Visit Canyon Junction


Mary J McCoy-Dressel, western romanceCanyon Junction is the fictional small town setting for the Double Dutch Ranch Series: Love at First Sight and the new spin off series — Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series. Here, you’ll get a picture of the small town setting the way the author and characters see it. This page is a work in progress as time permits.

DISCLAIMER: Images portray book characters and fictional settings, and are not to be confused with the person or setting in the picture. It’s all about fiction here.


The Coffee Shoppe

Tristan, Nora, and Destiny visit here for an interview the day they met in Cowboy Boss and his Destiny, #1. Holly from book #1 works here, and sometimes at the ice cream place, too. Holly makes her appearance at random in different books.

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Family Favorite Ice Cream shop.

Jase and Brenna had a lot of fun right outside here on their first unofficial date in Heartbreak’s Reward. Jake, his son Trace, and Beth visit here after the tree lighting at the town square in Whispers of Forever.

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Sunset Grille

A local Mom and Pop restaurant on Main Street. If you get stopped at the light on Main Street and Library, it’s easy to see who is sitting in the booths along the front windows. On any given day, you could see any one of our characters. Randy spots Roxanne there in Lassoing the Last Dance, which helps him to come to an important decision. There is also a rear entrance. Stay a while and have breakfast, lunch, or dinner with friends at the Sunset Grille. Hey, just stop in for coffee and pie. Deputy Steve Ellis, got some interesting news there about Jake Lawton in Whispers of Forever.

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Town Square

For sure you’ll find many of our residents at the annual tree lighting in December over at the Town Square. Judy Carlson will be there with her family.

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Rob’s Place

Rob Adams owns Rob’s Place. He grew up in Canyon Junction and went to high school with some of our characters, and a few others who pop in. He worked as a bartender at a bar in Apache Junction, but finally bought his own bar outside of town. Rob makes his appearance in all the books. He’s also an MC for parties and weddings, etc., and he has done this since high school.

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Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant

Looking for something a little more upscale than the Sunset Grille? This one comes with a real ghost story. In Heartbreak’s Reward, Jase gave Brenna a homework assignment when he took her here. You’ll find this fictitious restaurant–Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant– out on U.S. 60 across from the larger grocery store in Canyon Junction.

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Law Enforcement

Don’t be too heavy on the accelerator while driving through this town. Sheriff Leon Thompson will give you a ticket. Ask Jase about this when he drove Brenna’s speedy sports car down the 60. She still had Iowa plates on her car at the time. Hmm. Leon showed a soft side that surprised even me when I wrote Whispers of Forever, but he had to show his tough, professional side in Lassoing the Last Dance. In Finding Kimber, Leon came close to hauling Dane, Randy, Zach, and his brother, Tyler, off to jail. Then he threatened to make them deputies if they didn’t stop interfering.


Local Newspaper – Canyon Junction Gazette

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It isn’t very thick but it has a lot to say.


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The local library is used by all ages and sits near Library and Main Street.

United States Post Office

The post office sits out of town a few miles. I’ve had a post office box for a long time. I used to see the same guy checking his post office box while I checked mine. This happened quite often. My romantic writer’s brain went into high gear. No, I never met him, but a hero and heroine from one of the books in this series met in this fictitious post office.

A Rancher’s Life Magazine

Tristan Carlson’s Ranching Magazine. He needed help. Nora needed a job. Win-Win for both of them.

The Majestic Superstition Mountains

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The backdrop for the Double Dutch Ranch and Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love series.

Have you had enough yet? Aw, come on, you can’t get enough of Canyon Junction! Come on back, but don’t come too late because the sidewalks roll up early on some nights. Thanks for visiting!

The real setting: Arizona Vacation Guide: Superstition Mountains.

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