Friday, July 1, 2011

Wagons, Ho! Romancing The West Is Live


Copyright © 2011 Jacquie Rogers

With just a few weeks to prepare and thanks to the dozen or so authors who stepped up to the plate, Romancing The West is packed, hitched and on the trail!  We'll hear from traditional western authors, historical and contemporary romance authors, and others.  We now have western steampunk and western paranormal books, too, so maybe a few of those authors will also stop by.
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RTW is a little gift from me and all the talented contributors to you.  Read, enjoy, share, and send in your own articles.  I'd love to hear from you.  And no, you don't have to be an author.  Articles on Old West topics of interest are always welcome.
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Here's the format we'll follow most weeks:
  • Mondays, RTW features a western novel and an interview with the author.
  • Thursdays, the featured author will post an article on an Old West topic.
  • Saturdays, a little bit of everything as long as it has to do with the Old West
  • Sundays, contest winner announcements
Lots of authors will be offering prizes--not all, but most--so check back often if you want to win some truly outstanding books.
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Here's the tentative line-up (I say tentative because you never know what will happen)
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July 1: Grand Opening $25 Amazon Gift Certificate and some free books to one lucky commenter! (See deets below)
July 4: Kat Martin and L.J Martin talk about their book Tin Angel
July 7: L.J Martin cooks up some fun in Cooking Wild & Wonderful
Week of July 11: Paty Jager tells us about Spirit of the Lake
July 18 to 22: Blog Tour de Force--Menage a Blog (lots of prizes and free books!)
Week of July 25: Anna Kathryn Lanier
Week of Aug. 1: Cheryl Pierson
Week of Aug. 8: Debra Holland
Week of Aug. 15: Jacquie Rogers
Week of Aug. 22: Karen M. Nutt
Week of Aug. 29: Anne Carole
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CONTESTS!
Authors are scheduled throughout July and many are running contests, so check back every Monday and Thursday. :)
RTW has a great line-up and is scheduling in October. Authors, if you want your western novel to be featured and would like to contribute an article on the Old West, check out the guidelines.

A little about what's behind this blog:   I fell in love with traditional westerns long before I ever read a western historical romance.  Practically everyone on the planet has read Louis L'Amour and Zane Grey, but there are a lot of other excellent western authors, too.  One of them will be a guest on RTW in a few days, L.J. Martin.

The Old West has always intrigued me, so it's only natural that I'd love the western historical romances of Kat Martin.  In fact, I wasn't all that sold on the romance genre until I read a book by Kat and another by Kathleen Eagle.  And then, of course, I became obsessed. :)

I've written several western historical romances, the first of which debuts today, Much Ado About Marshals.  It will be released in print August 15. 

Here's the book video:

Now, for our Grand Opening Contests:
  • one follower will win a $25 Amazon gift certificate!!!
Winner announced July 31, midnight Pacific Time.  I'll be contacting the winner by clicking on the follower's picture, so make sure you check whatever email is associated with it.

Who is the actor?
What's your favorite western?

Winner will be announced July 3rd at 10pm Pacific Time, and any comment left on this blog on any post up until the time of the drawing will qualify you.  Be sure to leave your email address or some way to contact you in case you're one of the winners.

Thanks to all of you who stopped by.  Grab a cup of coffee--it's time to relax a spell and chew the fat a while.  RTW has lots of good stuff parked in the back forty just waiting for you! :)

Jacquie


41 comments:

  1. That's Clint Walker as lonely man Cheyenne Bodie. And CHEYENNE happens to be my second favorite western, right behind MAVERICK with James Garner (who, btw, still rocks my socks).

    You can hear the CHEYENNE theme (opening and closing) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h9rUNf64cw

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  2. Thanks for posting the Cheyenne theme, Lisa. I haven't heard it in eons!

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  3. How exciting! My favorite Western, wow that is a hard one. I tend to magnetize to the television whenever one comes on. I like just about all of them. I recently watched Ambushed on TCM. And of course, anything with Eastwood.

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  4. Congrats on your grand opening!

    I love westerns and drove my mom crazy watching every single one I could find. I especially love old tv series so I can see the characters over and over. Think the current favorite is Laredo. My husband and I both get a kick out of that show.

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  5. hi Jacquie,
    Oh, yes, Cheyenne! What a walk down memory lane.LOL My favorite western was Lancer--it was only on for 2 seasons, but starred James Stacy and Wayne Maunder. Also loved Alias Smith and Jones (the trend here was that I loved the handsome guys...) LOL Anyhow, I remember when Rawhide was on in the afternoons, not long after Dark Shadows. I would beg my mom to let me watch both shows before I started my homework and chores. LOL And on Sunday nights, Bonanza came on just after the Wonderful World of Disney. Bedtime was 9:00, and Bonanza ran past that time--seems like Disney was an hour and a half or something like that. Anyhow, I was in love with Adam Cartwright. LOL Great blog, and I look forward to popping over here regularly.
    Cheryl

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  6. Hi Jacquie:
    So happy to see another site celebrating the American West. You've certainly put a lot of work into it. Good luck.

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  7. Renee, I love Eastwood's spaghetti westerns!

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  8. Debbie, the Marlbora Man, William Smith! Laredo had some spectacular, um, scenery.

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  9. Cheryl, I think every girl our age was madly in love with Adam Cartwright. LOL.

    Anyone going to mention Paladin? Loved that show.

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  10. Thanks, Jannine. Still have more to do. I hope everyone enjoys the party. :)

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  11. I grew up loving Clint Walker. What a handsome and caring man he was. Roy Rogers was my favorite and Matt Dillon was a close second. We still can remember Nellie Bell, Bullet, Trigger, Buttermilk and the dear Dale Evans. WOW do those memories go way back. :)

    Your new blog is gorgeous, Jacquie.

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  12. I really enjoy stories set in the Old West. I'm looking forward to revisiting this blog and reading about all the new authors. I'm sure it's going to be fun and exciting. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Hi Jacquie! I'm really excited about Romancing the West. I love to read western contemporary and historicals, and someday I hope to venture into writing them, too. Congratulations on a successful new venture!

    HiDee

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  14. Paisley, you have quite a list of western stars there. I loved every one of them!

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  15. Debbie, thanks for stopping by! See you here for Kat and L.J.! :)

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  16. So exciting to be a part of this web site (even though my story won't be published until spring 2012). Great job in corralling all this great talent, Jacquie! I look forward to coming back again and again. And have already begun researching my article for late March!

    Hat tip!

    Kally

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  17. Oh, thanks, Lisa Hendrix for posting the link to the Cheyenne theme. I've seen the show on satellite (don't know which channel--we have hundreds) but missed the theme song.

    Just makes you want to go write a romance for the poor lonely man, Cheyenne, doesn't it? And Clint Walker is one hot, hunky guy, too!

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  18. I love Western themed books (who doesn't love freedom, horses, guns, and cowboys?)! I'm happy to see this site!

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  19. Kally, thanks so much for contributing an article for RTW. That's what makes this site so cool--all the expertise from such a variety of authors.

    And yes, Cheyenne Bodie was one of the great characters of all time. Clint Walker was quite a hunk, all right. I remember when a kid won a shetland pony at the Snake River Stampede. Clint was the guest star that year and one of his jobs was to hand the pony's reins to the winner. But when the little boy came running out, Clint picked up the pony and handed it to him! That poor boy had no idea what to do. We sure laughed.

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  20. I just have to stop right here and say that my partner at 1st Turning Point, Ann Charles, just WON the Golden Heart award for her book, Nearly Departed in Deadwood. It's a contemporary mystery with romantic and paranormal elements. Awesome book and wonderful writer. Congratualtions, Ann!

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  21. Thanks for visiting, Tess. I hope you come back on a regular basis. :)

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  22. Good to see you here, kyreadinggirl! Thanks for stopping in.

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  23. This is a really cool site, Jacquie. I guess I shouldn't be surprised by the number of people who also like Westerns, Cheyenne in particular. Love that show!

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  24. Hi, Gerri! Glad you came by. :)

    I picked Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie for the debut post because he was my first crush--and I hadn't even started school yet! But even a little girl knows a good-looking man when she sees one. :)

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  25. This looks like it's going to be quite an exciting blog and I look forward to reading what each of these talented authors has to say. I remember all those wonderful old westerns on TV. Whatever happened to Clink Walker, anyway? I loved Sugar Foot and Maverick.

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  26. Sara, Clint Walker is online:
    Clint Walker's Website
    You can buy autographed photos and some of his shows there. And he still looks great and makes appearances even though he's getting up in years.

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  27. I'm looking forward to being part of this blog. What a great start, Jacquie!

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  28. Thanks, Paty. See you July 11th! We're in for a real treat. :)

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  29. Congrats on the new blog, Jacquie and company! I love Western historical romances and hope they make a big comeback soon. Wishing you much success and tons of blog traffic!

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  30. Gina, I hope you consider publishing your western historical soon. It's a great book!

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  31. any1 evre notice, that bonaza show, the theme song, my uncle figured it out, its ''''apple peach pear BANANNA'' if u sing it really fast, it match the theme song, lol

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  32. This is a really cool site.
    I love the historical stories and you make history come alive!!!

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  33. adam cartwright. was my crush..


    but i loved watching, miss kitty , i wanted to be a tough gal like her :)

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  35. I love the background!

    thumbelinda03@yahoo.com

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  36. The Cartwrights actually sang the Bonanza song in the pilot episode, but it was so bizarre that the footage was cut when it was re-released. I couldn’t find a clean copy, but here's a fun montage of different shows (including Cheers) singing it, along with a little piece of the original" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qfEthKSwXY

    Lorne Greene and Johnny Cash both recorded it. The show lyrics and the record lyrics are both at: http://bonanza.dcanary.com/lyrics.htm

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  37. LOL. Love the fruity Bananza song, Blackroze37. We ought to have an alternative lyrics day. :)

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  38. Thanks for dropping in, Mercedes!

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  39. Lisa, that IS bizarre! Had to watch it twice. LOL

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  40. Winner of $25 Amazon gift certificate and a signed paperback of Down Home Ever Lovin' Mule Blues (USA mailing addresses only)is blackroze37!!!

    a $10 Amazon gift certificate and a ebook of Much Ado About Marshals (any format on Smashwords, or Kindle)is Gem Sivad!!!

    Thank you for commenting, and don't forget there will be another drawing for a $25 Amazon gift certificate at the end of the month. All RTW followers are eligible to win.

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