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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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
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.
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…..
Non-Fiction, Historical, True Life
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.
by Laura Miller
Thursday, August 27, 2015
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
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
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.
Friday, July 24, 2015
by Jacquie Rogers
Rhoda Johnson is stranded in a lonely cabin without a groom. The townsfolk say she’s better off without him, but her drunken groom sends a message that he’ll claim her as his Christmas bride. Gunman and ex-Confederate soldier Nate Harmon comes to Idaho to make peace with his abolitionist preacher father. When half-frozen Nate reaches the cabin on a snowy Christmas Eve, instead of his parents, he’s greeted by a pretty blonde with a shotgun who keeps calling him Mr. Snyder. Will she shoot him, or melt his heart? **SWEET**
Haley Whitehall, author of the Bayou Pack series:
"Jacquie Rogers is known for her humor, but she shows her more serious side in this short story, and I loved it! This sweet romance is not your typical mail-order bride story. Nate travels to his parents' cabin to let them know he's changed from the wild boy who left home. His parents are not there, and he is greeted by beautiful Rhonda holding a shotgun on him, mistaking him for the no good man she agreed to marry. I thought the prodigal son returning was a nice touch to a Christmas themed story. I only wish it had been longer!"
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Monday, July 13, 2015
Our daughter-in-law invited us to dinner, which is always fun, but this was also my son's belated birthday dinner. She let me know the menu ahead of time because of my dietary requirements. Here's the menu: grilled chicken kabobs, cauliflower bread sticks (yum!), grilled zucchini (one of my favorites), and for the others, miso rice balls (my husband loved these, but I don't eat rice). For dessert, she planned on having fresh blueberries that she and my three-year-old granddaughter picked the day before.
|I loved the cauliflower breadsticks!|
My granddaughter ate at least as many blueberries as she put in the bucket, but her mom managed to make it home with quite a batch. Fresh, vine-ripened blueberries--who doesn't love them?
I decided to make dinner rolls because one of my son's favorites and after all, we're celebrating his birthday a month late. And he loves custard. Custard is something I can eat--except for the carbs. So I experimented, using my mom's recipe and substituting almond milk and stevia. The results were awesome, so I thought you might like to give it a try.
For those of us watching our carb intake, and also those of us who don't eat any grains at all, desserts are few and far between. But here's one that's delicious and fills both my dietary requirements: grain-free and low-carb.
No, it isn't yellow. Not sure why, but it sure tastes good!
2.5 cups Almond Milk (unsweetened)
12 packets stevia
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 Tbs Cinnamon (or to taste)
Dash of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spray light coating of oil into ramekins, then place ramekins into a larger pan. Have a good amount of cold water available in an easy-pouring pitcher.
Heat almond milk to just below boiling (do not boil)
In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Slowly drizzle in hot almond milk while whisking (I use the whisk on my mixer). Pour into ramekins, put pan in oven, then fill the pan with water to halfway up the ramekins. Sprinkle with nutmeg to taste.
Bake for 50-55 minutes.
Hint: I use a turkey baster to remove the water before taking the pan out of the oven.
Serve cold or warm, just as you would any other custard. Enjoy!
Monday, June 1, 2015
Much Ado About Mustangs
(Hearts of Owyhee #5)
by Jacquie Rogers
is now live on Amazon!
To celebrate the release I'm giving away a big surprise for readers who share the pinned post from the Jacquie Rogers Author page on Facebook and write reviews for the newest Hearts of Owyhee book! (Details below.)
Secret lives, hidden dreams, and forbidden sex in the Old West—what’s a woman of nobility to do when a handsome rancher tears through her world like an Owyhee dust devil?
Or is she? Lady Pearl Montford has performed in theatres all over the West for crowds of all sizes, but what would the world say if her secret was found out—that she's really plain old Pearl Jane Evans from Kentucky. To make matters worse, Pearl's past life as a professional trick rider is floating to the surface thanks to an unsavory suitor from her past who wants either her—or $10,000.
A Frustrated Rancher
Rugged Josh McKinnon has a ranch to build and blooded horses due in any day, but there's one problem standing between him and his dream—Lady Montford, a high-falutin' diva actress. Wrangled into playing opposite the snooty Brit in Shakespeare's ‘Much Ado about Nothing,’ Josh has to put his ranch on hold and put up with her nonsense for two weeks. Only thing is—how can he focus on his ranch when all he can think about is the way Pearl sits a horse?
Much Ado About ... Love?
With a slew of critters causing stirs left and right, meddling family members and townsfolk playing cupid, and horse rustlers causing a ruckus, Pearl and Josh have a heck of a time keeping their minds on the play and their hands off each other. When the dust settles and the curtain falls, will Pearl and Josh be able to overcome the odds working against them and find love in the wild Idaho countryside?
The rules are easy to follow. Good luck to all who enter!!
(Due to shipping costs the prize pack is USA shipping only. A gift card will be substituted if the winner is international.)
- SHARE the Release post from Jacquie’s Official Author Facebook page starting Monday, June 1st. Each time you share it you get a chance in the drawing for the prize! So you could share to your timeline, any groups you're in (that allow it), and to any pages you manage. Yes, you get an entry for each share. You can also post to Google+, Tumblr, Twitter, Tsu, or wherever else, as long as you can get the URL (link). See #3.
- POST a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Goodreads, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter , your blog, Shelfari, and wherever else you can think. The MORE REVIEWS you post the MORE CHANCES you have to win! (Amazon will be up first, the rest to follow shortly.) Each review submitted (see #3) is an entry.
- Send the direct link URLs to firstname.lastname@example.org (Instructions to copy direct links can be found under Notes on Jacquie’s Official Author page.) Any questions can be directed to Diane Garland at the above email address.
- Contest ends Tuesday, June 30th. The Grand Prize Winner and Runners up will be randomly chosen and announced Friday, July 3rd.
- Winner receives a fabulous surprise gift basket from Idaho! 5 Runners-up will receive copies of Jacquie Rogers’ MUCH ADO ABOUT MADAMS (Hearts of Owyhee #1) and 10 Runners-up will receive the single read WILLOW, WISH FOR ME.
- This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion should be directed to Jacquie Rogers, at email@example.com not Facebook. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.
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Here are the other Hearts of Owyhee books