Guest Julie Lessman and a Give Away!

Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Bonanza!

Howdy, Everybody! My name is Julie Lessman, and I’m wondering if anybody remembers the above musical intro to the hit Western TV series back in the day, Bonanza? Probably not, because I’m pretty old, but it was a staple in our household growing up and not just in ours either. Bonanza is ranked No. 43 on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, and the 2013 TV Guide included it in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time, still in syndication today.

So … why am I talking about an almost 60-year-old TV show? Well, despite the fact I’m primarily known as an Irish family saga author with novels set during the early 1900s on both coasts, one day I had this Western series percolating in my brain so strong I could smell the chicory coffee. Next I know, the dad-burned thing caught on fire like the Ponderosa map at the beginning of every Bonanza episode.

It’s called The Silver Lining Ranch Series, and it’s the story of two suffragists from New York, a godmother and her goddaughter, who fall in love with confirmed bachelor ranchers in Virginia City, Nevada (where Bonanza was set) from 1868 till the 1890s. This is an absolutely fascinating era on the heels of the transcontinental railroad and the discovery of the Comstock Lode silver mine upon which Virginia City was built. 

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that writing a Western scared the pejeebers outta me because, well, to be honest, I was intimidated by so many wonderful Western authors I love like Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer, Winnie Griggs, Kit Morgan, and Margaret Brownley, most of which—gulp—are part of this amazing blog!

But once I got into the fascinating research—like the Transcontinental Railroad, which lots of Irish workers helped build (YAY!) and Virginia City, which numbered as many as 115 saloons in its heyday (BOO!), I knew I found a home in the Wild West!

So I’m a-lookin’ to give away some books today, including my latest Western release, Love’s Silver Bullet, which is book 2 in the Silver Lining Ranch Series. Now, to give you the flavor of this novel, my talented artist hubby created a realllllly cool VIDEO/TRAILER that also features pix of my grandchildren, so I hope you check it out.

And if you do and send me an email via my Contact Julie tab on my website telling me where the heroine, Sheridan Donovon, went to school, I will send you a FREE E-COPY of the prequel novel to this series, For Love of Liberty

Have you ever run across some interesting tidbit in history that you wanted to learn more about?

Here’s a sneak peek of my series:

A Match Made in Heaven?
Or Someplace a Whole Lot Warmer?

She’s stubborn, educated, and looking
to give women the vote.
He’s bullheaded, successful, and looking
to give her a piece of his mind.
But when things heat up, they just may give each other
a piece of their hearts.

 

 

Next, here’s a gander at book 1 in the series, Love’s Silver Lining:

She tampers with his life.
He tampers with her heart.
Love tampers with them both.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, my new release, Love’s Silver Bullet:

She’s targeting his love.
He’s aiming to steer clear.
Till true love picks them off
in a bull’s-eye of the heart

 

GIVEAWAY!

In addition to my video/trailer giveaway mentioned above, I am ALSO giving away winner’s choice of the entire Silver Lining Ranch series in e-book OR a signed paperback of her choice of one of the novels in the series. So leave a comment, and you’re automatically in the draw!

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!

Julie

 

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128 thoughts on “Guest Julie Lessman and a Give Away!”

    • Hey, Abigail, THANK YOU sooo much!! Since these are my indie books, I am blessed you like the covers because obviously, I didn’t have a publisher design them, only little ol’ me. It’s a fun series, a lot lighter than my usual fare (my most well-known books are the more emotionally intense O’Connor Family saga books, which are set in 1916-1937 Boston/Ireland, so as far from cowboys as you can get! ?). But I did have a lot of fun writing these Westerns, that’s for sure, so hopefully if you win, you will have fun reading them too! 😉

      Thanks for coming by because I would love to send you the winning prize, so GOOD LUCK!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  1. Wonderful book trailer.

    I do remember Bonanza, but I think it was near the end of the series, and in reruns that I watched it.

    I go down the rabbit hole a of research a lot.

    denise

    • Hey, Denise, thank you SO much! As mentioned above, my artist hubby did that trailer for me, so I am truly blessed he is so talented AND so willing! And his sneaking in four of our grandchildren was really fun. 🙂

      LOL … uh, yeah, from your picture above, I’d say it had to be reruns and MUCH later ones at that! And, oh my, I’m jealous that you love to research because I have to admit, I pretty much hate it because I like to spend my time writing, not researching. But unfortunately for me, when one is writing historicals, the two go together. ? I just finished a WW2 novel that literally required research on almost every single page and sometimes every paragraph — YIKES!! But I’ll tell you what, I’m pert near an expert now on WW2! 😉

      Here’s to a win, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  2. That video was great! I do know bonanza! I may not have reached my 30th year yet, but tvland and grandparents…. I will look these up. I love finding new authors. One I enjoy praised you in your video. Definitely a fine recommendation!

    • LOL, Kristen … yes, thank God for tvland and grandparents, or Bonanza would be a true relic (like I feel sometimes! ;)).

      And I’ll bet you’re talking about Mary Connealy, who is a dear friend of mine since I am also a former Seeker from Seekerville. Mary was actually a huge inspiration for me on this Western series because I love her style and humor … although I don’t shoot at as many people as she does in these books! 😉 And let me just go on record to say that Mary Connealy in person is one of the funniest people I know and love!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

  3. I remember Bonanza, too. I must have been in elementary school, but I watched it every week. My favorite characters then were Little Joe, Hoss, and Pa in that order. What good memories!

    • Ah, Janice … I think Little Joe was everyone’s favorite, me included … because that boy made me SWOON!! And my order would be the same as yours too, so great minds! Those WERE good memories … of a time that seemed far more innocent and kind than many of the series and movies today, which is too bad. Sigh.

      Hugs and here’s to a win!
      Julie

  4. Sounds wonderful, and I loved Bonanza! Little Joe, that green jacket, and Cochise were my faves. I’ve watched them since, and didn’t realize back then how blatantly moralistic they were!

    • Oh gosh, Laura, I forgot about that green jacket AND Cochise, so good memory! I do, however, remember the Cartwright’s Chinese cook, Hop Sing — believe it or not, he was a favorite of mine because he was a true character. I found this video clip of him, which was cute: BONANZA VIDEO CLIP

      And, yes, they were moralistic, but I suspect it seems more so given the contrast of today’s amoralistic world we live in, eh? No contest on which I would rather watch, that’s for sure!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

  5. This sounds wonderful and the video was amazing. Congrats on following your imagination to the Wild West town of Virginia City.

    • Hey, Tonya, thanks SO much for your sweet comment — I’ll tell my hubby! 😉

      And I have to admit, it was a leap for me, but then I’m used to taking leaps of late. I went from writing early 1900s/WW1/Roaring 20s/Great Depression historicals in Boston and San Fran to writing a contemporary series set in Isle of Hope, GA, and then to this Western series. And now? I’m writing a romantic mystery/suspense, so I like to try my wings at everything, I guess.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • Thank you SO much, Janine! I was pretty proud of it, I have to admit, because it’s like making your own private movie, especially since my grands are in it too. 🙂

      Here’s to a win, my friend, and good luck!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  6. Loved the trailer, sounds like a great book !! I also grew up with Bonanza, what a great memory thank you for that .

    • Ah, Rose Ann, you are SO welcome! It was a great memory for me too, writing it.

      You know, it was actually another Seekerville friend, Ruth Logan Herne, who triggered the memory and motivation in me to write this series in the first place. She was writing a contemporary Western series at the time and talking about it on our Seekerville loop one day, and while she was describing it, I suddenly saw that burning map from the Bonanza intro in my mind, along with the “Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Dun-Bonanza!” music, and right then and there, I knew I had to write a Western!

      Thanks for coming by and good luck in the contest.

      Hugs,
      Julie

  7. Good morning! Welcome to P&P, I’m so glad your stopped by! I Love your trailer! Be sure to let your hubby know he did an awesome job!

    This series sounds awesome! Are there many Irish authors that write about the Wild West in the USA?

    I sent you the email with the answer! A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author to add to my go to authors list!

    Happy New Year! Stay safe!

    • Good morning, sejoc1968! I’m guessing 1968 was the year you were born and not when you graduated high school! 😉 And I will tell my hubby what you said, so THANK YOU for your sweet comment!

      LOL … well, I’m guessing not many, although both Margaret Brownley and Linda Broday do sound like they may be a wee bit Irish. And although I am almost 1/3 Irish myself and write Irish family sagas, only the first two books in the Daughters of Boston series include both Boston (the heart of Irish America in the 1900s) and Dublin as settings for those books. And I was very pleased to learn that much of the Continental Railroad was built by Irishmen, so that was pretty cool.

      And, GOOD GIRL for taking advantage of my freebie. For Love of Liberty is the prequel novel to this series, but it’s short and sweet and sets it up nicely, so I hope you enjoy it.

      Hugs and I wish you and yours a safe and healthy new year as well! Good luck in the contest!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • Hey, Debra, it’s so fun to see that so many of you commenters today have seen Bonanza!

      Although I am not crazy about research, I do find myself looking things up a lot like you. In fact, when my hubby and I watch movies, I often consult Google about the age, marital status, or career of the actors and actresses since we get curious a lot about those things during movies. 🙂

      Hugs and good luck in the contest!
      Julie

  8. Good Morning, Julie! I’m so excited about your new series! Bonanza was part of Saddle Up Saturday when I was growing up.

    Happy New Year!

    Blessings and ((((HUGS))))
    Caryl

    • CARYL!!! Sooooo fun to see you here, my friend! And LOL on the Saddle Up Saturday — too cute!!

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy new year as well!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

  9. I was doing my Ancestry and found a woman who portrayed a man in the Civil War. Her name is Deborah Sampson. The only reason she was found out was because she was shot and wounded. Thank you for sharing your time with us all.

    • Charlene, are you saying the woman you found was a relative of yours? Because, WOW, what a story! Actually sounds like one of Mary Connealy’s stories, which you have probably already read but would definitely love if you haven’t. It’s the Wild at Heart series, I believe.

      Thanks for coming by and for the fun info.

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  10. Julie, nice to hear from you again. I watched “Bonanza” growing up and my husband and I recently rediscovered the classic Westerns on retro TV, mostly because there’s nothing decent on Broadcast TV.
    I follow rabbit trails all the time and have to be careful that they’re not just distractions. Sometimes it’s something I can incorporate into my work. sometimes it’s something I can’t back away from even if I try.
    Ha, that’s funny that Ruthy inspired you, it’s a small world. I’m of the opinion that you don’t “find” the Western genre, it finds you. And it’s SO vast…you’ve got your Oregon Trail, your Land Rush, your Gold Rush, cattle drives, trappers, the Cavalry, homesteaders vs. ranchers, etc. etc. I still haven’t done a bar fight, I’m waiting for the right story.
    Are you still a Caffeinated Drama Queen? Hope so.
    Kathy Bailey

    • KATHY!!! So good to reconnect here, my friend, and yes I am still a CDQ, albeit a little slower these days! 😉 You are SO right about the Western genre finding you because that’s what happened to me! And you’re also right about the vastness of the Western genre!

      Oooo, a bar fight — that gives me ideas for book 3 in this series, so thank you! 😉

      Here’s to a win, my friend!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

  11. Bonanza was one of my favorite shows growing up. I am a big western fan right now and would love to read your series. Your husband done an awesome job on your book trailer. My dad was big into westerns also so I guess he passed it down to me.

    • Oh, QuiltLady, I would love for you to read my series, too, so here’s to a win, my friend. Thank you for your kind words about the trailer — I’ll pass it on to my hubs!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • Oh, me too, Jess! Thanks for your kind words — it’s a fun series, I think, so I hope I’m able to send you a winning copy(ies)!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • Aw, Courtney, thank you SO much! I sure hope I can send you this series, too, because I think you would like it, so GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend, and HAPPY READING! Tell the O’Connors I said, “hey,” okay? 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

  12. welcome today. oh but your hubby did a wonderfully engaging video. please thank him so much for helping us to make a decision on your books. Your books sounds fabulous. I love to read about history and yes I am always getting side tracked by a piece of history that I want to learn more about. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    • Oh, Lori, you sweet thing, you, THANK YOU!! Make sure you answer the question I asked above so I can send you a free e-copy of the prequel novel to this series, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

      • Yes, when my husband and son were civil war reenacting, my son would bring home all kinds of bits of knowledge that were new to me. One of them was about quilts of the time. This really sent me off because I am a quilter and what could be more fascinating than why quilt blocks were made during the civil war era and the history behind them? Woohoo I was off. I found a book by Barbara Brackman “Civil War Sampler” 50 quilt blocks with stories from history. Oh I was on cloud nine. Each block shows how to make the block and a little history of who made the block and some history about one person who made history. There is a variety of pieced blocks and appliqued blocs. Some have both. So, with the reproduction fabrics I got I made a king sized quilt (many years later) out of these blocks for our sons wedding. Five years later it is still on his bed. I learned so much from this book about that period.

    • Thanks, Christy, and I hope I get to send them to you if you win, so GOOD LUCK! And I can knock one off your wish list right now if you answer the question I asked above and contact me through the link I gave, because then can send you a free e-copy of the prequel novel to this series, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • MARY!!!! A big HUG and THANK YOU to Karen, you, and all the other P&P gals for having me on — great digs, ladies! Keith is still watching Millennial Farmer (addicted to it is more like it), so if Ivan hasn’t seen it yet, he needs to Google it. I think Keith is jealous of Ivan now, that he got to be a farmer. 😉

      Hugs and more hugs!
      Julie

  13. I did my own research on Buffalo Bill Cody and why he had a house built in North Platte Nebraska which the state took for taxes only a few years after the home was completed. The state owns half his farm land and his Great, Great Great grandchildren own the other half and still farm it today. There really is no answer as to why he built a home there but is buried in Colorado next to his wife. But it brings in the tourist from around the world to see how he lived briefly.

    • Wow, Anxious58, I didn’t know that, so that’s for the cool info! I actually have a scene with Buffalo Bill Cody in Love’s Silver Bullet, so it was fun researching him. He sure traveled a lot, so maybe he built a home in Nebraska as a respite from the road when he took time off.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

  14. Your books look captivating and the trailer is amazing. I watched Bonanza since I am old and enjoyed the wonderful series. Lorne Greene who was Canadian was my hero and he acted at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario before his success in LA.

    • Why, thank you, Anne — I have to say I’m pretty proud of that trailer as well. Yes, that’s right — I forgot Lorne Greene was a Canadian, so mega thanks to Canada for giving us such an iconic actor! LOL … from Shakespeare to the Wild West? That had to be quite a transition, I’ll bet! 😉

      Hugs and here’s to a win!
      Julie

  15. Bonanza was one of the best Westerns which I enjoyed greatly. The stories and the acting was superb. I enjoyed learning about your writing and your books which are real treasures.

    • Why, thank you, Laini! I hope they are a treasure and I hope you can find out first hand if you win or answer the question I asked in the blog above and contact me through the link I gave, because then can send you a free e-copy of the prequel novel to this series, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

  16. Thanks for sharing the trailer and news of your books.
    I remember Bonanza and have visited some of the places near Lake Tahoe where it was filmed.

    • Oh, how fun, Joye — I’m jealous! I hope I get to send you the winning book(s). AND if you answer the question I asked above and contact me through the link I gave, I can send you a free e-copy of the prequel novel to this series, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

  17. Hi Julie! Just came around to say “Hi” and give you a shout out 😉 (No need to enter me in the draw since I already have this series. 🙂 ) . Whether it’s Western or later in the century your books are always terrific! You do great in whatever genre you choose! (Oh, btw I remember Bonanza,have seen it in reruns (and now on Youtube ) since I was a kid in the ’70’s.)

    • LYNNE!! Always love to see you in the comments, my sweet friend, so thank you for coming by! You’re always a true blessing to my, so God bless you!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

  18. Hi Julie, we’re so happy you came to visit. History is so full of interesting stories. I’m continually amazed by what I find when I set out to do research. Just yesterday I found where it took two years to lay the first 40 miles of the transcontinental railroad. I was stunned by the slow pace. But then Thomas Durant hired a talented engineer and things started moving faster. Good luck with your stories. I think Virginia City has such an interesting history.

    • Hey, Linda, and I’m SO happy you let me! And what a fun fact about the transcontinental railroad! I’ll bet the talented engineer he hired opted for nitroglycerin instead of dynamite, a point of contention back then because nitro was terribly dangerous, but it sure in the heck did a better (and faster) job on blowing holes in mountains. Problem was it killed an awful lot of workers, especially the Chinese, who were paid less than the Irish, often for doing more dangerous work.

      Good luck with your stories too, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  19. Hello Julie I always Loved watching Little Joe, Hoss, and Pa Bonanza was one of my favorite show’s to watch Happy New Year Blessings to You and Yours Also Loved The trailer!

  20. Our family watched Bonanza and I do remember the opening music. Who could forget that catchy tune. Your books sound like ones I would enjoy reading.

    • I agree, Jackie — that intro song still rings in my ears, especially when I’m writing one of the books in this series. 😉 Here’s to a win!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • Hey, Margaret, THANK YOU! And guess what? You don’t HAVE to wait because I’m giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage!

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  21. Hi Julie! I love your books! I’ve read the first one in this series and really enjoyed it! I can’t wait to read the other two. I also think the covers of each book is pretty fantastic!!!

    • Aw, Kimberly, thank you SO much for your sweet comment AND for reading the prequel novel! And especially thank you for your kind compliment on the covers. As mentioned above, these is one of my indie series, so I had to do the covers myself instead of my publisher doing them, so your words mean all the more.

      Here’s to a win and GOD BLESS!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  22. Hi, Julie! We are not “pretty old”—we are really just vintage. I remember watching Bonanza at my grandparents’ house because my Grampa loved westerns.

    The video trailer is terrific, and I enjoyed the cleverly worded book descriptions.

    My brother once lived in an apartment in an old converted homestead out in the sticks. A path along the brook that ran through the property ended at the headstones of three graves, all babies who died in 1800s, children who were buried on family land. It would have been nice to have known their parents’ history.

    • Oh, goodness, Roxanne — how sad about those babies and, yes, I would love to know those stories. I just wrote a novella about infertility/miscarriages, so I know one in four pregnant women suffer miscarriage, so I’m guessing it was even worse in the Old West or the “sticks.” But just a part of the grueling lifestyle for many pioneers, I’m sure.

      Thank you for your kind comment about the video and especially the compliment about the “cleverly worded book descriptions.” I will admit I love writing jacket blurbs and always wrote my own with my publisher, Revell, on those books they published. Most of the time the used them although sometimes they didn’t. 🙂

      Hugs and good luck in the contest!
      Julie

  23. What a fun peek inside your journey into writing a western series, Julie. It’s always a challenge to write outside our normal genre, but also a chance to really grow as a writer! Congrats!

    • Thank you, Jan! And sounds to me like you are a writer, too, so you are absolutely right — it is a challenge to switch around, which is I guess why we do it, eh?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

  24. I, too, watched Bonanza growing up, and it’s on everyday but Sunday in reruns here, at 2pm. No, I don’t watch it now, but I do still watch Gunsmoke, Big Valley, and others. I already have a couple of these books in my TBR stack!

    • YAY, Trudy, soooo glad you already have a couple of my books in your TBR! So, if you win, I will be happy to give you any three of my other indie e-books or one paperback copy of any of my others, okay?

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

    • Hey, Kate, well fingers crossed that this is your chance to win it, my friend! And THANK YOU for reading my books, you sweet thing. I hope you and your family are doing well.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

  25. Sounds like a good series, would love to get a print copy of the first book in the series! I also enjoyed the video.

  26. Your book sounds like a Great read! I love the book trailer and I really love your book cover! All your books have Beautiful book covers. When I was growing up, we always looked forward to Sundays when Bonanza would show on TV, we watched it as a family . Thank you so much for sharing about your awesome sounding book! Have a Great weekend and stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

    • Alicia, THANK YOU SOOO much for your kind comment and for your blessings for my family. I send it right back to you, my friend, and pray you and yours have a healthy, happy, and holy new year!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

    • Why, thank you, Zoe, and I sure hope so! AND … I hope you get to find out with a win. And don’t forget I’m giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage!

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

    • Hey, Lucy, hello! Hope you and your family are doing well. And, LOL … yep, that’s a tune that tends to stick in the head for sure!

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  27. I am always tracking down interesting tidbits about history, archeology, anthropology, science. My brother got interested in genealogy and became good enough at it that he now teaches classes. Wish we lived closer so I could take them. Anyway, he discovered that our original French ancestors came over with the initial settlers down the St. Lawrence River into what is now Quebec. They were all men either farmers or trappers. As English settlement spread, the French king decided there needed to be families and full settlements to establish France’s claim to the territory. In response he started the Fille du Roi, Daughters of the King, program. Between 1663 and 1673, King Louis XIV sponsored about 768 young women, financing the trip and giving them a dowry. These women went into stark situations. It was frontier territory, dirt floor log cabins, indian attacks. Quite a change from France. It turns out we have 20 of these women in our family tree from both my mother’s and father’s side of the family. Records show one of the men disappeared while hunting and one was killed in an indian attack. In another thread on my father’s side, the Irish part of the family came to Quebec during the potato famine. My part of the families moved over the border into New York during my great grandparent’s generation, although my mother’s father’s house straddled the Canadian-NY border. Which led to some interesting bootlegging stories. At any rate, I would like to go to Ireland and France to find out more about the family before they came to North America.

    Thank you for the giveaway. Your grandchildren are darling. Using them tied the video together very nicely.

    • OH. MY. GOODNESS, Patricia — what an AMAZING family history you have, my friend!! If you are not a author, you should become one so you could start writing your history down for all to read!!

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy new year!

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  28. Julie – Awesome video by hubby. I loved Bonanza also and I wanted to see more of the West because of it. We traveled a little out West and it was a wonderful as what the TV shows. Your books & covers sound great….will add them to my TBR list.
    Thanks, for the chance to win a paperback copy of your book. Welcome to P&P.

    • Thank you, Lois, and guess what? You won’t have to wait to add one of my books to your TBR because I’m giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage!

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  29. Hi Julie! I’m 19 years old and I just got into reading Westerns last year, I started reading Love’s Silver Bullet last night and I adore Jake so far, I think he’s definitely one of my favorite western literary hero. Also, I love your style of writing, it is so captivating and indulging! I know I should’ve started reading from the first book in the series, but I just could not help starting Love’s Silver Bullet after this video trailer! I was feeling very sad last night and every single sentence of Love’s Silver Bullet had me smiling like an idiot. I adore it so much. Thankyou!

    • Oh my goodness, Daniyah, you JUST made my day, my friend, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! As I said in the blog above, I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay? AND … if you do and post reviews for them, PLEASE let me know so I can personally thank you, all right?

      God bless you and yours, you sweet thing — I wish you all a happy, healthy, and holy new year!

      Hugs and good luck!
      Julie

  30. Julie, thank you for being a guest blogger here at the Ol’ Corral. Oh do I ever remember Bonanza, but for different reasons that the others. My Aunt Martha was first cousin to “Hoss” (Dan Blocker). I spent every Saturday night with my Granny and Aunt Martha’s parents lived around the corner. Every time Bonanza was on TV, my cousin would always ride his spring horse and we’d watch the show. For years and years, because I was so young not necessarily because I was a liar, I told everybody that Dan Blocker was MY cousin not my aunt’s who was married to my biological uncle! Loved, loved the show and it’s listed on my Pintrest as one of my favorite shows. Again, thanks so much for visiting us. A big Texas hug, Phyliss

    • Phyliss, oh my goodness — what a great story!! You are sooooo cute telling people that as a kid!!

      I had a blast on P&P today, so I’m very grateful to Karen for inviting me. You guys ROCK!!

      HUGS,
      Julie

  31. KAREN WITEMEYER!! I should have said this right off the bat, but I forgot. Thank you SOOO much for hosting me on P&P — I had a blast with your audience!

    I wish P&P a happy, healthy, and holy new year!

    Hugs,
    Julie

  32. What fun – I watched many an episode of Bonanza and enjoyed them all! Thanks for being here and for the giveaway as well :).

    • You’re more than welcome, Betti, and good luck in the contest. And as I said in the blog above, I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs!!
      Julie

  33. Hi Julie! I have loved every book I’ve read by you. I can’t wait to read this series. I have the first one on Kindle, but I like binge-read a series.

    I haven’t watched many westerns unless you count Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.?

    Thanks for the chance to win your books. Blessings to you!

    Karen R.

    • Karen, you sweet thing — hope and your family are doing well, my friend! And God bless you for your kind comment and for reading my books in the first place.

      Oh my goodness, I love, Love, LOVED Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, especially Sully — hubba, hubba! And would you believe that I named my hero after him in Love’s Silver Bullet? His name is Jake Sullivan, but his friends call him Sully.

      Let’s see if we can’t get the other two books in your hot, little hands so you can start a-bingin’, girlfriend, so GOOD LUCK!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

    • Hey, Deborah, then we have something in common, my friend, because I would “love” for you to win, too, so here’s to a win, sweetie.

      Good luck in the contest!

      Hugs,
      Julie

    • Oh, and Deb, forgot to remind you that I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs!!
      Julie

  34. This sounds like a great series that I’d love to read. I love cowboy stories, probably because we don’t have them in New Zealand where I live!

    • Wow, Catherine, New Zealand?? That is pretty cool, my friend! But you DO have Mellonsfolly Ranch, right? 😉
      Hope we can put this series in your hands, girl, so GOOD LUCK!

      HUGS,
      Julie

    • WHOA, Chandler, God bless you, my friend! Which five have you finished? And if you have posted reviews for them, you let me know, because I would love to thank you with a free e-copy of another, okay? Oh, and don’t forget that I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel of this series — For Love of Liberty — to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Thanks for making my day, sweetie!

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

    • Thank you SO much, Debra, and I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy new year as well. God bless you right back, because we all need all the blessings we can get, my friend, after 2020, right? 😉

      And don’t forget that I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest.
      Julie

  35. I remember Bonanza because I grew up watching basically all the old shows as it was basically all my Mom watched! Mr. Ed, My Three Sons….so many old shows I know that were before my time!

    Julie, this book sounds great as does the whole series! What is fun about it is I know my Mom would enjoy it too. It could be something we could share together. 🙂

    • Why, thank you, Tami — MUCH appreciated! Which ones have you read?

      And don’t forget that I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest.
      Julie

  36. Hi Julie. of course I remember Bonanza! I also remember The Virginian, Wagon Train, Laramie, and oh, so many more because my Daddy loved westerns! These books sound so good and I appreciate the chance to win some great reading material! I also look forward to returning to Nevada City in my recliner!!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Boy, Connie, those were the days, weren’t they? Long gone, but at least those old shows are around on reruns.

      And I would be honored to take you back to Nevada and Virginia City via thes books, so here’s to a win!

      And don’t forget that I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest.
      Julie

    • Hey, Shay, well then, maybe I can convert you! And if I can’t, I’m pretty sure Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, and the rest of the talented ladies on this blog can for sure because they sure converted me! 😉

      And I just sent you your free e-copy of the prequel novel, For Love of Liberty, so I hope you enjoy it.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

    • Hey, Alyssa, this one IS perfect and you know why? Because I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above from my video and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest.
      Julie

    • Thanks, Kari, and guess what? You can read it some day soon because I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question I gave above from my video and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest.
      Julie

  37. Oh, This series sounds soooo good!!! Thanx for the giveaway!!!! I love wondering through old museums and stores. I always find something interesting!!!!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! And don’t forget I am giving away a free e-copy of the prequel novel to anyone who answers the question about my video and emails me the answer at the link given above as well, so I hope you take advantage, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest.
      Julie

  38. Awesome video, catchy tune, and cute grandkids! I remember watching Bonanza when I was little, my dad really enjoyed westerns. We watch reruns of it occasionally.

    I have your Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series (really enjoyed them), and A Wing and a Prayer is getting closer to the top of my to be read stack (was glad to see you wrote a book about Gabe, thought while reading the O’Connors that she’d have a good story to tell). Their Christmas stories are on my list to get to read for Christmas this year.

    I don’t know how I missed this series… it’s definitely going on my wanna read list! I saw the answer to your question, but I don’t have an e-reader as I prefer the smell and sounds from a print book. Thank you for having this giveaway!!

  39. This looks like a great read! I am going to check it out!
    I will add you to my list of authors that I need to read.

  40. I have never read your books, but they sound interesting. I have a book blog and found this giveaway through the Christian Romance group page

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