Thursday, April 7, 2011
Guest Blogger: Suzie Grant
Today’s guest Suzie Grant, writes western romance with thrills. She still remembers sitting at her grandfather's feet watching cowboy shows like Gunsmoke, Lonesome Dove and Bonanza. Her love of the Wild West started by the age of four and has grown ever since. Cowboys, wide open spaces, the freedom of the west and family are what draw her to this genre. That and the fact that when a cowboy falls in love - it's for life. Suzie still believes in the happily ever after and currently resides in North Carolina with her own real life hero, three children, and one shitzhu named Peppy Le'Pew. Take a journey with her into the lives of a dying breed of man and the unforgotten way of life called the Wild West. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter
I have a theory that most women are more opinionated than men, simply because we know what we want. Women have been the backbone of families for centuries. I truly believe in the saying “behind every man is a good woman” and we’re finally getting the recognition that we deserve. Wars have been fought over and because of women in the past, but there is little doubt that women are often the driving force behind much of our history. One of my favorites are Annie Oakley, who could shoot the head off a running quail when she was twelve years old. How can you not be fascinated by a woman who thumbed her nose at society’s rules and became successful on her own terms?
They called her Little Miss Sure Shot. Oakley soon became well known throughout the region. During the spring of 1881, the Baughman and Butler shooting act was being performed in Cincinnati. Traveling show marksman and former dog trainer Francis E. Butler, an Irish immigrant, placed a $100 bet (roughly equivalent to modern US$2,000) with Cincinnati hotel owner Jack Frost, that he, Butler, could beat any local fancy-shooter. The hotelier arranged a shooting match between Butler and the 21-year-old Oakley, to be held in ten days in a small town near Greenville, Ohio. After missing on his 25th shot, Butler lost the match and the bet. He began courting Oakley, and they married on June 20, 1882.
A real life fairy tale I’d say.