A Wildflower Welcome to LYN COTE!

Today Lyn is offering a print copy of HONOR to one commenter. And a free e-book of “Where Honor Began” to another. Please include ebook in your comment to be entered into the latter.Lyn_Cote_headshot (3)


Lyn Cote here! Greetings from the OLD, OLD West; by that I mean, the old Northwest Territory east of the Mississippi River. We Americans often forget how quickly as we pushed westward, that the “west” became “east.”

NOVEMBER 22 NW Territory

My latest series, “Quaker Brides,” is set in Ohio in 1820. At that time, the Wyandot still roamed the forests of Ohio and most of the population clung to the southern and northern borders where the Ohio River and Lake Erie respectively made travel and connection easier.

NOVEMBER 22 Wyandott

To those who have read my previous historical series, it will come as no surprise that when considering a new series, I looked for an area where great upheaval and conflict had taken place.

Her Inheritance ForeverIn my earlier “Texas Star of Destiny” series, I chose Texas, which changed from Spanish colony to Mexican territory to the Republic of Texas and finally to the state of Texas, all between the years of 1820 to 1847. The period also included the Texas Revolution (Remember the Alamo!) and the Mexican-American War.

That done, I next turned my attention, of course, to Ohio.


Yes, during the same years, Ohio simmered and at times boiled as a hotbed of conflict and activism over the issue of abolition. The winds of change and social upheaval acted out in open conflict in Texas. In Ohio, however the revolution took place behind doors and within secret rooms within walls, only rarely breaking forth into riots. The Underground Railroad started spontaneously and my heroine, Honor, becomes a part of this movement that no one planned or organized. The Quakers were at the forefront of this movement and again, my readers know that while many write about Amish, IHonor’ve chosen to write about Quakers. 🙂

Honor, born and raised on a Maryland plantation, is thwarted in her desire to free her slaves and is forced to leave her  home. She finds herself in a marriage of convenience to a man, made deaf by a childhood illness who takes her to live in a cabin on the Ohio frontier. These changes in her life launch and move her story along.


If you own an e-reader or read on your Smartphone, today is the FINAL DAY that HONOR is being offered for $2.99. Here’s the link and you can choose your e-tailer there. http://www.tyndale.com/ebookextra/

Blurb: When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, she is forced to leave her Maryland plantation. A move west brings the promise of a fresh start, but nothing in Honor’s genteel upbringing has prepared her for the rigors of frontier life with Samuel. Nevertheless, her tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly—though secretly—involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something, but will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife? 

WhereHonorBegan-1I also have written a companion novelette, title “Where Honor Began” and it is on sale for 99 cents today also.


QUESTION: Does it matter to you as a reader of “Westerns” if a Western takes place east of the Mississippi River? Why or why not? 

(I’m offering a print copy of HONOR to one commenter. And a free e-book of “Where Honor Began” to another. Please include e-book in your comment to be entered into the latter.)

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33 thoughts on “A Wildflower Welcome to LYN COTE!”

  1. Hello Lyn. This sounds like a good series. Love the cover on Where Honor Began, but I would rather have a paperback if I win. Thanks for the give-away. I love Westerns where the setting is. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  2. A western is partly location, but also part attitude. It is the frontier way of life that requires grit, independence, self-reliance,and willingness to help among other things. That was true along the frontier as it moved west from the eastern mountain ranges to the Rockies. The coonskin cap is associated with the easter group of settlers, but that morphed into the stetson as settlers moved west and the forests turned to plains and farming began to include ranching. We should remember that those western settlers started out in the east and brought many traits with them.
    (I would prefer the print book, but could take an ebook.)

  3. I think of it more of a time frame than an actual location so I’m happy wherever the location. I’m big on variety so I like a bit of everything. I figure the author knows what they are doing 🙂 I love anything which involves history. And thanks for a chance to win – I too am a print reader.

  4. Hi Lyn! It’s great to have you back with us. Always a treat to have you visit. I just love a good story, no matter where it’s set. The characters are what bring a story to life, not the setting. At least it’s that way for me. I think the official definition of the West is anywhere east of the Mississippi. I set my stories mostly in Texas because that’s where I live and what I’m most familiar with.

    I love the premise for HONOR. Mention of the underground railroad immediately hooked me.

    Wishing you much success!

  5. It makes no difference to me where the setting is….a good western is a good western! Thank you Lyn for a great post!

  6. Welcome,,and a very interesting post,,love the story and the cover of those books ,,I love holding a real book,,don’t have anything to read a ereader on,,im old school love turning the pages of a good book

  7. I think that it doesn’t matter the setting of a western as it is more the attitude!

    I would love to read either book!

  8. I love westerns so it doesn’t matter where the setting is to me. As long as the book is well written and a good story then I am game for it.

  9. Hi Lyn, so glad to ‘see’ you here. I love that you’re writing is affording us a look at this ‘other west’. And your heroine sounds like someone I’d love to learn more about.

  10. It doesn’t really matter to me. This was the setting of the west at one point in our history. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I would de think the old west could be anywhere away from civilization. Love to win and read your book and thanks for your post

  12. I think it’s the “flavor” of a book that makes it a western for me.

    e-book – count me in thank you.

  13. It doesn’t matter to me as the frontier was pretty wide open in the early days. The area where I live in central Wisconsin ( near the Fox and Wolf Rivers) is peppered with Indian lore and skirmishes. We live right next to a huge red granite rock with the carved face of a buffalo in it. It was a Menominee Indian meeting/gathering place.

  14. I love historical fiction and I would certainly enjoy stories using Ohio as a location. I live in Kentucky and we also participated in the Underground Railroad movement.

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