I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day

I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day

(Hearts of Owyhee novella)

A new novella by the talented Jacquie Rogers, released as part of the Prairie Rose Publications Third Birthday Bash.   Congratulations to Prairie Rose Publications as they continue to celebrate three successful years! Visit the Prairie Rose Publications Blog here for additional giveaways and historical western romance stories.

Murdock brothers have a fine ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. The only things missing are wives and kids, so Hec orders a couple of brides for Christmas. The catch is, woman-shy Zeke doesn’t know about it. Dinah and Stella have a plan— If the grooms don’t work out, they’ll start a restaurant. Farm chores are hard enough, but a peckish chicken and a raging blizzard don’t help matters. Can Hec and Zeke capture their hearts?

There’s just something about Christmas that has “romance” splashed all over it—the season for sharing and putting our differences aside.

The whole idea of mail-order brides—why a woman would leave everything she knew for a man she didn’t know—fascinates me.  In this story, we have two brides.  Dinah Goode lost her husband and baby within a few weeks.  Her goal is to own a restaurant and women couldn’t be chefs in Cleveland.  But those rules didn’t apply in the Idaho Territory where women could own property in their own right, and the only way she could afford to get there was to accept a proposal as a mail-order bride. 

Schoolteacher Stella Clemmons has stars in her eyes—she wants children but she’s already nearly thirty years old and time’s marching on.  Meeting Dinah on the train was fortuitous because now she has a plan.  If Mr. Ezekiel Murdock doesn’t pan out, she and Dinah will still be fine.  Restaurants were few and far between—and even then, she could still find the right man to marry.

But neither lady knows one thing about country life.  And neither brother is quite sure what to do with these city women.

I loved the idea that Hec ordered brides for himself and his brother for Christmas.  How romantic!  But can you imagine how surprised Zeke would be?  How would he react?  And how does the culture of the East blend with that of the West?  

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I’m a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is my passion–westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and all with a dash of romance. If an author can make me laugh, I’ll buy every book he/she ever wrote.

While I’m a country girl by birth, I currently live in suburbia with my very patient husband (important point: we are the staff of one cat) I don’t think you can ever take the country out of a girl’s heart. That’s probably why my stories often take place in Idaho where I grew up. (Hearts of Owyhee series and some of my short stories, too.)

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Honey Beaulieu by Jacquie Rogers

Welcome, Jacquie Rogers!  Sit down and grab a cup of joe as we catch up with Jacquie on what’s new…

Welcome, readers!  Can you believe I’ve been writing for twenty years?  Hard to believe, I know, but it has been that long since I dreamed a book and decided to write it.  Naturally, the Romance genre beckoned because I love, love, love Happily Ever Afters and I hate cliffhangers.

Each book in my Hearts of Owyhee series can be read as a standalone.  Yes, they’re connected—some more so than others—but if you haven’t read the first three, you’ll still enjoy Much Ado About Mavericks.  That’s the way I wanted it, and for twenty years, that’s what I’ve been writing, whether novels, novellas, or short stories.  I loved every minute of it.

What’s lovin’ without a little laughter? Ranchers, gunmen, miners… yep, they do their best to tame the women of Owyhee County. Or is it the other way around? At any rate, they all find true love in those they least expect. Throw in a few cats, goats, and dogs, and a fun time is had by all. And yes, Owyhee County really exists.

The Hearts of Owyhee series takes place in the mid-1880s and is set in southwest Idaho. It’s arid, and mostly high mountain desert.

Owyhee, pronounced Oh-WYE-hee, is the original anglicized spelling of Hawaii. Why is a county in the southwestern corner of Idaho named after islands in the Pacific? Because three fur trappers were lost there around 1819, so the area (including southeast Oregon) was named after them.

Gold and silver was discovered in the early 1860s, and the boom began. Because of the remoteness of the area, miners had to make do with supplies that could be hauled in, but that didn’t dampen their spirits any. Take a wild ride with the Hearts of Owyhee series. The characters and situations are fiction, but the area is very real–and where the Old West still lives today.

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Much Ado About Madams – http://amzn.com/B00RUJXEPM
Much Ado About Marshals – http://amzn.com/B00RW84YRS
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Connected to Hearts of Owyhee:

Mercy: Bride of Idaho – http://amzn.com/B017GOU3WC
Mail-Order Tangle (with Caroline Clemmons) – http://amzn.com/B00MZ6ZRXC

Three years ago, I decided (actually, Troy Smith, who was president of Western Fictioneers at the time, decided for me) to try my hand at writing a traditional western novella (out of print now, but will be reissued this year).  And you know, readers liked it!  That was a pleasant surprise.

All this led up to digging out an idea I had way back in 1998 that was completely unmarketable.  The first book in that series was released this morning.  What an exciting, scary, happy day!  I’m stepping out of bounds with my new release, Honey Beaulieu – Man Hunter.

I’ve been telling people it’s a genre blend.  Actually, that’s not quite accurate.  This series is its own genre.  Pure and simple.  If I had to describe it, I’d say a mashup of Gunsmoke, Sex in the City, and Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Does this mean I’m not writing romance anymore?  Certainly not!  First of all, there is a romance element in Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch.  Besides, after I finish the second Honey Beaulieu book, Sidetracked in Silver City (which has some Hearts of Owyhee characters in it), I’ll be working on a mail-order bride book for Prairie Rose Publications.  After that, I’ll write the third Honey book, and then the sixth Hearts of Owyhee novel.  Do you think I should write Bram McKinnon’s story?  Or maybe Micah’s story… haven’t decided yet.

There’s just something about a good romance that warms the heart.  And then again, sometimes you want a kick-butt heroine who doesn’t take guff from anyone.  That’s Honey Beaulieu.  So there you go—a book for your every mood!

Jacquie is a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is her passion–westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and all with a dash of romance. If an author can make her laugh, she’ll buy every book he/she ever wrote.

While Jacquie is a country girl by birth, she currently live in suburbia with her very patient husband (important point: they are the staff of one cat) Jacquie doesn’t think you can ever take the country out of a girl’s heart. That’s probably why her stories often take place in Idaho where she grew up. (Hearts of Owyhee series and some of her short stories, too.)

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How the Texan Stole Christmas

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How did folks celebrate Christmas in the Old West? How about the single gals? What did they do?

The best way to find out (and fun, too!) is to read newspapers that cover the time and place of my stories. When I was researching for my Hearts of Owyhee series, I ran across this item from the December 21, 1872 issue of The Owyhee Avalanche (the oldest newspaper in Idaho, still operating out of my hometown, Homedale, Idaho):

THE CHRISTMAS TREE. The Christmas Tree Festival will be held in Jones & Bonney’s Hall. We will stake in addition to what was said in our last issue, that the Brass Band, composed at present of Messrs. Charles Leonard, Joe Gross, Benj. Davis, Rufus King, Ferd. W. Frost and E. Douglas, will perform some of their best pieces, which will add greatly to the pleasure of the occasion.

The singing, accompanied by the organ, will be done principally by young girls who have learned all the music they know in Silver City, and who by virtue of talent, industry and a good teaching have acquired, in our judgment, wonderful proficiency in the beautiful art over which the Muses preside. They are our little folks, and not imported singers, which will make it all the more interesting; that they will do their part in first-class style for their ages, we have not the least doubt, in fact, we know they will.

The tree will be a prolific one no doubt. The Argosy of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, & Co. arrived at the port of San Francisco four days ago, as we are informed per telegram, and a large cargo of its merchandise is on its way up here, and will not fail to arrive in time. ~~

I could just see the hustle and bustle of Silver City.

Brass bands were wildly popular all over the West then. Yes, they decorated and put up Christmas trees. They had dances and concerts. And Santa was on his way!

So why not have a Secret Christmas Angel event for all the single men and women in town? Seems like something they’d do. And that’s what How the Texan Stole Christmas (a Hearts of Owyhee single read) is all about. Here’s the blurb:

Winnifred Spangler has thrown herself into community work to ward off the pangs of her lonely heart. Fairview, Idaho Territory, is snowed in—and cabin fever has set in with a vengeance. Winnie organizes a gift exchange for the town’s single young adults. Her hope is that a few of them will find the loves of their lives.

Judd Shaw, a Texas cowhand, hates the ice and cold. As soon as the roads are passable, he’s headed back to Texas. But thanks to his childhood friend, he’s caught up in the Secret Christmas Angel game, and the name he draws is the prettiest widow in all of Idaho—Winnie.

Can Winnie’s smile melt his hardened Texas heart?

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Courting the West: A Boxed Set of Ten Western Romances

An exciting new boxed set release of ten western romances is available – grab it while you can!

NYT, USA Today and Bestselling authors bring you ten Western romance novels featuring sexy cowboys and sultry heroines. This boxed set is loaded with a variety of sweet to steamy romances designed to entice your senses and warm your heart.

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