Friday, January 11, 2019

Soul mates and Everlasting Love in History #romance

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for visiting Keta's Keep. Many of the blog posts I've read since January 1st are about the 'goals' and 'resolutions' people made for 2019. I try not to set too many goals and set myself up for failure. Many goals are not obtained no matter how hard we try. 

But...if you're still looking for a post about New Years' Resolutions, I'll share my one and only goal for 2019 with you. it is: "Keep my feet above the grass." That's it. Life is complicated and I consider it a great success if I can stay healthy and alive this year. I think it's a great goal for everyone!

My blog post today is about something more palatable - "Soul Mates & Everlasting Love in History" (whether fictional or mythological). Who among us doesn't love to read about true love or soul mates? I hope you find some inspiring love stories below - ones that make you believe in finding love everlasting (or keeping love everlasting).

Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
In 1612, a teenage girl, Arjumand Banu, married 15-year-old Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire. Renamed Mumtaz Mahal, she bore Shah Jahan 14 children and became his favorite wife. After Mumtaz died in 1629, the grieving emperor resolved to create a fitting monument. It took 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants nearly 20 years to complete this monument - the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan was never able to complete a black marble mausoleum he planned for himself. Deposed by his son, Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra, and spent lonely hours staring across the Jamuna River at the monument to his beloved queen. He was eventually buried beside her in the Taj Mahal.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 
This love story is about English royalty who mourned her husband's death for 40 years. Victoria was a lively, cheerful girl, fond of drawing and painting. She ascended the throne of England in 1837 after
the death of her uncle, King William IV. In 1840, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. While at first Prince Albert was unpopular in some circles because he was German, he came to be admired for his honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family. The couple had nine children. Victoria loved her husband deeply. She relied on his advice in matters of state, especially in diplomacy. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria was devastated. She did not appear in public for three years. Her extended seclusion generated considerable public criticism. Several attempts were made on Victoria's life. However, under the influence of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Victoria resumed public life, opening Parliament in 1866. But Victoria never stopped mourning her beloved prince, wearing black until her death in 1901. During her reign, the longest in English history, Britain became a world power on which "the sun never set."

Pocahontas and John Smith
This love story is a famous legend in the history of America. Pocahontas, an Indian Princess was the daughter of Powhatan. Powhatan was the powerful chief of the Algonquian Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Pocahontas for the first time in her life saw Englishmen in May 1607. She found John Smith most attractive and developed a liking for him. Smith was taken to the official residence of Powhattan and he was tortured. It was Pocahontas who saved his life from the attack of the Indians. Pocahontas then helped Smith to stand on his feet and Powhattan adopted Smith as his son. This incident helped Pocahontas and Smith to become friends with each other. Pocahontas after this incident made frequent visits to the Jamestown and passed on to the Indians messages of her father. John Smith after getting badly injured due to gunpowder explosion, returned to England. When Pocahontas made a visit to the fort, she was informed that Smith was dead. Sometime after, Pocahontas was taken prisoner by Sir Samuel Argall. Argall hoped to use Pocahontas as abargaining chip with her father Powhatan in effort to get English prisoners returned. During her captivity, she decided to become a Christian, taking the name “Rebecca” when she was baptized. A year later, she married John Rolfe. She made a visit to London, where he met his friend John Smith after eight long years and it was their last meeting.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these famous lovers because that's what 'Romance" is all

I write romance in several genres
Historical Romance
Western Romance
Paranormal Romance
Contemporary Romance
Erotic Romance

As you can see, I'm all about Romance and love writing about characters who might go through many trials and tribulations but in the end, find true love. 

This month I'm featuring one of the books I loved writing - WHERE THE RAIN IS MADE

Recent Five-Star Review
"Where The Rain is Made was a surprising blend of genres. While solidly building on a foundation of romance, it is so much more. The paranormal aspect of time travel and shamanism is painted realistically and establishes the authenticity of the story while allowing modern-day influences to be brought into a past time through the hero's modern perspective. The reader is swept along with the emotions of the characters; fears of impending war, devotion to culture, love of family, horror at the necessary brutality of the Dog Soldier. The plot and characters are well developed and their ties to history and each other ebb and flow logically, but not predictably, securing the reader’s interest until the end."

* Nominated for Bookie Award by Authors After Dark.
* Nominated for Best Romance of the Year
* Time Travel/Shapeshifter
* Western Romance
* Over 35 - Five Star Reviews

A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother Marsh. These days, she spends every waking moment planning escape from the brutal Dog Soldiers' village.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum . . . until he travels through time to help his beloved People. In the Cheyenne world he's known as Meko, leader of the most revered and fearsome tribe of the plains.

Two cultures and two hearts battle. Violence and death haunt their troubled roads, but when kindred souls collide, love prevails against the greatest odds. From the windswept plains of Colorado to the placid life of a curator, their love is fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.

Friday, January 4, 2019

My Interview With #Author McKenna Dean (Panster or Plotter?)

Welcome friends,

Recently I did an interview with Author McKenna Dean. You might find out some interesting tidbits about me and my writing. The interview is below.

Author Interview with Keta Diablo
Posted on January 2, 2019 HERE

I’m delighted to be hosting bestselling author, Keta Diablo for an interview! Welcome to my blog and thank you for answering my nosy, I mean discerning, questions!  First, please tell us a little about yourself, Keta, and the kinds of stories you like to write. Would you say there is an underlying theme behind your stories?

I write in several genres. Don’t ask me why, but I guess I like to bounce around a little. I have written western romance, contemporary romance, historical romance and quite a bit of paranormal. It’s funny you’d ask me this question because not long ago I was looking through my back list and discovered ghosts generally make an appearance. It doesn’t seem to matter what genre either. I didn’t consciously realize the ‘ghost’ thing until I perused my books. Hmm. Wonder if it’s because as a child I saw ghosts. And that’s not fiction, but a story for another day. LOL

Here’s my latest ghost story, a contemporary military romance: A Ghost To Die For

That’s really interesting! I’m tempted into other genres myself, though like you, there are certain themes I prefer. 

What part of the world do you call home? Can you tell us a little about where you grew up and where you live now?

I grew up in the Midwest and still live in the Midwest. For the last fifteen years I’ve lived in a little resort town where it’s very quiet in the winter and teeming with a gazillion tourists in the summer. They arrive in droves to water ski, jet ski, cruise the lakes in their big fancy boats and hit all the quaint local boutiques. Believe it or not they also come to participate in the weekly turtle races. Yes, I said ‘turtle’ races. It’s a huge event here in the summer.

Now that I’d like to see!!

How long have you been writing? Did you write as a child or is it something you developed a passion for later in life?

I’ve been writing for about 15 years. I didn’t write as a child, but there is one incident that planted a seed in my brain about books. When I was in the 6th grade, a teacher gave me a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird and said I should read it. I wasn’t too interested in taking her up on her suggestion, but over spring break, I picked the book up, read the first sentence, “When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow,” and I was hooked. I wanted to know how Jem broke his elbow and what happened next. Guess that’s what we call a great opening hook. I realized while reading that book that I could go anywhere in the world by simply turning the pages. I fell in love with the town, the characters and the sultry heat of the deep South. I kept reading after that, everything I could get my hands on. I often wonder if that teacher hadn’t placed that book on my desk if I would have chosen another profession. Seems to me that’s when I knew one day I’d write a book.

That’s so true about reading–and it saddens me when I see how many kids today wrinkle their nose at the idea of reading a book. You were lucky you had a great teacher who hooked you in.

How would you characterize your stories? As romance, erotica, or something entirely different?

See above – jumping around genres. I also jump around when it comes to heat level. I used to write quite a bit of erotic romance, and then tamed it down to sensual. I’ve written one series of clean historical romance, just because I wanted to try it. I vacillate back and forth in both genre and heat level.

City Boy/Girl or Country Mouse—and why?

Country Lady. I feel safer in the country and enjoy the fact that everyone knows one another. When I go to the grocery store here, they call me by name. When I lived in the city, I’d be lucky to get a smile out of the clerks. lol

I can sympathize–I’m all about the country myself. We’re often told “Writers should write what they know.” What does this statement mean to you as an author?

I would change that a little – Writers should write what really intrigues them. I’m drawn to Native American history and history of the Old West. I find both topics fascinating, but, of course, I didn’t live back then so I have to do research when writing about either one. That doesn’t mean I know it but it means I’d like to know it. With those subjects, one has to rely on research, lots and lots of research. You think about an author who writes strictly Regency Romance. She/he didn’t live it either, but learned about that specific era because of an intense interest.

Are you a panster or a plotter?  Do you outline extensively or write your story as you go along?

I’m a panster. I’ve tried note cards, outlines, many different techniques and failed at most. I think about the story in my head for a long, long time. You might say I write the story in my head – the plot – and then I do research about the terrain, the clothing, the weather, whatever finds its way into my characters’ lives. I might make a few notes while I’m writing, but mostly it’s in my head until I plant my butt in the chair and begin writing.

I hear you! I’m a panster myself, though I am trying to be more organized these days! Of the stories you’ve written, which one do you like the most? Which one would you recommend a new reader begin with?

I like all of my stories and have come to like my characters by the time I’m done writing about them. Season, Unforgettable. It’s a contemporary romance turned thriller. Readers seem to like that. Several have commented they thought it was a typical boy meets girls romance (hey, so did I until the characters took over) that suddenly turned into an intense thriller. For some reason, that book came easy for me. I know it sounds silly, but the words/plot just flowed from page to page.
If I’m pressed to choose one, I think it would be

What are the three most important things in your life—the things you can’t do without?

My children and grandchildren (I’m counting them as one), my furry feline companion who I rescued 10 years ago. Miss Emma LaPounce is now 16 years old. Her family moved out of town, took their furniture and left her on the doorstep of the animal shelter. I’d visit her often at the shelter and she didn’t want much to do with me. She was so depressed about her family leaving her. One day, I said to her, “I’m taking you home and you and I are going to be best friends.” She must have listened because you won’t ever find her more than one foot away from me when I’m home. She’s has had a wonderful life and I’m so glad I rescued her. Oh, the third thing—I count these as one too—my computer, my Kindle Fire and my writing. Lol.

Emma La Pounce–what a great name and a lovely cat. What a great story, too. 

Do you read reviews? How do you handle a negative review?

I don’t search for them, but once in a while run across them when I’m Amazon. I had a good laugh over my one and only 1 star review. It was for Land of Falling Stars , a Civil War historical romance that received many five star reviews. Did I mention it was EROTIC romance? Well, this person did not like the book at all. She wrote a one paragraph review and used the word “disgusting’ at least seven times. Ya gotta have a sense of humor about that stuff. Clearly, the product description said it was an erotic romance, but she read it anyway and then let me know how disgusted she was over the language and the sex. You can’t please them all. The review is still there on Amazon, and I chuckle every time I read it.

What are you reading now?

The Orchardist, The Silent Wife, and Only Killer and Thieves. As  you can see my reading tastes are about as scattered as my writing.

Thanks so much for hosting me on you blog. I really enjoyed the questions. I hope your fans, friends and followers will check out my books on my Amazon page

Or follow me on the Net at the following places:

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About Keta Diablo

Keta lives in the Midwest part of the United States on six acres of gorgeous woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening she loves to commune with nature. A pair of barn owls returns to the property every year to birth their young and show them off in the high branches of the oak trees. Nothing more adorable than these white fluffy babies with heart-shaped faces. A lifelong animal lover, Keta devotes her time and support to the local animal shelter. Emma LaPounce, a rescued feline, has been her furry companion for the last ten years.

Keta is an award-winning and best-selling author who writes in several genres: Western Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance and Contemporary Romance. In a past life, she wrote Gay Romance. Her books have received numerous accolades, including RWA contest finalist, Authors After Dark finalist, Top Pick of the Month and Recommended Review from top review sites, and Best Romance Finalist from The Independent Author Network.  

Ps: For some strange reason, ghosts often show up in her stories, no matter the genre.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Welcome #Author Katherine Smits - WATER DREAMS

Welcome, Katherine, to Keta's Keep. We're so happy you're here.

First, I must disclose (willingly) I read  Katherine's latest release WATER DREAMS and loved it! For anyone who loves paranormal "different" you must get a copy of Katherine's wonderful novel. We're talking a sexy merman and a human woman who loves him. Of course, it's forbidden love so fasten your seatbelts, kids!

Katherine's here to answer some questions about her writing life (and maybe a little bit about her personal life). Let's hope she tells us more about Water Dreams and how it came about

1) I'm always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, we want to know where do you get yours, and where did you get the idea for The Sea Witch and The Mage and Water Dreams?
I read in all genres, but I knew my first novel would be a paranormal romance, because that’s my favorite. I love vampires and werewolves, but I wanted something different. I also planned to set the story in my home town of Tarpon Springs, Florida. At the time, I lived in West Virginia and battled homesickness, especially in the winter! So, I thought about what kind of shifter might live in or near a town on the water. There was only one answer—mermaids and mermen. Water Dreams is about a young woman of Greek descent, who is forced to confront her fear of water when she falls in love with a shape-shifter merman, whose job it is to convince her to help him and his people.

The idea for The Sea Witch and the Mage is kind of weird. One day before I wrote the story, I arranged some small seashells, pieces of coral and polished pebbles inside a large Welk. It looked like they were inside a cave. A couple of days later, we ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant, where my plate arrived accented with a tiny bruja, (witch) doll. I didn’t know what to do with it, but I didn’t want to throw it away. When I got home, I spied the seashell arrangement and realized the doll was the right size to fit inside, so I stood it up beside a shiny rock. After The Sea Witch and the Mage was published, I noticed the seashell arrangement and it hit me: a witch in an underwater cave. Until that moment, I had no idea that was where the idea came from. The subconscious is an interesting place. 

So, I guess the overall answer is that ideas come from everywhere.
2) Which comes first for you, the story, the characters, or the setting?
Lately the setting inspires me. I feel so lucky to live in Florida again. Different towns and parts of the state are amazingly diverse and there’s so much more here than palm trees and theme parks.

3) Do you think your heroine in Water Dreams, Nik, is anything like you? Like...small facets of her personality or anything else?
I think if authors are honest, all our characters are somewhat like us, even the villains. Nik is quite different from me. However, being strong and independent is vital to her and that’s definitely a characteristic we share.

4) One thing you're really good at, in my opinion, is description. You bring the scene alive, placing the reader right there. Here's a sample: 'Spanish moss hung from intertwined oak trees, creating a shadowy canopy. Night blooming jasmine scented the air.' So, my question is: Does this type of writing come natural to you? Do you see the night blooming jasmine and shadowy canopies in your head while you're writing?
I do see the scenes in my head when I write. Of course, a lot of the locations in Water Dreams are real, so I just write what I know.

5) What is the single most important part of writing for you?  For instance--typing The End, making your readers happy, or a great feeling of relief that you accomplished something great?
When I lose myself in writing, hours pass in what feels like seconds, characters take over and act or speak on their own, and the story becomes as real to me (or more so) than my life, that’s like magic to me. It’s gives me something similar to a runner’s high, only without burning all those calories (sigh).

Okay. folks, now I'm delving a little into Katherine's personal life. Hope she doesn't slap me!
I would never do that!

6) What’s the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?
Ladies, please don’t hate me because I’m blessed with an incredibly romantic husband. He buys me jewelry for my birthday, takes me on yearly cruises to exotic lands, tells me he loves me every single day, and has never forgotten an anniversary. If I had to choose, I would say our honeymoon, which he completely planned, was the most romantic thing he ever did. During our three-week trip, we visited Niagara Falls and New York City, where we saw a performance by the Rockettes. We also visited his family in Michigan and mine in New Hampshire. It was fall and the weather and scenery were glorious. It was a dream come true.

7) Nobody would hate you for having such a real-life romantic man. We might envy you, though. Okay...are you a City Girl or Country Girl? Since you're great at description, without disclosing your personal lovation, describe the setting for us. 
I’m a country or small-town girl. I already spilled the beans that I live in Florida. Here’s a little description: 

My office window looks out on towering pines, whose tops seem to spear the cottony clouds above them, and oak trees grey-bearded with Spanish moss. A pileated woodpecker taps and raps on a dead tree trunk, searching for grubs, then squeals out a monkey-like call to warn others this is his territory. As a gopher tortoise digs his home a little deeper, the sandy soil at the base of the woods erupts into a pile two feet high. Then the turtle trundles out to the grass and crops the blades, while he warms himself in the sun. I stretch and stand, leaving the world of mermaids and swamp mages for a reality break. As I step outside, the warm breeze carries the scent of roses. Hard to believe it’s December. I live in a magical place, where winter never comes, not that different from the imaginary world of my books.

8) Now we're definitely envious. What's your favorite TV show?
I like lots of shows, but my favorite right now is Siren. Big surprise, LOL

9)  What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries? 
I read a lot. I’m also a clog dancer and dressage rider. 

10) Lace or leather? 
It would have to be both. Lace for clothes. Leather for saddles and other tack.

11) Coffee, Tea or martinis?
Coffee and Chardonnay

12) And lastly, when did you start writing? And whatever possessed you? LOL.
I started my first novel in grade school. In high school I penned short stories, edited the yearbook, and reported for the school paper. During my career as a clinical social worker, I wrote professional papers, newspaper articles, and brochures and took on every writing related project I could find. When I retired from social work, I finally had the time to do what I always wanted, which was and still is, to write novels. I think I was born this way.  

Thanks again, Katherine, for visiting us today and for being such a good sport. Please tell us below where we can find Water Dreams and, also, where can we find you on the Net?

Water Dreams is available from on-line retailers including AMAZON

Or from the publisher,  FOUNDATIONS

Katherine is giving away an e-book copy of her novella that precedes Water Dreams - yes, I read that FAB novella too. The Sea Witch and the Mage will captivate you! Leave a comment and your email address below to qualify. Katherine will choose a winner three days after this post appears.

And thank you, fans, friends and followers for stopping by to meet Katherine E. Smits!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

The Best TV #Westerns Of All Time??

Hello, and thanks for dropping by.

Lists like these below interest me. I suppose because I enjoy both writing and reading western romance. Some of these programs I remember. I mean, who could ever forget Clint Eastwood as a young man?

Let's see if you remember some of these westerns from the 60s, 70s and 80s. 

If so, do you agree these were 'some' of the best running TV westerns? At least in someone else's opinion. Leave a comment below and tell us which shows you remember.  

Gunsmoke – Longest running western of all time

The Wild Wild West – Eventually cancelled because of its violence

Bonanza – Starring Little Joe and Hoss.

Have Gun Will Travel – Starring Richard Book, ran from 1957-1963
Rawhide – Starring Clint Eastwood, who would become the savior of the Western genre in the 1970s.

Cheyenne – Ran 108 episodes and starred Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie.

Zorro - The masked man who fought for justice was a hot tempered cattle baron with a strong sense of morality and fair play.

The Lone Ranger - Starred Clayton Moore as the title character and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. Hi-Ho, Silver!

The Guns of Will Sonnet – Ran from 1967 to 1969. Starred Walter Brennan as Will Sonnett and Dack Rambo as his grandson, Jeff, who were searching for Will's son, James.

Kung Fu - starred David Carradine as a man who travels the Old West using martial arts to make his way.

The Virginian – Ran from 1962-1971 James Drury and Doug McClure were the only performers who appeared in all nine seasons.

Maverick – The Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart, were poker players from Texas who traveled all over the American Old West constantly getting into and out of life-threatening trouble of one sort or another. 

Here are some of the western romance books I've written:

Thanks for visiting Keta's Keep today. Hope you drop by again in soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Pecan Crescent Cookies And #Christmas Traditions

Hello friends and followers of Keta's Keep.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. This month is a great month to visit the blog because you'll find all sorts of Holiday traditions and recipes you'll want to keep handy.

Here's a recipe for cookies I make every year. They're easy-peasy yet mouth-watering delicious.

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup finely chopped pecans
Confectioners' sugar

In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add flour. Stir in pecans.
Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into 2-1/2-in. logs and shape into crescents. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 325° for 20-22 minutes or until set and bottoms are lightly browned. Let stand for 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.

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What could be easier, right? And I know your family will love them!

Now...what about some of the first Christmas traditions in America?

Of course, Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition. However, the first American Christmas tree can be credited to a Hessian soldier by the name of Henrick Roddmore, who was captured at the Battle of Bennington (Vermont) in 1776. He then went to work on the farm of Samuel Denslow in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, where for the next 14 years he put up and decorated Christmas trees in the Denslow family home.

The first Christmas tree retail lot was established in 1851 by a Pennsylvanian named Mark Carr, who hauled two ox sleds loaded with Christmas trees from the Catskill Mountains to the sidewalks of New York City.

The first president to set up a Christmas tree in the White House was Franklin Pierce, and the first president to establish the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the White House lawn was Calvin Coolidge.

On December 22, 1882, Edward Johnson, an associate of Thomas Edison, created the first string of Christmas tree lights. They were first sold in New York City.

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The first department store Santa was James Edgar, who, during Christmas seasons beginning in 1890, would wander about his store (the Boston Store) in Brockton, Massachusetts, dressed as Santa Claus, talking to the children of customers.

December 7, 1898: The first Christmas postage stamp was released in Canada
December 7, 1907: Christmas seals sold for the first time
Wednesday, December 1, 1909: The Christmas Club savings account began

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I'm celebrating Christmas a little early with a great SALE on TWO of my full-length novels:

* 35 ‘Five’ Star Reviews
* RWA Molly Contest Finalist
* Red Carpet Review Top Award Nominee

Determined to win Morgan Gatewood’s love, Olivia Breedlove lures the decadent man into a game of cat and mouse. What began as a ploy to force him to commit, tumbles into a world rife with voyeurism, sin and murder. Morgan must not only beat Olivia at her own game but stay one step ahead of the scheming vixen once the serial killer has her in his sights.

Enter L’ Amour Immortelles, an affluent brothel, where no one is who they claim to be, and no one is safe. Enter the world of Decadent Deceptions where the hunted becomes the hunter to save the woman he loves. 


Sojourn With A Stranger - 99 Cents!

Raine Brinsley is penniless after her parents drowned at sea. She's sent by the local minister to Stafford House to apply for a job as a servant. Despite the alarm bells going off in her head, she accepts the offer of employment. She has one goal in mind, to return to her beloved grandfather in Maine.

Lord of the Manor, Derek Stafford, has his own dilemmas to worry about. His wife committed suicide some time ago after delivering several stillbirths. Derek and his brother, Lyman, race to produce the first male heir of Stafford House. The winner will receive not only the title to the eloquent manor but also an enormous sum of money from their father.

Derek decides the beautiful Raine will make the perfect surrogate. If only he can convince the young woman that signing a contract to bear his son will serve both their needs: She can return to her grandfather and he'll inherit a life of wealth and luxury.   

But dark stirrings are afoot at Stafford House. A ghost haunts the halls of the manor and the spirit is intent on exposing her killer to Raine. Steeped in murderous plots, Derek and Raine face insurmountable odds of achieving their dreams.

And fight the insatiable hunger between them. 

Thanks so much for visiting today, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakuh and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

From the Annals of History: A Real Life #Cowboy & His Lover...The Rose of Cimarron

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by today to read about bloody shootouts, a real-life cowboy and the woman who loved him. 

This is the true story of Rose Dunn, also dubbed the Rose of Cimarron, for her kind nature and beauty. I hope you enjoy it. 

Rose Dunn (aka the Rose of Cimarron) was born near Ingalls, Oklahoma. Her family was poor, but she received a formal education at a convent in Wichita, Kansas. Dunn's two older brothers became minor outlaws by the time she was 12. She learned to ride, rope and shoot from her brothers, and through them, she met and became involved romantically with George "Bittercreek" Newcomb around 1893. At the time, Rose was  only14-15 years of age. 

The gang Newcomb ran with worshipped her due to her good looks and her calm and kind demeanor, They were fiercely defensive of her, and in return, spawned her loyalty to them. Rose was completely infatuated with Newcomb and began supporting Newcomb's outlaw life. When he was a 'wanted' man she often ventured into town for supplies for him. By that time, Newcomb rode with theWild Bunch gang led by famous outlaw Bill Doolin. Her brothers, however, had left the outlaw life and become well-known bounty hunters, calling themselves the Dunn Brothers.

On September 1, 1893, the gang was cornered in Ingalls by a posse of U.S. Marshals, in what became known as the Battle of Ingalls, resulting in an intense shootout. Western legend has it that Newcomb was badly wounded, and while he lay in the street, Rose Dunn ran from the "Pierce Hotel" to his side with two belts of ammunition and a Winchester rifle. She fired the rifle at the Marshals while Newcomb reloaded his revolvers, thus, allowing Newcomb to escape.

Three Deputy Marshals were killed during that shootout, and both Newcomb and Charley Pierce were wounded but escaped. Gang member "Arkansas Tom" Jones was also wounded but captured by Deputy Marshal Jim Masterson. Together with Newcomb and other members of the gang, Rose Dunn hid out for at least two months nursing the remaining gang members back to health.

By 1895, Newcomb had a $5,000 bounty placed on him, dead or alive. Newcomb and Charley Pierce began hiding out near Norman, Oklahoma, both of them having been wounded in another gunbattle with US Marshals. On May 2, 1895, the Dunn Brothers shot and killed both Newcomb and Pierce as they dismounted in front of the Dunn house to visit Rose. The brothers collected the bounty, believed to have been $5,000 each.

Rumors abounded that Rose had 'outed' Newcomb and Pierce, but in later years, both Rose and her brothers denied the allegations. 

Rose went on to marry a politician and died at the age of 76. 

When we write western romance fiction, it's a story made up in our heads--although it might be taken from actual events in history. Sometimes we forget that life was brutal and cold in those days with real shootouts (and real bullets), nasty battle wounds, poor medical care, and long recoveries. Quite different sometimes than the romantic stories we peddle about westerns.

Here's one of my stories set in New Mexico in the late 1800s. New Mexico was well known for its harsh terrain and hot weather. I hope you enjoy reading about it.
Chasing the Dead
Western Romance

In 1884 New Mexico, Madrid Arrende finds herself kidnapped by the Apache. Determined to rescue her, her wealthy father realizes there is only one man capable of bringing her back alive...Deacon Bannister. Deacon doesn't give one whit about the large sum of money Don Erasmos Arrende has offered him to find his daughter. He only cares about bringing the woman he left at the altar a year ago home.

A ghost is terrorizing the Apache village and the young maiden, Sacheen, has been banished by her People for unleashing Uday's wrath. Now, Deacon, Madrid and Sacheen must flee for their lives across the rugged New Mexico landscape with the evil spirit in hot pursuit.

Will they make it back alive to Madrid's father's hacienda or will
Deacon lose Madrid forever?

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