The days of wild horses are dwindling because of the use of corrals. D’Ann Lindun joins me on the blog today to talk about her passion for mustangs and their wide open spaces!
They DO Shoot Horses
Have your passions changed through the years? Or have they stayed basically the same? I have been passionate about horses my entire life. I began riding when I was three years old and don’t see myself without a horse and riding, no matter how old I get. For a time, I belonged to a trail riding club with several members in their 70s and 80s. So I don’t think I’m completely unrealistic.
From the time I was small, I have always been enthralled with wild mustangs. I loved reading about them, imagining them galloping free across this great country their ancestors helped settle.
The first time I saw a wild horse, a mustang, was about ten years ago while on a trip to Arizona. I live close to a refuge here, but have never seen the wild horses that live on it. During that trip to Arizona, we first spotted the band of mares and colts among the towering saguaro and Cholla cactus of the Tonto National Forest. I was amazed animals could live in that rugged environment.
Unfortunately, the wild horses have not always been undisturbed. Depicted in the Marilyn Monroe film, The Misfits, the mustangs have been rounded up and sent to slaughter. Thanks to Velma Johnson or Wild Horse Annie, Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act was passed in 1971, prohibiting the round up and sale of mustangs on Federal land.
Unfortunately, this law isn’t upheld and nnowadays, the overabundance of horses are held in holding pens. Corrals. No freedom for the once wild and proud animals. Due to an overturn in the law, many will go to slaughter. To European and Asian dinner plates.
I am passionate that this does not happen.
So is my character Martin Castillo in Wild Horses. He’s willing to die to protect them. Are you that passionate about something? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Her family ranch outside of Payson, Arizona, is the last place Castaña Castillo thought she’d ever see again. But when her mustang activist brother goes missing, Castaña returns home to lead the search. Years of bad blood between local law enforcement and the Castillo men lead Castaña to believe the local cops won’t put out much effort to locate her brother. Especially since they think he murdered two federal wildlife agents.
Disgraced FBI agent Jake Breton needs to bring in Martin Castillo to redeem himself and resurrect his career. Falling in love with someone related to the suspect is the last thing he can afford to do. The last time he followed his heart, and not his head, it nearly cost him his life.
Danger, adventure, and death push Jake and Castaña together. Will they learn to trust each other and leave their pasts behind?
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!