I am over-the-moon excited to be over here on Petticoats & Pistols, because that means I’ve had another dream come true:
Ruthy’s writing westerns!
I love western lore, I love the look of a rugged cowboy, and I love Reba McIntyre’s song “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”… And I’m thrilled that Book 1 of the “Double S Ranch” series is releasing on March 15th! Talk about a swoon-worthy hero and cover!
But westerns aren’t just about heroes, although I love ’em… The backbone of the western movement is found in the women who settled there under some unspeakable conditions, the women who still help run the west. They’re the stuff dreams are made of. The ones who stayed back then and help run the heartland today are not shrinking violets. Generally these gals are unafraid to get dirty, and willing to roll up their sleeves and help in the barn before they set a fresh baking of bread.
You only have to do a walking tour of a nineteenth century cemetery to see how many women and children were lost in days of scant medical care and pre-antibiotics.
And still they forged ahead, risking life and limb to open a new land to growing families for a long variety of reasons, many of which lay back east in the smog-filled manufacturing cities. The open air of the west called to them. A land of opportunity, free land! Tempting flyers and newspaper announcements painted a glowing picture, even though the truth of the matter was often quite different.
Harsh lands and tough conditions took required health and backbone, and it’s an unfortunate truth that the loss of women in childbirth or to disease opened the door for more western brides. Opportunity sprang from great misfortune, and for each group of wagons bringing worn pioneers back east, more joined the journey west. Mail order brides back then have become the Farmers Only internet brides of today.
The image of the west called to certain types.
Women with a past, and women who thought they had no future. And also women who wanted a say in their future, women seeking the rights of suffrage had fewer men to shout them down on the prairie! And women were of great value on the prairie. Staking, running and keeping a claim wasn’t a one-man job.
The role of women and the claim of suffragists helped forge a different kind of community from the early years of settlement. As communication became easier, women’s voices grew louder, and men began listening because what choice did they have? By the first World War, it became clear that certain rights were undeniable, finally, but FOUR western states had granted women the right to vote decades earlier. Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and Idaho stood strong on the belief that women and men were equal, and raised the bar for an East Coast that had been dickering the subject for nearly six decades. Good for them!
I love creating heroines worthy of that western designation, the distinctive grit that goes hand in hand with a more feminine, nurturing side.
Settling a land isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s true, but when men and women join forces to create an unbreakable bond, amazing things happened then… and now!
Here’s a Peek at Ruth’s new book
When stock market manipulations leave Colt Stafford financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford returns to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.
He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.
Writing westerns is a dream come true for Ruth.
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Multi-published, bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne loves God, her family, her country, chocolate, coffee and dogs, not always in that order! A country gal with a love for the big city, she is the author of nearly thirty novels and novellas and absolutely loves writing the kind of books she likes to read!
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