Monday, January 11, 2016

Researching for a historical western is not always pleasant by Kathleen Ball

Recently I started researching Indian captives and torture. I'd heard the stories growing up and of course saw them on many of the westerns. Now, writing a novel where the main character was kidnapped and survived I need to know the facts. My novel I'm working is is called Shane's Bride- Mail Order Brides of Texas. The premise is Shane O'Connor is the new town sheriff and Cecily was given to a vindictive Comanche warrior to pay a debt.

Of course she is rescued by Shane but now they have to deal with what she went through. Truthfully I figured the captives would be beaten, some killed, some taken in as part of the tribe and others turned into slaves. After reading true account after true account it's a wonder anyone dared travel through Comanche territory.

Reading about it horrified me and I decided to tone down many of the tortures for my book.
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My series Mail Order Brides of Texas  Starts with Cinders' Bride

Shannon McMurphy travels to Asherville, Texas as a mail order bride expecting to marry a rancher. Instead, her intended is a saloonkeeper. Her refusal to marry enrages John Hardy and he slices her cheek with a knife so no other man would want her. She runs into the street and no one helps her until blond, blue eyed Cinders rescues her.

Sexy, rancher Cinders saves Shannon and offers her a job. To protect her reputation he must marry her. They both agree it’s a marriage of convenience. He admires her spunk and willingness to learn everything about surviving the Texas frontier. He waits for her to ask to go home but she never does.

They learn a lot about each other through, stolen horses, Indian troubles, a cattle drive and the busybodies of the town. Their attraction for each other grows, but can they learn to trust enough to love?
Join me in Asherville, Texas and see how this love story unfolds.
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Keegan Quinn watches the passengers disembark wondering where his mail order bride is. All he sees is a woman with a husband and child. Upon approaching the young woman, he discovers she is his bride, and she has a daughter she never mentioned. As they cross the street, the little girl screams for her daddy and points to the man who accompanied them on the stage.
Rancher Keegan Quinn is furious. The married woman swindled him into paying passage for her and her child. It was fool hardy to think a mail order bride would want him. He rides out of town as fast as he can, vowing never to look back. It’s a loco dream to think he can have a family while constantly looking over his shoulder.
Addy has no idea why Peg calls the new sheriff daddy. It cost her, Keegan, the man she hoped to make a life with. She has many secrets, but the sheriff is not one of them. She needs Keegan to keep her safe from her past in Boston. Once he learns the truth, he’ll send her back, but it’s a chance she’s willing to take.
Can two people who have so much love to give, realize they actually love each other?

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