, this is the third book in the series featuring the third brother. When I started writing these books I knew he was going to be a DEA agent who recently left. He is a brooding hero who seems to have lost his way. At the age of eighteen he ran away to the military to become a Marine, but now has to deal with the past. He is driven to help people and is very much a protector.
EC: How would you define Rae?
EG: As with Liam she uses her knowledge of the facts and questions a lot to find answers. She is driven because she wants to live up to her Pulitzer Prize winning father. Now she wants to be a voice for the voiceless. Overall, she is fearless, passionate, with some stubbornness that can be channeled into a good direction. Her words are her weapons, where the pen is the sword.
EC: What about Callie?
EG: A funny side story. I originally had her name as Bliss but they asked me to change it. The reason for the original name was that I thought of my own son and how blessed I am to have him. I wanted to have a connection with my characters, a piece of my own life. My child, like Callie, is considered autistic, but the opposite end of the spectrum. Both are too friendly, wanting to hug and hold everyone.
EC: What about the Wyoming setting?
EG: In my books I like the setting to inspire me. One of my favorite places is Jackson Hole Wyoming. I spent many anniversaries there with my husband who is from that area. I also visited there as a child. It is beautiful when it snows. This is why I made it a winter story. But I also used it to show the tension of the story, the coldness and the loneliness.
EC: How would you describe the relationship?
EG: Tumultuous. There is the romantic conflict. They went through a bad situation that they must overcome. Throughout the book they flirted with each other, but then tried to avoid one another. They fought their feelings, but being drawn together to work on the case, made them closer.
EC: What about the next book?
EG: Present Danger is the first book in a new series, “Rocky Mountain Courage.” It is set in the southwest corner of Montana, connected to Yellowstone. There will be a cameo from Liam and Rae. The heroine is a US Forest Service Agent investigating a murder with the help of a county police detective.
Investigative reporter Rae Burke will do anything to find her missing sister-in-law, even if it means facing Liam McKade, a man who almost lost his life saving hers. A former DEA agent, Liam thought he could find peace at his Wyoming ranch, but he just doesn’t feel at home anywhere anymore. When the reporter who blew his cover on an important investigation inserts herself back into his life, he’s less than thrilled. But Rae’s keen investigative skills have led her down the right path–and directly into the dragon’s mouth–leaving Liam no choice but to protect her. As the danger increases, the past they both tried to flee catches up to them, along with the feelings they once had for each other.
Bestselling and award-winning author Elizabeth Goddard plunges you into a fast-paced, high-stakes story of honor, forgiveness, and justice.
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