Introducing Our Fillies Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before!


Howdy, everyone! Cathy McDavid here with an exciting announcement.

Lately, there have been a few changes in the corral here at Petticoats & Pistols. To celebrate our newest members and reacquaint you with familiar faces, we’ve put together a short video featuring all of the fillies. Take a peek at some of their awesome books and learn a little bit about them. Just click on the link below, and you’ll be taken to the video.

Click to view “Meet the P&P Fillies” Video

We hope you enjoy the video and will even share this post to help us spread the word. We really appreciate all our friends here at Petticoats and Pistols and love starting our days with you.

More Changes in the Corral

We’re always sad when a filly who’s been here for a long time moves on, but career changes happen. The Fillies had grown very attached to Julie Benson and hated to see her leave. But her new five-book contract with Tule Publishing is about Texas soldiers, not cowboys, so she felt it best not to stay. Please look for her romances as they come out. We’ll be sure to shout it to the rooftops. We’re so proud of her.

But that left one empty space in the corral and we’ve found an excellent author – Sarah Lamb – to fill it. Miss Sarah is quickly learning the ropes and we’re tickled to death to have her join us. She’s put her horse in the corral, and my Jasper has taken a shine to the mustang already.

Miss Sarah is the wife of an amazing teacher and mom to two boys who are growing up just a little too fast. Her day job is helping others to become writers, while she squeezes in each spare moment she can on her own books. She spends her days working and writing in the Blue Ridge Mountains and planning her next trip to Disney World. Miss Sarah has written a slew of bestselling romances, both historical and contemporary, thirty-four to be exact. We’re already finding her a wonderful Filly to complete our little family. Her first blog is April 3rd, and we’d love for you all to drop by and welcome her.

Her newest book is Alyssa’s Desperate Plan, Rejected Mail Order Brides #3, available now.

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Jo-Ann Roberts

My New Release


She’s not what he expected…but could she be what he needs?
What she thinks she wants, isn’t what she gained.

Whispering Pines, Minnesota 1865

The stipulation of her father’s will was to the point.
In order to retain ownership of Stewart Woodsmiths, Bronwyn Stewart must marry or forfeit the business to the highest bidder. With three half-siblings to raise, little money, and no place to go, she needs help not only with the business but with the children. Yet, when Ian Taggart lands on her doorstep, she sees just the opposite of what she advertised for…or what she needs.
Imprisoned during the War Between the States, Ian Taggart doesn’t see himself as a worthwhile candidate for anything…much less a husband. Yet, when he meets his soon-to-be-bride, he sees a woman wounded in spirit.
Forging ahead in faith, can Ian and Bronwyn find the courage to see beneath the surface and create a forever family?

Pam Crooks


(Only a Few More Days!)

After significant editing to fit the sweet romance market, I’m re-releasing WYOMING WILDFLOWER, one of my earlier titles.  I’ve kept all the Old West grittiness, though, as well as the historical accuracies of the time.  Cattle rustling, squatters, the infamous Cheyenne Club, the famous range detective, Tom Horn – what’s not to love?

Here’s a blurb:

One of her father’s daughters . . .

All Sonnie Mancuso wants is to be needed by her father.  Unfortunately, he already has a daughter–six, to be exact–and all he needs is a son.

One of her father’s men . . .

Orphaned in the slums of New York, fifteen-year-old Lance Harmon needs a home.  Sonnie’s father gives him one, on the cattle-rich Rocking M ranch.  Through the years, Lance learns to love the land, the work . . . and Sonnie.

And their legacy . . .

But Vince Mancuso’s health is failing, and there’s trouble on the Wyoming range.  Sonnie returns home to claim the legacy that’s rightfully hers . . . but learns Lance has already claimed it.


Karen Witemeyer

I got some great news recently. My upcoming release, If the Boot Fits, received a positive review in Publisher’s Weekly! This is one of the industry’s biggest review publications and for some reason, they haven’t chosen to review any of my books in years. The last book of mine they reviewed was A Worthy Pursuit.
Here’s my favorite quote from the article:
“With a plot full of masked cowboys, family intrigue, and ranch politics, there’s ample suspense to keep readers turning pages, and the romance between Asher and Samantha offers just enough sweetness to balance things out. Witemeyer’s fans will be on the edge of their seats all the way through to the satisfying conclusion.”
If you want to read the full review, you can find it here.
If you like reading print books, don’t miss the pre-order special at Baker Book House. Free shipping and a 40% discount. Can’t beat that deal!

Linda Broday

ON SALE FOR $1.99!!!

Book One of the Hangman’s Daughters series has been marked down for a limited time!

She was scorned, shunned, and unwanted but she yearned to matter, to make a difference.

Sweet Historical Romance



Shanna Hatfield

I’m excited and honored to share that Love on Target, my sweet romance that is part of the Pink Pistol series, is a finalist in the Laramie Awards.

You can find a list off all the finalists here.

If you haven’t read it yet, get your copy today!


Things Are Changing at the Corral

We have big changes at the corral again. First, we bid a sad farewell to Kari Trumbo who had exciting things happening in her life and you’ll see a lot of new releases from her soon. Man, we hated to see her go though. Kari had entrenched herself into our hearts and brought an extra measure of sweet smiles. We wish her the very best in all she does. Reach for the stars, Kari! They’re not that high.

Jill KemererBut we’re really excited to welcome a lady that I know will become a great friend. I want to introduce you to Jill Kemerer. Jill writes modern-day cowboys who drive pickup trucks as easily as ride horses. Each inspirational Harlequin Love Inspired becomes a Publisher’s Weekly favorite and over half a million of her books are sold world wide. We’re absolutely tickled to death to have her put her horse in our corral. Her newest book – United by the Twins – comes out February 20, 2024. Jill’s first blog with us will be Tuesday, February 6th. Please stop by and make her welcome.

And that’s a great big Yee-Haw!

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Pam Crooks

My first audiobook is now available!


Book 8 in the Pink Pistol Sweet Romance Series

After a terrible tragedy, wild game hunter Rexanna Brennan returns home to her family’s ranch to heal. She never expects to learn her crazy aunt has left her a pink pistol with an even crazier legend. But more unsettling, a Hollywood cowboy has moved onto the ranch, stealing her family’s hearts and maybe her legacy, too.

False accusations throw Roan Bertoletti into scandal and yank him out of his movie star life. His reputation shredded, he grasps at the second chance the Brennan family gives him. With his roots firmly planted, he’s living his dream to be a cowboy again, and he has no plans to leave the ranch anytime soon.

But Rexanna’s grief pulls at him. So does her insistence she can’t stay. Can he convince the beautiful heiress to claim what has always been hers? Time is running out, and so are his options.

Except for the pink pistol . . .

Jo-Ann Roberts

 My Upcoming Release!


Book 12 in the Christmas Quilt Brides Series

Gabe Dawson didn’t believe catastrophes came in threes. That is, until his grandfather died, a fire nearly destroyed his home, and his grandmother started showing signs of forgetfulness.

When Hope Brody discovers Nora Dawson wandering in a snowy field and learns of the family’s loss, she sets out to recreate the quilt that was destroyed in the fire. But in order to present it to her at the Annual Christmas Eve Quilt gathering, that meant she’d have to get to know the taciturn Gabe Dawson.

Despite thwarting her efforts at friendship, Gabe finally acknowledges that Hope’s visits are helping ease his grandmother’s anxieties. Soon, he finds himself falling for the lovely quilter. But with only a small farm and almost constant care of his ailing grandmother, he has nothing to offer and would never be a woman’s first choice.

As Christmas approaches, will Hope look beyond his obligations and see a future blossom from a special, once-in-a-lifetime friendship?

Shanna Hatfield

My latest sweet holiday romance, Tricking Christmas is now out! You’ll find it in paperback and eBook formats. It is also enrolled in Kindle Unlimited!

Will an innocent offer of help lead two obstinate hearts along the road to love?

Truitt Lucas is the guy who brings laughter wherever he goes and refuses to take life too seriously. Beneath his carefree exterior, though, he yearns for more adventure and excitement than he’ll find working on the family ranch alongside his cousin and grandmother. When the opportunity arises to assist a trick rider, Truitt eagerly lends a hand. However, he soon finds himself drawn to the perplexing woman who barely tolerates him.

Jolee Judson is living her dream as a trick rider on the rodeo circuit, using her lifelong passion for horses and gymnastics to wow the crowds. But when her partner unexpectedly abandons her, Jolee is just desperate enough to accept a good-natured cowboy’s offer to help. Fascinated and infuriated by Truitt and his shenanigans, Jolee struggles against her growing feelings for him. Falling for Truitt could spell disaster for her future and derail everything she’s worked for.

Can the two of them find common ground where trust is earned and love becomes a cherished gift?

A sweet holiday novel full of the magic of Christmas, Tricking Christmas brims with small-town humor, heartwarming moments, and wholesome romance.

Get your copy today while it is on sale for just $2.99!



I am excited to share that Love on Target has been shortlisted in the annual Laramie Awards, hosted by Chanticleer International Book Awards. I’m honored the book has made it this far in the judging. It was so fun to be part of the Pink Sisterhood series. If you haven’t checked out this story yet, I hope you will!

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season filled with love!

Karen Kay

NEW RELEASE — well it’s a new release of a 25th Year Anniversary book — completely re-edited with original map (drawn by my daughter) and poster added back into the book — and a new cover!


New Release Today!



Here a blurb of the book:

A Dangerous Passion.

Legendary Warriors, Book 1

At twenty-three, Anna Wiley is lucky. The children aboard an orphan train headed west don’t care that their nurse is too tall, too homely to be loved. They need her, and she will not rest until each one is placed in a loving home, including the last twelve bedraggled, rejected urchins clinging to her skirts.

When their train is attacked by a band of warriors bent on rescuing a kidnapped Indian boy, she doesn’t think twice about protecting the children—all the children, including the boy. Except keeping her charges safe means she must trust the formidable warrior who led the attack.

War Cloud plans to get the strong-willed white woman and her gaggle of children off his hands as soon as possible. Yet as he guides them toward civilization, he realizes there is beauty beneath Anna’s ill-fitting clothes, a strong spirit behind her sparkling green eyes.

Even as passion grows, War Cloud prepares to put her from him, and not only because of the animosity that hangs between their cultures. A centuries-old curse hangs over his ancestral line. A spell that could take her from him forever—should he dare to fall in love.

This is the 25th Year Anniversary Edition of this book.

Warning: Contains a passion that could lead to soul-stirring love, if the whispering ancestors have their way.

May the Love and Warmth of Christmas be with you throughout the coming year.


Jeannie Watt

I have a couple of free books in December! The first is a Christmas book from my Men of the Marvell Ranch series.  A Marvell Country Christmas will be free from December 18-26, so mark you calendars. 🙂

The second book is only available on Apple devices, but that said, I’m thrilled that The Cowboy’s Christmas is Apple Books Romance of the Week and is free until December 9. Again, you have to access it from an apple device, such as an iPad, iPhone or iMac.

Wishing everyone a great December and a Happy Holiday Season!


It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Linda Broday

Courting Miss Emma will release tomorrow!!

Book 2 Hangman’s Daughters series

“One day I intend to court you, lady. That’s a promise. Hangman’s daughter or not.”

Stone Lassiter and Emma clashed until people tried to take their land and they had to fight to keep what is theirs.

Karen Witemeyer

I’m tickled pink to share that my novel In Honor’s Defense won the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Western Romance. Yee Haw! I’ll be sharing more details about my fun adventure in Fort Worth to accept this award later this week. What made the award even better, was that I got to share the limelight with a filly sister. Shanna Hatfield brought home the silver medallion for her novel – Henley. Shanna wasn’t able to attend in person, but I cheered her on with embarrassing gusto from my seat in the banquet hall.

My editor, Jessica Sharpe, came down to join me for the weekend, and we grabbed a picture together with our medallions after the banquet.

Cheryl Pierson



Hey everyone! I have a new release that just came out last month, A MARSHAL FOR CALLIE.

U.S. Deputy Marshal Jaxson McCall is hired by Dunstan Treadwell, a powerful government official, to track down his runaway stepdaughter, debutante Callie Buchanan.

When Jax realizes he’s been double-crossed by Callie’s stepfather, he doubles down to protect Callie from an evil nemesis from his own past who has been hired to kill them both.

The stakes have changed: Treadwell doesn’t want Callie back—he wants her dead. And the man coming after them is a master at murder.

Jax catches up to Callie in Fort Smith, and none too soon, for Wolf Blocker, the man Treadwell has hired to murder his stepdaughter and Jax, is one step ahead of them—and he’s got assassination on his mind. Jax and Callie set out on the stagecoach for Texas, neither of them able to be honest about their circumstances. With Blocker on their trail and Apaches ahead of them, the future is uncertain.

One thing Jaxson knows: he cannot take Callie back to Washington to face an attempted murder charge. Matters are further complicated when Jax and Callie are forced into marriage by worried Cavalry Captain Alan Tolbert to avoid the trouble he believes Treadwell could cause.

Through all the pretense, the hardships, and the deadly danger, one thing becomes obvious. Callie and Jaxson were meant to be together for this new beginning, for this new forever love that neither of them had ever hoped to find. Will they live long enough to see it through?



Pam Crooks

Hot Off the Press!

ARMED & MARVELOUS was voted WINNER by the American Book Fest in their Fiction Novella category.   Yee-Haw!



Book 8 in the Pink Pistol Sweet Western Romance series.

BUY on Amazon


It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Karen Witemeyer

My first short story releases next week on October 10. Yee-Haw! I’m so excited to share this fun Texas twist on the classic twelve days of Christmas.

Anna King has pledged her heart to Simeon Shepherd, but her father refuses to grant her hand to the young farmer. Simeon determines to be patient and earn David King’s respect over time with hard work and evidence of his ability to provide. However, when a wealthy new suitor arrives in Bethlehem, Texas to woo Anna with her father’s support, patience is no longer an option. Simeon has twelve days before Christmas to best his rival and prove once and for all that he is Anna’s true love.

A fun, quirky read that is short enough to squeeze into even the busiest holiday schedule.

Click the cover to preorder for only $0.99.

Mary Connealy


Click to buy Accidental Guardian

1.99 – 10/01-11/2023

Click to buy Reluctant Warrior

1.99 – 10/01-11/2023

Click to buy Unexpected Champion

1.99 – 10/01-11/2023

Jeannie Watt

I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest sweet Christmas story, A Sweet Montana Christmas. This book was so much fun to write. I hope you’ll check it out!

From Christmas heartbreak…

To their happily-ever-after?

Bridal shop owner Maddie Kincaid used to believe in happy endings. After being jilted weeks before her wedding, she retreats to a friend’s guest ranch and runs into her old coworker, ex–bronc rider Sean Arteaga. While planning the ranch’s Christmas open house together, Maddie starts falling for him…until Sean’s attempt to protect her backfires. Can Maddie find a way to forgive him and finally get her own fairy-tale ending?


Shanna Hatfield

I’m humbled, honored, and super excited to share my book Henley is the Women Writing the West 2023 WILLA Literary Award Romance Winner. I’ve been dreaming of winning a WILLA Literary Award for years so this is definitely a dream come true! You can read why this award means so much to me on this blog post.

I also recently found out two of my books were Gold Medal winners in the annual Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Lake Bride (which tells the story of one of Henley’s descendants) is the winner in the Christian Romance genre while Guiding the Grouch was the winner in the Fiction Holiday genre.

I truly am just so incredibly honored to receive these awards. Thank you to those involved in the judging and to my readers for your ongoing encouragement and support. It means so, so much!

Linda Broday



Also, e-book is $4.82! CLICK HERE

Petticoats and Pistols Sweet Sixteen Birthday!


We can’t believe it, but another year has flown by, and we’re having another birthday here at Petticoats and Pistols. Thank you to all of you who have been here with us not only this last year, but for so many previous ones. You’ve made the journey fun and memorable.

Since we’re turning 16, a lot of us mentioned what a turning point that was in life because it meant we could drive. The next thing we knew we were sharing personal driving mishaps, discussing if we’d used them in our books, and we decided to share those musings with you. Most of the stories are personal, but a couple fillies didn’t have ones to share. Instead they talked about transportation mishaps in their stories.

We hope you enjoy our thoughts, and they help you get to know each of us a little better.

When I took my learner’s permit test, I missed only one question. At sixteen, I aced my driver’s test and got my license. Apparently, however, I didn’t quite understand the concept of looking around or behind me when I reversed. As a result, during the next six months, I was in a total of three fender benders, all of them my fault. The worst one was when I backed my mom’s new Rivera into the side of my brother’s Bronco. Yeah, I was grounded. And no one in the family talked to me for weeks after that.

My husband and I own a trucking company and sometimes I ride along with him. A few years ago, we were heading eastbound on the interstate, hauling eggs back from Ohio, going about 75 mph. My door jiggled open. At that speed some people might wonder if their door will actually open. I can’t say about a car, but in a 379 long-nose Pete? Yes. Yes, it will.

It was kind of interesting, watching the pavement fly by from a new and rather distressing perspective, as I leaned out, grabbing for the latch. I got the door shut and sat in my seat, panting. I hadn’t quite made it to the euphoria-from-having-cheated-death stage, when my husband, who never left off the throttle, because, you know, he’s a man, and we have to GET THERE FAST, looked over at me. “Wow. Wasn’t expecting that,” he said. With one hand on the wheel, he dug under his seat and handed me a wrench and screwdriver. “You mind checking the latch? I’d hate to lose that door.”

As a perfectionist, I hate trying new things when I don’t think I will be very good at them. So, when my dad determined to teach me to drive a stick shift when I was 15, I was a mess. Between the whiplash and the uncontrollable sobbing, my dad gave up.

Fast forward five years, and my fiancé owns a stick shift that will be our only car after we marry. Insecurities battle the need to impress my man, and after a few patient lessons, I manage to semi-master the necessary skills. Today, I’m a proficient stick shift driver, which just goes to show that true love really does conquer all.

Back in  the days when large families drove station wagons the size of gunboats, my dad took all nine of us into the country so I could get some driving practice. He sat next to me on the bench seat, with my mom by the passenger side door. I approached a Stop sign at a fair amount of speed, with no sign of slowing down.  Maybe I forgot where the brake pedal was, I don’t know. But as we careened closer to that sign, perched on the edge of a ditch, it seemed inevitable I was going to hit it and dive headlights first into that ditch. Only after screaming STOP! STOP! STOP! from the remaining eight family members, did I somehow find the brake pedal with only inches to spare from a collision. I burst into tears, and my dad had had enough. I got out, he moved over, and he drove us all much more safely home.

I learned to drive as a high school junior in 1964. Back then it was offered as a class on driving simulators and credit given. I ran over every person crossing the street and after a few weeks, my instructor told the class that some of us should never be allowed behind the wheel. Thank goodness, he didn’t mention any names, but I knew he was talking about me. Still I kept trying hard. On weekends, my dad took me out to a country road and let me practice. The only thing was our car was a stick-shift and I gave Daddy a whiplash. Thankfully he let me keep at it and I eventually got the hang of it. I passed my state written driving test with a hundred. And even though I was really nervous, I was able to pass the driving part without killing any pedestrians.

The last person my heroine Crystal Jones wants to run into is Sheriff John Turner. Unfortunately, she not only runs into him, she does it with her car! She didn’t mean to give his cruiser a tap and hoped all he gave her was a citation. But she wonders, would she ever be the same seeing him again? After all, her life was nothing but a series of mishaps. Would this be one more thing? She hoped not. She was trying for a fresh start. She didn’t need another broken heart. John broke it well enough the first time. What was he going to do now that she’d smacked his bumper a good one?

I started driving really young as drivers in rural areas sometimes do. My grandma lived about one mile from me on gravel roads, with a single crossing of a paved highway.

I drove over there whenever we needed to pick up anything from her or take anything to her. Or sometimes I made up an excuse because driving was fun! It was all very accepted, and we had neighbors whose fairly young kids were driving around, too.

So, I was driving to grandma’s house and knew I was going too fast. And suddenly, as if I hadn’t driven over to Grandma’s a hundred times before, the stop sign just snuck up on me and I slammed on the brakes….and the car spun completely around in a circle on that gravel road 180 degrees and with STEEP ditches on both sides.

Rather than go plunging off the road into a ditch, or flying out onto the highway, the car stayed right on the road and when I was done sliding and spinning…I was facing the wrong direction, back the way I just came.

I sat there just shaking for long minutes. Finally, I gathered myself enough, I just drove back home the way I came and never told anyone it happened.

The second book I ever published, waaaay back in 2001, was originally titled Something More and has since been reissued as The Unexpected Bride. In the first chapter the heroine, Elthia, has traveled from Massachusetts to Texas to become a governess to a young family. The last leg of her trip takes place via stagecoach, and I open the scene when she arrives at a lonely staging post where the hero is supposed to meet her and transport her to his farm.

To my surprise, my then-agent and two friends who agreed to read and critique the story all referred to that opening scene as taking place at a train station. Puzzled, I went back and reread it. The very first sentence of the scene referenced opening the stagecoach door and there are numerous other references sprinkled throughout to the stagecoach and to working on a change of horses. It was a real head scratcher for me. The only thing I could figure was that because this was a long book (just over 100,000 words) and this was in chapter one and the only scene that referred to the stagecoach, that that ‘minor’ detail had somehow gotten lost. Which only goes to show how our minds can sometimes play tricks on us, filling in gaps with familiar images. I’d like to think that these readers of my early draft were so engrossed in the story that their minds simply replaced the stagecoach with a more familiar mode of transport, the train.  🙂

At sixteen, I lived in Dubuque, Iowa, a town known for its hills. One day I came out of school to find it had snowed a few inches. Without thinking, I drove home via my usual route. Everything was fine until I found myself on a street with a huge hill with a stop sign at the bottom. Knowing there were no other options and cursing myself for not having thought about this awful hill, I set off as slowly as possible. Of course, stopping at the stop sign was impossible, and of course there was another driver foolish enough to think he could make it up this hill. Trying to stop at the sign, my wheels locked, I swerved, and sideswiped his car. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and my dad was understanding even though the car I hit was a new dealer one driven by a car salesman.

I am a GenXer, so I don’t really remember learning to drive. I know I took a driver’s ed course, then I was expected to just know how everything worked. I remember my aunt being the first one to hand me the keys and feeling sick to my stomach at the idea of driving someone else’s car. I had no idea how to keep it in the center of the lane, nor how to hold my foot steady (I think that’s because at the time I was 4′ 6″ and no one told me you could move the seat…) We all lived and apparently the GenX method works because I’ve never had a driving incident. At least, not that I can remember…

Growing up on a farm, I learned to drive years before I could legally do so. By the time I was twelve, I’d progressed from driving the small Ford 9N tractor to being allowed to drive our farm pickup all by myself. I thought I was queen of the world, until I accidentally backed into a section of fence. No one was watching, the fence was unharmed (my dad knows how to set a sturdy fence post), and I couldn’t see any new dents or scratches in the pickup. I was home free! Except for the guilt. It ate at me for several days before I had to tell Dad what I’d done. My punishment was something tragic and dreadful — not getting to drive the pickup for one whole week!

In Idaho you could get a daylight license at 14, which meant that we had students driving to junior high. The much-coveted nighttime license came at age 16. Just a few days before my brother turned 16, I had to make an emergency trip after dark, but I’d just had dental surgery and was on painkillers. My brother offered to drive me even though he wasn’t quite legal. We passed through a very small rural town and there was a sheriff’s vehicle parked in front of a cafe. As we went by, the reds and blues came on. My brother and I desperately tried to figure out how to trade places so it appeared I was driving, but there was no way. He was toast. No night license for another six months. But the guy that approached the car wore logging clothes—Frisco jeans cut short, suspenders, logging boots. It was a logging town, but usually law enforcement wore a uniform. He checked my brother’s obviously daylight-only license, then nodded knowingly. We were about to start our garbled explanation, when to our amazement, he sent us on our way. As near as we could figure, a local good old boy was entertaining himself while the sheriff ate dinner at the café. We still talk about the time we got pulled over by a logger.

Growing up in a small town in Illinois, I was used to driving on gravel as well as dirt roads.  And then, I moved to Los Angeles where I simply couldn’t drive — those freeways literally scared me silly (6-10 lanes on one side of the freeway).

Didn’t last long, though, before I was not only driving on them, but speeding along them, too.  Much later, my godson — who had grown up in a rural area in South Dakota — came to visit and my role reversed; I’m afraid I scared him with my high speed on those multi-lane freeways.

But, I noticed it didn’t take him long before he was racing along those highways, too.  I realized then that a learning curve could be pretty fast when there was a need.

Oh, boy, do I have a memorable event about my early driving years! Born and raised in Oklahoma, the summer I turned 17, my dad was transferred from Oklahoma to Charleston, West Virginia. Um, yes, it was very different! Oklahoma was flat, not many curves, and my husband has teased me for years that we just “wired the steering wheel straight ahead out here because we never needed to turn it.”

One day, I set out to drive to college on a very straight, non-curvy section of the interstate, and a state highway maintenance truck merged on the entrance ramp two lanes over. I thought nothing of it until…his back axle broke right in two. Half of it, with the tire still attached–and rolling along at 60 mph–barreled across two lanes of traffic and headed right for my front passenger-side tire! Yep, it stuck in the tire, but I managed to get the car off the road.

I had a very unlikely guardian angel that day. Our next-door neighbor left for work just after I did and saw it happen. He pulled over and helped me get the info I needed from the other driver, loaded me up, and took me home. I was VERY shaken, but not hurt. It scared me but it made me realize that I’d kept my wits and gotten through it!

GIVEAWAY: Today we’ll be picking 5 winners. To be entered in our random drawing, leave a comment about one of your driving mishaps or one you’ve enjoyed reading in a book scene or watching in a movie. One responder will receive our grand prize of a 12-month subscription to Audible. Four others will win either a drink sleeve and car coasters or the wrist purse and car coasters.

Thank you for being here to share our Sweet Sixteenth Birthday!

 The Fillies

It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Cathy McDavid

I excited to announce a cover reveal. My next Love Inspired Suspense, Deadly Secrets, is coming out late January 2024. I love this book because the deputy sheriff helping the rancher to solve the 18-year-old cold case is a woman.

Pam Crooks

Have you heard the news?

Petticoats & Pistols has its first ever

Facebook Reader Group!

Intended as a companion to our blog, we’ll chat with our readers about all kinds of things – our blogs, our books, our lives.  We’ll even give away a prize or two!

Join us HERE!

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Hope to see you there!

Karen Witemeyer

I will be indie publishing a Christmas novelette this fall, and I’m working on narrowing down a cover design. This story is a fun western riff on the classic 12 Days of Christmas song. Which cover version do you like best? Leave your vote in the comments.

Thank you for helping me choose!

Kari Trumbo

I have a book release coming in 2 weeks! If you’ve been reading the Wayside Ranch series, you won’t want to miss the release of Operation: Chosen, Eric’s story!

Click HERE for the Amazon link

Karen Kay

SHE PAINTS MY SOUL is my latest release!  It is 20% reduced in price at $3.99 — normal price will be $4.99.

Here’s a little bit about the story:


In spite of her fear of Indians, Sharon Wells travels from her home in St. Louis to Indian Territory in the northwest, along with her fiancé, and her friend Amelia, who is determined to return to Blackfoot Country. An orphan, Sharon yearns to be married and have a family of her own. She’s loyal to her fiancé, even when he carelessly puts her life in danger.

Strikes Fast, of the Crow People, was once on the path to becoming a medicine man, but he has lost his way. When nearly all his family were killed in a Blackfoot raid, he went on the warpath to avenge the ghosts of his murdered family. But he’s carried revenge too far, and the blood of innocents has left him feeling no longer human, without empathy or sympathy. But the beautiful white woman, Sharon, ignites a spark in him. When she’s captured in an Indian raid and her fiancé does nothing, Strikes Fast hopes his heroic deed of rescuing her might return him to the good graces of the Creator, from whom all medicine men receive their powers.

Strikes Fast’s handsome masculinity calls out to Sharon, as her beauty and her kindness calls to him. Trapped together in a blizzard, surrounded by danger, and despite the many reasons they shouldn’t be together, their growing love is undeniable. Can they find a way to heal one another and create the family each of them is longing for?

Warning:  A sensuous romance that might just melt a gal’s heart.

Pick up your copy today!

Kit Morgan
I have a new release! Find out what happens when two warring storekeepers have to work together to solve a little mystery!

Falling for the Storekeeper is Book 7 in the Love in Apple Blossom Series.






It’s Yee-Haw Day!

Welcome to Yee-Haw Day, the once-a-month day we’ve reserved to share our news with you – all sorts of fun news!

So check out the post below to get the details on the kinds of things that make us go Yee-Haw!!

Shanna Hatfield

I’m excited to be one of the finalists for the 2023 Will Rogers Medallion Awards. The winners will be announced in October.

Both Karen Witemeyer and I are finalists in the Western Romance category. How fun is that!

You’ll find my book Henley in the competition.

As well as Karen’s In Honor’s Defense.


My other exciting news is that my kitchen remodel project is moving along. We have counters installed now. Woohoo!

The counter and the backsplash are both quartz and I love them so much! Next stop – flooring!

Wishing you all a beautiful, safe, and happy 4th of July holiday!

Kit Morgan

Woo Hoo! I have a new release!  Wellington, the Snows of Clear Creek Book 3 is here. And I have to say, this is one of my favorite covers ever. It’s so peaceful and relaxing, I could stare at it all day! Here’s a little more about the book:

The Sheriff’s Daughter
A Rich Young Man
And Hammeo and Bakerette…

Wellington Snow, finished with college, was trying to decide what to do with his life. New York called, and he was listening. Then his father hired a new maid and his whole world was upset. How could Father have hired Hannah Turner? She was the sheriff’s daughter. She wasn’t supposed to be a servant! But there she was, serving their meals, cleaning house and everything else that went with being a maid. Problem was, she was making it difficult for him to stick to his plans. And then there was the fact Hannah had plans of her own.

Hannah Turner had a dream. Go to college, get educated, then travel the world. Simple, right? All she had to do was earn the money, and her dreams would come true. Problem was, the only job she could get was as a maid in the Snow household. Toss in Wilhemina Snow’s friends, the Hamptons of New York, and Hannah has her hands full. Not only does she have to deal with the Snows’ snobbish company, but she’s also helping with the annual town picnic along with its first play. A take on Romeo and Juliet. How was she to hold her job long enough to make any money? And why oh why was Wellington Snow giving her admiring looks?



Karen Kay

Sale!  Sale!

SHE CAPTURES MY HEART is now on sale for $2.99.  But, hurry!  The sale will soon end.

Two Worlds. Two Hearts. A Forbidden Passion.

Amelia McIntosh was only fourteen when she fell in love with the young and handsome Gray Falcon of the Blackfoot Tribe. He’d helped her through a difficult time, and, for him in turn, she’d opened up a vital part of the medicine man’s world. Five years later, Amelia is still in love with the mesmerizing Gray Falcon, but her refusal to marry anyone but him has created a dangerous problem for her and her family.

When Amelia—the pesky little girl from Gray Falcon’s past—returns to the Northwest, he can’t help but notice she has blossomed into a beautiful, desirable woman — one who sets his heart aflame. Yet, he must resist her feminine charms because, though she is a friend, what she asks of him is against all Gray Falcon stands for as a medicine man.

United only in love, will love, alone, be enough to stand strong against a world threatening to pull them apart?

Warning:  A sensuous romance that might cause a gal to head west and capture the heart of her own true love.

Julie Benson

Just thought I’d add a fun behind the scenes fact about my latest release, Aiming for His Heart, book 10 in the Pink Pistol Sisterhood series. Amazon

When I was naming my hero, I had this wonderful boy as a foster. I saw him in the Greenville, Texas, animal shelter when I went to pull other puppies for the rescue I work with. He was three months old, all alone in that loud, cold place, hiding in the back of his chain link kennel. He reminded me of our sweet dog Jack who looks similar and acted the same way in the shelter. These scared ones, often get overlooked, and many puppies don’t make it out of the Greenville shelter. I vowed somehow I’d get him out, and I did.

Until I have the right names for my hero and heroine, I can’t move on with my story. I looked at this dear, sweet soul, I’d named Dalton, and knew that was my hero’s name, too.