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.


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.


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?”


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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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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Hearts Ablaze – New Love for the Old West

Ignite a new love for the Old West.

What happens when eight bestselling historical romance authors get together to create something?

When Hildie McQueen called came together to work on this project, they quickly realized we had something very special–-a collection that represented the varied and vibrant tapestry of the Old American West.

HEARTS ABLAZE is a collection of eight sizzling tales of the Old West, set during the autumn months and blazing with passion and adventure.

From the wild Pacific forests to the lonesome prairies, on wagon trains and at frontier outposts, fall in love with lumberjacks and soldiers, trailblazers and trick riders, courageous warriors and rugged cowboys.

Whispered Love transports you to the wild Pacific Northwest, a land bristling with handsome, well-muscled lumberjacks. Foreman Samuel Pearse has only one rule; no women allowed. Until he finds one asleep in his bathtub—Pat Clarke, the company cook. With her secret revealed and her virtue at stake, Pat turns to the only man who can help her…the one man who sets fire to her heart.

Kathleen Ball writes contemporary and historical western romance with great emotion and memorable characters. Her books have appeared on best sellers lists including: Amazon, All Romance Ebooks, Bookstrand, Desert Breeze Publishing and Secret Cravings Publishing. She is the recipient of eight Editor’s Choice Awards, and The Readers’ Choice Award for Ryelee’s Cowboy. She was a finalist in the 2012 and 2015 RONE Awards and Top Pick, Five Star Series from the Romance Review, and winner of the Lear diamond award for Best Historical Novel- Cinders’ Bride.


Kate’s Outlaw, a suspenseful yarn about a half-breed desperado who abducts—and then rescues—a railroad heiress. On the run from danger, with enemies on both sides, Jake and Kate seek solace in each other’s arms…and ignite a love as powerful as it is forbidden.

E.E. Burke is an award-winning author of sensual and sweet historical romances. Woven through with real history, her stories recapture a bygone era and resonate with enduring themes.

E.E., also known as Elisabeth, has earned accolades in regional and national contests, including the RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart®. Over the years, she’s been a disc jockey, a journalist and an advertising executive, before finally getting around to living the dream–writing stories readers can get lost in.

The Officer and the Bostoner, from USA Today bestselling author Rose Gordon, follows the adventures of a well-to-do lady traveling cross-country to meet her intended. Instead, she finds herself stranded at a military fort and forced into an unwanted marriage. Can a hot-blooded officer spark love in his wife’s cold heart?

Rose Gordon is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than a dozen unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after.


Fools Rush from USA Today bestselling author Ciara Knight. A young woman, desperate for independence from all men, embarks on a crazy cross-country wagon train adventure disguised as a man. Instead of finding her independence, a bounty hunter captures her under the guise of horse thieving, a crime punishable by hanging. Will a man she’s lied to for months save her, or will he surrender her to a monster with a badge?

Ciara Knight, USA Today and Amazon bestselling author, writes ‘A Little Edge and A Lot of Heart’ that spans the heat scales.



Ridin’ For A Fall by Kirsten Lynn immerses you in a fiery tale of forever love. When circumstances force best friends and Wild West Show performers, Lena Boden and Kyle Allaway to marry and return to Wyoming, they must stand together against internal doubts and external forces seeking their destruction—or risk a fall that will knock them out of the saddle for good.

Kirsten Lynn is a Western and Military Historian. She worked six years with a Navy non-profit and continues to contract with the Marine Corps History Division for certain projects. Making her home where her roots were sewn in Wyoming, Kirsten also works as a local historian. She loves to use the history she has learned and add it to a great love story. She writes stories about men of uncommon valor…women with undaunted courage…love of unwavering devotion …and romance with unending sizzle. When she’s not writing, she finds inspiration in day trips through the Bighorn Mountains, binge reading and watching sappy old movies, or sappy new movies. Housework can always wait.

In A Warrior’s Heart, bestselling author Amanda McIntyre brings to life the passionate story of a bold Cherokee warrior and the brave white woman he rescues from certain death. Thrown together by circumstances not of their own making, they overcome betrayal and tragedy to find a love strong enough to bring nations together.

Amanda McIntyre’s storytelling is a natural offshoot of her artistic creativity. A visual writer, living in the rich tapestry of the American heartland, her passion is telling character-driven stories with a penchant (okay, some call it a wicked obsession) for placing ordinary people in extraordinary situations to see how they overcome the obstacles to reach their happily ever after.

A bestselling author, her work is published internationally in Print, eBook, and Audio. She writes steamy contemporary and sizzling historical romance and truly believes, no matter what, love will always find a way.

The Rancher, by bestselling author Hildie McQueen, transports readers to 1870s Montana Territory and into a sensual encounter between an injured rancher and a woman running for her life. Sometimes love enters at the worst moment…

Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy. Hildie’s favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading. She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt, an unruly boy Chihuahua Pepito and a spoiled rotten girl Chiweenie named Lola.

In The Drifter, bestselling author Elizabeth Rose takes readers on an epic journey across the plains, as drifter Chase Masters shows up wounded at Nessa Pemberton’s stagecoach relay station mistaken as the bandit who killed her husband. Can a single mother learn to love again and put her trust in a man who is nothing but a drifter?

Elizabeth Rose is the bestselling author of over 55 books, an Amazon All-Star and in the Top 100 of Amazon’s most popular, bestselling historical romance authors. She writes medieval, small town contemporary, paranormal and western romance. She is known for her series and sagas of family characters that often cross over into other series. To find out more about Elizabeth’s books, read excerpts, or to view her book trailer videos, please visit her website at

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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?


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.

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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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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  Follow Peggy’s blog at  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 or follow her on Twitter @AuthorKOsbourne.  You can also follow Kirsten on Amazon for information on new releases.

Kirsten can be found online at and a Facebook page at


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

Merry also has a blog,, and a Facebook page,, and loves visitors.

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!

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.


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