Friday, December 28, 2007

Faery Special Romances nominated for LASR Best Book!



Faery Special Romances has been nominated as "Best Romance of 2007" in the long print category at Long and Short Reviews. Yay! Thanks so much to the ladies at LASR, and the readers who nominated my book.

Voting begins January 1 and I think continues until January 31. I'm not quite sure how this works yet.

So congrats to Keely! But I swear, that faery is getting a swollen head over all these kudos. You'd think she wrote the book. Hrrmph.

Jacquie

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances


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ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Monday, December 17, 2007

Introducing Sonika

Introducing Sonika
by Eilis Flynn
ISBN: 978-1419914225
Publisher: Cerridwen Press

Remember Elektra? She was one butt-kicking ninja assassin and highly popular Marvel Comics superheroine--certainly one of my favorites. Well now Eilis Flynn has given us Sonika. She's sexy, she's compassionate, and she's dedicated, but stamping out crime and defeating her arch-villain is her first priority. Most of the time.

Sonya Penn wasn't an ordinary orphan when her parents died on her sixteenth birthday. No, she was a superheroine in training. Her parents, Velocity and Sounder, were killed in pursuit of evil villain Gentleman Geoffery. Now, twelve years later, Sonya has dropped all pretention of going into the superheroine business for lack of training, and maybe will, too. She's now a physical therapist and her goal is to pay off her late aunt's medical bills.

Meet client John Arlen. It wasn't easy--she had to crawl through a window to do it. Arlen's a wealthy man but is obsessed with getting his anti-gravity machine to work so he can kill the man who murdered his father and maimed him. Turns out that his enemy is the son of the man who murdered Sonya's parents; hence, the call to adventure.

Introducing Sonika is a seamless blend of the comic book world with the Happily Ever After of romance. We have a sexy, uber-intelligent hero who's protective, even though Sonika could, indeed, kick his ass, too. Depth and complexity of character along with non-stop action make this book a must-buy for any reader who's looking for romance, but kicked up a notch.

I'm hoping this is only the first in an Eilis Flynn superheroine series because I can hardly wait to read the next one.


reviewed by Jacquie Rogers


Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances


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Faery Special Romances (Available now)
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Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Monday, December 10, 2007

Winter Festivities in the Old West

Yule Brings Festivities
For All Faiths


The snow blows nearly sideways as it blankets the range. Ranch hands hunker down in their saddles, scarves over their ears and their Stetsons protecting them from the fierce wind. They dream of a warm fire and hot buttered rum. But they have livestock to save from freezing and starvation, so they ride on.

It's Christmas on the open range. Miserable for man and beast. But it isn't just another day at the office, so to speak. They whittle gifts for one another, sing a few carols, and eat their best beans with maybe some meat thrown in. And with a little luck, Cook would bake an apple pie. Life couldn't be better and they thank their lucky stars for a sound horse and solid tack.

(Yes, I know these cattle are a modern breed and very fat, but it's the only picture I could find.)


Chanukkah in the
mines.

It's the 1860's in Silver City, Idaho. The Festival of Lights has been celebrated in the West since the beginning, but not like their counterparts back East who have a warm and dry place to worship with their families. A menorah can be lit anywhere, and the Jewish silver miners do just that. They pray, play a little dreidel, and think a lot of home.

The picture to the left is the oldest continuously used synagogue west of the Mississippi. It's located in Boise, Idaho, and was built in 1896 by the Beth Israel congregation, now called the Ahavath Beth Israel congregation. Very beautiful.


Christmas on the farm. Everyone has chores to do every day. Cows needs milked, livestock needs watered and fed, eggs need gathered, and the barnyard needs to be tidied (to use a gentile term). So after the chores are done, the family can gather together and celebrate Christmas with what meager resources they have. If they don't have evergreen trees to spare, they might decorate a sagebrush with popcorn and berries. They make ornaments with precious bits of paper and scraps of cloth. Peach tins make nice ornaments, too, and they shine in the firelight.

1876 Christmas, Harper's Weekly

Their celebration might be more humble than those in the eastern cities, but they have a grand time, nevertheless. The women cook for days. They're resourceful and whatever they have available will do for a fine pie or stew. The Christmas feast could consist of chicken, venison, or maybe a ham, along with homemade rolls, freshly churned butter, potatoes and gravy, and pies--maybe one made with dried apples and a vinegar pie. Each family member has made modest gifts for the others and even the smallest child has labored over precious gifts--maybe a drawing or a doll made of sticks. They sing carols, maybe read the Bible, and if they're close enough to town, maybe even go to church.

For most Christian families, Christmas is a day for family togetherness and to show their love and appreciation for one another, as well as celebrating the religious aspect of the holy day.

Christmas for Outlaws, Gunslingers, and Cyprians. The saloon owner brings small gifts for the working ladies, the bartender, the resident gambler, and a few of the regulars. A few cowpunchers bring gifts for their favorite girl. They might have a nice meal together before they open for business, and even then, the customers are few. It's one night they can relax.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Jacquie

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances

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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 10!

Lisa Avila won two awesome books!
Forced Mate by Rowena Cherry
"Author Cherry has penned a mind-blowing world in her new series. The attention to detail, the characters, it's all top-notch." ~~Kenda Montgomery, Official Reviewer for The Mystic Castle Insufficient Mating Material by Rowena Cherry
"What a fantastic read! A book full of possibilities, humor, intrigue and action. I loved it!" ~~Les Stroud AKA "SURVIVORMAN"
Congratulations, Lisa!

Next drawing: Dec. 12, 2007
A Wish In Time by Laurel Bradley
With its intersecting love stories and elegant, transporting prose, it is a novel that will comfort, bemuse, and reconfirm a readers belief in the most intangible element of all: love. ~~Cheryl Jeffries, Heartstring Reviews

A Wish In Time by Laurel Bradley

If you're a member of Keely's Contest and News group, you're already entered for this drawing . . .

But watch for new rules on the December 26 drawing. It involves gifts to your favorite faery. :)

Also, don't forget to play Name That Christmas Carol. You can find it on my scribe's contest page. http://www.jacquierogers.com and click on Contest.

Happy Holidays!

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances

Jacquie Rogers *** Myspace *** Bebo *** Faery World

Faery Special Romances (Available now)
Take a look at the book video
Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Raffle for Dawn Thompson's medical bills


Monday, December 3, 2007

Congratulations to Carolyn Rogers!!! You have won:
A Restless Knight (The Dragons of Challon, Book 1) by Deborah MacGillivray
"Written with a finely tuned passionate and sensual voice this love story will simply take your breath away." ~~Marilyn Rondeau, RIO Reviewer

To enter Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest, just sign up for Keely's Contest and News group (click on Contest). Next drawing: December 5 and we have two awesome books for the lucky winner:

Forced Mate by Rowena Cherry
"Author Cherry has penned a mind-blowing world in her new series. The attention to detail, the characters, it's all top-notch." ~~Kenda Montgomery, Official Reviewer for The Mystic Castle

Forced Mate by Rowena Cherry

Insufficient Mating Material by Rowena Cherry
"What a fantastic read! A book full of possibilities, humor, intrigue and action. I loved it!" ~~Les Stroud AKA "SURVIVORMAN"

While you're on the contest page, you might as well enter the Name That Christmas Carol contest. It's fun! 13 authors and LOTS of prizes--all you have to do is start on my page, guess the Christmas carol, then go to the other authors' pages and do the same.

Happy Holidays!

Jacquie

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances

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Faery Special Romances (Available now)
Take a look at the book video
Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Raffle for Dawn Thompson's medical bills

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Kindle or Sony--Which e-Reader for You?

I don't have an e-reader and I want one. Why?

  • Unfortunately, I need large print.
  • I don't like to haul around tons of books with me.
  • My house keeps getting smaller and smaller every time we buy more bookcases, yet still there are stacks of books all over the place.
Both my husband and I love books. His peepers are better than mine, but I'm sure he'd rather carry one e-reader with him on the plane rather than four paperback books . . . and then find out that he didn't want to read those books after all. And yes, you have to put these books somewhere. We had so many books that we had to move to a larger house, and now this house is getting too small.

What to do? Buy an e-reader.

So while we're cogitating on the available choices, Amazon comes out with the Kindle. New? Hardly. Sony has used the same kind of display for a year and their newly released model is probably much better quality than the Kindle. What are the pros and cons? Here's the gist of the conversations between my husband and I.

The Kindle costs $400.
The Sony costs $300.
Winner: Sony

The Kindle has wireless technology that allows uploading books in less than a minute.
The Sony requires a connection to your computer, same as all the rest of the e-readers.
Winner: Kindle

The Kindle shops exclusively at Amazon.
The Sony takes uploads from your computer, so you're free to shop anywhere.
Winner: Sony

You can enlarge the print on a Kindle.
You can enlarge the print on a Sony, but there are problems with some formats.
Winner: Kindle, but close to a draw

With Kindle, there's no encoding so you can borrow books from your local library.
With Sony, you can easily borrow books from the library.
Winner: Sony

With Kindle, you're dependent on wireless technology, so you must be in a coverage area to buy books. What happens if you're in Outer Mongolia where there are few cell towers?
With Sony, you upload from your home computer only, so it doesn't matter.
Winner: Six of one, half dozen of the other

Wow, with heavy hitters in the market, e-books will become more and more common. There are plenty of other reasons why we should go to ebooks.

  • The stripping and return of huge quantities of books is environmentally detrimental, and financially disastrous business model. (Have you seen a store clerk strip an entire dumpster full of books? It makes you sick to your stomach, and it happens hundreds of times every single day.)
  • More and more people are developing allergies to dust, and can't have print books in their homes.
  • Many babyboomers are requiring large print.
  • With more people traveling from country to country, it's easier to find reading material.
  • e-books don't take nearly as much storage space as print books do.
Of course, I love books. Print books. I love the feel of the paper and the smell of the ink. I don't think print books will go away anytime soon, but it's time for a new option. We have two good options available that I'm familiar with, and there are many others that I don't know about, but that people swear by.

What about you?

Jacquie


Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Jacquie


Keely, star of Faery Special Romances

Faery Special Romances
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Authors Who Care: A Podcast

Rowena Cherry (author of Insufficient Mating Material) featured Authors Who Care on her Cherry Picking podcast dated Nov.18. I was one of the lucky authors she asked to feature our causes. My cause, as you all know by now, is neurofibromatosis, and I'm donating my royalties from Faery Special Romances to the Children's Tumor Foundation, ending Neurofibromatosis through Research.


Also featured:

Laurel Bradley, A Wish In Time, Resolve (infertility issues)

Leanne Burroughs, No Law Against Love, breast cancer research

Deborah MacGillivray, Cat O' Nine Tales, Alley Cat.org, also The Haven Foundation

Janet Elaine Smith, donating all royalties from 17 books to Mission Socorro



MP3 File


Internet Voices Radio also has a page with all the links that we gave on the show. I'd like to thank Lillian Cauldwell at Internet Voices Radio for her generosity. She's been wonderful.

Jacquie

Princess Keely, Star of Faery Special Romances

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Faery Special Romances (Available now)
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Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Friday, November 16, 2007

Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues

Here's the cover for my next book, Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues. No link yet because the ink's still wet and I haven't got this on my website. Hmmm, I need to make a "Coming Soon" page, I guess! Anyway, let me know what you think--but only if you think the same way I do. lol

I love it!
Cover artist: Deborah Macgillivray

Keely, star of Faery Special Romances
Royalties donated to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through research

Raffle for Dawn Thompson's medical bills

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 7!

We have a Winner for
Riding the Thunder by Deborah Macgillivray!


and

We have a Winner for Faery Special Romances by Jacquie Rogers!

~~ ckorte2000 ~~

All winners are posted on my website within a few days after we hear from them.




Next drawing: November 21, 2007. Be sure to sign up for Keely's list now!


You could win Blue Moon Enchantment, a Highland Press anthology ISBN: 0-9746249-4-2


Featuring Dawn Thompson's Under the Faery Blue Moon
and
When Mules Rush In by Jacquie Rogers

"The Old West meets some very special blue moon magic in this cleverly done story by Rogers." ~~Kenda Montgomery, Official Reviewer for The Mystic Castle




Blue Moon Enchantment




Did you ever wonder what happened to Merlin, the sorcerer to King Arthur? He's back in the Old West, only now he's a crotchety matchmaking mule who has his hooves full with a sassy chicken named DeborahAnne. Together, they must show the lonely Willow Jones and the misguided Luke Tyson the way to love. But when a scoundrel barges in to marry Willow for her money, Merlin and DeborahAnne have their work cut out for them.


To enter, go to go my website and click on Contest.


Good Luck!


Thanks!

Jacquie

Keely, star of Faery Special Romances

Faery Special Romances

Royalties donated to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through research

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Raffle for Dawn Thompson's medical bills

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 6!

We have a Winner for Warrior's Bride by Gerri Russell!

~~ klmc_37 ~~

All winners are posted on my website within a few days after we hear from them.


Next drawing: November 14, 2007. Be sure to sign up for Keely's list now!

You could win

Riding the Thunder (The Sisters of Colford Hall, Book 2)

by Deborah MacGillivray

"Ms. MacGillivray's storylines do more than give you an escape from reality, they allow you to dream of a world where happily-ever-afters are possible and love conquers all. Beautifully done!" ~~Chrissy Dionne (courtesy of Romance Junkies)



A Storm's Coming...

It was all part of the plan. While his brother was in Scotland dethroning the Lady of Falgannon, Jago Mershan was headed to Kentucky. There he would do his share in avenging his father on the Montgomeries. Only, there was a monkey wrench in the works

Just looking at his alleged enemy's granddaughter made Jago think of his classic black '67 Harley Electra Glide, a motorcycle with clean lines and sleek curves that promised the ride of a man's life. Asha was all woman--and the only woman for him. He'd bet she could go from zero to one hundred in the blink of an eye...and not even her claims of paranormal happenings in the diner she ran could put him off. He knew magic: He had a special name for the sights, the sounds, the tastes and smells of that perfect ride. There might be a storm coming, but it was one of passion, and together he and Asha would be...

RIDING THE THUNDER

Second in the Seven Sisters of Colford Hall series sequel to The Invasion of Falgannon Isle




To enter, go to my website and click on Contest.



Good Luck!


Thanks!

Jacquie Rogers (Keely's Lowly Scribe)

Faery Special Romances
NOR Award Winner, Best Print Sci-Fi/Fantasy Romance

Keely, star of Faery Special Romances

Royalties donated to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through research
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Monday, November 5, 2007

Faery Special Romances Wins NOR Award!


It's official! Faery Special Romances has won Best Print SciFi/Fantasy Romance in the Fall 2007 N.O.R. Awards. :)

Kudos to Tammie King and Night Owl Romance for running a terrific contest--and all the Monday night chatters, too.

Special thanks go to lots of people who voted for me every single day: I owe a debt of gratitude to Rowena Cherry, who came in second in my category with Insufficient Mating Material. Also to Katie MacAlister, who took third with Light My Fire.

Congrats to Dawn Thompson who came in second in Best Print Vampire Romance. Awesome writer, and I hope her books get some good attention. Deborah Macgillivray mowed us all down with her book In Her Bed. Congrats, Deborah!

I appreciate all the myspace NFers who voted, the Ladies in Waiting, Highland Press, Gerri Russell and her army, my sister and her contingent, my RWA chapter, and Hurricane Mercedes. Lots of people voted and it touches my heart.

You're the best.


Don't forget to check out Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 5. Go to my website and click on Contest. This week, you could win Gerri Russell's latest release, Warrior's Bride.

Jacquie

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ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 5!

We have a Winner for The Invasion of Falgannon Isle by Deborah Macgillivray!

~~ voyueristic1967 ~~

All winners are posted on my website within a few days after we hear from them.


Next drawing: November 7, 2007. Be sure to sign up for Keely's list now!

You could win the second Warrior's Bride by Gerri Russell

"Gerri Russell creative imagination enthralls me. I was hooked from the very first page." ~~New York Times Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber


Warrior's Bride


The Seer's Stone. Locked away in a tower, young Isobel had watched its power slowly drive her mother mad. And now, years later, the Stone's secrets threatened to be the death of Isobel as well.

Douglas Stewart, known as the Black Wolf of Scotland, had no intention of taking a wife, despite his father's demands. But the moment he saw Isobel, he was spellbound by her fiery defiance and delicate beauty.

They were united by destiny yet beset by betrayal. Only by opening her heart to love and living up to her legacy could Isobel become a . . . Warrior's Bride.

To enter, go to my website and click on Contest.



Good Luck!


Thanks!

Jacquie

Keely, star of Faery Special Romances

Faery Special Romances
Royalties donated to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through research
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Friday, October 26, 2007

Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 4!


Drawing Date: Oct. 31,2007


Happy Halloween!



If you're a member of Keely's Contest and News Group, you could win:









The Invasion of Falgannon Isle
(The Sisters of Colford Hall, Book 1)
by Deborah MacGillivray



"I loved The Invasion of Falgannon Isle!" ~~Kelley Hartsell
CK2S Kwips and Kritiques


"A magical, engrossing read that will charge your every emotion. . ."~~ Dawn Thompson, author of The Brotherhood (Blood Moon, Book 2)

"Mesmerizing and magical. Deborah MacGillivray's talent for compelling characterization and her uncanny grasp on what really matters will transport you to a timeless place you won't want to leave. Invasion of Falgannon Island is just what the doctor ordered for a woman on the go in need of a really great read. Magnificent!" ~~ Nationally best-selling author Tori Carrington aka Lori and Tony Karayianni

Read an excerpt!

To see all the weeks' prizes of Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest, go to my scribe's website and click on Contest.

Good Luck!

Don't forget to vote for The New Covey Awards. Faery Special Romances' cover artist, Monika Wolmarans, really deserves the award!



Jacquie



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Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 3!

Drawing date: Oct. 24, 2007

The Warrior Trainer

by Gerri Russell
"Gerri Russell writes with a passionate intensity that will sweep readers straight into her richly imagined world." ~~New York Times Bestselling Author Jayne Ann Krentz

What a fabulous book, and you can win an autographed copy just by signing up for Keely's Contest and News Group.

If you're a member of Keely's Contest and News Group, then you're already entered in the drawing. Or subscribe now:


Subscribe to Keely's Contest & News Group
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Powered by Faery Magic!

To see all the weeks' prizes of Jacquie's Great Holiday Contest Fest, go to my website and click on Contest.

Good Luck!

Don't forget to vote for The New Covey Awards. Faery Special Romances' cover artist, Monika Wolmarans, really deserves the award!


Jacquie

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Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Where Have All the Tomotoes Gone?

Summer has definitely fled the scene. Tomatoes are in their last throes.

My brother called me and asked if we'd like to come over for the last BLTs for the year. Would I??? Of course. Armed with spelt bread and a couple pounds of fresh mozzarella cheese, we'll be headed out any minute now. The end of season taste-fest. So sweet, yet will be only a memory in about three hours.

Then we wait until August, 2008, for the next decent tomatoes. I wonder what the difference will be for me . . . and you. What books will I have sold? Written? How will my kids and grandkids fare?

Autumn is a time when plants die back, our land cools down, and we close our shutters for winter. But only for new hope in the spring.

And that's our gift every year: hope.

Go Mariners!



Jacquie

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Great Holiday Contest Fest: Week 2!

We have a Winner for Christmas Wishes!
All winners are posted on my website within a few days after the end of the contest.

Next drawing: October 17, 2007. Be sure to sign up for Keely's list now!
You could win the second Highland Press Holiday Anthology, Holiday in the Heart!


Holiday in the Heart


12 Stories from 12 Authors, ranging from very old-fashioned holidays cheer to more modern tales of love, romance and wishes. The power to believe can work miracles - wishes can come true...love heals hearts. A two book set - with story sequels from authors Leanne Burroughs and Deborah Macgillivray to the first book in the set Christmas Wishes. The two books in tradesize paperback make a winning Christmas gift.


Leanne Burroughs
Candace Gold
Keelia Greer
Heather Hiestand
Victoria Houseman
Anna Kathryn Lanier
Deborah Macgillivray
Rachel Michaels
Aleka Nakis
Kemberlee Shortland
Diane D. White
Michele Ann Young













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To see all the weeks' prizes of the Great Holiday Contest Fest, go to my website and click on Contest.

Good Luck!



Jacquie

Keely, star of Faery Special Romances

Faery Special Romances
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ending Neurofibromatosis through research
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Christmas Wishes

from Highland Press
# ISBN-10: 0974624918
# ISBN-13: 978-0974624914


Christmas stories guaranteed to delight!

Discover the pure joy of the Christmas season. With Christmas Wishes magic is possible...especially love. Make a Wish!

12 Authors, 12 Stories
Christmas past to Christmas present
Guaranteed to Delight!


All I want for Christmas is a Hula-Hoop...and a Mother by Deborah MacGillivray

Once Upon a Snowflake by Shelli Stevens

The Christmas Store
by Ann Marie Bradley

In Time for Christmas
by Cheryl Alldredge

Love's Eternal Hope
by Amber Dawn Bell

Christmas at Home
by Leanne Burroughs

Operation Family
by Billie Warren Chai

The Patient Gift
by Patty Howell

The Gift of You
by Kimberly Ivey

Joy's Christmas Wishes
by Gerri Bowen

The Christmas Wish
by Rebecca Andrews

Miracles and Mistletoe
by Kimberly Grant

All you have to do is be a member of Keely's Contest and News Group.


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Small print:
You have to be willing to have your name printed on my website, myspace, bebo, and various other web spaces and blogs, and you have to be willing to send the author your snail mail address.

Jacquie

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ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Monday, October 1, 2007

The New Covey Awards!

Faery Special Romances is up for the http://thenewcoveyawards.blogspot.com! It's entry #23.

Be sure to vote for both Most Eye-Catching and Most Relevant.

The cover artist, Monika Wolmerans, is very talented and also designs web sets and web sites.

To vote, click here.

Thank you for your vote! And I wish Monika the very best of luck in this contest.


Jacquie

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Royalties go to Children's Tumor Foundation,
ending Neurofibromatosis through Research

Bounty Hunters in the Old West

The law was a bit sparse in the Old West, often not a lawman around for hundreds of miles. If a criminal knew how to live off the land and he owned a fast horse, he was pretty well guaranteed an escape. What's a sheriff to do?

In 1872, the Supreme Court ruled that bounty hunters were a part of the U.S. law enforcement system with a decision in Taylor vs. Taintor:

“When the bail is given, the principal is regarded as delivered to the custody of his sureties. Their domain is a continuance of the original imprisonment. Whenever they choose to do so, they may seize him and deliver him up to his discharge; and if it cannot be done at once, they may imprison him until it can be done. They may exercise their rights in person or by agent. They may pursue him into another state; may arrest him on the Sabbath; and if necessary, may break and enter his house for that purpose. The seizure is not made by virtue of due process. None is needed. It is likened to the arrest by the Sheriff of an escaped prisoner.”

As you can see by this decision, bounty hunters didn't have to adhere to the same rules of due process that lawmen did. (This is still true in some states.)

One of the greatest bounty hunters was Pinkerton Detective, Charlie Siringo. Siringo had a long and distinguished, if not controversial, career. He had steely nerves and his cleverness got him out of more than one jam. But he wrote a book, and the Pinkerton Agency wasn't too keen about that, so he spent several years at the end of his life arguing with them. Could be that the Pinkertons were the only ones to ever best him.

Lots of town marshals and county sheriffs supplemented their meager incomes with bounties. Of course, they had to follow the rules of due process while a bounty hunter had no such restrictions. Then again, if there's no one around for a couple hundred miles, who's to know? This is part of how the West was tamed. Many lawmen straddled the fence between law-enforcing and law-breaking.

Charlene Sands, author of Bodine's Bounty, blogged about bounty hunters on Pistols and Petticoats. Really good info at this site on lots of Old West topics. Anyway, she points out that in order for a bounty hunter to get his money in British Columbia, he had to bring the criminal in alive. The US had no such compunctions, but the bounty was half if the prisoner died before making it to jail. She also mentions that the bounty hunters didn't receive payment until later, so when they brought in prisoners, they'd either have to wait, or have the money sent to a bank. (They'd probably wait, considering the state of banking at the time.) But the most important thing that Ms. Sands mentioned was that bounty hunters' names were never, ever recorded, because their anonymity was their protection. This little item is what makes research difficult.

Much to movie and TV viewers' delight, popular lore glorifies the Old West bounty hunter. The role of Josh Randall in Wanted: Dead or Alive in the 1950s made Steve McQueen a star. "Josh Randall (Steve McQueen) was a man of few words. A bounty hunter by trade, he tracked his prey all over the West. Randall carried an 1892 44/40 center fire Winchester carbine that he called "Mare's Laig." It handled like a revolver by had the punch of a rifle. Unlike other bounty hunters, Randall had scruples. He tried to bring the prisoner in alive and often found himself called upon to protect people in need."

Then there's my personal favorite, Paladin, played by Richard Boone on "Have Gun-Will Travel." (Okay, so he was more gunslinger than bounty hunter, but they go together well.)  Check out my version of Paladin in Have Wand - Will Travel.

But of course with my fascination of bounty hunters, I just had to write a series.  Honey Beaulieu keeps me entertained with three books out and several more coming.  Check out Honey's web page.

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