McCarty spins a touching tale as shared passion grows into deep emotion. While Asa educates Elizabeth in the art of intimacy, a back story of deceit and the saving of the ranch add intrigue to the tale.NOTE: This title was originally published as CAST A LONG SHADOW (2001). It was re-written and edited for Ellora's Cave for the 2004 edition.
In 1868 Wyoming Territory, Elizabeth Coyote's father has died, their family ranch is falling apart and the bank is no help. Marrying Asa MacIntyre, a big man with an even bigger reputation, seems to be the answer to her problems.
When Asa first headed to the small town with enough money to buy at least a couple hundred acres, he never expected to end up with a couple thousand acres, and a wife.
Asa makes Elizabeth promise him two things: obedience and willingness.
Little does she realize that Asa is a loyal, protective husband, filled with tenderness, kindness and an uproarious sense of humor.
(Oct., 364 pp., dl $6.49)