Our 15th Birthday Filly Fact or Fib WINNERS!!

 

Did you have fun learning some facts about us?  

Did we fool you with our fibs?

 

We hope you’ll keep visiting Petticoats & Pistols and enjoying our books long after the birthday confetti has settled and the balloons have popped.  The fillies have enjoyed being bestsellers in the western romance market, but even more important, we have enjoyed each one of YOU coming to visit us every day.

 

And now – drum roll, please! – because we love giving away prizes, here are the winners of THREE $50 Amazon gift cards!!

 

Yvonne Wohlfeil

Susan P

Teri DiVincenzo

 

Each of these ladies met our Fifteen Filly Fact or Fib challenge by knowing all but three answers!  We think that’s pretty amazing!  

Pam Crooks will contact the winners for the email address to send the $50 Amazon gift cards!!

6-way tie – final winners chosen by random.org

 

Happy Birthday to us!

 

Our Filly Facts and Fibs Revealed!

Did you have fun trying to figure out what was Fact or what was a Fib about us?

Here you go . . . the TRUTH!

1. Shanna Hatfield got so “up close and personal” to a bison during a stampede she could have counted the beast’s eyelashes if she hadn’t been busy trying not to hyperventilate while her life flashed before her eyes. 

 

While this story sounds too wild to be true – it is! Back when I was a newspaper reporter, I was sent out to interview a family who raised bison for beef. They sold the meat at restaurants throughout the area. The day I went out to interview them, the wife took me out to see the herd in their big dually pickup. In the back, they had a carcass from an animal they’d recently butchered that she forgot was there. The animals smelled it and stampeded the truck! We turned around and raced toward the gate we’d left open. The windows were down and one big fella had his head right in the window of the pickup cab next to me. When the wife told me to jump out and wave my arms to keep the bison from running through the gate, I concluded she was crazy! Thank goodness her husband was there to handle the gate before any of the herd escaped! I can still hear the pounding echoes of them thundering around and behind the pickup as we zoomed across the pasture trying to beat them back to the gate. 

2. Jessie Gussman, the herd’s newest filly, was supposed to start blogging in summer of 2021, but an accident involving a dirty cow, a bottle of Windex and a roll of toilet paper delayed her start until 2022. 

I know this totally sounds like one of my wild, real-life stories, but it is a total concoction from my imagination. I started blogging in January of 2022, right on schedule.

 

3. Karen Kay and her husband love animals so much, they recently adopted a family of pigeons.

While it is true that my husband and I love animals and have adopted many an animal, it is a fib that we recently adopted a family of pigeons (although I think we might adopt them if we had to — and teach them to carry messages).  The truth is that we have recently added 18 chickens to our family.  It’s more work than we ever thought it would be, but quite rewarding.

 

4. Karen Witemeyer’s first post as a filly came eleven years ago and extolled the merits of manure in keeping womenfolk out of livery stables.

My first hero, Jericho Tucker from A Tailor-Made Bride, owned a livery stable and I shared my research regarding services offered, prices, and how the livery was a man’s domain and the “gentleman’s club” of the old west.

 

5.  Winnie Griggs helped design the header image for the Petticoats and Pistols home page, and all but two of the images came from the fillies themselves, including her.  Her contribution was actually shot at her daughter’s wedding.

 

Yep, it’s the large picture anchoring the left side of the header. My daughter wore cowboy boots with her wedding dress and this is a cropped photo of her sitting on a low brick wall outside the wedding chapel.

 

6.  Mary Connealy had twenty finished books on her computer before she sold her first one. Now, nearly all twenty of those books are in print, plus fifty more.

My first book sold very well for Barbour Publishing, and they innocently asked, Do you have anything else? HAH! One year I sold eleven books to them. Not all to release in one year of course. With one exception, my sixth book released for them before I had to WRITE ONE. I did tons of rewriting to polish up those books on my computer, though.

 

 

7.  Kari Trumbo’s first post on Petticoats & Pistols was back in 2016 and featured auto accidents in early cars.

 

My very first post here (not as a filly, but as a guest) wasn’t on cars, but was more of a literal train wreck. I was talking about my book, To Love and Comfort, which features a pretty amazing train wreck. I was very thankful to be invited back then and am blessed to be a regular filly now.

 

8.  Pam Crooks joined Petticoats & Pistols 2 years after the site launched.

Actually, I was one of the founding fillies, so I’ve been here since Day One.  Back in 2007, Petticoats & Pistols was my brainchild, and I’m delighted to say that Linda Broday and Karen Kay were also founding fillies.  I’m honored and thrilled these ladies are still with me today.

 

9.  Cathy McDavid has only been a filly for a year-and-a-half, but her connection to the blog goes back years.  She and Winnie Griggs share the same agent, and she, Jeannie Watt and Kari Trumbo write for the same publisher.

     What’s that they say about six-degrees of separation? We writers of cowboy romances have a way of finding each other and connecting. I’ve known Winnie and Jeannie for years, hanging out with them at conferences and author events. Kari and I are new friends, but I’m looking forward to getting to know her, too.

 

10.  Linda Broday – The name of our fictional town on Petticoats & Pistols is Petticoat Junction.

Nope. Our town’s name is WILDFLOWER JUNCTION.

 

11.  Kit Morgan started with Petticoats and Pistols in 2019 and has posted several times about her sister who works with cows.

 

Nah. I started blogging with Petticoats and Pistols in 2018 and my sister, a retired race horse jockey, is a horse trainer. Though it WOULD be interesting to see her try to train a cow!

 

12.  Cheryl Pierson’s first novel was published by the Wild Rose Press and was called “Fire Woman.”

I can’t tell you how excited I was to learn that my first novel was going to be published by the Wild Rose Press–that’s been nearly 13 years ago–BUT, the title of that story was Fire EYES, not Fire Woman. That title was a “meant to be” since my daughter told me years before when she was little that if she was an Indian woman “back in history” she would pick FIRE EYES for her name. And in my book, my heroine’s name is Jessica–my daughter’s name!

 

13.  Jeannie Watt lives in Montana where she raises goats.

Not true.  I live in Montana and raise cattle.  

 

14.  Julie Benson never visited the Petticoats and Pistols’ corral as a guest author before becoming a filly.

This one’s a fib. My first blog post I actually wrote other than answering questions was here at the corral! I’d just released my first book, Big City, Cowboy, and didn’t have a clue what I was doing. (Not that I know much more now, but at least I know what I don’t know.) I wrote about my inspiration for that book, a real life cowboy named Rory I met who people kept asking him to model! I still have his picture in my office for inspiration. 

 

15.  NY Times Bestselling Regency Author, Lorraine Heath, was once a filly.

Yep!  It’s true.  Lorraine was writing westerns at the time we launched in 2007, and she was delighted to hear we were starting a blogsite dedicated to western romance.  She agreed to stay on for a year to help us spread the word, and we sure were happy to have her!

How did you do? 

Winners of our

Fifteen Filly Facts or Fibs

are announced in a separate post!

Happy 15th Birthday to Us!

Here at Petticoats & Pistols, we think it’s pretty spectacular that we’re celebrating our 15th birthday, and we can’t let such an important and amazing milestone pass by without a little celebration, can we?  

Are you ready to join our party?  C’mon in and make yourself comfortable!

 

Let’s play Fifteen Filly Facts or Fibs!

Are we telling the truth?  Or not?

 

To be eligible to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards, just determine if we are stating a fact – or a fib!

 

(Please number your Fact or Fib in the comments.  Must answer all 15 Fact or Fibs to be eligible.  Winners announced on Sunday!)

 

Ready?  Set?  Go!

 

1. Shanna Hatfield got so “up close and personal” to a bison during a stampede she could have counted the beast’s eyelashes if she hadn’t been busy trying not to hyperventilate while her life flashed before her eyes.

 

2. Jessie Gussman, the herd’s newest filly, was supposed to start blogging in summer of 2021, but an accident involving a dirty cow, a bottle of Windex and a roll of toilet paper delayed her start until 2022. 

 

3. Karen Kay and her husband love animals so much, they recently adopted a family of pigeons.

4. Karen Witemeyer’s first post as a filly came eleven years ago and extolled the merits of manure in keeping womenfolk out of livery stables. 

5.  Winnie Griggs helped design the header image for the Petticoats and Pistols home page, and all but two of the images came from the fillies themselves, including her.  Her contribution was actually shot at her daughter’s wedding.

6.  Mary Connealy had twenty finished books on her computer before she sold her first one. Now, nearly all twenty of those books are in print, plus fifty more. Until she got published, her family might have considered her to have obsessive compulsive disorder.

7.  Kari Trumbo’s first post on Petticoats & Pistols was back in 2016 and featured auto accidents in early cars.

8.  Pam Crooks joined Petticoats & Pistols 2 years after the site launched.

9.  Cathy McDavid has only been a filly for a year-and-a-half, but her connection to the blog goes back years.  She and Winnie Griggs share the same agent, and she, Jeannie Watt and Kari Trumbo write for the same publisher.

10.  Linda Broday – The name of our fictional town on Petticoats & Pistols is Petticoat Junction.

11.  Kit Morgan started with Petticoats and Pistols in 2019 and has posted several times about her sister who works with cows.

12.  Cheryl Pierson’s first novel was published by the Wild Rose Press and was called “Fire Woman.”

13.  Jeannie Watt lives in Montana where she raises goats.

14.  Julie Benson never visited the Petticoats and Pistols’ corral as a guest author before becoming a filly.

15.  NY Times Bestselling Regency Author, Lorraine Heath, was once a filly.

My Branson Vacation

Hello everyone, Winnie Griggs here. A few weeks ago we took a family vacation to Branson, Mo.

Some of my kids had been there before but I hadn’t so I wasn’t sure what to expect. As it turned out, we had a fabulous time!  Nine of us took the trip and seven of us stayed in one condo while two stayed at another which helped extend the time together.

We tried to cram as many of the attractions as we could into the three days we were there. Here’s a list of how we spent our time.

We spent a day at Silver Dollar City (Unfortunately no one took pictures). Several members of the group took advantage of the rides – I didn’t. But there were lots of craft demonstrations ( glass blowers, wood working, pottery, etc.) and fun shops to keep me happily entertained.  One of the things I found that I just couldn’t pass up was this dragonfly puzzle box. I love dragonflies and collect trinket boxes so it seemed custom made just for me 🙂

 

We caught the Sight & Sound Theater’s production of Jesus. The production value was absolutely AMAZING! I had an aisle seat and there were live animals – sheep, pigs, horses, camels, birds – some of which ran up and down the aisles close enough to touch. And the sets themselves were active, realistic and altogether fabulous.

 

We toured Wild World where there were many more animals than I expected – sharks, reptiles, birds, creepy crawlers and lots of furry critters. The highlight of this particular outing was when three members of our group were able to get up close and personal with some lemurs.

 

We also stopped in at the Titanic Museum. The tour started with the staff handing everyone a bording ticket complete with the name of an actual passenger who sailed aboard the Titanic. The ticket contained personal info on that passenger including name, position, ticket class and some other notes. At the end of the tour you found out if ‘you’ survived or not. I was the ladies maid for a dowager and assigned to second class.
I learned so much during the tour. At one point we were able to stick our hands in a vat of liquid that duplicated the temperature and density of the water surrounding the wreck – Brrrrr!

Here I am standing in front of a reproduction of the grand staircase. (By the way, my character was among the survivors. 🙂 )

 

Another place we visited was the Butterfly Palace. It was so fun to go inside the plant conservatory and let the butterflies approach and feed on the blossoms the staff provided.
There was also a great little mirror maze tucked inside the same building. I would probably still be wandering around looking for a way out if I hadn’t had my daughter and grandson there to help me find my way 🙂

 

But my favorite part of the whole trip was our visit to Top of the Rock. There is a two and a half mile nature trail that you can navigate on your own via a golf cart. The scenery was fabulous – rock formations, a cave, waterfalls, wildlife, streams, covered bridges.

There were also these wonderful wildlife medallions embedded in the metal fencing and bridge headers along the trail that I found were so intriguing. I’ve been trying to do a little research into them but so far haven’t had much luck.

 

We capped off the vacation by having a game night our last evening there. We ordered pizzas and played a rousing game of Mexican Train dominoes. Since we are a highly competitive bunch it was loud and energetic and fabulously fun!

 

So there you have it, our first family vacation since before the pandemic.

What was your own favorite vacation? Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for your choice of any book from my backlist.

 

And don’t forget to come by on Thursday to help us celebrate our 15th birthday!!

 

Spread  the word – there are going to be BIG prizes and BIG fun!

Play Fifteen Filly Fact or Fib? and you could win!

Happy Birthday to us!

We’re Celebrating our 15th Birthday!

Yep!  We’re gearing up to celebrate FIFTEEN years of our dedication to western romance with you, our friends and readers!

 

Join us Thursday, August 11th, as we challenge you to guess 

 

Fifteen Filly Facts or Fibs

 

The older we get,  the bigger our prizes get, too!

 

We’ll be giving away three $50 Amazon gift cards to winners

who get the most Filly Fact or Fibs correct.

 

Happy Birthday to us!