Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Much Ado About Miners - Guest Post

Much Ado About Miners
by Jacquie Rogers
Genre: Western Romance

The third novel in the Hearts of Owyhee western romance series!

Cupid’s bullet...
Hired gun Kade McKinnon interrupts a bank holdup and is shot by the teller, Iris Gardner, whose victims have a tendency to be the next groom in town.  Will he be the groom this time?

Cupid’s bow...
Iris Gardner, a smart, independent bank clerk, fell in love with Kade when she was too young to know better.  So when he walks back into her life and her bank, it's only fitting that she shoots him ... by accident, of course.  

Cupid’s blindfold...
Kade doesn’t know Iris’s company is the one who hired him to escort a bullion shipment, and Iris doesn’t know Kade owns the security company, but they both know robbers are on their trail.  Which is more likely to be stolen—the silver, or his heart? 

Books by Jacquie Rogers
Hearts of Owyhee series (western historical romance)
#1: Much Ado About Madams
#2: Much Ado About Marshals
#3: Much Ado About Miners
#4: Much Ado About Mavericks

So we asked Jacquie What interests you in writing westerns?

I grew up when television westerns were king of the air waves, but they didn’t influence me nearly as much as Owyhee County.  I grew up on a dairy farm but would’ve loved to have lived on my uncle’s ranch.  When I herded Holsteins, I wanted them to be Texas Longhorns.  When I milked cows, I dreamed of riding in the hills, chasing rustlers.

Round-ups, rodeos, and just the cowhand way of life always intrigued me—and of course so did the cowhands themselves.  What a bunch of fine looking men!  Broad shoulders, that weathered look, muscles made be real work rather than a gym.  And chaps.  Whoa, baby.

Then there’s the unique circumstances of women, especially those in the Pacific Northwest.  They weren’t clones of the Victorian women back East.  Western women were often entrepreneurs—business owners in their own right.  Kitty Wilkens, who lived in Owyhee County, holds the record for the largest horse trade to this day.  These women were tough and they worked hard, but they also liked to look pretty and play hard.  It’s a very interesting time.

But back to television.  What always caught my attention the most was the humor mixed with romance.  Miss Kitty and Matt Dillon always had some funny lines, especially with Festus around.  That’s my natural bent, so I just went with it.  Comedy is always very subjective so what causes one person to laugh might make another think it’s downright stupid, so there’s a very fine line.  Still, I think westerns and romcom are a great mix.  A couple romcom western movies that I love are The Apple Dumpling Gang and Cat Ballou.

I hope you enjoy the ride with me!

I'm a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is my passion—westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, all with a splash of humor and a dash of romance.

While I'm a country girl by birth, I currently live in suburbia with my very patient husband where we’re humble servants of The Cat Annie.  I don't think you can ever take the country out of a girl's heart, though, which is why my stories often take place in Idaho where I grew up. (Hearts of Owyhee series and some of my short stories, too.)

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  1. I always enjoy the Much Ado... books. I'm looking forward to Much Ado About Mavericks.

  2. Great post, Jacquie. Oh, we once had a cat we named Ballou. I love that movie, too. Xo

  3. Humor is always good. I loved Cat Ballou and The Apple Dumpling Gang. Another favorite (though not, strictly speaking, a Western) is North to Alaska! Anyway, great post, Jacquie!