Doris McCraw/Angela Raines Has Winners!

Salvation ValleyThank you, Miss Doris! Wow, what a great time was had by all! Come again sometime.

Due to Miss Doris’ generosity…we have four winners of an e-book!





Woo-Hoo! I’m dancin’ a jig for you ladies. Make your choice from the 4 e-books offered and Miss Doris will contact you with instructions on how to claim your prize.

Felicia Filly
When I'm not keepin' all these Fillies in line, I'm practicing my roping so I can catch me a cowboy. Me and Jasper (my mule) are two peas in a pod. Both of us are as crotchety as all get-out.

Doc Susie: The truth of Colorado Women Physicians & Giveaway

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Doris McCraw/Angela Raines

Doris is giving away four eBooks,

so be sure to leave a comment!

In January 1991, “Doc Susie, The true story of a country physician in the Colorado Rockies” was given to the world. This biography of Dr. Susan Anderson began the legend of the lone woman doctor who gave up so much to follow her dreams. This legend became a myth when “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” hit the airwaves in 1993, two years after the release of the book. Both were full of drama and pathos.

But was Dr. Anderson the norm for women doctors, or is there more to the story? Susan Anderson , born January 31, 1870, received her license to practice medicine in Colorado in 1897 and the bulk of her story takes place in Frasier, Colorado after 1907, where she was the lone doctor, and never married. To put this in perspective, Colorado had women physicians as early as 1873. Dr. Alida Avery came to Denver, Colorado in 1874 from Vassar, where she taught and was their physician for nine years. Like Doc Susie she also remained single.

9-6-2015 209In 1876, according to relatives, Dr. Harriet Leonard arrived in Manitou Springs, Colorado, with husband and children. By 1878 she was joined by Dr. Julia E. Loomis, Dr. Esther B. Holmes and shortly after Dr. Clarabel Rowe in Colorado Springs. All four of these women were married and practiced their chosen career, along with the sixteen other doctors in the area in the late 1870’s. Dr. Loomis went to medical school in her 50’s. None of these women, who appear to have been married prior to going for their medical degree, could have achieved their goal without a least some support from their husbands.

In 1881 when Colorado started licensing physicians, women were licensed the same as men. Dr. Edith Root of Denver, Colorado may have been the first to receive her license. Her license number was 82.2-19-2013 020

Between 1870 and 1880 Colorado saw the arrival of many physicians, which included a number of women. This may have in part been due to Colorado being touted for a climate known for helping those who suffered from consumption. Note, consumption was not just TB, but any wasting disease. There was another spurt from 1890-1900. Yes, many of these women congregated in the larger towns, to include the boom towns of Leadville, Cripple Creek and Victor. Once the floodgates were opened, women physicians made their way to Colorado. Many became involved in the suffrage movement, while others worked to better the conditions of others. Dr. Caroline Spencer of Colorado Springs and Dr. Alida Avery worked for the rights of women. Dr. Mary Helen Barker Bates helped start a hospital in Leadville. Dr. Kate Yont worked in the Italian community with the naturalization process in Denver. Some carried guns, others didn’t have to, but all have stories waiting to be told.

So you see, while the story of Dr. Susan ‘Doc Susie’ Anderson is a wonderful story, it is by far not the norm for women doctors in the state of Colorado. There were many before her who also followed the dream of helping people in need.

Doris McCraw has been researching the women doctors in Colorado prior to 1900 for some time. Finding the stories of these pioneering and determined women is a passion. Doris also writes fiction under the pen name Angela Raines where she tells the stories of strong women and men who find the strength to love, much like the women doctors who followed their dreams.

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What do you think was the biggest challenge for those early female doctors?


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The Power and the Light!

Charlene-with-BooksWhen we think of the old west, we think of stagecoaches and sheriffs and landowners and cattle. We think of railroaders and Native American Indians and farmers.  Some of the natural disasters that affected the settlers were droughts and tornadoes and severe thunderstorms and floods.  But the one thing we don’t think about is black-outs or power outages.  The men and women of the west didn’t have to worry if a power grid went down.  They had no power grids.

In fact, it wasn’t until Thomas Ediston invented a viable electric light bulb in 1879 did some fortunate people actually have electrical power.  By the end of the 1880’s electrical stations were developed to provide power for city residents, but the service was limited to only a few city blocks.

It is estimated that by 1930, only 10% of the rural population in the U.S had electrical power.Thomas Edisonthomas edison

How far we have come.

Now, one of our biggest fears is that entire cities could be involved in a power outage.  Power
grids do go down occasionally.  One of the biggest black-outs in United States history happened in 1965 near Niagara Falls.  In a domino effect, soon the entire city of New York was in the dark.  At the height of rushhour, on a Tuesday night, the city was in chaos.  It is estimated that 800,000 people were trapped inside the subway. Can you imagine?

Well, I did.  Although, I’ve never been in a black-out, (the closest I’ve come was being trapped in an elevator with 2 co-workers for 45 minutes)  I started thinking about what would happen if two of my main characters were victims of a black-out situation.  And thus, my new release, One Secret Night, One Secret Baby, was, uh, born.


Have you ever been in a blackout or been in any sort of power outage?  If not, yay!  What would frighten you the most if you were ever in one?  And read on to see how one Los Angeles power outage affected my hero and heroine Dylan McKay and Emma Bloom.


An unforgettable baby dilemma. Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Charlene Sands. 

During a city-wide power outage, Emma Bloom turns to her old friend Dylan McKay for help. The Hollywood heartthrob comes to her rescue, action-hero style, and sees her safely home. But what happened next? The details are blurry—because Emma was tipsy, and an on-set accident leaves Dylan’s memory of that night in tatters.

But soon irrefutable evidence surfaces: Emma is pregnant. It’s hard enough sharing her secret with a man used to fending off scheming women. But Dylan does the right thing and proposes. And then, one day, his memory returns…

Post a comment here and be included in my Super Sweet Valentine’s Giveaway!!  Your name will go into a drawing I’m holding on my new blog right now! Commenting there as well, doubles your chances.  Prizes include  my 3 -in- 1 Napa Valley Vows series, a DVD, Love and Sunshine lotion and Hershey’s Sweet Messages chocolates.  Winner will be announced HERE, FB and on my BLOG on Sunday, so be sure to stop back.  Happy Sweethearts Day!  (Drawing guidelines are posted in the sidebar)

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Charlene Sands is a USA Today Bestselling Author of 35 novels, writing both western and contemporary romance. She's a lover of all things romantic, especially her bold, rugged, heartstopping "real good men" heroes! She's the recepient of the National Readers' Choice Award, the Bookseller's Best Award and the Cataromance Reviwer's Choice Award. When not writing, she spends time with her "hero" husband, enjoying Pacific Beaches and drinking iced mocha cappucinos!

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We Have Two Winners for Karen Kay’s Free E-Book Give-away

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Wow!  We do have two winners for the free e-book give-away, and those winners are:

Vickie Couturier and Clynsg

Congratulations to you both.  If you will contact me privately at karenkay(dot)author(at)earthlink(dot)net — that would be great.  I’ll need to know what kind of e-reader you have and also what book you might like to have.  : )  Thought I’d give you both a choice.

My thanks to every single person who came here today and who left a message.  It was a tough subject that we addressed today and I think we all did it well.

Karen Kay
KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the author of 17 American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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Angela Raines Visits the Junction!

Salvation ValleyMiss Angela Raines has climbed in the saddle and set to arrive on Friday, February 12, 2016!

This talented lady dearly loves the old West and each story she writes is filled with struggle, triumph and love. She’s going to talk about women doctors who practiced back then.

She’s also giving away a book to four winners! Yippee!

Mark your calendar and make your way over this weekend.

Felicia Filly
When I'm not keepin' all these Fillies in line, I'm practicing my roping so I can catch me a cowboy. Me and Jasper (my mule) are two peas in a pod. Both of us are as crotchety as all get-out.

Jane Porter’s February Winner!

amazon-gift-certificate-300x190Thank you, all, for the great comments on my post about Life With The Alpha Hero.  I’m very pleased to announce the winner of the $15 Amazon giftcard is Janine!

Janine, please email me jane (at) janeporter (dot) com so I can send you the giftcard.  :)

Wishing you all  a very Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Jane Porter
Jane Porter, the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of 50 romances and fiction novels, holds an MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco and has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award in the US five times, with her novella, Take Me, Cowboy, winning the Novella Category July 2014. In 2008 Jane's wildly popular novel, Flirting with Forty, was made into a Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear, and just recently Jane has had two more stories optioned for cable movies. For more info, visit

Bang! – The Board Game

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My family loves to play board games, though we usually stay too busy to play them except on holidays. So over Christmas this past year, we squeezed in as many games as we could. One of our new favorites was a gift from my husband’s brother, who is a board game aficionado. It is great for our family of five and can easily expand to seven if the grandparents join us for game night. And my favorite part?


Bang 9Bang is a tabletop card game that is kind of like Clue in the kill-before-you-can-be-killed world of the old west. The terms are in Spanish with English subtitles which makes me feel like I’m in early Texas. Everyone has their own secret identity. You’re either the sheriff, an outlaw, a deputy, or the renegade. The sheriff must wear his badge where others can see, but everyone else hides who they are. Outlaws are out to kill the sheriff. The deputy is determined to help the sheriff even though the sheriff doesn’t know who he is. And the renegade? Well, that desperado wants to kill everyone so he can rule the West.

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The first couple times we played, our sheriff was none other than Slab the Killer. How’s that for an intimidating name? Makes your imagination spin with possible backstory, doesn’t it? He must have been a vile outlaw before the love of a good woman convinced him to change sides and wear a white hat!

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Bullets represent your life. When you use your last one, you’re a goner. The only way to heal yourself and gain more time in the game is to belly up to the bar for that sacred elixir of life – Beer!

Each of the characters have their own special abilities and some fabulous plays on iconic western names like Jesse Jones, Willy the Kid, Calamity Janet, Bart Cassidy, and Kit Carlson just to name a few.

Everyone starts out with the trusty Colt .45, but as the game progresses, you can trade up for weapons such as a Winchester rifle or a Volcanic repeating pistol. A cowboy is only as good as his gun.

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Bang 2If someone plays a Bang card on you, you have to have a Missed card to avoid getting shot. Or you can hide behind a barrel or get on your mustang and ride out of range. You can increase your shooting distance by adding a scope to your weapon. You might spend a turn in jail or take a risk and try to take out your enemies with dynamite. Only problem is, that stuff is unpredictable. You might blow yourself up in the process.

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The stagecoach and Well’s Fargo can bring you additional resources, or you can visit the Emporium to pick out something special. The saloon offers beer (life) for everyone, and the Indians offer death. And don’t forget the classic Western play – the duel.

With elements of both cooperation and competition with a little mystery thrown in along with a healthy dose of Western flair, this game was a hit with everyone at our house. After playing, I suddenly found myself hankering for episodes of the Rifleman. Ha!

If you like to play games with family and friends, this is a great one. The more people the better.

And it’s under $20 at Amazon.

  • What are some of your favorite board games?



Karen Witemeyer
Winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the HOLT Medallion, and two-time RITA finalist, CBA bestselling author, Karen Witemeyer, writes historical romance for Bethany House believing the world needs more happily ever afters ... and hunky cowboy heroes. She's an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. She makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

Torture, the Truth & the American Indian



First a comment about give-aways.  If you click on the words Giveaway Guidelines, it will tell you about the rules for Giveaways here at P & P.  But remember this, if you please, in order to claim your prize, you must come back to P & P within a few days.  Other sites might contact you if you are a winner, but not here at the Junction.  You must come back to see if you are the winner, okay?  Usually, I post the names of the winners on Wednesday evening.  So please check back.

That said, let’s move along.  Torture — it’s a gruesome subject, certainly not a usual post for February, right?  However, if you have ever read the works of James Fenimore Cooper (THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS) or watched any of Hollywood’s Western movies that includes the American Indian, often it’s there.  And as much as I dislike the subject in general, I figure it’s one of those things that if not looked at directly, might then continue to plague humanity.  So, let’s be brave and have a look at this.

Last-of-the-Mohicans_l[1]Interestingly, when I watch THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, I fast forward through those scenes that are full of abuse and torture.  And if this is truly so, you might wonder why in the world I am posting about it.  Well, in doing further research for SENECA SURRENDER — the new version coming out soon — like it or not, I have had to take a deep breath and confront what others have written about Native Americans in those historical pages that I’m reading.

If you’ve watched 50’s movies about the West, you might have questions, since the American Indian was noted for his freedom loving attitudes and his adherence to honesty.  Yet, we know that hero’s were/are scouttested by it — heroines are nauseated to the point of grief over it.  And the Indians themselves test their enemies by it.  It goes without saying that torture is a human rights violation (non-fair treatment of prisoners) and one could say — if one looks closely at world history — that a culture which indulges in torture is a culture on its way out.  Look at Rome, the Druids, the Eastern Indians, the Mayans and Aztecs, Egypt, Spain and the Middle Ages when the robber barons owned castles that came complete with dungeons and the “very best” torture equipment.  In truth, history shows us — if you really care to study it — that times of enlightenment are noted not by outrage and war against one’s fellows, but rather by a people’s kindness and indulgence toward one another.

serveimageSo, if torture so marks and destroys a culture and a people who indulge in it, why is it done?  I gotta admit, I don’t really get it, but after considerable reading lately I think I at least have come to grips with what I feel is why some people within a culture feel they must indulge.  And here’s what I’m hoping you’ll help me with — your understandings of what this is all about.

From my research, I can’t find that the Northern Plains Indians indulged much in torture.  They were more prone to end their roadtr30[1]enemy’s lives right there on the battlefield.  Certainly there was no (or perhaps little) torture within the Northern Plains Villages.  As a matter of fact, I can find no reference to it at all.  On the battlefield, yes.  But not in the villages, themselves.

thCAEXD9U3This was not the case for the southern Indians, however.  There is ample record of the torture of prisoners amongst the southern tribes, the Apache and Comanche and the Pawnee specifically.  But why torture?  Why torment another living soul?  In reading over the book, THE DEATH AND REBIRTH OF THE SENECA by Anthony F.C. Wallace, we learn that Mary Jennison — who was a captive of the Seneca, described her husband  at one time in these terms,  “During the term of nearly fifty years that I lived with him, I received, according to Indian customs,  all the kindness and attention that was my due as his wife. — Although war was his trade from his youth till old age and decrepitude stopt his career, he uniformly treated me with tenderness, and never offered an inslut… He was a man of tender feelings to his friends, ready and willing to assist them in distress, yet, as a warrior, his cruelties to his enemies perhaps were unparalleled…  In early life, Hiokatoo showed signs for thirst for blood, by attending only to the art of war, in the use of the tomahawk and scalping knife, and in practicing cruelties upon every thing that chanced to fall into his hands, which was susceptible of pain.  In that way, he learned to use his implements of war effectually, and at the same time blunted all those fine feelings and tender sympathies that are naturally excited by hearing or seeing, a fellow being in distress.  He could inflict the most excruciating  tortures unative-americans.jpgpon his enemies, and prided himself upon his fortitude, in having performed the most barbarous ceremonies and tortures, with the least degree of pity or remorse.”

It goes without saying that one might be violently inclined towards those who inflict pain upon one’s own loved ones.  In fact, governments traditionally count upon this emotion in their people, and often use it to accomplish their own ends.  It’s possible that a similar thing was extolled in Native America.  After all, in those days one needed to present a unified and strong /terrible image to one’s neighbors — for one’s own mere survival.

thCAXMYX39Anthony F. C. Wallace also writes in THE DEATH AND REBIRTH OF THE SENECA, that with this image of what makes a man a man — i.e., that he be kind to his own people, but devilish and cruel to his enemies — it’s no wonder that the youth grew up to take that very image to heart.  Of course the Europeans who came to this continent were also cruel — and especially so to the Native Americans.  Perhaps it was an age of cruelty.  I don’t know about that, but I do know this:  perhaps one can in his/her own life, set an example of understanding and kindness. After all, we are really all of us of one family (regardless of the propaganda to the opposite), and that is the human family.  Many seem to feel they are superior to others, many feel themselves justified to cruelty — and perhaps many a demented soul tortures for the “pleasure/pain” it gives them.  But there is always a price to pay, regardless of ones beliefs in the hereafter.

thCAGKCGO1 In reading history, I am struck over and over by how much one person can influence for the positive so many people.  Kindness, understanding, taking no harsh measure without talking it over very well first, confronting the “accused” by his accusers and the supposed “deed,” have influenced more people than all the evil, pain and torture in the world.  Maybe it was meant to be that way.  I like to think so anyway.

In this day and age of terrorism, of torture, of fear of the other guy and  ill-manners in general excused because of fear, perhaps it might be important to remember the code of the West, where one trusted one’s neighbors to such a degree that a man stood by his handshake, alone.  One can set a good example, one can show kindness.  Pain does exist, torture exists in our world today – governments the world over defend themselves on their “right” to torture the enemy — in self defense of course — but that doesn’t mean one has to do the things governments do.  After all, if a single person acted in the manner ofscoutingwolf most governments, he would at once be declared insane.  Truly, the world lives and shines on the good works of people.

So what do you think?  Why do you believe others engage in inflicting pain and suffering on others?  One other aspect I haven’t mentioned yet about this is that perhaps people think of another as different from themselves, as though they don’t think, feel, love, etc.  But I digress.  What do you think?  Come on in — let’s talk.

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Karen Kay
KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the author of 17 American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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Presidential Love Stories and a Giveaway!


Hi everyone- Winnie Griggs here.

Within the next week we’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day, President’s Day and my birthday (that is a national holiday, isn’t it?). So in my post today I thought I’d find a way to give a nod to all three.

And what better way to do that than to talk about the love stories of two American presidents and then to hand out a birthday present by throwing in a giveaway at the end?

So here goes.

First Ladies have always played important roles for their husbands and American politics at large. They are personal confidants, philanthropists, and even trusted political advisors, and many become celebrated career women independent of their presidential husbands. One almost forgets that beyond the politics and the public image, the President and the First Lady are husband and wife: two people in love, bound by matrimony.

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It doesn’t get much more heart-wrenching than the tragic love story between Andrew Jackson and his beloved wife Rachel, who technically never was a First Lady. Rachel was mid-divorce when they met and fell in love. Her first husband was cruel and manipulative, and dragged his feet on finalizing their divorce. Before it was official, she and Andrew eloped and started a life together, and Rachel’s family and community readily accepted her new husband. Her first husband, however, used this against her, and had her charged with adultery. To fight this in court, Rachel would have had to further delay the divorce. She accepted the black mark on her reputation in the name of love. The divorce was finalized, and Rachel and Andrew remarried for good.

By all accounts, they adored each other, and as Andrew’s political career progressed, she kept him humble and soothed his anxieties. They were in their sixties by the time he ran for president, and had lived many blissful years together as decent, respectable people, still as in love as they were in their youth.

The tragedy is that during Andrew’s presidential campaign, his enemies dug up the court documents on Rachel’s first marriage and the adultery charge, and she was viciously attacked by the press. Both of them- already elderly for the times and in poor health- took this very hard, and when Andrew won, there was no vindication for Rachel. The stress of the campaign had worn on her, and mere days before her beloved husband left for Washington to take office, she died of an apparent heart attack.

A&J Adams

But I won’t leave you with that sad tale. John and Abigail Adams had a famous romance for an entirely different and very literary reason: their courtship and fifty year marriage is beautifully documented in the thousand-plus detailed letters they wrote to each other. John’s political career often kept them apart for long stretches of time, and their relationship was built and strengthened and maintained through their letters.

Abigail Adams is remembered as a highly intelligent, compassionate, and influential First Lady, and her husband John considered her an intellectual equal in all areas of life. She was his wife, the manager of his home and family, and his closest political advisor. Though she didn’t have a formal education, she was a voracious reader. Growing up around the finest libraries in her home state of Massachusetts, she read and read, on all subjects, and had an impressively broad knowledge base.

On their first meeting, John was not especially impressed. However, a romance soon blossomed. In one early, flirtatious correspondence, John addresses her, “Miss Adorable.” As the relationship progressed, their letters reflected a deep love and a powerful mental connection. They even wrote, in their letters, how much they enjoyed exchanging their thoughts in writing, how much peace it brought them when they could not be together. John and Abigail’s letters paint a vivid picture of two people in love: they quarrel, they wax poetic, they discuss political issues, and they ponder their lives. After John lost the election of 1800, the letters stopped. After nearly forty years of letter correspondence, they finally settled down for good in Massachusetts, together, with no more need for letters.

Just think, these rich stories come from only two of the past presidents of this country. How many other amazing love stories are hidden behind the politics and formality?

Here’s wishing you an early Happy Valentine’s Day, and on an unlikely related note, an early happy Presidents’ Day, too!

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And now for the giveaway.

Anyone who leaves a comment today, giving your thoughts on the stories above, or sharing your own romantic love story, will be entered in a drawing where the winner gets his or her choice of any book from my backlist.  (click here to view a complete list of my books)

Happy early birthday to me :)

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Winnie Griggs
Winnie Griggs is the author of Historical (and occasionally Contemporary) romances that focus on Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace. She is also a list maker, a lover of dragonflies and holds an advanced degree in the art of procrastination.
Three of Winnie’s books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, and one of those nominations resulted in a win.
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Beverly Wells Has a Winner!

A Love So Strong B Wells WebI’m doing this drawing early ’cause me and ol’ Jasper have to get set for the Super Bowl. Thanks, Miss Beverly, for coming!

Winner of either a print or e-book of A LOVE SO STRONG is….


Yippee! Congratulations, Daisy. Miss Beverly will contact you with the particulars.

Felicia Filly
When I'm not keepin' all these Fillies in line, I'm practicing my roping so I can catch me a cowboy. Me and Jasper (my mule) are two peas in a pod. Both of us are as crotchety as all get-out.
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