Saturday, August 20, 2016

#mailorderbride I HEARD THE BRIDES ON CHRISTMAS DAY #newrelease #western #romance #HeartsOfOwyhee

New Release!
by Jacquie Rogers


As part of the Prairie Rose Publications Third Birthday Bash, they've released a bunch of new novellas, including I Heard the Brides on Christmas Day. You can win your choice of two of these new releases at the Prairie Rose Publications blog.

About the story:
The Murdock brothers have a fine ranch in Owyhee County, Idaho. The only things missing are wives and kids, so Hec orders a couple of brides for Christmas. The catch is, woman-shy Zeke doesn't know about it. Dinah and Stella have a plan— If the grooms don’t work out, they’ll start a restaurant. Farm chores are hard enough, but a peckish chicken and a raging blizzard don’t help matters. Can Hec and Zeke capture their hearts?

How it came about:
I love Christmas stories all year around. Christmas and romance go together so well, because it's the season for giving, sharing, and loving.

So what would the ultimate gift be that a man could give his brother? Lifelong happiness with the woman of his dreams. That's how I came up with the idea that Hec Murdock could order Christmas brides for himself and his brother.

And what happens when two city women end up in remote Owyhee County in Idaho Territory? What if they had to do farm chores? They'd have no idea how to go about it. Well, Dinah and Stella are in that boat, but if nothing else, they're determined to make a life for themselves in the West, whether it's with the Murdock brothers or on their own.

I grew up on a farm so I actually have done all these chores, but many readers have asked how to go about them, so here it is right here in this novella. I had a lot of fun thinking of things that could go wrong.

Hearts of Owyhee series
All the Hearts of Owyhee novels and novellas are set in Owyhee County, Idaho Territory. "Owyhee" is the original anglicized spelling of Hawaii, and the area was named after some fur trappers from the Sandwich Islands were lost there in 1819.

Hearts of Owyhee Novels




Hearts of Owyhee Novellas



Monday, March 7, 2016

Mercy: Bride of Idaho #mailorderbride #pioneerhearts #western



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by Jacquie Rogers
American Mail-Order Brides series #43


This series is unprecedented! 50 States, 50 Brides--yep, 50 Books written by 45 Authors, and released one book each day starting November 19th. Well, the wait is over because Mercy is finally here. All the books, including this one are on the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program so if you're subscribed, you can read the entire series for FREE. (The first four Hearts of Owyhee books are also available in KU.)

Also free to everyone is the Prequel by Kirsten Osbourne, so be sure to pick that up.

I was in Deadwood, SD, when Caroline Clemmons called me and told me I was going to write this book. Yes, that's what friends are for. Ha! I thought it was a crazy idea but if Caroline thought it was a good deal, I was in. The concept came from the awesome (and zany) Kirsten Osbourne, and I thought this series was wild enough that it just might work.

It has!!!  So far, American Mail-Order Brides has been a fabulous success and I hope Mercy: Bride of Idaho carries banner, too. Mercy Eaton is the younger sister of Caroline's heroine in Patience: Bride of Washington (American Mail-Order Brides #42), so if you haven't read that book, you'll definitely want to get it.
Mercy: Bride of Idaho 
One woman bent on saving her family.
One rancher determined to save his own heart.
Is her love enough to save them all?

So what was happening in 1890?  I really didn't know since all my books have been earlier than that so I'd never researched that decade.  Here are a few tidbits that I included in this book--some from that time and some from earlier.


Mercy is a seamstress but it seemed only likely that she'd be making her own hats.  


I knew that Elias Howe had invented the modern sewing machine but I didn't know that Isaac Singer had been court-ordered to pay royalties to him.


Mercy is a city girl from Lawrence, Massachusetts.  Coming to Owyhee County would have been quite a culture shock, both in climate and population.

Mercy: Bride of Idaho is connected to the Hearts of Owyhee series even though it takes place much later, because Jake O'Keefe, the heroine in Much Ado About Mavericks (Hearts of Owyhee #4) is the mentor to the hero.  And his ears are still ringing.

I hope you had a wonderful 2015 and a healthy, happy, and prosperous 2016!






Saturday, February 20, 2016

#CoverReveal Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch (Honey Beaulieu-Man Hunter) #western



Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch
(Honey Beaulieu - Man Hunter)
by Jacquie Rogers


Announcing the cover for Honey's release on March 12, 2016!  This series has been percolating in my brain for a long, long time.  The original idea file's date stamp is August 16, 1998.  That snippet didn't even end up in this book--it'll be in the next book.  Honey has undergone a name change, but her character has remained the same.  Bits of her has gone into other heroines over the years, but Honey is Honey.  Ain't nothin' sweeter.

So why did this take so long to get written?  Because it's a genre blend, and utterly unmarketable to the large publishers in 1998.  So I traveled a more tried-and-true route.  Now, it's time for a bit of Honey.  You might say this is a mash-up of Gunsmoke, Sex in the City, and Caspar the Friendly Ghost.  I hope you enjoy her.
She's Gritty! 
She's Funny! 
She's Honey Beaulieu!


She's bold
Honey Beaulieu grew up in her mama's whorehouse, the Tasty Chicken, which serves up the finest food, whiskey, and women in Wyoming Territory, but Honey takes after her crack shot Pa--and she doesn't back down from anyone or any thing.

She's brash
Determined not to make her living on her back, Honey does her best to keep the peace in Fry Pan Gulch, but a deputy’s salary won't buy her a home. Once she's adopted by a donkey and then a pickle-eating mule, she sets out to collect a bounty on one of the town's annoyances.

She's got brass
The owlhoot leads her on a dangerous chase.  Can Honey persevere despite a wise-cracking ghost who manages to disappear when she needs him, and a handsome U.S. deputy marshal who doesn’t seem at all put off that she’s so scrawny?

Don’t miss this rollicking ride into the Old West—order your copy of Hot Work in Fry Pan Gulch today!

There ain't nothin' sweeter than Honey.

Other books by Jacquie Rogers

Romance
Hearts of Owyhee series
  Much Ado About Madams
  Much Ado About Marshals
  Much Ado About Miners
  Much Ado About Mavericks
  Much Ado About Mustangs
Mercy: Bride of Idaho
Mail Order Tangle (with Caroline Clemmons)
Sleight of Heart

Western
Muleskinners series

Fantasy Western
Have Wand Will Travel
Willow, Wish For Me

And several more single reads to be reissued!

Friday, February 5, 2016

#NewRelease HAVE WAND - WILL TRAVEL #western #fantasy #romance #99cents

New Release!

Have Wand - Will Travel

What happens when you mash up Have Gun - Will Travel, Narnia, and The Princess Bride?  You get an awesome single read...

“A fun-filled western adventure full of bullets, magic, and laughs!”
—Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Award-winning Deadwood Mystery Series
                             

When her grandfather is ensorcelled and Beavers of Extraordinary Size threaten the ranch, Nora resorts to hiring a mage, Tremaine Ramsey. But are they playing into the evil Gharth’s hands? Can the magic of love prevail? 
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Rancher Nora Castle can deal with the fire darts and the damage caused by the Beavers of Extraordinary Size, but when her grandfather is ensorcelled, she knows this is a job that requires more than her warrior training. At her mentor’s urging, she sends for his old friend, Tremaine Ramsey. But when the tall mage, dressed in all black, arrives at the ranch, she has a hard time keeping her mind on her business. Can such a handsome man lift the spell without enchanting her heart? 

Tremaine Ramsey, gunman for hire, answers a distress call from a woman rancher in the Sawtooth Mountains, but soon realizes she needs more than his gun—she needs a mage. He’s drawn to her beauty and her spirit, but his powerful father had been defeated by a seductress, so Tremaine has sworn off women. Can he uphold his vow of chastity long enough to defeat the evil sorcerer? Or will the magic of love prevail? 
         
"Jacquie Rogers' Have Wand - Will Travel delivers a spirited, non-stop adventure with a cast of unforgettable characters—Tremaine, a handsome magician turned hired gun, cursed by a vow of chastity … Nora Castle, a buxom, shapely-figured warrior worried about her ailing grandfather … and Abraxus, a rambunctious stallion-turned-centaur-turned unicorn armed with a crossbow. Together, this unlikely trio battle giant beavers, an army of menacing griffins, and huge centipedes on a treacherous mission to confront the lethal and evil sorcerer Gharth and rescue a jeweled casket."
Tom Rizzo, author of Last Stand at Bitter Creek

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

#Christmas story! HOW THE TEXAN STOLE CHRISTMAS by @JacquieRogers #historicalromance



by Jacquie Rogers

How did folks celebrate Christmas in the Old West?  How about the single gals?  What did they do?

The best way to find out (and fun, too!) is to read newspapers that cover the time and place of my stories.  When I was researching for my Hearts of Owyhee series, I ran across this item from the December 21, 1872 issue of The Owyhee Avalanche (the oldest newspaper in Idaho, still operating out of my hometown, Homedale, Idaho):

THE CHRISTMAS TREE. The Christmas Tree Festival will be held in Jones & Bonney’s Hall. We will stake in addition to what was said in our last issue, that the Brass Band, composed at present of Messrs. Charles Leonard, Joe Gross, Benj. Davis, Rufus King, Ferd. W. Frost and E. Douglas, will perform some of their best pieces, which will add greatly to the pleasure of the occasion.

The singing, accompanied by the organ, will be done principally by young girls who have learned all the music they know in Silver City, and who by virtue of talent, industry and a good teaching have acquired, in our judgment, wonderful proficiency in the beautiful art over which the Muses preside. They are our little folks, and not imported singers, which will make it all the more interesting; that they will do their part in first-class style for their ages, we have not the least doubt, in fact, we know they will.

The tree will be a prolific one no doubt. The Argosy of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, & Co. arrived at the port of San Francisco four days ago, as we are informed per telegram, and a large cargo of its merchandise is on its way up here, and will not fail to arrive in time. ~~

I could just see the hustle and bustle of Silver City.  
Brass bands were wildly popular all over the West then.  Yes, they decorated and put up Christmas trees.  They had dances and concerts.  And Santa was on his way!

So why not have a Secret Christmas Angel event for all the single men and women in town?  Seems like something they'd do.  And that's what How the Texan Stole Christmas (a Hearts of Owyhee single read) is all about.  Here's the blurb:

Winnifred Spangler has thrown herself into community work to ward off the pangs of her lonely heart. Fairview, Idaho Territory, is snowed in—and cabin fever has set in with a vengeance. Winnie organizes a gift exchange for the town’s single young adults. Her hope is that a few of them will find the loves of their lives.

Judd Shaw, a Texas cowhand, hates the ice and cold. As soon as the roads are passable, he’s headed back to Texas. But thanks to his childhood friend, he’s caught up in the Secret Christmas Angel game, and the name he draws is the prettiest widow in all of Idaho—Winnie.

Can Winnie’s smile melt his hardened Texas heart?

How the Texan Stole Christmas
a Hearts of Owyhee single read

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Monday, September 14, 2015

#NewRelease LIBERATED by Laura Miller #wwii @Laura1955Miller



About 
This book is a biography of a woman I have loved and admired for the whole of my life.

In December 1944 a German family of seven were captured and convicted of war crimes for harbouring Jews.

I have known this story for most of my life. In the twilight of her years, this lady has decided that it is time for her story to be told, so it will be recorded for future generations.

The woman and her sister were interned in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp until Liberation on 13 April 1945.

This is a true account of her experience.

Excerpt
Hanover, Lower Saxony
Germany 1939

The house looked the same as every other dwelling in the street. Two story, attached, weathered stone. There were three bedrooms and a bathroom with indoor plumbing upstairs. An attic, where family treasures were hidden, could only be accessed through a removable panel in the ceiling of the main bedroom closet. Downstairs was a small but adequate dine in kitchen, a sitting room and a storeroom. Inside the storeroom was a staircase which led down to a basement.

The house sat opposite the banks of the Leine River. It was home to Inga Albine and her family. She had one older sister, two older brothers and one younger brother. They loved summer when they could swim and play in the water.

Inga’s father, Adaulfo, was a well-known and successful Banker. An unusual occupation for an Aryan as most Bankers were Jewish.

Inga’s mother, Alisz, was a talented seamstress but with her husband being more than capable of providing for the family, sewing was a hobby rather than a chore. Although sewing gave her a great deal of joy, her first love was her family. She adored being with her children.

Being only children, both Alisz and Adaulfo had always dreamed of having a large family. Their dream had come true. They had five healthy children, blonde haired, blue eyed. Perfect Aryans in Adolf Hitler’s eyes. Klaus, 18, Manfred 17, Elke 15, Inga 13 and Oskar 8. The girls and Oskar attended private school while the two older boys studied Engineering. They all played the violin and with the exception of Oskar, they played very well. Neighbours often praised Adaulfo and Alisz on how polite and well-mannered all five children were.

The family were prominent in the local community. They never hesitated to help people who were less fortunate than themselves.

That was to be their downfall…..

Genre
Non-Fiction, Historical, True Life

Cover Design
Cover by Charlene Raddon of Cover-Ops

About the Author
Laura is a middle aged lady who was born in England. She has a compassionate nature, a great sense of humor and is a loyal friend. She also has an insatiable love of history.

Growing up, Laura would spend hours with a member of her family who she loved dearly. Over the years she was told the story of how this amazing lady had suffered at the hands of the Gestapo and German SS.

Laura had always had a strong desire to write. She felt a responsibility to record the story as a part of her family history.
Liberated
by Laura Miller


Thursday, August 27, 2015

#NewRelease! Don't Go Snaring My Heart #western #romance


Brand New Release!
Don't Go Snaring My Heart
A Hearts of Owyhee Single Read

"Jacquie Rogers writes a trademark tale, one that we have come to identify with her. A great romp of fun and hilarity..." Rising Star Reviews

Don't Go Snaring My Heart was originally published in Lassoing a Groom (Prairie Rose Publications).  Our only guidelines were wordcount and the title.  This is what happens when your publisher tells you to go to it--whatever you want.  Ha!

You should know right off the bat that Dex's men love Betsy because she makes awesome cheese pie. We call it cheesecake. She used goat cheese that she made herself. I'm not quite that industrious. Or inventive. Here's a recipe from Moms Who Think.

Easy Cheesecake #1

Ingredients:
1 graham cracker pie crust
8 ounce package soft cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup sour cream
8 ounces Cool Whip, slightly thawed
Directions:
1. Beat cream cheese until smooth, add sugar and mix well. Add sour cream and vanilla, mix well. Fold in Cool Whip.
2. Spoon into pie crust and chill for 4 hours.

And here's what Don't Go Snaring My Heart is all about:

Alone in the high-mountain desert, self-sufficient Betsy Lynch is determined to eke out a living selling goat cheese while she fulfills her father’s dream to find a rich silver lode. Claim jumpers threaten to take everything she holds dear, so Betsy uses a bullwhip, her wiles, traps, goats, and an attack rooster to defend her land.

Rancher Dex Madsen needs to feed his hungry crew. He tracks a herd of pronghorn and shoots one, then steps into Betsy's snare and is jerked upside down. The goats and rooster attack before Betsy cuts him down, and soon he's neck deep in her fight to protect the claim. But can he get past that killer chicken to claim her heart?

Return to southwest Idaho in the 1880s in Jacquie Roger's acclaimed Hearts of Owyhee series.

Prairie Rose Publications

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