By night, Rae Renzi (pseudonym) is a writer of adventure romance and urban fantasy; by day she battles in the frontiers of brain-behavior science. She has an undergrad degree in biology and a Ph.D in cognitive neuropsychology from Rice University. She has published numerously in non-fiction but only recently became entranced with writing fiction, which she views as a super-adaptive way to deal with life's little ups and downs. She loves to cook, garden, ride horses and bike, and lives in Houston, Texas in a bungalow set in an urban garden of Eden. RIVERTIME, a 2011 EPIC finalist, is her debut novel.
Ditsy Tarkington, a feisty, modern-day British aristocrat, thinks family ties are tantamount to slavery, but the love of her life, Nocona Wiley, a former soldier with unknown parentage and uncertain ancestry, holds family sacred. Assaulted by cultural prejudice and family responsibilities, the lovers are torn apart, but a pair of canny canines, a coveted job opportunity and the terrifying fallout from an unusual drug-running scheme bring them back together to learn that where there is love, there are no barriers.
Casey Lord needs a break. Her great-on-paper boyfriend, Reed, is pressuring her to marry him—but she's not sure if he sees her merely as an asset to help his political career. A river-rafting trip in the remote wilderness provides the perfect opportunity to clear her head. Until a flash flood sweeps Casey away from her group—and straight into the arms of Jack, a mysterious man also stranded by the flooding river.
Jack won't tell Casey his last name, and her innocent questions about his life are met with evasive answers. Yet they have to trust each other to survive, and as the pair await rescue, their uneasy truce slowly blossoms into friendship—and love. They agree to keep secret whatever differences may separate them in the real world.
When rescue finally arrives, will it spell an end to their budding relationship or can they find a way to stay in RiverTime? (84,200 words)