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More Love and Laughter
“What poison do you have planned for today?” he asked.
Annie kept her features deceptively composed. “Gunpowder.”
He grinned. “Sounds lethal.”
It took every bit of willpower not to be charmed by his crooked smile. “Not lethal enough.” - Gunpowder Tea
After reading about Kate Warne, the first known female detective, I just knew I had to write about one. The result is my new book Gunpowder Tea.
Quick to see the advantage of female detectives, he put her in charge of the Pinkerton Female Detective Bureau, formed in 1860 to ‘worm out secrets’ by means unavailable to male detectives. She also managed the Pinkerton Washington department during the war.
Suspicion ain’t proof unless you’re married.
Little is known about Kate’s early life. She was supposedly a widow when Allan Pinkerton hired her, which may or may not be true. Her job was often to elicit sympathy and therefore confessions from the criminal element, and widowhood might have been part of her charade.
No known photos exist of her, but Allan described her as a “brown-haired woman, graceful of movement and self-possessed.”
Kate Saves Lincoln
A master of disguise, Kate could change her accent as readily as she could change her appearance and her “Southern Belle” disguise helped save President-elect Abraham Lincoln’s life.
After verifying a plot to assassinate him, Kate wrapped Lincoln in a shawl and passed him off as her invalid brother, thus assuring his safety as he traveled by train to Washington D.C. Kate never slept the whole time Lincoln was in her charge. This may or may not have been the inspiration behind the Pinkerton logo: We never sleep.
A Love Affair
Little is known about these early days because the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 wiped out Pinkerton records. What is known is that Kate caused trouble between Allen and his brother and partner Robert. The two argued over Kate’s expenses, which Robert thought were excessive. He didn’t think it right for the company to pay for his brother’s “sordid affair.”
There’s no question that Allen cared deeply for Kate and their affair lasted until her death. Kate was an excellent detective and her trailblazing efforts helped the Pinkerton Detective Agency rise to fame.
But she isn’t the only one there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. Although their true identities are a secret—and both are suspicious of the other—it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them.
Dawn Comes Early
Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest book for a fresh start at a cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory. She hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels. But what awaits her is a much harder life. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch in 1895, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early . . . every day. But she is tenacious.
Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir.
Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of the desert to give new life to her jaded heart.
Today I’m giving away a copy of my previous book Waiting for Morning. For a chance to win, stop by and say hello.
There is nothing Molly wouldn't do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheel-chair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress--someone to take over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership--she jumps at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.
If she proves to have a knack for ranching and agrees to remain single for life, the ranch can be hers. Neither stipulation worries Molly. She's resourceful and hardworking. And she gave up dreams of marriage long ago when she dedicated her life to her brother's well-being.
More about Margaret Brownley
Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this—except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."
Margaret wasn’t sure that was true, but she wasn’t about to take chances. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author with more than 30 novels to her credit including her current Brides of Last Chance Ranch series. Also look for her work in the following recently released or soon to be released collections A Bride for All Seasons, A Log Cabin Christmas and A Pioneer
Christmas. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.
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