OF BROKEN BONES & BONESETTERS

Welcome to Wildflower Junction and another year of chatting about wonderful books and the Wild West. Looks like we have a great line-up of guest authors coming our way on Fridays this year!

To start the year off right, I am offering a give-away at the bottom of this post, so keep reading!

I am currently writing the OAK GROVE SERIES which is shared with Lauri Robinson. It started last May 2017 with MAIL-ORDER BRIDES OF OAK GROVE. A complete listing of all the books in the series can be found at http://kathrynalbright.com/about-the-books/oak-grove-series/

My newest book in the series, THE PRAIRIE DOCTOR’S BRIDE has just been released. (YAY!) Since the hero is a doctor, I had to portray him doing doctorly things. In books or movies about the Old West, someone with a broken leg or arm will often have their injury splinted with sticks for immobilization. Usually this is “out in the bush,” and although Doctor Nelson Graham could certainly do this method I wanted him showing off his education a bit. Doc Graham was not a lay doctor or a bone-setter (a barber or in a pinch the local blacksmith.) He attended a prestigious school in Boston, and then had several years of experience, employed by the Kansas-Pacific Railroad Company to attend the men building the railroad. He had his own home-office in Oak Grove, Kansas. So, I had to find about a little more about the history and care for fractures.

Hippocrates

HIPPOCRATES

The earliest known care for a broken bone (after resetting) dates back to the early Egyptians of the 5th Dynasty (2400 B.C.) Hippocrates, a physician of the 4th century BC, wrote about immobilizing the bone to let it heal and also having the injured person do specific exercises to prevent atrophy of the muscles. His writings spoke of using cloth soaked in resin and wax. A little later on, starch was added to assist with quicker hardening. Throughout the next 1500 years, different solutions and pastes were used, such as egg whites, clay, and gum mixtures. If a person had a broken bone, they did a LOT of laying around.

Plaster of Paris had been used as a building material for centuries, but in the early 19th century, it became widely used for immobilizing broken bones. The injured limb would be reset and placed inside a wooden box and then the plaster poured over it, encasing the leg or arm in a rigid sleeve. This was heavy and made it impossible for the injured person to move.

Then in the 1830s, Louis Seutin, a doctor in the Belgian army, used strips of linen and carton (or pasteboard) splints that were wet and molded to the limb. The limb was then wrapped in bandages and coated with a starch solution and allowed to dry.

GAUZE COATED WITH PLASTER OF PARIS

Building on Seutin’s work, Antonious Mathijsen, a medical doctor in the Dutch army, found that strips of coarse cotton cloth into which dry plaster of Paris had been rubbed, could be applied and then moistened with a sponge or brush. The cast would harden as it was rubbed and would dry in minutes. Another version of this would be to very carefully dip the dressing or cloth into a bucket of water, so as not to dislodge the plaster of Paris already rubbed into the cloth, and then apply it to the limb. This lighter-weight, smaller cast made it possible for a person to move about while a bone healed.

WALKING CAST

Mathijsent wrote about his method and it was published in 1852 in a medical magazine, Repertorium. This became the standard for setting broken bones until 1950 with only a few minor changes—ie: the use of shellac to make the cast water-resistant. And alterations such as this picture–with a stub to enable walking and yet keeping the cast dry and clean.

So – knowing this – I could finally write the scene where Doc Graham took care of Wally Brown’s arm and actually used a plaster of Paris cast! Since I was a nurse in my past life and the history of medicine has always fascinated me, I had to be careful not to “talk technical” as I wrote the medical passages but to remember to use regular words. Instead of “new, granulation tissue” I described the skin as reddened, a bit puffy, and without any sign of purulence.

If you are interested in finding out more, here are a few links to check out:

http://hankeringforhistory.com/history-of-the-cast/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5420179
https://janeaustensworld.wordpress.com/2010/10/08/setting-a-broken-bone-19th-century-medical-treatment-was-not-for-sissies

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Now for the Giveaway!

How about telling me what book you are reading this first month of the year!
Those who comment will have their names put into my Stetson for a drawing for my new release!

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THE PRAIRIE DOCTOR’S BRIDE

Nelson Graham has had every advantage in life.
Is it possible for this Boston-trained doctor and a woman who “lives off the land”
to find any common ground?

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“This book was a pure delight.” San Francisco Review of Books

 

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Kathryn Albright
Kathryn Albright writes sweet western historical romance. Her stories celebrate courage and hope with a dash of adventure. Kathryn’s stories have been finalists in the distinguished RWA Golden Heart® and the HOLT Medallion as well as several other industry awards. When she isn't caught up in a good story, she enjoys road trips with her husband (when he drives) and planning her next home improvement adventure. She lives with her family in the rural Midwest. Visit her at http://www.kathrynalbright.com.

Tanya Michaels Has a Winner!

 

Thank you for coming to visit, Miss Tanya! That was fun!

Now for the drawing…….Drumroll……….

Winner of her Cupid’s Bow series set is……………..

JERRI LYNN HILL

Yippee! Congratulations, Jerri! I’m dancin’ a jig for you. Miss Tanya will contact you so be on the lookout!

 

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.
Updated: January 21, 2018 — 1:45 pm

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

The winner of a signed copy of

Hearts Entwined

Is Patt

Pattm I will email you to get your mailing address.

If you do NOT hear from me contact me at mary@maryconnealyl.com

and DEMAND your book.

And thank you to everyone who commented and said such nice stuff!

 

 

 

Mary Connealy
Author of Romantic Comedy...with Cowboys including the bestselling Kincaid Brides Series
http://petticoatsandpistols.com/sweepstakesrules
Updated: January 19, 2018 — 9:59 am

The Lines Between Fact and Fiction

 

Welcome Tanya Michaels, author of the upcoming release,

THE COWBOY’S TEXAS TWINS!

 

 

A DOUBLE SURPRISE

Rodeo cowboy Grayson Cox had no intention of returning home to Cupid’s Bow, Texas. His troubled past was something best left behind. But when he suddenly finds himself serving as guardian to twin godsons, Grayson knows he’s in way too deep to stay away.

Thankfully, not everyone in Cupid’s Bow holds a grudge. Librarian Hadley Lanier remembers Grayson’s rebellious youth, but she also sees how good he is with the twins—and she definitely likes what she sees. It feels like a perfect match, until Hadley receives a career opportunity she’s long dreamed of, leaving her with a tough decision. But how can she choose between something she’s always wanted and the man she’s discovering she can’t live without?

 

The Lines Between Fact and Fiction

One of the fun parts of being a writer is taking inspiration from real life and blending it with pure fiction. I write a lot of hometown stories, which—for me personally—is the height of fiction because the first part of my life was spent moving around to Army bases. Eventually, though, I landed in Texas, where I went to high school and college. If you’ve read my Harlequin Western Romances, you probably know I set most of my stories in Texas (specifically, the fictional small town of Cupid’s Bow, Texas). What you may not know is that Cupid’s Bow is loosely based on a real town where my in-laws have a farm.

I love the farm. Well, okay, I love most of the farm.

It’s serene and beautiful and there’s nowhere on earth where I’ve ever seen so many stars. There are, however, a few drawbacks. For instance, my kids call the farm The Land Without Wifi. And, after twenty plus years of visiting, I’m still not quite used to the overpowering sulfuric smell/taste of the well water.

Writing my Cupid’s Bow stories allows me to share the best parts of a beloved rural setting…but readers don’t have to deal with the pungent smell of the pasture when the wind shifts or the itchiness of hay. (Am I the only one who can’t enjoy a festive hayride without a few Benadryl?)

As someone who lived in Texas from her teens into adulthood, I have some knowledge about the state but I can pick and choose how I want to use it in my stories. For instance, in the towns where I’ve lived, dance halls are very popular local establishments. This works well in my romances, so I’ve set some of my favorite scenes in dance halls reminiscent of the ones I’ve been to with friends. Ah, fond memories. Some of my less-fond memories of Texas life include fire-ants. So those suckers don’t exist in Tanya’s Texas. Ditto mosquitos roughly the size of condors.

That’s not to say, however, that when I write a book, I don’t include some of life’s difficulties and challenges. Quite the contrary. Although I try to be a nice person in my real life (“try” being the key word), I’m mean as heck to my poor characters. I like to throw obstacles at them that give them the opportunity for growth and improvement. I just don’t think they should have to deal with things like the copperhead snake (!) we once found in our yard (!!!) or the scorpion in the Kleenex box. Confession: Although I’ve loved horse-back riding since I was a kid, I’m not very outdoorsy. If it skitters or slithers, I’m probably afraid of it so let’s not discuss further.

MOVING ON…

From family to friends, a lot of my favorite people are either from Texas or live there now. I love these people. But fair warning—they can be unexpectedly intense about a few things. Like football. And barbecue. And being Texans. Most of my Cupid’s Bow characters have a lot of local pride, but I played with that idea in my February book THE COWBOY’S TEXAS TWINS The hero, Grayson, hates his hometown; he ran away from Cupid’s Bow the second he graduated high school and vowed never to return. But his life is upended when he gets custody of his twin godsons. He goes home to Cupid’s Bow to ask his favorite aunt’s help. Once there, he’s startled to find himself falling for the town sweetheart, librarian Hadley Lanier. Poor Grayson is going to have to come to grips with his past and make some amends if he wants a brighter future for himself and his adorable godsons.

GIVEAWAY!

So what about you guys—do you have a specific hometown? Is it a place you still live/like to visit or a place you were happy to leave in order to see more of the wide world? Post your experience of where you’re from for a chance to win 3 of my Cupid’s Bow books: The Christmas Triplets, The Cowboy Upstairs and the not-yet released The Cowboy’s Texas Twins.

 

Award-winning, bestselling author Tanya Michaels is living proof of how much you can accomplish if you’re willing to sacrifice a clean house and sleep. Married to a supportive, real-life romance hero, Tanya is the mother of two and the author of over forty books. She’s a six-time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award and a past nominee for RT BookReview’s Career Achievement Award. She is also a frequent workshop presenter and event speaker, because what’s more fun than talking to lots of other people who love books?

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Updated: January 18, 2018 — 8:07 pm

Re-visiting old friends

Something I love doing in my books is revisiting old friends.

I’ve written books with slight references to characters in former books. I’ve had characters get cameos in new books.

I’ve let children grow up and have their own stories, with former heroes and heroines as secondary characters.

And I did that again with my latest release

Hearts Entwined

In Bookstores Now!

This is a novella collection with my Petticoats & Pistols filly sister Karen Witemeyer, also Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears.

We had so much fun with this book. Mine is called The Tangled Ties that Bind.

Karen’s is The Love Knot

Regina’s is Bound and Determined

Melissa’s is titled Tied and True.

The titles alone make me smile.

My books, beyond the fun title, is about two little children who grew up as cousins…six months apart in age…and when the boy Connor Kincaid, reaches the age of fifteen, he starts having feelings for his life long best friend Maggie Kincaid, that aren’t fitting for cousins. Connor knows he’s too young, and still too dependent on his father Seth Kincaid (Over the Edge) and his two uncles Rafe (Out of Control) and Ethan Kincaid (In Too Deep), to get married, so he goes to visit his uncle, his mother’s brother, in Texas, Luke Stone (Swept Away).

Connor stays away to give himself a chance to grow up and comes home to find…his sweet little cousin Maddie grew up, too. And she’s moved to Denver and is deep in her studies to become a doctor. She’s even accepted a job half a state away from where Connor plans to settle into ranching with his family.

I even start the book out with some of the Kincaid family being gone on a trip that includes visiting Uncle Heath Kincaid (No Way Up)

Well, it was just pure fun to revisit these old characters. But I’ll tell you, in this convoluted world of cousins who share not one single drop of blood, and children grown up. Generational leaps can sometimes be confusing.

I didn’t start this story out with Connor and Maggie sittin’ in a tree.

Sneak Peak at Book #1 in the High Sierra Sweethearts Series coming in April……. The Accidental Guardian

Oh, no! I started with Isaac, the brother of Ethan’s wife from In Too Deep. He had the briefest possible mention as a young boy left behind in In Too Deep, then he was a solid secondary character in the novella I did last year with Karen, Regina and Melissa….that one’s called With This Ring? And I loved Isaac and wanted him to have his own love story. Which he probably will someday!!! Just not this one!!!

So while Isaac and Maggie were up there talking………treed by an angry mama buffalo………LOL, I’m sorry, I am sincerely sitting here laughing as I type this……while they’re up there talking I realize that Isaac is Maggie’s UNCLE.

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!

So that had to go. And I cast my mind around for other ‘children now grown up’ couples and hallelujah, I found Connor Kincaid. So Maggie grew up without even knowing Isaac…but they’re blood kin–so yikes!!!….but she was raised as a cousin to Connor…but she came into the family with her mother Audra…Isaac’s big sister. Ethan took over as her dad…no real relation at all.

Anyway, things can get tricky when you’re writing, jumping across years and time, through series and states, sometimes books I wrote years ago.

Leave a comment about the time you wrote a book and almost had a young woman unknowingly marry her own uncle

Okay, forget that creepy question. LOL Leave a comment of ANY KIND to get your name in a drawing for a copy of Hearts Entwined–a book with absolutely no consanguinity issues whatsoever!!! And if Karen Witemeyer is going to talk about this book this month….I’d like to see her top THAT story.

Mary Connealy
Author of Romantic Comedy...with Cowboys including the bestselling Kincaid Brides Series
http://petticoatsandpistols.com/sweepstakesrules
Updated: January 17, 2018 — 9:13 pm

Congrats to Shanna’s Winner!

Many thanks to all who entered my drawing for an autographed copy of Tad’s Treasure! I so enjoyed reading your comments.

The lucky winner is…

Alexis Haueter! 

Congrats, Alexis! Please email me at shanna (at) shannahatfield (dot) com to claim your prize!

 

Shanna Hatfield
After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky western heroes.
When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.
Updated: January 17, 2018 — 8:43 pm

Tanya Michaels Visits on Friday!

Miss Tanya Michaels has climbed in the saddle and will arrive on Friday, January 19, 2018!

Join us to talk about hometowns and farms and, most assuredly, cowboys!

The slower pace of country life suits her…as long as she stays downwind of the cows.

She’s toting one set of her Cupid’s Bow series to give away.

Don’t miss out. Come over and get your name in the Stetson!

We don’t have any smelly cows to worry about either. 🙂

 

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.
Updated: January 17, 2018 — 1:20 pm

Comfort and Joy

 

 Due to an ice storm that knocked our power out for a day and a half right before New Year’s Eve, I had plenty of time on my hands to do some much needed cleaning and sorting in my cupboards and closets.

As I dug through one deep drawer where I store assorted blankets, I happened upon a well-loved quilt.

My mama helped me make it one cold, snowy January when I was heading off to begin my college internship 1,100 miles away. The fabric used in the nine-patch quilt came from scraps saved from a variety of places, but all connected to sweet memories. When I settled into my tiny apartment, all alone in that big city, I curled up under the quilt and found comfort in the lovingly-made stitches. The quilt became a reminder of home, of family, of the my ties to the past. Even after I married Captain Cavedweller, the quilt came along. It was often the covering I reached for when I needed a bit of comfort when I once again found myself all alone while he worked nights.

I took the quilt out of the drawer and spent a powerless afternoon cuddled beneath the warmth of it while the joy of remembering sweet times from years ago flooded through me.

Quilts have always been important to me because they’ve always been gifts made with incredible love.

quilt sunbonnet sue

My Grandma Ila made this quilt for me when I was a little girl. It graced my little twin-sized bed in my very pink bedroom for years and years. The pattern is Parasol Lady.

 

quilt roses grandma nell one block

CC’s grandmother made this quilt for us one year for Christmas. She knew how much I love roses and surprised us with this beautiful cross-stitched quilt. Grandma is no longer with us, but the love she put into this quilt will last forever.

 

quilt rose of sharon full

This is the quilt Grandma Ila made as our wedding gift. She let me pick the pattern and the colors then she and my mom pieced and quilted it. There was a lot of piecing and a lot of quilting and a lot of love that went into this Rose of Sharon variation quilt.

 

 

quilt grandma jackson

My Grandma Elsie started this Tulip Basket quilt for my mom back when she was a teen. Mom told Grandma she didn’t like the colors, so Grandma never finished the quilt. One day when I was in high school, we were at Grandma’s helping her clean and found a bag with the quilt blocks. Grandma gave them to me, so Mom put the top together and quilted it. When she completed it, she couldn’t remember why she thought it was ugly in the first place.

 

quilt grandma nell's mom

The blocks for this quilt came from CC’s Grandma Nell. Her mother made the squares back in the early 1900s. No one ever finished the quilt. She gave them to me and when we needed one more block to make the quilt work, Mom did the one with the pink roses (pictured top left of the above photo). Mom sewed the top, then did all the quilting.  I should mention that Mom and Grandma did their quilting by hand. No fancy machines for them. I remember seeing a quilt frame stretched across our entire living room on many occasions. In later years, Mom would quilt using a big hoop instead of the frame.

Unfortunately, with all the talented quilters I’ve known, the gene and talent completely escaped me. I can sew – but quilting is beyond my patience and skill. That doesn’t, however, keep me from having one (or three) storage tubs full of fabric I hope to someday make into quilts. I’ll just have to find someone to do the quilting.

 

quilts pile

I enjoy looking at the quilts and thinking of all the love, detail and skill that went into making them.

Last year, I participated in a series of books that featured quilts. It was a lot of fun for me because it brought to mind all the quilts I watched my grandmas and mom make over the years.

The series, Grandma’s Wedding Quilts (which includes a book by fellow Filly Kathryn Albright!), features all sweet novellas. Grandma Mary’s traditional gift to each of her grandchildren is a hand-pieced and hand-stitched quilt, woven with memories, wisdom, and a family legacy of enduring love.

tads-treasure

My contribution to the set, Tad’s Treasure, is the final book in the series.

Tad Palmer makes a promise to his dying friend to watch over the man’s wife and child. Years later, he continues to keep an eye on Posey Jacobs and her precocious little boy. The only problem is that he’s not sure his heart can withstand the vow he made when he falls in love with the widow and her son.

Posey Jacobs misses her beloved husband, but her wrenching grief has given way to hope for the future as she finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with Tad Palmer. However, the infuriating man doesn’t seem to notice her interest and treats her as he would his sister.

Throw in a goat who thinks she’s a dog, a town full of quirky characters, and this widow has her work cut out for her if she wants one handsome cowboy to give her his heart.

~*~

To enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Tad’s Treasure, just answer this question:

What’s your favorite way to stay warm on a cold winter day?

Wishing you call comfort and joy throughout this new year!

Shanna Hatfield
After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky western heroes.
When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

Linda Broday Has Winners!

 

Thank everyone who came by to comment on my post yesterday.

Sooo, I’ve added one more calendar and will give away THREE!

Winners are:

ANNE

KRISTI PATRICK

CHARLENE WHITEHOUSE

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it. I’ll contact you for your addresses.

Linda Broday
I live in the Texas Panhandle where we love our cowboys.There's just something about a man in a Stetson that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!
http://petticoatsandpistols.com/sweepstakesrules/
Updated: January 17, 2018 — 12:36 pm

A Cowboy Will Soon Come to Call!

Sometimes events in my life inspire a story. That was certainly true with Knight on the Texas Plains and my little playmate who’d been won in a poker game. And now again with THE COWBOY WHO CAME CALLING (Book #2 Texas Heroes series.)

When I wrote this story in 2002, I was locked in a battle to keep my eyesight. I’d been diagnosed with MS and the disease was determined to steal my vision no matter what doctors did. Each day found a drop in the things I could see. Then, I woke one morning unable to see anything but shapes and shadows. My neurologist put me in the hospital, gave me bags of steroids, and was able to bring much of it back. Although I still struggle with eyesight, I can do almost everything I want today.

In The Cowboy Who Came Calling, Glory Day is slowly going blind and this terrifies her. She’s the sole support of her younger sisters and her mother. If she doesn’t hunt, they don’t eat. To make matters worse, the bank is trying to take their farm.

On the trail of a wanted outlaw, Glory shoots former Texas Ranger Luke McClain then has to take him home with her and fix him up. She desperately needs the reward money to pay the bank and try to get her father out of prison before she loses all her vision. Luke desperately needs the outlaw as well in order to clear his name and get his job with the Texas Rangers back. But the outlaw Mad Dog Perkins slips away.

As Luke recuperates in the Day household, he sees all the things in bad need of repair and begins to make himself useful as soon as he’s able. Glory sees his help as pity and it gets under her skin so she starts calling him Mr. Fixer. But her deep irritation comes from attraction to him. He won’t want a blind wife.

The Cowboy Who Came Calling is in the vein of Little Women and Glory reminds me so much of Jo March. She’s embodied with such courage and strength. The book is a reissue and releases Feb. 6.

I have a Goodreads Giveaway going until release day. Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35023957-the-cowboy-who-came-calling

(You have to have a Goodreads account or the giveaway won’t show.)

More News!!

The e-book version of Knight on the Texas Plains (Book #1 of this Texas Heroes series) is on sale for $1.99 until Monday, January 22nd on all outlets. Click HERE for the Amazon link.

Book #3 Texas Heroes — To Catch a Texas Star — releases July 2018.

My question:

Can you tell by maybe added depth when a story is inspired by an event in a writer’s life? Do you enjoy stories a little better when you know they came from an author’s life?

Two people who comment will win a copy of my handy-dandy 2018 calendar.

 

Linda Broday
I live in the Texas Panhandle where we love our cowboys.There's just something about a man in a Stetson that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!
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