Howdy ya'all and welcome to my guest blog appearance of fabulous author, Hildie McQueen. I had the great fortune of getting to know Hildie McQueen and both RT in Kansas City last May, and Lori Foster's RAGT in June in Ohio of last year. Hildie is vibrant and talented and I adore her and her writing. Let's all welcome Miss Hildie to Book Obsessed Chicks.
Finding Love in the Wild West
I'm excited to be here at Book Obsessed Chicks to share a bit of life in the Wild West. Most of us are fascinated by the idea of the lonely cowboy and how they found love, marriage and ahem...yes lovers.
The hero of Blue Horizon, Josiah McClintock is single. He works at the Cole's ranch in Alder Gulch Montana in the 1860s. He finds love with a woman that moves to Montana from Wyoming. As like most men of the west, he was forced to wait for a woman that ventured west to court and marry.
In the west during the 1800s with the scarcity of women, most social traditions were done away with in the effort to find a wife and companion. Men would travel home to find a wife or write women whose pictures relatives passed around. Women on the other hand could be more selective.
Of course men had the option of visiting a brothel or 'parlor house' in a nearby town if they needed to 'indulge'. The women who worked in brothels often entertained the patrons by dancing or singing. Some married a client and left the life.
An interesting fact is that most couples engaged in premarital sex. Yay women of the west for 'shopping around' before settling!
Josiah McClintock finds himself at a crossroads. A choice between remaining in Alder Gulch or returning to his previous life. A life that he's kept hidden from everyone, including Laura, the woman in his care after a terrible tragedy.
Laura Foster isn't sure she has a reason to live after so many losses. Although she doesn't understand why Josiah insists on being her protector, his presence in her life becomes the only beacon of hope for a future.
Will they be able to ever come together and when they do will their love overcome secrets, tragedies and the danger that looms?
Blue Horizon Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/7SU3io