Celebrating and Catching My Breath!

It has been a crazy few months for me, full of car crashes, cracked noggins and missed deadlines…but I made it through; my truck is fixed, my boy (who fractured his noggin at school in Sept) is on the mend and in school this week and though my books were late, I have turned in the final books in both my WILD and BRIDE series (to be released in 09′)—Whoooohoooo!!!!!!! 

To celebrate I cracked open a bottle of merlot and a box of dark chocolate truffles 😀  And then it was time to catch up on laundry, dishes, all the house stuff I’ve been putting off while dealing with all those deadline detours 😉   (For those waiting on a prize from me, I’ve got ’em ready to go–I’ll be hitting the post office tomorrow!) We’re also in the midst of remodeling our house and I finished just in time to pick out appliances, flooring and countertops.  That’s some catch-up I’ll really enjoy.

After twenty-four hours of catching my breath, my editor asked—What’s next and when are you sending it??

Enough of catching the breath–time to gear up for something new, the really fun part of emerging from the madness into a new sense of freedom—STARTING A NEW SERIES. I love a blank canvas, starting anew with the freedom to go anywhere, find a new nitch in history and create fresh characters with compelling stories to tell.  I also love the research, pulling out all my old research books and BUYING NEW.  As another little celebration gift to myself I added to my personal research library today.  Check out what Amazon is sending me:

The Doctor Wore Petticoats: Women Physicians of the Old West

 Frontier Teachers: Stories of Heroic Women of the Old West

Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier

Days on the Road: Crossing the Plains in 1865: The Diary of Sarah Raymond Herndon

How the West Was Worn: Bustles and Buckskins on the Wild Frontier

Woodstove Cookery: At Home on the Range

And for sheer fun, I’m brushing up on my cowboy slang:

Cowboy Lingo

It’s going to be an early Christmas!! I can’t wait to sit down with this box of books and simply submerge my brain in facts and images and see what will spark with my newly forming characters. These books give a few hints about my upcoming series…and my fetish for fiesty heroines. The stories will revolve around the forging and expansion of a boomtown…still choosing a location. I’m thumbing through my history books and rolling out my maps…..

What is your ideal setting for a romance novel…have a favorite state or terrain?  Do you prefer stories set in a certain time of year…winter, spring, summer?



Don’t miss the second BRIDE book—you’ll get to meet the hero of the third!

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33 thoughts on “Celebrating and Catching My Breath!”

  1. Hi Stacey! Oh gosh, its been a wild month for you!! What is a noggin, that your son fractured? Nose? He’s back in school so he’s doing ok now? So glad you got your books finished! I don’t know how you did that with everything else happening, and too remodeling your kitchen!! I know when I need a break from so much, I escape to the historical romances, its pretty much as far as I can get lately! You should see my hubby picking up a romance book for me from borders, LOL

    Stacey, even as just a reader, I love all I learn so much from this group and the romance books I read. Its a fun and so fascinating. I missed lots in school because they didn’t have interpreters for the deaf then. I did get some from books, but that was limited without communication to clarify and understand. So I’m finally getting to do that now! through my reading of romance books. Plus this is much more fun! So thanks again what you all are doing here at Petticoats And Pistols!

    I do have like a sort of guide book on Regencies (talks about the balls, how they dressed, definition of terms/words transportation, etc. Its called: What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew: From Fox Hunting to Whist-The Facts of Daily Life in Nineteenth-Century England by Daniel Pool). I would love something on the American Western like that. Not to write, I want to read them all you all write, LOL, but I like having this sort of guide book to help me out with something I don’t know when reading one of my historical romances.

    I love reading that theme of Mail Order Brides and too sheriff’s, small towns, ranches, Lottery Brides, . Arranged marriages are those I think I read with regency romances, don’t think they had arranged marriages during the American Westerns? Right? I love the books set in America, I think because of familiar with the setting. I love them in Montana especially. Too Texas, Wyoming. I’m not familiar with the time periods but I can tell you they like set in. for example, Linda Broday’s KNIGHT ON A TEXAS PLAIN, around that time. I too love ranches, small towns. I too love books that Time Travel back to those Western America time. And love those ‘cabin reads’ where the story may mostly be set in one place due to like a Blizzard (winter reads are great at this time of the year and too Christmas setting ones! I’m looking for some to read now!

    Sorry on the long reply. This is a great post!

  2. HI Stacey!!!!

    Congrats on finishing up your books…you know Im looking forward to getting to read them!!

    Seems like your new series will be wonderful, going by what you’ve hinted at… I love reading about that stuff!

    I love Montana and Texas settings, also Arizona….

    Good luck and happy writing!

    Also-glad to hear your son is on the mend and you are getting things in order! I cant imagine the chaos with all that you’ve had going on!

  3. Caffey, I loved your comment – and it’s encouraging to hear how excited you are about learning. I’m delighted that P&P is a resource for you!

    I love mail order brides, too.

    Congrats on catching up, Stacey. Glad you can take a little breather.

    My favorite settings are small towns.

  4. Hi, Stacey! Those research books look soo intriguing! Easy to get lost in all the learning, isn’t it?

    I love marriage of convenience stories, and I love the western states like Montana, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.

    Glad you’re back on track, dear!

  5. Hi Stacey,

    Wow! What a great bunch of research books you’ve found! You deserve to take the time and enjoy! Here’s hoping that the rest of the year is calm and peaceful and that it follows suit in 2009!
    My favorite type of westerns are hard rugged heroes types meeting their match in a bold but feminine woman. And I love stories set in Texas and Arizona, the smaller the fictional town, the better!

  6. Being from Texas, it’s always Texas for me! You have such a variety of terrain to choose from:
    mountains, hills, plains, coast, desert, take your
    choice! Having such a variety, you can set the story in any season and it will work for me!

    Pat Cochran

  7. Oh Stacey, congrats on your surging career! It might be hectic at times but you sound very balanced, and you are very blessed. 🙂

    And thanks for the amazing list of research tooks. I know I’ll be looking back on it many times.

    I love mail order bride/arranged marriage themes. I love snowbound stories, small towns full of interesting secondary characters. I’ve set two books in Nebraska because I think it is sooooo very beautiful…but one WIP is set in southern California which appears somewhat like Pat’s Texas with mountains, hills, plains, coast, and desert LOL.

    Thanks as always, everyone, for a great start to my day. Have a good weekend. We’re helping our daughter move today. UGH.

  8. Hi Stacey!

    An intriguing bunch of books you ordered! I looked at each one and tried to guess what your next series will be about. I have no idea though. Guess I’m not a good guesser. lol

    I love books that are set in the mountains. I don’t care which state those mountains are in. I just love tall trees and fresh mountain air. 🙂 I also like books set in wintertime when it’s snowing and colder than all get-out. That sure keeps the H/H snuggling up to each other. Ha! Whatever devices work I say. But I do like to use the weather to advance my plot and the H/H’s relationship.

    Congratuations on finishing your last two books. That’s great!!

  9. Hi Caffey! It’s so great to hear that you’re enjoying the fun facts here on P&P and the hisotrical tidbits in our books. That is one reason why historical romances are my absoulute favorite books to read–I always learn something new while being swept up in the lives of the characters 🙂

    As for my boy—he fractured his skull and had a small internal brain bleed from the impact of his head hitting the pavement. He was horsing around with his friends, as usual, and what was meant to be playful ended up as a serious head trama (he couldn’t wait three weeks to crack his head, when mom was done with her books 🙂 ). We spent a week in the hospital, where they thankfully allowed me to sleep on a small sofa–he’s 15, but he’s still my baby and I wasn’t letting him out of my sight *g*. After six weeks of home schooling (a trama all it’s own *lol*), he’s back in the wilds of public school.

    Caffey, it must have been so frustrating to be in a school system that didn’t meet your learning needs. Honestly, I believe I’ve learned more about history through romance novels than anything I learned in grammar school. That and the college night classes I took–it was like beign exposed to history for the very first time, I think because we learned in detail instead of just glossing over a very broad subject. I’ve never enjoyed a class more and was bummed when I finished the American History courses *g*. That really spurred my direction of writing. With romance novels it’s all about focusing in on those little details, which I love.

    Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of P&P 😀

  10. Hi Melissa!! I’m awaiting an official release date on EMBRACE THE WILD and of course, the covers!! *g*

    Ohh…I am leaning toward Montana…a favorite of mine too 😉 But then I also love Utah…Arizona…so hard to choose!!!! *g*

    Thanks for sharing!!

  11. Hi Karen–Thank you!! Does felt so good to truly shed the past few months *lol*

    Montana is a definitely favoirte of mine too 🙂 But then South Dakota has been calling to me as well…

    Thank you for sharing 😀

  12. Hi Cheryl! I’m with you–love the small towns. For this new series, that town will start from the mud, up *lol* Each new couple adds a vital element to the growing boomtown 🙂 One reason I wanted to focus on a growing town instead of a family was the freedom to start the book in any of my favorte states, showing part of the couples’ journey and how they end up in the boomtown–gives me a little broader stage and freedom of locations, while still bringing in the past characters of the growing community–I’m really excited 🙂

    I too love mail-order-bride stories!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Stacey. . . What a great list of books. Off to Amazon I go to order some of them, particularly western lingo. I have a Dictionary of the Old West but have been looking for a cowboy lingo book, so many thanks.

    Congratulations on finishing the books, and yep, I agree that there’s nothing as fascinating as starting a new one.

  14. Right you are, Pam! Very easy to get lost in research–a priveledge and a favorite past time of mine 😉 While most of it doesn’t end up in the book, the fuller the well of information I’ve absorbed, the easier the stories tend to flow. Sometimes it’s the minutest detail that can hang me up for weeks. So I’m drowning my brain in informaton in the hopes that these new stories will just fly across the pages 😉

    I missed two other books I bought yeterday: Illistraged Directory to The West and The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life In The Old West.

    I’m just giddy thinking about opening that fat Amazon box—my hubby finds it hysterical that research books are what makes my heart flutter—he knows he’s blessed to have a wife who’d rather have a book than any kind of jewelry and expensive purses 😉 It’s those fat encyclopedia’s on horses and guns that make my eyes light up *ggg*

    Thanks, Pam–it’s nice to have time to take a deep breath and get caught up on all the other stuff 😉

  15. Hi Pat C! Texas terrain sounds a lot like California 😉 While most envision a sunny beach, I live in an arid desert and hills covered in yellow grasses *g*–but I’m two hours from the coast and two hours from the giant redwoods in Yosemite National Park–a few hours to the north is wooded areas with giant ferns that makes you feel like you’re back in prehistoric times, and then the giant sand dunes to the south.

    When I started writing I set my books in Califoria because California-set western historicals were so hard to find. But I soon felt the pull of the Rockies *lol* Not that I intend to forsake my home state 😉

    Thanks for sharing!!

  16. I bought the Women Doctors of the West book and now, after reading Pat Ps comment, I want the lingo book, too.


    I still have Cheryl St. John’s pioneer doctor and pioneer preacher book I KNOW THIS CHERYL.
    I’m sorry. I’ve GOT to get them back to you.

  17. Thank you, Tanya 😀

    Nothing says blessed relaxation like dark chocolate and merlot *ggg* I found these Harry & David chocolate truffles at Costco….OH MY GOSH…HEAVEN!!!!! *g* Oh, and we watched Iron Man—wow, great movie. Glad I didn’t see it in the theater though–way more gruesome that I thought it would be–had to close my eyes in a few parts, but my teenage boys were pleasantly surprised. *LOL* Men are beasts….and yet just a few years ago they were my tender little angel boys 😉

    So glad you’re writing a California set western–love those!!

    Thanks for being a part of P&P, Tanya!!

  18. LOL, Linda! It’s safe to say I went on a research book binge *ggg* I’m calling this one my Boomtown series 😉 No telling what Harlequin will call it *g*

    Like you, I love to use the weather as an antagonist and those mountain settins are my favorite too 🙂 Tough and wild terrain is such a fun obsticle.

    Thanks for sharing, Linda!

  19. Thank you, PamT!!

    Feels liberating 😀 I had a lot of fun with the Morgans and Doulans and thier offshoot couples *g*, but going back and forth between two different series was a real challange. I’m looking forward to focusing on one series with sequels released closer together–and am hoping my readers will enjoy the new adventures 😉

  20. Congrats on finishing up your books!
    I don’t really have a favorite place. Or favorite time of year. It depends on my mood what kind of setting and season I want to read about.

  21. Stacey, congratulations on getting through all that in one piece! And on finishing those deadlines! That’s a fabulous feeling. 🙂

    Just about any setting works for me. There’s always something beautiful about each one–whether it’s the wildlife or the terrain itself, or the small town that grew out of a piece of dirt.

    Wow, your list of research books looks amazing. Enjoy, enjoy!!

  22. Hi Minna! Ya know, one of the reasons I really enjoyed reading LaVeryl Spencer was that she took me to places and time periods I had know idea I wanted to visit…but I’d follow her anywhere 😉

  23. Thank you, Kate–there were moments when I wondered if I’d survive that massive dark cloud 😉 The sunshine feels GOOD 😀 The proverbial sunshine that is–it’s starting to get mighty brisk around here! Sweater season–I love it!!! I’m ready for some hot choclate and research books *g*

  24. Hi Estella! Thank you for the cheers 🙂 I thought I’d be sad to see the end of there series…but I’m way too excited about starting something new 😉

    Thanks for stopping in to share!!

  25. Yikes, Stacey! Hugs to you and your family! What a wild time you’ve had lately! Glad your son’s mended, and the books are in (can’t wait to get them in my hot little hands! ;)) How exciting to be starting something new! And look at all your research! Cowboy lingo, eh?

  26. Hi Fedora! thankyou for the hugs 🙂

    Can’t get enough of that cowoby lingo *g* Nothing worse than a lively cowpuncher with stale dialogue *lol*

    I’m really excited about the new series–getting to know the first two heroes has been a riot…gotta love that dry cowboy humor 😉

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