This Friday, the first full length novel Deadly, in my new series Lipstick and Lead comes out. The heroine in this story is one of my favorites and in fact all of the sisters in these books have been fun to write, but Meg has stayed with me.
We first met the sisters in the Novella, Desperate.
Meg's a woman forced by life to take over the care of her sisters, wear men’s clothes and when her father dies, she must find a way to save their family farm. After trying a typical job for a woman back in her time period, she and her sisters become bounty hunters like their father. It’s a profession they know, but they’re women chasing bad guys.
Only Meg has a dream. A dream of owning her own dress shop and dressing like a woman. And her hero…well let’s just say they have a past that involved her leaving him tied up and naked on main street.
Meg McKenzie stood in yet another hotel room, another dusty frontier town, on the hunt for yet another wayward criminal. She pulled out her Baby Dragoon revolver from her holster, spun the cylinder and checked to make sure that a bullet graced every chamber. With a gentle tug she checked the leather case, and then she slid the weapons back into the holster, just a finger tip away.
She wore her gun low on her hips just below the waist of her father’s hand me down pants. No fancy dress for Meg.
“The McKenzie sisters are about to strike again,” her sister Ruby said, as she slid her own gun into the hidden sheathlike case neatly tucked beneath her petticoats. Her saloon dress dipped low in the front to the edge of her breasts, the straps completely off her shoulder. She flipped her blonde hair back and checked her image one last time in the mirror. “How many men have we brought to justice?”
In the last year, they had learned the bounty hunter trade and continued the legacy of their father. With his death, the girls had been forced to find work in order to save the farm and in a desperate moment chosen their current path. Meg and Ruby chased wanted criminals and Annabelle maintained their family farm. At least until they returned and could join their sister once again. They never intended to make this their lifelong occupation. Just long enough to pay off the mortgage on the farm.
“At least twelve. Seems we’ve spent more time on the road than we have at home,” Meg said homesickness surging through her like an open wound.
“Just as well, with Sheriff Zach still coming out to the house looking for you.”
“Zach Gillespie, wants a quiet, retiring, woman who wears a dress and has tea parties. Do I look like that kind of woman?” Meg shook her head, her heartache was nearly healed, though she could never look at Zach again without smiling and remembering him naked.
Ruby laughed. “No, but you could if you wanted.”
Meg glanced out the window, the glow of the setting sun cast a shadow, but she could still see the dress shop down the street. After she’d spoken to this no name town sheriff, she’d spent time in the little dress shop, gazing and fingering the available dresses and the patterns of the latest fashions. Inside these pants, a woman longed to emerge and live like a lady, not the rough, bounty hunter facade of a life she lived now.
Tell me do you have sisters? How close are you to your sisters? Let me know I'm needing some more sister stories.
Dangerous will be available in January and Daring March of 2015.
Deadly available at all major retailers on Friday, November 7th.