My Blood Blade Sisters series recently got a face-lift 😉 This series follows a trio of Robin Hood-esque sisters and spans multiple settings – from the gold fields of California, to the elite drawing rooms of pre Civil War Boston, to the ravaged aftermath of post Civil War North Carolina. These sisters, and their heroes, are strong, feisty, and determined to get their happily ever afters with their heroes.
As a total history nerd, researching my books is always one of my favorite parts of writing and this series, with it’s vastly different settings and circumstances, was especially fun.
Book 1, A Bandit’s Stolen Heart, is set in post Gold Rush California. I’m actually familiar with this locale since I grew up near some of the old gold settlements. But I always need to research the little details. There is one scene in particular I needed to do a lot of research for – finding details about old trains, how the cars link together, how much space is beneath them (in case a certain bandit needed to hang onto the undercarriage) was fascinating. I really loved dropping a city boy in the middle of all this, especially with such a strong heroine who was used to running the show, and watching them interact 😀
Leo Forrester is kind, strong, protective, and honorable, a gentleman who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty who has a great sense of humor, a bit of a stubborn streak, and is prone to jump to conclusions. Born and raised in Boston among the elite he comes out West to find his brother who was last living on the Richardson ranch and planning to marry the eldest sister Brynne when all communication from him stopped. He fits in well at the ranch of the Blood Blade Sisters and loves to work with the sisters caring for the animals and property. Though a city boy, he spent summers with his mother’s family on their horse ranch in Maryland, so he knows his way around a ranch. And while he may be city-bred, he’s a sharp shooter and fiercely protective of Cilla and those she loves and will put his life on the line to prove it.
Book 2, A Bandit’s Broken Heart, is set in Boston, just before the Civil War. I probably spent too much time looking at old pictures of Boston, fashions of the time, common diseases and their treatments, even weather patterns and disasters that occurred during the time period of the book. Fascinating stuff! Poor Richard had an even more difficult time with his feisty heroine but luckily adopted a bit of a “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” attitude.
Dr. Richard Oliver is very kind, hard-working, generous, loving, and just a tad arrogant 🙂 He’s turned his home into a medical clinic for the poor and spends his days trying to help those in need. He’s also very used to being the most eligible bachelor in town, and while he doesn’t really relish that position, he isn’t used to having to work to get a girl’s affections. So Brynne is a bit of a mystery to him. One he is intent on solving. 😉
Book 3, A Bandit’s Betrayed Heart, is set in the South, a year or so after the Civil War. I lived in the South for several years, but this time period was one of such upheaval and change I needed to spend a lot of time researching to make sure I had things right. For this particular book, I needed to find details on laws, education, and trial procedures. Our heroine gets herself into a couple of situations that not even all of Finn’s extensive experience can get her out of.
Finnegan “Finn” Taggart is probably my most tortured hero. He’s a survivor. From losing his mother while traveling across the plains and ending up being adopted into a Native American tribe, to losing his love and being left for dead, to being attacked by pirates, to fighting in the Civil War and nearly losing the true love of his life, this man has been through it all. He has a golden heart and fighter’s spirit. And his over six feet of well-muscled body doesn’t hurt either. He loves fiercely and is the epitome of bravery and loyalty. He can also be a bit of a pain in the butt and definitely has a few overly protective tendencies, but Lucy is more than a match for her wild hero.
What kind of heroes do you like? Refined and powerful? Rugged and fierce? A bit of everything? 😉