Valerie Hansen’s Wilderness Courtship

Hello again! I’m happy to be back and delighted to report I have NOT shot myself since the last time I visited. Of course, I hadn’t planned to do it the first time. In case you missed the story before, I dropped a .22 pistol that was loaded and it landed squarely on the hammer. Yes, it fired. And hit me in the shin. But outside of a scar and some lingering embarrassment, I’ve recovered nicely.

My newest western historical novel is WILDERNESS COURTSHIP, which will be in stores in mid-August. Good timing, huh? And, just so you won’t think the above-mentioned incident went for naught, I shot my heroine in that book. She recovered, too. I was just waiting for an editor to tell me I’d gotten the details wrong so I could photograph my lovely scar and prove I knew what I was talking about! Actually, I did offer to show it to an editor at a conference but she politely declined to peek. Of course she was eating breakfast at the time so. . ..

WILDERNESS COURTSHIP was almost as big a surprise to me as it was to my heroine, I’m sure. You see, she was the emotionally needy younger sister, Charity Beal, in FRONTIER COURTSHIP and I had never intended to give her her own story. Not in a million years. When I was asked to use her for another book I wondered how in the world I was EVER going to rehabilitate her enough that she’d be heroine material. But, never fear, I waited till she was a bit older and wiser and she came through with flying colors.

There are no pet mules in this current book but there are Indians and adventure and all the other elements that brought me so many wonderful fan letters after my first historical. I knew I loved the book but I had no idea it would be so well received, especially since it was one of the first 4 of that type from Steeple Hill’s new Love Inspired Historical line.

I wish I could tell you all when to expect my next westerns, for which I am already contracted, but the publisher wanted me to slip in a few contemporary books first so that’s what I’ve been working on. I can tell you that the next one will be set in San Francisco, just pre-Civil War (or as we say down here, the War Between the States or the War of Northern Aggression) That’s why I will probably never be asked to write about that war.

The story that follows that one will involve the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. And after that, your guess is as good as mine. I get tired just contemplating all that work but I wouldn’t trade my profession for anything, headaches, bullet wounds and all. As a matter of fact, I’m currently in the process of “shooting” a contemporary hero, too. Might as well get as much mileage out of that accident as possible, since I couldn’t figure out a way to deduct the ER visit from my taxes!

Till we meet again, keep your powder dry, your head down, and never, ever keep a live shell under the hammer of your antique, single-action pistol, even if all you have it loaded with is bird-shot.

Valerie is giving away TWO AUTOGRAPHED SETS of Frontier Courtship and Wilderness Courtship to two lucky lucky readers who leave comments this weekend!  Post here for your chance to win.

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She yearned for a simple life. But God had other plans.

After surviving an unhappy marriage, Charity Beal avoids men. But compassion gets the better of her when she encounters Thorne Blackwell, a rugged shipping magnate in the midst of crisis. His brother has vanished, and hired guns are after his brother’s wife and son. To save them, Thorne faces a grueling journey through the wild Oregon Territory. In order to succeed, he needs Charity’s help.

Through roiling rivers and lush mountain passes, Charity’s kindness and faith awakens Thorne to a strength he never knew. But before he can heal her wounded heart and win her love, he has to save their party from the sharpshooter stalking their every step.

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35 thoughts on “Valerie Hansen’s Wilderness Courtship”

  1. Hi Val, Now that’s what I call research! You literally took a bullet for the book. I loved FRONTIER COURTSHIP and am looking forward to the next one. I had to smile at what you said about “rehabilitating” Charity. As I read your first LIH, I was thinking, “Hmmm, I wonder if she’s going to give Charity a story of her own.” I’m glad you are 🙂

    You also write wonderful heroes! Take care!

  2. Hi Valerie,
    Congratulations on your new book. My favorite heroes and heroines are the ones who are far from perfect but use their experiences to become better people.

  3. oh my….shooting yourself in the shin-that had to hurt! on the bright side of that though, atleast you got an interestng idea for your book 😉

    good luck with your new contemp adventure…..Im sure it will be great!

  4. Good morning! Thanks for the lovely compliment, Victoria. I hadnot actually planned to give Charity her own book but now I’m glad I was asked to do it. And I certainly knew her “backstory” well enough.

    Maureen, I think one of the reasons I’m so good at portraying imperfect people is because I am one! Life is much simpler when I admit that. 🙂

    I’ll be back a little later. Right now, the sunshine is beckoning and I can’t resist!

    Blessings,
    Val

  5. Hi Valerie,

    We’re so happy to have you back at P&P. You made me laugh so hard at the bullet incident. Hey, that could be a title for another book!! 🙂

    I absoutely loved Frontier Courtship. Faith and Connell were great characters. And there were quite a few funny moments. The mule was a character of his own. So funny.

    You have me intrigued though. Don’t know how you’re gonna make Charity into a heroine. She was a spoiled brat in FC. I confess I wanted to strangle her throughout most of the story. Should be interesting. I don’t doubt your abiities. You’re extremely talented.

    Hope you have a wonderful day here with us!

  6. Welcome back, glad to hear there are no more gunshot wounds. Can’t wait to read one of your books, I haven’t read one as of yet!

    Have a wonderful day

  7. Wow you accidentally shot yourself… 😮 Ouch!!!
    Thanks for sharing today!!! Your novels sound great!!!

  8. Val,

    Talk about relating to your heroine! How did it feel to get shot? This curious writer wants to know. I’m glad that you’re doing okay and that you didn’t shoot anything vital.

    Your new book sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to read it.

  9. Hey Val, I love your books and FC is one of the books on my 2008 Top 10 list.

    I love reading series books and while reading FC, I kept wondering if Charity would be able to tell her own story. It seemed so improbable and yet, she’s the kind of woman who made such an impact in the Old West – the type of woman who refused to let adversity drag her down – who rose to the challenge, learning from her mistakes, becoming stronger and wiser as she grew. Of course I don’t know that she did yet b/c I haven’t read the book – but I believe you have that part covered. 🙂

  10. Hi Valerie, both of your books sound great. I like a good historical so your books are right up my alley. I can’t believe you shot yourself. I can just imagine the teaseing you got from that. If it was me I would still be hereing about it. You just never know what’s going to happen. I have never read any of your books but would love to.

  11. Valerie’s book are wonderful! I fully recommend them to anyone who’s looking for a good story. I had never read her before she came to blog here. But after that first time, I bought her book and now it’s fair to say I’m hooked.

  12. What was it like when the pistol hit the floor and discharged? Well, to start with I couldn’t believe it had happened. I didn’t scream or cry or anything. Just stood there looking at my shin and wondering what in the world had happened. No, I’m not joking. The impact was a stun that didn’t hurt much for the first few minutes. And, because the pistol was still it its holster, I could not get my mind around the incident. When my husband ran into the room and asked what happened, because he’d heard the shot, I told him. The look on his face is what shook me up the most, I think. He said we were going to ER and I didn’t argue. Then, when I got there, the dr. on duty was a friend from church so I really got razzed. He’s a funny guy anyway and we all had a good laugh – after he told me that I wasn’t going to have to have surgery. Whew! By this time it was hurting plenty. The cop who came to take the report, because it’s the law, offered to buy the gun, “If you’re through with it.” Ha-ha. I declined. I’ve carried that pistol for 40 years and never had a problem, till then.

    And, since then, I’ve “shot” one historical heroine and just finished “shooting” another hero in an upcoming contemporary book. Might as well. They always say to write what you know!

    I am a good shot, too, when the gun’s in my hand, not upside down on the floor. If it hadn’t fallen into a corner and been held upright by the walls, it wouldn’t have discharged. My husband took it outside later and ran some controlled tests. It never misfired like that again. Guess the Good Lord wanted me to be more careful, which is why there is no live cartridge under the hammer any more.

    The scar is about the size of a quarter and kind of purple. That’s my favorite color so it works fine with my wardrobe!
    Blessings,
    Val

  13. Hi Valerie. Congratulations on your new release. Both of your books sound wonderful. What beautiful covers.

  14. Your new release sounds great, good luck with it!
    I can understand really involving yourself in
    research, but to actually shoot yourself! LOL!!

    Pat Cochran

  15. Glad it was your shin and not your writing fingers! I like to read your books too much.
    You take care now

  16. Hi Valerie! Hmmm….getting shot….that must have been both painful and scary! I’m so glad you weren’t seriously hurt. That was taking your research to a whole new level! Absolutely gorgeous covers on both books! I will certainly be on the lookout for your books in the stores. Thank you for blogging here at P&P. Your post made my day.

  17. Welcome back Valerie! Sounds like you had a close call. Your books sound good and those are some really nice covers. Thanks for guestblogging with us.

  18. Your books sound wonderful!…glad you didn’t do alot of serious damage with that shot you gave! I really like the book covers also! 🙂

  19. Thanks to all. I told my editor to pass along my compliments to the art department at Steeple Hill, Love Inspired, because I agree that those are extraordinarily beautiful covers.

    I’ll check in again tomorrow after church – providing the promised storms don’t knock out my electricity or DSL. Ah, for the simpler days of the Pony Express. Then again, this chat would take a LOT longer that way. 🙂

    Good night,
    Val

  20. where did my post from earlier go, lol.
    I commented on the beautiful cover of the books.
    I also said how fortunate for you with the gun incident.

  21. You’re right. It is funny – in retrospect. At the time it was pretty scary. And embarrassing. It still can be, but I figure, if we can find humor in some of the bad times, we’re far better off. At least I am.

    It’s cooled off here so I don’t feel nearly as apt to melt. Can you imagine wearing a corset and all those heavy petticoats, not to mention long sleeves and a high necked bodice? No wonder the ladies of the 1800s swooned. I sure would have! In a way, the poorer women had it easier because they didn’t have to dress that way. Of course they probably envied their wealthier sisters but I like to think I’m smart enough to not do that now. Well, not much, anyway. Those were awfully interesting shoes posted here a few days ago. And I do love shoes, even though I usually write barefoot. Now you know the real me. 🙂

    Blessings,
    Val

  22. gorgeous, cover. I am putting this and its predecessor on my TBR list. I’m getting more and more interested in inspirationals. The storyline and characters sound great.

    And glad you healed up!

  23. Glad you only shot yourself in the shin and not the knee, much more painful and longer to heal! Your book covers are wonderful. Maybe I’ll pick them up if I don’t win them! 🙂

  24. WILDERNESS COURTSHIP is scheduled in the second half of the month of August, so should reach stores any day now. Some places shelve them with the other Love Inspired titles and others put them with historicals. I don’t care where they are as long as my readers can find them!

    This has been fun. It will be another year or so before my next western historical is published and I don’t know what amazing event will have taken place in my life by then, I just hope it doesn’t involve bleeding or scarring on my part!

    I would rather be known for my books than for my klutziness! However, when you read about one of my heroines who has a bit of trouble staying out of trouble, you’ll know I’m talking about elements of my own quirky personality. The only difference is, my hero would have starved to death trying to eat my cooking on the wagon trains or in the camps. I make biscuits that you could easily build a chimney out of and expect it to last for years. My personal hero, to whom I’ve been married forever, has learned to cook and is great at it. I don’t mind having him in the kitchen one bit. Why mess with success? 🙂

    I’m looking forward to hearing who won the books so I can get them in the mail to you.

    Blessings,
    Val

  25. Valerie, I have to agree with Victoria! I can’t believe what you’ve gone through to research your latest! Yikes! I’m so glad you’re on the mend and glad that we’ve got lots of your books to look forward to! I’ve enjoyed some of your contemporary Love Inspireds and am looking forward to these!

  26. Oh, and just wanted to say how blessed you are to have found your own hero, and how doubly blessed that he cooks!! That’s the best! 😉

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