Celia Yeary is with us today with a great post on dime novels. Celia is a dear friend of mine and an excellent writer, with a slew of wonderful books and short stories to her credit.  A fifth-generation Texan, she’s understandably proud of her heritage and most of her stories take place in her home state of Texas.  Now here’s Celia to give us a bit of insight into where western writing all began–the DIME NOVEL. (And y’all be sure and leave a comment with contact info, cause Celia plans to give away two of her “dime novels”!)


A “dime novel” was an inexpensive and generally sensational tale of adventure sold as popular entertainment in the 1800s. Dime novels can be considered the paperback books of their day, and they often featured tales of mountain men, explorers, soldiers, detectives, or Indian fighters. Despite their name, the dime novels generally cost less than ten cents, with many actually selling for a nickel. The most popular publisher was the firm of Beadle and Adams of New York City.


The heyday of the dime novel was from the 1860s to the 1890s, when their popularity was eclipsed by pulp magazines featuring similar tales of adventure. Later, comic books had a part in the trend.


Critics of dime novels often denounced them as immoral, perhaps because of violent content. But the books themselves actually tended to reinforce conventional values of the time, such as patriotism, bravery, self-reliance, and American nationalism.


Today, Western Historical novels and Western Historical Romance novels hold to the same standards: Truth, Justice, and The American Way.ie, treat women and children with respect, as well as your neighbor, protect the downtrodden, and carry out justice within the law…if at all possible.


Today, Western Historical Romance novels and true Westerns are published as Dime Novels at “Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery” through the imprint Western Trail Blazers. The Dime Novels are shorter stories, perhaps novellas, priced at 99Cents.


The idea intrigued me. Since I had nine full-length novels published traditionally, along with two novellas and three anthologies, I found myself writing 22,000 word stories with catchy titles. As of this moment, I have two as WTB Dime Novels:






He needs a wife…
Because the sheriff summons him, U.S. Marshal Max Garrison rides to town. He resents learning he must supervise a young man just out of prison who will work at his ranch for a time. But when he meets the beautiful young woman who owns the teashop, he knows his trip is not wasted. Max decides she’s the one for him.

She faces more loneliness …
Daniella Sommers lives alone above the book and teashop her English parents left her. When U.S. Marshal Max Garrison walks in and asks for tea, she almost laughs. Soon, her merriment turns to hope. Then Daniella learns a shocking truth about herself. If she reveals her past, will Max still love her?
Is it time for miracles and hope? 




He’s not looking for anything except freedom.

Ex-gunslinger Jude Morgan lands in jail in a far-flung West Texas town. On the fourth day in his cell, the sheriff arrives with a beautiful woman dressed in men’s pants and toting her own six-shooter. Adriana Jones claims he is her worthless husband who married her but never came home.

She need a stand-in for a husband.

The young woman makes a bargain with Jude in front of the sheriff. Jude is to come home where he belongs, and she will have him released. When they’re alone, she explains his job is to pose as her husband to thwart the marriage advances of her neighbor, wealthy rancher Horace Caruthers. The older man wants her ranch to join his, because the Pecos River runs through her property.

To seal the bargain, Jude wants a kiss. During the next few weeks, however, Jude and Addie learn that the kiss meant more than they meant it to be. Then, Addie’s life is in danger.

Will Jude rescue his Addie? Or will Addie save herself and her gunslinger?


Future Dime Novel releases are:

Charlotte and the Tenderfoot

Kat and the US Marshal

 Thank you Petticoats! This site has been one of my Favorites since I found it two years ago. I appreciate the opportunity to post among so many successful authors.

Celia Yeary-Romance…and a little bit ‘o Texas 

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  1. Great post! Wouldn’t you love to have some of those dine novals right now. Your books sound really good and I can’t say I have read your work before but will be looking for it. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. It’s fun to see the resurgence of shorter works–today’s digital dime novels. Guess inflation to 99 cents isn’t too bad. 🙂

    Your tales sound delightful–a great way to escape for a short while.

  3. What a great slant on the novella! If money doubles in value every ten years (which I use as a rough and ready guide to inflation) then the dime novel would be about a hundred bucks today! 99 cents sounds a lot better.

  4. “Trailblazing Tabloids”! Great post, Celia : ) Once again, you have given us an insightful look at an intriguing topic! Your books sound terrific!!!

  5. QUILT LADY–oh, I’d love to have some of those.I wonder how much they would be on the market. Maybe the Antiques Road Show could tell us. Thanks so much for reading the post–and I see you’re good at math!

  6. Lizzie Starr–99cents isn’t bad at all. With this economy, these are selling pretty well. I wouldn’t be writiing 22,000 word novellas if it weren’t for Rebecca and her company. My books are longer, of course. But when I first wrote Angel and the Cowboy, I felt a satisfaction I hadn’t felt in a long time,and not so worn out writiing something the 90,000 words or so. Then I wrote Addie and the Gunslinger,and it was even more fun. Next out–Charlotte and the Tenderfoot–may in the spring.
    Thanks so much for visiting.

  7. VIRGINIA–thanks! I think they’re so much fun–really more fun…with those Jimmy Thomas covers…than some of my other novels. I mean fun to write…it’s a kick. Thank you!

  8. In the U.K. these were known as ‘penny dreadfuls’! They were printed on cheap paper and aimed at the working classes. I believe the American dime novels were edited and rewritten for the British public. Eventually they evolvd into the British comic magazines.

  9. Celia,

    Thanks for the great post! I LOVE that Western Trail Blazer is keeping the Dime Novel alive. This is a wonderful opportunity for authors who might have a few stories that aren’t suited for 70,000 words plus, but are super short tales of the West.

    And 99 cents, what a deal for a great story!


  10. PAULA–you’re right about the Penny Dreadfuls.I’d forgottone about those. All of them were printed on cheap paper. I know some still exists in museums and collections, but it’s a wonder they’re held up at all. Thanks for that reminder..just another way we’re all connected!

  11. Kirsten–I thought Rebecca had a fantastic idea with these Dime Novels. Some are pure Westerns, while others, like mine, are romances. They all seem to be selling very well, too.
    I will return to writing the longer stories, but for now, this respite is just so much fun!

  12. Love Western historical novels and I just know that I would have been one of those reading the dime novels!

  13. Celia,
    Welcome to Wildflower Junction this morning–I see you’ve already had a ton of visitors–I’m a little slow moving around today. LOL Loved your post–so informative and interesting, as always! I, too, am so very thankful to Rebecca for her insight and fantastic ideas about the “dime novel” concept. She has a wonderful group of those, and I think she said she’s going to release two new ones per month there at Western Trail Blazer. You got you some hot covers, girl! LOL Loved these stories so much–and at .99, you can’t lose! Thanks again for joining us today, Celia!

  14. CHERYL–you don’t know how much I appreciate being asked to guest on P&P–it’s always the best opportunity around. The fans of P&P seem to be very faithful and always positive and fun. Oh,how I wish we so many on our Sweethearts blog! Maybe one day….wish, wish, wish.
    I,too, appreciate Rebecca with her wonderful, inventive ideas. I would never have thought to write these if it hadn’t been for the anthologies. So, see you later–and again, thanks!

  15. Dime novels wold have been my favorite type of story which I would treasure then and now. The concept is special and should be kept forever. Thanks for this facinating post which I appreciated greatly.

  16. I loved this blog, Celia. Dime novels for five cents–boy, bargains like that don’t happen often. Their covers were so colorful and beautiful.
    I have to get my hands on Addie and the Gunslinger and angel and the Cowboy. They look like such charming stories.
    As always, wishing you the best.

  17. Welcome and many thanks for this informative post which I loved. Someone who has insight and can appreciate the value of dime novels deserves this post. What a fabulous idea.

  18. Dime novels are precious. What an absolutely wonderful idea. The photos are so authentic and special that it is captivating and nostalgic for me.

  19. Great post, Celia. Thanks for the info on dime novels. Sometimes a shorter story is just what I’m looking for and yours sound great (and love those covers!)

  20. Hello my friend! It’s always so great when you visit us here in the junction. Your stories are wonderful…got em kindled lol. I’m very intrigued by your info on WTB. I too find the 20-25k format very appealing. Both in reading and writing time.

    Best wishes for tons of sales, and thanks for the great reads. And you hurry on back, ya hear? oxox

  21. SARAH–YES, they were colorful. I’m sure someone is a collector of these old books, and they’re probably worth a fortune. Thank you so much for reading and commenting..

  22. LORI–I didn’t like writing anything short for a long time, and my novels were often too long! But when you get a little burned out, writing a 22,000 word story provide instant gratification. And it’s fun. Thank you!

  23. TANYA–got ’em Kindled Up, do you? Sounds just like “roped and tied.” Very cute…love it. Thanks for having me here, too. I enjoy coming the P&P so much, and I thank Cheryl for the opportunity and doing the formatting.
    See you around–and thanks!

  24. This was a wonderfully informative post…. Thanks so much for stopping by one of my favorite places and chatting!!!

  25. Celia, I just went to amazon and purchased it.. I like the thought of a Dime Store novel… You hear about them in books and movies, but to read one, well that takes the cake..

  26. I remember my Mom had some of these dime novels around. She loved saving things handed down and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if they didn’t come from my grandmother. I love they way they give us a glimpse into the way it was in the days of the west.
    Fun post, Celia.

  27. From what I have read, the dime novels were often looked down upon. Hmm, sounds like romance today. They were the perfect format to get people reading and that is important.
    I love anthologies because of the short format and being able to read a good story in a day. The current Dime Novels are perfect for that. I’ll be looking into them.

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