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:
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 calm 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?
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.