Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Historical Romance Rocks!

Whether you prefer Medieval, Regency or the Wild West, a historical romance will take you away to a place and time where you will live out a wonderful love story with a Duke, a Lord, A Laird or a handsome cowboy.
Today I'm sharing these new releases by amazing historical authors.  In each of these books you will be swept to an era in the past and experience a breathtaking love affair.  Get away for a few days and live out a wonderful fantasy.

Hope you enjoy!  Tell me if you read historical.  Are you curious now?  I bet you are!!

The Damsel (The Bride Quest Book 2) by Claire Delacroix  

The Spy Who Seduced Her (The Brethren Book 1) by Christi Caldwell

Desire's Ransom: Medieval Outlaws Book 3 by Glynnis Campbell 

Laird of Darkness (MacDougall Legacy Book 3) by Eliza Knight  

How a Scot Surrenders to a Lady (Highlander Vows: Entangled Hearts Book 5) 
by Julie Johnstone http://amzn.to/2j9fZPl

Shield of Kronos (The Great Knights of de Moray Book 1) by Kathryn Le Veque  

Friday, September 8, 2017


Imagine, if you will, that it is Christmas Eve.

The candles are guttered, one by one, and a hush falls over the grand parlor. The children have gone to bed, and a tall, gloriously decorated Christmas tree looms in the shadows of the hearth’s dying embers. Beside the tree a nutcracker stands guard, its broken jaw cradled in a kerchief tied about its head. All is quiet in this dark, peaceful scene until the long case clock chimes. Dulcet tones form a gentle symphony, and the parlor comes to life.

Now, the magic happens.

Lose yourself in The Nutcracker Reimagined, a collection of eleven Christmas tales based on the most treasured characters from the famous holiday ballet, The Nutcracker. Sugarplum fairies will dance in your head, as armies of mice and legions of dolls do battle, and a wounded nutcracker and his lady fair become the stuff of which legends are made. From Arabian dancers to living flowers and hosts of angels, enjoy these tales as reimagined characters from the beloved Christmas tradition find their own happily ever after.

And as the clock’s chimes signal the approaching sunrise, you’ll awaken from these magical stories to discover it has all been a beautiful dream of a retold Christmas classic.

Order it today only .99¢  http://amzn.to/2eROWX5

Writing the West.... One Bride at a Time

Writing the West.... One Bride at a Time

As many of you may know, writing historical means lots of research.  Just when I think I know enough about life in the west during the1800s, something comes up and I have to do more exploration.

Everything was so different back then, especially in the untamed west. From the way household chores were done, how meals were prepared and even the way people interacted.  During the last book I wrote, which is a mail order bride story, set in Wyoming, 1872, I came across an interesting situation.  How would a single woman survive if the husband-to-be either changed his mind, or died?

In the west, if a woman did not have money, she would be forced to fill mostly domestic duties such as housekeeping, cook or such.  Although women did have some choices, they were very limited.  Many owned businesses, such as restaurants, apothecaries and bakeries, while others ran boarding houses.  However, most of the women in the west had to work hard to barely survive.  Even the married ones, if the husband didn’t make enough, they would work alongside him at farming, ranching or in whatever business they ran.

When women were without resources of income, there was always marriage to a man who could provide a home and protection. Some would end up marrying right away, as men were plentiful and many willing to marry a mail order bride.

In my latest book, the mail order bride, Sarah, decides to find a job after her husband-to-be does not come to meet her when she arrives.  As a matter of fact, he is there at the place where the stagecoach arrives and does not greet her.  [Sarah, A Festive Bride]

Sarah did have a bit of money with her and was able to secure a room in town.  Having arrived with the new town’s teacher, Sarah asked the schoolmarm if she could use help, and together they approached the town’s mayor and asked for work for Sarah a couple days a week. Sarah then found a second job at the apothecary.  I am not sure how accurate this would be in real life.  I can’t imagine this happening to someone.  It would be terrifying.

Of course it goes without saying that many women, who were stranded in the Wild West ended up with a less desirable way to make a living.  Brothels and saloons were a means to survive, although not a good way.  Many women in those establishments were mistreated and caught transmittable deceases. Most died very young.

There are so many articles and stories of mail order marriages going either wonderfully well or horribly wrong.  My favorite was of the bride whose train was held up by robbers.  The leader of the gang allowed the upset bride-to-be to keep her trousseau before blowing up the train.  Was he a kind-hearted robber?  Maybe, or maybe not, since it turned out he was the groom.  This makes great fodder for a book!  If you want to look up the true story, the mail order bride’s name was Eleanor Barry.

Now, I’m off to do more research, because my interest has been piqued once. I going to look up more mail order bride stories because I need ideas, truth can be a lot more interesting than fiction.

Read Sarah, A Festive Bride today! The book is on Amazon here:  http://amzn.to/2rH7Osj

Hildie McQueen
USA Today bestselling author of the Brides for All Seasons series

Amazon Page:  http://amzn.to/2tJokJT

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Ride Cowboy because You Never Forget Your First…

I am part of a collaboration with some amazing bestselling authors to bring you First Ride Cowboy. This set of first in a series collection is available for a limited time at only .99¢

Wondering why we offer it as such a low price? We want to introduce you to new authors and also to our series!  It's a win/win for readers and the authors!

Saddle up for a sexy ride with 18 bestselling and award winning authors as they share with you their first in a series. These cowboys will claim your heart with their rough edges and raw emotions. Dust off your boots, and join us for a ride you'll never forget.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Excerpt from Aurora, A Romantic Bride

Women cooed at Milford's mother as he and his father helped her to the stairway. Not a second later, they moved away and reached for a fresh cocktail. It was well understood. They were to remain until Mr. Jameson returned to give an update on his wife's health.
The conversation buzzed as Aurora moved closer to the patio doorway.
"I hope you are paying attention to your mother-in-law’s lessons on how to keep your social events forefront on society's lips." The woman, Gertrude, had come to stand next to her.
She was pretty in a no-nonsense sort of way. Her dark hair was pulled up allowing into a tumble of curls to fall from it’s holdings. Gertrude rolled her eyes and curled her upper lip. "All she had to do was feign a headache and excuse herself if she was bored with our company. Of course, that would not have made for gossip fodder."
"It does cut our evening short, which is distressful for some of the guests. This way, she cannot be blamed," Aurora said immediately, regretting her slip. "However, I'm sure she overtaxed herself today."
The woman smiled and Aurora immediately liked her. “Perhaps this is a good time for me to slip away. I find myself with a headache.”
Gertrude lifted an eyebrow. “I can certainly understand why.”
Not wanting to ponder what Gertrude knew, Aurora nodded and hurried away.
She went to her father, who stood next to doors leading outside to the gardens. "Enjoy the rest of your evening, Father. I'm going home. I have a headache."
He looked around the room and huffed. "Quite so. I'll join you." He motioned for her mother, who shook her head. "Ah well, she'll ride home with the Pattersons, I'm sure, as she will remain until the end to ensure our hostess is not in grave danger of sudden death," he mumbled. Aurora laughed, gaining astonished looks.
"Come, Father, before you get me in more trouble."

Read it Today on Kindle Unlimited and Amazon:   http://amzn.to/2giUJ2G

Boys will be Boys!  An Excerpt from Wilhelmina, A Winter Bride

Laurel, Montana, near Billings

Marcus Hamilton spurred his horse forward to rush after his brother’s. They raced toward the stables and, as always, it became part of the competition between them. The rascal had a good lead on him, but Marcus' horse was faster. He reached the barn just as Tobias dismounted.
When Marcus tackled Tobias from behind, both fell to the ground rolling over each other, throwing punches. The horses, smarter than their owners, moved away from the ruckus and voluntarily entered the corral area.
Tobias landed a hard punch to Marcus’ jaw and he fell back, blinking away the stars that appeared. Seeing the advantage, Tobias scrambled over and sunk a fist into his brother’s gut.
"Boys! Cut it out right now!" Their father's deep voice was followed by two swift kicks, one for each of them.
Tobias tumbled off of Marcus and landed on the ground next to him. Both looked up at a furious Jacob Hamilton. "Enough of this nonsense. Marcus, you have no right to be angry with your brother. It was clearly an accident that he hit you with the rope."

Marcus sat up and glared at his brother. "Twice?" When Tobias grinned, Marcus almost punched him again. But his father's presence stopped him. He rubbed at the side of his face. "I've got scratches all over the side of my face from the rope. He didn't have to be so close. Both of us know he's too good of a roper for it to be an accident."

Read it today on Kindle Unlimited!  http://amzn.to/2gZ5fAU

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tales of The West

Howdy Y'all!

Welcome to my new weekly feature, Tales of the West, where I will tell you some interesting information about love and relationships in the "Wild West"!

The Mail Order Bride and the Rancher...how relationships worked out.

From the January 8, 1882 Kansas City printing of the Matrimonial News. 

Gentlemen seeks domestic paradise: 

"A gentleman of 25 years old, 5 feet 3 inches, doing a good business in the city, desires the acquaintance of a young intelligent and refined lady possessed of some means, of a loving disposition from 18 to 23, and one who could make home a paradise."

As you may expect, some relationships fared well, while others floundered or didn't come to be at all.  Sometimes men who struggled financially expected the bride to arrive with enough money to help them in whatever venture they hoped to make a living at.

Gold mining followed by the end of the civil war after which many migrated west, created an environment of mostly males in the western United States.

Once the men settled into and towns prospered and grew, the men then wished for families and partners to share their life with.  The best answer was to get women from back east to move to the west.  Being most women would not move so far without some sort of guarantee, the Mail Order bride system became the obvious choice for many.

The "mail order brides" of the American west were the "supply" that met two "demands". For the men of the west who far outnumbered women and wanted to create families, farms, and towns, a mail order bride could be the solution. And for young women of the eastern states who faced loneliness, poverty, and the social stigma of spinsterhood if they didn't marry, being a mail order bride could offer social and economic opportunity. "Shandi Stevenson"

Miners and outlaws were some of the worst some women encountered when arriving only to find their husband to be lived in a tent, or worse had been hung for murder.  The poor woman then had to fend for herself in a most untamed of territories.

However, there were many a successful marriage and I'm sure many who lived out the dream of falling in love and finding their partner for life!

Property of Julie Morgan, Staff Writer for History Buff