Jesse’s Heartbreak – Penny Estelle

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Good news from Penny Estelle! Jesse’s Heartbreak, Book Three of The Jesse Series has been released.  Take a look at Jesse’s Heartbreak on Amazon by clicking here.Jesse's Find

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Jesse’s Heartbreak

Jesse and Ginny Mason’s world is shattered when Amanda Hill comes to Abilene, Kansas to try and take three-year old Sarah away from them.  Little Sarah’s father died before she was born and his family wants the girl to come to Pennsylvania and live with them, and they have the money and the expertise they need to make that happen!

The Hills can offer the little girl prominence and station in life, while all Jesse and Ginny have to give is their complete devotion.  Which will the Judge choose – money or love?

Jesse’s Heartbreak is a sweet Christian romance that will make you smile and shed a few tears!


Excerpt

“Mrs. Mason.”  Ginny turned to see Amanda Hill standing next to the wagon.  Ginny shot back around, face forward and back ramrod straight!  “Please hear me out for just a few minutes.”  Ginny still didn’t turn her way.  “If Judge Horn grants me custody,” Ginny sucked in her breath, “or even partial custody, do you want Sarah having to leave with a woman she doesn’t even know?  I’m a stranger to her.  She never knew her father, so even though I’m an aunt, that will mean nothing to her.  Only that a strange woman is taking her away.  If I come out for a few days we can at least get to know each other.  If he decides in your favor, I have at least gotten to know my niece for a few days.”

Ginny put her hands in her face and her shoulders shook with sobs. Jesse rounded the wagon, furious.  Amanda gasped and took a step back.  “You listen to me.  I don’t…”

“Jesse,” Ginny said, stopping him.  “She’s right in what she is saying. I can’t have Sarah being taken by some strange lady she has never met.  That would destroy me.”  Ginny wiped her eyes.  “We have a new bunkhouse and the men won’t be moving in for a month or so.  You can sleep there.”

Ginny watched as Jesse’s whole demeanor deflated.  He got back up on the wagon seat.  Ginny gave the woman one last look.  “You can come out in a few days.”

Jesse put his arm around Ginny as they started down the road.  Neither heard the whispered “I’m sorry” or saw the sympathy in her eyes.


A Bit About Me….

I write for all ages, from the early reader to adults.  My books range from pictures books for the little ones, to fantasy, time-travel adventures for ages 9 to 13. I also write adult stories, including a family drama and contemporary, paranormal and historical westerns romances, under P. A. Estelle.

I was a school secretary for 21 years.  My husband and I moved to our retirement home in Kingman, AZ, on a very rural 54 acres, living on solar and wind only.

Penny’s books can be found in the Pioneer Hearts Amazon Bookstore and Follow Penny on Amazon

Additional information about Penny and her wonderful books can be found in the following links:

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Her Independent Spirit by Zina Abbott

 

Today Zina Abbott will share with you excerpt #1 and
a chance to win a copy of Her Independent Spirit by playing the Amazon Giveaway sweepstakes.
Catch all seven excerpts on participating blogs on Zina Abbott’s website by CLICKING HERE.
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About the Book:

Beth Dodd has made a promise to help “Lulu”, a young prostitute at the Blue Feather, keep her baby if she decides to leave the whorehouse and become a respectable woman. But Beth hadn’t counted on the obstacles she and the new mother will face from society in the mining town of Lundy. From the obstinate landlady, Mrs. Ford, to her intractable German boss, Gus Herschel, Beth must fight for the woman she’s promised to help. But Beth Dodd never gives in, and she keeps her word with a stubbornness that Lundy folks are not accustomed to seeing from a woman.

Once Lulu, now known as the more respectable Louisa Parmley, starts working for Gus in his kitchen, she proves that Beth was right to take a chance on her. She has every intention of making a good life for her new daughter. But can she also hope to find happiness with Gus? And will Gus be able to accept her and baby Sophie Ann as his? Love was never in the cards for Gus, but Louisa dreams of happiness with the stoic man, and Beth is determined to bring them together through HER INDEPENDENT SPIRIT.


Excerpt #1:

Albert, the muscle Miss Flora hired to enforce order in the brothel entered the room holding what appeared to be a small folded bundle of flannel. “Miss Lulu, this is for your baby.”

“Who would bring the baby a gift? Not that many people know me let alone know I have a baby.”

Bewildered, Lulu reached for one edge of the fabric and shook it free of its folds. One side was solid white flannel. The other side had a checkerboard patchwork design of striped blue blocks and red flannel blocks alternating with white flannel blocks. It was a quilt with a thin fabric center instead of heavier cotton filling. It was not the most artfully designed quilt Lulu had ever seen, but the corners of the squares matched up and the stitches that held all the layers together were neat and even.

“It was the midwife. She said no matter what, baby Sophie Ann needs a blanket.”

“The midwife! She brought the baby a blanket?”

Lulu recalled the woman, Jim Dodd’s widow, not much older than she was, who had come to help with the birth of Sophie Ann. That day she had offered to help Lulu get work as a cook so she could keep Sophie Ann but only if Lulu gave up being a prostitute and be the one to walk away from the Blue Feather. Had she said that just to be nice, or had she meant what she said?

“Oh, Albert! Where is she? I need to talk to her.”


Zina Abbott is offering a copy of the book through Amazon Giveaway with a  one in fifty chance of winning.

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About the Author:

Zina Abbott is the pen name used by Robyn Echols for her historical novels. You may find the first two novellas in the Eastern Sierra Brides 1884 series, Big Meadows Valentine and A Resurrected Heart, by clicking on the hyperlinks for the novel titles or by going to Zina Abbott’s Amazon Author Page by clicking HERE.

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Welcome to Clover Springs – Home of the Mail Order Brides!

Today we welcome a new historical western author – Rachel Wesson – to the Pioneer Hearts blog! 

Rachel, you have an exciting new series out, Clover Springs – Mail Order Brides. Tell us what the series is about.

The series is about strong female heroines, many who have traveled from Ireland, who face life’s challenges head on and survive. Love blossoms along the way.

Katie O’Callaghan left Ireland in search of a better life in America, but she never dreamed that she’d end up having to flee Boston and head West less than a year later.  Daniel Sullivan is in need of a wife and he likes the spark he sees in fiery Katie!

Mary Ryan leaves the orphanage and heartbreak behind and follows her friend Katie to Clover Springs to become a mail order bride.  Davy Sullivan needs a wife to bear him children. His brother’s wife is certain her friend, Mary Ryan, will be the perfect woman to care for his home and warm his bed. Love isn’t part of the package Davy is offering!

What do you think was the greatest challenge of Irish immigrants? 

I guess the fact that they knew, well the majority knew, they would never see home again. Many people believe the Irish wanted to emigrate, and some did, but for the majority, there was no choice. They could stay and starve or take a chance on a waterlogged, overcrowded, dirty ship and try to get to America. They died in thousands on that voyage over, only to find the situation for some was as dire in America as it had been at home. Of course, others made their fortune. About 22 US Presidents were of Irish descent, the most famous being President John F. Kennedy. Walt Disney, Maureen O’Hara, Gene Kelly and others are all of Irish descent.

Tell us about Clover Springs. As I close my eyes, describe it to me.

Clover Springs is a small town in 1880’s Colorado with a new church and school house. The rest of the town is fairly shabby, although Katie and her friends are working on that. Clover Springs has a store, a blacksmith shop and a saloon, but so far the characters haven’t been inside that particular establishment!  The town is growing and has far too many male inhabitants. Females are in short supply but the men have heard of a couple of mail order brides who are more than pleasing to the eye.

At the moment, the streets are dusty and townsfolk must walk carefully to keep their feet clean. The men of the town are regular cowboys. Most are pleasant and wholesome but there are a few nasty scoundrels around. The few women are a mixture of nice and nasty. One woman in particular has taken a dislike to the Irish and fears her town is in danger of becoming a mini-Ireland!

What did you find most challenging about writing about Clover Springs?

It is challenging making the story sound like it was written in the 1880’s in Colorado. There is a lot of information online and in books, but very little of it relates to this specific time period. It is after the Civil War and the major movement of people going west has already taken place.

I am enjoying finding out more about how the people lived back then. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to live in that time period. I couldn’t do washing by hand and I can only imagine the smell when all those men got together in one place! I think I would swoon.

Would you want to live in that time period?

Absolutely not! I am a true believer in the pioneer spirit but I wouldn’t have been able to live under the thumb of someone else. I believe I am capable of doing any job I like and that attitude wouldn’t have suited the Wild West.

How many books will there be in the series? 

I am planning at least six but readers keep asking for more on certain characters, so there may end up being more. It’s fantastic though. I love getting feedback from readers who want to hear more about characters I’ve written. Sometimes it is a person who I never intended on having center stage.  At this point, I have to say, I have never come across such a nice bunch of people as those in the Pioneer Hearts Facebook group. They have been so welcoming and encouraging – including authors as well as readers. It is wonderful!

What do you like about the historical western romance genre?

I loved Little House on the Prairie when I was growing up. My mam used to wonder why my sisters and I couldn’t be like the Ingalls’s girls. I was the eldest, so my sisters called me Mary, but I related more to Laura. I love learning about how other people live. History was my favorite subject at school. I was, and probably still am, besotted with finding out how people coped with the curve balls life flings at you – particularly women. There are a lot of books written about men and how hard they had it. And they did, but when you understand that women had to overcome similar difficulties and then face the added burden of being considered second class citizens, I think they are the unsung heroines. They were not seen as being capable of making decisions for themselves, but were the property of their fathers and then their husbands. Of course, you hear about famous women like the first doctors, nurses and other occupations. But the women who just lived day to day trying their best to survive and raise happy, healthy children are my heroines.

Was there anything unusual that you learned while researching for the Clover Springs series? 

Yes, I hadn’t heard the story of the Choctaw Indians. They sent money to help the victims of the famine. There are monuments here in Southern Ireland to these generous people who, despite their own problems, sent over $170 – tens of thousands of dollars in today’s money. Those dollars saved lives. The irony was that Andrew Jackson, the President who signed the order to move these Indians off their own lands and into reservations miles away from their home was Irish. His family wouldn’t have been victims of the famine, as they were rich, but still. His family came from Ireland, yet by signing the order, he contributed to the deaths the Choctaw Indians.

Their forced emigration was part of what is known as “The Trail of Tears.” Choctaws were removed west of the Mississippi started in 1831. More than half who started the forced march died before they reached Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. Ironically, the man who signed the order to send them away from their homes was the same man who took their help and aid when he fought against the British in New Orleans during the 1812 war.

Yet, the Choctaw Indians didn’t hesitate to answer the call for help from a nation stricken by starvation. In 1847, an estimated 1 million Irish were starving to death. Ireland had a population of circa 8.2 million in 1841 (according to the census, the actual figure may have been 9 million). In the next ten years, that number fell by over 1.5 million at a time when the rest of the world’s population was increasing. Ireland lost nearly 2 million people to the famine either directly by death or indirectly by emigration. Very few of those people who left Ireland ever came home again. In fact, the population of Ireland today stands at slightly less than 4 million.

Have you written any other books?

Yes. I have written three books set in World War II under the pen name, Ellie Keaton. Like my Clover Spring Series, these fiction books feature strong female heroines. Penny is the story of a secret agent in Nazi Occupied France. Molly is an American pilot who travels through U-Boat infested waters to fly for the English against the Nazis. Gracie joins the WAAF but her main role is as a mother trying to protect her children in a country at war.

When you’re not writing, how do you relax and recharge?

I spend time with my three kids. My little girl is six now and she has such a vivid imagination. She is great fun to be around. My eight year old son wants to be a gamer so he is going through a phase where mom is not cool. My soon to be thirteen year old son wants to be a writer. But he won’t publish on Amazon. He is holding out for a publishing contract. He wants to be as rich as J.K. Rowling.


Visit Rachel Wesson on the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore to follow her series and discover other amazing Pioneer Hearts historical western authors.

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To purchase Mary on Amazon, visit http://amzn.to/23lXkwq

Coming Soon: Book Three – Sorcha