I’ll be in Deadwood, SD, June 9th and 10th attending the Wild Deadwood Reads. I’m excited to be one of the authors sponsoring a bus to the 1880’s Black Hills train ride and seating at the rodeo Friday night. If you’d like to have a reader’s dream vacation check out the events and registration. www.wilddeadwoodreads.com
This summer will not only be filled with this fun adventure, I’ll be starting a new historical western romance series. I’m excited to be writing about saloon girls and their happy ever afters. I thought I’d give you a peek of the handsome man who runs the Silver Dollar saloon.
Beau Gentry- He’s in his thirties, never been married, adept at cards, likes women, but doesn’t blatantly fool around. He is the illegitimate son of Arnold Gentry. A plantation owner in Louisiana who fooled around with a rival’s wife. The woman became pregnant and was thrown out by her husband when the baby boy appeared with his biological father’s ice blue eyes. Arnold Gentry refused to acknowledge the boy. Beau’s mother had to become a prostitute to make money. A Creole woman helped take care of Beau. He grew up close with her son who is the bouncer and piano player in the Silver Dollar.
Because of his mother’s trials, he helps women when they are left homeless and penniless. They work in the saloon, serving drinks, singing, and dancing. He bought the building behind the saloon, and gave an older woman the job of running a boarding house for women. His “girls” live in the boarding house.
I’m excited to start this series, showing bits and pieces of Beau until about book five or six when he’ll meet his match and the woman who steals his heart. While he has a soft heart, helping the woman, he is tough at cards, tough on men who hurt women, and keeps his heart locked up, not wanting to end up dying of a broken heart like his mother.
Given the series title: Ladies of the Silver Dollar Saloon, I can make these books as steamy as I want. I’ve already conjured up the first ladies and their circumstances. The town will be set along the railroad and a spot where cattle are loaded onto the train. That gives me many cowboys and other occupations coming through the town to hitch the ladies to. 😉