The Art of Candle Dipping

The Art of Candle Dipping

Judy Alter

Mystery & Thrillers / Women & Gender Studies / Young Adult

A short story based on an actual incident in the 1880s in North Texas, when Comanches threatened a family. The mother was dipping candles and used hot wax to protect her children.Told from a young girl's point of view, this story recounts an incident when Comanches threatened a pioneer family in North Texas. The mother was dipping candles when the Indians appeared and used the hot wax as a defense. Based on a true incident from the files of the Log Cabin Village in Fort Worth, Texas, where the actual cabin, with it's vat for hot wax, is located.
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Libbie

Libbie

Judy Alter

Mystery & Thrillers / Women & Gender Studies / Young Adult

February, 1864Her name is Elizabeth Bacon Custer, but her friends call her Libbie. The newly-wedded wife of General George Armstrong Custer, Libbie is small and delicate, accustom to the "finer things in life," seemingly unfit for the rigors of army life.But she refuses to be separated from the man she loves.This is her story, a first-person narrative based on three books written by the real-life Libbie and surviving correspondence. Stretching from Texas to Kansas to the savage Dakota Territory, experience the sacrifices and hair-raising adventures, the hijinx Autie (the nickname Libbie gave to her husband) played on her, regretted flirtations, and a rare and remarkable love that would not be tamed.REVIEWS:"A wondrous, intimate story of an unsung heroine of the West." ~Romantic Times"Rings authentically true.... Brilliant and memorable.... Kudos to Ms. Alter for a refreshingly unique story." ~Affair de Coeur"Libbie is probably the book Mrs. Custer would...
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Sundance, Butch and Me

Sundance, Butch and Me

Judy Alter

Mystery & Thrillers / Women & Gender Studies / Young Adult

Her name is Martha Baird. Most know her as Etta Place, the fearless woman who rides with notorious outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.Told in Etta's voice, "Sundance, Butch and Me" is history transformed. From daring train robberies and hair-raising escapes from the law, to her attraction to Sundance and love for Butch, experience the drama, passion, and adventure of the American West's most legendary woman.PRAISE FOR SUNDANCE, BUTCH AND ME:"...a realistic portrayal of historic events that touches the imagination and stirs the spirit." ~The Literary Times"...meticulously researched... a skillful first-person narrative." ~Publishers WeeklyREAL WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN WEST, in series orderLibbieSundance, Butch and Me
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Mattie

Mattie

Judy Alter

Mystery & Thrillers / Women & Gender Studies / Young Adult

Against the background of sparsley settled western Nebraska at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie tells the story of a pioneer woman physician. Through the years of her practice, Mattie finds romance and disappointment, battles won and loved ones lost. She endures to find a richness she could only find on the plains. A realistic portrait of life on the plains and one unforgettable woman.
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Cherokee Rose

Cherokee Rose

Judy Alter

Mystery & Thrillers / Women & Gender Studies / Young Adult

Raised on an Oklahoma ranch in the early twentieth century, Tommy Jo Burns shuns traditional female roles and instead learns to rope and ride. At fourteen, she so impressed Teddy Roosevelt that he dubbed her America's first cowgirl.Filled with dreams of performing in a Wild West show, Tommy Jo joins Colonel Zack Miller's 101 Ranch Show and takes the name Cherokee Rose.Cherokee Rose can rope with the best of them and tangles with a few: an awkward ranch hand who emerges as Will Rogers; a handsome husband who resents her fame; and a wealthy gambler who teaches her how to follow her heart.Inspired by the life of Lucille MulhallREVIEWS:"Judy Alter melds romance and western genres effectively... an entertaining novel with a memorable heroine and great passion for life." ~BooklistREAL WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN WEST, in series orderLibbieSundance, Butch and MeCherokee Rose
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Jessie

Jessie

Judy Alter

Mystery & Thrillers / Women & Gender Studies / Young Adult

Educated, ambitious, and brilliant in a time not quite ready for her, Jessie elopes with the young explorer Charles Fremont, at the age of 17, defying the wishes of her father, the powerful Senator Thomas Hart Benton.Jessie expected a life of boundless adventure. Instead, the two most important men in her life are about to alter the course of 19th century American history—but only with her help.REVIEWS:"Lulls the reader into forgetting this is fiction." ~Publishers WeeklyREAL WOMEN OF THE AMERICAN WEST, in series orderLibbieSundance, Butch and MeCherokee RoseJessie
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