My thank you goes out to “Cowboy Robert”, the Texas ranch hand who escorted myself and several of my sister romance authors to a local honky tonk to let off some steam at the end of our writers’ retreat in Bandera, Texas. Though it had been a year since my divorce became final, I still was adjusting to life as a single mom. I felt a surge of panic when my bunk mate invited me to go.
“Sometimes you have to prime the well,” she said to me. I took a deep breath, tucked my ID and some cash into my pocket and followed her out into the night.
Some men would feel intimidated alone in a group of women, let alone seven romance writers. Cowboy Robert later admitted he had never invited ranch guests out for a night on the town. He soon proved he was man enough for the job dancing with each of us in turn his dark brown eyes gleamed with mischief. On the crowded dance floor under the watchful eye of a longhorn steer, I fell in love…with dancing.
I signed up for west coast swing lessons about a month after I returned home and I’ve been dancing ever since. So thank you Cowboy Robert for being such gentleman and showing a lady a much-needed good time.
Widowed attorney, Liz Grant, buries her grief in a deluge of paperwork. On whim she takes a free dance lesson at the club Eclipse where the mojitos are cold and the Salsa is hot. She falls for Salsa’s spicy rhythms and Patrick Cavanaugh’s sexy grin. But can Liz handle the dramatic change of tempo in her well-ordered life?
Patrick has all the right moves, but struggles to keep his balance as his adult daughter spins out of control. Will their love survive off the dance floor?
Bio: Mariposa Cruz balances writing with working as a fulltime corporate paralegal. In addition to her romance titles, she writes articles and women’s fiction as Susan Winters. As a freelance writer she has interviewed a variety of characters from cowboy crooners to rock divas.
She is currently finishing the second title in her Rhythm and Romance series. She writes, works, and dances salsa in Reno, Nevada.