Today Miralee is here to tell us more about her latest release and upcoming news.
Wishing on Buttercups
I’m so excited about the release of Wishing on Buttercups. All of the books in this series contain a strong romance as well as a distinct women’s fiction thread, as they each deal with a variety of issues women today can relate to. For Beth Roberts, it’s the fact that she carries scars—both physically and emotionally—and believes that anyone who knows her background wouldn’t love her—especially not a man.
Beth has hidden away so much pain and confusion all her life, but when she meets Jeffery Tucker, that begins to change. I loved digging deep and discovering what it would take to bring these two together. I hope you’ll discover for yourself why the reviewer with Romantic Times Magazine said about Wishing on Buttercups; “The second book in the wonderful Love Blossoms in Oregon series has charming, caring characters who want to keep their secrets buried. Ferrell is a talented writer who gives readers what they have come to expect in a historical novel, plus some surprises for them to discover.”
Wishing on Buttercups is my eighth novel, and revisits the characters readers met and loved in book one, Blowing on Dandelions, with two more to follow in my Love Blossoms in Oregon series. I’ve been fortunate to visit every town where my books have been set except for Sundance, WY.
My trip to Baker City, Oregon, was no exception. I have a friend who moved to this picturesque small city nestled between the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains. She escorted me to businesses, pointing out buildings that had been erected in the late 1800s, and introduced me to locals who had family extending back almost to the town’s inception.
Often when on these research trips, I find little known facts that turn into interesting story plots, or I’m able to create true-to-life scenes using events that happened during my specific time period. It’s even better when I can discover and use a famous person who lived in the town at that time, as I did in my book set in Tombstone, when Doc Holliday showed up at a saloon.
I included more than one true event in Wishing on Buttercups. One was a humorous episode with a paint can, based on an incident that happened in my own family history. The other incorporated the historical setting of the town, which is only a mile from the Oregon Trail, an important detail that ties in closely to one of Beth’s secrets.
Something that took us by surprise, located just across the road from our motel, was an old Chinese cemetery. Before visiting Baker City, I didn’t realize the town had contained a sizeable Chinese population who were brought in to work the mines. It included a one-to-two block section built specifically for the workers and their families. That aspect of the story isn’t included in this book, but I’m currently working on a spin-off novella that will release March 1 in eBook format only, which includes these hard-working people. That book will follow Pastor Seth, who readers met in Blowing on Dandelions, and will introduce a new character, Julia McKenzie. I hope you’ll consider trying this series, if you haven’t already!
Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former ACFW chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels since starting to write in 2005. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Miralee has had eight books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with another 5 under contract. She’s an award-winning author of Western fiction, and her newest release, Wishing on Buttercups, is the second in a series set in Baker City, Oregon, 1880s.
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