Getting Robyn Ready for Christmas #Summer #Writing #Christmas #Book

GettingRobynReadyForChristmasIt’s been over a month since I was in South Dakota. What’s been happening since?

Well, I’ve switched gears and dove into a Brides of Noelle story that Elisabeth Burke, Amanda McIntyre, and Danica Favorite helped me brainstorm while at the Wild Deadwood Reads event (early in June).

If you’ve read The Calling Birds, then you’ve heard about Jack Peregrine’s brother Max. This Christmas, Max will be returning to Noelle to meet his match in… Robyn: a Christmas Bride.

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Yes, I’m planning to have a heroine named Robyn so I can have a robin on the cover of my next story set in Noelle, Colorado. I think it could match the chickadee on the cover of Jack and Birdie’s story quite nicely.

What do you think? And who from Noelle would you like to see join Max and Robyn’s adventure?

Absentminded Grandpa Gus will, of course, be a big part of this new story. He’ll be making trouble and – if he has his way – I’m sure he’ll be stealing the show and my heart, again 

Writing takes time so my blogs might be extra short for the next few months! Trying to write like the wind – while trying not to lose my new South Dakota hat (which is actually from Devils Tower, Wyoming) 🤠

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Canada Memories: The Log Driver’s Waltz #CanadaDay #Music #History

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Last Friday while working at my parttime job at the bookstore (hey, an author needs other jobs if she wants to eat regularly), the usual question came up: what music should we play today?

Since Canada Day/July 1st was only a few days away, I thought of these two much-loved Canadian folk songs (and National Film Board animated short films) from my youth…

The Log Driver’s Waltz

  • PLOT: a Log Driver’s occupation (the transporting of felled timber by walking or running on logs as they float downriver) has the physical agility of a dancer.
  • WORD FUN: The word “birling” is often misheard as “whirling” or “twirling.” “Birl” is an old Scots verb meaning “to cause to revolve.” In modern English, it means “to cause a floating log to rotate by treading.” Today, birling is a competitive sport.
  • THE SONG: written by Wade Hemsworth, a Canadian folk singer and songwriter who also studied painting at the Ontario College of Art and spent World War II serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
  • THE FILM: made by animator/director John Weldon and the National Film Board (NFB) in 1979. Watch the NFB’s The Log Driver’s Waltz at www.nfb.ca/film/log_drivers_waltz
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The Log Driver’s Waltz

First Verse 

If you ask any girl from the parish around
What pleases her most from her head to her toes
She’ll say I’m not sure that it’s business of yours
But I do like to waltz with a log driver

Chorus

For he goes birling down and down white water
That’s where the log driver learns to step lightly
Yes, birling down and down white water
The log driver’s waltz pleases girls completely

Black Fly

  • PLOT: being tormented by black flies while working in Northern Ontario’s wilderness.
  • WORD FUN: “Ontario” is stretched to “On-terr-eye-oh-eye-oh.”
  • THE SONG: the original was written by Wade Hemsworth in 1949. The second version with a different tempo and accompanying vocals by Kate & Anna McGarrigle was made into an animated short film.
  • THE FILM: made by animator/director Christopher Hinton and the National Film Board in 1991 and was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 64th Academy Awards in 1992. Watch the NFB’s Blackfly at www.nfb.ca/film/blackfly
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Blackfly

First Verse

‘Twas early in the spring when I decided to go
To work up in the woods in North Ontario
And the unemployment office said they’d send me through
To the Little Abitibi with the survey crew

Chorus

And the black flies, the little black flies
Always the black fly no matter where you go
I’ll die with the black fly a-pickin’ my bones

In North Ontar-eye-o-eye-o, In North Ontar-eye-o

What’s your favorite Canadian Song?

Looking for something Canadian to listen to today? Try Heritage Minutes or Canada Vignettes or (warning – includes mild swearing!) the fun Canadian song The Last Saskatchewan Pirate by Captain Tractor,

Jacqui


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South Dakota Memories: Tatanka, Story of the Bison #WildWest #Travel

What does Tatanka mean?

Tatanka is the Lakota word for “Big Beast.” For the Northern Plains People, the big beast (or bison) meant life in the form of food, clothing, housing, tools, and much more.

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What is Tatanka, the Story of the Bison?

Tatanka is an educational center that I had the privilege of visiting during my trip to South Dakota. It’s a storyteller’s dream founded and owned by storyteller, Kevin Costner (lead actor, director, and producer of an epic movie filmed in South Dakota — Dances with Wolvesthe story of a Union Army lieutenant and his friendship with the Lakota).

Tatanka’s centerpiece is a group of bronze sculptures depicting a story: fourteen bison pursued by three Native American hunters on horseback.

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You can watch this video to learn why and how Kevin Costner created Tatanka, the Story of the Bison.

I’d love to make a return visit. I feel the same about many places in South Dakota. Until I return, I have the memories, my Wyoming hat, and the Deadwood story I wrote about Raven, a Lakota woman who loves only her family and her Appaloosa horse until (in the summer of 1876) she meets a man named Charlie Jennings.

You can read Rescuing Raven’s excerpt on my website or (for all of 2018) read the entire story only in the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology (featuring 17 stories set in Deadwood, with all proceeds going to the Western Sports Foundation).

Want to hear more about my South Dakota trip? CLICK HERE

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Photo Fun on My South Dakota Adventure! #Deadwood #WildDeadwoodTales

I’ve recovered from my long flight home from South Dakota and from being on vacation with lovely people who adore books and history and horses – oh, wait, I’ll never stop missing being near those people! Sending a big THANK YOU to everyone who made my trip absolutely fabulous.

And now for some photos…to prove I was actually there because bucket-list trips often feel like a dream.

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Elisabeth Burke, me, and the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology

Every day (at the 2018 Wild Deadwood Reads event & during a road trip to see the sights) I had great fun hanging out with amazing author and friend Elisabeth Burke. We met while finalists in the 2010 RWA® Golden Heart® award, and I’ve now had the honor of joining Elisabeth in three multi-author writing projects: Passion Prize, the 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides, and this year’s Wild Deadwood Tales anthology

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Me (and the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology) at Wall Drug

“We must find the big bunny with the antlers,” I told Elisabeth. Wall Drug Store (located in the small town of Wall near Rapid City) had many interesting things to see, but after seeing other people’s photos of the Giant Jackalope, I had to have my picture taken with him…or her?

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Me (and the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology) at Mount Rushmore

When thinking about sights to see in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore was the first that came to mind. Alfred Hitchcock and his movie North by Northwest are responsible for this!

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Me riding the trail on Andy’s Trail Rides

I haven’t ridden more than a handful of times since I was a kid growing up on a farm in northern Alberta – so I was thrilled to have the chance to ride in the hills outside Deadwood. Sorry, no posing with the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology in my hand. I had to concentrate on riding 😊

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Fellow Wild Deadwood Tales author Teresa Keefer, our trail guides, and me.

It was a hot day but the riding was fabulous and so were our trail guides, Jill and McKenzie. Two very talented horsewomen who agreed to pose for a picture with Teresa Keefer and me and a copy of the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology. If you’re near Deadwood, I highly recommend booking a ride with Andy’s Trail Rides.

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Me and fellow Wild Deadwood Tales authors Angi Morgan, Lizbeth Selvig & Amanda McIntyre

At the Deadwood Rodeo, we dressed up to support the Western Sports Foundation with t-shirts, buttons and of course our cowgirl hats! Angi Morgan and Lizbeth Selvig are also fellow 2010 Golden Heart award finalists, and Amanda McIntyre is my 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides and Brides of Noelle series writing buddy.

I didn’t complete my mission to find the perfect pair of cowboy boots, but I did find the perfect hat at the Devils Tower gift shop in the northeast corner of Wyoming. It helped me look the part of a Western author 🤠

To read about Tatanka, the Story of the Bison (another South Dakota gem) CLICK HERE

Got a favorite place to visit? I’d love to hear about it! Hope you’ll share your must-see, bucket-list, dream vacations spots.

Jacqui

 


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My South Dakota Adventure has Begun! #Deadwood #WildDeadwoodTales #WildDeadwoodReads

It’s my first morning in South Dakota. I love going places I’ve never been before. Finally, I’m going to see…

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore – carved from 1927 to 1941 in the hopes of promoting tourism in South Dakota. Hey, it worked! I’ve always wanted to go to South Dakota because of Mount Rushmore and also because of…

South Dakota Badlands

South Dakota Badlands

The Badlands. They’re beautiful. I’ve got my hiking shoes. I’m ready to see their badness and this bad boy too…

Bison

Bison

Okay, I’ve seen bison before. I did grow up in Alberta, after all. But it’s been a while and these beautiful creatures are always an inspiring sight.

Deadwood

Deadwood

Built when gold was discovered in 1875, Deadwood was named after the dead trees in the gulch where the miners and merchants formed a town where Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Seth Bullock, and many others found fame. Others like…

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Al Swearengen (played by Ian McShane in the Deadwood TV series)

I’d be terrified if I saw evil Al Swearengen and starstruck if I saw fabulous Ian McShane. Neither would be good for my heart. I’ll be much better off seeing…

Horses

Horses!

There are wild horses in the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, but I’ll be joining a tame trail ride just outside Deadwood and probably won’t be going at a gallop. It’s been years since I rode a horse, and I want to be in one piece for…

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Wild Deadwood Reads 🤠 a Legendary Book Event

For the Wild Deadwood Reads event, I’ll be at the author/reader meet-and-greet on Thursday (June 7th, 7-9 pm), the big book signing on Saturday (June 9th, 10 am – 2 pm). and the Wild Deadwood Tales book table at the PBR rodeo on Saturday evening. Saturday evening (when I’m not at the WDT book table) I’ll also be having fun at the Behind the Chutes rodeo add-on event,

And in-between all of the above I’ll be wandering around town seeing the sights (Mount Moriah Cemetery, Bullock Hotel, and more) and shopping for cowboy boots.

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My Cowboy Boot Quest

I’m keen to make a pair of bright-colored boots my South Dakota holiday keepsake. Blue, turquoise…maybe even red! Finding the perfect pair is going to be its own adventure. I’ve been told Deadwood’s Pink Door Boutique has a great selection.

If you’re in Deadwood June 7-9, I’d love to meet you. If you see me, I hope you’ll say “hello.” If I’m across the street when you see me, feel free to yell, “Hello, Jacqui! Have you found your cowboy boots?” 😀❤

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Revealing RESCUING RAVEN’s Word Cloud #Deadwood #WildDeadwoodTales

RR-WordCloud-BkgBlackWhat’s a Word Cloud? It’s a picture of words with each word’s size representing how often the word is found in a source of text – such as my short story, RESCUING RAVEN, that released May 1st in the WILD DEADWOOD TALES anthology. It’s also a fun way to show what happens when Raven and Charlie meet in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876!

How did I create Rescuing Raven’s Word Cloud picture?

HELLO WORDLE! 

Wordle is a free online program that (in the words of Wordle‘s creator, Jonathan Feinberg) “is a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

Note: at the time of posting this blog, Wordle required Java and said it would run on Internet Explorer or Safari on Mac (but not in a Chrome browser).

Want to find out more about RESCUING RAVEN & the WILD DEADWOOD TALES?

  • Read Rescuing Raven’s opening scene on my website
  • Visit Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876 – the setting of Rescuing Raven
  • Meet real-life villain Al Swearengen & see how he challenged not Raven and Charlie but everyone in Deadwood
  • Meet the 17 authors who donated stories to the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology
  • Check out the 2018 Wild Deadwood Reads event where Rescuing Raven & the Wild Deadwood Tales anthology will be featured at the Book Signing & PBR rodeo

Purchase your copy of Wild Deadwood Tales. Proceeds go to Western Sports Foundation

Want to see the Word Cloud pictures for my books below? Or read an article revealing how the words men & women use to write about love are different? CLICK HERE

 

What’s your favorite word? I’d love to hear it! Please post a comment below ❤

Jacqui


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The Good, the Bad and the Villainous in Deadwood #WildDeadwoodTales #Inspiration

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in Deadwood

Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in the Deadwood TV series

For my newest release, RESCUING RAVEN (part of the WILD DEADWOOD TALES anthology), I had great fun including real-life villain Al Swearengen in my story. For me, Swearengen is the ultimate bad guy. He’s smart and determined. He hasn’t had an easy life. He’s keen to make a better life – for himself. He’ll go to any lengths to do that. His actions create high stakes conflict in the lives of everyone around him.

When portrayed by Ian McShane in the Deadwood TV series, Swearengen is also charismatic and amazingly likable on more than a few occasions. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. He’s more than bad. He’s complicated.

Who was the real-life Al Swearengen?

  • Ellis Albert “Al” Swearengen was born in 1845 in Oskaloosa, Iowa Territory. He and his twin brother were the eldest two of eight children.
  • He arrived in Deadwood in May 1876 with his wife, Nettie, who later divorced him on the grounds of spousal abuse. Swearengen married two more times. Those marriages also ended in divorce.
  • He lured women to Deadwood where he coerced them into working in his brothel. Calamity Jane was one of his first dancers at the Gem.
  • His talent for making alliances and financial payoffs kept him clear of even the most dedicated townsfolks’ efforts to clean up Deadwood. This included Seth Bullock, the town’s first sheriff.
  • In Deadwood, he started out with a narrow, canvas-and-lumber saloon known as the Cricket, which featured gambling and prizefights.
  • Shortly after, he opened a larger two-story saloon known as the Gem Theater, which was promoted as a legitimate theater but was really a dance hall and brothel. The Gem earned an average of $5,000 daily (equivalent to $124,000 today).

Sadly I can find no pictures of Al Swearengen or his Cricket Saloon (where my hero and heroine, Charlie and Raven, become involved in one of Swearengen’s prizefights), but here is a photograph of the Gem Theater…

The Gem Theater, Deadwood, circa 1878

The Gem Theater, Deadwood, circa 1878

You can read the opening scene of RESCUING RAVEN on my excerpt page, but if you want to see Al Swearengen in action that comes later. Here’s a snippet…

RESCUING RAVEN’s Al Swearengen Excerpt

The Cricket’s narrow width and long length delayed Charlie’s progress. It’d slow his departure as well. Keeping patrons inside might be one reason for the saloon’s unusual dimensions. Another was making the most of prime property on a bustling main street until the owner earned enough to expand.

Al Swearengen never stopped concocting new ways to make money. After many refusals, Charlie had finally agreed to one of Swearengen’s schemes to draw a crowd. A huge one. Men even filled the fighting ring.

Swearengen stood by its far left corner with his haggard-faced wife behind him. Too many days with Swearengen had bruised whatever beauty Nettie once had.

“Heaven be praised,” Swearengen shouted above the throng’s chatter. “Step back! Clear the ring!” He thrust his arm toward Charlie. “We need no longer fear Deadwood’s challenger won’t show.”

~ * ~

I can’t wait to visit Deadwood and walk in the footsteps of Al Swearengen and all of the people who shaped such a legendary Wild West town.

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1876 Deadwood

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Modern-day Deadwood

If you’re in Deadwood, South Dakota, June 7 to 9, I’d love to meet you!

I’m attending the 2018 Wild Deadwood Reads author-reader event which features a Thursday evening author meet & greet, and a Saturday morning/afternoon breakfast & book signing. You can find all of the details on the WDR’s event page.

Can’t make it to Deadwood? 

Read the WILD DEADWOOD TALES anthology and visit Deadwood in the pages of 17 unique stories, including RESCUING RAVEN. All proceeds benefit the Western Sports Foundation.

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Can Flowers Feed our Souls and Bodies? #Nature #History #Inspiration

SpringFlowersAutumnFoodFlowers are inspiring! Seeing the return of the wild Camas & Bluebells blooming in my nearest park (Beacon Hill in Victoria, British Columbia) always revives my spirits and reminds me of this historical tidbit: Native Americans or First Nations used the Camas bulb as a food source.

I’d never looked into that historical tidbit, but my story-in-progress, HEALING HOPE, finally gave me the nudge to do so. Thinking about herbal remedies (made by my Old West doctor heroine, Henrietta Hope) made me ask, just for fun…

What plants could be harvested from the wilderness? And when and how? 

Camas and bluebell field

First, be careful!

The white-flowered Meadow Death-Camas (gotta love the name) is TOXIC and (just to make life trickier than it need be) it often grows in the same areas as the edible Camas. Plus the bulbs are apparently difficult to distinguish.

Now back to the tasty, I’m-not-going-to-kill you Camas…

Camas Flowers

  • The bulbs are said to taste like a baked sweet potato but sweeter! And they are part of the asparagus family.
  • When to harvest? In the autumn, once the flowers have withered.
  • How to cook? Pit-roast or boil the bulbs.
  • Where to find? In southern Canada and the northwestern United States, from British Columbia and Alberta to California and east from Washington state to Montana and Wyoming.
  • Who ate them? The Nez Perce, Cree, Coast Salish, Lummi, and Blackfoot. They also contributed to the survival of members of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • Other names? Quamash, camash, and wild hyacinth.

And what about those Bluebells that I see growing with the Camas?

Spanish Bluebells

  • Be careful here as well! Bluebell bulbs are said to be POISONOUS in their “fresh state” – as opposed to their dried state, I guess.
  • The ones I’m seeing are Spanish (not British) Bluebells and they are not only blue/purple but also pink and white.
  • How to use them? The juice (in all parts of the plant) was used as a substitute for starch (when and where stiff collars and other stiff clothing were in fashion). The sticky quality also made it good for bookbinders’ gum and setting feathers in arrows. Tennyson spoke of Bluebell juice being used to cure snake-bite.
  • Other names? Darn it – they’re sometimes called wild hyacinth, as well! So be careful when/if someone tells you – it’s all right to eat the wild hyacinth.

Yes, harvesting wildflowers sounds like a tricky business and best left to the adventurous or those who know exactly what they’re doing.

How adventurous are you? What wild food have you eaten? 

As a kid, I remember picking mostly wild berries and fruit: wild strawberries (so tiny!), saskatoons, redcurrants, rosehips, and (if my memory is correct) something called a pin cherry (that also sounds tiny and a lot of effort to pick).

Jacqui


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WILD DEADWOOD TALES releases tomorrow! What Inspired 17 Stories Set in Deadwood? #WildDeadwoodTales

WDT-FBSize-BkgBears-WritersHeartDeadwoodI was going to write here about Flowers & Food, but wait! Tomorrow (May 1st) is release day for the WILD DEADWOOD TALES anthology, an inspiring multi-author anthology with 17 new stories set in Deadwood—and with all proceeds going to the Western Sports Foundation.

What inspired these 17 brand new, never-published-before stories? The town of Deadwood, South Dakota, and the Wild Deadwood Reads author-reader event. But there’s more. Read on for the inspiration for each Deadwood story…

Angi Morgan: Maverick Seduction

MaverickSeduction-MorganQuote_01Sean Maverick is on a charity auction block until a beautiful woman from his past buys him for the night. Em Stone believed in love at first sight even if she had to lasso and knock Sean off his feet.

What was the inspiration for your story?
I was intrigued by the idea of what happened to a cowboy when he could no longer be a cowboy.
What genre(s) do you usually write?
Romantic suspense & Romantic Comedy with a touch of suspense and dab of supernatural
You’ve been granted a superpower for one week. What would you choose and why?
speedster — I love the idea of being able to get everything done and maybe get ahead with housework.
Tell us three surprising things about yourself.
I was a Boy Scout Leader Trainer. I was the youngest advertising intern at the Dallas Morning News. And I sang backup for Music majors final projects in college.

Nancy Naigle: Timing is Everything

TimingIsEverything-NaigleBlurbKendra is fine with being a bridesmaid. She hung up her wedding hopes and dreams eight years ago when her cowboy chose the rodeo over her. But when they cross paths in Deadwood, the timing just might be right for reconciliation.

What was the inspiration for your story?
A gorgeous pair of western boots–pretty enough to get married in. And who doesn’t love a reunion romance?
What genre(s) do you usually write?
Small town romance and women’s fiction
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Trail riding with good friends on my Palomino named Tooter.
What’s your favorite western, cowboy, or horse movie?
It’s hard to pick a favorite but I’ll say Tombstone, and I love Sam Elliott in that movie. I even named a husky-voiced moustached man Virgil after his character in Tombstone in my upcoming Christmas novel, Dear Santa.

Paty Jager: Saving Dallie

SavingDallie-JagerQuote_01When a miner tosses his daughter into the pot at a poker game and the winner is a brothel owner, Beau Gentry is determined to keep the young woman out of the man’s hands.

What was the inspiration for your story?
My short story is connected to my Silver Dollar Saloon series. To showcase the main characters in my series, I had to put a woman in peril and have the Beau Gentry the owner of the saloon save her. I set the story in the Gem Theater, known to be one of the worst brothels in Deadwood.
What genre(s) do you usually write?
Historical & Contemporary western romance and Murder Mystery
What’s your favorite thing to snack on while writing?
My favorite thing to snack on while writing is Dove dark chocolate.
Tell us three surprising things about yourself.
I have driven in a Powder Puff demolition derby, skinny dipped, and have been bucked off a horse three times in my life.

Ginger Ring: Best Results

BestResults-RingQuote_01Orphaned at a young age, both Adam and River yearn to find a living relative from either of their families. After finally deciding to put down roots in Deadwood, a simple DNA test brings a result that is more than they expected.

What was the inspiration for your story?
A couple years ago my cousins found out they had siblings that they never know about. They found each other through one of those DNA sites.
What genre(s) do you usually write?
Historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense, mafia
Tell us three surprising things about yourself.
I’m very shy, I grew up on a dairy farm, I didn’t get married until I was 40.
What’s your favorite western, cowboy, or horse movie?
I love them all Longmire, Pale Rider, Tombstone. If it’s a western I watch it.

Lizbeth Selvig: Gotta Have Faith

GottaHaveFaith-SelvigQuote_01Faith “Bunny” Redmond forms an extreme plan at the Deadwood rodeo to convince a champion bull rider that women can excel at the dangerous sport. If she wins his respect, she might also win his love.

What was the inspiration for your story?
I read about a woman named Maggie Parker who is currently the only professional female bull rider on the pro circuit. I was inspired by her story and her courage even though I’d never ever have enough courage to climb on a bull.
What genre(s) do you usually write?
I write sexy-sweet contemporary romance.
Tell us three surprising things about yourself.
I can speak German
I hiked 200 miles across England in 16 days, and 100 miles across Scotland in 8 days.
I met the love of my life when I was 15 years old. I married him when I was barely 19 and we’ve beaten the odds by being together over 40 years!
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Go back to Scotland and do book research as well as hike. Take my husband to Australia. Take my grandchildren on an African safari.

Jacqui Nelson: Rescuing Raven

Rescuing Raven by Jacqui Nelson - ExcerptRaven 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.

What was the inspiration for your story?
Appaloosa horses and the history of Deadwood and the Dakota Territory in 1876, including the gold rush, General Crook’s Horsemeat March, the Battle of Slim Buttes, Al Swearengen’s Cricket Saloon (that he owned before the Gem Theater) and Al’s relationship with his first wife Nettie and saloon girl, Kitty Austen.
What genre(s) do you usually write?
Western historical romance
What’s your favorite western, cowboy, or horse movie?
I love Dances with Wolves and For a Few Dollars More but my Western love-list is long and also includes: Quigley Down Under, The Magnificent Seven (the first one), The Outlaw Josey Wales, Jane Got a Gun, Hidalgo, Django Unchained, and more.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
Travel all around South Dakota, safari in Kenya and Tanzania, and live in the country with a pair of corgi dogs.

Read more WILD DEADWOOD TALES story inspiration from E.E. Burke, A.C. Wilson, Amanda McIntyre, Tina Susedik, Sylvia McDaniel, and Terri Osburn at Get Lost in a Story.

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All proceeds go to the Western Sports Foundation which provides critical assistance to athletes competing in Western lifestyle sports. Whether they need help recuperating from an injury or planning for the future, WSF is there.

Hope you enjoy reading the WILD DEADWOOD TALES anthology as much as we enjoyed writing each of our stories ❤

Jacqui


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How Doctors from Canada, USA, and Australia Inspired my New Heroine #History #Inspiration #Deadwood

Who were Jennie Trout, Susan La Flesche, and Constance Stone? They were three women born in different countries who all struggled to achieve careers in medicine in the 19th century. Lucky for their patients (and for future generations) they found the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) where they studied to be doctors and leaders achieving historic firsts in Canada, the United States, and Austrailia.

And lucky for me, they are also providing inspiration for my doctor heroine in my story-in-progress HEALING HOPE (set in Deadwood 1877).

Dr. Jennie Kidd Gowanlock Trout – First licensed female physician in Canada

Jennie_Kidd_TroutBorn: April 21, 1841, in Kelso, Scotland. Her family moved to Ontario, Canada when she was six.

WMCP graduation year: 1875

After Jennie’s marriage in 1865 to Toronto publisher, Edward Trout, she decided to become a doctor. Her own chronic illnesses provided her motivation.

In 1871, she was admitted by special arrangement to the University of Toronto’s School of Medicine but (because of the school’s demeaning treatment of her and another female classmate) she transferred to the WMCP where she earned her M.D. in 1875.

That same year, after passing the Ontario registration exam, she became the first woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.

In 1883, after male students forced women out of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Jennie helped endow the Women’s Medical College at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.


Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte – First licensed Native American female physician

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Born: June 17, 1865, on the Omaha Reservation, United States.

WMCP graduation year: 1889

As a child, Susan saw a native woman die due to a white doctor refusing treatment, which may have motivated Susan to pursue medicine. Also, women were often healers in Omaha society.

Her father was of Ponca and French Canadian ancestry. Her mother was the daughter of an Army surgeon and a woman of mixed Omaha-Oto-Iowa heritage.

The Connecticut Indian Association sponsored Susan’s WMCP expenses and her housing, making her the first person to receive federal aid for professional education in the United States. They requested that she remain single during her schooling and for several years after her graduation, in order to focus on her practice.

In 1889, Susan returned to the Omaha reservation to become the physician for the government boarding school and the rest of the community. She often had 20-hour workdays and was responsible for over 1,200 people.


Dr. Emma Constance Stone – First licensed female physician in Australia 

ConstanceStone-FromAustralia-stampBorn: December 4, 1856, in Hobart, Tasmania.

WMCP Graduation year: Constance left Australia to study at the WMCP and then Toronto’s University of Trinity College where she was awarded her M.D. in 1888.

She then traveled to England where she worked at London’s New Hospital for Women and qualified for a degree at the Society of Apothecaries.

In 1890, she returned home and became the first licensed female physician in Australia. She and her sister, Clara (one of two women who graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1891) went into private practice together. 

In 1896, Constance led eleven female doctors to create the Victoria Hospital for Women and Children (later called Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Hospital) operated “by women, for women” for the benefit of poor women uncomfortable with male doctors.


Dr. Henrietta Hope – Who is she? 

She’s the heroine of my story-in-progress HEALING HOPE. A story that happens a year after my Deadwood story RESCUING RAVEN (which releases May 1st) and…

  • Henrietta is a graduate of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (which you can read more about on my blog: a frontier doctor’s early education). 
  • She has an appreciation of modern medicine, an affinity for herbal remedies, and a desire to help any patient in need.
  • She’s practiced medicine for a decade while traveling with the Dakota tribes.
  • Then in 1877, a tragic accident brings her to Deadwood, a lawless town where female doctors aren’t respected. There doesn’t appear to be a lot of hope for her future…until William Jennings (the overprotective shotgun messenger who guards the Deadwood Stage) challenges Henrietta to join him in a new life.

What parts of a frontier doctor’s life would you find the most challenging?

For me, the biggest challenge might be being the only doctor in town. Or if there were other doctors in town, trying to figure out how to change their unwillingness to collaborate and share their camaraderie and knowledge. Hardships always seem easier to tackle when we’re not alone.

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