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 Handbook 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.
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Seduction, available now at Amazon!