Thursday, January 24, 2019

Mail Order Bride Story

While doing research on mail order brides I came across a story of a bride headed west to California who's stagecoach was held up by robbers.

The robbers took all the her luggage to include her wedding dress. She noticed that one of the robbers had a jagged scar on the back of his right hand.

Days later when she finally arrived in California and married to a miner, she was shocked when he signed the marriage license because he had the jagged scar on the back of his hand.

From all accounts, the bride fled and it was assumed she returned home.

Wouldn't this be a great start to a book?

Article about this is found here:

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The End of a Great Year

Two important things to consider doing at the end of the year...



Reflection:  As I look back over 2018, I am mostly pleased.  However I will be remiss if I don't note what I would have done differently.

I would have spent more time in the moment and not so much time allowing my mind to wander to what came next.

I would have done more things that are simple but give me joy. Feeding the birds in my yard, reading on the back porch, meditating and journaling.

I would have been more intentional and focused on what worked best for my career and not what pleased others.

Things I am pleased about include going on girlfriend trips.  A day trip with my husband that we both enjoyed tremendously.  I laughed a lot with friends at lunches and while visiting one another.  I continued to pursue my hobbies and made new, wonderful friends through them.

I am also glad I took time to stretch my boundaries and wrote in different genres. This gives me a clearer idea of what direction to head in 2019.

A New Start:  The main thing that I take with me into 2019 is the word "Intentional".  I plan to be more intentional about what I do, say and how I spend my time.

I will say "no" to things that won't further my career and take time away from what I enjoy doing with my friends and family.

I will write down a plan so that I have a clearer purpose of what I set out to accomplish.

Lastly, I will be KIND.  Do my bet to spread kindness into this world that needs it so desparately.

So dear friends, I urge you to consider what you would have liked to change about 2018 and take this information forward to the new year so that you can be clearer and more focused. It's best to be prepared so that at the end of the year when you reflect, the list of things you are glad for is much longer than the list of regrets.

Happy Holidays for those of you that celebrate and I wish you an amazing and fruitful 2019!!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Life in the Writer's Lane

I'm fat.

There I've said it.  Bring on the comments about how I shouldn't put myself down.  Body shaming.  blah blah blah.  My ass needs to lose weight. Hard to do when I hate exercising and love eating.

I'm beautiful.

There is such a thing as feeling great about yourself despite not liking some things.  Whether it's gray hair, extra pounds, stretch marks or whatever.  Beauty is not physical as much as it is internal.  It's a state of mind.

I am successful.

No matter your position, how much money you make or how many people call you famous, you can be whoever you want to be. In my opinion, success is measure by friendships, impacts on others and being the best you possible.

I'm tired of writing...sometimes

Every writer gets tired of it.  Some days I wake up and want to be normal.  I want the stories in my head to stop. It's hard to have a mind that won't stop whirling.  I suppose I'm tired because it's hard to sleep.  

I love being me.

One day maybe I'll retire as a writer, I'm thinking maybe in ten years, or maybe fifteen.  For now, I'm excited to see what my future hold.  I will keep being me.  Hildie, the fat, beautiful, successful writer!

Happy Reading!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Are you a Dog or a Squirrel?

Bark. Bark. Bark.

Every day, my little dogs constantly bark at the squirrels through the window. The dogs are inside on the couch while the squirrels are outside raiding the the bird feeder. I'm pretty sure both find the activity enjoyable.  Me, not so much.

The dogs tails wag wildly as they bark non-stop. Meanwhile, the squirrels jump from the tree branch on to the feeder, grab seeds and hop down. Ignoring the barks, the pesky squirrels sit on the grass munching out while staring toward the window. 

This brings me to consider. Am I more like the dogs or the squirrels?

Do I make noise and criticize others as they take chances? Do I work as hard as those that are willing to go out on a limb?  Is it easier for me to find excuses than to take risks? After all, its much safer to remain inside, protected by a screen than to be out there exposing myself to criticism and doubt. It could be some of us prefer to do the talking than to be out there being talked about.

I think I'd rather be the squirrel in this case. The go-getter that takes chances and tries new things. I want to think I'm on track to becoming more successful by going out on a limb (pun intended) and ignoring the "barks" from critics. Yes taking chances and working hard is not the easy way. 

In my opinion, its better to one day say I did my best than to wonder what if.

What about you? Are you the dog or the squirrel? If you are more like my little yappy dogs, what are you planning to do about it?

Happy Reading!!

Picture of Marty, the squirrel

Monday, June 25, 2018

Here Comes the Bride

Scarlett's book was a tough one to write. She's a strong heroine and her story came easy.  As a matter of fact, this character was one that I truly felt connected to and wanted to write.  Because of what she went through, I knew she deserved a good man and a great love story.

However, the hero, he is definitely another story.  I will admit there were times I didn't care for Emmett at all and wanted to jump into the story and slap him a couple times.  How people handle situations is not always the right way, however, in the end as long as we understand where they come from and that they work through it, it can pay off.

So in the case of Scarlett and Emmett, I hope that you will feel that they worked through the situations as best they could and in the end were better people than when you first met them.

Thank you for reading these stories of brave women who traveled west in search of a better life and hopefully find love along the way!

Happy Reading!


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Langley's Legacy - Start it today!

My book Patrick's Proposal is part of the 6-book Langley Legacy series!

Beare and Forebeare” (be patient and endure)

Meet the Langley’s who’ve traveled from their homeland of Ireland with only what they could carry. Along with the meager possessions brought from their homeland of Ireland, were a piece of lace and a silver pocket watch with the family motto “Beare and Forebeare” inscribed inside.

When the Langley’s settled in New Dawn Springs, Oregon, little did they suspect the land would be a legacy to those who would come after them and that the land would be owned by the family for generations to come.

Follow the Langley’s rich family history through the years as told through the wonderful storytelling voices of these six bestselling authors.

A rash marriage proposal changes their lives forever, but will it keep her from danger or make things worse?
Emma Davis has no recourse but to run for her life on a stormy night. Seeking shelter in a barn she prays for a reprieve from a life of misery. When the son of a family in good standing helps her, Emma knows he'll expect something in return. It's time to run again, but where can she possibly go?
Patrick Langley's life has been good but predictable. When a woman needing protection enters his life on a stormy night, little does he realize, just how much things are about to change. She brings equal parts of passion and danger. The first is stronger than any storm.
A story of trust and new beginnings.
Note: Explicit Adult Content
" Beare and Forbeare"

1850 - FINN’S FORTUNE, by Kathleen Ball
1875 - PATRICK’S PROPOSAL, by Hildie McQueen
1899 - DONOVAN’S DECEIT, by Kathy Shaw
1933 - AIDAN’S ARRANGEMENT, by Peggy McKenzie
1968 - HEATH’S HOMECOMING, by Merry Farmer
Present Day - COLLIN’S CHALLENGE, by Sylvia McDaniel

Read it today and prepare to be pulled into Langley's Legacy!!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Love on the High Seas!

I'm so excited to introduce you to The Sea Lyon, a pirate's story.  This story will take you to the high seas where I hope you will find romance and an adventure you will not soon forget!

Welcome to the Pirates of Britannia Connected World. THE SEA LYON is a tale of twists, turns and love on the high seas!

Reputed to be ruthless and feared, pirate Captain Dorian Lyon McAlpin rules over the seas along with his crew of cutthroats aboard his ship, The Mawdelyn. When he chances being caught to see his dying mother, his life takes a drastic turn. Fate brings him face to face the one woman who destroyed his life. It seems the opportunity for revenge is sometimes served on a silver platter.

Running for her life with her infant son, Ileana MacTavish is forced to depend on pirates of all people in order stay alive. With the future uncertain, she demands an audience with the captain of The Mawdelyn. What she doesn’t expect is to find the man who not only hates her, but also is more lethal than the danger she’s running from.
Reserve your copy for this March 27th release!

I introduce you to the swashbuckling, sexy Pirates of Britannia that you love are now part of a connected world! 
One new book every month will be released by some of your favorite Historical Romance authors. The adventures of the Devils of the Deep and Poseidon's Legion will continue in a series of exciting new novellas!