Catching Up with Peggy L. Henderson

Today we’re catching up with the brilliant Peggy L. Henderson, author of the fabulous Yellowstone Romance Series. Peggy has been described by her fans as “the J.K. Rowling of Yellowstone”. The visual descriptions in her books are stunning, the romance is sensuous and her time travel stories are on fire!  Many people might turn away at the words time travel, but if you’ve not tried these books, this reader strongly suggests that you are missing out on an extremely well-written, historical western romance series with a hybrid twist!


Peggy’s new release, Yellowstone Legacy, released on July 12th, and her devoted fans are commenting that their heads exploded with all the twists and turns revealed in the pages within.

“What we think we know may be completely different…”

Nurse Michaela Stephens has led a quiet, ordinary life, limited by restrictions and fear of making mistakes. When she is accused of wrongdoing on the job, escaping to the wilds of Montana seems like the best way to overcome her insecurities. What she thought she left behind is about to come back to haunt her in ways she never expected.

As a descendant of the guardians of ancient Yellowstone, Matunaaga has waited a long time to discover his destiny. Content and secure in his life, he is guided by a sense of duty and obligation to help ensure the future preservation of the sacred mountains. He’s ready to do just about anything to fulfill his role, except the one thing his vision requires of him.
When Mat is thrust into the world he gladly left behind as a boy, the woman from his vision is the only one who can help him find his way. Michaela must learn to set aside her fears, while Mat seeks to convince her of the truth she tries to deny. With forces at work to tear them apart, trust and love may be the key to survival as Mat and Michaela seek to protect the future generations guarding Yellowstone.

***Content warning: This book contains mild language, mild violence, and intimacy between consenting adults. Heat rating 3 out of 5, PG13

***While Yellowstone Legacy is a complete romance between the two central characters in this novel, certain events that happened in prior books in the series come into play in Yellowstone Legacy. For better enjoyment and understanding of this story, it is recommended that you are familiar with at least the following titles: Yellowstone Heart Song, Yellowstone Deception, and Yellowstone Origins.


Thanks for joining us today, Peggy!

Q. Why Yellowstone National Park? What drew you to that area?

I went on my first-ever camping trip the summer after my high school graduation, with then-future Mr. H. We went to Yellowstone, and I absolutely fell in love with the area.  From reading westerns (by a German author who had never been to the US, writing westerns set in the US), I was already fascinated with all things Wyoming, Montana, Rocky Mountains and mountain men, but that trip just solidified my love for the wild and beautiful Rockies, and Yellowstone especially. There’s just something so timeless and magical there, it’s hard to describe. Ever since that first trip, we’ve been back almost every year.

Q. How many more books (at this time) will be in the Yellowstone Romance Series?
(Note: currently 7 books, 3 novellas, 1 short story and 1 cross-over book with Teton series)

I have one more full-length planned in the series (Book 8 – Yellowstone Legends), and there’s another novella swirling around in my head, but who knows? The first book was supposed to be a standalone, then it was supposed to end with a sequel, then Book 4 was the end, then Book 5 was the absolute last one….

The Yellowstone characters cross over into the Teton books and vice versa, and they will also appear in the Wilderness Brides series.

Q. I’ve been told that authors write a little bit of themselves into each book. Which heroine is most like you? Is any hero most like Mr. Henderson?

From the Yellowstone books, the heroine most like me has to be Riley from Yellowstone Origins –book nerd and science geek, and a complete klutz. I’m also a lot like quiet Jana from Deception, but I don’t think I could hold it together the way she did in her story.

Mr. H is a little bit in all of the heroes, I think – he’s very outdoorsy, which all of the heroes are, and he’s the one who got me started with the great outdoors, like so many of the heroes teach the heroines in the books. He’s my best friend and he challenges me, and accepts me the way I am (just like all the heroes in my books relate to their heroines)

Q. How do you decompress once you’ve released a book? The pressure is hopefully off of you now, so how do you reconnect with Peggy?

I think the pressure is greater once the book is released, at least for the first week or so. It’s always a scary thing to set a new book free. It’s the same with every release. There’s definitely pressure during the writing process, but the worst is around release time. I’m not sure I really decompress once a book is done. I’m mainly trying to leave the world behind that I just finished writing about, and try and get into the heads of a new set of characters for the next story. That usually takes a few days or a week, because it’s sometimes hard to let go after spending weeks and months with one set of characters.

I joked after my last release – Cora’s Pride in March (which happened to be a few days before we went camping) that I really need to make going camping after a book release a tradition. That didn’t happen this time, but it would be a great way to re-connect with me!

Q. What is do you miss about Germany (or that you love going back to)?

The thing I miss most about Germany (and I haven’t been back in a long time, although my brother and his family live there) is the small town I lived in. Moving to the suburbs of Los Angeles was major culture shock for me, and even after all these years, I still miss the small farming town I grew up in.  And seasons…I definitely miss seasons.

Q. Have you ever thought about moving from California and getting closer to the mountains and the rivers that obviously speak to you?

Every.Single.Day… and I’m working on making that a reality soon.

Q. Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?

I don’t know who said it, and it’s a simple quote, but it’s always stuck with me: “Bark less, Wag more.” And this one: “Of all the roads you take, make sure one of them is dirt.”

Q. Tell us about the writing assistant. How old is he? How does he guard the notebook best?

The Writing Assistant is my 16 year old orange ball of fur. He was a feral kitten I caught when he was about 5 weeks old, along with his mama. We had her spayed, and her kitten came to live in the house with us, and he decided that was a pretty great place to be.

He has the important job of being my arm rest when I write, and he sleeps on the notebook (which contains my hand written notes and plot lines for my books) He is easily bribed with catnip and canned cat food.

Q. What is the strangest request (or gift) you’ve ever received from a fan?

I don’t think I’ve ever received any strange requests or gifts that I can remember. There have been requests for stories or unsolicited ideas, but nothing that really stands out.

I’ve received some awesome (not in the least bit strange) gifts from readers – paintings of the Lower Falls in Yellowstone and the Tetons, quilts with Yellowstone theme, and a pillow case, and a really great piece of art wall hanging.  On canvas, the fan put together a collage of pins and charms and various other miniature items that represented things from the Yellowstone stories, and she put it together in the shape of an arrowhead. It is such a neat and very personal piece of artwork!


Peggy never thought she’d be a writer, much less publish a book someday. She always wanted to be a veterinarian but life had other plans for her. When she and her husband decided to start a family, vet school pretty much went out the window. Peggy used to work with a vet who had three children while going through vet school. To this day, that woman is her hero.

Peggy was born and raised in Germany, but long before her family immigrated to the U.S., she was fascinated with the American West. Peggy grew up on german-dubbed episodes of Little House, Gunsmoke, and Bonanza, as well as the adventure novels set in the old American West by German author, Karl May.

Married to her high school sweetheart, and together with their two sons, Peggy and her husband currently make their home in Southern California. The family also includes a Labrador Retriever, a welsh pony, a miniature horse, three cats, four bearded dragons, and a flock of laying hens. Almost every summer since she graduated from high school, Peggy and her husband spend two weeks camping in Yellowstone National Park.

Peggy can be found on Facebook in her group, Between the Lines with Peggy L. Henderson.  Sign up for her mailing list at http://eepurl.com/vYhPf.  Follow Peggy’s blog at http://peggylhenderson.blogspot.com/.  Peggy’s books can also be found in the Pioneer Hearts bookstore on Amazon.

Catching Up with Merry Farmer & Kirsten Osbourne

Today, we catch up with the Culpepper Cowgirls – the two authors of the fabulous new contemporary series, Culpepper Cowboys.

What gave you the idea for Culpepper Cowboys?

Kirsten – Someone suggested I write about a town. I like to write marriage of convenience books, so I thought about how to make it work, and I came up with the idea of using Dr. Lachele, who was the matchmaker in my At the Altar books to match up four brothers, and I figured we could go from there. We did.

Merry – Honestly, it was Kirsten’s idea. She had an epiphany about doing a series with four sisters marrying four brothers. We’d been friends for a while, so she picked on me…I mean, asked me if I’d like to join her. I’ve wanted to write more contemporary romances, and this was exactly what I’d been looking for!

As far as how I came up with the ideas for the stories themselves, the books needed to be light and humorous to match our writing styles. I’ve always considered myself as writing emotional, heart-felt stories. So the challenge of writing humor was an awesome one. As we came up with the characters, I just kept asking myself, “What would be the funniest thing that could happen to these people?” That’s still my jumping-off-point for each book.


Is it difficult to co-write?

Merry – Yes and no. And the answer has been different for different books in the series. The first four were easy-peasy, mostly because Kirsten and I planned a lot. We also wrote them one at a time, read each other’s work, and then proceeded with our own stories. The fifth and sixth books were harder because we were writing them simultaneously, and we kept writing things that directly conflicted. There were a few days there where I thought the two of us would probably kill each other! *LOL* Fortunately, Kirsten and I actually are friends, and we were able to work things out literarily. But lesson learned. Since those books, we’ve been careful not to have our story timelines or characters overlap too much, while including as much crossover as possible. We’ve each had to tweak a few things to make sure every detail works for both of us, but nothing major. It’s been incredibly fun to work together overall! Kirsten is the best! Although I’m still convinced she wants to kick my tush half the time.

Kirsten – Most of the time Merry and I kind of mesh when we write. Sometimes we have to iron out little tiny details that are important to one of us for whatever reason, and we do and it works. It’s really been as seamless a process as writing with another person can be.


Whose story is up next?

Kirsten – Next story will be Felicity and Allen. Felicity is one of the Quinlan cousins who started a ranch with Grace. Allen will be someone who comes in to work on the bakery, expanding it to add a breakfast area.

Merry – That would be Kirsten’s story about Felicity, Contractor’s Cookies. I know a little bit about what she’s going to do with it, but I can’t wait to read the full story! After that, I’ll be writing about Sly O’Donnell and his romantic adventures in Tycoon’s Tryst.


Have the historical western romance readers been supportive of this contemporary series?

Merry – Yeah, I think they have. It’s a little outside of their box, but in my experience, readers are wonderfully versatile. They’ll try anything as long as they know the characters will be engaging and the stories will be fun.

Kirsten – For the most part, they really have! There are some die-hard historical fans who won’t even try them, but they’re missing out, because these are fun books about sexy cowboys.


What do you like best about cowboys?

Merry – I like the freedom and ruggedness that they have. They aren’t tied down to desks or cities or commutes. I feel like I can write a cowboy hero with a much easier manner to him. Not to mention that with all that physical work, they’re pretty buff! I like writing about the countryside. My trip through Wyoming this past April was awesome in terms of getting a feel for the land and the potential it has. It really helped me to write the cowboy characters.

Actually, funny thing…. I have Honor Culpepper suffering from the altitude as soon as she arrives in Culpepper. That little detail got into the book because that’s exactly what happened to me when I ventured into Wyoming. It’s at such a high elevation that anyone who has lived close to sea level will have a hard time breathing until they adjust. I didn’t stay long enough to adapt, but all those physical sensations I experienced and the anxiety that went along with it totally informed Honor’s character and her reactions.

Oh, but that’s not about cowboys. Oh well. 😉 It’s about Wyoming, and I LOVED Wyoming! I’d love to go back.

Kirsten – I like how they look. What do I like least about them? Usually how they smell. Cowboys sure are handsome, though.


What book of yours are you most proud of and why?

Kirsten – It’s going to be two together. Lazy Love and Literary Love. I came up with the idea for Lazy Love, and I never meant to write it. But I couldn’t seem to stop myself. And then I realized that I had to write Literary Love. There is so much of me in both of those books. My heart lives inside them. I think they’re by far the best books I’ve ever written, and they take my writing to the next level. I wish more people would give them a chance!

Merry – Gosh, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child! I’m proud of my medieval, Noble Hearts series, because those are the first books I dared to publish (even though I’m a much better writer now). I’m proud of my Paradise Ranch series because I LOVE the little town of Haskell, Wyoming that I invented, I love the characters, and I love how challenged I’ve been by writing both a spicy and a sweet version. And I potentially love my new Nerds of Paradise series that is coming this fall, which is the contemporary world of Haskell, because I get to write about nerdy guys/girls and cowboys/cowgirls getting matched! And of course I love these Culpepper Cowboys books because readers are responding so well to them and falling in love with the world Kirsten and I have created.


USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.

Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.

She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

You can email her at KirstenOsbourne@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter @AuthorKOsbourne.  You can also follow Kirsten on Amazon for information on new releases.

Kirsten can be found online at http://www.kirstenandmorganna.com/ and a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kirsten.osbourne.7.

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Merry Farmer lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. She has been writing since she was ten years old and realized one day that she didn’t have to wait for the teacher to assign a creative writing project to write something. It was the best day of her life. She then went on to earn not one but two degrees in History so that she would always having something to write about. Today she walks along the cutting edge of Indie Publishing, writing Historical Romance and Women’s Sci-Fi. She is also passionate about blogging, knitting, and cricket and is working towards becoming an internationally certified cricket scorer.

You can email her at merryfarmer20@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter @merryfarmer20.  You can also follow Merry on Amazon for information on new releases.

Merry also has a blog, http://merryfarmer.net, and a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/merryfarmerauthor, and loves visitors.

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Both authors can also be found on Facebook at both the Pioneer Hearts group page and Contemporary Western Hearts group page, as well as the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore on Amazon.  Check out their amazing historical western romance books and contemporary western romance stories today or join one of the Facebook groups for interaction with these amazing authors!