A great big “Howdy!” to everyone at Wildflower Junction. It’s great to be passin’ through again as a guest blogger. Always nice to see all of you readers and authors alike. This is a busy March for me. Not only do I have a March 2nd deadline, but a new book coming out tomorrow, too. It’s a book I’m really excited about.
HEART OF STONE is the first book of my new Irish Angels Series and its available in two formats depending on where you shop. Not only is there a mass market edition, but it’s also available in trade paperback.
HEART OF STONE features a hero and heroine who wouldn’t usually move in the same circles, let alone fall in love, but tell that to Laura Foster and Reverend Brand McCormick of Glory, Texas. Many of you have read my two other books set in Glory. I imagine it’s the kind of old western town we’d all like to visit or even live in. The kind of place “where everybody knows your name,” where folks come together as a community to support their own. At least in theory.
But what happens when one of their own, a woman believed to be upstanding and respectable turns out to have a past so dark that it will not only bring her down when revealed, but it will ruin the life of the man who loves her—a widowed preacher and father of two young children? Will anyone stand behind her then? And it’s not as if her hero doesn’t have some secrets of his own–which only complicates matters.
But I don’t want to give anything more away. I’ll just say I think you’ll love these characters as much as I loved writing about them. At least I hope so.
Since I’m busy wrapping up my latest work in progress and will be looking for a new setting soon, I thought I’d take this opportunity to hear from some of you about what you consider a true “Western” historical romance. Do you prefer them strictly set in the Western United States? Do Westerns have to include heroes who are cowboys with spurs, boots and holsters before a book can be considered a Western? Are horses and stagecoaches and hold ups obligatory? Indians a must?
What about ranchers in the Pacific Northwest? What about Vaqueros in California? How about Pinkerton Detectives? Or miners in the Alaskan Gold Rush? Pioneers like Daniel Boone? I’m sure his wife wore petticoats and ol’ Daniel had a gun, but could you call his story a “western?” And what about riverboat gamblers? Remember Rhett Butler and Scarlet O’Hara? Plenty of petticoats and pistols in that post Civil War classic. Would you leave Gone With the Wind on the shelf because it’s not a “Western?”
By the way, since the early 1800’s we’ve had plenty of cowboys here in Hawaii, only they’re called paniolos. Talk about the far West. We’re as west as you can get—but maybe writing a Hawaiian “western” would be stretching it. Or not?
If you have time, leave a comment and let me know your thoughts about settings for westerns, for historicals in general, and what you gravitate toward when you’re shopping for a good read. I’ll have two autographed copies of HEART OF STONE hot off the press to send to two lucky reader winners.
Until the Fillies let me stop by again, I’ll look forward to hearing from you!
Aloha, Jill Marie
(To order Jill’s book, click on the cover above)