Bethany and Megan set out on a bright fall day to mark a fifteen-mile equestrian trail into the National Forest lands from the soon to be opened R-B Equestrian Campground located on the R-M Ranch. A minor landslide and fall from her horse brings Bethany face to face with a mummified skull when she lands in the rocks.
The next day, Megan and Kam take FBI Forensic specialist, David Harrison, to the corpse on horseback. After Megan leaves them to continue marking trail, Kam and David become the target of a shooter who wants the murder to remain unsolved. Attracted to David, Kam worries that it’s only because of shared danger. Danger is known to strengthen attraction between people, right?
When bullets start flying, David finds his protective instincts heightened. Taking shelter in an abandoned cabin, he enjoys teasing Kam about their shared heritage while she doctors his flesh wound. He asks her if his father needs to take ponies to her grandfather in payment since they are unchaperoned in the lonely cabin.
Mysteries unfold and the connections to current day become clearer. Crimes of the distant past link to crimes of the more recent past and even to crimes of the present; blackmail, extortion, arson, assaults and murder attempts link the body to one or more of the inhabitants of Riverview.
With each new danger, Kam and David grow closer. While appreciating the similarities of their heritage, they wonder if they can form lasting ties. Kam worries that the problems of her past will interfere with her possible future with David. How much does he need to know about why she left Des Moines? She knows he can find out about the whole sordid mess, but hesitates to bring it up. Secrets are never good when falling in love, and she’s afraid that’s exactly what is happening between them.
Kasey (Kim) Riley is an equestrienne with over twenty years of horse ownership, endurance riding, and rural living. Her writing reflects all of these values and experiences. Her characters are down to earth people and the situations are mostly plausible in modern day America. Her goals are to entertain her readers while exposing them to her sport as well as the possibilities of life. Her riding gives her ideas every time she mounts up and heads into the woods or out on the open trails of Oklahoma.
Her competitive spirit has been dampened in the past year by her writing goals. She has mostly retired from her favorite Endurance Rides down to occasional Limited Distance and frequent trail rides with friends. Her Missouri Foxtrotting Horse is happily getting fat in the pasture while his rider sits at her computer, but that is bound to change with the coming cooler season. She plans to continue with more books based in Riverview, CO. Some will be mysteries, maybe a romance or two, some may even use endurance again as a background for the suspense. All will feature believable characters who live normal lives and experience unusual situations.
While her goal is to find an agent and publishing house, she will continue to self-publish until she finds the best person to represent her and her style of writing. Her first two novels, DESPERATE ENDURANCE and SKELETON TRAIL are being well received by readers and the reader reviews have been great.