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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Plethora of Anniversaries by Paty Jager

I was excited when the Blog Queens, Judith Ashley and Sarah Raplee put out a call for posts this month about something we are celebrating. I have two major anniversaries this month and am excited about a new writing project.

This month is the anniversary of this blog. I've been with the blog from the beginning! So glad I was asked to join.

This is also the anniversary month of when my first book was published. My historical western romance, Marshal in Petticoats, was contracted by Wild Rose Press and arrived on the scene for readers to purchase in May 2006. It was, and is, the first book of my 8 book Halsey Brothers and Halsey Homecoming series. There is also a novella that goes with this series. That first book with Gil Halsey and Darcy Duncan introduced the Halsey brothers -- which at the time was just something that came to me as I was writing -- and readers wanted their stories. And so, Outlaw in Petticoats, Miner in Petticoats, Doctor in Petticoats, and Logger in Petticoats soon followed. And yet readers wanted more. Which led to Laying Claim, Staking Claim, Claiming a Heart and A Husband for Christmas. I love the Halsey's and am glad the readers do to.

And this is the anniversary of my wedding to my hubby! Thirty-nine years ago today, we were married in a small church in my home town. My mom made the wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. My favorite color back then was peach. The dresses were made of peach satin with a sheer overlay with flowers. After the wedding, the reception was held in my parents' backyard. The apricot trees were in bloom, flowers were blooming in the yard and the weather was warm for May 12th in that area.
getting ready- my cousin, bridesmaids and Mom.
My mother thought it was rude we didn't open the presents at the reception. The people who were hauling our gifts back to central Oregon for us wanted to leave, so we loaded the gifts in their van and they took off. Because some of the bridal party had drank too much, we told them we'd spend the night if they did, to keep them from driving off drunk. Our first night as husband and wife was spent in a camp trailer with another couple.

The next day we left for the Oregon Coast for our honeymoon. Two hours from home and four hours from the coast, the car broke down. Hubby jury-rigged it to get home. While he was figuring out what we needed to do to fix it a person called needing him to haul something (he was a truck driver). He took the job to get the money to fix the car. We never made it to the coast for our honeymoon, he just kept working. We did made it a point every year for a while to go to the coast on our anniversary. This year we'll be apart on our anniversary. I'll be at my dad's doing a living estate sale to raise money to keep him in an assisted living center. After 39 years, it's about the way we treat each other every day that matters more than one day a year.

I'm also celebrating a collaboration. I've joined with 16 other authors who will be attending the Wild Deadwood Reads reader event in Deadwood, SD, June 7-10th, in an Anthology. The short stories are all set in Deadwood. They are historical, contemporary, and some paranormal. And the best part about the anthology is all proceeds are going to Western Sports Foundation, an organization who helps rodeo cowboys with medical expenses.

Here is a glimpse at the anthology.
Rodeos and romance, Old West adventure, and even a few ghostly tales. Deadwood's wild past and exciting present come alive in seventeen original short stories written by USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors to benefit the Western Sports Foundation. Contributing authors: E.E. Elisabeth BurkeZoe BlakePaty Norman JagerTeresa KeeferMegan KellySylvia McDanielAmanda McIntyrePeggy McKenzieAngi MorganNancy NaigleJacqui NelsonTerri OsburnGinger RingMaggie RyanLizbeth SelvigTina Susedik and A.C. Wilson
Proceeds from this limited edition collection go to benefit the Western Sports Foundation, an organization providing critical assistance to athletes competing in Western lifestyle sports. Whether they need help recuperating from an injury or planning for the future, WSF is there for them.
Here are the links to the book:

The book will be available in ebook and print May 1st, and you can purchase autographed print copies at the PBR Rodeo in Deadwood, SD on June 8th and 9th.
Zoe Blake
She was his...and it was past time he staked his claim.
Jessamine Cooper was determined to stay independent and run her late uncle's ranch on her own. When she shows up in Deadwood with an ill-advised plan to win the money she needs playing poker, Cash decides it is past time for him to stake his claim.
E.E. Burke
A friendship that never died.
Calamity Jane is drawn back to Deadwood by a force more powerful than death, and becomes an unexpected savior in the midst of an epidemic.
Paty Jager 
Everyone deserves a chance.
When a miner tosses his daughter into the pot at a poker game and the winner is a brothel owner, Beau Gentry is determined to keep the young woman out of the man’s hands.
Teresa Keefer
Can a preacher's daughter play poker with a gambler and win?
Leticia Chasteen was always getting dragged into situations she didn't want to be in. Rusty McGraw the gambler was always coming to her rescue. Who will end up with the winning hand?
Megan Kelly
He loves her. She loves him. A proposal should be good news, right?
Callie Jones never wanted to date a bull rider. Now she’s fallen in love with Rome Anderson, who’s intent on winning the PBR Championship buckle. When he asks her to marry him, she has to decide: Does she break his heart with a no or doom her future with a yes?
Sylvia McDaniel
Is it possible to love someone in another time? Are dreams real?
Sadie Mae Miller is hanging up her barrel racing crown and beginning a new life. But when her grandmother asks her to sleep under a new wedding ring quilt with promises of visions of the love of her life, she doesn’t quite believe her. Until she falls asleep. Only problem is, he lived in 1880. Does time separate the lovers?
Amanda McIntyre
Sometimes to find your future you must face the past.
Past and present meld together in Deadwood when a woman who discovers true love must fight to escape a deadly twist of fate.
Peggy McKenzie
Sometimes, love is hiding in the most peculiar places.
Major Lucas Hamilton, widower and father of four boys, insists on the disciplined order of a regimented household. But when a bumbling young woman falls at his feet, will he take a chance on her or send her packing before she burns his house down to the ground.
Angi Morgan
Teenage crush or true love. You decide.
Sean Maverick is on a charity auction block until a beautiful woman from his past buys him for the night. Em Stone believed in love at first sight even if she had to lasso and knock Sean off his feet.
Nancy Naigle
Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Never say never.
Kendra is fine with being a bridesmaid. She hung up her wedding hopes and dreams eight years ago when her cowboy chose the rodeo over her, but when these two cross paths in Deadwood it looks like the timing just might be right for a reconciliation.
Jacqui Nelson
In a gold rush storm, can an unlikely pair rescue each other?
Raven wants to save one person. Charlie wants to save the world. Their warring nations thrust them together but duty pulled them apart—until their paths crossed again in Deadwood for a fight for love.
Terri Osburn
When it comes to love, sometimes falling is the easy part.
Aspyn Fielding blames Tucker Stargill for not talking her brother, Colt, out of riding bulls. When Colt is gravely injured during a ride, Aspyn is hopeful Tucker will finally see things her way, but Aspyn is the one who has a change of heart.
Ginger Ring
Finding the perfect results from one simple test.
Orphaned at a young age, both Adam and River yearn to find a living relative from either of their families. After finally deciding to put down roots in Deadwood, a simple DNA test brings a result that is more than they ever expected.
Maggie Ryan
There may be gold in the Black Hills, but Bennett had his eyes on a far more valuable prize.
Not one to be deterred by the dictates of society, Lorelai Samuels had a dream to open a restaurant in the bustling new town of Deadwood and no one was going to stand in her way, especially not the infuriatingly handsome and stubborn Bennett Redding.
Lizbeth Selvig
Win or lose, she’s about to take on the big boys.
Faith “Rabbit” Redmond forms an extreme plan at the Deadwood rodeo to convince a champion bull rider that women can excel at the dangerous sport. If she wins his respect, she might also win his love. .
Tina Susedik
Can a schoolmarm with dreams of a better life, fall for a disreputable man?
Suzanna Lindstrom travels as a schoolmarm in fledgling Deadwood. Having left her parents’ struggling farm, she dreams of a better life in Deadwood with a man who’s struck it rich in the gold fields. Fresh off the stagecoach, she meets Kingston Winson, whom she disregards as disreputable. Is he who she thinks he is? What lesson will she learn?
A.C. Wilson
Tricks inspire courage and new love while daring others to dream.
Pushed to choose a direction for her life, Tandi discovers that some crossroads are necessary. Surprisingly, each marker leads her to an arena of spectators with her talented horse and a handsome guy who gives her hope to do the impossible.

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 32 novels, 6 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.

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Sarah Raplee said...

Paty, your stories of hardships beginning at your wedding remind me that it seems overcoming challenges together can strengthen a marriage. Congratulations on your 39-year partnership!

Wild Deadwood Tales sounds like a wonderful anthology, and the Western Sports Foundation is a worthy cause. Good luck with sales!

Barbara Rae Robinson said...

Happy Anniversary, Paty! And that's a lot of anniversaries coming together. An interesting life. And an interesting beginning to your marriage. That anthology sounds like a winner. Good luck!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Sarah, Thanks! It is struggles that make us stronger!

Hi Barbara, Thank you for stopping in. I'm happy about the anthology. Lots of great short stories in the mix.

Judith Ashley said...

Paty, I hadn't heard about the Western Sports Foundation - a worthy cause indeed. Congratulations on an Anniversary-filled month!!! Hope you get to the coast soon!

Paty Jager said...

Hi Sarah, I tried to respond to this from my phone and it didn't work, I guess. I agree. It's the hardships that strength a marriage. I'm excited about the anthology.

Paty Jager said...

HI Judith, Thanks! Doesn't look like we'l make it to the coast until fall. Too much family stuff going on.

Diana McCollum said...

Enjoyed your blog post , Paty!