R.T. Wolfe writes romantic suspense stories that manage to touch the hearts of her readers as well as their intellect. She lives in the Midwest and is a loving mother to her boys. She enjoys working in her gardens and spending time training her Golden Retriever and writing in and around each of these.
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Insights from the sub conscience of the heroine…
Brie Chapman has learned to handle just about anything. Witnessing the murder of her parents had that effect. Knowing the arson attack had been meant for is the one thing she can’t learn to handle. Instead of dwelling, she buries herself in the teaching job she loves by day and the soil of the landscaping business she owns by night. Her distractions might be more effective if it weren’t for the dream.
She relives the night of the fire through a vivid recollection in the form of a reoccurring dream. It’s always the same, taking her painfully slow through each decision she made that, had she done things differently, could have saved her parents…all the while knowing what she would witness at the end of the nightmare. However, as much of the style of many facets in Black Creek Burning, her dreams evolve.
Nathan Reed inherited his two young nephews after the death of his only brother and sister-in-law. Living on the high of his nationally renowned woodworking artistry studio, after four years with the boys, he realizes he is failing as a parent. Determined to keep his promise to his brother and to his nephews, he sells his studio and moves back to upstate New York in order to be closer to the boys’ only other living relatives, their grandparents. He finds a historic, rundown farmhouse and moves the three of them in with the idea of rebuilding the beauty as he builds lifelong memories with the boys. Behind the farmhouse is Black Creek. Behind Black Creek is a classic Victorian and a puzzling brunette.
Patiently, he and his adorable nephews maneuver around Brie’s aloof demeanor and into her heart. As they do, the dream begins to change. She starts to remember small details about the suspects, giving both her and the reader an insight into the mystery behind who murdered her parents…all the while the suspects are determined to finish the job.
Black Creek Burning twines evolving into more than just Brie’s dreams. As her character evolves, so do the seasons and with it the plants that are so dear to her. Nathan, too, changes as a parent in tandem with the rebuild of the historic farmhouse into a mission-style wonder. Even the development of the children grows as they learn to love their uncle and trust their new neighbor.
Book one in the Black Creek romantic suspense trilogy, Black Creek Burning was released just this week in all ebook forms and will be available in print in a few months. On my website is the first chapter and links to Brie’s landscaping tips and Nathan’s woodworking pieces. Book two, To Fly in the Shadows, will be released February 1, 2013 and the third, Dark Vengeance, on July 1, 2013, but don’t worry, there are no cliff hangers in any of R.T. Wolfe books. R.T. Wolfe website
EXCERPT FROM BLACK CREEK BURNING
Black Creek Burning©/R.T. Wolfe/Short excerpt/Chapter One
As she meandered up the path to their house, she felt queasy, like she’d done this before. Nervously, she glanced over her shoulder through her mass of wavy brown hair as she kept moving toward the front door.
Two people were walking along the street. She stopped and wondered what reason anyone would have to take a walk at this time of night in such an early bird neighborhood.
It was then she heard the shrill of the smoke detectors. Chest tightening, she bolted for the door.
“Mom! Dad!” she screamed and tumbled inside, spotting them almost immediately as they ran down the long upstairs hallway.
Not again. Please not again, she begged, as she fought her frozen legs to make them move up the stairs. The smoke detectors shrieked in her ears. Or was that the shrieking coming from her lungs?
Her parents yelled her name as they reached for the bedroom door. She couldn’t stop gasping for air long enough to tell them to stop. She wasn’t in there. Didn’t they know? They needed to get out of the house.
Couldn’t they smell the smoke?
Just like each time, her viewpoint from the middle of the stairs showed her the yellowish air sucking under the door to her bedroom. Although trying to use the railing to give her momentum, every part of her felt like it was in molasses. She cocked her head to the side, drawing her eyebrows together. Her gaze locked on the eerie breeze.
Almost simultaneously, her mother rotated the knob as her eyes turned and met hers. For that fraction of a second, her mother understood the fear on Brie’s face, but it was too late. It was always too late. As she opened the door, Brie had just enough time to witness her parents engulfed in flames before the explosion blew her back and everything went dark.
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“Brie, wake up. Wake up, Brie. You’re dreaming.”
Larsen review of RT Wolfe’s Black Creek Burning:--
“I thoroughly enjoyed RT Wolfe’s masterful debut novel, Black Creek Burning. Written with confident expertise on a variety of topics such as landscaping and home remodeling, I got wrapped up in the engaging storytelling of this wonderful tale of love, danger and suspense. Along the way I completely fell in love with hero Nathan as he patiently transformed the heroine Brie from an icy self-proclaimed independent into a woman willing to accept the love of a strong man and a family in need of a mother. The details were delicious, the settings were masterfully painted, the mystery was a stumper and the romance was beautifully satisfying.”
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