Sunday, February 8, 2015

Much Ado About Miners (Hearts of Owyhee #3) by Jacquie Rogers - Guest Post & Fun Facts

Much Ado About Miners
by Jacquie Rogers
Genre: Western Romance

The third novel in the Hearts of Owyhee western romance series!

Cupid’s bullet...
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?

Cupid’s bow...
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.  

Cupid’s blindfold...
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? 

I'm a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but always a bookworm. Reading is my passion—westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, all with a splash of humor and a dash of romance.

While I'm a country girl by birth, I currently live in suburbia with my very patient husband where we’re humble servants of The Cat Annie.  I don't think you can ever take the country out of a girl's heart, though, which is why my stories often take place in Idaho where I grew up. (Hearts of Owyhee series and some of my short stories, too.)

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Books by Jacquie Rogers
Hearts of Owyhee series (western historical romance)
#1: Much Ado About Madams
#2: Much Ado About Marshals
#3: Much Ado About Miners
#4: Much Ado About Mavericks

  1. I was Owyhee County Fair queen.  Not telling you what year.
  2. Coffee is the nectar of the gods.  I have an espresso machine and make my own lattes.  Yum.
  3. The cover for Much Ado About Mavericks is my nephew, Kyle Walker.  He’ll also be on the cover of Hearts of Owyhee #5, Much Ado About Mustangs.
  4. My first heart’s desire was to be a baseball announcer on television.
  5. I majored in political science in college.
  6. Kindle is my friend—because we have no more room for print books.
  7. When I write, I light a scented candle, specifically pumpkin pie spice scent.  Before Thanksgiving, I made my daughter go to the store and buy all the pumpkin pie spice candles they had (over a dozen).
  8. My dress code for writing consists of pajamas and fuzzy slippers.
  9. I was once a professional photographer and still prefer 35 mm over digital, but use digital exclusively now.

Much Ado About Miners is the third book in the Hearts of Owyhee series.  I had no intention of writing this story but readers, after they read Much Ado About Marshals ( kept asking for Daisy’s sister’s story.  That would be Iris Gardner.  She fired the inciting bullet in that book, then makes a brief appearance later when Daisy needed some sisterly help.

Obviously, Iris is quite a firecracker.  She’s 24 years old and lives on her own—not many women in the mid-1880s did that.  She also is a bank clerk and takes her job seriously.  But what else about her?  Financial acumen had to be part of her character, and she had to have a secret.  As a suffragist, she’d definitely be involved with making money in a man’s world.

But what about the hero?  In walks Kade McKinnon, handsome and bold, but with his own secrets, too.  Iris had a schoolgirl crush on him that never left, and when she sees him again, those feelings she’d tucked away came back with a vengeance. 

Oh, wait—there’s Kade now!  Let’s see what he has to say.

Jacquie: What do you remember about Iris?

Kade: She was a little pill.  When we lived in Virginia City, Nevada, she was my sister’s best friend.  Vivvie and Iris got in all manner of trouble—and dragging me with them since I tried to keep them safe.  The girls were four years younger.  Iris was a little blond-haired girl, the first to jump in the creek from a rope swing and the one who always wanted to explore abandoned mines and other forbidden spots.

Jacquie: Did you love her then?

Kade: She was just a kid.  I never thought of her that way.  She’s sure not a kid now, though.  Whoo-wee!  All woman, that one.  And dangerous.

Jacquie: Dangerous?  She’s a bank clerk.

Kade: I don’t expect you’ve ever been shot in the head.  It ain’t no damned picnic.  But worse than that, she’s the type of woman that makes you want to build a house for her, and make some babies.  I’d rather face twenty outlaws at once rather than deal with a woman like her.

Jacquie: What was it like growing up with three brothers and a sister?  How did you fare?

Kade: I’m the second of five.  My older brother, Bram, did all the right things and got straight A’s in school.  I could never measure up so there was no use in trying—I did my own thing, which generally got me into trouble.  My younger brother, Josh, mostly tried to do whatever Bram did, and the youngest, Cage, was just a baby.  Then there’s my sister, Vivvie, who’s four years younger than me.  She’s the only one who didn’t give me crap—the kind that pulls you down.  She did give me a one heckuva run for my money, though, especially when Iris was around, which was most of the time.  What little brats they were!

Jacquie: What do you do for a living?

Kade: People think I’m a gunman and I let them think that.  In truth, I’m majority owner of Prospero Security Transport.  Phineas Stratford is my partner and the front man.  Can that man ever yammer on!  I swear he knows every line of every Shakespeare play.  Ain’t worth spit at actual work, but that’s all right.  Prospero needs a talker and he’s it.  No one knows I’m involved with the company at all, and for security’s sake, I keep it that way.

Jacquie: How did you get in the security business?

Kade:  While I was still living with the folks, I apprenticed with a blacksmith, and after I left, punched cattle for a while and did some security work.  I’d always been good with a gun so signed up to escort bullion wagons to the mint.  After a while, it occurred to me that I might as well own my own company, and then Phineas wanted to throw in with me, so things just worked out.

Jacquie: What brings you to Silver City?

Kade: Bonnet Consortium hired my company to escort a bullion shipment.  Idaho Territory is out of the area I normally work, but this job is different—the bullion comes from my family’s mine.  Also, Ma wired Bram saying they needed help.  He couldn’t go so he wired me and asked me if I could.  That gave me two reasons—to protect my family’s earnings, and to help them out however they need.  (Kade stands and takes his Stetson of the hat rack.)  If you’re done, ma’am, I’ll be seeing you later.

It didn’t much matter whether I was done or not because he left.  That’s okay, because we can see him in Much Ado About Miners whenever we want.  Still, I’d have liked to ask him about Duke the Cat, although I’m not so sure he’d tell the truth.

There are four Hearts of Owyhee books (
Much Ado About Madams 
Much Ado About Marshals 
Much Ado About Miners 
Much Ado About Mavericks

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog today.
May Your Saddle Never Slip!

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