Coming Home to the Hearts and Spurs Anthology!

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Over the holidays, Filly sister Linda Broday got to pop the champagne cork and announce the Hearts and Spurs anthology, coming from Prairie Rose Publications. Today I want to introduce you to my story in the anthology:


Sometimes it takes two to make dreams come true.

When a man who believes he’ll never have a home and family…
Former U.S. Marshal Jericho Hawken should have been shepherding a wagon train to new territory, but he left them vulnerable to a vicious raider. The murder of the settlers he was supposed to be guarding is the hardest thing he’s ever had to face…until he meets the sister of one of the settlers.

…meets a woman who has lost everything…
Instead of a joyous reunion with her brother, Maryland Henry has come to River’s Bend to take responsibility for her three orphaned nieces. Fired from her teaching position and with no other family on whom to rely, Mary believes Jericho Hawken is responsible for all her woes. Or is he what she’s been searching for all along?

It’ll take a lot of forgiveness and a few fireworks to realize that together their dreams can come true.
The research for this story was a lot of fun. I don’t live that far from Kansas City and St. Joseph and Independence, Missouri, the big jumping off points for wagon trains heading west. All I had to do was convince my dear hubby to go on a research trip—and that’s never very difficult.

settler with wagons






(Photo from the State Historical Society, Columbia, MO)

Now, all you western historical readers out there, go grab your calendar, pick up a pen and, on January 15, 2014, write “Get Hearts and Spurs.” Then sit back and enjoy nine stories by some of your favorite authors!

Happy “New Books” Year!

On January 13, I’ll be at Prairie Rose Publication’s new BLOG.  Hope you drop by for a visit! And keep an eye on my website,, for more book news.

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18 thoughts on “Coming Home to the Hearts and Spurs Anthology!”

  1. Good Morning, the book sounds wonderful. But, oh, that picture of the family on the wagon train. Sort of puts things in perspective, especially with the temperature dipping to -10 degrees today. I love my furnace!!!

  2. I know what you mean about the wagon! When we visited a museum in Independence, MO,I saw an a replica of the size wagon families used to move across the country. It was so small. My dining room table is larger. lol

  3. Tracy, when we were out west with Gina’s folks we stopped at the entrance of the Oregon trail and saw all the different wagons and they had a game in which , in miniature tried to pack the wagon. It was such a neat place and were entertained by a huge Raven pecking on the window (an actual real one).

  4. Tracy, your story sounds fantastic! I can hardly wait to read it. I’m sure it’s going to be one of your best. I’ve always been intrigued by the wagon trains that brought so many people West. I’m counting the days until the anthology releases. Won’t be long now.

    Wishing you much success!

  5. Hi Tracy, thanks for the shout out. I can’t wait to rad everybody’s contributions, and I’m already intrigued by yours just with Jericho and Maryland’s names! I think antho’s appeal to me because things are so hectic and frantic for so many reasons on so many levels that I often have only a short time to read…and can usually get a story or novella done. A whole book, the constant interruptions get in the way.

    Here’s wishing for tons of success.

  6. This book idea sounds really good. Hope you have great success with it. Hearts and Spurs! Our dog’s name is Spur!
    Mary J

  7. Hi Tracy, I’m thrilled to also be a part of the valentine’s anthology with you and several other P&P Fillies. I love your wagon train picture, too. It makes me say a big thank you for having a warm, comfy home of my own in such horrible weather conditions. My story involves a candy store, so by the time I was finished I’ve been craving chocolate and marshmallows. Yes, and chocolate covered cherries like my mother-in-law used to make at Christmas. Gotta go find some marshmallows and do my blog for tomorrow. I haven’t read your story and am eager to read it. Hugs, P

  8. Chocolate covered cherries are a favorite, Phyliss! Had a friend whose mother would cover the cherries with brandy in September–and hand dip in chocolate in December. Oh my, those were good.

  9. Sounds good. I look forward to reading COMING HOME and the other stories in the anthology. Congratulations.

  10. Having grown up in Independence, MO I learned a lot about the wagon trains. I know I dreamed a lot about them. One of
    the greatest thrills as an (shh)”older” woman was to go to the “end of the Oregon trail”. It put everything in perspective. Girls, we are blessed we live when we do! 🙂
    COMING HOME sounds like a great read. A cup of tea, a warm
    place to curl up, & a good book! YES!! God bless our
    countrymen who are in that COLD COLD weather. May they all stay warm!

  11. Tracy, better late than never! Sorry to be a day late, but I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your story. The best thing about being the editor is getting to read all these wonderful tales first rattle out of the box!

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