A New Book Coming (Patricia Potter)

I know.   I’m not supposed to be here today. Margaret Brownley is. But we traded days this month, and I’m ever so happy that we did.

I can shamelessly promote my new book which hits the stands and the e-world at the end of the August. In ten days or so.

“The Lawman” has a special place in my heart. It will be my first western in nearly fifteen years. And it was westerns that started me writing.   I was a perfectly happy public relations practitioner when strangers started haunting my every thought.   I sat down and started writing.   It was a tale of the Civil War in Texas.   I’ve always been fascinated with the influence of the war on the west, the emotional wounds that so many men carried with them.   This story’s roots is also based on that conflict.

Westerns have always been my first love. But when the western genre started to fade (my personal opinion is that they were so popular, publishers started to flood the market and flooding the market has never been good) I turned to Scotland. There were similarities between the two. Strong women. Strong, rugged men, usually wronged in some way and fighting for justice.

I went from Scotland to World War II to early America and finally  to contemporary suspense, but all that time, western tales nagged at me, one character in particular.  She’s been waiting for this story for a decade.

Her name is Samantha, and she was raised in a mining town in Colorado during the height of the gold craze. Her father was killed for his claim, and her mother cooked and washed clothes to support Samantha and herself. She eventually ran a boarding house, but then she died of pneumonia and, at eleven, Samantha was orphaned.

She appeared to me when I visited an old ghost mining town in Colorado. Most of it had burned down, but there were still a few ramshackle buildings. I could picture the thousands of hopeful men who risked everything for a nugget of gold.   A dozen languages were spoken. Men came from every continent with great hopes and little else.  Each camp had two or three or even five newspapers, not to mention the always present soiled doves. Vigilante justice ruled.  I loved prowling though books about the mining towns and the people who lived there.

These towns grew and most then died as their hopeful populations went to the next find.   A few developed into towns that exist today but not many. 

But what was to happen to Samantha? She had no family left, not even distant ones. There was no respectable woman to take her. But three men — an outlaw, a gambler and a mule skinner – had all loved Samantha’s mother and swore to her that  they would care for her daughter.

And they did. The outlaw taught her to shoot and take care of herself, the gambler taught her to win, and the mule skinner taught her about animals and doctoring. But no one, other than books, taught her anything about love.

The gold ran out. A fire consumed most of the town. Everyone left. Or almost everyone. Samantha and her three “godfathers” stayed. It was a safe place for the outlaw. The gambler could travel easily to other mining towns, and the irascible mule skinner loved the mountains, and the isolation.

 Samantha was happy. She loved the mountains, the animals, the books the gambler brought. And yet an ache was beginning to grow, a yearning she didn’t really understand.

Until a marshal, intent on hanging one of godfathers, rode into town and Sam was all that stood between him and a badly wounded man who’d been like a father to her.  Worse, he wasn’t there entirely out of duty. Convinced the outlaw had killed someone very important to him, he’d been hunting the outlaw relentlessly for ten years.   He was, in fact, the reason they’d stayed in the abandoned town.

I don’t think there’s any conflict as powerful as that of conflicting loyalties. Deep down gut-wrenching loyalties. How does one choose between two children? Or between a lover and father? How do you choose which will live and which will die?

The book is a Harlequin Blaze, a little more sensual than I usually write but not as sexy as most Blazes. It’s also shorter, but it still has a rather large cast of characters I hope you come to love as I did.

And did I mention I was nervous?

That I, a normally well adjusted, easy-going Pollyanna, become a raving maniac when one of my books is published.

“The Lawman” is book number 65, or close to it, and I still become a trembling wreck whenever a new one comes out.  So please make allowances for unusual behavior during the next four weeks.


And my winner for my last contest is Cindy Woolard.  Cindy, please email me at papotter@aol.com

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19 thoughts on “A New Book Coming (Patricia Potter)”

  1. A September release, huh? Sigh. I could have ordered it from eharlequin yesterday…but it will be ordered or bought off the shelf for sure.

    I have always loved those tales where men take over the baby or, in this case, child raising. The Three Godfathers by John Ford and starring John Wayne is such a wonderful movie…so I can’t wait to see what you do with this theme!

    I would suggest Yoga, deep breathing, long walks…no chocolate though between the sugar and the caffeine you will be wired. Oh, what the heck, dark chocolate is good for you…

    Peace, Julie

  2. Like Julie, I thought of “Three Godfathers” when I read about your book, Pat. A Blaze? Wow, there’s enough good stuff here to fill a much longer book, so it must be packed in tight. What a wonderful story premise.
    I understand you had a problem uploading/ downloading (what the heck?) your cover. Too bad, I would love to see it.
    65 books!!!! I am just in awe of your talent. Always have been.

  3. Your premise sounds wonderful. I, too, love the protective, adoptive father roles. Julie Garwood’s For The Roses was a story that came to mind with the 4 orphaned boys taking in a dicarded infant girl and heading wet to Montana and growing into tough cowboys with a soft spot for their baby sister. I’ll be keeping my eye out for your story.

  4. I ordered The Lawman from eharlequin and finished reading it last night. It was very good! I have read all your books and am looking forward to your next one.

  5. Hi Pat, thank you for taking over for me today. I can hardly wait to get my hands on your book. It sounds like my kind of book.

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who is a nervous wreck when a book comes out. Right now I’m biting my nails waiting for the first reviews on my October release. Ugh!

  6. Julie and all. I also loved the Three Godfathers film, and I imagine that it was lingering back in my mind when I wrote the book, although I wasn’t conscious of it then. I love writing complicated, haunted heroes with a great heart hidden underneath a harsh surface. Both my lawman and his nemesis — the outlaw — fit that description.

  7. Pat, your new book looks wonderful. Wow, the guy on the cover hooked me! He looks like he can handle anything that comes his way. Very nice cover. And the story really catches my fancy. Bet you have some funny scenes what with an outlaw, a gambler and a mule skinner. They sound like a neat trio. Good luck with it. I wish you lots of success.

  8. oh pat…i love how you tell the story of your story 🙂
    i love hearing about how you come to write a particular book and i’m glad you finally listened to those voices and wrote
    i read the excerpt on amazon and it was AWESOME! (the face off in the street)
    so…it’s also in my shopping cart
    you guys all put out such great books i need to quit my job so i can read full time!

    i have a dumb question…what does a mule skinner do exactly? not skin mules i hope?

    okay–well good luck with the nerves–i would be the same…but i think this one is going to be a winnner….i’d buy it just for the excerpt i read alone…well, that and the “blazing” parts, lol

  9. Tabitha. . . A muleskinner is a man who drives mules in transporting goods. He may be part of a mule train or handle a lone wagon. They are called that, supposedly, because of the whip they use to urge the mules onward. MY muleskinner, though, is an animal lover and rides a mule called Maude. And I hope you really enjoy the book. Thanks for buying it.

  10. The first of your books I read were your books set in Scotland. Still have several I haven’t gotten around to reading. After finding those, I discovered some of your westerns.
    I like the sound of your new book. In times of difficulty, your “family” consists of those who care for you and those you care for. Blood isn’t all that counts. Sounds like your heroine is put in a tight spot having to evaluate and decide where her loyalties lie.

    I look forward to reading it. I’m actually glad it is a “toned down” Blaze. I don’t mind things getting a bit warm, but too hot isn’t to my taste.

    Good luck with the release of THE LAWMAN. I am sure it will do great.

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