Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Blogtour: Crest Ridge by AL Boyd

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Crest Ridge


It was supposed to be their big night! The opening of their movie premier. Robert Owens boyfriend abandoned him, and brought another date. Humiliated, Rob left Los Angeles, and moved to a quiet ranch in rural New Mexico only to face his high school bully Dane Johnson.
Rob never expected his high school tormentor to show up at his new home, but there the man was ordering him to evacuate from an oncoming wildfire. After Rob returned to his ranch, Dane offered an apology, and an explanation of his past actions. Rob has to decide if the bully he once knew has changed his ways. Will they overcome their past and find a new start?

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Story locations

New Mexico is a hidden, but wonderful part of the United States. If they actually know the state exists, many people have the wrong impression of the state. I have used locations within the state in several of my stories. I was born and raised here and have been to almost every part of the state. The wonderful diversity of the state has given me many of my story settings.

In Crest Ridge, I’ve described locations in the north-central portion of New Mexico. I spent several months in an area similar to this description when I worked as a wildland firefighter for the Bandelier National Monument. The terrain here is steep and heavily tree covered, as well as having steep canyon walls and interesting hidden mines. This helped provide the background setting for Crest Ridge. The photo below is the type of terrain Dane and Rob would have hiked through on their outing. The horse and rider in the photo is my mare Ladybug and my hubby.

I wrote the short story “Love on the Divide” for the Kickass Anthology to help with Eric Arvin’s medical expenses. The location for this story is the Continental Divide Trail. I haven’t had the opportunity to hike the entire trail through the state, but I have hiked portions of the trail around the El Malpais National Monument, where I also worked for a time. This area is one of my most favorite places in the entire state. The rugged lava terrain and amazing lava tube caves captivated me during my explorations.

I have another story in progress that I’ve set over on the eastern plains near the general area where I grew up. The flat, wide-open space with nothing but miles of grasslands and cactus is perfect for the western setting of the story. This was the type of terrain I grew up in. You can see for miles and miles. When I moved to Louisiana to finish college, I was surrounded by tall, closely grouped pine trees. I felt a bit claustrophobic there because I could no longer see very far.

I’ve also written a short story set in rural Massachusetts. The Dawn of Darkness is my contribution for this year’s M/M Romance group writing event. I used rural Massachusetts because my hubby is from the area and it seemed to be a perfect place for the setting of that story.

In the future, I will likely continue to use places in New Mexico as settings for my stories as there is such great diversity here, and I wish to share that with my readers.

More about AL Boyd:

A cartographer by day, A. L. Boyd spends most of her free time with her horses, gardening, or reading. She never intended to be a writer, but stories like this one sometimes just pop into her head. The writing came about as a way to get the stories out.



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1 comment:

  1. Nothing says sexy cowboy than that hat sitting up top of his head, a pair of cowboy boots and a pair of worn jeans. Doesn't hurt when they are shirtless and so tan. ;) I'm looking forward to picking this up. Thanks for a chance in the giveaway.


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