What about Gus?
U.S. Marshal August “Gus” Rose first appeared in Maybe This Christmas, book #2 of the Holidays in Mountain Home Series. The back of the book (description) gives it away…Luke eventually gets the girl (Effie) (I’ll let you discover for yourself how that comes about). Many readers contacted me wanting to know “What about Gus?”
I’m delighted to announce that Gus’s HEA (happily-ever-after) is here in The Marshal’s Surrender.
This blog article shares with you the entire opening scene.
I’m a woman. I’ve never fired a gun (other than a BB gun when I was twelve). I read a lot of western historical romance and I write it too. When writing The Marshal’s Surrender (the most gun-intense book so far), I still had to do a lot of research to make sure my story stood on an accurate historical platform. Where did gunmen stash their Colt revolvers? What did their holsters look like? Did they wear a belt? What about a hidden, back-up gun (like gamblers always seem to have)? In this article, I share vintage photographs and an 1877 patent image, showing those of us unfamiliar with nineteenth century firearms what they looked like.
Weather can be a character in a book, just like a person or an animal. In the case of The Marshal’s Surrender, Winter is a setting and a villainous character, hiding clues, endangering lives, impacting nearly every scene as a sense of place and timing. Have you ever thought of weather in the role of character?
Were earrings popular and common within the nineteenth century? Or did they come into vogue (and acceptance) post 1900?
This article references period newspapers, catalogs, and vintage photographs. Also discloses an element of cover art for (Gus’s Story) The Marshal’s Surrender.