When Rya Stone isn’t plotting away on her keyboard, she stays busy chasing children, cows, and a chicken named Dracula. Born and raised in a ranching family on the Texas Gulf Coast, Rya always had a book in her hands—at the dinner table, in the bathtub, nestled among the branches of her favorite oak tree, and, of course, during math class. After earning a B.A. in English, she spent a decade in the oilfield before fleeing deep into the woods with her high school sweetheart and a mind full of inspiration for her Roughneck Romance series. She now writes her own stories full of protective, alpha heroes, smart, feisty heroines and sexy, suspenseful plots. Many of the themes in her debut series revolve around nature and land—both the deep ties many of her characters have to it and the greed and corruption that manifest when power and money are at stake. Rya loves to cook but hates raw onions. Her favorite food is…well, everything. And, despite her upbringing, prefers Doc Martens over cowboy boots. Check her out on the web at: