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Sunday, 22 January 2012

A Warm Welcome to Ginger Simpson Writer of books that combine history, humor and heartfelt romances with happy heroines and heart-throb heroes...and much more.

Ginger Simpson currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and biggest fan, Kelly. He believes he's the inspiration for all her romantic scenes, but Ginger won't verify his claim.
Since the publication of her first book in May 2003, she has remained avid about adding to her accomplishments. Her favorite genre is western historical, but she has been known to dabble in other areas. A 2009 EPIC Nominee, she also won the 2009 Best Historical Novel from Love Romances Cafe for Sparta Rose. She has added the beautiful banner to her wall with other stellar acknowledgments of her work.
She retired to devote more time to writing, but her promotional efforts, blogging, tweeting, and interacting with new friends on author’s and reader’s loops have stymied her efforts.
She watches her grandson, Spencer, in the afternoons, and besides seeing one of her books in a real "brick and mortar" store some day, her main goal is to help her little darling overcome the developmental delays Autism has foisted upon him.
She's got that "million dollar" book in the works, and one day hopes to haul someone into Wal-Mart, point to her novel and say, "That's me." She proclaims that Grandma Moses didn't make it big until her "golden" years, so why not be a believer that good things come to those who wait...and wait...and wait.
Ginger is a prolific writer as well as being multi-genre. Today she is featuring her novel Odessa, an historical western inspired by Bad Girls of the Old West. Here's what she has to say about them: Disclaimer: The following contains adult-related material, perhaps not suited for all ages.
Prostitution has been around since the beginning of time, but did you know there was a difference in the old west between the "painted ladies" and "saloon girls?"
Although proper women assigned many names to others in their gender who held these jobs, names such as "fallen angels, soiled doves, daughter's of sin, or scarlet ladies," the 'painted ladies' were normally those who offered sex for pay, while 'saloon girls' were paid by the establishment owners to entertain clients with singing and dancing.  No matter which position they held, women who worked in saloons and other similar places were looked down upon by 'proper' women simply for their association with drinking, gambling and whoring.  Back then, even watching an animal mate shocked the sensibility of an upstanding lady.
The women who worked in saloons were generally lured there out of desperation.  Flyers promising fancy clothing, fine pay, good working conditions, and protection played upon the female senses since job's were scarce and many husbands died unexpectedly by guns, horses, and disease.  Life expectancy in the old west wasn't very long, and women without partners didn't have the choices we enjoy today.
Of course, I imagine there were some women who became whores simply because they enjoyed sex, and in some instances, 'proper' women considered 'daughter's of sin' a necessary evil. Sex wasn't often discussed between mothers, daughters or even among friends, so entering a marriage bed without any knowledge made the experience unpleasant, and sometimes, something to be dreaded. If romance authors wrote about true experiences, at times our books wouldn't be all that romantic.  Thank goodness, we can stretch the truth a bit.  :)
In my latest historical western release, Odessa, my heroine takes a job as a "songbird" in a saloon, much to the dismay of the hero.  But, being a feisty gal, and finding all other options closed to her, Odessa soon finds she should have heeded Zach's warnings.

And now for A Taste of Ginger - an excerpt from Odessa

Odessa returned from her third break of the evening. John Harper, quite the polite young man, had provided a welcome respite to worrying about Zach. She’d learned more about John and his family and shared some of her own past. She steered clear of any conversation that might lead to questions about how she ended up in Charleston.
The crowd grew rowdier as the night progressed, and Alf had come to her defense several times when a few trail hands made inappropriate comments or tried to drag her onto the dance floor. Not wanting to draw any more attention to herself, she dropped her suggestive poses and stood with hands clasped at her waist. The jar atop the piano behind her was half-full, and now she’d find out if her singing or her sleazy stance had earned her the extra money.
She joined in on cue when he played Oh Susanna. She tapped her toe to the music and sang in her loudest voice, although she couldn’t help but wonder how someone came from Alabama with a banjo on their knee. The crowd clapped, and some even joined in the chorus. Odessa, caught up in the fun, did a do-si-do with a heavyset and obviously inebriated customer during a piano interlude. But when she sashayed back to her place, she realized he wasn’t ready to end the dance.
Odessa tried to brush off his clutching hands and continue with the song, but her actions only narrowed his eyes and flared his nostrils.
Alf leapt to his feet. “Hands off, mister.”
The drunk punched Alf and sent him sprawling, then blasted him with an icy glare. “Now get up and play, you bastard,” he slurred. “I plan to finish what I started with this here whore, or my name ain’t Augustus O’Reilly.”
People who had glanced over when the music stopped had gone back to their banter and drinks. Alf plunked out Red River Valley, but his gaze rested on Odessa. His face displayed the fear she felt. Time moved in slow motion. Visions of another encounter with an inebriated man flashed in her mind, only this time there was no Zach to come to her rescue.
Her racing heart echoed in her head and she felt helpless. Fingers bit into her skin. Odessa craned away from the burly man. “You’re making a mistake, Mr. O’Reilly. I’m only here to sing.”
“Right.” He guffawed, leering at her chest. “You ain’t showing off those pretty little titties jes to belt out a few tunes.”
This was the very thing Zach had warned her about. Or was it a nightmare?
LINKS: If you want to find out how Odessa fares, you can find her story at
Eternal Press and on Amazon where you can also read her 5 star reviews. 

All Ginger's books are showcased on her website at

or drop by at her two blogs:
Thank you Megan, for hosting me today and allowing me to blog-jack an article from my newest western blog.
It's a great pleasure to have you here, Ginger, and thank you for such an interesting insight
Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Odessa


  1. My thanks again to Miss Megan for allowing me time and space here today. Despite her having a horrible head cold and being in bed, she's still a trooper. I'll be announcing a winner in the comments section on Saturday, so make sure and leave one if you'd like a chance to win Odessa. (Not the person, or the city, just my book.) *lol*

  2. Hey darlin'! I have a natural affinity for "bad" anythings. Can't imagine why!

  3. Gail,
    Should I just present you the book now or pretend someone else might show up? *lol* Thanks for always being someone I can count on. Love you.

    1. Sugar, if I don't show, I missed it somewhere. Give me a day and if I don't show up, zap me an e-mail. You been to the new Flowers post yet, posted Monday. Think you'll laugh. (Sorry for plugging my own blog Megan! But it's GINGER!)

  4. Hi gals,

    I remember doing some research on Tombstone, on the guy that discovered the silver mine that gave the town the name. I was thinking of doing an historical fiction on him. An interesting man from Lancaster, PA.

    Anyway, I came across the fact that most of the Earp brothers married saloon gals, or whores, which I found interesting. And a few even remarried saloon gals after their first wives died.

    But, yep, they were not 'proper women.' Gosh o'mighty. Naugty, naughty.

    Nice post, Ginger and so true.

  5. How very frightening for your heroine.


  6. Thanks, Janice. I appreciate that you stopped by.

  7. I loved the series Deadwood...sort of dirty and gritty and I think I can almost hear Odessa singing in Al's bar. Hope she fares better than some of the girls from that era.
    Great post. Thanks Megan and Ginger.

  8. I really enjoyed the post. I don't read many historical novels. I find the Lords and Ladies too boring, but something tells me that wouldn't be the case with your book.

  9. I love that the heroine is a singer. Such an exciting story feature. I know Odessa is going to be a very entertaining read, Ginger.

  10. Again, I'd like to thank you all for taking time to leave a comment, and I would love to share Odessa with each of you. Instead of picking just one winner, I'll ask that anyone interested in receiving a free copy email me at mizging @ gmail dot com. That way, I'll have your email and I can zip the PDF right off to you. I'd especially like Jolie to find out that westerns are usually never boring. :) Thanks, Megan...that includes you, if you'd like to read Odessa.

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