by Jacquie Rogers
We had a blast during the event, held June 17–19. Of course we visited and drank a little wine. The Paxton family played during the event—everything from Irish jigs to Willie Nelson songs. We also had the hokiest melodrama you ever saw (the marshal’s mustache kept falling off), a multi-author booksigning, and all the authors contributed gift baskets, which were auctioned off, the proceeds going to the Children’s Tumor Foundation to find a cure for neurfibromatosis.
By the way, the hotel does have three flush toilets and a shower, so maybe not entirely authentic. Silver City itself is not a tourist town, however. The citizens (who live there in the summer—it’s snowed in during the winter months) decided specifically not to make it so. If you want a tourist town, go to Idaho City or Virginia City (in Nevada). Silver City is dedicated to preserving the Old West as it was, not as depicted by 1950s television westerns. If you love history, Silver City, Idaho, is the place to go.
If we have the event next year, I hope you’re able to attend!
She has written nine novels and over twenty novellas. Her books have won several awards, including the Laramie Award for Best Humorous Western Romance. She currently lives with her IT Guy in Seattle, although they’re planning to move home to Owyhee County soon.
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Jacquie's Featured Western Romance: Much Ado About Mustangs
A British Aristocrat
Or is she? Lady Pearl Montford has performed in theatres all over the West for crowds of all sizes, but what would the world say if her secret was found out—that she's really plain old Pearl Jane Evans from Kentucky. To make matters worse, Pearl's past life as a professional trick rider is floating to the surface thanks to an unsavory suitor from her past who wants either her—or $10,000.
A Frustrated Rancher
Rugged Josh McKinnon has a ranch to build and blooded horses due in any day, but there's one problem standing between him and his dream—Lady Montford, a high-falutin' diva actress. Wrangled into playing opposite the snooty Brit in Shakespeare's ‘Much Ado about Nothing,’ Josh has to put his ranch on hold and put up with her nonsense for two weeks. Only thing is—how can he focus on his ranch when all he can think about is the way Pearl sits a horse?
Much Ado About ... Love? With a slew of critters causing stirs left and right, meddling family members and townsfolk playing cupid, and horse rustlers causing a ruckus, Pearl and Josh have a heck of a time keeping their minds on the play and their hands off each other. When the dust settles and the curtain falls, will Pearl and Josh be able to overcome the odds working against them and find love in the wild Idaho countryside?
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