Jeanmarie Hamilton: Seduction, Inspired by History

jmI’m so happy to be a guest of all the great authors at Petticoats and Pistols. I jumped at the invitation to blog here today! Thank you all for inviting me.

I’m excited to tell you and your readers that my debut book, SEDUCTION, came out last week on Amazon.com. A western historical, it was a finalist in the American Title II contest. One of my favorite authors, Stacey Kayne, kindly gave her praise for Seduction, and Rae Monet put Stacey’s recommendation on the front of the cover she designed for me.

In Seduction, a business entrepreneur, Cole MacPherson, lives in a small town setting of the old west. The town is similar to towns described to me by my grandmothers when I was growing up. I’ve discovered that many people find it surprising that entrepreneurs in those old west days built beautifully appointed and gracious inns and hotels in some towns. Even back then people led fast paced industrious lives that in some cases blended ranching with a formal lifestyle found in big cities. Although most homes didn’t have modern conveniences like we have today, women worked hard right along with the men, and they appreciated these comfortable inns as much as visitors from the cities back east.

I usually center my stories around an inspiring incident from my own family history, or historical events that influenced my family. The heroine’s back story in Seduction is based on events in Texas following the Civil War. Drifters banded together and raided farms and ranches for livestock and valuables that they sold or used for their own benefit.

In  Are You Going To the Dance, a novella I recently contracted to The Wild Rose Press, an event takes place that was inspired by my Texas family history. My great great grandmother, originally from Alsace Lorraine, saved the life of a Comanche brave who was wounded in a skirmish with local farmers. She also learned the Lipan Apache language and her family traded with one of their nearby camps. In my novella, I incorporated these last two facts and used poetic license in changing the fictional characters to protect the innocent, so to speak.

I’ve found helpful historical information at the Handbook of Texas web site as well as here on Petticoats and Pistols. The jm2Handbook of Texas has articles about the Lipan Apache. One of the Lipan leaders, a Texas Ranger, accompanied the pioneer group of Alsatians as they traveled from San Antonio to their untamed home of Castroville, Texas.

While researching, I also enjoy delving into my family genealogy. I recently discovered a distant relative with the first name of Seneca who lived in the early 1800s in the northeast part of the U.S. I read on one of Karen Kay’s blog posts that Seneca was the name of one of the Iroquois Confederacy tribes. My Texas grandmother was named Ynez by her mother, in honor of the American Indian who was in effect her bodyguard on their remote Fort Davis area sheep ranch. The elderly Indian, Ynez, kept my great grandmother safe when her husband was away.

For one scene in Seduction, I drew from a story about my great grandfather who had been a lawman in his youth with Bat Masterson. That experience helped Great Grandfather on more than one occasion in dealing with law breakers. However, he was not successful at sheep ranching in the Fort Davis area. They moved to El Paso in the early 1880s. My grandmother remembered many trips on the train to San Antonio, with her mother and their canary, to visit family.

Here’s the back cover blurb for Seduction:

They challenged the town and each other with their forbidden affair.

Belinda Rose is two people. On stage, she’s a confident vocalist who entertains her audiences. Alone, she longs for a secure home and her own opera house where she can entertain or book others to perform. She carries with her the painful memories of her past, but won’t be denied her future. Can her love for a handsome businessman derail her plans? Cole MacPherson has become a wealthy entrepreneur in spite of his loveless childhood. Believing he doesn’t know how to love, he seeks power instead. What a shock when a beautiful singer knocks him for a loop. Could he learn to love? Does he dare?

I’ve enjoyed being here today and sharing some of my writing experience with you, as well as some family stories.  To celebrate its release on Amazon, I’m giving away a copy of Seduction today

What favorite bit of your family history has inspired you? I’d love to hear it.  I’ll be happy to answer your questions. 

To learn more about Jeanmarie, visit her website:

http://www.JeanmarieHamilton.com

Seduction, available now at Amazon!

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86 thoughts on “Jeanmarie Hamilton: Seduction, Inspired by History”

  1. Hi Jeanmarie!
    What an interesting family history you have. I don’t know all of my family history but I do know a bit about my grandparents. My grandmother had a tough life with a father who drank, a sister who was divorced with two children that she would leave with my grandmother and her mother. She did piece work for money and she was under five feet but very tough.

  2. Jeannmarie it is nice to have you hear I really don’t know to much about our family except my father in laws parents came over from poland I thought that was pretty interesting.
    Your story sounds great.

  3. Hi Jeanmarie – I think that is really neat that you intertwine your family history with your books. Thanks for sharing with us today! We learned too late that we should have gotten our grandparents stories down in writing. Seduction sounds like a good book!

  4. How lucky you are to have such a detailed history of your family. In my youth (a very long time ago) there were rumors of ancestors who were french canadian fur trappers along the St. Lawrence who had married into an indian tribe. My cousins and I tried to get the story from our grandparents with no success. “Why do you want to know about that stuff?” was the normal response. In the 50’s and 60’s it wasn’t cool to have native american roots. Now that generation is gone and we haven’t had much luck getting information. On the other side of the family the information is there, but a family fued (in my grandparent’s generation) over an inheritance split everyone and the family member with the information is on the “other side” of the rift and not sharing. Families can be so frustrating. My brother has done research but only had luck with the french and irish connections. Since many native americans took european surnames it is difficult to sort things out. Your books sound interesting. Look forward to reading them.

  5. It’s interesating that most Americans (myself included don’t know much of their family history into adulthood wheir grandparents and great-grandparents are gone.

  6. One of my regrets is that I didn’t learn more about my family history from my grandmothers. Mostly I know that my mother’s side of the family left Texas for Los Angeles during the Depression. My dad’s family moved to Los Angeles from Chicago after WWII. Before that, my grandfather emigrated from Sweden. I’d love to know more about that journey : )

  7. WOW-that’s amazing about your great grandfather!!! I really wish I knew all about my ancestors-I have never been able to find out much though!

    Your book sounds great-I’ll definately add it to my “to buy list”!!! 🙂

  8. I wish I could say my family’s history was as exciting as yours. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about my father’s family. I’ve lost contact with them for many years. My mother’s side were mainly farmers and coal miners in Virginia.

    Your book sounds right up my alley. Have a great day. Just added you to my to buy list, but would still like to win a copy. LOL

  9. My relatives on both sides served in the Revolutionary War so we have a lot of recorded history. I have an 8th greatgrandfather who was burned at the stake!

  10. Hi Jeanmarie, I don’t know a lot of my family history but my grandfather was a printer’s apprentice in Denmark before coming to America. I like to think that he would enjoy seeing what my husband is doing now. He is the pressman for several small town newspapers and I work part time as my second job in the mailroom labeling and stuffing the papers.

  11. Love that you write about your family history. I have recently begun to do genealogy about my family and I am loving it! I will be inducted into the Daughters of the American Revolution in May, which is exciting! No super neat stories from my family, but it is interesting how they moved with covered wagons. My grandma tells me she didn’t know how they did it with no A/C!

    GREAT POST!

  12. Jeanmarie,

    Welcome to P&P! We’re so happy to have you here. I hope you find us a warm friendly bunch.

    I love the fact that you use bits of your family history to weave into your stories. You do have some colorful information that can only add to any story. And it’s fascinating that so many of your forebears had close ties to the Native Americans. That’s neat.

    What a fantastic, sexy cover of SEDUCTION! Wow! He’s HOT! I love it.

  13. Hello Jeanmarie, welcome to the P&P. You have a very interesting family history, and your books sounds like a great read. I love to read Debut novels because of trying new authors.

    I don’t know much about my family history, I do know that someone in the family was tracing down the family tree, but she past away a few year back before it was finished. I know my grandfather was mostly Irish and my grandmother had a lot of indian in her, on my fathers side and my mother had a very small family and they where mostly Irish. Thats about all I know about the family history and this isn’t much!

  14. Hi everyone!
    Wow, what wonderful comments! I’ll post more about individual comments that I have a couple ideas for in researching family stories. But I found all the comments intriguing. In general, one of the tools besides my grandmother’s stories, that I have found very helpful, is recorded genealogies that have been published. I’ve read through the “Deacon Stephen Hart” book (also online)and the Family Record of Dr. Samuel Adams in hardback. There are so many inspiring stories in these books about people, the times when they lived, going back to the early 1600s in the American colonies. To get a sense of the time period and what people experienced, recorded family histories are great. If you find one that relates to your family names, by all means read through it. Our libraries would have some family histories, and there are many online. Another way to find information is online histories of towns. There are also maps in some cases online that will have names of the people who owned farms and businesses and homes. I have found that simply reading about a town in a certain time period gives me a very good sense of what life was like for my family in that time and place, and gives me inspiration for characters and their stories for my writing. Give it a try and have fun!
    More later. 🙂

  15. My husband’s family seems to have an affinity for
    Galveston hurricanes. His paternal grandfather is
    a survivor of the 1900 Galveston hurricane. Honey & our family and his sister Margie & her family can
    now say they are survivors of the 2008 Hurricane
    Ike which came onshore at Galveston.

    Pat Cochran

  16. Congrats on your release! I know bits and pieces of my family history, but I wish I knew more. My grandmother’s father came from Sicily, I have a bunch of Irish mixed in from two sides, my grandfather had Lenape indian somewhere down the line… always wondered if his last name Cloud came from that… I am full of questions! One day, I hope to find some answers to the questions rolling around in my head.

  17. Hi Jeanmarie! Welcome to P&P–fantastic post. CONGRATULATIONS on your debut release!! A long time coming 🙂 I was thrilled and honored to get an early read!!

    What an intriguing family history. My family hisotry is pretty colorful, though I’ve not written any books based on our personal history–but I’ve thought about it 😉 We’ve got Tennessee bootleggers (movie White Lightening features an old family store), car racers (bootleggers are responsible for NASCAR ya know *g*) and gamblers (cousin started Harvey’s in Reno NV.) as well as bloodlines to General George Armstrong Custer (my aunt has family photos of him before he joined the military–young guy in wooly chaps–really neat!). My mom’s parents drove to CA during the dust bowl days in Oaklahoma. I read a romance trilogy set in that era by Dorothy Garlock–great reads!

    Thanks so much for joining us today — wishing you and SEDUCTION much success!!

  18. congrats on the release of Seduction.

    Dh and I have done some family research on both sides. My Mom’s dad came over to the US and then to Canada as a young lad from Sweden. My Dad’s parents came to the US and then Canada from Russia; they are known as the Germans from Russia. Both families were hard workers which as been instilled in my parents and us children. They endured hardships once here in settling on land and then having to build from scratch and dealing with a house burning down and losing everything. Both families dealt with the loss of one child.

  19. Your books sound great.
    I don’t dnow very much about my family history. My grandparents were dead before I was born and my mother and father didn’t talk about their background.

  20. I just wanted to say that I love the cover of Seduction and the story sounds awesome. As far as my family history – I’m just starting to research my father’s side. Both of his parent’s had pastaway when I was born. Last year my Dad had located a journal with the history of the family. What I’m curious about is what’s missing and is their enough information anywhere for it to be updated.

  21. Jeanmarie:
    After all these years together in the Scandalous Victorians you continue to amaze me! You have a wealth of first-hand knowledge that’s not in any history book.
    Thank you for sharing what you know and for wrapping that knowledge inside your beautiful books.
    Your fellow Victorian, Mary Ann

  22. It’s great that you have so many family stories to add the special touches to your stories and have insights to new stories as well. I look forward to reading your story and having your great cover to drool over every now and then. Nice abs…..

  23. Jeanmarie,
    Congratulations on the release of Seduction! You’ve worked so many years to reach this day, and I’m ultra proud of you!!! I love how you’ve comined your family research into your stories. Very cool. Take care and I wish you every success!!! *Hugs*
    Diana
    http://www.dianacosby.com

  24. Jeanmarie,
    Congratulations on the release of Seduction! You’ve worked so many years to reach this day, and I’m ultra proud of you!!! I love how you’ve comined your family research into your stories. Very cool. Take care and I wish you every success!!! *Hugs*
    Diana

  25. Maureen
    I had a great grandmother who was just over 4’10” and her mother named her Minnie Mae. 🙂 But she married a very tall man from Denmark and as a result I and my siblings and my cousins are all tall. Life could be hard back then just as it can be now. It would be interesting to read about the town your grandparents lived in at that time. Thanks for saying hi. 🙂
    Jeanmarie

  26. Brenda and Martha, thank you so much! My heroine is a singer in my story, and I got that idea from my grandmother’s love of theater and my mother’s love of singing. Writers are often encouraged to write what they know. It definitely helps me to do that with my stories.

    Jeanmarie

  27. Hi Jeanmarie, a big congratulations on Seduction. That first book out is such a thrill, and you have even more books scheduled to come out soon. It’s great to have some family history to draw on when you’re writing your stories. A lot of us don’t know many specifics about our own families, so you’re lucky to have that knowledge. It’s good all around. You have a feeling of family and get story ideas at the same time.

    Keep up the writing, baby. It’s the most fun in the world. I’ll have to check in with this blog more often now since I’m writing a western.

    Jane Leopold Quinn

  28. Patricia,
    I have had good luck finding information about my family starting from the time they came to America. It becomes much harder to find family in Europe where records were often lost in fires. In our country we have access to many records such as marriage, birth, death, sale of land records, census records and so on. The research can become an adventure in itself. If you can follow your family back to towns or land they may have owned, those could be clues. Also businesses kept ledgers and lists of people who worked for them and also traded with them. There may be records of some sort online. Good luck!
    Jeanmarie

  29. Hi Anon1001,
    You’d be surprised what you can find out on your own. For instance, I knew from my grandmother that my great great grandmother learned to speak the Lipan Apache language. I am assuming that they traded with each others people in Texas when they settled near San Antonio in the early 1840s. Then the other day I read an article online at The Handbook of Texas that told about a Lipan Apache leader who became a Texas Ranger and accompanied my Texas anscestors to the land where they built their homes. That was a tidbit about the Lipan community in Texas that made me wonder if that’s when my great great grandmother began to learn their language. 🙂 It’s possible.
    Jeanmarie

  30. First off – WOW what a great cover 🙂
    All my relatives came over from Sicily and as a child I loved hearing all their stories – one grandfather was a fisherman, another a shepard – they all came from huge families. One set of grandparents rented a farm – a hard life but they never starved during the depression. They were married for over 50 years. The other owned a small grocery store and then a restaurant in the south (different sections for blacks and whites although my father hated that). My grandmother was widowed when my dad was 11 and they too had a hard life. My mom was also married over 50 years and that’s another story too. I do love family history – I would write a book if I could but alas I don’t have the perserverance you authors have!!!

  31. Hi Victoria!
    Wow, what a journey in the dust bowl. The spirit that keeps people searching for a better life is so strong. Just imagine what they went through and how they prepared for their trip. Food for a great story. 🙂
    Jeanmarie

  32. Hi Melissa and Roberta! Thanks so much!
    You don’t always have to rely on family for inspiring stories from the past. Newspapers are a great source for information. Also state gen webs are starting to post local history online. I found amazing stories from old newspapers on the Iowa gen web about some of my family.

    Jeanmarie

  33. Karen and Connie, wow! You both have wonderful family inspiration for writing. I can imagine whole sagas based on what you’ve mentioned. Are you using your family history for stories?

    Jeanmarie

  34. Hi Rachie!
    I don’t know how they managed to cross this country in covered wagons either. Those were strong people. The very thought of walking all day and then fixing dinner at night makes me groan, much less everything else they had to do on the trail. One of my favorite books I read years ago was The Jubilee Trail, about crossing the country in covered wagons.
    Jeanmarie

  35. Jeanmarie,

    Love the cover of Seduction. Waaay hot! 🙂

    I was so interested to read about how you incorporate your family’s history into your stories. I always find myself wanting to do that in my writing in some form or fashion.

    Besides using your incredibly fascinating family history, what other ways do you come up with ideas for your stories?

    Thanks for hanging out today.

    –Kerri

  36. Hi Jeanmarie, I’m so late getting here…babysitting our two-year old grandson this weekend. My great gramma was a debutante in Cape Girardeau, MO so my first heroine was one too. I get a ton of inspiration from family names and heirloom photos.

    Good luck with Seduction. What a great title!

  37. Hello! Enjoyed reading your post today. One thing that I think is pretty neat about my family history. My great-great-great grandfather came west on an orphan train. I haven’t done much research but trying to find where he came from has been a complete dead-end. What a mystery…and what a neat story. He was adopted by a family in Missouri (as extra help on a farm most likely) and took their last name. The rest is history!

  38. Linda, thanks so much for the warm welcome. I’m having a great time today. I’m so glad you like the cover of Seduction. I was so pleased that the cover artist, Rae Monet, captured my hero and elements of the story so perfectly.

    Jeanmarie

  39. Hi Quilt Lady! I hope you’ll enjoy reading Seduction. Thanks.
    My great grandfather was Irish too and his father and uncles came from Ireland to Texas. I think there may have been some political problems in Ireland they were involved in. My great aunt did some genealogy research in Dublin and was amazed at how much information she found, according to my grandmother. But the information was lost when my great aunt passed away. So the information is probably still available but it takes time to gather it. If you decide to do some research, I hope you find fascinating info. 🙂
    Jeanmarie

  40. Hi Colleen!
    Sounds like you have some great stories involved there. What a wonderful family. I hope you’re recording what you already know and what you can find out for your family and relatives. I’ve been the researcher and recorder for my family, and my dad is continually amazed by the things he didn’t know about his ancestors. 🙂

    Jeanmarie

  41. Hi, Jeanmarie,

    Congrats on Seduction. Great cover! Definitely eye-catching. I agree with you. It’s really important to keep track of family history. If the older members of a family don’t want to write things down, a smart thing is to tape them, asking questions interview style. It means a lot to the younger generations.

    Jacqueline Seewald
    just released! THE DROWNING POOL, romantic suspense, check it out on Amazon or B&N online or request it at your local library

  42. Stacey, hi!
    Thanks for the warm welcome! Yes, I’m glad you got to kiss his abs too. 😉 Thanks so much!
    You should definitely write a series inspired by your family bootlegging history! I’ve heard about NASCAR starting from the bootleggers racing with their cargo to evade the law.
    I have a photo of my grandfather on his favorite horse on a small ranch in Montana, and he’s wearing wooly chaps. He’s part of my northern family. I’m researching the last big cattle roundups because he took part in one when he was very young. Bootleggers, hmmm?
    🙂
    Jeanmarie

  43. Thanks for being our guest at Petticoats and Pistols! It’s exciting to know that you use information that you’ve learned here. I think our archives are a treasure trove!

  44. Hi, Jeanmarie! Can’t wait to read Seduction. It sounds like a great story. I’m looking forward to reading your anthology story too.

    What inspired me to write Civil War romance was actually my husband’s family history. He had an ancestor who fought in the Union army, after his two older brothers had joined the Confederate army.

  45. Hi Estella and Greta! Thanks so much for your kind words about my book, Seduction. 🙂

    When you’re searching for information about your family, remember that everyone leaves a paper trail, or nowdays maybe it’s an electronic records trail. There’s lots of info available. I even found local court records in which my grandfather was mentioned regarding home mortgages. He was often called as a witness for a mortgage company back in the early 1900s. I stumbled on the information while looking up something else in the court minutes. There are also city directories for many cities and towns that provide information such as where people lived and where they worked. Some libraries carry copies going back many decades. Also photos provide clues. Good luck with your discoveries. 🙂
    Jeanmarie

  46. Hi Jane! Thanks for the congrats! And yes, there will be some more stories coming. 🙂 Thanks so much for your wonderful support, friend. And I highly recommend Petticoats and Pistols. Always great blogs here!

    Jeanmarie

  47. Hi Jeanne,
    Thanks so much. I’m glad you like the cover! I’m thrilled with it.
    You should write down all the family stories you know. Even if you don’t write a book, the history you know about your family is valuable to many who want to know about history. Did you know that libraries love to receive stories about families? They have a special file for them. The information is so valuable. Every time you finish writing up a story, you can take it to the librarian so she can add it to the file about the experiences of your family. I’ve used these kinds of files in my own family history research. 🙂
    Jeanmarie

  48. Kerri and Tanya, thank you both for your praise of Seduction.
    Kerri, I’ve also come up with story ideas from songs I’ve heard. Music is very important to me and my family. I am so attuned to music that I have to turn it off while I’m writing. Otherwise I sit here listening to the song. 😉 But every so often a song will grab me emotionally and I’ll think about how I can turn that emotion and visual from the song into a story. I have a story started that takes place in England in the late 1800s, and it was actually inspired by a song by Tim McGraw. So I never know where a song will take me. 🙂
    And I agree Tanya, photos are great for inspiration too. Sometimes a photo will spark a feeling or emotion and I’ll ask myself questions about what might have taken place. I write down my story ideas in a notebook so I’ll have them handy for later.
    Jeanmarie

  49. Stephanie,
    What a great family story. There have been some great books written based on the orphan train. I don’t know how you would trace where he started from. Did the railroad keep records of passengers? Did orphanages? Might be interesting to look into.

    Jeanmarie

  50. Hi Jacqueline!
    Thanks so much for coming by. Yes, taping conversations of family members relating stories is a good idea. We did a little of that with my Texas grandmother because she was a wonderful story teller. I think it was her Irish background. 🙂

    Jeanmarie

  51. Hi Susan! Thank you so much. 🙂
    The story about your husband’s relatives fighting for opposite sides in the Civil War must give you lots to think about as well as write about. This is obviously one of the things that inspires you to write about the Civil War. Looking forward to your Civil War anthology story too. 🙂

    Jeanmarie

  52. Hi, Jeanmarie! Congratulations on the release of Seduction! What a hot cover! I love the fact that you incorporate your own family history into your stories. That makes the book even more interesting. I’ve definitely got you on my TBR list! Thank you so much for sharing here at P&P today!

  53. Jeanmarie,
    How fortunate you are to have such a rich family background. You can give your characters so much depth with all that knowledge.

    Congarts on the release of Seduction. I love the cover. Keep the stories coming.

  54. Hi Jeanmarie, Congratulations on the book. It looks fun. I’m looking forward to reading it. And you have such an interesting family history. All the best to you and your writing career.

    Kelly

  55. Hi, Linda,
    I think I was most fortunate in having an Irish grandmother who loved to tell stories. She also wrote stories to sell to magazines in the early 1930s, and I have copies of her stories, though she was never published.
    I’m thrilled that you like the cover. Thanks so much!
    Jeanmarie

  56. There are lots of things in my family history I’ve always found interesting. One of my favorites is of my great-grandparents coming to the west via the Oregon Trail.

  57. Wow! I love that cover. You have such interesting family history. I don’t know alot about my family history, but was inspired by my grandmother who lost her mother when she was 13 and had to finish raising your baby brother and younger sister. Her father was a bad drunk. She was a very stong lady and had a very hard life but she enjoyed it the best she could.

  58. What a joy to meet you Jeanmarie!! This is one thing I love about here at P&P is that I got my favorite authors here and they introduce me to so many great authors, and I love reading new to me authors! With your book set in this small town (which I love!) do you plan more for this setting? I know that I love to see more stories set in them! Its hard to let go of those small towns!

    My sisters are working on my mom’s side of the family history. I had found out that my great-grandparents were married on an Indian Reservation! I’m waiting to hear more but I was told that one of them was not of that nationality but they had to marry on the reservation after it was approved. I remember being told when I was younger that there was some American Indian in me but I didn’t see it and my dad’s grandparents are full Polish (immigrated to the US-we plan to do their history soon). So its so fascinating to learn! And I see that too to have that inspiration for your books Jeanmarie. Congrats on your release and more to come too!!

  59. Jeanmarie:
    Congrats on the new book-can’t wait for my copy to arrive. One of my favorite family stories is not from my family but from friend’s. Her grandmother moved with her parents and sisters to the far reaches of North Dakota when she was about 12. For 3 years the Indians kept burning their crops and trying to get them to leave, so the father of my friend’s grandmother offered one of his daughters to the chief if they would agree to let them live in peace where they were. The chief agreed and married my friend’s grandmother, who was 15 at by that time. I can’t imagine anything more terrifying than being pushed into a marriage by your father with a man you don’t know and into a culture you don’t understand! But she went and was married to the chief for 6 years before he died (he was in his sixties when she married him). When she retold the story to family years later, she said she grew to love the old chief and truly mourned him and missed him when he died, and she also grew to love the culture. She did go on to marry a Caucasian man after that but ended up being very thankful to her dad for “selling her off” to save the farm.

  60. Jeanmarie,

    What a great response you’ve had to your new book and the story behind the story! Congratulations, and I love the cover. Being able to put a part of real history into your book will be a great inspiration for its success. Good luck to you with Seduction and on your future endeavors.

  61. Hi LuAnn! That’s amazing about your family traveling by covered wagon over the Oregon Trail! From what I’ve read about it, that was a very dangerous journey. Wonderful inspiration for a gripping story.

    Jeanmarie

  62. Hi Sherry! I’m so glad you like the cover. 🙂
    Your grandmother sounds like a wonderful person. My grandfather’s dad passed away suddenly and left my grandfather and his brothers and sisters and their mother to fend alone. She started a boarding house and the boys found jobs. My grandfather was only 12 when he had to quit school and take a job to help out. I find it amazing what people have done in the past and continue to do today to survive and better themselves. I hope you’re recording your grandmother’s story. 🙂
    Jeanmarie

  63. Hi Caffey! It’s great to meet you too! 🙂 I have other western historical romances that take place in other locals. The settings for my stories are usually small towns or small cities since I’m writing about a time when the west was young. 🙂 I like to write about the part of the west that I know best. I’m hoping in doing so I will keep from making mistakes about the historical aspecs of my stories.
    Sounds like you’re having a fascinating time researching your family history! If you’re like me, it’s easy and also interesting to imagine what their lives were like. Every little piece of information gives us an intriguing picture of their lives. Thanks for the congrats and have fun! I hope you’ll enjoy my characters and their stories.

    Jeanmarie

  64. Hi Lois! What a wonderful story from your good friend. It’s hard to imagine something like that happening. Truth is often much stranger than fiction. I can imagine the young girl must have been very homesick. I wonder if her family visited her during those years she lived with the Indians? Have you thought about writing a story based on your friend’s history?
    Thanks for relating the story and thanks also, American Title II sister, for ordering Seduction. 🙂

    Jeanmarie

  65. Hi Diane! It’s great to have you drop by my guest blog for Petticoats and Pistols. Thanks so much for the congrats and good wishes for Seduction. I’m thrilled that you like the cover. 🙂
    I know that your family stories must inspire your books as well. Happy writing, friend!
    Jeanmarie

  66. Jeanmarie, It’s great that SEDUCTION is out and you are on your way! What great company here at Petticoats and Pistols. I love this site. Can’t wait to hold a copy of your book in my hands. Congratulations.
    Carolyn

  67. Great blog! I have had the pleasure of hearing snippets of your family’s past before and am looking forward to reading Seduction. Congratulations on the release!
    Laurel

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