How many times in your life have you avoided someone or believed the worse because of what someone else had said, only to find out they were completely different than you’d been led to believe? Other people’s opinions and how they perceive others can be a strong influence on how you view them as well.
In school, I championed and befriended the other students the “in” group made fun of. I don’t know why but I have always been one to see what someone was like before making judgments. I believe this being able to see people for who they are and not what others perceive has helped me to also look at characters from all sides and not stereotype or cookie cutter them.
In my latest release, Miner in Petticoats, the heroine, Aileen, has been labeled “husband killer” due to her being twice widowed and the mysterious death of her second husband. The hero is also told she has the devil’s mark on her face. Thankfully, he is a man who likes to find out for himself the kind of person he deals with. And with his acceptance of her and his ability to accept her banter, they find a mutual attraction.
Excerpt for Miner in Petticoats:
“Mrs. Miller?” he asked, extending his hand. She kept her head tipped forward just enough her face was shadowed and hidden behind the brim of the hat.
“Who be askin’?” Her voice caught his attention with its deep, lyrical tone.
“I’m Ethan Halsey. My brothers and I have a claim just over the ridge.” It aggravated him he couldn’t see her face and register how she took his words.
“Are ye lost?” The voice vibrated under his skin, causing his body to warm.
He cleared his throat. “No, I’m not lost. I’m looking for Mrs. Miller. I’m assuming that is you, since you’re the only grown woman I see here.”
“Ah m Aileen. Ah dinnae fancy bein’ called Mrs. Miller.”
This disclosure piqued his curiosity. “Mrs— Aileen. I’ve come with an offer.” Her head tilted, tipping the wide-brimmed hat to the side and revealing a slip of her face.
“And whit may this grand offur be?” He saw the slightest curve on one side of her lips.
“Ma’am, not to sound bossy, but I’d like to see your face as we discuss this proposition.” Her shoulders dipped slightly before she squared them, stretched her neck to its full length, and whipped the hat from her head. Copper sparks reflected off her hair as the sun lit her dark locks.
Ethan hadn’t believed the words of a cowardly man like Miles, and he was happy to see there wasn’t any kind of mark on the woman’s face, at least none put there by the devil. Her skin was abundantly sprinkled with angel kisses. That was what his mother had called the freckles on her face. Angel kisses. He’d always had a fondness for freckle-faced women and children.
“Thank you, I appreciate seeing people’s eyes when talking business.” Ethan took a step closer to the porch, waiting to be invited to the shade.
“And whit be yer business?” The woman didn’t seem inclined to invite him any closer.
“I’ve scouted the land all around our claim. The five acres of your land down where Cracker Creek drops in elevation is the perfect spot to set up a stamp mill. The side of the canyon has the right slope and the water is moving fast enough to power the mill.”
“So yer business is askin’ me tae sell ma land?” She clamped work-reddened hands onto those ample hips and glared at him.
“We’d give you a fair price for the five acres, and you could use the stamp mill to claim more gold from your mine.” The information didn’t seem to change her opinion. She still glared at him. “We’re allowing the nearby claims to build rails to bring their ore to the mill. They can use the stamp mill, giving us a small cut of their profits.” He smiled at his family’s generosity.
“So ye’re doin’ this oot o’ the goodness o’ yer heart? Takin’ yer neighbor’s land and their gold.” Her light green eyes flashed with indignation.
As you can see Ethan doesn’t let what he’s been told about Aileen influence how he feels toward her. He finds things out for himself. It is a battle of wits and tongues, but in the end- he’s glad he sparred with her. LOL
Miner in Petticoats received a Top Review Pick at Night Owl
Romance and this is what the reviewer had to say: Miner in
Petticoats is rich in character and setting and reading
it feels a bit like taking a walk through a history museum.
I've read a lot of American historical fiction and felt
this story was well-researched. The set up was interesting
and believable and the conflict was
strong. I felt there was good character development
and enjoyed the children's characters.
Thanks for visiting here today. I'll be awarding a copy of the
first book in my Halsey Brothers series, Marshal in Petticoats to
one name I draw. In closing, have you ever explored a mine?
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