Stacey Coverstone ~ My Romance With Tulie

Stacey Coverstone photoTularosa.  The word evokes the vision of a charming Mexican village in the desert, which is pretty close to accurate.  Tularosa is the name of an actual town in New Mexico (nicknamed Tulie), and it is the setting for my upcoming contemporary romance, Lucky in Love, being released June 1 by Champagne Books.

 I’ve been carrying on a romance with this southwestern village since 2004 when I traveled to the Land of Enchantment fP1010622-horsesor the first time.  It took only two days for me to fall in love with the flowering desert, the multi-faceted mountains, and the eternal sunshine.  I fell so hard, in fact, that I bought five acres of land with the dream of building a ranch on it one day.  From the adobe home I imagined on the property, the Sacramento Mountains lay out my back door while the sacred mountain, Sierra Blanca, provided an incredible northeast view from my kitchen window.

Tularosa derives its name Rio Tularosafrom the Spanish word tule meaning rose colored reeds, which grew along the banks of the Rio Tularosa, which still exists along the north side of the town.  Original settlers were attracted to this area in 1860 because the river flowed deep and cool year-round in the desert.  However, due to frequent raids by the Apaches from what is now the Mescalero Apache Reservation, occupation was untenable and the site was abandoned.  Two years later, Hispanic farmers from the Rio Grande valley succeeded in settling the area, with protection from Fort Stanton to the east. Orchards were planted and homes were built.  In 1863, Tularosa was formally established and forty-nine blocks of the new village were plotted, with water rights distributed and recorded.

All was not peaceful in this idyllic setting, however.  In 1868, the Apaches went on  a vicious rampage, killing eleven men and two women, prompting a battle between settlers and soldiers against the Apaches at Round Mountain, a cone-shaped peak 1,000 feet TularosaChurchabove the 4,500 foot high desert floor.  After that short skirmish, in which the Indians retreated, Tularosa was never again attacked, and the Hispanics promised to build a new church to commemorate the last battle with the Apaches.  The St. Francis de Paula Mission was started that same year and still stands today, shaded by ancient cottonwoods that line one of the oldest acequias in southern New Mexico.

The original Roses in Tulieacequia (ditch irrigation system) remains virtually unchanged and still provides the water for the trees lining the streets, grassy lawns, and a variety of beautiful roses, which grace many private gardens. A Rose Festival is held annually, the first weekend in May, to celebrate the abundance of blossoms. 

Some of the original block-long adobe homes still exist in Tulie as well.  In 1979, the Tularosa Original Town-site District, consisting of the original forty-nine blocks on 1400 acres including 182 buildings was recorded in the National Register of Historic Places.

With a population of around 3,000, this picturesque village has welcomed the arrival of Spanish-speaking ranchers, Texdesert wildflowersas cattlemen, soldiers, Anglos and Apaches, and has managed to weather them all.

In Lucky in Love, my heroine, Jordan Mackenzie, is one of those transplants who falls in love with Tularosa, the lifestyle, and the natural beauty of New Mexico, much the same way that I did.  Many of the landmarks, places and events in this story are real, such as The Lodge and Rebecca the ghost, the Otero County fair and rodeo, the fabulous Mexican restaurant, Casa de Suenos, and theCover LuckyinLove Mission Church.  This story is near and dear to my heart, as is Tulie.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  You can watch the video and read a blurb and excerpt of Lucky in Love on my website:

Leave a comment today and you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a free digital copy of the book.

Thanks to the fillies for having me today.  I always love talking to my fellow western romance fans.

Happy Reading,


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44 thoughts on “Stacey Coverstone ~ My Romance With Tulie”

  1. Hi Stacey:
    I thoroughly enjoyed your writing about Tulie. Gonna have to go there someday, as New Mexico is one of my fav places. Good luck with Lucky In Love.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Congratulations! Keep them coming. I’d love to be chosen for this book.

  3. tularosa is such a beautiful name! i think i’ll save it for a horse someday…it’s perfect 🙂

    book sounds great! liked the song for your video clip and love that the aunt had worked in horse rescue–very noble!
    also enjoyed that the dog was named tag—it’s on my go to list of dog names

    thanks for the chance to win! would be great…but if not i’m putting this on on my “to buy” list

  4. Very interesting post. Since I am from Oklahoma I am always sympathetic to Native Americans. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose your land and have to move because of your race.

  5. Hi Stacey, we’re delighted to have you back with us. I can really relate to your subject since I was born and raised in New Mexico. It is a beautiful state. I just came back from spending a week there. Sure was nice and relaxing.

    Your new book sounds wonderful and the cover is to die for. Anytime you get a horse on the cover it’s thrilling.

  6. Welcome to Wildflower Junction again, my Bandera friend! Tularosa is truly a lovely name, and five acres all your own for a ranch: yowza! I love learning about new places.

    Congrats on your new book…I’m on my way to check out the video right now. Say hi to your hubby for me! oxoxoxox

  7. Hi Tabitha,
    I’m glad you enjoyed the LIL video. I hadn’t thought of Tularosa for a horse’s name, but it’s a great one. Hope you enjoy the story,one way or the other.

  8. Hi Goldie,
    I’ve been to Round Mountain and visited with some Mescalero Apaches. They are proud people. They live in a very beautiful area near the sacred mountain, Sierra Blanca, but it’s a difficult life. My heart goes out to them, too.

  9. I always enjoy my time at P&P, Linda. Lucky you, spending a week in NM. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been back, and I’m missing the desert.

  10. Hi Tanya,
    Hubby says hi back at ya. I love learning about, but mostly traveling to new places. I’d like to quit work and spend all my time traveling the west, but alas, no can do. Not yet anyway. We may be buying an LQ (horse trailer with living quarters) so that will be the next best thing. Did you see the new pics of me and my horses on my website?

  11. Hi Melissa,
    New Mexico is definitely a place to fall in love with, but your state of Montana is a beautiful place, too. I still want to come out there and visit you someday and get some Montana inspiration for a story.

  12. Thanks for coming by, Carla. NM is my second home and I do enjoy writing about it. I have 2 other published novels set in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, so that tells you how much I love the area.

  13. Hi Stacey, and welcome back to the Junction! After reading your blog, I’ve added another “must see” place to my list. Tularosa sounds lovely! And I love NM – Santa Fe & Taos top my list of favorites places to visit.

  14. Hi Tracy,
    Thanks for having me back. Everyone thinks of Taos (Which I do love) and Santa Fe as the only places worth visiting in NM, but there are so many small, charming towns all over the Land of Enchantment. Southern NM has a beauty and charm all its own. Hope you can visit someday.

  15. It does. When I visited with my parents a few years ago, we drove through a small portion of the state, past tiny towns and Pueblos…I fell in love with NM on that trip.

  16. Beautiful country! I’ve only passed through
    once on the way to California. My mother was
    born in a little town named Gibbs, New Mexico.
    It’s now a ghost town, but I’d still like to
    visit the area. Your book sounds like a winner!

    Pat Cochran

  17. Hi Stacey,
    Tularosa sounds like one of those beautiful places filled with serenity if you stop and listen. :)Any pics I’ve ever seen of NM have always been beautiful.I definitely will put Lucky In Love on my TRL. Off to see your trailer.Thanks for the informative post Stacey.
    Carol L.

  18. Hi, Stacey.

    You’re a new author for me. I enjoyed reading your post and look forward in reading your works.

  19. Hi Brandy,
    I love taking photos. It’s easy to take beautiful ones of NM.

    Hi Pat,
    I love exploring ghost towns in NM, but I haven’t gone to Gibbs yet. Will have to check it out someday.

  20. Hi Carol,
    Check out all the trailers for my books while you’re on my website, if you have time. They’re all short and were really fun to do. I enjoy being creative in many ways. Maybe you’ll be the lucky winner of Lucky in Love.

  21. Hi Tracey,
    Hope you’ll have time to visit my website, where you’ll find blurbs, excerpts, trailers and reviews for all my books. Let me know if you get a chance to read one of my novels. Thanks for dropping by.

  22. We lived in Colorado for 3 years and loved it. The West is a special place. We traveled in New Mexico several times, but there is still much more we want to see. Tularosa is now added to that list. The whole area has such a wonderful history going back to the early Native Americans. I look forward to our retirement so we can travel this country and see all the wonderful things it has to offer.

  23. I agree with you, Patricia. Although I don’t want to get older, I do look forward to spending more time traveling and see the wonderful U.S., especially the West.

  24. Tulie native here. I’m intrigued, and happy that you love our beautiful village. That’s a book I’ll have to read.

  25. Tulie native as well. I need to get this book. I called the public library and they did not have a copy. We do have a beautiful village and surrounding area. There is a lot of history here as well.

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