With a train ticket, a bad attitude, and an unfortunate scribbling of obscenities across her forehead, seventeen-year-old Avery Ross is sent from New York to the vast oil field region of North Dakota. When a hazel-eyed boy with a sultry Texan accent comes to her defense, Avery has no clue that his actions will lead her into a passion-charged summer, full of temptation and loss.

Relegated to work at her aunt’s boarding house, Avery discovers a connection between her aunt and the striking boy. He and his siblings are seeking revenge for the wrongful death of their brother, and Avery becomes entangled in their battle over oil rights, loyalty, and love. Avery falls for the brooding, younger brother, Gabriel Halden, against her aunt’s forewarnings and creates more tribulations than any of them could anticipate.

On the birth of Stubborn

When I was nineteen, my boyfriend (now my husband) and I bought train tickets and traveled from Syracuse to Williston to visit my grandparents. We didn’t know it then, but that trip was the beginning of a lifetime of adventures together. Williston’s oil boom had been long gone; however I had experience visiting the boom in the 1980s. Fast forward seventeen years—I was looking for a way to get my female protagonist to the Midwest from New York. The train ride seemed like the perfect mode. I wrote the first pages of my young adult novel about a girl being tossed into the middle of an oil boom, and the series took on a life of its own.