New Historical Novella Collection!

By Filly Ruth Logan Herne!

First, this is so much fun…. because every now and again I have to do the “To thine own self be true” thing and write a historical something…. Because I am in such admiration and awe of the courage and tenacity these women showed as they moved west and helped settle a rugged, wide open country.

It amazes me. What kind of courage did it take to pack a wagon with whatever it would hold (and still have room for children as needed) and WALK to the west.

Yep, that’s the ticket.

They WALKED to the west.

Imagine that. Imagine that in a time when folks fight in parking lots for the closest spot to park their cars!!!

Or people wheedle into handicapped parking spots, or the wheelchair accessible spots marked by bold yellow stripes…. because they’re only going to be a “minute”…

Soddies and dugouts made the log cabins of the first settlers look LUSH! 🙂 Trees for walls instead of thatch and dirt??? Yes, please!

And think of the people smart enough to cross the Atlantic with a skill… the first millers and grinders and lumberers…. the first people to settle on rivers and creeks strong enough to power equipment with paddle wheels long before we could power it with hyrdroelectric power….


So this novella trilogy kicks off a three-book series set in the little town of “Second Chance”, South Dakota in the late 1880’s, just as President Harrison grants statehood to North and South Dakota in no particular order because they were constantly bickering…. (that sounds oddly familiar, doesn’t it?)

Now there’s some shenanigans going on here… Hattie McGillicuddy, the middle-aged seamstress who came west because staying in Boston offended her sensibilities after losing her family to illness and her temper to narrow-minded men… So Hattie moved west with a sewing machine, some cold, hard cash and a great work ethic but when Second Chance falls on hard times (like many start up towns and companies!) a lot of people go back east. Plagues of bugs and locusts, drought and blizzards took their toll… and Hattie realizes that Second Chance needs more folks, plain and simple, and specifically more women. And thus it begins as Hattie and her old friend Jean Ellen pick likely women to come west for a new job with Hattie… and a new life in Second Chance. Cover design and content edit by Beth Jamison, Jamison Editing.


Macy arrives with a secret, a baby boy whose future would be bleak with a single mother. So like Moses’ mother, Macy leaves little Will on the pastor’s porch and pretends to arrive the following day with her secret– and her beloved son– safe and secure. But she never counted on falling in love with the pastor, a man with a secret past of his own. Can they move beyond the pains of the past and trust the good Lord for their future?

Now Nellie comes to town with more than a little flourish! Hounded by the elitists of Pittsburgh and accused of a crime she didn’t commit, Nellie brings an amazing skill with her. She’s got a way with tucks and gathers, and what town doesn’t need more tucks and gathers? And she sees the world through shining eyes and a suffragist’s mindset, a woman who believes that all are created equal so why should men be more equal than women? When she meets up with staid and somewhat stern Levi Eichas, he’s not at all sure what to do… well, except when her pretty gown catches fire in his workshop, and then the only thing to do is to throw dirty foundry water on her fancy layered dress. An ignominious beginning for what could never be a long and abiding love… or does our Nellie turn out to be exactly what Levi needs to shake him out of his dull existence?

And when Ann comes to town, it’s with a broken heart firmly entrenched. She’s angry and grief-stricken and mightily depressed for having lost her husband and two children in a boating accident back in Pennsylvania. She scarcely knows how to breathe, much less do anything else, but when Jean Ellen’s friend needs someone who can turn a nice hem… and Ann does turn very nice hems!… she agrees to take the train west to help an ailing Hattie. And when she realizes the job means turning hems while keeping Sol Eichas’s two small children hale and hearty on the prairie, she’s ready to take the first train back east. But she gave her word, and who but a clueless man would bring two small children west, and think he can work the smithy adjacent to the wagon shop and work a claim and watch two kids? As the children and Sol claim her heart, Ann needs to decide if she’s strong enough to try again, here in Second Chance.

Paperback edition coming soon!!!!!

So these three novellas (which I had originally written a few years ago for anthologies with writer friends like Mary Connealy and Pam Hillman and Julie Lessman) are all in one book now…. and in March they will be joined by my first full-length historical novel “A Most Inconvenient Love”…

Because it seems Levi Eichas has three sisters, all of whom we meet in these novellas… and with their stern and unyielding father now deceased, the three Eichas women will get a chance to shrug off the gray shapeless dresses he had them wear and embrace life as others do, with calicos and prints and maybe even a touch of satin and lace! Once Nellie enters the family, well… all bets are off and color invades the Eichas claims outside of town… color…. and a chance for each woman to shine in her own way.

Cover design: Beth Jamison, Jamison Editing

Rachel’s story releases in March… and then the other sisters over the following year… and to thank you for joining me in this release party, I want to offer two Kindle copies of “The Sewing Sisters’ Society” to two lucky folks. And for extra chances thrown into the water bucket (with no water at the moment!) you can do these two wonderful things:

Let me know that I can include you on my newsletter list (I’d love to, if you’re not already there!) by either emailing me at or telling me in the comments below. I send them out about every six weeks or so…

And for another chance, hop on over and follow me on Bookbub… Bookbub Link Here!

I’ll gladly throw an extra chance into the water bucket!

Bookbub is lovely. They’ll simply pop you an e-mail anytime I release something new OR when one of my publishers runs a sale… Bookbub lets all of my followers know so no one misses out. It’s a great place to indicate the authors you LOVE so you never miss out on great deals.

And speaking of sales, Book one of my Double S Ranch series is ON SALE RIGHT NOW for $1.99 on Amazon for Kindle! Great book, great reviews, a wonderful beginning to a bestselling cowboy series!

Link to “Back in the Saddle”!

www.ruthloganherne.comIt’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return 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. 


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28 thoughts on “New Historical Novella Collection!”

  1. Ruth- cingrats on the novella and upcoming trilogy. Back In The Saddle was such an amazing book so I know these stories will be too. Have a great day and weekend.

    • Tonya! Thank you so much, I’m so glad you loved Back in the Saddle! They’ve got that on sale right now for $1.99 and I forgot to put it in the post. My bad!!!!

    • Then you get the extra “tickets” by default! We authors are so grateful for these little things that make editors SMILE!!! I’m all about making folks happy, Kim!

  2. Emailed and following! I hope I won the chance to read your series! Congratulations to you and Happy New Year from Texas!

    • Stephanie, I got it, thank you! And Happy New Year right back from FRIGID Western NY! It’s crazy here today, and I’m bundled up inside…. and laughing!

  3. Looking forward to your new series! Already following you and I think I get your email but not sure so you can sign me up again if you want. I get a lot of emails so its hard to keep up with them all.

    • Oh, I hear you! I’m pretty sure you’re on the email list, but we’ll double check! And thank you! What have you been quilting lately????

  4. These books sound delightful. I love to read about strong women. Especially if there is humor.
    I follow you on Bookbub

    • Lori, me too! And I’m doing the edits for the first full-length novel set in Second Chance, South Dakota, and I had so much fun writing it! The “rules” have changed so much now, and it’s fun to go back in time when propriety had some strong values… and where faith, hope and love helped grow towns and settlements…. of course not always… but we’re focusing on the good sides!!!

  5. I mostly read historical books, although the Double S Ranch remains my favorite of all your books. Looking forward to these. I already receive your newsletter and follow you on Amazon and BookBub.

    • Oh, thank you! I had do much fun writing those with the team at Waterbrook. Aren’t they wonderful stories????

      And I appreciate the follows, Linda!

  6. I look forward to reading your novella, it sounds wonderful. Your books always make me feel encouraged and touch my heart. I am following on BookBub already and I think I am signed up for your newsletter but if I am not, yes please do sign me up. Cnnamongirl at aol dot com
    Thank you for the giveaway chance

  7. I already follow you on Bookbub and thought I had signed up for your newsletter. Signed up , just in case I hadn’t. It will be nice to see the effort to bring brides in started by a woman. Life was so uncertain and difficult back then, no matter where you lived. I am curious about your upcoming books on the sisters. Their lives are going to change so very much.
    Hope you are staying warm in this crazy weather.

    • Patricia, I love playing in the past when time allows, and it’s so much fun to put these historicals out now! And to me the thought of women helping women is so huge… huge on the wide open prairie, or on the school sports committee or on the church luncheon committee. I’ve never understood what makes women get snarky and competitive and snippy with other women so the more we build one another up, the stronger we become. And yeah… their lives change and what will these three women make of that??? 🙂

  8. Please add my email for a copy of your newsletter. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of your new series.

  9. RUTHY, Your stories are a must read! I believe I already receive your newsletter. I follow on BookBub.


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