I invited my friend Margery Scott to start her blogging tour with us. She said yes. How cool is that? When I asked her why she chose to write western novels, since she lives in Canada, this is what she said.


I was born in Scotland in a small village that dates back to the 1200's, so I suppose history is in my blood. As a little girl, I heard about Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, not Wyatt Earp and Jesse James. I listened to bagpipes, not fiddles, and I spoke with a brogue, not a twang.


Yet since the day my parents bought our first black-and-white TV when we moved to Canada, tales of cowboys, cattle drives, and wagon trains heading west have fascinated me.


Every weekend, you'd find me in front of the TV watching stories of those men and women (and animals) who tamed the wild frontier - Roy Rogers, Rin Tin Tin, The Lone Ranger, Zorro … okay, he wasn't a cowboy and he didn't live in Texas, but he was a hero just the same.


And Annie Oakley, the only female in the wild west who got her own show. Imagine my surprise and excitement on Christmas morning when I found an Annie Oakley cowgirl outfit and a Wild Bill Hickok double holster set under the tree. (Note the holster in the photo. Those guns rarely left my side for quite some time J.) This was in the days when the giving of guns wasn't frowned upon, even though giving them to a girl definitely raised a few eyebrows.


What was it about that time in history that attracted me even as a girl? The danger? The bigger-than-life characters? And as I got older, the hunky men with big guns J?


I still don't have an answer, and I'm still a sucker for a good western movie or novel, especially if it has a bit of romance and a happy ending.


I'm still intrigued by the stories of ordinary people who headed out into the wilderness to build a new life knowing they'd likely never again see the friends and family they left behind, and not knowing if they'd even survive the journey.


Yes, we left the only home I'd ever known and travelled half way around the world to settle in a new country. But my parents' journey was nothing compared to what those pioneers had to face - weather, sickness and attacks, not to mention the basic hazards of crossing mountains and rivers to reach their destination.

I couldn't have done it. I couldn't have braved the unknown the way they did. I'm not brave enough. What about you?


Margery has taken the Indie publishing plunge. Take a look at her two novels.

Wild Wyoming Wind


Sparks fly when lawman Jake Langford takes over Maddie Boone's homestead to trap an escaped killer. Fiercely independent since the death of her abusive husband, Maddie wants nothing more than to be left alone to build a new life in the Wyoming wilderness. But living in close quarters with Jake exposes emotions far more threatening than the killer watching them, forcing her to question the past, and eventually, to trust in the future.


Here's an excerpt from Wild Wyoming Wind
Wyoming, 1880
"Get off my land!" Maddie Boone's finger trembled on the trigger of the Winchester in her hand, but she held the barrel steady.
The stranger drew his roan-colored stallion to a halt. Leaning on the pommel of his saddle, he met her gaze. His horse whinnied and shuffled, raising a cloud of dust in the drought-ridden yard.
"I told you to get out," Maddie repeated, adjusting the rifle's aim until it rested in the centre of his broad chest. "I'm not about to tell you again."
"Are you Mrs. Boone?" he asked.
She didn't answer. If the man didn't know who she was, she saw no reason to tell him.
"I'm looking for Caleb Boone," he went on. "Is this his place?"
Looking for Caleb? Funny, the man didn't look like most of Caleb's friends. He was far too clean, for one thing. And even from where she stood on the porch of the cabin, she could see his clothes, though creased, weren't stained or torn. And he sounded sober. Nevertheless, she wanted nothing to do with anybody from Caleb's past. "What do you want him for?"
"It's urgent."
"Well, he's not here," Maddie said. "Now get out before I fill you full of lead."
Maddie hoped the stranger didn't hear the nervous trill in her voice. She'd never actually shot a man, but there was a first time for everything. She'd had a lot of 'first times' in the past few weeks, and no doubt she'd have many more before she was finished.
To show she meant business, she raised the sight of the rifle to her eye and clicked the hammer back with her thumb.
"When will he be back?" the stranger asked, as if he wasn't the least bit worried about the possibility of being shot, even though she did notice he was sitting a little straighter in the saddle.
Should she tell him the truth? For a moment or two, she thought about it, then decided that it was none of his business. She shrugged. "I don't know."
"Then I'll wait, if you don't mind."
Damn right she minded! She wanted none of Caleb's friends anywhere near her homestead. Besides, he'd be waiting until doomsday before Caleb came back. "You can wait as long as you like," she said, "as long as you do it someplace else. Not on my land." Her curiosity got the better of her. "What do you want to see him about, anyway?"
"I apologize, ma'am," the stranger said, the corners of his lips lifting in the beginnings of a smile. "I should've introduced myself properly. The name's Langford. Jake Langford. I'm a deputy U.S. marshal."
The law.
Maddie couldn't help the bitter laugh that escaped from her lips. Where was the law a few weeks ago, when she could have used some help?

It's available through Amazon and Smashwords




Emma's Wish

Still grieving his wife’s death, Sam Jenkins needs a mother for his children. He can't build his ranch and care for three precocious youngsters alone. Emma Witherspoon has accepted the fact that she will never have a husband and children of her own, but that doesn't ease the ache in her heart. When Emma makes Sam an offer he can’t refuse, neither of them can foresee the changes in their lives because of two little words – “I do.”


Come back Saturday and read the excerpt.

It's available from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes&Noble and Allromance


www.margeryscott.com


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39 comments

  1. Cindy Carroll // July 14, 2011 at 10:54 PM  

    Great post! I'm definitely not that brave. Even now I think my friend Christine is a lot braver than I am and she just moved from Canada to Phoenix. I like the "idea" of adventure but I like safe adventure. :)

  2. Mary Marvella // July 14, 2011 at 11:13 PM  

    Good evening, Cindy! I think I have this right!

  3. Mary Marvella // July 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM  

    In answer to your question about being a pioneer? Never! I am way too chicken.

  4. Edie Ramer // July 14, 2011 at 11:38 PM  

    Terrific excerpt! Like Cindy, I'm not that brave, either. I like my amenities too much.

  5. Judy // July 15, 2011 at 7:05 AM  

    Margery! Welcome to the Fuzzies! Loved your post. I too loved all the westerns on TV when I was a kid and for years one of my most favorite things was a pair of cowboy boots which I begged my mother to buy for me. LOL I think I'd have been brave enough to start the trip but survival on those trips were tough. Traveling across states like Nebraska I could well imagine how brave they must have been!

  6. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:30 AM  

    Cindy, that's part of the fun of writing for me. Adventure from the safety of my office.

  7. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM  

    Mary, thanks for inviting me here. I'm a chicken too. I moved to the lake an hour from where I lived and I feel like I'm in the wilderness lol.

  8. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:33 AM  

    Thanks, Edie. Yes, I definitely need my amenities - like high speed internet. Most important.

  9. Jacqueline Seewald // July 15, 2011 at 8:45 AM  

    Pioneer women were gutsy. No question about that! I love reading and writing historical romance set in the West. Wish there were more publishers interested.

  10. Liz Lipperman // July 15, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

    I've lived in two foreign countries, but I always knew it wasn't permanent. The pioneer women have always intrigued me. They worked so hard, yet still had to be a mother, lover, and sometimes a gun slinger, like your heroine.

    Good luck with these stories, Margery.

  11. Cait London // July 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM  

    How interesting! I write western romances and other subgenres set in the West, but I grew up in the rural NW, so it's really interesting to read your post.

    Best on your career. May it be long and happy.

  12. Carol Ericson // July 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

    Margery, is that you in the photo? Really? Too cute. I once traveled to Greece by myself. Is that adventurous? Not quite like a pioneer woman. Best recent Western show was Deadwood - rent it if you get a chance. Good luck with your releases.

  13. Sophia Ryan // July 15, 2011 at 10:38 AM  

    Funny how we Americans are so ga-ga over Scottish historicals -- ah, those kilt-wearing men with brogues -- and folks from other countries go crazy over America's cowboys. In my book, they're all good! I loved the excerpt of Wild Wyoming Wind, Margery. Thanks for sharing. Do you still speak with a brogue, or have you taken on the Canadian way, eh?

  14. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
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  15. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:09 AM  

    Judy, thanks for the welcome. Darn, I didn't even think about cowboy boots. They would have completed my outfit :) I'm sure I would have loved the idea of heading west, but when the reality kicked in, I'd be looking for a way out.

  16. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

    Jacqueline, those women had far more guts than I have. Publishers aren't really buying westerns right now, which is one of the reasons I love self-publishing. I don't have to depend on someone else loving the same genres I do. Still, I hope westerns will be selling again soon.

  17. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:13 AM  

    Thanks, Liz. I sure wouldn't want to work as hard as those pioneer women did. I like having a washing machine, dishwasher, etc.

  18. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM  

    Thanks, Cait. I'm a huge fan of yours.

  19. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:15 AM  

    Thanks, Carol. Yes, that's me. You didn't see I cut the date out of the picture :) Any kind of travel alone is adventurous, but no, not quite as daring as those pioneers.
    I'll put Deadwood on my list to watch.

  20. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

    Sophie, I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Don't get me wrong. I still love a man in a kilt and the skirl of the bagpipes. But there's something about a cowboy with his six-shooter slung low on his hip ... To answer your question, I don't hear a brogue in my voice any more, but I've been told it shows up when I'm really furious.

  21. Nightingale // July 15, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

    I too stayed glued to Roy Rogers & Dale Evans. Remember Cisco & Poncho? But it was their horses I loved. Enjoyed the sample of your books.

  22. Mary Marvella // July 15, 2011 at 2:37 PM  

    Margery, when my daughter was young she would watch the old westerns. She really seemed to like them and I'm sure she absorbed something from them. She's 38 now and watches reality TV, which I don't enjoy.

  23. Mary Ricksen // July 15, 2011 at 6:16 PM  

    I'd have gone in a second! I feel the same as you about cowboys and particularly Indians. I used to dream of my warrior saving me from a mundane existence. Well he never came so I settled for a New Yorker. LOL!

  24. Beth Trissel // July 15, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

    Welcome to the Fuzzies Margery. :) You and I watched a lot of the same TV shows as kids. How fascinating that you write Westerns, and are originally from Scotland. Very kewl. I enjoyed reading about your work and your excerpt. Sounds great.

  25. Mona Risk // July 15, 2011 at 7:33 PM  

    Hi Margery, I can relate to your Maddie Boone. Leaving the country where I was born with eleven dollars and two suitcases while pregnant. Surviving in an interim country for six months by tutoring children was not easy. And then crossing an ocean and starting a new life in a new country by having a baby we couldn't pay the hospital for his birth. Yes, I've known the pioneer life and I say God Bless America every day. That's why I like pioneer women.

  26. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

    Thanks, Nightingale. I loved the horses, too. Diablo, Trigger, and Buckshot (Wild Bill's horse). But my favourite was Tornado.

  27. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM  

    Mary, I agree with you. Reality TV just doesn't do it for me. Give me either responsible non-fiction TV or fiction every time.

  28. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

    Mary, the risk of Indian attacks would have stopped me in my tracks. LOL on settling for a New Yorker. I settled for a foreigner like me - but he really loves westerns, too.

  29. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

    Glad you enjoyed it, Beth. I'm sure a lot of us watched the same shows back in the day. After all, there were only three stations where we lived lol. I also loved military shows, Patty Duke and Gidget.

  30. Margery Scott // July 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM  

    Mona, my mother told me when she arrived in Canada with my sister and I that she had $40 (my father was already here.) They survived and gave us a childhood that couldn't have been better even though we had nothing.

  31. Barbara Monajem // July 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM  

    I don't think I'd make much of a wild west pioneer, but I did have a cap gun when I was a little girl, for what it's worth. And I daydreamed about being the leader of a gang of outlaw cowgirls!

    That was a great excerpt -- it made me want more!

  32. Mary Marvella // July 15, 2011 at 11:15 PM  

    I keep learning more about our ladies! Mona! you are a wonder.

  33. Scarlet Pumpernickel // July 15, 2011 at 11:50 PM  

    I came by late last night or early this morning depending on which way your looking, but somehow I forgot to post a comment. Oh well, too many irons in the fire. Margery, welcome to the pink fuzzies. We're please to have you start you blog tour with us. What did you find the most challenging part of publishing your book?

  34. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 6:56 AM  

    Barbara, LOL on being the leader of cowgirl outlaws. Hmm...I see the glimmer of a plot here.

  35. Margery Scott // July 16, 2011 at 6:58 AM  

    Thanks for the welcome, Scarlet. The most challenging part of actually publishing my books is the covers. I like to do them myself, and often it takes hours to find just the right images. But overall, promo always has been and still is the hardest part. It's doesn't come naturally to me, but I've recently discovered if I don't look at it as promo but just as making new friends, it's much easier.

  36. Mary Marvella // July 17, 2011 at 12:19 AM  

    You made new friends here!

  37. Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn // July 17, 2011 at 3:41 AM  

    I'm not that brave either. After having worked in a good-sized garden alongside Hubby, picked produce in triple digit temps and then canned them in the comfort of my air-conditioned home with modern conveniences, no way I could do it the old-time ways. I'd be 'swooning' for sure!

  38. Margery Scott // July 17, 2011 at 6:17 AM  

    Carol, I couldn't do that either. My teensy postage stamp garden is enough work for me.

  39. Josie // July 17, 2011 at 10:28 PM  

    Hi Margery,
    I'm plugging in late because we were out of town enjoying the beautiful mountains in Boone, NC

    A belated welcome to the Pink Fuzzies. Thanks for the fascinating blog and excerpt.