An Angel Called Gallagher and the Cowboys of Hawk’s Peak

~ by M.K. McClintock

Adventure. Romance. Revenge.

Amidst the rugged beauty of Montana is a ranch known as Hawk’s Peak, and in case you haven’t met them yet, these are the cowboys of Hawk’s Peak, and a little recipe on how to wrangle one of your own.

Ethan Gallagher (Gallagher’s Pride) is stubborn and sometimes infuriating – he’s also gorgeous, chivalrous and for the right woman, he has a heart bigger than the big sky.

Gabriel Gallagher (Gallagher’s Hope) is charming and easy-going – he’s also ruggedly handsome, chivalrous, and for the right woman, he’ll find a way to give her the stars.

Ramsey Hunter (Gallagher’s Choice) is a quiet drifter who enjoys solitude – he’s also a darker, handsome version of his sister, chivalrous, and for the right woman, he’ll give up his drifter ways.

19th-Century Recipe for a Cowboy
– Equal parts tall, dark, and handsome
– 2 parts horse expert
– 2 parts chivalry
– A heaping spoonful of loyalty
– 1 part cattle wrangler
– A dash of superior lip skills
– A dollop of ‘willing to move heaven and earth for the woman he loves’
– Bake at steaming hot temperatures until full cooked.
– Enjoy at your leisure.

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Book Four in the Montana Gallagher Series

On a ranch known as Hawk’s Peak, a family celebrates love, joy, and peace at last . . . or so they thought.

Briarwood, Montana Territory—December 1883

Brenna is convinced she hears a woman singing to her son. Eliza and Ethan are unnerved by a sleepwalker, and Isabelle swears Hawk’s Peak is haunted.

Then an unlikely visitor stumbles into their lives.

Enjoy a heartwarming holiday adventure filled with tenderness, hope, and the promise of a better tomorrow for more than one deserving soul. Join us for a Gallagher Christmas at Hawk’s Peak and fall in love with the family all over again.

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MK McClintock is the award-winning author of historical romance and romantic westerns, including the popular “Montana Gallagher” series and “British Agent” novels. She spins tales of romance, adventure, and mystery set in the 1800s. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.

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Gun Laws in the Old West

~ by Ruth Nordin
An old wild west poster forbidding firearms in the city limits.
An old wild west poster forbidding firearms in the city limits.

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the historical western time period in the United States, I think every man had a gun.  More than that, I imagine he never went anywhere without it.  The gun would always be nearby in case he needed it.  Now, outside of town where the Old West was untamed, guns were frequently carried for protection.  Wildlife and bandits did pose a threat, so you stood a better chance if you had a gun to defend yourself.  Also, it made sense if you had to hunting for food.

However, in frontier towns, gun use was restricted.  Towns such as Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge had the most restrictive gun control rules.  For example, in Dodge City in 1879, there was a billboard that read: “The Carrying of Firearms Strictly Prohibited.”  (  Another example is in Wichita, Kansas in 1873.  There were signs that read: “Leave Your Revolvers At Police Headquarters, and Get a Check.” (

So when you entered some frontier towns, you would most likely be asked to leave your guns with the sheriff or some place deemed safe, and when you left, you could get them back.  In homes, people could have guns, but they were to use them only to defend themselves.  The only people allowed to carry guns in public were those in law enforcement.  In fact, if you were caught carrying a gun illegally, you could very well end up in jail.

Why did the people in frontier towns fight for gun control?  Basically, it was for safety.  Business owners didn’t want to worry about getting robbed, and the people wanted to attract new residents who would be “civilized”.  It’s really similar to today.  Business owners don’t want to be robbed, and we want to live in safe neighborhoods.

Human nature hasn’t changed all that much, but gun laws are more relaxed today than they used to be in the United States.  I didn’t expect that to be the case.  I thought there were more gun restrictions today than there was in the historical west, so the research was very enlightening.

Did this mean every frontier town restricted gun use?  I doubt it.  I think these were the larger frontier towns we are looking at that had gun laws.  It’s easier to enforce gun control with a larger body of law enforcement.  Also, I think as towns expanded, more people, especially family men and women, wanted to make their homes safer for their families.  It’s really common sense when you think about it, but it does make me wonder what other things largely assumed about the Old West don’t match up with reality.

That all being said, as a historical western romance author and reader, the fantasy of the Old West definitely has its appeal.  Romance is a fantasy.  It’s a fantasy of the heart.  And sometimes it might be fun to throw in a gunfight that results in the hero saving the heroine, or, in some cases, the heroine might be the one saving the hero.  Either way, the goal, much like in Hollywood, is entertainment, and sometimes embellishing the truth leads for some great stories.

Ruth’s next book with Janet Syas Nitsick, entitled A Groom’s Promise, releases on December 20th and is available for pre-order. Readers will get two novels in one book with their purchase.
“The Bride’s Choice” by Ruth Ann Nordin ~
“Stop stuttering, Jack. Don’t be so clumsy. What’s wrong with you?” Over and over, Jack Warren heard such words his entire life from his father and others. When his brother comes across an ad looking for hired hands in Lincoln, Nebraska, Jack jumps at the chance to go. Finally, he’ll get to live his life in peace since he’ll be far removed from others. What he doesn’t count on is the owner’s attractive daughter who happens to be available.
When the new hired hands arrive at her pa’s farm, Maybell is immediately drawn to Jack. Though he wasn’t the most graceful of all men to work for her pa, there’s a certain charm and sweetness about him that appeals to her. Her pa, however, has other ideas. Certain someone as timid as Jack wouldn’t make a good husband, he rejects Jack’s suit. Instead, he plans for her to marry his brother, and he’ll do everything he can to make that happen.

“When the Whistle Blows” by Janet Syas Nitsick ~

When the Whistle Blows, Hugh Warren paces outside the depot, waiting to see if his love, Winifred Preston, will step off the train to meet him. He only had himself to blame for his predicament. Could she give him another chance? He did not know. Heart in his throat, he looks this way and that hoping against hope she did not already marry the beau back in Virginia.

When the Whistle Blows takes readers to the Midwest of 1877, where two unlikely individuals collide with each other physically and emotionally. However, only Winifred can determine whether duty and Hugh’s betrayal will keep her in Virginia or allow her to return to the man who still haunts her heart.

Ruth Ann Nordin lives in Montana with her husband and four sons. When she’s not playing wife and mother, she’s reading and writing. She has written over sixty books, and about fifty of those are romances. Her romances include Regencies, historical westerns, and contemporaries.

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Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology

Have you heard about the Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

This anthology, full of fun Christmas short stories by bestselling writers and new-comers alike, is bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. It includes twenty-four short stories by David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, Debra Holland, Kirsten Osbourne, Peggy L Henderson, Lorena Dove, L.L. Muir, CS Martin, Linda Hubalek, CJ Samuels, Carra Copelin, Margery Scott, Janelle Daniels, Ray Anselmo, Marie Piper, Caroline Lee, Sam Knight, Kit Morgan, Margaret Tanner, Rain Trueax, Kirsten Lynn, Jaclyn Weist, Jenna Eatough, and Patricia “PacJac” Carroll.

Read more about this wonderful cause and charity below, as I spoke with Kirsten Osbourne about the project~

How did the idea for a Christmas Caring Charity come about?

I was chatting on Friday night, the eleventh of December, with Jenna Eatough, a friend who had recently won first place in a short story contest for her Christmas story. Jenna was trying to figure out what she could do with that short story. I suggested we do an anthology, because I had a Christmas short story sitting around as well, and it relates to my Brides of Beckham series, but I didn’t want to publish something quite so short on its own. So we both, separately, started to recruit people.

How did you go about recruiting other authors?

I posted in the author group for Pioneer Hearts, thinking someone might have a short story sitting on the shelf that would work. Somehow, that simple question, was taken as a writing challenge—something to stretch “writing muscles.” Authors were given a deadline of noon on Monday, a mere three days later. I thought they’d clean up a story they already had and submit that. But, no, people started writing.

How many authors were you able to recruit?

Between Jenna and I, we were able to “draft” twenty-two other people into the anthology. Lorena Dove kindly offered to format the book, which took some of the weight off my shoulders. I contacted my cover artist, Erin Dameron-Hill, and we got started.

And, the proceeds from the anthology go directly to charity?

Yes, the authors generously supported their share of the proceeds going to my favorite charity, Mission Arlington.

NOTE: As a reader, this blogger knows that authors are a generous group of individuals. Free books, prizes, and charity – authors are always willing to support those in need. If you have never been in need, consider yourself blessed. The phrase “it takes a village to raise a child” still applies today and we are blessed to have charities available to meet an ever-growing need.

What is Mission Arlington?

Mission Arlington is a charity I’ve volunteered with and supported for years. They provide aid in every way imaginable for people who need it. They’ve provided cars, appliances, financial aid, etc. They have a huge food bank and “clothing store.” I’ve truly never seen anything like it.

What do you like most about Mission Arlington?

My favorite thing they do is provide Christmas for needy children. They service tens of thousands of children every year with their Christmas store. I was blessed to be part of it one year, and it truly overwhelmed me. Every parent gets to “shop” in a store, choosing gifts for all children under the age of eighteen. They even help wrap the gifts. It’s a beautiful thing.

Thank you, Kirsten Osbourne, for answering my questions about the new anthology and Mission Arlington.

If you haven’t picked up Christmas Caring: A Christmas Charity Short Story Anthology, what are you waiting for? It’s the perfect gift for the readers in your life because it’s the gift that keeps on giving and supports an absolutely wonderful cause!

Don’t forget, all proceeds from this anthology will be donated to Mission Arlington, a charity which helps the needy, including assisting with rent, utilities, clothing, food, doctor, and dental. It also provides Christmas gifts for tens of thousands of children every year. For Thanksgiving, 2015, they served 27,000 people.


Justice Comes to Salina

~ by Penny Estelle

Victoria Stone is the new school teacher in Salina, Kansas. The people of Salina do all they can to make Victoria feel welcome and her students are finding their way into her heart. Then there’s the town’s sheriff who is getting under her skin and turning every emotion she has inside out.

But in her bag, Victoria isn’t toting books and school supplies. There is a score to settle in Salina, Kansas, and nothing or nobody is going to deter her from putting things right.

Excerpt ~

Jasper spit out a wad of tobacco. “You’re the new teacher?” he asked, wiping the juice off his chin with the back of his hand.

She wrinkled her nose in distaste. “Yes, I was contracted for this school year, Mr…”

“You ain’t no bigger than a minute. The boys at the school are gonna eat you alive!”

“I assure you I am perfectly capable…”

He cut her off. “You traveling alone?”

Her green eyes turned a darker shade. She picked up her bags and started walking toward the town. “Mr., whatever your name is, could you kindly tell me where I might find Mr. James Timmons?”

“Name’s Jasper Coogan, missy, and there ain’t no need getting your dander up.”

She stopped, turned, dropped her bags and put her hands on her hips. “Stone, Mr. Coogan. My name is Victoria Stone. I am here to teach the children of Salina.” Her words were chipped and she advanced on him with every word. “I was to meet a Mr. Timmons. I am hot and tired, Mr. Coogan. If you would be so kind, please take me to him or to the place I will be residing. I am assuming you are familiar with where that would be!”

“Well, course I am, Miss Vicky.” Totally ignoring her agitation, the big man picked up her bags and walked to a buckboard.

Closing her eyes for a few seconds, she got a hold of her temper and followed.


My Review ~

This book by Penny Estelle is one that I remember from a year ago. I thought I had reviewed it but I’m not seeing my review here so I’m going to write another one.

Victoria has been hired as the schoolteacher for the town of Salina. She is not like any schoolteacher that I have ever met though!  She is a strong female heroine who has a score to settle and revenge is her first priority. After meeting the people of Salina, she begins to question her priorities and with the help of friends and the Sheriff, begins to find her place in the world.

Sheriff Timmons is my favorite type of hero – a lawman! He is there to help Victoria and keep her safe. He also finds her sweet, sassy and incredibly attractive. He would do anything to protect Vicky from any harm.

There were spelling errors in the book but didn’t detract from the story for me. I enjoyed the tale and the strength of Victoria as well as the twists and turns the book had.

Penny Estelle is a best-selling writer for all ages, from the early reader to adults. Her books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy and time-travel adventures for ages 9 to 13. She also, under P. A. Estelle, writes adult stories including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances.

Penny was a school secretary for 21 years. She and her husband moved to their retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on very rural 54 acres, living on solar and wind only.

Penny and her books can be found in the following links:

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