posted on June 10, 2013 by Lori Austin

An Outlaw in Wonderland

An_OutlawI love westerns of any kind–movies, tv shows, romance novels.  And boy do I miss them.  Good ones–like Dances with Wolves, (or my favorite movie of all time Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. ) Anyone remember Rawhide?  I’m dating myself, I know, but Clint Eastwood in that show . . . Hubba hubba!  Speaking of gorgeous, is anyone else totally hooked on AMC’s Hell on Wheels?

What about Maggie Osborne’s THE WIVES OF BOWIE STONE, SILVER LININGS–pretty much any of them? I loved them all.

The very first book I wrote and sold–twenty years ago now–was a western.  I’ve written several since.  I have proposals for westerns that would keep me writing until the cows came home.  (Ha.)  But a few years back an idea for a story came to me, and kept coming to me, and wouldn’t leave me alone.  Eventually BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER, the first book in my Once Upon a Time in the West series, w/a Lori Austin, was born.  And strangely, the editor who loved it too was Maggie Osborne’s editor.  When she told me that my books reminded her of Maggie’s, I cried.

BeautySelling a western historical romance wasn’t easy.  But I had to write these books.

I have never understood the death of the Western. What’s not to love?  A time when men were men and so were the women.  The western is a pure American art form.

I am very excited, as well, that BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER, has been nominated for a RITA Award by Romance Writers of America.  The second book, AN OUTLAW IN WONDERLAND was released last week.   In these books, the hero and the heroine are a bit different from the norm.  For instance, the hero is the beauty and the heroine is the bounty hunter.  I’ll let you guess who the “outlaw” is in Wonderland.

What’s your favorite western of all time?

I’ll be giving away a signed copy of BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER to one random commenter from today’s blog.

LH09-2Lori Austin is the pseudonym for award winning author Lori Handeland, known for her paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. Under the Austin name, Lori writes sexy, adventurous western historical romance.

She is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance.

Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.

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Lori Austin

Lori Austin

Lori Austin is the pseudonym for award winning author Lori Handeland, known for her paranormal romance series, The Nightcreature Novels, as well as the urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles and the historical fantasy series, Shakespeare Undead. Under the Austin name, Lori writes sexy, adventurous western historical romance.

She is a New York Times Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance and Best Long Contemporary Category Romance.

Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.

12 thoughts on “An Outlaw in Wonderland”

  1. Marguerite Guinn says:

    Love the Sacketts series from author Louis L’Amour. And the Sacketts made for tv movies with Tom Selleck – yahoo!

    1. Lori Austin says:

      Tom Selleck makes a good western hero.

  2. Nicole Laverdure says:

    I am new to your books and would love to discover them by reading BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER in exchange for an honest review! I love country romances! A giveaway is ideal to meet a new-to-me author. thank you, nlaverdure88@videotron.ca

    1. Lori Austin says:

      Great, Nicole. I think the book would be right up your alley.

  3. Cissy says:

    I’ve never understood the death of the Western either, Lori. They’re the perfect historical romance. SO glad you’re writing them!

    1. Lori Austin says:

      Hi, Cissy! I’m loving it.

  4. Kate says:

    I work at a library, and Westerns are still very popular with some of our patrons. Unfortunately, some of those people have read every Western we own, and not many new ones are released! We try to recommend Western romances like your books but not everyone is willing to try that…for myself, I love the romance side of it! Can’t wait to read your new book.

    1. Lori Austin says:

      That’s great, Kate. I got a fabulous review on both these books from a male reader who had never read a romance before. I thought that was pretty cool.

  5. Tracy W says:

    I have loved the Louis L’Amour books since I was 11 years old.

  6. Cynthia Blain says:

    Being new to this genre, except for Louis L’Amour books way back when, I am just starting to get familiar with the new authors or the authors who are making this genre get the comeback it deserves. We know that there WAS romance in the Old West, so why not read about it and get a new prospective on how “the West was won” :). I would love to be the recipient of the book being offered to get me introduced to your writing, Lori. Will remain hopeful. Thank you.

    Cynthia

    1. Lori Austin says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Cynthia!

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