While I love the glamorization of the early stages in taming the west represented in movies, the dirt and grit of what it actually took to survive never really is shown to the fullest extent. In some ways, I understand that aspect. No one wants to see a film—unless it’s a documentary—on how a town in the middle of nowhere was formed. Stage coaches and supplies had many dangers to overcome just to make it to their destination. That didn’t always include the occasional rattlesnake or indigenous people. The human race as a whole has a darker side.
When I created An Outlaw in Her Bed, I watched the story morph into something showing that dirt and grit. At first, Ella was nothing but a simple rancher’s wife. However, she became something more and her past wasn’t too pristine. The stranger in her barn wants the salvation she found when her husband rescued her. I like redemption in a story.
Before An Outlaw in Her Bed, I had never attempted a western. My portfolio has anything from historical to fantasy in it as I don’t like being tied down to one type of story setting. Besides, as kooky as Hollywood movies can be, I still love watching an old western. It’s the action that gets me. Heart pounding gun fights, verbal sparring—all a nice interlude to bring the characters together.
I also had an adventure in researching not only the types of guns but the flora and fauna. Plus there’s the difference in speech to how we speak in modern times. My editor has a fit at me using the word “ain’t” until I showed her proof of just how old that word is. The spelling has twisted over the centuries but it’s still there. An authentic setting is key.
I want to write more, for sue, when my muse stops spitting out a million ideas for paranormal, fantasy, or historical men in kilts. Rawr. A writer’s head is a dangerous place.
Ella Gilby lost her husband to the perils of living in the wilderness of the new frontier. When her son finds a wounded man in the barn, she does what any Christian woman would do for a needy soul. She takes him in until he’s able to move on, but never expects the attraction to blossom between them.
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Author Bio: K. E. Shade is multi-published author Kastil Eavenshade in disguise pandering her romantic shenanigans. When not catering to the whims of three rescued kitties, she’s dreaming up her next heart-beating tale. No period in history–past, present, or future–is safe from the clutches of her muse. Her passions beyond writing are drawing, cooking, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey. She credits her parents for her free spirit as they’ve always supported her in every aspect of her life. Without them, she wouldn’t be here.
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Also by K.E. Shade: Her Beauty Within
In order for Adele to find her one true mate, she’s got to learn to see beyond the veil of vain beauty.
Adele lives a privileged life. High in the great oak that is her kind’s home, the pixie does as she pleases including playing cruel pranks on the wingless sprites who dwell in the tree. When one of the Council of Eight decides Adele needs to be taught a lesson, the pixie is cast down into the world of the sprite. Without the finery that made her one of the privileged of the society, Adele must find the meaning of true beauty and what love entails, or be cast out forever.
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