Would You Give Your Blood to an Outlaw? ~ Pam Crooks

That’s what the heroine in my brand new release must decide. It proves to be quite a dilemma!

For those of you who have read TRACE, Book #1 in the Bachelors and Babies sweet western romance series, you’ll know he finds a baby on his doorstep and is faced with quite a dilemma then, too.

Now his baby is all grown up and has her own book! HARRIETT is Book #1 in the Cupids and Cowboys sweet western romance series, and readers are loving the connection in both books.


HARRIETT is set at the turn of the century, a time when great medical advances were being made but still had a long way to go in patient comfort and doctoral knowledge. While she was growing up, Harriett’s parents kept a scandalous secret from her, and she finds out quite unexpectedly what that secret is when a U.S. Marshal and a prestigious doctor all the way from New York show up on her family’s ranch.

As I explain in my note to readers, we writers may have to tweak history a bit to fit our stories now and again. In HARRIETT, the New York physician, Dr. Simon Flexner, is a true historical figure who dedicated his life’s work to pathology. The blood groups were well understood by the turn of the century, and the concept of blood transfusions was not new, either. However, the process of injecting blood from one human to another was lengthy, complicated, and completely dependent on the skill of an entire team of surgeons.

By fast forwarding fifteen years to right before the First World War and the medical knowledge gleaned, I could plunk Dr. Flexner into Harriett’s story and give him the skills he needed to transfuse her blood in a fashion my readers could relate to. By then, Dr. Flexner knew about sterilization and anti-coagulants, as well as how to use needles and blood bottles. Instead of a procedure that normally took two to three hours, Dr. Flexner was able to perform it in a matter of minutes.

Blood Bottles

Much to Harriett’s relief, of course. During her procedure, the reader learns of Dr. Flexner’s skill and Harriett’s courage. Blood transfusions were quite foreign and mostly unheard of. Of course, her family and friends were appalled at what was being asked of her, and well, you’ll have to read the book to see how it all happens!

Harriett, Book #1 in the Cupids & Cowboys Sweet Romance Series



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Are you willing to participate in test trials, like the Covid vaccine? Have you participated in medical research? Have you donated blood or an organ to someone who needed it desperately? Do you trust doctors and their knowledge?

Let’s chat, and I’ll give away TWO ebook copies of HARRIETT! 

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Pam has written 30 romances, most of them historical westerns, but her newest releases are contemporary sweet romances featuring the Blackstone Ranch series published by Tule Publishing. Stay up on the latest at www.pamcrooks.com

30 thoughts on “Would You Give Your Blood to an Outlaw? ~ Pam Crooks”

  1. I have participated in medical trials. I have donated blood–no longer eligible for donating for medical reasons.


    • Good morning, Denise. Always our early riser and first poster of the day! 🙂

      Good for you for participating in medical trials! That’s something I’ve never done – or had occasion to do, outside of Covid.

  2. I have never donated blood because I pass out just getting a shot. If I see blood, I pass out too. One time my mother was in the ER and they needed to take blood from her. I tried to be tough, but I still went down on the floor. I tried to participate in a migraine medication trial one time, but of course they had to take blood and I freaked out. Then my blood pressure went up because of my anxiety. So, they asked me to come back again, but they would have to start all the pre-trial tests again and I just couldn’t go through with it.

    • Oh, wow, Janine! Hugs on that anxiety you have. It’s truly deep-seated and real for you. Do you have any idea what caused your fear of seeing blood? Perhaps something traumatic when you were young?

      At least you were willing to try that migraine medication trial. That took real courage from you!

      • I honestly don’t know why I have a problem with blood. It could be something from when I was younger. But I have always been this way since I could remember. I really did want to be part of the migraine study. I have bad migraines that I can’t even work because I would end up losing my job. I get a couple every week. I can’t afford insurance and don’t have extra money to go to a doctor, so when I get one, I just go back to bed and try to sleep it off. They paid you to do the study so I wasn’t out of any money, I would get (or hopefully get) medication to help for the time of the trial. I think it was 6 weeks. Since I didn’t pass the pre-trial, I couldn’t complete the study to get paid. They did give me $50 because of all I went through that day. The girl said they normally didn’t pay for that, but they thought I deserved something. One of them wanted to call an ambulance for me because my blood pressure went so high. I had to tell them no, I can’t pay for a hospital visit. I knew it was just anxiety.

    • Good for you, Debra! I admire you because there could be risks the researchers don’t know about since everyone is different. But the researchers need people like you to help the rest of us, just like in HARRIETT. Bravo to you!

  3. I have never participated in medical trials. I have donated blood before when I was younger but every time I did I ended up in the doctors office because I couldn’t get built back up. Had to get B12 shot to get back lined out. So I stopped giving blood. I do trust doctors to a certain degree but sometime you have to wonder about them.

    • Good morning, quiltlady! I used to donate blood regularly, too, but I have small veins, and after they collapsed one day and they couldn’t use my blood, I didn’t go back for the longest time. But with Covid, I have donated once before, and it all went perfectly.

      So I made an appointment for next week since they are desperate for blood with the virus, but they unexpectedly cancelled the entire drive. I couldn’t believe it. When I called to make sure, they said the drive was so full, they couldn’t do social distancing.

      Which made absolutely NO sense to me!!!

  4. Oh, Pam, I love that you gave the dear little baby a book of her own!

    Yes, I donate blood regularly. I have RH neg blood and am CMV negative- a rare combination. My blood is the only kind they can give to premature babies. Because of that, I have to be careful I can’t participate in trials as it could taint my blood.

    • That is absolutely fascinating, Margaret! What a great feeling to provide valuable, lifesaving blood to a helpless baby in dire need!!

      I think I’d walk out of the blood bank with a huge smile on my face afterward..

  5. I donated blood a few times when I was in my late teens, early twenties. Unfortunately I tend to be anemic, so I often can’t donate. And right now I definitely can’t as I’m pregnant.

  6. I’ve been denied the opportunity to give blood because of chronic health problems but I have friends and family that have benefited from this healing gift from others and I am truly grateful.

    • Yes!! It truly is a selfless gift to give blood (or participate in medical trials) for the benefit of others. Giving blood to one who needs it can be as valuable as donating an organ, and good for you for being grateful on the behalf of others! So many forget that – being grateful!!

  7. I used to work in the medical field, and I’d have to do some really serious praying and thinking to join a clinical trial. Sometimes, the few “benefits” are totally outweighed by the risks. I’ve had melanoma, all caught in the very early stages. They have clinical trials for melanoma, but haven’t really learned that much about it over the years. I personally know one man that had 14 surgeries, did radiation, and bought himself very little actual “quality” time by doing all of that. When it comes to chemo clinical trials, I definitely don’t want all of the side effects!! I remember a few years ago one of the Fight Cancer things on TV, where all of the channels carried the same telethon, there was a young lady who went through clinical trials for melanoma, and her doctor said there was very little chance that any of the treatments would work, they still had no clue what “cocktails” worked, what might work, nothing. They were just using whatever trying to see how a person would respond. That doesn’t appeal to me at all, to see if it “might” work.

    • Trudy, your perspective is realistic. Medicine is not an exact science, for sure. Doctors don’t know everything, either, but once the trials progress, they won’t know how humans will react until humans use it. It takes real courage and trust.

      I hope you’ll get a chance to read HARRIETT. She has quite a bit to endure before she makes her decision. 🙂

    • Hey, Hebby! Yes, the uniqueness of the blood transfusion for that time period was something numerous reviewers mentioned. I’m glad it works for my storyline and as a continuation of TRACE’s book.

      Thanks for stopping by, dear!

  8. Your books sound like Great reads, the covers are Beautiful I love that you continue your story of the baby growing up,I love to read series that continue with the book characters growing up and having lives of their own. I donated blood once, one of our friends needed blood and so I went and donated blood in his honor. Well, that was the first and last time I was able to donate blood, I got pretty sick after donating my blood, I fainted and I had to go in an ambulance a couple of hours after I had donated my blood. I got better but my Dr. told me to not donate blood anymore. (I’m not entering the giveaway, but Thank you)

  9. When I worked at a healthcare facility, I participated in blood drives. Now that I am retired, I don’t do it very often. My shame. It is important to me to give what I can. Looking forward to reading Harriet!

  10. Too late for your giveaway, but still a good post. I have donated blood and plasma for almost 50 years, donating every 56 days. I was on the bone marrow donor list until recently, and had been tested to see if I was a match in one instance. My auto-immune disease bumped me off of that. I have organ donor on my driver’s license, but am not sure if that has been affected also. I have not done any medical trials. I am not sure I would participate in COVID vaccine trials. There seems to be too much of a rush to get something to market without sufficient safeguards. For the most part I do trust doctors, but that doesn’t mean I won’t research questions and treatments.

    • Good for you, Patricia! One of my goals in the very near future is to start donating blood more often. I used to donate regularly, but then it seemed I was always pregnant or nursing a baby, and I just got away from it.

      So sorry you missed eligibility for my giveaway! Since we have guests here on P&P every Friday, and we like to give them the weekend for the exposure, I always post my winners on Thursday night so I don’t intrude.

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