by Gerri Hill
Kate Winters, author of the popular mystery series The Masters, finds herself in a bit of a predicament—she doesn’t seem to be able to write any longer. So when her old friend and wealthy widow Brenda invites Kate to spend the summer in Coyote, New Mexico, Kate decides that a summer in Coyote might be just what she needs to clear her writer’s block.
Leaving behind the Dallas heat—and her girlfriend Robin—Kate retreats to the high mountain desert and soon finds herself surrounded by Brenda’s eccentric friends and artists. But it’s the local sheriff, Lee Foxx, who soon grabs her attention. It doesn’t take long for Kate to discover that Lee has a penchant for dating the young tourists that flock to the river canyon each summer—and that Lee has no intention of ever settling down.
Then an unexpected visit by Kate’s girlfriend sends everyone scrambling. Torn between safety and desire, Kate has no idea which way to turn. And as for Lee—she can’t quite believe that she’s actually fallen in love… for the very first time in her life.
GCLS Goldie Awards
Coyote Sky: Finalist, Best Lesbian Romance.
Lambda Book Report
Bett Norris - January, 2007: A word about suspension of disbelief. We suspend disbelief willingly for science fiction, for mystery, even for magical realism. Yet why are critics so quick to decry the "formula" that exists for romance? It's nice when love conquers differences, even nicer when good writing conquers formula, and it's very nice to be able to relax and enjoy something so well done, even smile and laugh and sniff a little. That's what romances are geared for, that's why they are so popular... [Coyote Sky] has all the requisite elements of romance, while managing to inject humor and tension, at the same time paying tribute to the very genre it gently satirizes.
Just About Write
April, 2007: Gerri Hill has given us a beautifully drawn story in the dazzling setting of the high mountain desert of New Mexico in Coyote Sky, a 2007 Golden Crown Literary Society Award finalist in the Mystery/Thriller/Adventure category. Regional descriptions such as the red cliffs tinged with purple at sunset and a refreshing cascade waterfall are superbly described. The characters are just flawed enough to allow us to identify and sympathize with them, and Hill is masterful in revealing both their strengths and their weaknesses as the story progresses.