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High Desert Escape

by Marie Brown

Sara the horse trainer intended to spend a weekend in the Arizona wilderness with her horse. When a beautiful young woman with a problem shows up, her plans go awry. But Sara's not complaining...


Sara heard the crunching sound of tires on dirt long before the new arrival lumbered into view. She finished feeding Mary and patted her chestnut side as she left the travel pen, struggling to put a lid on her resentment. After all, this wasn't private land, and other people had just as much right to use the national forest trails as she and Mary did. Reason did little to diminish her resentment, though. She'd come here on purpose to be alone, damn it.

Tall Ponderosa pines stretched far overhead, sheltering woman and horse from the afternoon sun, still fierce even at the high altitude of the Mogollon Rim. They also hid the intruder from view until Sara had the travel pen fully secured, the trailer closed up, and her tack set out for the ride she intended to have in the morning. By then she could see the seventies-era Winnebago Chief, a fat, boxy RV with a well-tuned old powerhouse of a motor. It waddled into the campsite at a slow, sensible pace.


Sara had enough time to observe that the driver of the old Winnebago was a woman before she slammed on the brakes and disappeared. Sara frowned, puzzled. The Winnie coughed and died. What the hell?

The woman remained out of sight and Sara approached the RV, worry replacing her annoyance. Was the stranger ill? Sara stood on tiptoe but couldn't see into the driver's side window. She heard an odd sound inside, kind of a whimpering noise, and her concern deepened. She moved rapidly to the other side of the RV and opened the door.

"Hello? Are you okay? Do you need help?"

The driver slumped over the steering wheel. Sara put a foot on the first step, then the woman raised her head and turned a lovely, tear-streaked face towards her.

Oh, sweet Jesus, she's beautiful! Young, probably barely legal, clear skin and wavy dark blond hair, with hazel eyes—she might have stepped out of one of Sara's most secret daydreams.


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About the Author

"Marie Brown has lived in many locations across the United States, but spends most of her time exploring the realms of imagination. Currently located in Colorado, her brief moments of free time are spent in front of her computer, frequently covered in cats."


Yeah, okay, that's all true. But I'm tired of hiding behind a bland, third-person pseudo-bio, utterly lacking in personality.

Hi! I'm Marie Brown, and I write a lot. I self-publish through Smashwords and Amazon because I got tired of getting "well-written, but not our thing" rejection letters. Because, you see, most of my fiction tends to include characters that are either bi or just plain homosexual, and despite increasing acceptance of human sexuality and its many variations across the world, heroes and heroines are still supposed to be straight.

Well, mine aren't. So if you're brave, and you don't mind that the main character of a story either isn't interested in sex at all, or is quite likely to hop in bed with someone of the same gender, then give my writings a chance. Come explore my fantasy worlds, or my science fiction worlds, or even spend some time with an occasional random love story set on Earth.

And by the way, just this once, I wrote this entire blurb without a cat on my keyboard.