Caroline Clemmons Shares Her Downfall & Book Giveaway

Thank you for the exciting honor of being on Petticoats and Pistols. Yee Haw!

I will give away an e-copy of DANIEL McCLINTOCK to two people who comment. (Giveaway guidelines apply.)

I love research but it’s my downfall. One thing leads to another and the next thing I know I’ve spent precious minutes/hours falling down the rabbit hole. That’s not too bad, since I believe knowledge is never wasted. (Well, I’m not so sure about algebra since I’m a writer. ?) Research tangents can wreak havoc with a schedule.

Because I like to have unusual twists and occupations in my books, I’ve learned some intriguing things. For instance, did you know that long ago women were hired to mine the small, narrow crevices of coal mines? Or, that they worked in such hot conditions that they wore only a wide sash around their hips?

I learned that irrelevant tidbit researching for O’NEILL’S TEXAS BRIDE (McClintocks book two). Even though the hero has to solve a mystery at a coal mine, this is a western. He’s involved in a trade: find the culprit who’s sabotaging the mine and he gets the money to buy a horse ranch. I wasn’t searching for ancient mining or even Regency era mines. I wanted information on Texas coal mines in the late 1800s. Fortunately, I found enough to make my book credible.

Later in the McClintock series, I researched the early beginnings of physical therapy for DANIEL McCLINTOCK, McClintocks book four. In the previous book, McCLINTOCK’S RELUCTANT BRIDE, I left that hero’s younger brother Daniel paralyzed from the waist down.

Oooh, the angry emails! The gist was that if I didn’t write a book to help Daniel I would lose many readers. These are romance books, so of course I would write his book. My goal is to entertain and leave readers with a happy glow. If we want to be depressed, we can watch the evening news.

I spent several hours researching Daniel’s problem and the origins of physical therapy. By a stroke of good luck (or angels watching over me) I met a man who had been paralyzed from the waist down just like Daniel. This man, who didn’t even use a cane or limp, told me how he regained use of his legs—and the process involved things I would not have found in research.

In DANIEL McCLINTOCK, Daniel has gone from being a shy, kind, hard-working young man to one who is depressed and cynical. You can see how that might happen, right? This book is a sweet romance with the exception of the words “damn” and “hell”.

After being used to ranching all his life, his abilities have been stolen from him by a villain’s bullet. At twenty-two, he fears he’s facing a lifetime of what he feels is being useless. He’s trapped in a shell of his former self.

However, Daniel isn’t totally idle. He paints beautiful pictures that he sells in the mercantile then donates the proceeds to the church. Keeping ranch records for his father is a definite boon for the older McClintock. Secretly, Daniel writes poetry. But, as his younger sister Rebecca accuses, he is grumpy as an old bear.

In Amsterdam, Clara Van Hoosan has been training as a heilgymnast in the new mechanotherapy field. At twenty two, she has had amazing success but faces the battle of patients preferring a man as their therapist. When a request comes from America, she is thrilled when her mentor suggests her—but she uses her initials rather than reveal she’s a woman.

Do you think Daniel will welcome Clara to help him? If you said no, you’re correct. Let me share the scene of their first meeting. Kathryn is Daniel’s mother.


Clara followed Kathryn to the room next door. When she entered, she stopped and stared. Daniel wasn’t a boy as she had imagined—he was a man her age or older. And, as handsome as any man she’d ever met.

Kathryn introduced them to one another.

“You’re not serious!” Daniel’s glare chilled Clara as he assessed her head to toe and back up. “You said a man was arriving. You think I’m going to work with this… woman?”

He looked away and made a dismissive wave with his hand. “Forget it and get her out of here.”

Kathryn offered Clara a helpless expression then left the room.

Clara stepped forward, forcing herself to assume her professional demeanor. She had faced this reaction before, but this was so much more important. As much as she longed to help anyone in his position, this man also represented her chance to establish herself in America.

“Daniel, I am here to help you learn to walk again. I have a contract and have moved into the room next door, so you might as well get used to having me here.”

His blue eyes were glacial. “I. Said. Get. Out.”

As if he hadn’t spoken, she continued, “I have completed courses in nursing and mechanotherapy and have helped dozens of people like you recover the use of their limbs. One of your workers has gone to the rail depot to claim my trunks. Inside two of them I have equipment which I will assemble here in your room.”

He threw a book at her but it landed at her feet. “I am not letting you near me.”

She picked up the book, glanced at the title. “Hmm, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I have wanted to read this. Thank you.” She laid it on the washstand.

“Give me my damned book.”

She smiled but didn’t return the tome. “But, you gave it to me.”

“You know very well I didn’t.” Using his arms and hands, he pushed up higher on his pillows. “You deliberately misled us by using your initials instead of your first name.”

She widened her eyes and blinked at him. “Oh? I believe it is customary to use initials in business correspondence.”

He crossed his arms over his chest. “Don’t give me that innocent expression. You knew we thought you were a man—which is what you intended. I’m not having a woman working on me.”

Clara tapped a finger against her cheek. “I was under the impression your mother has been working with you to insure your leg muscles do not deteriorate. You were not averse to her and she is a woman.”

“That’s different.”

“She faces prejudice because she is a woman healer. I would think you, as her son who is aware of this, would be more tolerant of other women healers.”

“What she does is entirely different than what you supposedly do.”

“Not so. Each of us does our best to help people. In spite of your low opinion of me, I am going to be helping you for some time. I will be in early tomorrow to help you get ready for the day. After breakfast, I will begin assembling my equipment. You will find it fascinating. For now, good evening.” She reclaimed the book and carried it with her.

He yelled after her, “Bring me back my damned book!”

She smiled to herself as she walked to her room. She thought she had come out best in that round. Tomorrow would begin round two.

DANIEL McCLINTOCK, McClintocks book four, is available from Amazon:

Click Here To Order Daniel McClintock

The first book in the series, THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE. To order a permafree copy Click Here

Book two is O’NEILL’S TEXAS BRIDE: Click Here to Order

Book three is McCLINTOCK’S RELUCTANT BRIDE: Click Here To Order

My question for you is, do you enjoy research?



Through a crazy twist of fate, Caroline Clemmons was not born on a Texas ranch. To make up for this tragic error, she writes about handsome cowboys, feisty ranch women, and scheming villains in a small office her family calls her pink cave. She and her Hero live in North Central Texas cowboy country where they ride herd on their rescued cats and dogs. The books she creates there have made her an Amazon bestselling author and won numerous awards. Find her on her blog, website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Pinterest.

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27 thoughts on “Caroline Clemmons Shares Her Downfall & Book Giveaway”

  1. Oooh! This sounds interesting! I admit to being behind in reading this series. I’ve only read the first book.
    As far as research, I’m one of those readers that will look things up when reading. I’ve been known to go down a rabbit hole or two. Just yesterday, I spent more than an hour watching YouTube videos of historical dressing. It started with a two-minute clip of a woman dressing in Edwardian style without the help of a maid.

    • YouTube has helped with my research. I write a series for Debra Holland’s Montana Sky Series of Kindle World. The couples are quite isolated in 1880s Montana. I found videos made by this couple who are determined to live as people did then–except for the video camera. ? Very helpful. Thanks for commenting, Andrea.

  2. I love research and often run down those rabbit trails with glee. I learn so much unique info! I can’t wait to read your book and learn about the therapy.

    • Susan, thank you for commenting. I do enjoy those rabbit holes too. I hope you enjoy DANIEL McCLINTOCK.

  3. This book sounds awesome and I would love to read it. As far as reserch goes I do enjoy it some. It is really nice to be able to set down and look up something on the computer which is much easer then going through books to find your answers. You can find about anything you want with the touch of the computer keys.

    • Quilt Lady, I agree about using the computer. One has to be careful, however, because a lot of misinformation is online as well as verified information. I am so glad Google is available!

  4. Hi Caroline,

    I love research, especially of the Old West. I recently acquired 22 books from the Time-Life Old West series via E-bay.

    Unfortunately, I end up getting lost in rabbit holes, and not writing. (And I haven’t yet dug into the Time-Life books…)

    I can’t wait to read Daniel’s story.

    • Alisa, what a coup getting the entire set of Time Life western books was! I have a couple of the books I’ve picked up here and there but would love the entire set. I never think to look on Ebay, which is probably good. That’s another rabbit hole for me. ?

  5. I absolutely adore research. I have a master’s degree in history, but work in fundraising. My research skills come in to play time and time again when I’m asked about the history of a project or fund. The best thing I learned in graduate school wasn’t the historical facts, but how to evaluate sources.

    Your books sounds wonderful. I’ll definitely add it to my list.

    • Carrie, yours sounds like an interesting job. Evaluating sources is of major importance, isn’t it? Being online doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Thanks for commenting.

  6. yes love doing research and being a life long farm girl – helping authors with information pertaining to farming and the animals!

    • Lovely to know, Teresa! First-hand knowledge is much more helpful than a book. A friend who grew up on a farm helps me from time to time with invaluable facts. I try diligently to use credible information with no anachronisms. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Hi, Caroline…..Oh my goodness, it’s great to see you here! Welcome to P&P. I became a fan of yours from way back and I love your stories. Daniel McClintock sounds like the best yet. I love when there’s a lot of friction between the H/H. Yummy!

    I love research but like you I have to limit myself. Such interesting things I find. Some I put into stories but others I tuck away to use in blogs or to impress my friends. HaHa!

    Wishing you a ton of good luck both in your career and life. Love you, lady!

  8. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool researcher, but not a writer, so my only payoff is the enjoyment of the research journey itself. in fact, I’m on one of those tears now! 🙂

    I loved your blog–thank you. I am so looking forward to Daniel and Clara’s story. Thank you, too, for the chance to win a copy.

  9. I tend to prefer the book of authors who I can tell him going down the rabbit hole of research because they’re more realistic whereas I read a book and the author had her main character saying that her favorite author meaning the main characters favorite author was Laura Ingalls Wilder well the book was set in 1890 and Laura Ingalls Wilder was not published until the 1900s .

  10. Hey, hi there Caroline. Nice to see you here.

    If I love research? Oh boy, I’m totally addicted to research. Back when I was writing my historical novel set in China and the surrounding countries at the time of the Mongol invasion of Northern China, I spent countless hours researching all kinds of stuff. I even photocopied a few books because they were rare books I couldn’t buy at the bookstore. And don’t tell anyone, my then boyfriend “lost” a few books he had borrowed for me at the university library. LOL

    And don’t get me started on maps, particularly old maps. It’s unbelievable how much time I can spent looking at them, trying to find old and modern names of towns, etc., etc., etc.

    Keep on writing, Caro. You know I love your books.

  11. I love research. The blogs I enjoy ar usually those where the authors research is discussed, like this blog and post. The problem is I do go down the rabbit hole. There is one blog featuring several english romance authors. I love the site, but try not to visit too often. I start following research links and 3 hours later realize I have just shot another day. I love researching things for myself and also get caught in the link to link “trap.” There are just so many interesting things to discover out there, I will never find out all I want to. I am going to follow up on your tidbit about the women miners and their sash wearing.
    Thank you for an interesting post and the giveaway. I hope DANIEL McCLINTOCK does really well.

  12. I like learning how things came to be. This book, in particular, would be interesting to me to learn about the beginnings of physical therapy as I was the transcriptionist for a physical therapy department for 8 years.

  13. When my curiosity gets a poke, I research it. I spent 16 of 32 years at a nuclear plant doing technical writing. There is a lot to research to keep the plant within the license. Data bases are my friends. I love the HWR for all the details of the time. Learning about the culture and norms as they evolve is so interesting.

  14. I love research! One of my favorite classes when I was getting my certification as a librarian was the reference class. I enjoyed helping patrons with their research. When I read a book I often search for more info on something an author has written. Your book sounds wonderful!

  15. Hi Caroline, I love research. I’ve learned so many historical facts. But I always end up with hours having past without realizing it. I’ll be starting this series for sure. Thank you for posting.

  16. I like the books I read to have been researched by an author. I have always loved History as a subject so I like reading about events that happened.

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