RESCUING RAVEN available as my new FREE READ for Newsletter Subscribers

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A New Year seems like a good time for a new FREE read. So I’ve swapped out my previous newsletter subscriber free read, Choosing Bravery, with Rescuing Raven—the short story I wrote at the beginning of 2018 (and that for all of 2018 was only available in the limited–edition charity anthology Wild Deadwood Tales).

Note: with this change, you can read Choosing Bravery for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

CLICK HERE to join my newsletter & receive a free e-copy of Rescuing Raven.

Or you can buy the story for $0.99 on Amazon US | CA | UK | Aus

RESCUING RAVEN – BOOK BLURB

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Deadwood 1876…

In a gold rush storm, can an unlikely pair rescue each other?

Raven wants to save one person. Charlie wants to save the world. Their warring nations thrust them together but duty pulled them apart—until their paths crossed again in Deadwood for a fight for love.

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The above blurb is very short and writing a longer one is on my to-do list 🙂

Writing this blog prompted me to add… This story features a grown-up Charlie Jennings who was a young boy in my Oregon Trail story, Between Heaven & Hell (set in 1850).

RESCUING RAVEN – EXCERPT

August 1876, Dakota Territory

Fighting a growing impatience fueled by rage, Charlie Jennings drew his revolver and urged his horse through the trees flanking the Deadwood Trail. Below him, an Appaloosa with the strikingly similar color of his own horse—white covered from head to hock in chestnut spots—was rein-tied to the back of a buckboard. If the horse hadn’t caught his attention, he might not have given the transport a second look.

He might not have seen her.

The wagon rattled forward carrying one silent and seven grumbling passengers. When a bend in the trail cast the sun in the eyes of the guards, one riding behind and the other in front, he charged his spotted mare down onto the road.

Everyone in the wagon, except for the cowering raven-haired woman, screamed. The driver jerked on the reins. The horses skidded to a halt. The guards scrambled for their weapons.

The click of his revolver being cocked made them all freeze.

The silence that followed was as heated as the summer sun on his back. The guards glared at him through squinted eyes. He kept his focus on them as well—lined up in a neat row down the barrel of his Colt Peacemaker.

“Jennings,” growled the closest man, who went by the name Big Bill. “You shouldn’t be here.”

“Yeah,” hollered Bill’s partner, a stranger who resembled a beanpole.

Frontier trails and towns had a way of attracting similarly named men, including the Charlies like him. They also had a fondness for embellishment. The deck was stacked in favor of the rear guard being called Skinny Sam or Loudmouth Pete.

“We heard you were guidin’ a miner ’n his four kids, the ones who lost their ma, away from Deadwood.” At least Skinny hadn’t heard, and used, the double-barreled moniker Charlie had been saddled with since arriving in the Black Hills.

“But you,” he shot back, “didn’t hear that my job finished ahead of schedule.”

“Well,” Bill said on a long breath, “ain’t that a spot of bad luck.”

“Not for one of your passengers.” He didn’t look her way. He’d already seen enough: a ragtag assortment of women, one hunched with her dark head over her wrists tied to the wagon.

To read the rest of the excerpt CLICK HERE.

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My newly written Story Inspiration page for Rescuing Raven ❤

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Wild Women Novelists who Achieved Historic Firsts #CowboyKisses

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Life is an adventure to write about. Here are three Wild Women Writers who wrote about their lives (and the world that challenged them) and created a first novel that was historic

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What’s a hurdy-gurdy?

stencil.facebook-link-postWhat’s a hurdy-gurdy? That’s what Max (the hero of my new release Robyn: A Christmas Bride) asks Robyn (the heroine of the story). Sort of. He actually doesn’t get a chance to ask. He just thinks, The hurdy-what? Here’s the excerpt…

ROBYN: A CHRISTMAS BRIDE ~ EXCERPT

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EXCERPT: “Lark’s music speaks to lost souls, but she won’t add singing to tonight’s performance. Something’s wrong with her throat.” Robyn’s eyes narrowed with the determination of someone who planned to find out exactly what. “She’s amazing with the fiddle, but nothing compares to her talent with the hurdy-gurdy.”


The hurdy-what? Max bit back the question. Whatever it was, wasn’t as important as the scene unfolding around them. Everyone turned from the stage in search of dance partners. The bachelors stared at Robyn with renewed vigor.

SO, WHAT’S A HURDY-GURDY?

  • a hurdy-gurdy: a musical instrument.
  • a hurdy-gurdyist: someone who plays the hurdy-gurdy.
  • hurdy-gurdy girls: impoverished women who danced with men and enticed them to buy drinks (from an establishment who would then pay them).

In my story, Robyn and Max are talking about the hurdy-gurdy musical instrument.

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THE HURDY-GURDY MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

While you’re reading, want to hear someone play the hurdy-gurdy?

Listen to Patty Gurdy’s “Gurdy’s Green” or her hurdy-gurdy version of Game of Thrones. In addition to music clips, Patty has lots of videos on her YouTube channel on everything to do with the hurdy-gurdy.

  • The hurdy-gurdy originated from fiddles in either Europe or the Middle East sometime before the 11th-century.
  • It’s a stringed instrument that produces sound by a hand crank-turned, rosined wheel rubbing against the strings.
  • Melodies are played on a keyboard that presses tangents—small wooden wedges—against one or more of the strings to change their pitch.
  • Hurdy-gurdy folk music is popular in many places especially Hungary, Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.
  • The word hurdy-gurdy may have come from hirdy-girdy (the Scottish and northern English term for uproar or disorder) or hurly-burly (an old English term for noise or commotion).

WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT ROBYN: A CHRISTMAS BRIDE?

pinterest-rcb-curly-meetyourmatchCLICK HERE to read the opening scene of Robyn: A Christmas Bride.

CLICK HERE to read what inspired me to write the story with My Fair Lady and Gift of the Magi themes.

CLICK HERE to view the story’s Pinterest picture inspiration board.

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Or read it for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Wishing you happy reading…and hurdy-gurdy listening 😊

Jacqui


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North of the Border with Jacqui Nelson & Eldorado Jane #GetLostInAStory

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Who’s next on my North of the Border guest blog series? 

Today it’s me, your North of the Border host, Jacqui Nelson 🙂 And I’m sharing the inspiration for my Wild West trick-riding heroine, Eldorado Jane from my novel, Between Home & Heartbreak.

How, when and why did Canada become part of my inspiration for this story? Read on and see…

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I love writing about classic Old West events. So I always wanted to create a story about a female trick rider in an iconic show like Buffalo Bill’s Wild West (which first started in America in 1883). 

I haven’t seen many trick riders in action. I’d like to see more.

Where I grew up (in northern Alberta, Canada) the most popular sports/activities seemed to be hockey and ice skating (in the winter) and the rodeo and the fair (in the summer). There weren’t many female hockey players or rodeo riders, but the women ruled the barrel racing. Our small town (population 1,500) had two brothers who became champions in the saddle bronc event. I wondered about the sisters of rodeo-royalty families. What were their talents? What were their dreams? Where did they go and what did they do?

Read the rest my North of the Border blog at…

http://getlostinastory.blogspot.com/2019/01/north-of-the-border-jacqui-nelson-trick-rider-inspiration.html

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Happy New Year! Join my “get 2 free books” party…

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To celebrate the arrival of 2019, I’ve made books 1 & 2 in my GAMBLING HEARTS series FREE on Amazon Kindle for 2 days – Dec 31 & Jan 1…

  • Between Love & Lies (book 1, the cardsharp + the Dodge City cattle drover): Amazon US | UK | CA | Aus
  • Between Home & Heartbreak (book 2, the trick-riding superstar + the Texas Hill Country horseman): Amazon US | UK | CA | Aus

Or if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription, read both books for free any day.

Wishing you a very happy New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2019 

Jacqui

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Writing Winter Stories

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Until last year when I wrote The Calling Birds, I’d somehow missed writing a story set in a cold and snowy winter setting…which is odd because I grew up in a location with very cold and snowy winters (northern Alberta, Canada). And even though I now live in a place with a mild climate that almost never gets snow (Victoria, Canada), I know cold and snow.

Winter is lodged deep inside mein my childhood and adult memories. 

So this year it was interesting to return to the snowy location of Noelle, Colorado while writing my new December release, Robyn: A Christmas Bride (click here if you missed that book reveal last week).

What is it about winter and the events it brings?

Read the rest of this blog post on Get Lost in Story (a group blog where I’m a regular contributing member)… https://getlostinastory.blogspot.com/2018/12/writing-winter-stories.html

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Having a Merry Christmas with My First Podcast

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I’m new to podcasting. Listening to them and being a part of one. So when Paranormal Romance and Mystery author Jo-Ann Carson asked me to be her guest on her Blood, Sweat and Words podcast, I hesitated. Luckily I didn’t hesitate too long because speaking with Jo-Ann is always enjoyable!

What did we talk about? Christmas memories and Christmas stories! I’ve written one and so has Jo-Ann and her guest, Judith Hudson.

To hear all about our stories click the link below…

https://www.bloodsweatandwords.com/christmas-show-2018-bsw-017-20181225/

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Hope you enjoyed the podcast! And thank you, Jo-Ann, for having me as your guest.

You can find both of my Christmas stories on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.

THE CALLING BIRDS, Jack Peregrine & Birdie Bell’s story: read on Amazon US | UK | CA | AUS & in Print. Or read an excerpt on my website.

ROBYN: A CHRISTMAS BRIDE, Max Peregrine & Robyn Llewellyn’s story: read on Amazon US | UK | CA | AUS.  Print book coming soon. Or read an excerpt on my website.

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Wishing you a very happy and safe Christmas and holiday season

Jacqui


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New Release! Robyn: A Christmas Bride

Happy Day! Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël! My new release is ready! 

Who’s the perfect match for a flame-haired Welsh tomboy who loves driving wagons? 

Join Robyn Llewellyn & Max Peregrine this Christmas in Noelle, Colorado and find out! 

* READ on Amazon US | UK | CA | AUS and Kindle Unlimited *

( print book coming soon )

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And don’t forget Grandpa Gus! He’s back & ready to play matchmaker along with everyone else in town…

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Merry Christmas from the Peregrines and Llewellyns in Noelle, Colorado and from me in Victoria, Canada ❤

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New Story Inspiration Page for “Robyn: A Christmas Bride”

In January and February, I enjoyed catching up on writingStory Inspiration page to go with each of my books—and then sharing all of those pages here on my blog.

So for my upcoming new release, Robyn: A Christmas Bride, I thought I’d share its Story Inspiration page here BEFORE the story is released—in just a few days!

ROBYN: A CHRISTMAS BRIDE ~ STORY INSPIRATION PAGE

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When I started pondering a plot for my Christmas story, my first question was, what should the theme be? Is there a classic Christmas tale with an uplifting theme that many people might recognize or at least relate to? The Gift of the Magi became my first inspiration when writing Robyn: A Christmas Bride.

The Gift of the Magi (written by O. Henry and published in 1905) features the themes of selfless gift giving and how the gift of love is priceless. In that story, a husband and wife each sell their most valuable possession, but they are items that can be grown again (hair) or can be bought back again (a watch). I wondered what if the thing you valued most was sustaining a way of life that you’d struggled a long time to create and that now defined your entire self-worth? Could you give that up if it meant ensuring the happiness of a loved one? That might be the ultimate selfless gift to give.

My next thought was having a heroine who was a trouser-wearing tomboy who loved driving wagons in a time, 1877, when society wasn’t very accommodating about women’s appearances and occupations that strayed from the norm. So…what if my heroine decided she needed to do something drastic to win the heart of the man she loved? Changing yourself to please another person (even if they haven’t asked you to) might be considered another selfless gift. So…what is a classic transformation story? My Fair Lady and its heroine Eliza Doolittle were my next inspiration.

My Fair Lady (released in 1964 as a movie starring Audrey Hepburn) focuses on speech lessons, but Eliza’s transform also includes her appearance—her clothing, hair, the way she carries herself, and more. It’s a life-changing transformation that is difficult for Eliza and takes hard work and sacrifice—for her own good (a chance at better job prospects) but also, as time goes on, to please her instructors.

So…selfless giving and self-sacrifice. Ready. Set. Go. Write a Christmas story.

I hope you enjoy Robyn: A Christmas Bride as much as I enjoyed not only writing the story but also giving Robyn Llewellyn and Max Peregrine their hard-won and well-deserved Christmas gifts.

A STORY QUOTE FROM ~ ROBYN: A CHRISTMAS BRIDE

Here’s a teaser from Robyn: A Christmas Bride about gift giving and friendship because the man whose heart Robyn wishes to win is her best friend, Max.

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STORY INSPIRATION PAGES ~ FOR MY OTHER STORIES

If you missed reading the Inspiration Pages for my other stories, here are the links…

The Calling Birds | Between Heaven & Hell | Following Faith | Choosing Bravery | Between Love & Lies | Between Home & Heartbreak | Adella’s Enemy

When I next write to you on my blog, it will be to share that Robyn: A Christmas Bride has been released and is ready to read. So, stay tuned ❤ 

* UPDATE: Robyn: A Christmas Bride is now available on Amazon US | UK | CA | AUS *

Jacqui


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Meet Your Match this Christmas with “Robyn: A Christmas Bride”

For my December blog with the Cowboy Kisses group, I wrote about my upcoming Christmas release, a novel titled Robyn: A Christmas Bride. You can read the first part below or CLICK HERE to go directly to the Cowboy Kisses blog and read the entire post.

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In September, I wrote a blog for Cowboy Kisses called “Wild Women Stage Drivers of the West” and shared an excerpt from my story-in-progress because the heroine, Robyn Llewellyn, was a wagon driver.

And now Robyn: A Christmas Bride will release next week! So it’s time for lots of sharing – including Robyn’s book cover, story blurb (just finished it today so you are seeing it here first), an excerpt (featuring Robyn’s three big brothers who try to steal the show), and a teaser (featuring an absent-minded but lovable grandfather who is known for stealing everyone’s hearts)…

Read the rest of this Cowboy Kisses blog at https://cowboykisses.blogspot.com/2018/12/meet-your-match-this-christmas-with-robyn.html

* UPDATE: Robyn: A Christmas Bride is now available on Amazon US | UK | CA | AUS *

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