A Convenient Risk

by Sara R. Turnquist


GENRE: Historical Romance



He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle ranch and life insurance policy. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her well being is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?




“Are you unwell?” Brandon moved toward her.

She stepped back, bumping into the counter. “No. I am well enough.” Amanda pulled her hands around her back.

Was she frightened of him? He halted his progress, and she seemed to breathe easier.

He opened his mouth, but the right words wouldn’t come. Floundering for a moment, he closed his lips and swallowed past a lump in his throat.

Couldn’t he just reach out and take her in his arms? Wouldn’t that make everything better? But that was not the answer.

She bit at her lip, but held his eyes. “I…was just looking for something to eat.”

Brandon nodded. She had missed dinner. “Are you better?”

Nodding, her face turned in the direction of the floor. Her hair fell in waves to both sides of her face. Did she not usually gather it in a braid for bed? His face warmed at the realization that he knew something so intimate about her. At length, he spoke into the silence, “I was worried.”

She met his gaze again. Was that moisture in her eyes? Had he made her upset?

Brandon took a step forward. “Please.” He held out his hands. “I know we haven’t always had the best of understanding between us. But I wish…” Pausing, he looked off to the side. Then secured her eyes again. “Tell me what’s wrong?”

Amanda appeared as if she were ready to climb on top of the counter to escape him somehow, but after some moments, her shoulders relaxed. And then a tear fell.

He held his breath, praying she would speak.



Interview with the Author:

Sara R. Turnquist – A Convenient Risk

What would we find under your bed?

Nothing exciting…a box of ornaments and a box of wrapping paper stuff. Boring, I know.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

When my then 2-year-old fell down the stairs. I just knew he was going to break his neck. I screamed the whole time he fell. He was so shocked at my screaming that he didn’t even cry.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Absolutely! I have to have my “writing music” playlist going to get in the zone. My playlist consists of a lot of instrumental stuff. Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Dark Crystal…that’s the bulk of it. I find these epic type music scores very inspiring.

What is something you’d like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

I’d like to publish my backlist. I have two more novels that have yet to be published. They are finished and resting now. They need to be edited and published.

How long did it take you to write this book?

About two and a half months. That’s fast even for me. Part of the writing was accomplished with the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge in November.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write. She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.


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14 thoughts on “A Convenient Risk; Sara R. Turnquist Author

    1. I have been to a chateau outside of Hradek Kralove where I set my debut novel. But that was more that I went there and then it inspired my setting. I have also written a novel about the Cherokee Trail of Tears. During the process of writing it, I went to walk a portion of the route that the Cherokee took not too far from where I live. But I’ve not sought out a favorite author’s home or the setting of a favorite book. Not yet anyway…

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    1. I just finished Melanie Dickerson’s new release “The Noble Servant”…it was great! And now I’m reading Ted Dekker’s “The Forgotten Way”…very deep spiritually and very illuminating.

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