If you’ve noticed I haven’t been on the blog schedule lately, you’re right. I’ve taken a back seat at Petticoats & Pistols to let my Filly sisters run the show so that I can concentrate on another project, but rest assured I haven’t left Wildflower Junction. Nosirree! I’ve been right here, keeping a close eye on the corral to make sure the other Fillies behave themselves. And by golly, they’ve been doing great!
With Tracy Garrett taking the day off while she’s in Orlando at the RWA Conference, I’ve jumped into her slot to let you all know THE LAWMAN’S REDEMPTION is finally on the shelves. Yee-haw!
Here’s a quick blurb:
Jack Hollister had always wanted to be a lawman, but the night he’s forced to kill his outlaw father in self-defense, he tosses aside his badge and turns cowboy. He seeks refuge at the Wells Cattle Company, but he’s haunted by his father’s dying wish – to find the man who betrayed him and his gang.
Grace Reilly nurtures a simmering hate for the lawman she believes killed her lawless mother. She vows revenge, but her respectable life in the east is shattered by scandal. First, she must travel west to find the answers she needs to save her best friend and all they’d worked for, never dreaming she’d find Jack, too . . ..
Together, Jack and Grace learn love and forgiveness as they encounter the man who’s determined to destroy them—unless they can destroy him first.
Now, we’ve talked about trilogies before and how popular they tend to be with readers. Well, THE LAWMAN’S REDEMPTION wraps up my Wells Cattle Company trilogy by giving Jack Hollister his own story. You might recall Trey Wells, owner of the prestigious WCC, started things rolling last May in THE CATTLEMAN’S UNSUITABLE WIFE. Mick Vasco picked up the reins in THE CATTLEMAN’S CHRISTMAS BRIDE, released in October in a Christmas anthology I shared with Elizabeth Lane, entitled COWBOY CHRISTMAS. Jack came on stage in that story, and I’m hoping you’ll love him as much as I do in this latest one when he’s forced to do something he’s not sure he wants to do. Of course, he needs the help of a certain Lady in Blue to succeed.
As with pretty much all of the books I’ve written, these stories involve real-life historical characters. In the first book of the trilogy, I introduced the astute businessman, Paris Gibson, who is credited with being the driving force behind the growth and establishment of Great Falls, Montana. (Anyone from Great Falls out there?) In THE LAWMAN’S REDEMPTION, I bring Louis David Riel on stage.
Without giving anything away, Riel was born Metis—an ethnic mix of French-Canadian, Scottish, English, and various Indian descent. As a young man, he fought the Canadian government to protect Metis rights and eventually considered himself a divinely chosen prophet for his people. He was exiled and suffered a mental breakdown, eventually being confined to an asylum. After a slow recovery and promising to lead a quiet life, he was released, only to become involved in more political strife. The Canadian government considered him an insane traitor and eventually executed him. Today, after much reconsideration of his deeds, he is now a folk hero in that country, a freedom fighter who devoted his life to protecting his people and their land.
Do you enjoy reading about true historical figures and events in fiction? Do you approve of an author’s poetic license to construe history to fit her story? What is your favorite thing about trilogies?
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