Kristy McCaffrey writes contemporary and award-winning historical western romances. She likes the peculiar, the fascinating, and the scientific; animals and the outdoors; her husband and children; history, symbols, and mythology. Grab a cup of tea and hang out by the fireside. Let's travel together.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season here in the U.S., my thoughts always turn to one thing. Okay, yes, it's pumpkin pie but the other thought is how much I look forward to sneaking away from the crowd of family and friends and losing myself in a book.
I did this as a child and I admit the impulse is still there as an adult. Back in my youth, I would clutch my latest Nancy Drew book close, but these days I'm fortunate to have my kindle handy. It's always filled with an exciting adventure, whether it be a romance or a sci-fi yarn or a thrilling young adult dystopian fantasy.
I remember going to my grandmother's house with a book in hand, just in case I found a bit of down time, and I usually did.
So what are you reading this holiday? Black Friday and Cyber Monday are coming, so it only makes sense to stock up on some great reads.
Nothing makes it easier to tune out your family than a good book. :-)
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ALICE: Bride of Rhode Island.
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Alice: Bride of Rhode Island is thirteenth in the
unprecedented 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series.
Fleeing her stepfather and an arranged marriage in Newport,
Alice Endicott finds work as a seamstress at the Brown Textile Mill near Boston.
When a devastating fire destroys the factory, she and all the girls face dire
unemployment circumstances. But hope arrives when their manager, Roberta
McDaniel, shares the Grooms’ Gazette with them. Each woman will choose a
husband and become a mail-order bride. As Alice’s friends—Lottie, Leora,
Judith, Beth, Lessie and Josie—embrace the idea, she too becomes caught up in
the excitement of a grand new adventure.
When fisherman Frank Martel contacts her, Alice can’t pass
up the opportunity to return to Rhode Island despite her stepfather’s presence.
Upon arriving at the train station in Tiverton, however, Frank neglects to meet
James Martel is shocked to find a woman at the rail depot
claiming to be his brother’s fiancée. Even more surprising is her connection to
a man who ruined James’ father years before. When Frank confesses that he can
no longer wed Alice, James steps forward to fill the role since the beautiful
young woman holds the key to avenging the Martel name.
Can Alice convince her new husband that their marriage is
worth saving once she discovers his subterfuge? And will James learn that love
is more important than revenge?
I'm pleased to welcome romance author Shanna Hatfield to my blog today. Take it away, Shanna.
Thank you for hosting me today, Kristy!
When I decided to write a Victorian Christmas story, I wanted to use a real town from the 1800s. After doing a little research, I settled on Hardman, Oregon.
Located in Eastern Oregon, about twenty miles from present-day Heppner, Hardman is now a ghost town.
Around twenty to thirty residents still call Hardman home, but for those driving through the town, there isn’t much left from the days when it was a thriving community.
I used details from Ghost Town Gallery for my research about Hardman and to create the Hardman Holidays series.
Although the stories are works of fiction and most of the town exists only in my active imagination, the town did boast a skating rink, four churches, a school, and newspaper office in the 1880s.
John F. Royse, reportedly one of the most successful farmers in the area, and his brother, were said to be the first permanent settlers in the Hardman country.
Originally named Dairyville, the town was popular as a freighting center and saw promising growth in its early days. Dairyville became known as Raw Dog, while a mile away a rival settlement sprang up, known as Yellow Dog.
Stagecoaches and wagon trains traveling north and south through eastern Oregon and Washington found a convenient stopping point in both Raw Dog and Yellow Dog. The rivalry between the two locations escalated as they competed over which town would secure the stagecoach depot for the area. When Raw Dog received a permanent stagecoach station, the two towns became one, known as Dogtown.
The town’s name changed to Hardman in 1881 when David N. Hardman, an old pioneer farmer, moved to town and brought the post office with him, by consent of the government, which he previously operated from his farm. The town took the name of the post office and became generally known as Hardman.
It was rumored the railroad would go through Hardman in the late 1880s. When it was routed through Heppner instead, it was a devastating blow to the community, effectively stunting future growth of the town.
By the 1920s, trucks replaced horses, mail routes changed and Hardman began its decline. The last business in Hardman closed in 1968.
Holiday surprises await two lonely hearts in Hardman…
Tom Grove just needs to survive a month at home while he recovers from a work injury. How bad can it be to return to Hardman for the holiday season? He arrives to discover his middle-aged parents acting like newlyweds, the school in need of a teacher, and the girl of his dreams already engaged.
After the loss of her parents and her fiancé abandoning her to spend a year abroad, Lila Granger desires a change of scenery. She leaves her home in New York to spend a few months with relatives in Hardman, Oregon. The idea of stepping off the train into a place that gives her a true sense of coming home never entered her mind. Neither did the notion of falling in love with a man who clearly can’t wait to get away from the small town.
The Christmas Quandary is a sweet Victorian romance, full of laughter and heartwarming moments, perfect for a holiday read.
Available on Amazon!
Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen, one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and heart-pumping moments with characters that seem incredibly real.
When she isn’t writing or indulging in chocolate (dark and decadent, please), Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.
This USA Today bestselling author is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Sweet Romance Reads, and Pioneer Hearts.
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