High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Cat Ballou

By Rue Allyn, author of One Moment’s Pleasure and One Night’s Desire

One Night's DesireMy second western historical romance, One Night’s Desire ~ Wildfire Love # 2 debuted on July 15, 2013. I love this story. It has every element that I think belongs in a western—rustlers, Indians, claim jumpers, a handsome tough as nails US Marshal, an independent woman determined to right a wrong, a couple of side-kicks, a dastardly villain, cows, horses, a vintage western town, double crosses, sacrifice in the name of love, and a last minute rescue or two. About the only thing missing in One Night’s Desire is a train.

I included all of these elements because they were essential to the story, but also because I consider myself a fan of the western. Oddly enough when I think of the novels I’ve read set in the west, only The Virginian and a couple of Elizabeth Lowell romances come to mind. The strongest images and memories for me are of classic western films, so when I set out to write One Night’s Desire, may goal was to make the story read like one of those films.

I drew inspiration from my three favorites. Marshal Evrett Quinn’s dedication to justice is modeled on the Will Kane character in High Noon. Kiera Alden’s championing of a seemingly lost cause mirrors Cat Ballou’s stubborn attempt to get justice for herself and her father. So where does The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance fit in? From this film I drew the theme of sacrifice. Tom Doniphon sacrifices his love for the beautiful Hallie and makes Ransom Stoddard (the man Hallie loves) look like the hero who shot villain Liberty Valance. This is the kind of sacrifice that melts the heart. In One Night’s Desire Evrett and Kiera must be willing to make a similar sacrifice before they can have their happily ever after.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you consider essential for a good western romance or share memories of your favorite western film.

One Moment's PleasureOne Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure ~ Wildfire Love # 1 are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July. Here are blurbs, excerpt links and buy links for each book.

One Night’s Desire:

A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family. But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail. She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT: Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception. Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables. Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.

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One Moment’s Pleasure will become a lifetime’s passion when spinster, Edith Alden, embarks on a search for her missing sister. Pretending to be a rich bored woman looking for an interlude with an anonymous male Edith enters the San Francisco bordello where her sister was last seen. She escapes the bordello almost too easily, but she can’t escape the passion ignited by a stranger’s kiss.

Born and raised in the brothels of the California gold rush, Dutch Trahern worked for years to erase a childhood spent committing petty crimes and worse in order to survive. That past comes back to haunt him in the form of a woman he rescues from prostitution. Now his hard won respectability is threatened by an irresistible desire for a woman he shouldn’t want.

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ABOUT RUE: Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue and her books at http://RueAllyn.com

2 thoughts on “High Noon, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and Cat Ballou

  1. Leslie Garcia

    Loved the post. Westerns have always been among my very favorites, from historical periods to current days. Cat Ballou was funny, although I originally watched it because my Mom had a crush on the lead actor–Lee Marvin? I watched more TV than movies though–Laredo, The Big Valley, Bonanza. Sadly, I remember the horses more than the men, a trait that changed as I grew older!

    Thanks for sharing, and wishing you great success with your writing.