Not Your Typical Prairie Heroine by Lacy J. Williams

Thank you for having me as a guest on the P&P blog. I’m so excited to be here! I’ll be giving away a copy of my novel MARRYING MISS MARSHAL to one of the P&P blog readers, so stay tuned for that.

From the moment I met my heroine, town marshal Danna Carpenter, I knew she was different from the typical gal you meet in most western romances. For one thing, she wears a badge, totes a gun, and can outshoot most of her male acquaintances.

She wears trousers, and a Stetson instead of a bonnet. She’s tough, resilient, independent… But there’s one way she’s just like me.

She can’t cook.

Now, I’m much better than I used to be nine years ago when I first got married. My poor husband suffered through burnt cookies, un-baked potatoes, undercooked casseroles, chunky gravy, and more.

Between a family recipe book, some lessons from my husband’s lovely grandmother, and a lot of practice, I’m happy to say I am much improved. I still don’t cook as much as I should (too busy!).

But back to Danna.

When she realizes she’s falling for the hero, Chas O’Grady, all the things she sees as her faults (like not being able to cook) suddenly matter a whole lot more. She wonders if he wishes she was more like a “regular” lady—someone who wears dresses and can cook. She’s not sure if she could really make him happy by being who she is. On the other hand, being town marshal is all she knows how to do, AND she’s good at it. If she changes who she really is, could she still be happy?

Hmm. Maybe she’s more like me than I originally thought. When Luke and I first got married, I tried to be the “perfect” wife based on everything I *thought* he wanted. And while there is some give-and-take necessary to make a marriage work, transforming myself into a different person than the one he fell in love with in the first place wasn’t the answer. Being someone I wasn’t couldn’t make either of us happy. It took several months for me to realize that Luke wanted me to be myself. And of course, I wanted to learn to cook for myself so we wouldn’t starve! Nowadays, I might not cook as much as I should, but I spend time doing things that make me happy (like writing books!).

I don’t want to spoil the ending of the book, so you’ll have to read it to find out if Danna came to the same conclusion I did and whether Chas was able to accept her as herself, badge and all.

What about you? Is there any time that you’ve tried to be something you weren’t? What did you learn from the experience?

Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen at the end of the day for someone to receive a copy of MARRYING MISS MARSHAL. In the meantime, you can read the first chapter or enter in my big giveaway at .

A little more about our guest . . .

Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. Her debut novel won ACFW’s Genesis award before being published. She promises readers happily-ever-afters guaranteed.

Lacy combines her love of dogs with her passion for literacy by volunteering with her therapy dog Mr. Bingley in a local Kids Reading to Dogs program.

Lacy loves to hear from readers at She posts short stories and giveaways at her website  and can be found on social media at and .


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21 thoughts on “Not Your Typical Prairie Heroine by Lacy J. Williams”

  1. Best wishes for the success of Marrying Miss Marshall. Sounds like a fun book, with your happily ever after guarantee.

  2. When I first wed thirty years ago, I didn’t know how to cook “meals”. I could boil some wieners and Kraft Dinner, but not much else. My mom refused to teach me how to cook, saying that my dad would only eat HER cooking (long story, but she was proven wrong after I moved out), so a lovely woman named Mary taught me, to whom I paid room and board for a year while working away from home. Mary didn’t use “exact” ingredients, so it was difficult at first to get the hang of it, but I hung in there and learned after all – but not before goofing up big time for my new husband. I made Mary’s butter tarts and proudly set them on the table for my DH. He looked at the tarts, looked at me, looked at the tarts, and then asked for a spoon. I couldn’t understand why until he explained that I forgot the tart shells! Oops! Truth be told, the filling tasted delicious without the tart shell, and it was a delight on ice cream too. Still … I never made that mistake again and now am asked repeatedly for my butter tart recipe.

    So … long story longer, but in answer to your question … I tried to be a cook when I wasn’t, but I just hung in there until I learned how to become a much better cook who loves to share homecooked meals with friends and family all the time!

  3. Hi Lacy! Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols! So glad to have you with us today. Your heroine sounds like a wonderful woman! My husband thinks I can cook, so I figure I do all right. In truth, I’d rather be writing 🙂

  4. This sounds like a great book, A little bit like Clamity Jane comes to mind when I read the excerpt from this book.

    I am an okay cook, but I mostly only cook for myself.. I am sure there are lots of things I am not good at, but I like to think the things I can do out weigh those..

    Good luck with your book..

  5. Congratulations on the release of MMM, Lacy!

    I’ve been fortunate to have a mom that let my sisters and me cook and help out with meals, so I knew what to do in the kitchen….except when it comes to pies. (I’m more of a brownies, cakes, and bars kinda baker.) No matter what I do, I can’t make fruit pies. I do fine with pumpkin or pecan, but fruit–forget it. The first peach pie I made was good, but I had to serve it to my husband in a bowl. Hey, I didn’t know you had to mix cornstarch or a little bit of flour in with the peaches! I actually made a homemade crust and it wasn’t too bad. But, I really don’t bother with fruit pies; I leave that specialty to my mom and two sisters. 🙂

  6. Hi Lacy, congrats on your release! Welcome to P&P. Your book sounds really good and I would love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing your book with us today.

  7. Lacy, welcome to the Junction. We’re so happy to be able to share in your first book release. That’s exciting.

    Cooking is not one of things either. I can do it but I sure don’t like it. I do just enough to get by and keep from starving. Not too long ago I moved from a town with a population of 200,000 to one that has barely 2,000. There are few choices here when it comes to eating out so I’ve been having to bite the bullet and dig out the pots and pans. I don’t cook anything complicated. If it calls for over one pan or preparation over ten minutes I don’t cook it.

    Your book looks wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever read a historical with a female marshal so I’m hooked. Can’t wait to read it.

  8. Hi Lacy,
    Your book looks wonderful! I’m a fellow Oklahoman, and it’s good to meet you and have you with us here at the Junction. As for cooking, I was not a cook when I married my husband. I would cook things early (I got home from work before he did) and if it didn’t turn out, I still had time to do whatever the ‘backup” plan was. We’ve had lots of good laughs over that through the years. I still don’t enjoy cooking as my sisters and my mom did, but CAN do it, if pressed.LOL (It’s hard, with all the great restaurants here in OK City not to be tempted to just go eat out.) Good luck with MMM, and give me a shout sometime!
    Cheryl P.

  9. Oooh a lady Marshal! You have my attention! Sounds like a book I want to get my hands on… thanks for introducing your book to us! Going to hop on over to your website to look at more! 😀

  10. Lacy congrats on the release. The cove is breathtaking. I was lucky to have learned to cook from my grandmother, but I hate to cook. I have learned a lot over the years and today I turn 43 so one major thing I have learned is to be yourself. You are put here as the Creator wanted you to be so all living things serve a purpose and to pretend you are something you are not well only bad things comes that follows that path but I am sure we all have done it at some point in our lives but the lesson you learn from it will only make you strong.

    Anyway, I must get my hands on your book. The cover is just beautiful

    Thanks for sharing

    Walk in harmony,

  11. Hi Lacy!
    I have always admired and liked a woman with spunk, even more so in historical stories because being a women during that time period had its limitations. They were expected to cook (I can’t cook either), clean and otherwise keep the peace in their household. So it’s always refreshing to see a Stetson-wearing, gun-totting woman like Danna on the scene. I like the Western setting of bygone days where to me that was when all the action seemed to be happening. Highwayman robberies, turf wars and other conflicts relating to people settling in and trying to tame a wild land.

    I can say it’s never easy to “try” to be something or someone else, rather it’s easier to just be 🙂

  12. Welcome to the Junction. Your book sounds really good.
    One time in colleg,e I changed places with my twin sister on a double date with her. Everything that could go wrong, did. I kept answering to not only my name but hers also. Needless to say, it proved to be a disaster. We never did that again. But we sure did have those guys bewildered!

  13. Welcome Lacy,,,love the post an that book looks very interesting,I love that type of book,again welcome an thanks for dropping by!

  14. Fifty years ago, when Honey and I married, I was
    a charter member of the “Can’t Cook Club.” It was
    a laughable situation to be in as my mother was one of the best all-around cooks in our part of the world! I would help Mother but never cooked a meal on my own. We were a big family so it was most hilarious, going from helping cook for an army to
    cooking for two! Today I’m a prize-winning cook but I still don’t cook as much as I should!

    Pat Cochran

  15. Hi, gals. I am so sorry to be late to the party–had a booksigning today and didn’t realize how much it was going to take out of me (should’ve known better at 8 mos pregnant!).

    I appreciate all the comments and knowing that I’m not alone on the cooking front. 🙂

    Thanks for having me here and I appreciate all the comments!

  16. I have always tried to be true to myself. At times I’ve needed to be on my very best behavior which can be a bit of a strain. It is me being me, but not necessarily the relaxed me I am comfortable with.
    I like the premise of your story. Women can do just about any job and do it well. So what if we can’t do everything well. Set priorities and concentrate on what is most important to you, the rest can be dealt with.

    Best of luck with the release of MARRYING MISS MARSHALL. I am sure it will do well.

  17. Congratulations! Love the concept and I agree sounds like a Calamity Jane story. Looking forward to reading it!

    I was lucky enough to be a fair cook when I married but my mother in law was a great cook that was a super role model and teacher as was my mother.

  18. Congratulations on your release Lacy! I love strong western women…and this story sounds like a must read! Thanks for coming to P & P, I look forward to hearing more from you.

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