The first books I published were historical western romance. The very first book, Marshal in
Petticoats was also my first published book. I had a fun time writing a feisty heroine who took
charge but was vulnerable. Her vulnerability came from being clumsy. She had good intentions.
Unfortunately, her clumsiness usually thwarted her good deeds. The book was written as a stand-
alone. Then the hero’s brothers came onto the scene about two thirds of the way through the
book and readers wanted their stories. That is how the Halsey Brothers Series became a reality.
Each book has a heroine in—at the time of the story—a male’s profession. Marshal in
Petticoats, Outlaw in Petticoats, Miner in Petticoats, Doctor in Petticoats, and Logger in
Petticoats. I usually had the title before the heroine became a full-fledged character in my mind.
Knowing which brother would have which story helped me to hone the heroine into a woman
who was the opposite of the hero, but also was the perfect match for the hero. Some of the
relationships are stormy, some steamy.
The heat level in each story is different just as the characters and their traits are different.
Marshal in Petticoats and Doctor in Petticoats are the two steamiest. Gil and Clay, while
seeming to be the least likely of the five brothers to be so passionate, ended up with women who
brought that out in them. Miner in Petticoats, Ethan came up against a woman who had been
married twice before with one love marriage and one that had been a convenience and then a
nightmare. Their “courtship” is slow and their affections grow as a mature couple’s would.
Outlaw in Petticoats and Logger in Petticoats both Zeke and Hank move slow and with
determination to get the women they’ve set their sights on to decide being married to them
wouldn’t be so bad.
Readers still wanted more of the Halsey’s when I finished the five books. In three of the books
young men were brought into the family either through marriage or the Halsey big hearts. And
that spawned the Halsey Homecoming Trilogy. The first book is Laying Claim. This takes
place during the Klondike gold rush in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Jeremy Duncan the
brother of the heroine in Marshal in Petticoats is in his early twenties and in the Klondike
looking to prove he is as good a provider as the Halsey brothers. He’s ready to leave the area
with plenty of gold from using a pack train to haul goods and people into the interior. But a
young woman needing to get to the Yukon to find her brother pulls at his sense of chivalry. He
agrees to one last trip to the interior before going home. The second book, Staking Claim is
about Colin Healy, the son of the heroine in Miner in Petticoats. He is coming home from
looking after his inheritance in England. On the ship he befriends a young woman who is a
walking contradiction. And soon they are both fearing for their lives. The third book in the
series, Claiming a Heart, is being written and will be out later this summer. This book is about a
young blind man who, while on a trip to get supplies with another person, is separated during a
fight. The book will be about his finding love and his way home.
All of my books require extensive amounts of research either of the town and area or the
occupation I give my characters. Research is one of my favorite things to do and usually ends up
with me finding fodder for yet another book.
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Halsey Brothers Series - Five historical western romance novels set in Oregon in the 1800's.
Marshal in Petticoats
After accidentally shooting a bank robber, Darcy Duncan becomes marshal of a town as accident
prone as herself. And she’s not about to take orders from a corrupt mayor or a handsome drifter.
Gil Halsey discovers the new marshal is a passionate woman hell bent on proving the mayor is
corrupt and dodging outlaws to clear her name.
Outlaw in Petticoats
Maeve Loman accepts Zeke Halsey’s offer to help her discover the truth behind her father's
disappearance even though she hasn’t met a man who can keep his promise.
Zeke Halsey has wanted Maeve Loman since he first set eyes on the prickly schoolteacher.
Offering to help her find her father, he hopes to prove he’s not going anywhere.
Miner in Petticoats
Ethan Halsey is determined to fulfill his father’s wishes to provide for his brothers. The only
drawback is a feisty woman who refuses to part with the land he needs.
Aileen Miller has had two husbands. She isn’t about to allow another man to dictate her life or
the lives of her two children.
Doctor in Petticoats
Dr. Rachel Tarkiel gave up on love after a devastating accident and settled for a life healing
Blinded by a person he considered a friend, Clay curses his circumstances and his limitations.
Can their love overcome their internal fears and the obstacles life throws at them or will a
mysterious man keep them apart forever?
Logger in Petticoats
Hank Halsey believes he’s found the perfect logging crew—complete with cooks—until he
discovers Kelda Nielson would rather swing an axe than flip eggs.
Strong and stubborn, Kelda Nielsen grew up falling trees, and resents any man who believes
she’s not capable, until Hank.
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Jeremy Duncan heads into the Yukon Territory by dog team in the middle of a blizzard to keep
one strong-willed, business-minded beauty alive.
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Deceit, contradictions, and lies.
Colin Healy, an American who has inherited an English estate, and Livie Leatherby, an imposter
trying to save her family, find themselves marked for death.
Forced together to stay one step ahead of the Lord set on killing Colin for his estate, can these
two get beyond the lies and deceit that has brought them together before one or the other meets
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Award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On
her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job
with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding
horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
She has published twenty novels, three anthologies, and seven novellas. All her work has
Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging
characters. Her penchant for research takes her on side trips that eventually turn into yet another
You can learn more about Paty at her blog; Writing into the Sunset her website;
http://www.patyjager.net or on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/#!/paty.jager , Goodreads
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1005334.Paty_Jager and twitter; @patyjag.