Tammy Barley and the COOLEST CONTEST EVER!


At the end of this blog you’ll find a chance to win the coolest contest EVER and everyone who leaves a comment will get their name in the drawing to win a copy of Tammy Barley’s new release, Love’s Rescue.

Now, here’s Tammy Barley:tammy2


Greetings all, and a special howdy to everyone I haven’t had the pleasure to meet yet!


Whew! I just finished throwing a huge Travel Back to 19th Century America book launch for my new release, the award-winning book one of the Sierra Chronicles Series, Love’s Rescue. My church sponsored the event west of Chicago, members brought 19th century Western/cowboy, farm, and Civil War memorabilia to entertain visitors (good turnout), I signed books in period costume plus I’d crafted displays to allow folks to try their hand at Indian basket weaving, braiding strips of leather, touching several kinds of pelts to guess the animals (whoda thunk buffaloes are THAT hairy?), and trying to guess the origin of several cowboy words, among other activities.


So I’d like to give you a chance to do the same—see if you can figure out the origin of cowboy words, that is. Normally guest bloggers give away one book, but I’m giving away THREE since I have more than one thing for you to guess. I’ll tell you more about that in a sec. First, here’s a little more about Love’s Rescue:


A Dividing Conflict

In 1863, the War Between the States is dividing more than a nation. To escape the conflict, Jessica Hale and her family flee their Kentucky home and head for Nevada Territory. Her brother, Ambrose, committed to the Confederates, rejoins the Kentucky militia and is disowned by his father. But the worst is yet to come.

A Heroic Kidnapper

When Unionists presume the family to be Confederate sympathizers, they set a devastating fire to their home. All alone and then “kidnapped” by cattleman Jake Bennett, Jessica is taken to a ranch deep in the Sierra Nevada wilderness. Can she overcome her resentment toward Jake for failing to save her family?

The Depths of Love

When Jake launches a plan to help Jessica’s brother escape from prison camp, she sees him for the honest, good-hearted Christian man that he is and now knows the depth of his love for her. Through the lingering smoke and smoldering ashes from her ruined home and murdered family, will Jessica see a future with Jake?


Me again. Yep, Jess Hale is headstrong, feisty, and Jake is ctammy-barley-3alm and solid as the earth itself. (He also looks like Hugh Jackman’s character in Australia which doesn’t hurt a bit)


As I was saying a moment ago, I’m giving away three books—one for our little contest number one, one for our contest number two (winners drawn randomly from correct answers), and one for having the gumption to take a stab at one and two (drawn randomly). So here we go!


Mini Contest One:

Here’s a scene from Love’s Rescue. See if you can figure out what Jess did to get even with the cowboys. The scene setup: The night before this scene, Jess was attacked by a pack of wolves, bit deep enough that Jake had to stitch her leg, and after he tied off the thread, her nerves were so shot that she threw up outside while the cattlemen looked on. They spent the day teasing her mercilessly about “spewin’ in the sage” while she scrubbed their laundry and seethed.


            The next morning brought with it a fresh breeze, and Jess hummed merrily as she hung the last of the clean, damp clothing and called cheery greetings to each one of the cattlemen as they passed by. Sheepish about their ruthless teasing the day before, they returned her greetings with extreme politeness, calling her ma’am or offering to lend a hand should she have need of it. These offers she responded to with an outpouring of gratitude and assurances that yes, she certainly would prevail upon their kindness, should she have a need.

The men went away, glancing at each other in unease.

When evening came and Jess was just as charming as she had been all day, they began to relax, apparently glad that she had forgiven them. She overheard one remind the others that they best not tease her again to the extent they did the day before. After all, everyone’s good humor does have its limits.

While they ate dinner in the cookhouse, Jess stayed out behind the bunkhouse, humming again as she took down the wind-dried shirts, union suits, and pants. The sun was setting when she returned the neatly folded clothes to the men with a smile as pure as golden honey.


Here’s the question: What do you suppose Jess did to get even?


Mini Contest Two:

Can you guess the origin of these cowboy words?


chuck (food)







 Good luck! I’ll see you in the Sierras!




 Simply read Love’s Rescue, answer ten questions about the story at http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html, and you are entered to win a one-week vacation for two to a western guest ranch resort in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado! (One entry per reader.) The winner will be drawn on Valentine’s Day 2010, randomly from entrants who have answered all ten questions correctly. For more information and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html.






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28 thoughts on “Tammy Barley and the COOLEST CONTEST EVER!”

  1. HI Tammy,
    Let me be the first to welcome you to Wildflower Junction! Your book sounds wonderful and every time I see the cover, I think of Catherine Zeta Jones. I think it’s in the eyes and the expression on her face. Has anyone said that to you before?

    What a wonderful contest you’re having!!

  2. Hi, Charlene, and thank you for your warm welcome!

    I’ve been asked if I pictured a certain actress as I wrote Jess’s character, but I never equated her with anyone. Catherine Zeta Jones (in Zorro) is perfect. I’ll almost certainly imagine her from now on when I write scenes for Jess.

    I’m throwing the kind of contest I’d love to win–a guest ranch vacation in the Rocky Mountains. Since I write so readers will feel like they are there in the time and place, slipping into a cool, purling stream on a steamy, summer night, or flying on horseback over the wide open, red earth of the Nevada desert, a vacation where readers could actually enjoy an entire week in a similar setting was fitting.


  3. Hi. I’m confused by the above instructions. Do I try to answer your two questions in a blog where everyone can read them? Other than that, have a great day and thanks for offering your books in a contest!

  4. CONTEST 1 – I am pretty sure she either put itching powder or too much starch in their clothes. (But, I could be wrong, usually am (lol))


    chuck (food) – Not to sure about this one – I think it came from the creator of the Chuck Wagon Charles Goodnight.

    buckaroo – Came from the Spanish word “Vaquero”. Vaquero is a Spanish term for a man who takes care of cattle.

    calaboose – Also formed from a spanish word calabozo meaning dungeon.

    stampede – estampida in spanish means loud noise with pounding, this became stampede due to being miss prounced

    maverick – Had to look this one up very interesting the originated from a mans name Samuel Augustus Maverick. Look it up very interesting.

  5. Looks like Sheery got here first and I have to agree with everything on the definitions.
    I was thinking starch or red pepper for the clothes but itching powder sounds like a good one although why she would have that on hand…lol. Maybe poison ivy or another plant that was known back then.

  6. Hi Tammy,
    I think Jess had to rub poison ivy on the clothes. I think Sherry’s definitions have to be right except maybe #1 refers to the cut of meat called chuck.

  7. Hello Tammy,

    Thank you for being here today. I love the ideas for your contests. Contest One – I feel she has put something in their food to cause them to have to change their clothes which has also been contaminated with something. A double whammy for the men who made fun of her. Contest Two – I think all the words origin is from Spain. Thank you for such entertaining contests. Have a great day.

  8. Hi Tammy,

    I’m a little late with this, but welcome to P&P! You wrote such an interesting blog. The excerpt had me hooked as well as the cover of the book. I can’t wait to read it. I’ve definitely added it to my buy list.

    Have a great day!

  9. Hi, Sherry, Jeanne, Maureen, Mary, Roberta, and Linda! Yep, I a big fan of wacky contests too, and great guesses, all, though you still haven’t hit upon all the answers yet. Keep trying!

    You gals HAVE given me fresh ideas for ways Jess can even the score with the ranchmen should those varmints get out of hand again during book two or three.


  10. I love the sound of your Travel Back to 19th Century America book launch… It must have been alot of fun!
    Contest 1: Like everyone else, I was thinking she did something to their clothes… but I will say she was killing them with kindness! 😀
    Contest 2: I know what the words are, but not all of the details like Sherry…

  11. Hi Tammy and welcome to P&P! Thanks for sharing today! Contest One – my first thought was if she could spew on the clothes they would smell yucky. My second thought was she would slip something into their food (like soap shavings) to give them upset tummys.
    Contest two – I agree with Sherry’s answers except “Chuck”. Chuck was already a slang word for meat before the Chuck Wagon (thus resulting in the term Chuck wagon!) I’m not really sure if the slang came from the Indian name for woodchuck, a version of chuck instead of “cluck” used with chickens or the cut of meat that is called chuck. The book sounds like a good, fun read! Martha

  12. Welcome to the Corral, Tammy! You have a gorgeous cover and Jess sounds like a truly feisty young heroine.

    She wouldn’t have put a scorpion in those clothes, would she? Naw, surely not. 😀

  13. Hi, Colleen (great Irish name)! The book launch was a hoot. A number of folks gussied up in period duds and added to the fun. We had a good time trying to guess what all those 150-year-old contraptions were used for. The goofiest one was a short series of bullhorns linked together and descending in size. It was used to stuff sausage meat into skins =)

    Thank you, Martha! I’m starting to think we could put together a book called “How to get even with unruly cowboys.” LOL! I’ll post the answer tonight around ten.

    A corral is always a great place to be, Tracy! I’m delighted with the cover too. A scorpion? Hmm.


  14. Contest #1) My wild guess is that she flavors up their meal with something strong tasting and awful, maybe a whole bunch of that sage she was spewin’ in.

    Contest #2) I have no idea about any of the word origins, so I’ll make some crazy guesses.
    *Chuck -I believe comes simply from that part of the beef called a chuck steak or chuck roast.
    *Buckaroo – junior cattleman
    *calaboose – no idea, can’t even make one up (back of the house?)
    *stampede – stamp (to pound) ede – to impede progress (haha)
    *maverick – something new, never been done, fandangled


  15. My first thought was itching powder but would she have that with her? She had to have done something else like maybe washing the clothes with poison ivy ?

    chuck (food)(had to be the cut of meat,espically from a cattle herd)
    buckaroo (a young cowboy)
    calaboose (the end or something usually a train)
    stampede (herd of animals out of control)
    maverick ( unusualy or one of a kind)

  16. I think she starched their clothes. Would certainly be uncomfortable to ride in all day.
    Word origins –
    chuck – probably called that because the meals were thrown
    buckaroo – derived form the spanish word vaquero.
    calaboose – derived from the french and spanish words for
    stampede – derived from the spanish estampida which means a
    crash, uproar.
    maverick – so named after an 19th century Texas rancher named
    Samuel A. Maverick who did not brand his cattle.

  17. Welcome, Vickie and Patricia!

    It’s looking good, ladies!

    I had planned to post the winners at ten p.m., but I got to thinking that since I’m on Central Time, and that certainly isn’t the same time as in the Sierra Nevadas, a ten p.m. posting wouldn’t be entirely fair to any West Coasters who are still online. So I’ll post the winners in the morning and give everyone a fair shake. (Any idea where that phrase originated?)


  18. In most cases, even if they were sympathizers, if the homes were occupied, they were left untouched in terms of fire. Homes left vaccant were considered to be homes of such rabid secesh that those would surely be burnt.

    Just some FYI.


  19. I’d guess that she starched the union suits! That’s
    what I would do ! LOLOL!

    Pat Cochran

  20. Hi Dena, Corey, and Pat! I agree, Dena, this is a fun place to blog and chat.

    Corey, Great info! Not to give too much away, but plots sometimes have a few more twists than they appear to. . . . ; )

    Pat, I knew of a young newlywedded gal married to a military soldier. She was so dedicated to keeping his uniform looking perfect, she even starched his undershorts. Once. Then he painstakingly walked in the door from work–early–and explained a few things about laundry. LOL!



    Good morning, fillies! Here are the answers:

    Mini contest two, cowboy words: Maureen and Martha got ’em all (several others were sooo close!). I drew randomly, and Maureen wins the first of three copies of Love’s Rescue!

    As for mini contest one, here’s the excerpt that reveals what Jess did to get even:

    When they finally dismounted at noon, Jake noticed several of the men look at each other strangely. As they walked around, conversations grew stilted. Every one of them seemed to have an odd hitch in his step. Bemused, Jake accepted a mug of coffee from Ho Chen then leaned against the wagon. The men were silent now, shifting oddly in their drawers. A few reached around to check things, then all at once they exchanged a horrified look.

    Jake frowned. “What’s got you boys squirming in your seats?”

    The men looked at him, reluctant to answer. One named Will slowly hitched forward. “I think Miss Jess done paid us back, is all.”

    Jake hadn’t expected that. “Paid you back? For what?”

    “For teasin’ her about vomitin’, I reckon.”

    Jake glanced at Ho Chen. The small man bent studiously over his cooking, seeming not to notice the goings-on. “What did she do?”

    Will sighed. “I think she done snipped the buttons out of the seats of our johns.”

    Jake’s flat belly jerked, then he threw back his head and laughed in a way he hadn’t laughed in years. He wiped his eyes as his mirth gradually subsided, and when he managed to speak again he was able to use his ranch owner’s tones.
    “I suggest you boys go apologize to the lady then get yourselves put back together. You’ll miss dinner, but I’m sure Ho Chen will keep it for your supper.”

    Red faces all around, they mumbled their agreement, then made their way into their saddles with slow, precise movements.

    Jake rested an arm on a wagon wheel while he watched his men ride for home. Finally he allowed another smile to claim his face.

    Ho Chen came up beside him, coffeepot in hand. “You are not unhappy with Miss Jessie?”

    Jake shook his head, his smile widening. “I don’t know how we ever got along without her.”

    Answer: Jess cut threads, loosening the buttons of their union suits so they’d come apart while the men were out on the range. With this she gained their humble respect, and for the first time she began to feel part of the ranch.

    Pat Cochran guessed that Jess did something to the cattlemen’s union suits, so that’s the closest guess. Pat wins the second copy of Love’s Rescue!

    Everyone else’s name went into a hat to win the third copy as a bonus just for stopping by and giving the two contests a whirl. Patricia Barraclough wins the third copy of Love’s Rescue!

    Winners—if you will e-mail me privately (tammy underscore barley at hotmail dot com) with your full names and street addys, I’ll get those books to you. Congratulations, and thank you all for playing and for letting me share a few parts of Love’s Rescue with you! I enjoyed the workings of such creative imaginations!



  22. Hi here’s mine,
    chuck (food)–beef they eat
    buckaroo– Great Basin country (Nevada) also a young cowboy
    calaboose–spanish for jail?
    stampede- panic-stricken cattle
    maverick—rough country wild cattle

  23. Congrats to the winners. I like how she got even and not as terrible as some of the ideas we came up with lol.

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