Fun Facts About Kristy McCaffrey’s Wings of the West Series

By Kristy McCaffrey

Today I’m pleased to share the release of THE BLUEBIRD, Book 5 in my Wings of the West series. It’s taken me 13 years to complete this collection (which also includes a short novella), so I’m feeling a little nostalgic. Here’s a little background on the entire series.

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The characters in THE WREN (Book 1) came to me when I was 15 years old. I saw a girl and two brothers. This grew into the characters of Molly Hart and Matt Ryan (and his brother Logan).

When I was 23, I moved across the country to attend graduate school in Pennsylvania. I drove with my mom and sister, and during a rest stop in Amarillo, Texas, I looked out over the flat, rolling plains and ‘saw’ a young Molly running among the tall grass.

Although it felt like Molly was stalking me to tell her story, I didn’t publish THE WREN until I was 37 years old. I wrote it while I had four kids under the age of 5 underfoot. Although I’d been compelled to write since I was a young girl, it took me that long to finally do something about it.

The character of Molly was named after my paternal great-grandmother—Mary Agnes “Molly” O’Rourke Kearney, who emigrated from Ireland. ‘Hart’ is a family name on my mother’s side.

While writing THE DOVE (Book 2), I traveled to Las Vegas, New Mexico, and was able to find local research books that helped immensely in the layout of the town in 1877. If you’re a writer, do this. Often, local research isn’t available on the internet or Amazon.

THE SPARROW (Book 3) took the longest for me to write—about 6 years. While I took a lengthy break to focus on raising my children, I also became stuck in the story at the halfway point. This book employed my most intuitive writing, guiding me toward shamanism, a discipline I knew nothing about. I spent over two years attempting to understand the skills and techniques utilized in this ancient healing modality.

THE SPARROW is my most mixed-reviewed book. Readers either love it or hate it. For me, personally, it was a labor of love, albeit a painful labor at times. While I’ve considered cutting portions of the story to make it more marketable, it encompasses an interior emotional journey that has spoken to similar kindred souls. When a writer is pushed by some unknown force toward a work that makes little sense to her, sometimes the best thing to do is to step out of the way and let it be what it needs to be.

Although I now live in Arizona, I wrote THE BLACKBIRD (Book 4) without ever visiting southern Arizona (the location of the story). Clearly this goes against my earlier advice of visiting the setting of a book; however, I’m a very detail-oriented person (probably why I studied engineering in college) and I always immerse myself in intensive research whenever I write a book. I did my homework.

While writing THE BLUEBIRD (Book 5), I lost the file twice. The first time, the manuscript was two-thirds complete and I had no backup. It was a rude awakening about my lazy computer habits. I quickly cleaned up my act, but it took me a week before I could bring myself to sit down and write the book again. And then, near the end, I lost the file again. Thankfully, this time, I did have a backup. But my disillusionment with technology runs fairly deep now and I no longer trust ANY source completely, whether it be a computer hard drive, an external hard drive, a stick, or Dropbox. These days, I backup in four places every day.

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Molly Rose Simms departs the Arizona Territory, eager for adventure, and travels to Colorado to visit her brother. Robert left two years ago to make his fortune in the booming silver town of Creede, and now Molly Rose hopes to convince him to accompany her to San Francisco, New York City, or even Europe. But Robert is nowhere to be found. All Molly Rose finds is his partner, a mysterious man known as The Jackal.

Jake McKenna has traveled the bustling streets of Istanbul, exotic ports in China, and the deserts of Morocco. His restless desire to explore has been the only constant in his life. When his search for the elusive and mythical Bluebird mining claim lands him a new partner, he must decide how far he’ll go to protect the stunning young woman who’s clearly in over her head. A home and hearth has never been on The Jackal’s agenda, but Molly Rose Simms is about to change his world in every conceivable way.

A sensuous historical western romance set in 1892 Colorado.

Excerpt

McKenna’s jet-black hair curled along the collar of his shirt, and a coal-colored stubble had sprouted on his strong jawline. When he shifted his gaze to her, his eyes put her in mind of molasses. Molly chewed on her lower lip and glanced away, lest McKenna catch her staring.

Shaking off her fascination, she asked, “How did you meet Robert?”

“In a poker game.”

Molly gasped. “Robert gambles?”

McKenna chuckled. “You’ve already been to a whorehouse. If you wanted to remain innocent, you shouldn’t have come to Creede.”

Her backside stiffened. “I’m not naïve to the ways of the world.”

Another grin lit his face. Her breath caught and her heart pounded more intensely. She honestly couldn’t look away. She’d read about people who possessed a charm that swayed the masses and opened doors with merely a glance, but she’d never met such a person.

What was the word she’d come across? Charisma, that was it. In this moment, the meaning became crystal clear.

“Whatever you say, Miss Simms. Why did you come to Creede?”

“To visit my brother, of course.”

“You came by yourself all the way from Tucson?”

“My folks believed that Robert would be here to meet me.”

He nodded, his amiable demeanor slipping a bit. She took a steadying breath to quiet the knot in her stomach that never quite receded. Please be all right, Robert.

“My folks thought that Robert would look after me,” she added, her voice muffled as rain continued to pound on the roof of the cabin. “But I assure you that I can look after myself.”

“I don’t doubt that. I’m at your service, nevertheless.”

“For what?”

“Protection.”

He held her gaze, and a frisson of awareness shot through her. She shifted her eyes to the stove. She hadn’t traveled all this way to fall for the first rugged buckaroo who crossed her path, charisma or not. She had more important things to do with her life first.

Copyright © 2016 K. McCaffrey LLC

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Bio

Kristy McCaffrey has been writing since she was very young, but it wasn’t until she was a stay-at-home mom that she considered becoming published. She’s the author of several historical western romances, all set in the American southwest. She lives in the Arizona desert with her husband, two chocolate labs, and whichever of their four teenaged children happen to be in residence. She loves to travel and frequently blogs about her adventures.

 

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Faith & the Texas Lawyer

September 8, 1900 – The storm considered to be the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history

Galveston after the September 8, 1900, hurricane. Texas State Library photo
The 1900 Storm – Galveston, Texas

Dear readers ~ I’ve had this romance story in my head and heart since I visited Dallas’ Heritage Park many years ago. There are old homes, churches, and examples of the city and life of yesteryear. Touring one of the homes, a Time-Travel story began growing in my head and finally, this year, it worked its way onto the page.

When the setting took me to Galveston, Texas in 1900, the only logical thing was to include the hurricane of 1900. There hasn’t been a natural disaster in the United States as devastating as that storm since. The island was nearly leveled from 140 MPH winds and a 15 ft storm surge. Over 6,000 lives were lost.

I enjoyed writing Faith and the Texas Lawyer and think it’s the best book I’ve written I hope you like it. Join us from 8:00 – 9:00 pm EST tonight for the Facebook Release Party! ~ Carra


Faith Daniels has had a hard time fitting in all her life, from the time she was left on the steps of a firehouse to her recent divorce. The only time she feels connected is when she rehabs old houses. Often she wishes she could have experienced life in a simpler time. Her current project, a 1900 Galveston mansion, is all she ever wished for and more. When some mysterious force transports her from 2016 to 1900, just prior to the most devastating natural disaster on record, will Faith give up all she has attained in her present life to stay in the past with the sexy turn-of-the- century lawyer?

Joseph Benning has serious trust issues. He is still recovering from the jolt of being dumped by his fiancé shortly before their wedding. In order to prove to himself he can manage on his own without a woman in his life, he decides to reach outside of his routine and buy a house. Suddenly, a strange woman shows up inside his house telling fantastic stories of disaster and destruction. Will Joe be able to make the right decision and let her go, when it comes time to save her life?


Excerpt:

His hands stilled at her waist, and then bracketed her upper arms. He pulled her to him, lowered his head and kissed her neck just below her ear.

“You smell good.”

“Umm,” she crooned, leaning her head to the left to give him better access. “I found a bar of lavender soap in the trunk.”

“It’s more than little purple flowers,” he breathed the words against her temple as his left hand traveled up her neck to clutch a handful of her hair. “You smell down-to-earth, sensible, and exotic. You smell like . . . woman.”

“You not only kiss like nobody’s business, you talk real nice, too.”


Carra Copelin writes “well-written novels, complete with correct places, weather, and flavor.” . . . from a Native Texan reader. Her books are contemporary and historical romantic suspense about Texans set mostly in Texas. No matter the murder, mystery, or mayhem that may surround or involve the hero and heroine, every story revolves around their romance and family.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and past President of Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus she regularly contributes to Smart Girls Read Romance and Sweethearts of the West Blogs. She is a member of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and a prospective member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy their family and grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching for her next book, she enjoys playing bridge, crochet, and family genealogy.

She loves to hear from readers at carra@carracopelin.com. You can visit Carra on the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore in Amazon by clicking here.

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Cowboys & Calico – Deal of the Day!

Readers of historical western romance cannot seem to get enough of this wonderful new collection of stories, Cowboys & Calico.  Five bestselling Western romance authors have come together to bring you one collection of all-new stories that will sweep you off your feet!

This reader has read the entire set and here is my review. I’ve tried to not offer any spoiler alerts with this review.


My Review: I am truly enjoying this boxset. There are several excellent, romantic stories in here that have touched my heart.

A BROKEN WING by Amelia C. Adams – the story between Trinity and Raymond made me chuckle as they created stories and imagined things about people. Trinity is a feisty heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and is torn with the decisions she must make.

THE MARSHAL’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE by Cassie Hayes – Griff and Catherine are involved in a dance around each other, neither one wanting to be the one to make the first move. Both are sure they cannot stand the other one but fate has a different plan. If they both survive, will love play a role? A great revisit of the Dalton families and their lives as well!

COURTING MISS CARTWRIGHT by Kristin Holt – A touching story about Felicity and her half-sister Temperance.  Rocky is torn between courting one sister and falling in love with another. What will his choice be?  And will that choice tear apart the bond that the sisters have just found with each other?  An emotional tale of what a child out of wedlock faced in days gone by.

WANTED: THE PERFECT HUSBAND by Margery Scott – A great story about a woman advertising for a husband, well, sort of.  Sybil has come west due to her father’s will. In order to inherit, she needs a husband and Devin comes highly recommended.  The only catch – he doesn’t want to be married. Sybil starts off with a short list of requirements in her ad and then adds to the list each and every time something goes wrong.  And something will go wrong, because only Devin is the perfect husband for her.  This story made me chuckle and has so many traits that are still true today. We think that love will be enough until we start to spend time with various personalities and we add more and more to our list of desired qualities.

MAIL ORDER MIDWIFE by Kirsten Osbourne – Do I need to say anything about Kirsten’s mail order brides books? The Brides of Beckham is a popular series and this story reminds me why we love her so. Patsy is a mail order midwife who travels west to become the bride of Dr. Wesley Hardy. Little Emily will steal your heart as she struggles to be a girl in a boy’s world and forge her own path. There are challenges, there is laughter, there is sweetness and, I suspect, there are thousands of readers chanting ‘More! More!’


What others are saying:

“Bravo Ladies! You know how you get one of the books with more than one book in it. You like this book, you like that book, but rarely all of them. Don’t you worry, these five are all winners! I couldn’t pick a favorite. I loved them all. Enjoy all five! Bravo again!”

“I can’t say anything except WOW WOW WOW, usually when you by a box set there is maybe one book that didn’t really hold your interest but not with this one each book gets you right from the start all the way to the end.”

“This anthology is worth 10 stars. All of the stories were wonderful, they had characters and situations you could relate to and best of all they all had epilogue.”

“Wonderful stories! Rarely do I find an anthology where I actually enjoy every story in the set. But this is one of them! All authors are extremely talented! I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to! All of them were delightful.”


Only $0.99 on Amazon today or free through Kindle Unlimited! A synopsis of the stories are noted below. This is a GREAT deal and worth more than the diet coke from McDonald’s that I would have spent that dollar on!

MAIL ORDER MIDWIFE by Kirsten Osbourne – Widowed midwife Patsy Lawrence spent too much time working and not enough with her young daughter. She knew Emily’s childhood would be over before she realized it, so she responded to an ad for a mail-order bride, hoping for a better future for them both.

Dr. Wesley Hardy needed a wife to complete him, so he sent a letter to a mail-order bride agency back East. When he received a letter from a widow with a young daughter, he was thrilled with everything but her profession. Could he live with the fact that his new bride was a midwife? Or would they be destined to live without love for the rest of their days?

A BROKEN WING by Amelia C. Adams – Bored beyond all reason while riding a train from Missouri to Colorado, Trinity Scott amuses herself by imagining things about the passengers around her, including the handsome man sitting across the aisle. With his dark curly hair and warm brown eyes, he’s certainly intriguing, and the fact that his arm is in a sling makes him all the more a curiosity.

But when three dangerous men board the train, her desire for adventure and excitement takes a sinister turn, and she must call on her inner strength to do what’s needed to survive.

THE MARSHAL’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE by Cassie Hayes – U.S. Marshal Curtis ‘Griff’ Griffith is on the trail of a wanted man. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by the newest resident of the Dalton Brothers Ranch. So why does he keep returning? It’s certainly not to see the beautiful-but-bullheaded Catherine James.

Catherine has no interest in men or marriage, but there aren’t many choices for single ladies to earn a living on a remote Texas ranch. When she discovers that she holds the key to capturing the outlaw — and collecting some of the reward — she doesn’t hesitate to force Griff’s hand.

Will they kill each other before they find the murderer, or will they risk their damaged hearts for a shot at a new life?

COURTING MISS CARTWRIGHT by Kristin Holt – Courtship, by the book, is supposed to be easy…

As the daughter of an unwed mother, Felicity Percival is accustomed to rejection. Her mother was her only family … until she is summoned to the reading of her father’s will. To learn he was a married preacher with a second daughter horrifies her. The stipulations attached to her inheritance infuriate her. The last thing she expects is the emergence of truths that destroy her life-long beliefs. The last thing she wants is to feel the blush of first love for a man she can’t have.

The road to Happily Ever After should not be rocky, especially for level-headed, rule-following Rocky Gideon. His courtship of the minister’s daughter is successful and on track, surviving everything life throws at them … except the appearance of the preacher’s other daughter. Felicity asks too many questions, forces him to evaluate his carefully constructed plan, and somehow steals his heart.

Rocky desperately needs a solid marriage that will go the distance … so why does he yearn for the wrong sister?

WANTED: THE PERFECT HUSBAND by Margery Scott – Sybil Franklin needs a husband—fast! In order to keep her ranch, she must be married within thirteen days. Devin McGregor meets all her requirements and comes highly recommended, but he has no interest in marriage.

Devin McGregor had a ranch once, a fiancée, a future. He made a mistake, and it cost him everything. Now, even though he’d love to own his own land again, he’s afraid to risk failure.

Sybil decides to post an advertisement for the perfect husband. As Devin tries to protect her from being taken advantage of, his feelings for her grow, but his fear of failing her won’t let him accept her proposal.

Both Sybil and Devin have choices, but making the right choice means they could both lose everything.


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A Promise in Defiance

Introducing the sequel to the bestsellers A Lady in Defiance and Hearts in DefianceLeave a blog comment or a chance to win a copy of Heather’s new book A Promise in Defiance.

CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES … EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, though, he has trouble telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when infamous madam Delilah Goodnight steps off the stage. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

Charles McIntyre has a new wife … and a ten-year-old half-breed son dropped on his doorstep. In a town as mean as Defiance, can he dare to love them both? If he tries, will the price be too high, even for him?

All Hannah wants is to marry the man of her dreams, the father of her child … and continue working as Doc Cook’s nurse. Can she have the best of both worlds, or will she have to choose one … and lose the other?

They can all count on one thing: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap … and the harvest is at hand in the wild, wild West.


An excerpt from A Promise in Defiance ~

Billy slipped his hand into Hannah’s and they meandered down the river’s shoreline in perfect peace. The sun had sunk below the towering peaks leaving a beautiful peach glow in the sky, but night would fall fast now. Though this would be a short walk, he loved the sound of the water and being alone with the future Mrs. Page. Mollie was sweet enough to watch Billy for a few minutes so he could do this properly.

Butterflies cavorting in his stomach, Billy touched the ring in his breast pocket.

“Do you miss your parents, Billy?”

The question nearly made him stumble, unexpected as it was. Hannah could do that—throw him off balance—because he never knew where her mind was going. Was he a cad if he told her the truth? Hannah already knew his parents had sent him away rather than let him marry her and raise the baby. She didn’t know his father had threatened to disinherit him. His mother . . . his mother was trapped in a loveless marriage, and couldn’t have affected things one way or the other. He supposed he had some pity for her, but he felt like he’d made a pretty clean break from his family. They’d forced him into it.

“No, I don’t,” he said. “I mean, I miss my mother some, but you and Little Billy, and your sisters, you’re all my family now. I don’t even think about Pa.” He stopped and they faced each other. “What made you ask about them?”

“What kind of life can we have together if your family never accepts me?”

He didn’t know what to say. He’d accepted things. Frank Page thought he was too good to acknowledge a bastard grandson, so Billy had walked away and wasn’t ever going back. Nothing would ever come between him and Hannah and Little Billy again. Not parents. Not Indians. Not another man. Therefore, he only knew one way to answer Hannah.

Holding on to her hand, he dropped to one knee in the damp sand, pulled a ring of rubies and white gold from his pocket, and held it up for her inspection. Too much of the light was gone to make out her face clearly, but he could see the tears sparkling in her eyes. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. God will bless our marriage, Hannah. I don’t need anybody else’s blessing.” When she didn’t raise her hand to accept the ring he assumed it was because he hadn’t asked the actual question. He cleared his throat. “Hannah, I love you. Will you marry me?”

The pause between the question and her answer dragged on a bit too long. Growing concerned, he was about to speak when she placed her hands on his cheeks and pulled him to his feet. Still holding him, she said softly, “I do love you more than anything. Yes, I will marry you.”

Relief and joy exploded in his heart. He kissed her deeply, passionately, hungry for every ounce of her. He folded her into his arms, pulled her firmly against him, and wallowed breathlessly in her sweetness. Her soft curves and the way she fit with him warmed his thoughts like too much whiskey. Desire, foolish and intoxicating, begged his hands to roam.

He tried not to remember the one time they had been together, but he couldn’t block it out. He wanted to loosen her braid and let all that golden hair rain down on him like a waterfall. He dragged his lips to her neck, kissed her jaw, hugged her tighter, and nibbled on her ear. Lightheaded, he backed away and held her at arm’s length before he crossed a line. He could hear her breathing hard. He imagined he could even hear her heart pounding.

“Oh my,” she whispered so softly he almost didn’t catch it. “You make me dizzy.”

He squeezed her hand. She felt like his wife already, but the rest of that commitment would have to wait. They wouldn’t be together as husband and wife until they were wed. He exhaled, a long, deep breath. Soon. . . “We need to speak to our new preacher and see when—”

“Billy, “Hannah interrupted, still sounding a bit breathless. “You haven’t put the ring on my finger.”

Laughing, he slapped his forehead and slipped it off the tip of his pinky. He didn’t even remember putting it there, but at least he hadn’t dropped it. “My beloved.”

Hannah extended her hand and Billy pushed it down her finger.

“Goodness, it’s a perfect fit.” She held out her hand, but the light was gone. “Hmmm. Guess we’ll have to go inside if I actually want to see my engagement ring. “She moved her left hand to his face again. “It doesn’t matter. I’m sure it’s stunning. All I really want is you.”

He refrained from kissing her, well aware his self-control was as fragile as butterfly wings. A lack of self-control had caused too much heartache already. He could wait. But he was going to find the preacher tomorrow. “How about we announce the engagement Wednesday night when everyone comes to the hotel for dinner?”

“Yes, all right.”

He wrapped his arm around her and they started back for the town hall. She rested her head on his shoulder as they strolled along the path. He would have felt ten feet tall if it wasn’t for one small thing.

Why had she taken so long to answer?

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Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather’s writing is gritty and realistic. In fact, her books have been compared to AMC’s Hell on Wheels series, as well as the legendary Francine Rivers book, Redeeming Love.

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among the fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in her hand.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

Learn more about Heather’s books at the Pioneer Hearts Bookstore

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Christian Westerns is the genre that lets her write about strong pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in her stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves His children: sacrificially and lavishly. Heather’s stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but she hopes they are heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.

“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” — Heather Blanton

An Exciting New Romance Series

A Cutter’s Creek Romance Series

I am excited to announce the creation of the sweet historical world of Cutter’s Creek, Montana. The authors started with a picture of a little red chapel in the hills and created the town around that sweet little building used for worship and weddings, funerals and festivals. It is a place of hiding and healing. Four authors have teamed up from across the globe to bring you stories of hope and love.

 

 

The first four novellas introduce you to the town, the Chapel, and its lovely characters. The characters you will meet may appear in future novels. There will be times the authors will all publish at once, and others when they publish a book singly, but each one will be carefully crafted for you to be transported to Cutter’s Creek and a new story of love, struggle, and romance. Some will be short, others will be full length novels.

 

 

The four Kellys covernovellas in this series are threaded together by a beautiful little red chapel nestled in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains, Cutter’s Creek, Montana. The heroine in each of these novellas finds solace inside the walls of the building and the God it was built to serve. The chapel is the center of town and is an important landmark to the residents of Cutter’s Creek. Its unusual red color has become a symbol that all are welcome. In the future, it won’t always take center stage, but it is in each of the introductory novellas.

 

Karis coverRomance seems just out of reach for these couples. At times, it’s as though they aren’t meant to be together. Sometimes, they’re too stubborn to see what’s right before their eyes. Each has a lesson to learn before they get the prize of happiness in love. These stand-alone, happily ever after stories will melt the coldest heart and make the disenchanted believe in love again.


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Vivi Holt     Kit Morgan     Annie Boone     Kari Trumbo

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Her Independent Spirit by Zina Abbott

 

Today Zina Abbott will share with you excerpt #1 and
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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.”


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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.


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Coming Soon: Book Three – Sorcha