Rocky Mountain Brides ~ Patricia Thayer

This last summer I was lucky enough to travel to Silverton, Colorado.  My husband, Steve, and I took the 47 mile, three-hour trip on the old narrow gauge train just like people had done a hundred years ago.  We also took along two of our grandsons, Connor and Finley.  I love seeing things through the eyes of a child, especially since I have a lot of kids in my books.

Anyway, the trip up the mountain was fantastic.  We saw some beautiful scenery through the Rockies and finally arrived at the old silver and gold mining town.  Once you get off the train, you honestly believe you’re stepping back in time.  Silverton, Colorado, looks just like it did all those years ago.

It was hard not to fall in love with the old storefronts and the historical hotels.  We stayed overnight at the Old Teller House, built in 1896.  The next day we toured an old closed mine, THE HUNDRED YEAR OLD MINE.

I love the inspiration I get when I travel to a location.  Stories start forming in my head.  It’s always interesting to see how people live.  When I was sitting in a café, the young waitress, barely twenty, told me that her father had been a mountain guide and her mother a mine prospector when they met.

Whoa, that twist caught me off guard.  But isn’t that what we want from a story?  To be different and intriguing.

I had visited Silverton years ago which had given me the ideas for my first three stories in the Rocky Mountain Brides series.  I’ve just completed two more stories set in Silverton, which I call the town Destiny in my books.  The name seemed to fit perfectly.

This series is one of my favorites.  I love to write about make-believe towns where I can create my characters and stories that hopefully will linger in the readers’ minds, and leave them wanting more.

In my new December release, my 4th book from this series is titled Single Dad’s Holiday Wedding.

My heroine, Lorelei Hutchinson, suddenly becomes the richest person in town.  Who wouldn’t want that?  Well, it took Lori by surprise when her estranged father died and left her everything in his will.  Of course, all she ever wanted was to have Lyle Hutchinson’s love.

Instead she inherited a mansion to live in, a bank filled with money and a good-looking business partner, Jace Yeager, who’s trying to keep from going bankrupt.

Single dad, Jace, has learned to rely only on himself and his adorable little daughter, Cassie. His construction business now depends on him working with Lori—so he sets out to prove who’s the boss.

But with the holiday season drawing near, it’s not all just business.  Jace discovers a sweet, generous woman wanting a partner for life.

Lori only wants to help the town survive.  That means she needs to complete the business complex her father started.  Jace is fighting for survival, a new beginning for himself and his daughter.

Lori wants to find a place, a home where she belongs.  Instead she finds a community who welcomes her with open arms.

Patricia will be giving away a set of her entire Rocky Mountain series (4 books) to one lucky winner!   To be eligible, be sure to leave a comment.

Patricia Thayer has called Orange County, California home with Steve, her husband of over 40 years.  Not only does she enjoy the warm weather year round, she gets the support of other authors, and for over twenty years, her critique group.  It’s a sisterhood like no other.

Since 1991, Pat has written over 44 books for Silhouette and Harlequin.  She has been nominated for both the National Reader’s Choice Award and the prestigious RITA.  Her book, Nothing Short of a Miracle, won a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award.

You can also find her at her cabin in the local mountains, spending a quiet weekend, writing her next story.

To learn more about Patricia and her books, visit her website.


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27 thoughts on “Rocky Mountain Brides ~ Patricia Thayer”

  1. We have taken this train ride a couple of times. Once when our daughters were in grade school and our son an infant, and again when we went back out when our son as a teen. It is a beautiful trip and you really do get a feel for what it was like in the late 1800s. Sit in the open cars and get coal smoke and cinders all over you and it completes the experience.
    This sounds like it is a good series. You couldn’t pick many other places with the atmosphere you find in that part of the country. We lived in Colorado Springs for 3 years and loved every minute of it. We went down to the Durango and Mesa Verde area as often as we could. I hope you set more stories in that area.

  2. I’ve never been there, but it sounds beautiful and very interesting. I would love to go there by train one day.

  3. I have been in love with Colorado since our first trip 32 years ago. I know the train and the area of Silverton but have never been there. Would love to visit someday.. Now that we have a daughter living in the mountains in a little town called Deckers it is likly that I will have the chance.

    Will be looking forward to reading your books about the area.

  4. Hi, nice to see you on P&P. I’ve never been to Silverton but it sounds like a fun place to visit. I envy you your cabin in the mountains–I assume Big Bear, Arrowhead or thereabouts. Love it up there. I’m a pine tree addict, love the needles, the fragrance and the clean air. We go as much as possible in our motorhome, which is like having a mobie cabin. Anyway, if you ever are in my neck of the woods stop by for a visit. P&P is such a great place to visit, with lots of friendly fillies and nice readers.

  5. Hi Patricia! Welcome back to the Junction. It’s great to have you. I love Colorado, especially around the Silverton and Cripple Creek area. It’s just beautiful and I feel history pressing against me when I’m there. If I could pick anywhere in the U.S. to live it would be there.

    Congratulations on the new book. It sounds great. I can just imagine the conflict between Jace and Lorelei. Wow, I can feel the sparks flying already. Wishing you much success with it.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  6. Great post, Pat. My folks & I spent a night in Silverton many years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, though we didn’t take the train. It’s such an interesting town in such a beautiful area. So glad you took the grandsons. It’s a great experience for them.

    Rocky Mountain Brides is one of my favorites of all your series.

  7. Welcome,lovely post an I really enjoyed reading it,,looking forward to reading the new book too,thanks for sharing

  8. Have not had the pleasure of visiting & seeing Colorado… your books sounds wonderful… congrats on this new release! 🙂
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Thanks for sharing the photos and story about Silverton. I grew up on a ranch not too far from that area and used to go there with my grandparents a lot.
    Your books sound like ones I could read and relate to.

  10. Hi Pat, so good to see you in the junction! I so enjoyed the romance tea last September! Hubby and I are going to Colorado next fall so I’ll have to hit you up on more details. Best wishes with the release, and merry Christmas! xo

  11. Sounds like a wonderful series. I live in the East and have never seen the Rocky Mountains – I hear they’re a lot different from the Allegheny’s lol.

  12. Thanks for the great post. I’ve never been to Colorado but have always wanted to go. It’s on my bucket list.
    Congrats on the release. The book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it.

  13. My step daughter went to college in Durango, CO., and I always wanted to take that particular train ride, but never did. I live on the eastern slope of the Sierra just north of you and I LOVE the high mountains and the pine. Right now it is snowing! YAY! just north of us—all the way to Nevada. So somebody is going to have a White Christmas.
    Thanks for coming today.
    Happy Yule.

  14. I would love to take that train ride, I bet it was beautiful. Maybe one of these days I will get there and take it. Awesome town also. Your books sound wonderful would love to read them.

    Merry Christmas to everyone.

  15. We’ve been to Silverton and rode that train. It was years ago, I’d love to go back, because I think I would look at it with a little different eyes now. We very much enjoyed it then, I know we would now too.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Merry Christmas!

  16. HI Pat… Chiming in a little late to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have never been to Colorado, but MUST go to Silverton. Lots like a lot of fun and history. Also love Holiday Themed books like yours!!!

  17. Sounds like a wonderful trip with your husband and grandsons. I’d love to take a train trip through the Rockies! I bet the scenery was gorgeous! I’m jealous!.

    Best wishes for continued success in 2013. I will look for your Rocky Mountain series. I’m very interested in Jace and Lorelei’s HEA!

  18. The train ride sounds like so much fun. I love Colorado and will be back sometime this year where I plan on visiting some of the old mining towns. Your series sounds like its right up my alley and would love to read them. Thanks for giving us a chance to have the whole series.
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

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