DESPERADO'S GOLD is a tale of trust, courage and a passion that transcends time. Readers will be hooked from page one.

After being left behind at the altar, a heartbroken Catalina jumps into her Mustang and drives off into the Arizona desert. She stumbles upon an old Indian medicine man who gives her his talisman to change her luck. Hah! She doesn't believe in luck or destiny-or men.

While Catalina waits for her car to be fixed she walks up a mountain to get a better view of a movie being filmed in the desert. A sudden sandstorm blinds her and dumps her back in 1886.

A lone cowboy named Jackson Cady (AKA Kid Creede) rescues her, and Catalina mistakes him for an actor. Even when they reach the town, Catalina believes she is on a movie set. Reality rudely hits her when her virtue is auctioned off to the highest bidder: Jackson.

Catalina confesses that she is a time-traveler. Jackson thinks she is too beautiful to be loco and so he plots their escape from the unscrupulous whoremonger and greedy land barons. Their scheme almost works, but destiny will not be denied. Though Jackson cheats death once, will Catalina be forced to return to her time alone?

(Sept., 400 pp., $4.99)

Reviewed by: 
Maria C. Ferrer