Victoria Bylin: Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?

Give a big howdy to former Filly, Vickie Bylin! We’re so happy she came to visit. AND she brought books to give away. Three in fact, so leave a comment!

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Home   . . .  That word is one of the most evocative in the English language. It’s also a fitting theme for today’s blog, because Petticoats & Pistols was my home for over three years. Hello, Fillies!  I miss hanging out with you and the P&P readers. I thoroughly enjoyed being a Filly during my time with Harlequin Historical and Love Inspired Historical.


Westerns will always be close to my heart. So will California with its beaches, mountains, valleys, and deserts. The state may not be the first one to pop in your mind when you think “traditional western,” not like Texas or Wyoming, but the history and culture have a western flavor.


SomeoneLikeYouCoverI live in Lexington, Kentucky now, but I miss the Golden State. That’s why I started writing about it. If we took a road trip with the characters in my contemporary romances, we’d walk barefoot on Pismo Beach, see endangered California condors in the wild, and camp out on Anacapa Island.


The Pismo Beach scene is in my latest release, Someone Like You (Bethany House, May 2016). The story is set at a historic resort in central California and is about what happens when college sweethearts meet after six years. Back at UC Berkeley, Zeke Monroe was a strong Christian, and Julia Dare believed in living for the moment. Fast forward six years . . . Now Zeke is struggling with his faith and Julia is a new believer and a single mom with a four-year-old son.


Until I Found YouTo add some western flavor (and because I like country music), I made the owners of the resort a retired country music duo called the Travers Twins. Ginger Travers no longer performs, but George Travers (who looks and sounds a lot like Sam Elliot) is going strong and still a heartthrob for Julia’s widowed mother.


California condors played a big role in Until I Found You. Those birds are amazing!  During the 1990s, when my family and I lived in the Los Padres National Forest a.k.a. “Condor Country,” we had the pleasure of seeing condors soar over our home. With their nine-foot wingspans, the birds look like glider planes. Writing about them brought back some great memories.  


Together With YouGoing camping again on Anacapa Island is another secret dream.  Anacapa (pronounced ANN-a-cap-a) is one of the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. In Together With You. Kentucky girl Carly Jo Mason and Los Angeles ophthalmologist Dr. Ryan Tremaine make a trip to the island with his kids.


 Ryan and Carly have quite the romance, but a little girl named Penny stole even more hearts—including mine. Penny has special needs and remains one of my favorite characters.


Thank you for taking a mini-trip home with me!  When it comes to romance, California is the perfect setting for strong characters, dramatic plots, and stories that touch the heart.

To celebrate my home state, I’d like to give away three books—reader choice from the titles above. Leave a comment and you’ll be entered in the drawing!


A big thank you to the Fillies for inviting me to visit.  As the saying goes, “East or West, Home is Best.”

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49 thoughts on “Victoria Bylin: Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again?”

  1. Welcome back for a visit. I have enjoyed your historical westerns and look forward to trying your contemporary stories. We lived in the Sacramento area for 2 years. We did some traveling in the state, but my husband’s job did not allow for much free time. We did take advantage of what free time we did have and actually managed to see quite a bit. We now live in NE TN, but hope to do some traveling now that he has retired. There is much we would like to see and revisit. I would love to drive the coastal highway the entire length of the state and see more of the northern part of California.

  2. Hello Patricia! I have distant relatives who live near Sacramento, but I never made it to that part of the state. Now I wish that we’d hopped in the car and visited the state capital just to have done it. Tennessee is lovely. My husband and I visited Gatlinburg a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s nice to say hello! Good luck in the drawing 🙂

  3. I loved the post. How wonderful to do all those things along with your characters. My father lives in San Diego. I love visiting.

  4. Welcome back! I have never been to California but I have a few internet friends who live there. It sounds and looks like such a wonderful. I look forward to picking up one of your books and daydreaming about the beautiful state while reading it. The covers are gorgeous.

    • Hi Debra! San Diego is wonderful! We took our sons there for a vacation when they were little. The Zoo. Sea World. Coronado. The Navy ships. We had a great time watching planes take off from the naval base.

    • Hello Janine! I agree completely re: the covers. My personal favorite is the one for Together With You, but Someone Like You makes me sigh. Good luck in the drawing 🙂

  5. Have not had opportunity to read one of your books. Thank you for chance to win. I enjoy country music myself and am thrilled you added a bit of “country” to your book.:)

    • Hello Mary B! You’ll love George Travers! He’s a mix of Johnny Cash and Sam Elliot. Tall. Deep voice. A real story to tell. He and Julia’s mom get a romance of their own. I loved writing that part of the book. Good luck in the drawing 🙂

    • Hello Mary B! You’ll love George Travers! He’s a mix of Johnny Cash and Sam Elliot. Tall. Deep voice. A real story to tell. He and Julia’s mom get a romance of their own. I loved writing that part of the book.

  6. Good Morning Vickie! So overjoyed to have you back for a visit. I have to say that you have some really beautiful covers. I just love the soft, gentle feel to them. They say romance without screaming it. Love your blog. I never think of California when I think westerns. Not exactly sure why. The state is very old and lots of history occurred there. Still, when you mention California cowboy, the first image that crosses my mind is Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboy. Ha!

    I’m really glad you came to visit. We miss you so much here!

    • Hi Linda! I miss the Fillies, too. You won’t find a nicer group of ladies anywhere on the web. Talented too! Westerns will always be in my blood, and I know where to read all about them 🙂 Give an extra big howdy to Felicia for me 🙂

    • Hi Linda! It’s great to be back. I miss the Fillies a lot. You won’t find a nicer, more supportive group of women anywhere. Talented too! Give Felicia an extra big howdy for me 🙂

  7. I’ve always wanted to visit the west coast but have only gotten as far as AZ (I live in PA). It’s on my bucket list! I enjoyed hearing about your stories!

    • Hello catslady! The west coast is worth the visit, especially Highway One around Big Sur. Then again, the drive round those cliffs is a tad bit scary. My family and I went through Arizona when we moved from Los Angeles to northern Virginia. The Grand Canyon is unforgettable.

  8. I love the West coast. The beaches, sunsets, and beauty all are wonderful. What an enjoyable post. Thanks.

    • Hello Pearl! I saw your name and flashed back to one of my Love Inspired Historicals. The heroine in Wyoming Lawman is named Pearl. It fit her perfectly. Ditto to loving the West Coast!

  9. Your interesting post was captivating and special. I have visited California several times and love the sights and especially the ocean. I have favorite walks and beaches too.

    • Hello Anne! I just love the beach . . . wish I were there now! Pismo is at the top of the list, with Will Rogers State Beach being second. Malibu and Zuma are on the list too, though it’s been ages since I’ve been to either one of those.

    • Hello Kim! It’s been a couple of years since I posted about Until I Found You, and even longer since I was a Filly. It’s delightful to be back. I’m seeing a lot of familiar names!

  10. I’d have to say “Until I Met You” because the sound of Sam Elliot’s voice makes my knees weak!

    • Me too, JJ! I had the *best* time writing about George! I could hear every word he said . . . and sang. When my husband read Someone Like You, he said, “Sam Elliot needs to play George in the movie.” You bet!

  11. Hi Vickie — from one of the newer fillies! So nice to have you come back for a visit. Of course California is “western”! (to me at least) but I can see where someone from Texas might not think so (aka L.B.) Very pretty covers for your books!

    • Hi Kathryn! I’m wondering how many westerns–both movies and TV shows–were filmed in California? More than in Texas, I bet (not to pick a fight!). It’s fun to be back with the Fillies for a visit 🙂

  12. I have read a lot of western books, but have not read one of yours, would love to do so. They look so interesting looking at the covers of the books and reading a little about them.

  13. Ah, such beautiful covers your books have.They are a true feast for the eyes but what I really is to read what’s inside. I’ve seen such delightful reviews for your books I am most eager to try them out for myself.

    • Hello Deanne! I’m thrilled with the reviews for Someone Like You. When a reviewer describes the tone as “joyous,” you know you hit the right chord. Good luck in the drawing 🙂

  14. You books sound wonderful and I would love to read them. Kentucky is my home state and it is where I have always lived. I live in the Danville area so not to far from you. I can’t imagine living anywhere else now I have been here so many years. I was raised in the Wilmore area and then moved to the Danville area when I got married.

    • Hi Quilt Lady! We’re practically neighbors. I hope you’re enjoying this sunny Saturday as much as I am. What a rainy month it’s been here in Lexington. Makes for green grass, though!

  15. I’ve only been to California once over 30 years ago. We traveled down the coastline from Washington state all the way down to Laguna Beach with stops in the Redwood Forest, San Fran and LA. Loved the views from the Pacific Coast Hwy. I hope to go back to see San Diego and Yosemite National Park.

    We just traveled back from Florida. We took a wrong exit off of I-65 and ended up on a highway going east towards Lexington with no turnoffs for 10 miles (Bluegrass Hwy). We took another exit and got totally lost in the fog at 11 at night. Luckily an older couple drove up and was able to give us directions back to I-65. Scary!

    I like the premises to all three of your stories. I agree that the covers are beautiful.

    We have whopping cranes and ospreys in our area(central Wisconsin). Condors WOW! I’d love to see one fly.

  16. You can go home again but what you expect is different from the reality of it. Especially if it has been a very long time since you have been back to your home town. You remember it but it has forgotten you!

    Your books sound wonderful. I am always looking for new authors to read.

    • Hi anon1001! It’s nice to be back for a visit. Thank you for your kind words. The Fillies are a really special group of ladies, and so are the readers who visit 🙂

  17. Victoria, your books & covers are awesome. You sound like my kind of author historical & contemporary. Thanks for stopping by P&P. Traveled to Calif. a long time ago, it was beautiful. Indiana, is my home. We love to travel, but; Indiana is where we put our boots under our beds.
    We can still read all your wonderful books & go any where we want to go. Thanks, for the chance to win one of your books.

    • Good luck in the drawing, Lois! I’ve been through Indiana just once, when we drove cross-country from Los Angeles to Washington DC. That was one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had 🙂

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