Hi everyone! What better way to kick off our fall special events week here at PETTICOATS AND PISTOLS than with some good news about a new book? The end of the year is in sight and with it comes such a time crunch for most of us. In the publishing world, things begin to gear up toward the end of August and don’t grind to a slow-down until Christmas. Holiday stories must be gotten out in a timely manner for readers, and there are many contests that deadline at Dec. 31, as well.


In the midst of all that, I managed to finally get one of my own short novels out, and what a joy! THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON started out as a short story for our Prairie Rose Publications anthology, Sweet Texas Christmas. BUT, sometimes stories take on a life of their own, and this one did just that. It soon became obvious that it was not going to be eligible to include in the anthology when the word count topped 20K and I was only about halfway finished. These characters needed a longer story! Here’s the “short” version:

A woman with no home…

Beautiful Southern belle Julia Jackson has just been informed she and her niece must find a new home immediately—or else. With no family to turn to in Georgia, Julia takes a mighty gamble and answers an advertisement for a nursemaid in wild Indian Territory—for the child of a man she knows nothing about. Together, she and five-year-old Lauralee waste no time as they flee to the safety of the new position Julia has accepted. She can only hope this move will be the start of a bright future for them away from Lauralee’s dangerous much older half-brother.

A rancher with no heart…

The death of Devlin Campbell’s young daughter has ripped the light from his life. Though the birth of his son, little Jamie, should have been a source of happiness, the subsequent loss of his wife forces Dev to ignore his emotions and trudge through life’s joyless responsibilities. But all that changes with the arrival of Miss Julia Jackson from Atlanta! Not at all what Dev is expecting in response to his ad, his resentment boils over at her failure to mention her tag-along niece—a painful reminder of the loss of his own little girl just two years earlier. Yet, how can he deny the sunshine Julie brings into his drab existence with her very presence?

Can love find a way?

In the depths of Dev’s boundless sorrow and his accompanying anger, is there room in his life for anyone else as Christmas approaches? Can Julie convince him that love is the cure for a broken heart, and hope is the only recipe for a new beginning between THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON…

THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON is available now for pre-order for KINDLE, and will release on October 26 in both digital and paperback. It’s full of action, suspense, and of course, Christmas magic!

Here’s the link to pre-order your very own copy of THE DEVIL AND MISS JULIA JACKSON!


Fall is definitely here, and it’s time to settle down with a good book in a comfy chair with a favorite beverage (and maybe some chocolate!) and read, read, read!


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A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
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  1. Thanks for the intro to the book. Fall may be here but yesterday it was close to 90 degrees. I’ll be looking for this one/

    • Debra, same here in Oklahoma City. Things will cool off tomorrow some they’re saying–I think this is the first year I can remember that the State Fair was in full swing and we didn’t have rain! LOL

  2. Hello Cheryl, I’m excited about your new book, sounds amazing, I’ll get it pre-ordered. Your books are phenomenal and I’ve loved everyone I’ve ever read. Love you, Dear, happy fall.

    • Tonya, I’m excited too! It’s been a good while since I had something longer out–have had some short stories, but this one just took off and ran away with itself and I had to let it have its way! LOL Thank you for your VERY kind words, dear friend! I appreciate you!

    • Glenda, how in the world are you typing with your hand in such bad shape? Thank you for taking the time to stop by and leave me a comment, dear lady! I hope you are much better by now, and I hope you enjoy The Devil and Miss Julia Jackson.

    • Thank you, Sally! I love that cover, too–but I love Jimmy Thomas and use him as my cover model whenever I can. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  3. This sounds like a lovely story to read during the holiday season. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hey Connie! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you will enjoy this little tale of mine. I’m glad I was able to let these characters just do what they wanted to do. LOL

  4. Woohoo a new book how exciting! I can’t believe it’s almost October! Fall is my favorite season though!!

    • Hey Stephanie! I can’t believe it’s almost October, either. Our summer months have just flown by–summer is my favorite season, but this summer it was odd–we had some cooler days here and a lot more rain than usual in August, so it didn’t seem as “summery” as it usually is. But I’m ready for fall this year and got some other surprises coming soon, too, so get ready!

  5. Another great book, Cheryl! Can’t wait to read it! I am sure ready for fall. We have had really hot weather in Northeast Texas lately.

    • Thank you, Melanie! That is so kind of you to say, and I do hope you’ll enjoy it. You know, I’m in Oklahoma City, and the heat has not really let up here, either, but this week they’re calling for a couple of days with highs in the low 70’s or even high 60’s!

  6. Oh wow, Cheryl! I’ve got to go order this. Gotta have it. This story has really piqued my interest. Such a great storyline and I know you’ll deliver a very special love story. Oh, I can’t wait. About fall….my heart seems to pick up an extra happy beat when October arrives. I love cooler weather and with it comes a warm fire, a cozy throw, a walk in the leaves, and a good book to read! Just my favorite time of the year.

    Wishing you much success with your new book and sending great big hugs!

    • Linda, thank you so much for stopping in today. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to come say howdy. Thank you, too, for your very, very kind words. I appreciate them so much! More than I can say. I am looking forward to fall this year, too. Gary asked me a couple of days ago “Should we go ahead and order firewood?” LOL I think he’s looking forward to it, too.
      XOXO Love you!

  7. Congratulations! The story sounds so wonderful! Can’t wait!

    BTW, it’s 90 today here in the Northeast too and NO lovely fall breezes to mitigate it.

    • Thank you, Eliza! Thanks so much for stopping by–hope you are doing well! It’s been warm today here in Oklahoma, too, but then it got cloudy and cooled off. Rain is in the air, but so far, it’s not started. This is one of my very favorite kind of days!

    • Oh, Kim I hear you! I am not a fan of the cold weather. We need rain here, too, in the worst way, but I’m not looking forward to cold weather.

  8. I Love this excerpt. I love anytime Jimmy Thomas is on a cover. I’m really looking forward to reading this. Thank you for sharing.
    Carol Luciano

    • Aw, thank you, Carol. I love Jimmy Thomas, too. I try to use him for every single cover of my books and short stories–though I have a couple of older ones that don’t have him on there. All my newer ones do, and most of the older ones, too. You just can’t go wrong with JT! I hope you enjoy The Devil and Miss Julia Jackson! Thanks for stopping by today.

  9. I love fall! Now if only Michigan would realize it was fall. Haha! It has been in the 90’s the past week and doesn’t look like it will cool off until next week or so. 🙂

    • Susan, I bet Michigan will realize it’s fall long before Oklahoma does–though it is going to be 65 degrees tomorrow for a HIGH–that’s almost unheard of! It’s going backup into the 80’s and 90’s by the end of the week though. It’s on the way!

  10. I am glad your story decided it needed to be longer. Sometimes it takes a special person to heal a painfully wounded heart. It sounds like Julia and Lauralee are just what Devlin needs, even if he can’t see it.
    Fall is my favorite time of the year, but the cool crisp weather isn’t making an appearance. We are on the road again and so far, temperatures have been near or at record highs. Washington, D. C. Was in the 90’s the whole time. We are on the Canadian border in New York and it has been in the 90’s here, too, breaking record highs. I hope Canada and New England start showing some of those nice 50’s and 60’s soon. I don’t want snow, but cooler weather would be appreciated.
    I hope you have a wonderful Fall. The Holidays should be a time to relax and enjoy, not have to hurry to finish projects. (Of course I don’t follow my own advice.)

    • Hi Patricia! Thanks so much for stopping by! I know you are busy, busy, busy! And you do so much traveling–I could never keep up with you, lady! Yes, Devlin needs some happiness in his life! I just couldn’t do it in 15,000 words! LOL

      I think this fall is going to be good. I’m making good progress on everything I need to do, and I just have to remember I’m only one person! I never get to relax during the holidays–oh, I take that back. I did one year–I’d gone on a cruise and came home sick as a dog on the 23rd of December. I was so sick, and it lasted all through Christmas and on past NEW YEAR’S. I don’t think I’ll do any more cruises.

      Hope you have a wonderful fall too, Patricia!

    • Hi Caryl! Nice to meet you, too! Thanks so much for the very kind words. I hope you enjoy one of my stories very soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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