A while back I decided to write more contemporary books that indulged my love of thrills and suspense and the idea for Run for the Roses began to take shape. I couldn’t find the right type of story or characters until I saw something advertised about the Kentucky Derby and inspiration hit me over the head. I love horses, what’s not to love? A mystery surrounding the Derby was a perfect fit for me.
I've always enjoyed an age gap in my romances. Wyatt is the older of the two MCs. Older characters have more experience in life, are more level headed and come at romance differently. They have learned a tiff or argument doesn't end a relationship and the real and true happy ending is spending years together, weathering the ups and downs.
The biggest trick for me was finding things for them to have in common. Val and Wyatt didn't have that shared time period growing up to fall back on and reference when they were getting to know each other. It was getting them beyond their differences that was the most challenging and I think most satisfying part of their relationship.
Each man brought different things to their relationship and both are old enough to have 'baggage'. Val is more insecure and like a lot of men his age judges himself on how he compares to others in terms of job, clothes, and life experiences. Wyatt has gotten to the age where he is beyond all that and has the type of security in himself that only comes after the age of forty. He's learned, in the way one only can by living through various events, that life goes on and there is always a new opportunity ahead.
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A killer romance!
Relationships aren’t in the cards for everyone and Vladimir ‘Val’ Mihalic figures in his case it’s for the best. When his best friend, Janelle, is seriously injured in a carjacking, putting her career as a jockey on hold, Val steps up to help her through the crisis. It's not long before Janelle’s estranged father shows up at Val’s front door and Val’s life takes a hard sideways turn.
Wyatt Harig loves his daughter, but an estrangement was forced upon them. After her injury, he knows things have to be different and he’s the only one who can make that change. Arriving in Kentucky he finds Janelle and Val, a kindhearted, alluring man twenty years his junior, neck deep in an elaborate gambling scheme that’s led to murder.
Val is a little happier than he should be when Wyatt stays and starts digging deeper for the truth about Janelle’s ‘accident’. As they uncover the events leading up to that fateful day, a solid friendship, and then more, blossoms between the men. Discovering the truth, which exposes conmen and murderers, puts their love and their lives, in jeopardy.
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