PATY JAGER: Misconceptions, Rumors, and Innuendos


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.   paty-jager-mine

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? 
If so where and what did you think? paty-jager-miner-in-petticoats-cover
To order Paty's latest book, click on cover.
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30 thoughts on “PATY JAGER: Misconceptions, Rumors, and Innuendos”

  1. Paty, welcome! I have visited the Ponderosa mine in Virginia City, Nevada, and The Gold Bug Mine near Placerville. Both were fabulous to see. I would not like to have been a miner, however. Also at Gold Bug is a miniature stamp mill. I was intrigued how they work.

    Thanks for helping me out today! oxoxoxo

  2. Nope, never been to a mine. Since I’m claustrophobic, it would not be on my list of places to visit!!

    I went into a cave (with lights) once while visiting Arizona and that was more than enough for my lifetime.

  3. Hi Paty! Yes, I have explored a mine. It was during the summer, and I enjoyed the coolness. It was pretty claustrophobic, though. Luckily, that doesn’t bother me much.

    No need to enter me in the drawing. I already have my copy of Marshal!

  4. Thanks for this interesting post. I enjoyed reading about your book. I have visited several old mining towns but did not visit the mines. I loved the historical beauty which was fascinating.

  5. Welcome to the Corral, Paty! We’re so glad you could sit in for MOB Tanya today.

    I’ve never explored a hole-in-the-ground mine, only a strip mine (ugly things – though the gigantic bucket crane was amazing). I’ve visited some of the Colorado Silver Mine historical displays. Those I enjoyed seeing.

  6. Hi!
    No, I’ve never seen a mine. Sorry.
    The only thing underground that I’ve explored is the “Tunnels of Moose Jaw” in Saskatchewan, Canada, where there are tunnels under the downtown area of the city. “Tours are conducted by actor guides in the role of characters from Moose Jaw’s past.” Moose Jaw was referred to as Little Chicago in the bootlegging industry, and rumor has it that Al Capone spent time hiding away there too.

  7. Hi, Paty! Great blog, and your book sounds wonderful (as a reddish-haired, freckle-faced person of Scottish ancestry I loved your heroine; my great grandmother would have spoken like that).
    We have lots of old mines in Utah, many of them sealed off because of the danger. I explored one in college, with a carbide lamp on my head. Scary but neat. So dark and creepy.

  8. No, I’ve never have explored a mine. Thanks for the post. Interesting. Love to win the book. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. Good morning, Paty-

    Congratulations again on your five spur review!! Woo Hoo!

    I’ve not explored a mine — except virtually. It was at the state fair where you go in a movie theater and it seems like you are riding in a bucket and the seats move up and down when the screen shows you plunging straight down into the pit. SO MUCH FUN!! And, you travel over a deep canyon, way up high and it was truly thrilling. I think I did it three times. If I ever found it somewhere again I’d be sure to ride!!!

    In real life I’m too claustrophobic to go in a real mine. When I was younger I went in some caves and they were wonderful. Now I even leave those for the more adventurous…

    Fun blog!! 🙂

  10. Hi Paty,
    I didn’t know you were over here today. I’ve never been in a mine, but I was touring a cave once and as part of the tour they turned out the lights. Very creepy. You can’t even see your own body. I don’t think I would ever go down in a mine. Good luck with your sales!

  11. Hi Paty,

    Welcome back to P&P! We’re always glad to have you. Hope you have a great time today.

    Your book looks amazing. The title really grabs a reader because of the unique profession of Aileen. And the excerpt made me want to rush out to buy it. Wow! I can only the imagine the sparks that fly between Aileen and Ethan.

    I went down into a mine outside of Deadwood, SD. Sure was dark. It must’ve been horrible to spend days on end down there. Wouldn’t have been the life for me. I need sunshine and fresh air.

  12. I live in western PA so lots of coal mines here and I have gone to a couple with my children on field trips. It has to be one of those jobs on the “worst” list, especially back in the day.

    It’s so much easier to believe in the worse about someone but I really do try to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes it’s just a matter of different personalities clashing.

    Loved the excerpt – thanks.

  13. Hi Paty, I have never been in a mine before but I have went back into tunnels that were from an old rock quary. These tunnels went on for miles. They bottle spring water back in these tunnels from an underground spring. It was kind of a neat trip to go through.

  14. Back in the 70s I was a chaperone for one of my boy’s 4th grade class trip to northern MN. We visited the iron ore mine at Tower Soudan via a trip in a “cage” 1/2 mile down into the ground and then the underground tour by train. Fascinating, chilly and scary. Kids loved it.

  15. Hi, Paty! I’ve never visited a mine, but it’s been neat reading about them–it seems like it’d be potentially scary, especially for those of us not too fond of the dark and small, enclosed spaces! Congrats on your latest release!

  16. Hi Paty! Congratulations on the release! Sounds like a good, fun story and series! No, I don’t think I have ever been in a mine… caverns yes, but no mine.

  17. Not at all into mining! I don’t mind reading about
    miners in petticoats or any other clothing, just no
    going into mines for me! Does that give you the idea that I might be a tad bit claustrophobic?
    Good luck with your upcoming releases!!!

    Pat Cochran

  18. Hi all, Sorry I’m late responding, when Tanya offered this day to me I didn’t realize my dh would send me to the boonies to do the irrigating. I drove ten miles to a spot where I get internet to respond and I was thrilled to see so many of you stopped by! Since I’m on limited time, I’ll nto respond to each one of you, though I would like to. I”ll be back here in the morning(when I’m headed home) and let you know who won the book.

    Thank you all for your kind comments and yes, Carol- I was ecstatic to see that Love Western Romances gave Miner in Petticoats a 5 spur review! Woo hoo!

  19. Hi, Paty

    Love the sound of your books, but to tell you the truth I haven’t been able to find them in stores.

    I have never been in a mine but have explored a few caves.

    I hate for people to judge others by there looks, I hold to my grandmothers saying “Pretty is as Pretty does”.

  20. Love the names of your book and am looking forward to reading them. Not likely to explore a mine but love reading about them.

  21. Wonderful post, Paty, and congrats on the fabulous reviews, and great books!

    Yes, I’ve been in a mine, several, iron ore and gold. Spooky, is all I can say, but then again, I’ve always been afraid of the dark.

  22. Hi Paty,

    I haven’t read any of your books. Marshal in Petticoats sounds like a great place to start! Miners in Petticoats sounds wonderful as well.

    Thank you!

  23. Hi Paty,
    Chiming in way late to say hello and welcome you to P and P! Loved your excerpt! I enjoyed going into the mine in Virginia City, Nev. It was quite an experience!

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