Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Meet an Irish American Pony Express rider

Happy St. Patrick's Day! What better way to celebrate the Irish than with a new release starring one of the Fitzpatrick clan?

Expressly Yours, Samantha is the latest novel in a wonderful historical romance series from bestselling author Becky Lower.  This tender love story is set against a brief but exciting period in American history when the Pony Express delivered mail cross-country. 

Here's a blurb:

Samantha Hughes has one day to escape from her wicked uncle, and a sign in the post office is her answer. She’ll cut her hair to pose as a man and become Sam Hughes, a Pony Express rider.

Valerian Fitzpatrick doesn’t want the weight of responsibility that his brothers have in the family business. Fortunately, the Pony Express offers a chance to make his own way in the world.

He assumes his new buddy, Sam, is on the run from the law, until she’s hit by a stray gunshot and he has to undress her to staunch the wound. Friendship quickly turns to attraction—and more—but when Sam’s uncle tracks her down, she is forced to run yet again.

Val’s determined to find her, but will a future with Sam mean giving up the freedom he’s always craved?


   A sign at the post office caught Samantha’s eye. She feigned disinterest as she snuck sidelong glances at the poster about the new Pony Express, reading one line at a time.
   Wanted: Young, skinny, wiry fellows.
   She tore her glance from the sign and studied the customers queued up in front of her. Another quick look.
   Not over eighteen.
   She posted her letter and turned away from the window, catching the last of the poster’s message.
   Must be expert riders. Willing to face death daily. Orphans preferred.
   She was all of what they wanted, except for one basic and glaring fact. She might be young, skinny, and wiry, but she was no fellow. Samantha calmed her breathing as she walked away from the post office, but her mind was buzzing with possibilities. Her ticket out of the nightmare her life had become had just presented itself. She loved horses and had a good hand with them. All she needed to do was to hide her true identity—pretend to be a boy—and she was certain she could pull it off. Uncle Jack had enough money to keep him busy until after midnight. Samantha figured she had at least twelve hours to transform herself and get on the road.

Expressly Yours, Samantha is book seven of the Cotillion Ball series, a historical romance set in America during the mid-nineteenth century and following the romantic adventures of the Fitzpatrick family. You can purchase the entire series on Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1FOy3Sd

Meet Becky

Amazon best-selling author Becky Lower has traveled the country looking for great settings for her novels. She loves to write about two people finding each other and falling in love, amid the backdrop of a great setting, be it on a covered wagon headed west or in present day small town America.  Historical and contemporary romances are her specialty. 

Becky is a PAN member of RWA and is a member of the Historic and Contemporary RWA chapters. She has a degree in English and Journalism from Bowling Green State University, and lives in an eclectic college town in Ohio with her puppy-mill rescue dog, Mary. She loves to hear from her readers at beckylowerauthor@gmail.com.

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E.E.: What sound or noise do you love? 
Becky: Five years ago, I brought a puppy-mill rescue dog into my home. Having lived her first years in a cage and only being handled when she was abused, she didn’t know the basics of doggie-dom–how to climb stairs, where the john was, how to walk in a straight line. And she was petrified of being picked up. I was determined, and every day, even if it took 20 minutes to wrangle her, I picked her up and held her. She’s still skittish, after all these years, but when I pick her up now, and she sighs and relaxes on my lap, it’s music to my ears.

E.E.: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in? 
Becky: I have a fondness for historical romance, but I also like a flashy contemporary every now and then. Really, though, the genre’s not the determining factor. If I can get into the characters and care about what happens to them, that’s where I get lost in the story.

E.E.: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and why? 
Becky: I’d love to have lived in the United States during the era of the wagon trains heading west each spring. I read all the Little House books when I was young, and often thought my dad and Pa Ingalls were similar, since my dad moved us from one house to another every time the neighbors got too close.

E.E.: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why? 
Becky: I would love to sit down to dinner with the entire Fitzpatrick family from the Cotillion Ball Series. Charlotte is my kind of mother–her love and pride in her children is all-important, even if they don’t do what she wants. And she’s a lot of fun to be around. George is the patriarch, quieter than Charlotte, but strong in his own way. You don’t mess with George.  And each of the children has proven to be strong, determined men and women–just what you’d expect at this time in America, when the country was being settled.

E.E.: What’s the best birthday (or any holiday) present you ever received? 
Becky: My dad had what we kids called his secret shed. Whenever we developed an interest in something, be it playing the guitar, snow skiing, whatever we needed to indulge our interest would show up within a day or two. Then, being kids, we’d quickly tire of it, and back into the shed it would go, until the next child asked for it. So my best holiday present was getting an old guitar to plunk on.

E.E.: Describe an absolutely perfect day. 
Becky: Since winter is having a hard time letting go of my part of the country, I’d have to say any day when I can walk outside in bare feet is an absolutely perfect day.

E.E.: How did you come up with the idea for your book? 
Becky: I started the Cotillion Series the year after the tradition began in this country, which was 1855. I knew that I wanted to write a long series with a family at its core, and I wanted it set in America. I didn’t really give much thought to how the other books would come together as I wrote the first one. I’m extremely fortunate that the era was so chock-full of events, with the westward expansion and the Civil War, along with the development of the railroads and other faster modes of transportation. All gave me great historical events upon which to base each book of the series. The latest one, Expressly Yours, Samantha, uses the Pony Express as a backdrop for a tender love story.

Becky is giving away two eBook copies of Expressly Yours, Samantha. Just answer our question and enter the raffle.

Do you have a favorite character you'd like to invite to dinner (real or imaginary)? Who and why?

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  1. Happy St Patrick's Day

    I have always been rather smitten with Col Brandon from Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Rather a sad character in many ways, but such a gentleman.

    1. Forgot my email: marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    2. A gentleman at the table is welcome any day, in my book.

  2. maybe a fairy godmother to grant wishes

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. Love the idea of a fairy godmother. We all need one of those.

  3. I love dragons, so it would be a dragon from Anne McCaffrey's Pern series - as long as I don't end up being dinner

    1. A dragon at the dinner table would certainly help in keeping the food hot. But, like you, I'd be nervous about ending up being the dessert.

  4. Hi, Becky, and welcome to GLIAS! I have always been drawn to stories about the Pony Express. I think it lasted a short period of time--is that right?

    And congratulations on your book!

    1. Hi Vicki--You're right about the Pony Express only lasting a short time. It was one of the major surprises to me when I was researching the story. I thought it had gone on for years, but it really only lasted 18 months.

  5. Hi Becky, your book sounds wonderful - can't wait to read it! And I love the story of your rescue dog. She's so fortunate to have found a home with you.

    1. Thanks, Jane. My little rescue dog, Mary, and I are now learning to heel on a leash. I don't know who's having more trouble with it–me or her. But she gets so excited about taking walks.

  6. Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)
    I like the sound of Samantha's story...
    As for inviting a character to dinner... gosh that would be interesting... so many possibilities. LOL, maybe someone new each day from different genres.

    1. I think a round-robin for dinner partners is a great idea! A new person every day of the week. My idea of fun.

  7. Your poor little puppy. I'm so glad you rescued her…. and I love the idea of your "secret shed"!

    1. Thanks, Mairi. We could never figure out how my dad did it. And while Mary, my dog, has been a real challenge for me, I wouldn't trade her for the world now. I'm glad she feels safe with me.