I’m very excited to have one of my sister Soul Mate Publishing authors on my blog today, sharing with us her newest e-book release and talking about some of the interesting things she learned through her historical research.
Unconquerable Callie by DeAnn Smallwood
Callie Collins, a proud woman in the late 1800’s, is a liar and a darned good one, a master of the dubious art. She is also a dreamer. Her greatest hope is to reach a new life in South Pass City Wyoming, where she can open a bakery and live an independent life. To be successful, she will need her greatest gifts of deception to date. As a woman alone, she has to prove to Seth McCalister, the wagon master, that she has the wherewithal (a wagon and a set of oxen), the stamina to survive months of drought, dust, hardships and even risk of death, and a mythical fiancé who waits at the end of the line. McCallister is uneasy, but also mystified by the audacity and determination of the young woman. He allows her to join the train west. What he doesn’t realize is there is no fiancé. To make matters worse, Callie is in love with Seth McCallister, too. For the first time, the lies that have brought her so far in life threaten to keep her from her one, true love. McCallister is a man of strong character and Callie feels certain that once he realizes her deception, he’ll turn away, ashamed of his love and trust in her.
DeAnn will be awarding a $25 Barnes & Noble GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can follow her tour HERE. the more you comment, the more chances of winning.
About DeAnn’s Historical Research
I love researching my historical romances. I can get lost during this time period. I really think I must have lived then. I found so many interesting things as I tracked the wagon train along the Oregon Trail from Independence Missouri to South Pass Wyoming. I did find I had to keep going back over the route so I wouldn’t have the train moving along too fast or getting the landmarks out of order.
One interesting piece of research was the pioneer toys. I told about Seth making a whimmydiddle in Unconquerable Callie. A whimmydiddle was made from two sticks. One has a spinning propeller at the end. Both sticks are grooved. When you rub the two together quickly, the propeller spins. Another toy was called a bullroarer. The child would spin the flat piece of wood on a string around and around above their head. When spun fast enough, the bullroarer would make a loud, roaring noise.
I had a good time researching how much food was needed and tried to imagine taking 150 pounds of flour, 100 pounds of coffee, 350 pounds/barrel of water, 100 pounds of dried beans, 100 pounds of dried fruit, 100 pounds split peas, 25 pounds of vinegar and 50 pounds of salt to mention just a few items. Then imagine storing it in a wagon and yet have room for household items and a place for the family to sleep. These were strong people and the women braved untold hardships.
Unconquerable Callie, is filled with historical facts while a tender love story is interwoven. I have to say, Callie is my ideal. She’s truly an unconquerable woman.
I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I’ve lived several years in Wyoming and Montana. I draw from these beautiful states for most of my books. My historical romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, and Wyoming Heather. Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. I have just contracted for another historical romance, One Shingle To Hang. It will be published fall of 2014. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods, my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, came out January 8th, this year. I am currently working on the third book in the ‘death’ series, Death Walks C Dock. I am also working on another historical romance, Montana Man. Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written.
Unconquerable Callie is available exclusively on Amazon.