Long about May, 2007, or so, Cheryl St.John and I got together over lunch and brainstormed the possibility of launching a site dedicated to western romance. Blogging was relatively new back then, and there wasn’t a site like we envisioned anywhere in the blogging world. We came up with a ton of ideas, more than we could even implement. We brainstormed names to call ourselves, discussed pages on the site, authors who might want to join us, possible guests to invite. Later, after a gazillion emails back and forth with our fellow western romance authors, the idea not only took off, but endured.
We officially launched on August 13, 2007. Little did we know Petticoats & Pistols would still be alive and well ten–count ’em, TEN–years later!
As part of our week-long celebration, and for those of you who might not have been around that far back, I’ve delved DEEP into our Media Gallery and pulled a few decade-old images used on the original site.
Ahem. We were all much younger then, you know.
I just love this picture of our Linda. I don’t know what we’d do without her, and I’m thrilled she’s still with us. Her career has soared since she first galloped into our corral, and I’m pretty sure P & P had a part in that. Oh, and she writes some durn good books, too!
“When I signed on back in 2007, I didn’t know all the ways my life would change. It’s been one heck of a ride and I wouldn’t take anything for this experience.”
Karen has her own niche at P & P and remains our Native American expert. She provides a layer to P & P–and western romance–that we just couldn’t do without! She’s still blogging twice a month, just like she did ten years ago. She’s as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out!
“After ten years of being one of the founding fillies, I will freely admit that I love this blog and this “home,” and I love each and every “filly” (other authors) that have graced the Petticoats and Pistols stage.”
And then there’s me. I’m proud as punch P & P was my brainchild, but I couldn’t have done it alone. I’m not writing westerns anymore, though I sure as heck think about it. I got the itch to dip my toes in the 1920s era and am several books into my historical romantic suspense series, the Secret Six.
Charlene left the corral only a few weeks ago. Our lives change in ten years, and she wanted to spend more time with her hubby and those sweet little grandbabies of hers. She has grown into a good friend, and I sure do miss her.
“Happy 10th Birthday Fillies! It’s a great accomplishment and I’m very proud to have been a part of it for most of Petticoats and Pistols’ glorious ten years!! Congratulations!”
Thanks goodness for Facebook! Elizabeth is just the nicest lady you can meet, and it’s great to keep in touch with her. She has quite a backlist of both historical and contemporary romances. Take a peek at http://www.elizabethlaneauthor.com
“Has it really been ten years? Congratulations to all the fillies for your dedication and hard work, and to the wonderful readers who give our work meaning. In my years as a filly, before my career took me in other directions, the support and friendship of my sister fillies meant the world to me. I met some of my dearest friends on this site, friends I still cherish. Again, congratulations and love to you all.”
Didn’t I tell you she was the nicest lady you could meet?
Goodness, I’ve known Cheryl since the 1980s, before either of us were published. Her career has taken her into new directions, too. She’s one busy lady.
“I’m proud to have been part of the original roundup of fillies who started P&P and delighted that after ten years readers are still enjoying a site dedicated to western romance. Happy anniversary and wishes for many more years in the saddle!”
Pat Potter brought a wealth of experience and talent to Petticoats & Pistols, and we were thrilled as could be to have an author of her caliber with us. A USA Bestselling author, her career has spanned decades, giving her more than 50 books under her belt. Sending you a big hug and a wave, Pat!
Oh, I miss Stacey, too. I first got to know her when we were both writing for Harlequin Historicals. She has a wonderful western voice and she always had the BEST western covers! Check them out at http://www.staceykayne.com
“A full decade of Petticoats and Pistols! Good gracious, where has the time gone? I’m so thankful to have been a part of Pam’s brainchild; fun and exciting times. Collaborating on a western blog with this lovely group of ladies was a true joy. Sending cheers and birthday hugs to all the fillies.”
Oh, my. You have no idea how absolutely humbled and thrilled and excited we were to have THE Lorraine Heath join us as a filly. Another New York Times Bestselling author, she cut her eye-teeth on westerns but eventually fell in love with England–‘ rebels, scoundrels, and rogues’. Her popularity doesn’t wane, no matter what she writes!
Geralyn was yet another western author who added sparkle to our line-up! A USA Bestselling author, too, she helped validate what we were doing and assured us we were on the right track–promoting western romance.
“Happy Birthday to Petticoats & Pistols! Historical westerns are my first love and while I no longer write them, when I pick up a book to read, I still love to escape into the American West. My thanks and congratulations to the fillies of P&P for a decade of support for readers like me!”
Geralyn Dawson aka Emily March, A STARDANCE SUMMER, July 2017.
So, there you go. The ten original fillies–some of the nicest, most talented bunch of authors I’ve ever known.
Were you there, ten years ago when we launched? How long have you been visiting Petticoats & Pistols? What do you love most about our site? The history? The research? The glimpses into authors’ lives? And hey, if you have ideas on how we can be even more fun and interesting, tell me that, too.
Your thoughts and ideas will get you entered into a drawing for a Target gift card!