Are you ready for spring? I dodged through sleet to get to yoga class today. Enough already! It's time for warm weather, azaleas, and the breeze carrying the aroma of outdoor-grilled steak. Sara Walter Ellwood thought so, too, so she fired up the Springtime in the Country Blog Hop.
March and April are entirely unpredictable weather months in the area where the Hearts of Owyhee series is set. I grew up there (Owyhee County, Idaho), and I remember a day where it was so warm, we dressed in shorts and tanktops. On the way to a library meeting, we had the AC turned on high in the car.
|Springtime at Graveyard Point, Owyhee County|
Then the lightning flashed, and the rain sprinkled but soon turned into sleet, then snow. We switched off the AC and turned the heater on full blast. By the time we got where we were going, four inches of snow had fallen and we were freezing. The windshield wipers stuck to the glass. Our flip-flops froze to our feet as we dashed into the building.
An hour later, our meeting had ended and we dreaded walking the fifty yards to the car, but when we went outside, the sun shined bright and hot, every flake of snow had melted, and the birds chirped happily.
That is springtime in Owyhee County.
Now, can you imagine negotiating that erratic weather 150 years ago? You'd have to be prepared for any weather because there were no cars with either AC or heaters. Plus, you've gotta feel sorry for the poor horses pulling the wagon.
Luckily for my characters, Much Ado About Miners is set in the summer months. It's hot in the morning, hotter in the afternoon, and hot in the evening. Seldom is there any precipitation of any kind. No slickers or muffs needed. I'm sure they'd have loved some air conditioning, though.
I like adventures and so does the heroine, Iris. Well, she got one. :) Think she can resist Kade McKinnon's charm? Ha!
About Much Ado About Miners
Hired gun Kade McKinnon interrupts a bank holdup and is shot by the teller, Iris Gardner, whose victims have a tendency to be the next groom in town. Will he be the groom this time?
Iris Gardner, a smart, independent bank clerk, fell in love with Kade when she was too young to know better. So when he walks back into her life and her bank, it's only fitting that she shoots him ... by accident, of course. But she’s a suffragist now, so his charms can’t affect her... right?
Kade doesn’t know Iris’s company is the one who hired him to escort a bullion shipment, and Iris doesn’t know Kade owns the security company, but they both know robbers are on their trail. Which is more likely to be stolen—the silver, or his heart?
This is the fourth book in the Hearts of Owyhee series. Here's all of the books.
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