Howdy! So glad you could join me for What to Read Wednesday 🙂 Today we have my friend Callie Hutton stopping by for a visit. She’s been on the blog several times and we always have a great time.
Callie is a fabulous author who writes wonderful Western romances and Regency romances. You’ll love her stories and the characters she creates.
Don’t forget to check out her latest book and enter her giveaway at the end of the post 🙂
Take it away Callie…
I am of the generation that spent Saturday afternoons at the movies. Two movies and cartoons. A great way to while away an afternoon – especially for my mother who got four kids out from under her feet. A lot of those movies were Westerns with big stars such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, and Jimmy Stewart, to name a few. There they were, cowboys big as life saving the ranch and courting the pretty girls.
Our television life followed the same with Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Davy Crockett, and The Rebel. As you can see, I spent a lot of my growing up years idolizing the old west and strong cowboys. They were handsome and muscular and could shoot, ride, and rescue the ladies. What’s not to love?
When you combine all of that with being a History major in college, it certainly followed that one of my favorite types of books to read and write is Western Historical Romance. Give me a strong sheriff with a feisty heroine and my story pretty much writes itself.
Women of the old west were different than their east coast counterparts. You had to be a tough gal to travel to the west, set up housekeeping in the middle of nowhere, and survive. In my book, Emma’s Journey, I detailed the horrors and pain of the Oregon trail. Emma was subjected to Indian encounters, floods, river crossings and flu epidemics. It was not an easy life.
Although my book An Angel in the Mail had a lot of humor in it, the story still acknowledged how difficult a woman’s life was in the old west. Especially if you’re a newly penniless young society lady on your way to Oregon to marry a stranger with five children!
I have one of five stories in Wild Western Women, about spirited western women, with four other well-known western historical authors: Kristen Osbourne, Sylvia McDainel, Caroline Clemmons, and Merry Farmer. My story is A Chance to Love Again, which is the third book in my Oklahoma Lover series. In Wild Western Women, our heroines are gutsy and give their heroes enough of a bad time to make the men stand up and take notice. That’s what the old west women did.
Here is the blurb from my story: A Chance to Love Again
Widow Rachel Stevens is very happy with her job as a cook for the Lazy Sunset ranch where she is raising her son. However, the new foreman, Rusty McIntyre, is turning her life upside down. She could overlook how her son has begun to idolize Rusty, but she’s having a heck of a time ignoring the flutters in her stomach every time the man smiles at her.
But Rusty has problems of his own. His previously unknown fourteen year old daughter has just arrived to live with him. Used to always being on his own, now he has a young boy following him around imitating his every move, and a surly young lady glaring at him. Throw into the mix the tug he feels toward the ranch cook—who wants no part of him—and life is no longer as easy as it once was.
Wild Western Women on Amazon: amzn.to/ZAfrTh
A Chance to Love Again on Amazon: amzn.to/1sV4F4j
Both books are also available on Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Apple Books.
One commenter will be drawn to receive an e-copy of A Run for Love (the first book in the Oklahoma Lovers series) or another of my books, and a $5 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (winner’s choice.)
USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife, Callie Hutton writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also recently welcomed twin grandsons to her ever expanding family. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a “friend” on Facebook. You can contact her through her website: http://www.calliehutton.com.
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