Welcome Guest – Sunny Marie Baker!!

Hello. I’m Sunny Marie Baker and I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger today at Petticoats and Pistols. From the time I was a child I loved the old west. Watching Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on T.V. I got lost in the stories. I became one of the characters continuing the adventure outside in my yard long after the T.V. show ended. Every Christmas my special gift from Santa was a new pair of cowboy boots. There’s a pair of red ones sitting in my closet right now. Yep, once a cowgirl, always a cowgirl.

Is it any wonder when I began my writing career that I would write western themed novels? It was a no brainer. I write both Western Historical and Contemporary Western Romance, sometimes with a supernatural twist.

I’m currently completing my Texas Strong Series. In this series each book tells the story of a woman who by dire circumstances is transplanted to rural Texas in the 1800’s. Each enters into a marriage of convenience and must become Texas Strong to survive the consequences of her choice.


Claree’s Plan, Book Two in the Texas Strong Series, released on August 24th 2018




Claree May Whitney needs a husband and she needs him now!

Claree’s father pledges her as collateral in a high stakes poker game with Angus MacGregor, a repulsive man with the girth of a bull, and Angus wins.

Claree is determined she’ll not marry a bald, drooling man three times her age. On the pretense of a shopping trip to purchase sleeping garments to please her soon-to-be husband, Claree, with the help of her friend, Marguerite, makes her escape. She buys a ticket aboard a rarely-used mail stage to the farthest place her money will take her — Bryce Canyon, Texas.

Rumor has it men are plentiful in Texas and many looking for a wife. She’ll have her pick. Marrying someone else will make null and void the marriage contract her father forced upon her. Yes, that’s what she’ll do, marry a man of her choosing, and Angus MacGregor be damned.

Claree puts her plan into action. What could go wrong?


Book One in the Texas Strong Series is Cora’s Promise. One lucky winner chosen by Petticoats and Pistols will win a signed print copy of this first book in the series.

Cora Sutton keeps her promises

She makes a treacherous journey to fulfill a vow to her dying friend, and delivers Berta’s most cherished possession to Ramsey Locke in Rabbit Glen, Texas. Now what? Cora doesn’t have a thought. Doesn’t have a plan. Doesn’t have anywhere to be.

Ramsey is caught by surprise. He never anticipated such a gift. The truth is, he spends hours in the saddle running his ranch and doesn’t have the time required to honor and preserve Berta’s Treasure. He strikes a deal with Cora. She’ll stay on to tend the household duties and make sure Berta’s last wish is upheld. He’ll sleep in the barn.

When the town biddies discern that Cora is pregnant, the church demands Ramsey take responsibility for her condition. “I’ve never so much as kissed the woman,” Ramsey protests. “I’m not the father of her baby.” However, the church folks get out their calendars, and it all adds up for them.

Ramsey gives Cora his name to save her reputation, but will he ever give her his heart?   

Book Three of the Texas Strong Series, Camille’s Purpose is scheduled for release in late 2019.

Thanks again for the opportunity to share these western themed stories of strong women here on Petticoats and Pistols.

(click on covers above to learn more about these books and/or to purchase)

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Updated: September 26, 2018 — 1:41 pm


  1. Welcome Sunny. I love your name. Such spunkinrss in it! Wow your book sounds amazing. I’m a Texas girl, always will be. I live in Kansas due to my job, but every time I can return to God’s Country, The Lone Star State I do. Your book cover is one of the most lively covers I’ve ever seen.
    You have a great day and thanks for the opportunity to learn of your book & writing.

    1. Thanks Tonya. I’m kind of a Texas girl myself although I’ve never lived there, I have family near Houston. As a girl I spent most of my summers visiting my grandmother and my aunt there. So Texas holds a special place in my heart. I know you’ll enjoy the books in the Texas Strong Series.

  2. YOu books do sound amazing. I have never read one of yours and I shall have to change that

    1. Debra, I hope that you will take a chance and read one of the books now available in the Texas Strong series. I think you will enjoy the stories.

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    This sounds like an awesome series, right up my HWR alley. Throw Texas in the mix and what could make it better?!?! I’ve never read one of your books and a giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list. If P&P is recommending you I’m sure I’d love your books.

    1. Hi Stephanie. If you like stories that are true to life for the time period. If you liked Lonesome Dove, I think you will find my stories enjoyable. Thanks for taking a chance on me.

  4. Hi Sunny, you’re a new Author for me and after reading both blurbs for Claree and Cora’s stories I’m happy to meet you here. Both sound great.

    1. Thanks, Carol. I’m a fairly new published author of novels. Cora’s Promise (Book One) came out last December. However, I had published 16 short stories in the past over several years. And, I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil in my hand and form letters into words, so writing is nothing new to me. I hope you might take a chance and read one of my books (or both) in the Texas Strong Series.

      1. That’s a definite yes on my part. Look forward to reading them both.

  5. Welcome Sunny! Your books sounds amazing and this Texas gal would love to read one.

    1. Melanie, I hope you will read one or both of my books. Let me know how you like them.

  6. You are a new to me author. I look forward to reading your books. Love books set in the west.

    1. Estella, as a child I loved watching Roy Rogers and Gene Autry on TV. My special gift from Santa every year was a new pair of cowboy boots, so I’ve been a cowgirl all my life. I hope you will enjoy my books in the Texas Strong Series.

  7. Hi Sunny you would be a new author for me and I can’t wait to read this series, sound awesome. Thanks for sharing with us today.

    1. You very welcome, Quilt Lady. Let me know how you like the Texas Strong Series. I also am a bit of a Quilt Lady. My grandmother made quilts by hand, and while I use a sewing machine, I’d like to think she’s with me in spirit…showing me just how to put them together.

  8. Hello Sunny you are a new to me author your books sound fantastic

    1. Take a chance on me, Glenda. I do believe you might really enjoy my stories in the Texas Strong Series. Let me know what you think of the books.

  9. Your wonderful books would be greatly enjoyed. The West and this series sounds memorable.

    1. Thank you, Anne. I actually fell in love with the stories as I wrote them. I hope you will love the Texas Strong Series heroines as much as I do.

  10. Westerns are wonderful and give me pleasure since they are meaningful and special.

    1. Elaina, no doubt life was hard in the 1800’s especially in rural Texas. Life for Cora (book one) and for Claree (book two) was no exception. However, they both found a way to become Texas Strong and turn life into something wonderful. I hope you will find their stories enjoyable.

  11. Welcome, Sunny……Your name makes me smile. I hope you enjoy your visit with us. I’m very familiar with the term Texas Strong. I live in Texas for 48 years and I’ve endured an F-5 tornado, deep snow, heavy rain, droughts, MS, and the loss of two husbands. Texas Strong is the only way to survive.

    Wishing you much success with your wonderful books. I do love those covers. Very beautiful.

    1. Oh, Linda, then you will so understand the stories of Cora and Claree and soon the story of Camille in my series. Thank you for your good wishes, they are appreciated.

  12. Your novels sound unforgettable and captivating. Westerns are always fascinating.

    1. If you enjoy Hallmark movies and if you like Lonesome Dove, I think you will enjoy the Texas Strong Series, Pearl. Western-themed stories are my favorite.

  13. Hi Sunny! How fun to read your cowgirl memories! When we lived in LA, we often visited the Gene Autry Western Museum. You’ve got me ready to go back and take some grandkids this time. Thanks!!

    1. OMG Carrie, I’ve never been there. Now it’s on my list of places to go…soon. My grandkids are older, but perhaps they might be interested in seeing the museum as well. Sounds like a fun trip. Thank for stopping by today.

  14. I loved all those shows growing up, too, and one of my favorite photos is of me at about age 5 with all my Western gear on.

    Life was tough for these women, they had to be brave. But when I think about it, a lot of young women today are still forced into situations due to family desires, rules, etc. I look forward to reading your books.

    1. You are right, Sally. Some women today in rural area are forced to pull themselves up by the bootstraps and just keep on keeping on. They are what holds the family together. I feel like women like this in today’s world must have had a woman like Cora or Claree in their DNA somewhere. lol

  15. Ordered Book Two Claree’s Plan. I remember this story when you brought it to the Critique Group of ours. So glad Claree has seen the light of the publishing day. Looking forward to next book.

    1. Hello Sandra. So happy you made it by to say hi. Yes, you and the other WOW (Wild Outrageous Writers) gals had a lot to do with Claree’s Plan seeing the light of day. I’ll begin work on Book Three, Camille’s Purpose in November. This will be the final book in the Texas Strong Series.

      1. I’m a big fan of the Marriage of Convenience trope. It lends itself to almost any genre. It still amazes me that women from time immemorial were not regarded with respect. We had to earn a lot of qualities. Whether it’s in the Regency era (my favorite genre) or in contemporary romance, we have to be strong. P.S. Have always loved your hats and boots. Have a great day.

  16. I watched Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, too. Even earlier, Annie Oakley was my favorite. When I was five, I had a cowgirl outfit: hat, fringed vest and skirt, gun, and boots! The American West is unique. My great-grandparents homesteaded farmland in Kansas. It’s nice to be reminded of my roots! Congratulations on your publications.

    1. Hi Sheri. Well, you and I would have made good playmates when we were kids. We could see who had the fastest draw. lol

  17. Hi, Sunny! It’s so good to see you blogging! I don’t have your second book YET but will soon. I definitely enjoyed your CLAREE character — strong woman! Texas strong, as you say.

    1. Hi Julie. I’ve been told that the second book in the Texas Strong Series, Claree’s Plan, is even better than the first, Cora’s Promise. I hope you will enjoy Claree’s story.

  18. Hello Sunny!! I read the first book and can’t wait to get started on the second! I hope you are rested and starting on the third! They are the perfect balance of history, romance, and love! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us!

    1. Hey, Sherry. I put your signed copy in the mail yesterday. Hope you will enjoy Claree’s story as much as you did Cora’s.

  19. Hi, dear friend. Loved the first book, sure I’ll love the 2nd. See you in November!

    1. Hi Marilyn. Happy you stopped by to say hello. I think you will like Claree’s Plan even more than you did, Cora’s Promise. Both are really good stories, but of course, I would think that, right?

  20. I’m a guy and I don’t want to read any girly books. The one think I like about Sunny Marie Baker’s novels is that the Hero has a big a part as the lady does. She takes us where the hero goes and I find it easy to get involved in the story and with the man’s part.

  21. Hello Robert. Wow, your comment made my heart sing. I’m so happy you found the book relatable from a male perspective. Honestly, I really like jumping into the male point of view in my stories. I think I probably was a guy in a past life. lol

  22. Cool new author for me.

    1. I hope you will enjoy both of my books, Kim. I do my best to be “real” when I write my stories. Let me know how you like them when you’ve read them.

  23. Best wishes blogging today. Your books sound like great reads.

    1. Thanks, Kaylee. I hope you’ll get the chance to read one or both of the two book now available in the Texas Strong Series. Book Three, Camille’s Purpose will be out late 2019.

  24. Sign me up for the play group of cowgirls! I too had a Dale Evans hat, vest and gun. When I got a wee bit older I wanted to be with the girls standing in line for Cheyenne Bodie! lol

    1. That’s so awesome, Eliza. Like I said, once a cowgirl, always a cowgirl.

  25. Hi Sunny! This is so exciting!!

    1. I know Mel, so much fun. Hope to see at the next YRW meeting.

  26. Hello Sunny, It was a pleasure meeting you! Your books sounds like an epic adventure!

  27. Hi, Caryl. I so enjoyed writing these stories, and I hope I have conveyed to the reader just how Texas Strong Cora and Claree needed to be to survive small town Texas life.

  28. Hi, Sunny! Jenny B here~ I just finished reading my copy of Cora’s Promise. It spent a bit of time in my shopping cart and it arrived last week. Sweet story~ loved the sweetness of the relationships. Can’t wait to order book 2 🙂
    Cheers and love~

    1. Hi Jenny. I’m so happy you enjoyed Cora’s Promise. I think you’ll find Claree’s Plan even a better read. You know things improve with practice.

  29. I am probably the first person (besides Bob, maybe) to read this book, and I LOVED it. Bawled like a baby at the end.

    1. Hi Judy….you know how touched I was when you cried at the end. Happy tears and that made me happy. Let’s hope Camille’s Purpose (Book Three due out in 2019) will have the same effect.

  30. I loved seeing how the characters of Cora and Claree formed in the early days of the Critque Group. The finished product of both books is so enjoyable to read! Looking forward to the next book in the series, Camille’s Purpose. Oh, and my husband enjoyed the books also!

  31. Wow, Linda. Bobby read my books and like them. That is so awesome. As you know critique is key to getting it right in the beginning. You and the other gals really helped me to make these two books so much better to read.

  32. I love your last line about Claree’s Promise – “Claree puts her plan into action. What could go wrong?” With her plan, going somewhere she know nothing about, quite a bit can go wrong. Which I’m sure is your point. Should be a good story.
    Cora’s Promise sounds good. What is her friend’s treasure that she delivers? What happened to put her in the predicament she now finds herself? Has her friend set her up? Lots of interesting things to discover.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  33. I am always looking for new authors to read. Your book sounds like the kind I enjoy reading.

  34. I’m a little late on this one! Can’t wait to read your new book. Congratulations!

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