Welcome Guest Jodie Wolfe!

Traveling to Texas and Learning How to Shoot

A few years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Texas and see the area that I featured in my new release, Taming Julia. I actually wrote the story back in 2012, but at the time I visited my husband’s aunt and uncle in 2017, my book had not found a publishing home yet. When I arrived, they asked what I’d like to do while I was in Texas. I wanted to see an area called the Narrows as well as learn how to shoot a derringer, pistol, and rifle.

First order of business was learning how to shoot. My uncle was happy to give me lessons and provided different weapons for me to try. I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by it, but I wanted to see firsthand what my heroine, Jules Montgomery, experienced. Jules is way handier with a gun than I am, but I was able to see and feel what the kick-back after you fire is like. The deafening sound, etc.

One of my husband’s other uncles brought out the big gun for me to shoot. I forget now what it was called. They filled a pumpkin with explosives and instructed me on how to fire the weapon. While you can’t see the pumpkin blowing up on the video, it was a glorious sight of orange falling to the ground after it exploded. I have to admit, shooting was way more fun than I thought it would be. Click here for a chance to see my target practice in Texas.

Next on my list was a visit to the Narrows.

This one took a little more doing since it’s on private property in Texas hill country. My uncle arranged it, and we were given a person tour of the rough terrain. It’s a rocky area that all of a sudden drops off into a wide crevice that’s been carved by the Blanco River during flood stage.

While the scene only takes place in a small portion of my novel, I was able to describe it much better having seen it myself. There also is a small cave in the area. It’s harder to get inside than it was years ago (according to my uncle), but I was still able to envision my heroine and the scene.

While some of my settings in the novels I created are made up, I love being able to travel to the areas where some of them take place so I can see it, and also learn some of the history too. It’s always fun to learn new things too, like how to shoot.

Jules has many new things to learn in Taming Julia. After years on the trail, she’s not exactly wife material, but she longs for home and family, and will do anything to ensure her husband never discovers what she really is.

I’m giving away an e-copy of Taming Julia to one person who leaves a comment.
Share something new that you’ve learned recently.

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), and COMPEL Training. She’s a contributor and co-founder of Stitches Thru Time blog. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at http://www.jodiewolfe.com.


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21 thoughts on “Welcome Guest Jodie Wolfe!”

  1. Welcome Jodie- Iโ€™m so glad you were able to explore my home state. Texas has so much to offer. Your books sounds great. Come back and see us anytime.

  2. Looks like you had fun. I remember when I learned to shoot rifles. I had a blast. LOL Literally. I love how you research first person. You dont need to include me in this give a way. This is very generous of you. I won your book 2/23/20 on Seekerville: Monday: Jodie Wolfe was in the house with her post about including the spiritual thread in our stories. The winner of her new release, Taming Julia, is Lori Smanski!

    • Lori, I was surprised how much I enjoyed learning how to shoot. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Congrats on winning Taming Julia on Seekerville. Make sure you give them your contact info so I can get the book to you!

  3. I had a friend teach me how to shoot a gun years ago. I honestly can’t say I would remember how to do it today. I really haven’t learned anything new lately.

    • Debra, if it wasn’t for my husband’s aunt and uncle, I would have never learned about the Narrows either. ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you took time to contact today.

  4. When I was young I shot a gun maybe in my late teen years but haven’t fired one since and not sure if I would remember every thing now but I kind of liked it. Haven’t tried anything new here lately.

    • Hi Quilt Lady! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you learned anything new with quilting? A new stitch? I’ve made a few quilts. The last one I made was a Star Wars baby quilt for my new grandson. He’s a year old now.

  5. Wow … you were brave hiking through the Narrows. Of course, Iโ€™m always fearful of snake encounters. Your question about something new weโ€™ve learned recently caused we to wonder about that. Iโ€™ve learned that to make something meaningful, you have to give it your time. Thank you for coming today to P&P. I enjoyed your blog.

  6. I am always learning new things. I love research and frequently go “down the rabbit hole” when finding out more about a topic that has interested me. It is one reason I enjoy P & P. The Fillies talk about their research which often sends me to google territory to find out more. One thing I researched lately was the decline in birds world wide. There has been a precipitous decline, especially in song birds, shorebirds and waterfowl. Some is due to habitat loss, some due to factors such as ferrel cats’ predation on song birds.
    I have shot pistols, rifles, and shotguns. The last was a 12 gauge shotgun with a wicked recoil. I used to be a pretty good shot, but haven’t done any shooting in years. When I was teaching a unit on Native American children’s activities, there was a blow gun in the kit. I discovered I was pretty accurate with it. That surprised me and impressed the kids.

    • Chuckle, I often go down bunny trails when it comes to researching for a book I’m writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I would have liked seeing you with the blow gun. I bet the kids loved it.

      Thanks for stopping by today, Patricia B. and sharing your thoughts.

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