From K.T. Blakemore . . . Pip Quinn and Ruby Calhoun, the stars of The Good Time Girls, have decided to take over authorial duties for this guest post. Ruby told me in no uncertain terms that my own attempt was “too stuffed full of serious nonsense and too many words.”
I reminded her she was a fictional character with questionable morals, to which she just guffawed and shoved me aside.
“We are in a complex and disorienting time,” she said. “A nice blessing will be helpful in making people’s days more optimistic and smooth-running. Pip agrees with me on this.”
Pip, who’s more reticent with her words but quick of temper, gave a nod and waved at Ruby to hurry it up.
Without further ado, here it is:
The Good Time Girls is the first in the Wild-Willed Women of the West series by K.T. Blakemore. Think Westerns with a twist. Women's fiction full of adventure. Historical fiction with a dash of humor. It features women who take no prisoners and succeed through sheer grit, determination, and a parcel of luck.
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“Magnificently written, Good Time Girls is a tough, gritty and often humorous wild ride of danger, death, narrow escapes and yes, love. K.T. Blakemore owns the time period as if she had lived through it, and the characters as if she knew them personally. Open up the book, but hang onto your hat.” – James Robert Daniels, bestselling author of The Comanche Kid
The Good Time Girls
(Historical western and women's fiction rolled into one wild adventure.)
by K.T. Blakemore
Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Sycamore Creek Press
Genre: Historical Fiction/Western
Series: Wild-Willed Women of the West
A novel of wild women, the bonds of friendship, a harrowing road trip, and help found in the least likely places.
In 1905 Kansas, ex-dancehall girl and outlaw Ruby Calhoun has settled into a (mostly) quiet and (mostly) lawful life. But out of the blue her past comes hustling into town when her ex-friend and ex-dancehall partner, Pip, shows up with a grim message and dangerous mission: Cullen Wilder, an old enemy with a long memory, wants them dead and the only way to survive is to kill him first.
With Cullen’s henchman hot on their heels, Ruby and Pip hightail into the hinterlands of Kansas to save another friend from Cullen’s vengeance. Unprepared for the journey, their trip is filled with mishaps and mayhem, blunders and bounders, con artists and the circling noose of the law.
Through it all, Ruby is tormented by the memories of her life years ago in Arizona Territory, when the upstairs girls at the Paradise Saloon and Dancehall kept her safe, and the dreadful day when it all went wrong.
Will Ruby have the guts to face her turbulent past, or will she cut and run like a coward one more time?
“The Good Time Girls is an expertly crafted tale of two women whose endearing friendship aids them in conquering their fears and the men who made them. Told in humorous, and sometimes touching, McMurtry-esque prose, this book will keep you entertained and glued to your chair far into the night. If you like bold women and stories of the West, you will love this literary adventure!” – Kari Bovee, award-winning author of the Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mysteries
Meet Author K.T. Blakemore
K.T. Blakemore grew up in the west and never left. Her novel THE GOOD TIME GIRLS is the first in the Wild-Willed Women of the West Series, featuring women who take no prisoners and succeed through sheer grit, determination, and a parcel of luck.
She also writes award-winning historical suspense and young adult historical fiction under the pen name Kim Taylor Blakemore. Awards have included a Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, Tucson Festival of Book Literary Award, and a WILLA Award for Best YA Fiction.
Memberships include Historical Novel Society, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and Women Writing the West.
She has hung her hat in California, Colorado, and currently the Pacific Northwest. The rain does not deter her research whether it be train timetables from 1905 or the best way to catch a loose horse.
K.T. also runs the Novelitics ranch, providing developmental editing, workshops, and a writing community for novelists.
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