Dusty bearded men in miner’s boots and faded shirts, gamblers in fancy vests and frock coats, a ghost or two tossed in for good measure – these are the characters who come to life on my pages. Mix them with strong, independent women of the Gold Rush era who delight and tempt their heroes to take a chance on love and, voila, it’s romance.
The Sierra Mountain Range of California is a perfect place to discover the mysteries of a wild time in history. Placerville, known as Old Hangtown in 1849, provides a virtual hive of tales that I cannot resist working into my stories. Underground tunnels, mine shafts, and rumors of ghost sightings provide perfect backgrounds and add a bit of spice here and there.
Come explore these glorious parts of California’s past with me. Meet the pioneers who dared to live life with gusto.