Fact to Fiction ~Paty Jager

Make sure to leave a comment today for Paty’s e-book giveaway of the Silver Bells and Stetsons ten-author anthology. (U.S. residents only…) Amazon best-selling and award-winning author Paty Jager’s Redemption is a story of forgiveness with a wonderful hero who has worked hard to redeem himself.  Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives?

IPatyJagerAuthor’m always on the lookout for premises for my historical western stories, so when I read the book- Oregon Outlaws by Gary and Gloria Meier, a story in the book caught my attention.  First because it happened in the county where I grew up, and second it seemed like the perfect type of miracle story that went with Christmas.

Dave Tucker was a young man who grew up in Wallowa Valley, Oregon and made friends with the wrong people. They talked him into helping them rob the First Bank of Joseph.  During the get-a-way several, including Tucker(who lost a thumb and finger) were wounded and captured.  Only one man with a money bag got away and was never caught.

Tucker pleaded guilty to bank robbery and was sentenced to seven years in the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem.  He served over four years of his sentence working in the prison shops and mail office. Being a model prisoner he was released and returned to Wallowa Valley to face his family and friends and rebuild his life.

Twenty-seven years after his release from prison, Dave Tucker became the vice-president of the very bank he’d robbed.

This story intrigued me, so I set up a similar situation in my novella, Christmas Redemption.  My hero, Van Donovan was younger, fifteen, and rebelling from a strict father. His job was the lookout for the robbery.  Only one man was killed, a bystander, and the outlaws got away with the money leaving Van to go to prison.  Which is another plot line in the story. 😉

Van doesn’t return and become the bank president, but he does return with a trade, boot making, and to make amends with his family.

Only upon his return, Van learns the fate of the wife and daughter of the innocent man killed during the robbery.  His guilty conscience pushes him to help the daughter, and he discovers the strong-willed young woman squatting in the building he purchased for his boot making shop is one and the same.

While Van is hardened from his belief his family never contacted him while he was in prison because they were disappointed him, he has a benevolent side that reaches out to anyone in need.  And a toughness he learned from his father as well as defending himself in the prison.

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You can find Christmas Redemption and nine other historical western romance Christmas novellas in Silver Belles and Stetsons. The boxed set is only .99 for a limited time and will take you back in time when men were rugged and handsome and the women who loved them, courageous and daring.  These ten Bestselling and Award-Winning authors bring you western romance novellas featuring alpha-cowboys from the past.

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The Greatest Gift: A Montana Cowboy Christmas by Kathleen Ball. Looking for the man who ran out on her, Ginger finds a
cowboy worthy of love but he doesn’t want or need love.

Catherine’s Cowboy by Cait Braxton.  During a supernatural dust storm, Fate steps in when rugged army tracker Elam helps Catherine deliver her child.

Stone Mountain Christmas by Caroline Clemmons. Can Celia restore the town’s Christmas spirit?
Angel and the Texan from County Cork by Carra Copelin. Does Angel trust marriage to the man she suspects of killing her husband or the stranger who promises to pay off her debt and set her free if she decides their marriage of convenience won’t work?

The Drifter’s Proposal by Kristin Holt. The baker’s man is home for Christmas.

The Perfect Gift by Lyn Horner. Friendship has blossomed into young love, but it seems destined to die on the vine…until an unexpected Christmas gift promises happiness.

 Marshal Mistletoe by Susan Horsnell. She married the wrong man. Will fate intervene?

Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager. Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives?

A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman.Two damaged souls. Can their budding love and the healing power of Christmas bring them together?

Cowboy Christmas by Margaret Tanner. Will a miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls, or will it forever keep them apart?

 

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Updated: November 4, 2015 — 8:58 pm

51 Comments

  1. I live in Oregon and that’s a pretty neat story about Dave Tucker! I always enjoy reading something about my neck of the woods! 🙂 These look like a great set of novellas, perfect for those days you don’t have a lot of time to read. And cowboys, how can you resist them 😉

    Thanks for sharing the blurb for your story, Paty! It sounds good.

    1. Hi Trixi!
      Where in Oregon do you live? I live on the eastern side. All the stories in the novella are heartwarming reads. Which does make them perfect for the season. Thanks for stopping in!

      1. Hi Paty! I live on the Oregon coast….the North coast that is 🙂 A little town called Seaside (moved here in 2009). Used to live in Lincoln City, about 2 hours south. I really enjoy the coast, probably THE best place to live in the world! 🙂 I grew up in Illinois and about the only thing I miss is being close to my family & best friend. I don’t miss the winters or the summers and fighting traffic or any of that bigger city feel.

  2. Great post Paty. The story of Dave Tucker is amazing to think after going to prison for robbing a bank he then became the bank vice-president of the same bank. Wow.

    The cover of your book anthology is beautiful! 🙂 I love Christmas and Cowboys so winning this ebook would be absolutely wonderful for me. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    1. Hi Cindy, It was an amazing story and that’s why I had to use the premise. 😉 Thank you! My daughter created my cover. If you don’t win, you can get all these stories for $.99!

  3. I love learning what inspired an author to write a tale. Especially when it is based on history.

    1. Hi Alisa,

      It is interesting to learn what triggers a writer’s imagination. I like to include history in all my westerns. Thanks for stopping in!

  4. That is such a cool story, Paty! Although, I’m not sure I’d want the bank president to be a bank robber.

    1. Hi Faith,

      I know, this day and age it would be hard for an ex-bank robber to get a job in the bank. Thank you for stopping in and commenting.

  5. Hi Paty, Welcome back to P&P! We’re always so happy to see you. What a story. Who would’ve thought a bank robber would hold such an office in a bank! Made me laugh. Christmas Redemption sounds like my kind of story and I sense a lot of conflict. What better time to find redemption than Christmas! I love it.

    Wishing you much success for now and always.

    1. Hi Linda!

      Thank you to you and the other fillies! I enjoy being on your blog you have the best followers who visit with us. I agree, once again fact is stranger than fiction. 😉 But I made fact into fiction. Thank you for your kind support!

  6. Interesting story. I like how real life can be incorporated into a fiction story. Good going. I had already bought this anthology and have worked my way through a few of the stories but hadn’t gotten to yours yet but I will get there as my week should lighten up now 🙂

    1. Hi Rain, Thanks for coming by and commenting. Your support of me and other western authors is greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoy the anthology.

  7. A story of love and redemption is perfect for Christmas reading.

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      I thought so too. Thanks for stopping in.

  8. Amazing story thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Kim,

      You’re most welcome and thank you for stopping in.

  9. Thank you for an insightful bit of history, Paty. I’m fascinated with the quality blend of fact and fiction in your novels. I read CHRISTMAS REDEMPTION as part of SILVER BELLES AND STETSONS and enjoyed it very much. I agree with Cheryl C.’s comment, earlier, that stories of love and redemption are perfect for Christmas reading.
    [As I’m one of the SILVER BELLES authors, please don’t include me in the prize drawing.]
    ~Kristin Holt (author of THE DRIFTER’S PROPOSAL)

    1. Hey Kristin!
      Thanks for dropping by and lending support!

  10. I was perusing FB, saw a post shared by Julie Lence and had to come by and say howdy. Of course, I was enticed here by the prospect of winning anything you write. *lol*

    1. Hi Ginger,

      Glad you saw the share and came by. I’m glad you were enticed. 😉

  11. Thanks for sharing what inspired your story!

    1. Hi Colleen,
      You’re most welcome. Thank you for stopping in!

  12. Hi Paty, it’s always a good day when you ride into our corral. I loce stories that blend fact and fiction…adds authenticity. I can’t wait to hunker down with Christmas Redemption. Best wishes to all ten of you!

    1. Hi Tanya! Thank you for giving me this day to spread the word about the anthology. I hope you enjoy Christmas Redemption. Van is one of my favorite heroes I’ve created so far.

  13. I have loved all of y loo ur books and can’t wait to read your part of the silver bells and stetsons.

    1. Hi Anne,

      Thank you! It’s nice to hear people enjoy my books. Thank you for stopping in!

  14. Great post Paty!! As one of the authors of Silver Belles and Stetson’s I must confess I love seeing the cover!

    1. Hi Kathleen!

      Thanks for stopping by.

  15. Great cover & I’d love to read all these stories!

    1. Hi DK,

      I’m glad you like the cover. My daughter designed Christmas Redemption and the anthology cover. I hope you enjoy the stories as much as the covers when you read the anthology.

  16. Great post! Thank you, Paty!

    1. Hi Melanie,

      Thank you! You’re welcome.

  17. I enjoy reading background stories about books I read. Thanks for sharing.

    1. HI Connie,

      I think hearing what inspired the author makes the book that much more interesting. Thank you for stopping in.

  18. This is an amazing story, I really enjoyed your post and I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Quilt Lady,
    Thank you for stopping in an commenting. I hope you enjoy the story.

  20. Tried to comment earlier but it didn’t go through. I hope this one does. I loved your excerpt, Paty! Christmas Redemption is wonderful and so in the spirit of Christmas. I’m very glad to be one of the authors included with you in our anthology.

    1. Hi Lyn,

      Thank you for stopping in! I’m glad you enjoyed the excerpt and the story. I feel blessed to be in an anthology with so many talented writers!

  21. Hi Paty! Great post! I enjoyed hearing Dave Tucker’s story. Thanks!

    1. Hi Glenda,

      Thank you for stopping by. It is a fantastic story isn’t it?

  22. Paty, isn’t it amazing how, if you’re a writer, one sound bite or one article or one whatever, will have you off and running with your next story. The Wild West wasn’t called the wild west for no reason, as I know there were a lot of people fleeing their “checkered” pasts and starting over. What makes your book so special is the hero returns to his hometown and his love to “right” the wrong he did. Christmas Redemption touched my heart!

  23. Hi Hebby,

    Yes, I would say at least once a day something triggers a story idea. I have such a full notebook, I’ll never run out of ideas. I’m glad you enjoyed Christmas Redemption. Thank you for stopping in!

  24. Truth is stranger than fiction, isn’t it, Paty? If we made up the story of a bank robber becoming an officer in the very bank he robbed, some readers would say it couldn’t happen–but it did. Great post.

    1. Hi Caroline,

      Yes, that’s so true! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping in.

  25. Hi Paty and Hello Petticoats and Pistols (lovely blog)
    Thanks for sharing Silver Belles and Stetsons with everyone, Paty. I enjoyed the story you posted and love your picture. Well done, girl.
    Cait Braxton
    (Keta Diablo)

    1. Hi Keta,

      Thank you for stopping in. That is an old photo. I have much grayer hair!

  26. Thanks for sharing! I love knowing where ideas come from. Crazy story!

  27. Hi Susan,

    It is a crazy story! But back in those days the population in towns was small and I guess you went with who was the most qualified whether he had a record of not. Thanks for stopping in!

  28. I absolutely love the cover! It so sets the mood. I love anthologies too. There are just not enough of them. Could I please win this one. It would be perfect for the holidays when I take a break from my “duties”. Thanks for writing it.

  29. Hi Whitney,
    Thank you for stopping in. The cover is nice, isn’t it? Anthologies are great for this time of year when everyone is so busy.

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