Welcome Guest Miralee Ferrell

Miralee FerrillHow many little girls grow up wishing they’d been born during the 1800s and lived a wild, free life on the range? I certainly did. My sisters and I played farmer and rancher, my friends and I played cowboys and Indians, and I spent hours reading books about horses and cowboys. Then there were the TV shows—Bonanza, High Chaparral, Gunsmoke, Roy Rogers, Wagon Train, Maverick, and so many more. Doesn’t that bring back wonderful memories for all of you Old West fans?  And let’s not forget the Western books, with Zane Grey and Louis L’ Amour topping the list during my teens and twenties. How I wished I’d been born in that era and could ride the range, sit around the campfire and experience all the exciting adventures with the heroes and heroines in the books I devoured.

I didn’t get to follow that dream, but the Lord gave me something just as good, the opportunity to live out my dreams through writing historical fiction, and with it, the opportunity to research Old West towns. I’d have to say my favorite so far is Tombstone, Arizona.  It was like walking into the past as we traipsed the dirt streets of the three-block, preserved section of town. Many of the buildings have stood the ravages of time since the last fire in the 1880s that wiped out much of the town….it was rebuilt shortly after and those are the buildings we were privileged to visit.                                                     

TombstoneAnother town we visited that I loved was Baker City, Oregon, the setting for my current Love Blossoms in Oregon series. I have a friend who moved to this picturesque small city nestled between the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains, only a couple of years prior to my visit. She escorted me to businesses, pointing out buildings that had been erected in the late 1800s, and introduced me to locals who had family extending back almost to the town’s inception.

Local museums are always a fantastic source of information, and I take hundreds of pictures of the artifacts, old photos, furniture and clothing, as well as pictures of any original structures in the area. Baker City has an incredible hotel that was built in the mid 1880s called The Geiser Grand Hotel. If my books spanned a longer time period, I would have loved to work this magnificent structure into my story, but it was still fascinating to tour.

Often when on these research trips, I find little known facts that turn into interesting story plots, or I’m able to create true-to-life scenes using events that happened during my specific time period. It’s even better when I can discover and use a famous person who lived in the town at that time, as I did in my book set in Tombstone, when Doc Holliday showed up at a saloon and interacted with one of my characters.

Wishing on ButtercupI was able to include more than one true event in Wishing on Buttercups. One was an episode with a paint can, including a rather humorous but messy accident, based on a true event that happened in my own family history. The other incorporated weaving in the historical setting of the town, which is only a mile from the historic Oregon Trail, an important detail that ties in closely to one of Beth’s secrets. Much of this book revolves around secrets—both those of Beth Roberts, my heroine, and Jeffery Tucker, my hero—as well as revisiting all of the characters readers met and loved in book one, Blowing on Dandelions, and who will continue on through the next two books in the series, as well.

Wishing on Buttercups, historical romance

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Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.

Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.

Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart.

As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again? 

Forget me not
E-Novella to release at the end of March

Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former ACFW chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels since starting to write in 2005. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Miralee has had eight books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with another 6 under contract (two more releasing this year in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series). She’s an award-winning author of Western fiction, and her newest novel, Wishing on Buttercups released February 1, and is the second in a series set in Baker City, Oregon, 1880s.

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What is your facvorite way to relive the old west?

Movies, TV, Museums, Living History Reenactments?

Miralee is offering a copy of Wishing on Buttercups to one lucky visitor today, so be sure to leave a comment. Or, if you would prefer, you can chose the new e-novella, Forget Me Not, that will be available at the end of the month.

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31 thoughts on “Welcome Guest Miralee Ferrell”

  1. My favorite way of reliving the Old West is by reading books about it whether it be Louis L’Amour, Brock Thoene, or Zane Grey. “Wishing on Buttercups” sounds like a very intriguing book and I would love to win it. Who wouldn’t? 😉

  2. I had a serious crush on Adam Cartwright from Bonanza as well as Cooper from Wagon Train. Something about those dark-haired cowboys stirred my girlish dreams. I did end up marrying a dark-haired Texan, so I guess dreams do come true – even if he doesn’t wear boots or a hat.

  3. Thrilled to see you here and loved your post. Nothing like the Old West so we relive it through old western movies and visiting great historical spots like Old Tombstone.

  4. When I was young and Westerns were popular I used to watch them everyday after school and pine for the West.

  5. Well, books set in the old west have become one of my favorite ways to feel like I am really there! But, I also have to agree with you about Tombstone, AZ. We lived in Tucson, AZ for 6 years and took many of our visiting family members down to Tombstone because it was just such a fun place to dive back into the past. We haven’t been back in a long time, as we since moved away from AZ, but I am thinking my kids would love it, too!

    Thanks for the chance to win Wishing on Buttercups!

  6. I was enamoured with cowboys from the 50’s since they were meaningful and unforgettable. Yes, I do believe I belonged in another era and place.

  7. Rahr- West Museum, Milwaukee Public Museum

    movie- Across the Great Divide

    I’ve also been to Tombstone and saw the Gunfight reenactment.

    Book and TV show- Little House On The Prairie

    Gunsmoke TV show

  8. My favorite way to relive the old west is reading books or watching movies and TV show. I grew up watching TV show of the old west because my father always watched them

  9. I love watching TV shows about the old West. I am currently addicted to When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel! Growing up, I’d read all the Little House books, & I enjoy watching the episodes of them on TV, too!

  10. We drove to Tombstone and Bisbee. Enjoyed this trip to the past greatly. It reawakened my appreciation of when I used to watch Westerns, movies and television shows. I want that back.

  11. I fell in love with the West as a child reading the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder- I wish I could name one of my kids Laura but my husband doesn’t like the name 🙁

    As a teenager I read my dad’s huge stash of Louis L’Amour paperbacks- my favorites were the ones with a lady the hero fell in love with.

  12. Miralee, I came over to read the blog and say hi and ended up googling Tombstone, then hotels in tomestone, then air flights to tomestone.
    I know I’ll never get there but it sounds so COOL!!!!
    I was in an old mining town in Colorado once and I could have stayed forever. I love this stuff.
    I need to figure out a way to get there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I didn’t know they’d preserved the town like this.

  13. I love the wild west history. I think it’s because I grew up on a farm and it’s in my blood. I would have loved to discover towns and visit! Watching old movies, reading stories and visiting the old towns is a great way to re-live it all.
    I have had the pleasure of reading Wishing on Buttercups and I highly recommend it!

  14. I LOVE that there are so many kindred spirits here!! I LOVE the new When Calls the Heart series on Hallmark, too…so clean and enjoyable, and reminiscent of the ‘old days’.

    Yes, Tombstone was a blast! SOOO much history there. We spent over 2 hours touring one of the underground silver mines. The weather was hot, and the mine was cool and wonderful. I don’t like being in closed in spaces, but this wasn’t at all. Very glad we went and I’d go again. And the artifacts in some of the places, like at the Bird Cage Theater, are worth the entire trip. Three full blocks of history…most of the buildings have been turned into current stores and businesses, but there was still the old west flavor everywhere, and the stage couch tour was great!

    But I’m also very excited about my new series that takes place in Oregon in the early 1880s. I’m giving away a copy of my newest release, Wishing on Buttercups, but a novella, 152 pg long, Forget Me Not, also releases next week in Kindle and paperback on Amazon. Can’t wait!

    Thank you all for stopping by. I wish I had time to answer each of you individually, but I’m on two deadlines right now and working on a big Facebook party for next tuesday night (Feb 18). Be sure you stop by and join us and maybe you’ll win a Kindle or a book or a gift card!! https://petticoatsandpistols.com/2014/03/12/welcome-guest-miralee-ferrell/#comments

  15. I loved hearing about your travels. I live in Oregon now and always wonder what it would have looked liked back then. I often feel like I was born in the wrong time hahaha. I love watching older movies and shows within those time periods and for me I like trying to live as they would back then now. sometimes our modern conveniences can get in the way of really experiencing life.

  16. I grew up watching westerns and still love them. Children nowadays just don’t appreciate the westerns like we did. When I was young my friends and I would play cowboys and Indians. We would have a stick with a rope attached which was our horse and another stick which was our gun.lol

  17. I loved all those westerns you mentioned. The one I loved most was Rawhide. I also love all the Zane Grey books.

  18. I love visiting the Historical West whether in person or by reading books about it! When we travel I enjoy time spent in places which have been the setting for many of my favorite books. I always try to visit a museum in the area to find out more about the places.

    I am looking forward to reading your books.

  19. I live in the West and see evidence of the old West in lots of places here. But my favorite it to attend the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo That’s the best.

  20. That’s why I enjoy reading historicals because I get to enjoy the old west and enjoy the modern comforts at the same time. My favorite shows growing up were The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid and Roy Rogers. I still watch them when they come on and my kids moan but I love them to watch the shows any way.

  21. I like reliving the Old West in movies and TV show. Also, I enjoy the Broadway musical of “Annie Get your Gun”.

  22. Thank you for an interesting post. I looked up the Geiser Grand Hotel. It is lovely and now on my list to stay in a night or two if/when we manage to get out that way. I am so glad they made the effort to restore it.

    We enjoy traveling and other than the natural beauty of the country, we enjoy the history. We go to museums, historic sites, parks, and historic houses. We try to attend reenactments and other such events whenever we can. Living history, whether a special event or a regular part of site, brings a greater understanding of what it could really have been like. On one of our trips out West, we were lucky enough to attend the Rendezvous at Fort Bridger, WY. We have attended and sometimes participated in tribal PowWows, Civil War encampments and reenactments, as well a those for the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and the French and Indian War. We also attend Highland Games. The history and culture of a place and people is so important to what they are today.

    I miss all the westerns on TV. Back in the 1950s and 60s there were so many of them. The 70s, 80s and 90s saw some good series, but there weren’t many. Now, nobody seems interested in producing them. It is shame. There is a promising one that just started on the Hallmark Channel, When Calls The Heart.

    Best of luck with the release of WISHING ON BUTTERCUPS. This is a series I will be checking out.

  23. My favorite way to relive the Old West is to watch old Western movies…especially the John Wayne ones. I grew up watching Western serials on tv like Gunsmoke and Bonanza..

  24. Reading is my favorite way to “live in the old west”. And I live in a rural area near all the old Kansas cowtowns so it’s easy to slip back in time just driving down the road…and into my imagination.

  25. My favorite way to relive the old west is through books, but the next way is definitely movies and TV! And I have been fortunate to travel that area with our camper and I fell in love. It is beautiful.

  26. It’s so exciting to see so many ladies who loved western books, movies and TV programs! I’m really enjoying When Calls the Heart, as well, and hope they renew it for next season. It’s the best, cleanest, most interesting show on TV right now.

    It’s so nice to meet other Zane Grey readers here, as well as people who have visited Tombstone or are eager to do so.

    I hope you gals will stop by my FB party next Tuesday night, especially if you don’t win my book here. I’ll be giving away several books as well as a Kindle.

    Patricia, that’s so cool you looked up the Grand Geiser Hotel. I actually got a Groupon not long ago for a 1/2 price stay there. That would be so fun! Tons of history in that old hotel, including that a few of the upstairs rooms were used as a brothel in the 1800s.

    Jennifer, one of my childhood favorites was also Roy Rogers. I got to see him at a parade when I was tiny.

  27. It’s so exciting to see so many ladies who loved western books, movies and TV programs! I’m really enjoying When Calls the Heart, as well, and hope they renew it for next season. It’s the best, cleanest, most interesting show on TV right now.

    It’s so nice to meet other Zane Grey readers here, as well as people who have visited Tombstone or are eager to do so.

    I hope you gals will stop by my FB party next Tuesday night, especially if you don’t win my book here. I’ll be giving away several books as well as a Kindle.

    Patricia, that’s so cool you looked up the Grand Geiser Hotel. I actually got a Groupon not long ago for a 1/2 price stay there. That would be so fun! Tons of history in that old hotel, including that a few of the upstairs rooms were used as a brothel in the 1800s.

    Jennifer, one of my childhood favorites was also Roy Rogers. I got to see him at a parade when I was tiny.

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