Welcome to Our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Howdy, Pardners! We here at Petticoats & Pistols are super excited about the upcoming week because we’re going to be in full-on party mode! That’s because we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the blog. That’s right, 10 years of posts about our love of all things western. A full decade. In honor of that milestone, we’re going to be having daily “10-themed” posts from lots of the Fillies. You won’t want to miss these posts for the sheer fun, for one, but also because commenting will earn you chances to win daily prizes as well as one of three awesome grand prizes we’ll be giving away at the end of the week of partying until we drop. And the more you participate, the more chances you get to win those grand prizes. So comment often and be sure to take part in our fun scavenger hunt that will take you on a journey for answers through our individual author websites. You’ll find the contest entry form at the bottom of this post. Please read all the rules before you begin. Following the listing of the prizes below, you’ll find all the clues for the scavenger hunt so you can get started.

Just check out all that’s part of the grand prizes. Honestly, I kind of want to win them!

Grand Prizes

First Grand Prize

From Kathryn Albright – a western adult coloring book and set of pencils, a print copy of her new release and one from her backlist

From Karen Witemeyer – Her Ladies of Harper’s Stations series, including two signed print books (No Other Will Do and Heart on the Line), one e-novella (Worth the Wait), and the movie that inspired Harper’s Station (Westward the Women DVD)

From Mary Connealy – A $10 Bath &  Body Works gift card and two books from her Cimarron Legacy series, No Way Up and Long Time Gone

From Cheryl Pierson – Silver bookmark, two of her signed books, and one mail-order bride anthology

From Pam Crooks — Autographed set of her Wells Cattle Company trilogy (Harlequin Historicals) and a $10 Bath and Body Works gift card

From Trish Milburn – four signed books from her Blue Falls, Texas series and a set of earrings

Second Grand Prize

From Winnie Griggs – A signed copy of her Knotty Pine series – 3 novels (The Christmas Journey, Second Chance Family, The Proper Wife) and a novella (Home For Thanksgiving), and a mish-mash of other items: a coffee mug with spoon, a “Ring for a Kiss” bell, Bookaholic necklace, burlap mini-tote, magnetic cowboy poet kit and a cowboy Christmas ornament

From Karen Kay – two signed books

From Phyliss Miranda – A $10 Bath and Body Works gift certificate, a set of six mass market historical western anthologies by Linda Broday, Jodi Thomas, the late DeWanna Pace and Phyliss (autographed), and a copy of her Kasota Springs contemporary romance

From Jeannie Watt – Montana coffee mug, cowgirl flour sack towels, four signed books

Third Grand Prize

From Marin Thomas – All three signed books in her Cowboys of the Rio Grande series, A Cowboy’s Redemption, The Surgeon’s Christmas Baby and A Cowboy’s Claim), a giant Texas cookie cutter, a cowboy Christmas ornament and the picture book Pixar Guide to Life featuring Woody the cowboy from Toy Story)

From Tanya Hanson – a horse-patterned scarf, horseshoe bracelet and three signed books

From Linda Broday – Autographed copy of her new August release Knight on the Texas Plains and a decorative western bowl

From Margaret Brownley – Autographed copy of her latest release and $15 Amazon gift card


Scavenger Hunt Clues

Kathryn Albright — In Mail-Order Brides of Oak Grove, what is the name of the cowboy that first lays claim to Maggie McCary?

Linda Broday — In which book did the cowboy win a baby in a poker game?

Margaret Brownley — Margaret’s A Match Made in Texas series was inspired by what favorite childhood book?

Mary Connealy— What three awards are mentioned on Mary’s website?

Pam Crooks — What was the evil warden doing that forces Hannah, the heroine in Hannah’s Vow, to go to the penitentiary to help investigate?

Winnie Griggs —  Which of Winnie’s books feature a schoolteacher who tries to play matchmaker for a sawmill owner?

Tanya Hanson — What is Tanya very afraid of?

Karen Kay —  In which book is the heroine escorting several orphans out West when the hero, a Cheyenne Warrior, raids a train in search of his brother, who has been taken captive?

Trish Milburn — Which book has a heroine who has recently been rescued from human traffickers?

Phyliss Miranda — What is the name of my assistant and what is unusual about her talents?

Jeannie Watt — Which two of Jeannie’s books deal with bull riders and adorable twin girls?

Karen Witemeyer — What 19th century book inspired Karen’s telegraph romance, Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station series)?

Marin Thomas — How many books does the moving banner display on the Home page of Marin Thomas’s website?


And so you know what you have to look forward to reading and commenting on this week, here’s our schedule:

Monday – Winnie Griggs and Linda Broday will share their views on the 10 Best Western Songs/Ballads.

Tuesday – Karen Kay and Phyliss Miranda will be discussing 10 Western Heroes and Heroines.

Wednesday – Karen Witemeyer and Jeannie Watt will keep the conversation likely with their list of Top 10 Favorite TV Westerns.

Thursday – We welcome our newest Filly Marin Thomas, who will kick off her new Filly-dom by telling us a bit about herself and her recent trip to Globe, Arizona.

Friday – Guest blogger Pam Hillman will share the 10 Snags of Writing Colonials vs. Westerns.

Saturday – Kathryn Albright & Margaret Brownley will talk about their Top 10 Favorite Western Sayings.

Sunday – Pam Crooks, who has been here since the beginning of Petticoats & Pistols, will post about The 10 Fillies Who Started it All.

We sure hope you’ll join us throughout the week as we celebrate! And good luck in the giveaways!

Contest Entry Form

NOTE: If you want to enter the giant giveaway, you must use this form. Leaving a comment (which highly encouraged–this is a party, after all) will not enter you in the big giveaway.

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Trish Milburn
Trish Milburn is the author of nearly 40 romance, suspense, paranormal, women's fiction and young adult titles. She's a two-time winner of the Golden Heart Award and the recipient of Romance Writers of America's top award for service, the Emma Merritt Award. She's a big sci-fi geek girl, loves seeing new places, and has been known to cosplay on occasion. She's always loved westerns, so considering her other love is sci-fi it's no wonder her all-time favorite TV show is Firefly, which blends the two genres. Check out her books, links to various social media and sign up for her newsletter at http://www.trishmilburn.com/
Updated: August 6, 2017 — 2:51 pm


  1. Happy 10 years. I look forward to celebrating every day.

    1. Thanks, Janine. We’re looking forward to all the fun we’re going to have celebrating this week.

  2. Happy 10th anniversary. I have enjoyed your blog for a number of years.

    1. Thanks, Estella. We appreciate you being a dedicated reader.

  3. This is so much fun

    1. That’s the goal! Fun, fun and more fun. 🙂

      1. Well it’s living up to its theme!! Fun fun fun

  4. Happy 10th Anniversary!

    1. Thank you! We wouldn’t be here without people like you.

  5. Happy Anniversary!!! 😀

    1. Thanks, Dale. We hope everyone has a good time with the posts and scavenger hunt this week.

  6. Happy 10th!!!! This looks like it will be fun! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Colleen. We hope everyone enjoys it.

  7. HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY! Looks like a busy fun week.

    1. Thanks, Rosie. Hope you have fun with our festivities this week.

  8. Happy Anniversary!!!

    1. Thanks, Eliza. Hope you pop by each day.

  9. Here’s to many more 10s! Thanks and Happy Anniversary!

    1. Thank you, Eva. And be sure to spread the word about our party this week!

  10. I have my horse saddled and my boots ready for a fun-filled week. Can’t wait to read all the other fillies posts about their favorite 10 things and find out more about our new filly, Marin Thomas! I am READY TO CELEBRATE!

    1. Whee! We’re going to have a ball this week.

  11. Congrats on ten years. What a great way to celebrate.

    1. Thanks, Veda. (Cool name, by the way.)

  12. Happy 10th Anniversary and we’re wishing for that many more (at the least)!

    1. So are we! Thanks, Connie.

  13. Congratulations on the 10 years!!! So amazing!!!

  14. Congratulations on the 10 years!!! So amazing!!! This sounds like a super fun week! Good luck to everyone trying for the giveaway. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Caleigh. And good luck to you, too.

  15. Congratulations! Sounds like this will be a fun week!

    1. Thanks, Susan. We’re all about the fun here. 🙂

  16. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary! May you have many more successful years.

    1. Thank you, Karen. We appreciate the good thoughts.

  17. This looks like fun. Happy Anniversary

    1. Thanks, Maureen. Hope you have fun with us this week.

  18. Happy 10!!! This is so exciting!!!

    1. Thanks, Hannah. We aim to be exciting. 🙂

  19. Happy 10th. Love the big giveaway but I especially love the authors.

    1. Thanks Deana! And we love all our readers as well!!

    2. Thanks, Deana. Much love back to you. 🙂

  20. What fun. It was nice learning more about the authors and seeing some of their books I didn’t know about. Great prizes. I am a bit partial to #1, but whoever wins any one of them will be very lucky. All great authors with books that are well worth reading.

    1. We’re glad you enjoyed the scavenger hunt, Patricia.

  21. Wow, happy decade, Petticoats and Pistols! That 10 years have flown by in the blink of an eye! Here’s to the next 10, everyone!

    1. Time flies when you’re having fun. 🙂

  22. Congratulations, Fillies! A decade of rock solid blogging is a huge accomplishment!

  23. 10th anniversary! Definitely due a celebration! I’ve discovered several new-to-me writers through the years, thanks to you ladies. I keep hearing westerns are dead — so glad they aren’t 🙂

    Nancy C

    1. I think the popularity of different types of stories go up and down over the years, but I don’t think anything is ever truly dead. Not as long as there are readers who enjoy them.

  24. YAY! Happy 10th Anniversary to one of my favorite blogs!!

  25. Happy Tenth Anniversary.

  26. Wow, it was fun reading about all of the authors, I now have more authors that will be added to my TBR list Congratulations of your 10th anniversary. Here’s wishing all of you many more years of great writing.

  27. Congrats and Happy 10 years. An awesome time will be had . Good luck to everyone.
    Carol L

    1. Thanks, Carol. Hope you’re having fun with us this week.

  28. This sounds wonderful! Happy Annv!

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    Happy Anniversary to all! Best Wishes for many returns of this special celebration!
    Good Luck to all contest entrants!
    Pat Cochran.

    1. Thank you, Pat, for the support.

  30. Happy 10th Anniversary!

  31. Happy anniversary!

  32. Happy Anniversary! Love this!

  33. I’m so happy this has been going for 10 years!!! I have found so many great authors and books here! I absolutely love this place!!! Thanks!

    1. We’re so happy you love it, Cori. Thank you.

  34. congrats on your 10th Anniversary

  35. Congrats on 10 years!

  36. I look forward to becoming a reader and a continued fan.

  37. Congratulations on 10 years!

  38. Thanks for the scavenger hunt! I’m going to have to spend more time adding some books to my TBR list! Happy anniversary to all of you!

    1. I will continue to read and comment and I look forward to 20 more years.

  39. I have many of these authors for the last few years. Glad to find this site now.

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    10 years! Boy do I have lots of catching up to do! Happy Anniversary!! ????

    1. I’m new to Petticoat myself and I’m so very excited to read all about everyone love you Karen Kay!

  41. Congratulations on your 10th anniversary!!
    I stop by periodically and didn’t realize it had been 10 years since you started the blog, wow!
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win so many great prizes!
    Good luck to everyone!
    (aka RobbyeFaye, aka Robbie)

  42. Who won?

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