From Regency Rakes to Rugged Frontiersmen
I have a confession to make. All the while I’ve been writing Regency romances (more than 25 to date), I’ve had a secret passion for another sort of gentleman entirely. I have written about fine lords, dashing scoundrels, and witty dandies. I’ve even dressed the part! But, ever since I was a girl, my heart has belonged to feisty frontiersmen of early Seattle.
Anyone remember the TV series, Here Come the Brides? It chronicled the adventures of 100 women brought to Seattle by timber baron Jason Bolt to keep local workers from leaving the area because of its lack of women. I couldn’t decide who to crush on more--the fast-talking devil-may-care Jason Bolt (played by Robert Brown), the more serious yet still dashing younger brother Joshua Bolt (played by David Soul), or the shy, sweet-natured baby brother Jeremy (Bobby Sherman). In the end, Bobby won the day. Here’s the fan letter I wrote to him when I was twelve:
“Dear Mr. Sherman, may I call you Bobby? Are you married? If not, wait for me. I mean, still have birthdays, but keep saying you’re the same age as now. I watch ‘Here Come the Brides’ whenever I can. I wish I were Bridget Hanley [the actress who played Sherman’s love interest on the show]. Then I could kiss you most of the time.”
With such an, ahem, devotion to the story, it isn’t surprising that I should dig a little deeper into Seattle’s history. Low and behold, women did indeed come by ship to settle the area. You see, following the Civil War, there was a host of widows and orphans on the East Coast, and a hoard of lonely bachelors out West. The ladies came under the escort of a single gentleman, not a timber baron and two handsome brothers, worse luck, but their adventures were no less fascinating. I promised myself then and there that one day, I would write how they came to Seattle and what happened to them when they arrived.
This month sees the publication of The Bride Ship from Love Inspired Historical, the first in my Frontier Bachelors series. It tells the tale of widowed Boston Belle Allegra Banks Howard, who joins the ladies traveling to Seattle not to find a husband, but to chart a new future for her and her little girl. What she doesn’t count on is the arrival of her first love, Clay Howard, intent on “rescuing” her. Maybe this rugged frontiersman is the one whose heart needs a little rescuing.
All I can say is that I hope I did the ladies proud. I’m sure Bobby Sherman won’t mind.
Allegra Banks Howard isn't going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn't something she'll undertake lightly….
Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms
You can learn more about the book on Regina’s website at reginascott.com/brideship. Discover tidbits of history on her blog at www.nineteenteen.com or connect with her on Facebook at facebook.com/authorreginascott.
I am giving away Regency swag to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Do you have a childhood crush? I have an adult crush on Alex O'Loughlin.
2. Comments are open through Saturday, November 15, 10 pm in Baltimore.
3. I'll post the winner on Sunday, November 16.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
I love Alex O'Loughlin, especially when he was a vampire on Moonlight. But my biggest adult crush is on Ian Somerholder. I have a thing for vampires. lolReplyDelete
For me it's Nathan Fillion - from Firefly to Castle.ReplyDelete
Bobby without doubt. Great memories. Thanks Regina.ReplyDelete
I've always had a thing for Leo DiCaprio.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Sally! Glad to hear I wasn't the only one. But Leo and Nathan--le sigh! Thanks for hosting me, Kim! Fun comments!ReplyDelete
Lucky you Kim, getting to have Alex's arm around you. I have a very strong adult crush on Henry Cavill.ReplyDelete
I was a David Soul fan myself.ReplyDelete
I must admit to having a crush on Greg from THE BRADY BUNCH. He actually turned out OK as a grown up too I might add.ReplyDelete
Michael J. Fox was a guy I had a crush on growing up ;)ReplyDelete
My adult crush is Cute, I mean Hugh Jackman. :)ReplyDelete
Robin Hood was my childhood crush. Brave and with a heart of gold for others :)ReplyDelete
John Travolta but as Danny Zuko in Grease!ReplyDelete