Independence, Freedom, Liberty!

Hi everyone, I’m Patricia PacJac Carroll. I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog Jacs, my 90 yr old Father in law, and my awesome grown son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed?

The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn’t be able to write if it weren’t for him.

I belong to American Christian Fiction Writers,   and two wonderful critique groups who help me hone the craft of writing.

I write Inspirational stories filled with adventure, romance, and hope.

My book, Liberty Belle, is about Liberty Longstreet’s bid for freedom. I like to think of her story as a coming-alive story. We’ve all had those moments. You know the ones where you wake up, come to your senses, open your eyes and wonder just how did I get here, where have I been, or how did I let that happen?

After a bad day at the altar, Libby has a coming-alive moment, and a thirst for independence from her controlling mother is born. She reads an article in the newspaper about Julia Holmes and how she climbed Pike’s Peak … and in bloomers. This ignites a desire in Libby to step out of a life of mediocrity and find adventure and hopefully, a man who sets off sparks in her heart.

Julia Archibald Holmes was a real character in 1858. She wore bloomers, the women’s liberation
statement of her time, and created quite a ruckus on the wagon train to Denver. It seems the men couldn’t keep their minds on driving the wagons when they saw her in the bloomers. Add to that the curiosity of the Indians, and she was banned to her wagon. She is the first recorded white woman to climb Pike’s Peak, andwas known as the Bloomer Girl, because she climbed the mountain in    her bloomers.

I used her experience to spark the adventure and courage in Libby to go after her own freedom. I hope you’ll give Liberty Belle a read and enjoy her journey as she and her sparky lawman, Wade, learn:  The cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.

A word of caution – one friend read the book and took off on a three day journey without chart or map. Read at your own risk. You might just strike out and leave mediocrity behind.

I’ll be giving away a copy of LIBERTY BELLE today to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment and contact info to be entered in the drawing.

I will leave you with a blurb from LIBERTY BELLE:

Set in 1859 Denver, Liberty Belle is a story of finding freedom and forgiveness. A jilted bride, a
wayward sheriff, a small boy, outlaws, and a gallows provide plenty of action, romance, and hope.

Liberty Longstreet was left at the altar, but that wasn’t the worst of her day. She awakens to the fact that she needs to declare independence from her controlling mother. Wanting her freedom and to
find a man of her choosing, Libby leaves home for faraway Denver. She just doesn’t count on being robbed, falling for a wayward sheriff, or being accused of murder.

Sheriff Wade Calder throws down his badge in a quest for revenge. Instead, he takes responsibility for his enemy’s young son. Wanting only to be free, Wade runs into Libby, and she wins what is left
of his heart. Unfortunately, he has nothing to offer her until he picks up his badge. His honor is restored, but it may cost Libby her life.

Together they learn the cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.

You can find Liberty Belle on Amazon as print book or ebook.

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31 thoughts on “Independence, Freedom, Liberty!”

  1. Hi Patricia, Welcome to Petticoats & Pistols. Liberty sounds like an awesome heroine–strong, courageous and caring. Don’t you love it when we can take a piece of history and use it in a story? Julia Archibald Holmes must have had quite the personality to tackle Pike’s Peak . . . in bloomers 🙂

  2. Sounds like Liberty packs quite a punch as she mows down Sheriff Wade on her way to gaining her independence! What an adventure! Love to read it!

    I’ve never heard of Ms Holmes of the bloomer fame.

  3. Good morning Patricia! Liberty Belle sounds like a wonderful read! I love head strong heroines, as they make for a great page-turner! I also love the cover of your book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  4. HI, Patricia. Your book sounds compelling and wonderful. Liberty Belle would be memorable for its wonderful story and the characters.

  5. I know Patti personally and have read Liberty Belle. This story reflects the heart and soul of this sweet author. Both Patti and her protag experience life as an adventure. Readers won’t be disappointed! (don’t enter me in the contest…I have my wonderful copy. Just waiting for the autograph!)

  6. My pen is ready, Kellie. Soon as I get back from Florida. Liberty Belle and I are enjoying the beach. : )
    Sophie and Tanquella, nice to meet you and hope you get a chance to enjoy Liberty’s story.

  7. Patricia, your book sounds like a must read for me. I wish you well. Isn’t it wonderful that we can write for entertainment at the same time we glorify Christ. Gotta love that.

  8. I’ve read this fun, exciting book and loved it. The first chapter had me laughing tears and the rest turning pages until the very end.

    Great post, Patty.

  9. Welcome Patricia,,,an what a great post an story line,was very interesting,,im ready for a adventure,,at age 56,I think theres still a lot to do an see an try new experenices,,,

  10. I learned from this book how quick we are to take off into something new to solve our problems without thinking it through!

    It was even rougher for lLibby in 1850 without ‘goggle’!

  11. Janet, we are blessed to do something we love.
    Thanks Jackie!
    Vickie, life doesn’t stop at 50 – go for your adventure.
    Hi Lyndie, Yes, Liberty and I are impulsive. And I am thankful for air conditioning! : )

    Hope you all enjoy Liberty’s story.
    Keep cool

  12. Hi Patricia! Love having you here. It’s always a pleasure to find new western historical writers. Love your book cover. Very nice. Sounds like a fun story. Wishing you lots of success.

  13. Hello Patricia! Thank you so much for sharing a bit about your book with us today. Liberty’s story sounds wonderful. 😀

  14. Hello Patricia! Thank you so much for sharing a bit about your book with us today. Liberty’s story sounds wonderful. 😀

  15. That was odd… my message appeared under Goldie’s name… do not know how that happened!

  16. Patricia,
    Welcome to Petticoats and Pistols today! This sounds like a wonderful story. I’m anxious to read it–it’s not every day you learn about someone who climbed Pike’s Peak in their bloomers!I can see how Julia Holmes might have inspired Liberty to be courageous in her own right, to do what she needed for her own life. I love that idea!

  17. My Sisoth(sister-of-the-heart) and I often run away for a weekend just to get away. It’s always the most fun when we have no destination!

    My daughter hiked to the top of Pike’s Peak last year to raise money for the Kromen organization!

  18. Thanks Candice. Hope you’ll give Liberty Belle a read and enjoy the story.

    Connie, Wow, I am impressed that you could hike to the top of Pike’s Peak. That is amazing.

    Hope you get a chance to read Liberty’s Story in Liberty Belle.

  19. Patricia, I’m eager to get to the bookstore tomorrow and grab a copy of Liberty Belle. The story intrigues me and sounds exciting. I wish you book sales galore.

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