HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PETTICOATS AND PISTOLS!

 

WOW! Twelve years! We’re almost a teenager. Exciting! 2007 seems like such a long time ago and yet, for me, it feels like it was only yesterday that I received an email from Pam Crooks one day in June. She asked me to embark on this wonderful journey with her and nine other authors.

My memory is a little fuzzy but if I recall in the email Pam outlined her vision of a website designed solely for western romance – both historical and contemporary—and devoted to promoting and talking about this genre. There were no sites out there like this.

Blogging itself was in the early stages and few were doing it. Hard to believe huh? It seems like the internet has always burst at the seams with these posts yet social media was just taking off.

Pam had to explain what a blog was. I felt like such a dummy! Totally clueless. I had never even seen a blog, even the word was foreign, but I did want to be in on this exciting adventure. We never expected to last long. Not one of us thought we’d be here TWELVE YEARS later.

I always wondered who gave Pam my name because I was an unknown back then. Hmmm.

Pam talks about forming in her own words: Long about May, 2007, 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 has proudly endured.

Here are the original group of Fillies:

  • Pam Crooks
  • Karen Kay
  • Charlene Sands
  • Cheryl St. John
  • Elizabeth Lane
  • Stacey Kane
  • Pat Potter
  • Geralyn Dawson
  • Lorraine Heath
  • Linda Broday

We became a family of sorts and a group of Fillies. 

We blogged twice a month back then which was pretty grueling. We were all so busy.

Charlene Sands kicked us off with her blog – Love Westerns? Welcome to the Club! I remember how scared I was. My fingers were shaking so bad that I kept hitting all the wrong keys in my comment and had to keep correcting the typos. I think it took about 45 minutes to type a three or four sentence comment! I kept erasing and starting over because there was that fear of sounding ignorant sitting in the back of my mind. So funny.

I didn’t know what I’d gotten into. It was terrifying. The thought hit me that if I couldn’t write a simple comment how was I going to write a blog post. Oh man!! Lots of sweating in those days. My main goal was not to look totally stupid. If I could manage that, I was happy.

My first post was Love Those Cowboys! It only consisted of two paragraphs. HaHaHa! But, I didn’t look back and eventually got the hang of it and they didn’t kick me out.

Now, here we are still going strong. How long will our run last? You, dear followers, will decide that. As long as you keep coming, we’ll keep writing blogs.

I know what they are now!!!!

What do we have planned next? Who knows. You’ll just have to stay tuned.

Tell me what you enjoy, what keeps you coming back, or tell me when you first learned of blogs and began following some, and I’ll put you in a drawing for one of three $10 Amazon gift cards.

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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  1. Good morning Linda. Happy Birthday Fillies.
    I love this blog site. It’s the only one I’m faithful too on a daily basis. I love getting to know all of you! My favorite part is the history you all present and of course the news of your books, plus chances to win fun prizes.
    Keep it up and we will keep right on growing old with y’all!

    1. Good morning, Miss Tonya! I speak for all the Fillies in saying that we’re thrilled to have you and we hope to keep making things interesting. We love our dedicated readers and try to bring a mix of things that will keep you coming back. Be safe on your trip and look for God’s blessings.

      Love and hugs!

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    Happy Birthday Fillies! ?????????

    I love everything that I learn from you ladies! This blog is the best history class I’ve ever attended! So keep teaching us about history in these blogs and keep writing amazing books for all us readers to escape in. The giveaways are fun too, of course…

    Hmmm the original list of phillies has several authors I’ve yet to read. Heck the list now has a few I have yet to read. Now that’s hard to believe! I’m fixing to start my 260th book since that blessed day that I started your book, To Love A Texas Ranger, November 4, 2016, and my life changed! You and Tonya Lucas truly blessed my life by sending me that very first book and continue to bless me daily! I can never repay y’all’s kindness, gifts and friendship. I love you both dearly. Your my favorite fellow MS warrior/friend! Keep on fighting the good fight and keep on spinning stories! ?

    By the way, how is your vision after cataract surgery? I hope it’s amazing. After my father had his he really only needed his glasses for distance but he wasn’t good at keeping up with his glasses so he went right back to just wearing them all the time but with a new prescription.

    1. Good morning, Miss Steph! I’m so proud of you. 260 books!!! That number blows me over, especially since I know how you struggle with cognitive issues. You amaze me. Thank you for being a follower of this blog and of me in particular. We do have so much in common and will continue to fight MS side by side, encouraging each other along.

      My vision after cataract surgery is much improved. I don’t need anything now for my distance vision, only something to help me read. I understand your father going back to his glasses. I’m constantly looking for my readers and forgetting them when I go out and then I when I need them to read something they’re not there. I’ll probably go back to wearing glasses eventually.

      You have a blessed day, warrior friend. Love you.

  3. 4 years ago is when I learned about blogs and when I started signing up for them. Happy Birthday P&P.

    1. Good morning, Kim! Thanks for coming to the birthday party! Thank you for being a constant supporter of P&P for four years. I love seeing your name appear in the comments. Have a blessed and lovely day. Have a piece of cake. 🙂

  4. Congrats on the birthday. I love this blog because I love westerns and I love learning little (and big) tidbits that I pick up here. I look forward to more years.

    1. Good morning, Debra….I’m happy you came. Thank you for being a follower of P&P. You have been for quite a few years and we’re thankful you keep coming back. Sometimes we get a little tired of doing this but then we think of you and our dedicated followers and hitch up our pants and get busy. Have a blessed day, dear friend. And take a piece of cake with you. Love and hugs.

  5. Happy birthday Fillies!!!!! I wasn’t here at the beginning, but I got here as soon as I could. I always enjoy this blog because I learn something new every day. I also enjoy life updates from all of the authors. Cheers to many many more wonderful years of Petticoats & Pistols!

    1. Good morning, Janine! Thank you so much for coming to our party. We have plenty of cake. I’m happy that you’ve become a dedicated supporter and a friend to us. We learn a lot from each other through our blogs. We hope to continue this for many, many more years. I hope your day is filled with sunshine and plenty of cool air, even if it has to come through our vents. Ha! Love and hugs.

  6. Congrats on 12 years. That is wonderful in this era. It has been awhile that I heard of blogs, I only follow a couple, and not all the time. I really love the pictures, that cowboy with the flag. Wow!

    1. Good morning, Manina! We’re so happy to have you. Thank you for joining us. Yes, that cowboy with the flag is pretty special. The two things we dearly love. Have a piece of cake and stick around.

      1. Thank you, the cake is delicious. Congrats again!

  7. Happy Birthday!!! I can’t really remember when I learned about blogs but it must have been about the same time you started this blog. This one has always been my favorite one. I am a big fan of your books and I love me some cowboys. You ladies have some of the best post when it comes to history of the west. Thanks for always sharing with us.

    1. Good morning, Quilt Lady! I’m very happy to see you. I think you’re probably right about being here from the inception or mighty close to it. I can’t remember when you weren’t a follower. Over the years we’ve gotten to be good friends and learned a lot about each other. I do hope your husband is better and things are easing up a bit. You have a very blessed day, dear friend. Much love.

  8. Happy Birthday! I used to stalk book blogs (look but not comment). A few years ago I started commenting. I love P&P! I still don’t comment often but I do always stop by. Thank you for the warm welcome. I love all the things you fillies share. I almost always learn a little something.
    Cheers!

    1. Good morning, Andrea! I’m so happy to see you. Have a piece of cake. Thank you for coming. Hey, we don’t mind stalkers. 🙂 Just read all you want and if you want to comment, that’s even better. Have a blessed and lovely day. Big hugs.

  9. Happy Birthday! I can’t remember how I even found this blog but it’s 1 of the things I read 1st thing in the morning while having my coffee. I could use a gift card I need books.

    1. Good morning, Cathy! I hope the coffee was extra good this morning. Thank you for coming and for being a loyal follower. We’re so blessed to have you. Sending love and hugs your way.

  10. Happy Birthday! This is the only blog I still follow, have for about 10 years. I enjoy learning new thing about the West and some of the people who inhabited it.

    1. Good morning, Estella! You’ve been a long time, dedicated follower and I thank you for that. I love to see your name pop up in the comments. It always makes me smile. I hope we continue to bring you things of interest and brighten your day. Much love and hugs!

  11. Congratulations & Happy Birthday P&P’s. I’m here everyday and wouldn’t miss it. This is such an exciting Blog. Everyday is another interesting post. Updates from all you wonderful Authors, New books coming and the history lessons are awesome. No doubt you’ll be around for many years. ?

    1. Good morning, Carol! I’m very happy to see you. Thank you for your interest in us and what we bring. We deeply appreciate your dedication and never take you for granted. We know this could all end one day. But while we’re going, we hope to continue to brighten your day. Much love and hugs.

  12. Oh, my goodness, Linda! You gave ME a birthday present with this blog! LOL. I just loved it. So heartfelt, endearing, and adorable.

    I remember you were completely clueless about how to post a blog. WordPress was so foreign to you. I had to call you and walk you through the steps. And, girlfriend, LOOK AT YOU NOW!

    And btw, no one gave me your name. You and I were sister authors at Leisure books. I already knew you were a talented and upcoming western author, and that’s why I wanted you with me for this blog! I’ve been thrilled–and honored–to work with you ever since.

    Thank you, Linda. Here’s to another 12 years, Petticoats & Pistols!!

    1. Good morning, Pam! You’re welcome for the gift. It’s only fair. Yes, I laugh when I think about how ignorant I was and how you had to take me by the hand. I’m sure you rolled your eyes at me quite often. But, you’re an excellent teacher and have a whole lot of patience. I’m glad the mystery is solved about why you asked me to join you in this exciting endeavor. I’d always wondered. You’ve become like a sister to me and I love how our relationship has evolved into something so close and so precious. Thank you for listening when God whispered my name in your ear as a prospective Filly. I needed this desperately and P&P saved me from the depths of despair after my husband passed, although you didn’t know that at the time. I love you dearly and hope to continue making memories with you.

      Have a blessed and lovely day, dear sister of the heart.

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      Hi Ms Linda! I am still trying to learn the blogs, reviews, etc. Thanks to Glenda Young-Kinard for teaching me to walk through some of it!!
      I enjoy reading these blogs and books from you and many of these authors that are a part of P&P!!
      Since I met you in May 2018 and you gifted me my first Linda Broday book I have read many of your books and have I think 13 of them on my shelf. Love, love them all!
      Have read some of the others on this list of authors and plan to continue to follow you all!! Keep writing, sweet Lady and we will keep reading!!
      Happy Birthday Petticoats and Pistols!!

      1. Good afternoon, Miss Ruth! I’m so happy you came. Thank you, sweet lady, for reading my books. One of my most memorable moments is meeting you in Atlanta at RT. I loved laughing with you. We’ll have to do it again sometime. Fun! Fun! I appreciate every comment and review you write and I pray our relationship will only grow stronger. Love you dearly.

  13. HAPPY Blog Birthday!! I love Cowboys and the writer who write their books!

    1. Good afternoon, Miss Teresa! Great to see you. Thank you for coming to help me celebrate. This has been a very special day. The cowboys are serving cake so grab you a piece. Or two. Or a cowboy. HaHa! Love and hugs!

  14. Happy Birthday to P&P!!! I was a regular visitor before I received the call to join as a permanent Filly. I still remember how excited and honored I felt to get that email invitation. What could be better than hanging out with authors and readers who love cowboys as much as I do? 🙂

    I just looked it up, and my first post was from July 15, 2011. Hard to believe I’ve been here 8 years! Time flies when you’re having fun. And Linda – I knew zero about blogging, either, when I started. I’d never done one before. I remember you and the other Fillies being so kind and patient in showing me the ropes. You were the resident expert by then. 🙂

    Here’s to another 12 – at least!

    1. Good afternoon, Karen! I remember you coming and reading our posts and leaving comments. When we were looking for a new Filly to come on board, we discussed your enthusiasm. We all noticed that. And here you are! I’m happy I could help you figure things out. It’s a bit of a learning curve for some of us. I’m so thankful that you accepted our invitation and joined our little family. I love you dearly.

      Happy Birthday to us!

    2. Karen, I can’t imagine you not knowing how to blog. You’re so efficient now, and I’m humbled you’ve been our guest leader for so long.

      Eight years with us! Hope it’ll be many more, dear friend!

      (And yes, I remember you leaving comments back then, too. Of course, you still do!)

  15. Happy birthday! I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this blog, but I love it. I love learning new pieces of history, but I keep coming back for all the great reading suggestions I get and the new authors I’ve discovered.

    1. Good afternoon, Carrie! Thank you for coming. It doesn’t matter how you found us, I’m just thankful you did and that you keep staying. I do think we offer a lot of variety to readers. May you always find the next great book! Love and hugs!

  16. Happy Birthday!! I know that one of this fillies was an author I read… I think it was Charlene Sands and encouraged her readers to join in the great fun of P&P. It opened me up to many new authors and books to read. Here’s to more great years for this wonderful blog. Cheers!!!!

    1. Good afternoon, Kathleen O! How wonderful that you found us, thanks to Miss Charlene. She was a vital part of P&P for many, many years and I still love that lady. Plus, she writes some darn good books. Grab some cake and blow out a candle. Thanks for coming. Love and hugs.

  17. Wow! I think this was one of the first blogs I started following, partly for the theme, and partly because I was actually familiar with a couple of the authors. Congratulations!

    1. Good afternoon, Rachael K! How wonderful that you stopped by. I’m so happy you found us and happier still that you keep coming back. That’s what this is all about. I celebrate you, dear lady!

  18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FILLIES! There “wasn’t a site like we envisioned anywhere in the blogging world” and there still isn’t! I love the background info I get from all the fillies and trivia that often boggles my mind along with a bit of insight into who you fillies are.
    Thank you for staying at it for 12 years. I know you’re only gonna get better and better.

    1. Hey, Miss Rosie! Thank you for coming. I’m really glad to see you. Wow, I’m thrilled that we still offer something no one else does. We’re still here because of you. You push us to keep doing this year after year. Grab some cake now! Or a cowboy! They’re running around here like crazy. Love and hugs, dear lady.

  19. Happy Birthday, Fillies. What a wonderful site to visit and learn from. Your research, books and features are the best ever. Wishing you many more years of writing and blogging.

    1. Good afternoon, Anne! Thanks for coming! The party wouldn’t be the same without you. I’m so happy we provide interesting things and keep on doing it. Have a blessed day.

  20. Happy Birthday! I found you and continue to read your fascinating and captivating words daily. Your place gives me hope and strength.

    1. Good afternoon, Ellie! Thank you so much for coming. Bless you for your words. I’m very happy that we give you what you need to get through each day. We don’t take our followers for granted. We love you all and try to do our best to never disappoint. Have a lovely day filled with sunshine and love.

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    Happy BIrthday to you all. I keep coming back for the Authors, the books and the blog itself. You all have so many interesting places and stories about your lives and I love hearing about it. Thank you all for making it fun and adventurous. Hugs.

    1. Good afternoon, Charlene! I’m so glad you came by to celebrate with us. Our wish is that we always bring something each day that fills your life with joy. That’s always our goal. Love you, sweet lady. I’m so happy our paths crossed.

  22. What a wonderful memory! And so many awesome books have been written and blogged about in these twelve years. I still write an occasional western, but I read them all the time. I have plenty of more ideas for western stories too. Love and congratulations to all the Fillies who have carried on. You’re special to me. xoxo

    1. Come back and blog with us again, Cheryl. We’d love to post some of those beautiful covers for you!

    2. Hey there, Miss Cheryl! Great to see you. What an unexpected surprise. It’s so good to see you. Pam’s right. Isn’t it about time you came to blog with us again??? We’d really like that.

      Thank you for meeting with Pam long ago and pounding out the details of P&P. I wish I could’ve been a fly on the way, listening to you. You both did good!! You gave the world something it was missing. Love you forever!

  23. Happy Birthday and many more. Cowboys, history and books make this a home filled with wonder.

    1. Welcome to the birthday bash, Sharon! I’m so glad you came. I’m thankful we bring all the things you love to the table and keep you coming back. Blessings and love.

  24. Congratulations on your blogging birthday! Novels that are unforgettable, posts which are fabulous and interesting historical posts. A place which gives me enjoyment an I look forward to daily.

    1. Good afternoon, Ruth! Thank you for coming over. We’re glad you joined us. I appreciate knowing what keeps you coming. Thank you for that. Have a blessed day filled with love.

  25. Happy birthday, fillies! P and P broke ground for sure. Charlene is a dear friend, so I started “following” y’all from the start, ached to be a filly. Meeting Pam and a few other of you at RWA in San Francisco in 2008 is a moment I’ll always remember. Fun! And then I was asked to guest-blog a couple of times—be still my heart! When the time came and I was asked to join the corral, it was one of the highlights of my writing days. What a ride! It was a heart-breaking decision to “sign-off” a couple years ago, but family needs demanded it—but I did get to guest again for a Valentine anthology. Thanks to you for that. Linda, you were so sweet trading out a “wrong” picture I had sent you. Love you, girl.

    What I like most about P and P of course is getting to know all of you better, learning new western facts, and those heads-ups on your new releases. I’ll always feel I’m part of you even though my writing path changed with some of life’s storms. I love and miss you all, and the almost-decade I was honored to spend in Wildflower Junction. God bless and keep! xoxo

    1. Tanya, I’ll always remember your enthusiasm. You humbled me with how proud you were to be among us. You are missed to this day, my friend. At least I can chat with you on FB.

      Look forward to you blogging with us again sometime soon!

      Hugs!

    2. Oh my gosh! I’m so happy you dropped by, Tanya! I remember judging a writing contest you entered one year long before you became a Filly. Your story really stood out and I was very impressed with your writing. Yes, we’ve all endured some of life’s storms but we help each other through, dust each other off, and stand each other up again. Hey, if you ever want to come back, you know the way. I love you dearly and pray that you’re enjoying family and doing well.

  26. Congratulations on the Birthday!! I like your blogs because I love cowboys and indians!! I grew up watching westerns with my Daddy. I still watch them with my Mom!! I love to read westerns, too, so I was happy to find y’all!!

    1. Good afternoon, Trudy C! Thanks for dropping by. This day has been so special to us and I’m happy we could share it with all our friends. Thank you for your continued support and hugs. Keep watching those westerns with Mom. 🙂 And keep coming back here for the things you love. Have a blessed and lovely day. Grab a piece of cake!

  27. Happy birthday! This blog combines 2 things that I love: reading and history.

    1. Good afternoon, Cheryl C! Wow, it’s great to see you! Thanks for coming to help us celebrate. It’s been such a special day. I’m glad you enjoy our posts and I hope you keep coming back. Love and hugs!

  28. I’ve tried a lot of new to me authors because of this blog.

    1. Good afternoon, Anon1001! I’m glad to see you. Welcome to the party. We’ve had a day of it. I’m so grateful that we helped you find some new authors to read. That’s such a joy. Have a blessed day full of sunshine and happiness.

  29. YAY! Happy birthday to one of my favorite blogs! You have been so much fun to follow along with all these years. I cannot remember when I found you – but it has been worth it to keep following. You always have entertaining posts and so much interaction with everyone. I know times get hard and sometimes we don’t have time to read, but keep on doing what you are doing because we keep coming back!! 🙂

    1. Good afternoon, Susan P! I’m so happy you stopped by to celebrate. I’m very glad you found us a while back. I would say you’ve been coming for at least 4 or 5 years. That we can give you entertaining subjects that brighten your day means the world to us. We never tire of chatting with readers about life, love, and cowboys and all that goes that goes with it. So grab you a piece of cake and blow out a candle. Love you, lady!

  30. Happy Birthday! I am so grateful that I was a small part of Petticoats for those early years! I’m happy to see this blog going strong, and keeping up our love for the American West! You all rock!!

    1. Hey, Charlene! You were with us a lo-ong time! But those grandbabies started coming, and you just didn’t have enough hours in your day.

      But you always had time for a few confidences or to share advice. That’s what being a true friend–and filly–is all about.

      Hugs, my dear! Thank you for stopping by and helping us celebrate!

    2. Hey, Miss Charlene!!! I’m so excited to see you. Thanks for dropping in. A small part of P&P you say??? Honey, you were a vital part and you stayed through 10 years of this! I adored you and loved working side by side. I was really sad when you left. Please don’t forget us when you have news to share or whatever. You’re welcome anytime. Just say the word. I love you dearly!

  31. Happy, Happy Birthday, Fillies!!!! I love visiting P&P! I look forward to the posts daily. Thank you all for sharing your talents. Keep up the good work!!!!

    1. Good afternoon, Miss Melanie! You’re one of our oldest followers I think. You’ve been coming for a long time. The celebration wouldn’t be the same without you. Love and big hugs! 🙂

  32. Happy Birthday! I love learning about the history, books and new authors. What is there not to love?

    1. Good afternoon, Amy C! Thank you for coming. I’m so happy that you find what you love here. We’re grateful. Grab a piece of cake!

  33. Happy Happy B-day!!! 🙂 I love seeing all of the wonderful things you all post! A bit of history, your lives, and especially your books! 🙂

    1. Dearest Colleen, I knew you’d stop by if you could! You’re for sure one of our oldest followers and have supported us through all the ups and downs of our lives. Thank you for always supporting and being our cheerleader. I’ve saved you a big piece of cake so don’t leave without it. 🙂 I love you dearly.

  34. Congratulations and “Happy Birthday to you all Awesome Authors!” I Love reading this post!! I enjoy what you write and everything I learn and have learned from your postings! I really like when authors post about themselves, you all are normal just like us readers, except with much more Awesomer (i don’t know if that is a real word or not, but you know what i mean 🙂 ) minds! You make history so much more enjoyable for me, history was not one of my favorite class all throughout school, but you make it so much more interesting and fun, and I Thank you from the Very bottom of my heart for that! <3 Best Wishes to you all! Have a Great Week! Gods Blessings to you all.

    1. Good afternoon, Alicia! I’m so happy that came to our celebration. I like the word Awesomer! I think I’ll have to start using it. But, my dear, we are all just like you. We laugh, cry, sling snot, do laundry and dishes, clean toilets. HaHa! Yep, we’re the most normal people I know. Thank you for supporting us and learning a little history along the way. History was one of my best subjects and I’ve always loved reading about the men and women who lived through some of the worst and best times. Sending love and hugs your way. And cake!!!

  35. When we begin a new journey we never know where it will take us, but the people we meet along the way stay with us forever. Happy Birthday and thank you. Doris

    1. Good afternoon, Doris! Thank you for coming over to help us celebrate. Yes, these new journeys can forge new paths with exciting, endless opportunities. That’s what happened with me. All the Fillies, past and present, are my family, my sisters of the heart. Have a beautiful day, dear friend.

  36. Happy Anniversary! Happy Book Blog Birthday!

    I enjoy the snippets, backgrounds of storys, history facts, and the fun y’all bring into my life.

    1. Thank you so much for coming, Denise! I’m so happy that we can bring you all the things you love. Have a blessed and beautiful day!

  37. Hi Fillies …. I’m so glad you came into my life! It all started with a collection of stories I came upon in a used bookstore. Those stories led me to Jodi Thomas, DeWanna Pace, Linda Broday, and Phyllis Miranda (I think ?). From that book I have read all books by Jodi, Linda, and a couple from Phyllis. I have read many books by Karen Kay, Lorraine Heath, Elizabeth Lane, and Pam Crooks. I love the newer fillies I have met too! Like ALL of you! I read your blogs everyday and have appreciated your generosity, spunk, liveliness, silliness, and cowboy loving books about the west. Have personally met Linda because she gave of her time. That is what you authors do … give of your time. What is there not to love about that! Time is a precious commodity that most people are not generous in giving. Thank you for giving of your time, your incredible books, your humor, and yes your love to me. I cherish this site. Thank you ALL, even names I have not mentioned, because this site has spread my wings in the reading world. I’m so grateful. Plus, I’ve made new friends! Life is good!

    1. My dearest Kathy! Thank you for your comment. Meeting you and your husband here in Amarillo is something I’ll always treasure. It’s easy to give of our time when we have such faithful readers who’ve become good friends, which you are. I feel very thankful that you found our anthology in that used bookstore! I think you were led by the spirits. Yes, dear friend, life is really good! Love you dearly.

  38. Happy Birthday! Well, I always learn something new here.

    1. Hi Minna! You’re one of our longest supporters. I think you’ve been here most of the entire 12 years. Thank you so much for coming and reading our posts day after day. Love you, lady.

  39. So glad you joined the original group of fillies, Linda! And so happy you continue to inspire us all!

    1. Hey, Shanna! I’m really glad too. They changed my life. I’ve known you for years before you finally became one of us and I always loved your genuine spirit. You’ve always been warm, gracious, and caring. P&P is stronger and better with you here. Love you dearly!

  40. Happy Birthday to Petticoats and Pistols and all the Fillies!!! I love this site and started reading it back when it started. I remember typing in to Petticoats and Pistols and hoping it would be a fun, informative website, and it was. I was already a big Historical Western Romance reader and the website with the authors made it something special you wanted to check into everyday. I can remember winning my first book but I can’t remember now whose book it was. I don’t check in every day because I am busy with an elderly motSher and grandchildren but I check at least once a week. It is still a fantastic site with great blog post by the authors and I still can’t get enough of historical western romance books! Fillies, keep the books coming, we love you all!!!

    1. Hi Sharon B! Yes, ma’am, you’re from way back. I know you won several books of mine. Thank you for supporting us for twelve years. It’s been a great journey full of good times. Have a piece of cake and take one for your mom and grandkids. Love you, dear friend.

  41. What a fun day, and a great honor for me to be counted amongst the fillies here at P&P! I have loved every minute of it—made some wonderful friends and memories and met so many good people along the way! Let’s keep it going as we roll on into year #13!!

    Hugs all around, y’all!

    1. Hi Miss Cheryl! It’s great to celebrate with you. It’s been an amazing day and makes me give thanks for all the followers who make this site the special place it is. Sending you tons of love, Filly sister!

  42. Welcome and congratulations to all the fillies. This is quite a spectacular achievement.
    I love westerns and found this site at the begging of the year I think. I love learning about the different authors and finding new to me authors. I plan to continue to come to P&P as long as it is up and running. Thank you to all of you for all that you do

    1. Hi Lori, thank you so much for coming and helping us celebrate. I hope you stick around because we’re only getting started. Love and big hugs.

  43. Wow! Twelve years and counting…fillies have come & gone, but P&P is still going strong!!! Still enjoying this site & all the wonderful authors.

    1. Good afternoon, Lois! It’s wonderful to see you. Thanks for coming. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and feel like we’re old friends. Love you, lady!

  44. Happy Birthday Fillies! Handsome cowboys and their adventures keep me returning to P&P.

    1. Hi Caryl! Thanks for coming to celebrate. Yes, adventures for sure! You never know what you’ll get. Twelve years and we’re still finding new topics to write about. Amazing! Love and big hugs!

  45. Happy Birthday…. I think I started reading P&P back in 2010. When I finish reading a book I put my initial and the month and year in the front of the book. I recently found a book on my shelf that I read in 2010 after reading a guest blog by the author. I was surprised it was that long ago.
    This was the second or third blog I read regularly. History,travel,new to me authors, giveaways, all keep me coming back.

    1. Good afternoon, Miss Alice! You’ve been coming for a long time. I’m glad we keep you interested in what we have to say. You’re a sweetheart. Have a blessed day.

  46. Linda, I can’t remember when I first found Petticoats and Pistols, but I have tried not to miss a day since. I love the posts about everyone’s research and information on other historical fun facts. Giving us a peak at your private lives has been a nice touch. I certainly hope you will be around for another 12 years.
    By the way, Linda, I find it hard to believe you were flustered at having to write a post 12 years ago. Your books certainly do not reflect it.

    1. Good afternoon, Miss Patricia! Thank you for the compliment. I’m sure glad my books don’t reflect my nerves! Actually, I wasn’t too nervous writing my books. It was blogs that really made me angsty. Blogs made it feel like it was live and I couldn’t change what I said. It’s so funny now. I know you started appearing on P&P over ten years ago. It’s been a long time. Thank you for supporting us for all these years. It’s been hard for me to open up about my private life but it’s been easier the last few years and I’m really making more of an effort. Readers want to know something about the author of the books they read. Took me a while to realize that. Love you dearly, sweet lady.

  47. Happy Birthday! It hasn’t been 12 years but I have been checking out this site first thing every morning for a long time. I love all the posts, all the history and little tidbits that I didn’t know, and I am so impressed at learning how much of this history is woven into everyone’s books. I have always loved anything to do with the Old West, cowboys, and romance and I always learn something or find another book for my TBR stack.

    1. Good afternoon, Sally! Thanks for coming and helping us celebrate. I love that we can make history come alive through our stories. I’ve always felt an obligation to not let the history of the old West die. I’ve enjoyed getting acquainted with you. I hope you keep on coming to check us out. Have a beautiful day!

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