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We Have a Winner — Two of them


Yes, indeed, we have 2 winners — sometimes happens when I draw two names at the same time…  Those winners are:

Deanne Patterson and Nancy Farrier

Congratulations to you both.  As you know we here on Petticoats and Pistols rely on you to contact us, so please email me privately at karenkay(dot)author(at)earthlink(dot)net and we’ll figure out how to get these e-books to you.

Many thanks to all of you who came to the blog today and who left a message.  It means so much to me to hear from you and to read your thoughts on these sometimes important issues.  Please keep coming back here — you are important to me and to all of us here at the Junction.

Updated: March 22, 2017 — 10:00 am

Parade Saddles

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday!

When I was a kid, my idea of some kind of wonderful was a palomino horse and a black and silver parade saddle. If I’d been blessed with a palomino horse and a parade saddle, I would have ridden around the countryside, solving crimes and helping people…but no.

I didn’t get my palomino or parade saddle. What I did get a very cute black pony named Bunny and we won a dollar in the Sandpoint, Idaho July 4th parade in a year I will not specify. In that same parade was a riding group that did indeed have parade saddles. I remember coveting them.

Now that I’m older, I still love parade saddles, but I doubt I’ll ever own one. I can’t see where I’d ever use one, and more than that, I can’t see how I would fit one into my budget. But I can tell you a few things about them.

These saddles were most popular in the 1950s and 60s and they were made to stand out. Because they were covered with so much bling, they tended to be larger than the average saddle, with wide skirts and tapaderos, which are the stirrup covers. Silver was the bling of choice, which made the saddles very heavy. The saddle often had a matching breast collar and perhaps even a bridle.

One of the most famous parade saddle makers was Ed Bohlin, a master craftsman in both silver and leather and had superb carving skills. He was born in Sweden in 1895 and came to America at the age of 15. He worked cattle drives in Montana and then started his first saddle shop in Cody, Wyoming. He met Tom Mix in Los Angeles and Tom convinced him to stay in the area and set up shop there. Ed made over 12,000 saddles, many of which were featured in the Rose Parade. He also dressed and outfitted numerous movie stars.

I did a quick eBay search and found a Bohlin saddle for sale for almost as much as my first house cost. It was beautiful, both as a saddle and as a piece of history.

So I must ask…what piece of western memorabilia would you like to own?


A big ol’ thank you to everyone who stopped by today and commented–I’m building on my TBR list, y’all! I always love to hear what everyone else likes to read.

My winner for today’s drawing for a print copy of DARK TRAIL RISING is….MICHELLE R!!! Michelle if you will e-mail me at: with your mailing address, I will get your book in the mail!

Thanks everyone!

Updated: March 13, 2017 — 10:37 pm

Winner of “Journey of the Heart”

Howdy, NANCY BERKELAND, your name jumped right out of the Stetson. I hope you enjoy all of our stories in Journey of the Heart. It’s a fun jaunt through the Old West. Please email me at tanhanson AT aol DOT com with your particulars, and I’ll get JOTH off to you. Thanks also to everybody who commented yesterday and wished us all well. 

Updated: March 3, 2017 — 12:14 am

Giveaway to Celebrate a new release!!!!!!!!!!!!

LONG TIME GONE — Book #2 of the Cimarron Legacy Series, releases in under two weeks1!!

Leave a comment today to get your name in a drawing for a signed copy of

Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing

them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?


This is a fish out of water book. A citified woman from waaaaay back east (Omaha! smirk) comes west and is falling in love with a New Mexico rancher who owns (with his family) about half a million acres.

And she doesn’t know how to cook. Or gather eggs. Or ride a horse (unless it’s going really SLOW). So of course when Justin Boden meets her he is immediately smitten, at the exact same time he knows ranch life will probably kill her. And it’ll kill her NOT COUNTING the outlaws threatening to steal the Cimarron Ranch, a Mexican Land Grant that isn’t all that secure when the land under it suddenly is in America, after the Mexican American War.

Plenty of challenges ahead, until Angie faces real true danger and then we see just how tough she can be.

Can you think of ‘opposites attract’ books or movies? Here’s a few that came to mine. Pretty Woman, Titanic. Ummm…searching for the name, the one where Jennifer Lopez is a maid in a fancy hotel and she falls for a rich guy and wears a rich lady’s clothes, who is staying in the hotel?

I looked it up. Maid in Manhattan. I left the paragraph earlier so you can see my jumbled thought processes. 🙂

What about a book? Name an opposites attract book.

Mine Til Midnight by Lisa Kleypas. An over-stressed ‘Lady’ trying to hold her eccentric family together falls for a wealthy gypsy.

I read one by Nora Roberts, the hero is an immortal, the heroine is a werewolf. Trouble there.

Karen Witemeyer’s Full Steam Ahead…great, fun book.

Let’s hear some of yours.

And, brand new on Amazon, available for preorder

(Cimarron Legacy bk #3)

coming October 3, 2017

Cole Boden’s story and the exciting conclusion to the Cimarron Legacy Series

Cole spent years back east and loved it, but he missed his family. Now he’s home and happy to be with his family except he misses Boston and the work he did back east. Is he a man who can never be happy anywhere? Or maybe he’s a man who can enjoy whatever life throws at him. Even Cole doesn’t know the answer to that. Not until Melanie Blake adjusts his thinking just a little bit.




Updated: February 16, 2017 — 12:17 am
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