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