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My Bookshelf

What I'm currently reading...
The Gunman's Bride (Love Inspired Historical) by Catherine Palmer. It's a struggle not to stay up in the wee hours to see what happens next. Excellent book and well-researched. Blurb: Bart Kingsley had followed her to New Mexico, ready to lay his love—and his life—on the line. But spirited Laura Rose had made a fresh start for herself. She hadn't left her controlling father in Kansas to let some gun-slinging outlaw ruin her hopes—no matter what scandalous past they shared six years ago. Or how his green eyes beckoned! Rosie was his light in the darkness—Bart would do anything to win back her trust. But he was a wanted man. Would the past, with its dangerous demands and debts, conspire to destroy their new beginning? Or would his faith in God—and in Rosie—be rewarded?
 
"Pioneer Woman Cooks" by Ree Drummond: Ree's writing and personality really meshes with mine. I really enjoy her humor and over-the-top emphasis on cowboys' shapely bottoms in tight-fitting jeans. Nice! ;-) Blurb: The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a homespun collection of photography, rural stories, and scrumptious recipes that have defined my experience in the country. I share many of the delicious cowboy-tested recipes I've learned to make during my years as an accidental ranch wife. I show my recipes in full color, step-by-step detail, so it's as easy as pie to follow along. You'll also find colorful images of rural life: cows, horses, country kids, and plenty of chaps-wearing cowboys.
 
Another book I'm reading for my research is "Age of the Gunfighter" by Joseph G. Rosa This book features amazing photographs of guns and rifles used during the Old West as well as accessories and good information. Really great book for western writers! Blurb: Based upon contemporary and informed opinion, Age of the Gunfighter tells of a tempestuous time and many a notorious gunfighter. Few of those who achieved fame and a reputation lived into old age. Ed Masterson, Tom Smith, and Bill Tilghman, for example, died in the line of duty. Others, like Wild Bill Hickok, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid, were murdered because of their reputations, at the hands of the law or for personal or financial gain. And the few who survived into old age in the twentieth century, such as Wyatt Earp, were men out of place and time, steeped in nostalgia for an era gone but immortalized as the age of the gunfighter.