THE LAST Mile
Since my new book, THE LAST MILE, the second book in my Blood Ties Series, Gage Logan’s story, is set in Arizona, I thought it might be fun to talk about a place I’m only just getting to know.
Most of the year, I spend my time in the mountains of Montana. I’ve never been much of a desert person, but on a drive from California back to our Montana home, we took a detour that led us to Northern Arizona. It’s far different from the rest of Arizona, over 5,000 feet in altitude, with mountains and pine trees all around. So I felt a connection right away.
One of the most famous missing treasures, not just in Arizona, but the world, is the Lost Dutchman Mine. The legend says it’s located in the harsh and dangerous Superstition Mountains of Arizona.
But no matter how much I researched, I couldn’t get a clear idea of what it would be like to search for treasure in such a hostile environment.
Located forty miles east of Phoenix, the mountains have been designated a wilderness area, with no motorized vehicles permitted. Even from a distance, it was a chilling landscape of rocks and sheer cliffs. With its spikey cactus, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and deadly reputation for the deaths of over two hundred people through the years, the place was definitely a good place to set a Romantic Thriller.
Though we didn’t hike or ride horseback into the hosile interior, I was able to investigate the area around the mountains--the massive cauldron of a long dead volcano, and speak to old Dutch hunters, men who spend their live hunting for the rumored Peralta gold.
In the novel, Gage Logan is a world renown explorer and treasure hunter. When Abigail Holland inherits a treasure map from her grandfather, Gage is the only man she’ll consider hiring to help her find it. It’s high action, plenty of twists and turns, and of course a passionate romance.
Fighting flash floods, brutal winds, and men willing to kill for the treasure, Gage and Abby face the dark heart of danger--but nothing will stop them from finding the Devil’s Gold.
I hope you will look for Gage and Abby in THE LAST MILE and that you enjoy it.
Till next time, all best and happy reading, Kat