Wednesday, December 09, 2015


My forebears left their native shores in sailing ships to forge a new life in the untamed frontiers of colonial Australia. They battled bushfires, hardship and the tyranny of distance in an inhospitable and savage land. Only the tough and resilient would survive. They not only survived, but prospered.

The same could be said for the early settlers in America. They opened up vast tracts of land in the wilderness. Fought and died trying to tame it.

The histories of our two countries in the early frontier days was very similar, only the terminology was different. Big land holders were called ranchers in America, squatters in Australia. We had bushrangers, you had outlaws. We called our cowboys stockmen.

Like the American West, many of our towns were wild and lawless. There was a huge single male population and yet a relatively small amount of eligible, respectable, women, so mail order brides, for example, were a necessity. Brothel, bordello, whore-house, cat house, call them what you like, but these places of male pleasure, thrived in the frontier towns.  Many a Madame became wealthy women.

I was thrilled to be invited to join in this Christmas Anthology, Silver Belles And Stetsons.  My story is called Christmas Cowboy.


Zac Goodman is a gunslinger who is haunted by an injustice from his past. He finds heavily pregnant Holly O’Leary in an abandoned wagon, her cheating husband lying dead a few yards away.

Reluctantly he takes her to his cabin to give birth.

Will this miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls? Or will it forever keep them apart.

Margaret Tanner is an Award Winning, multi-published  Australian author. She has written several historical romance novels set in frontier Australia, which have been published by Books We Love, but with the help and encouragement of Sue Horsnell, she has started to write Western Romance, and was thrilled to be asked to join the talented, award winning authors of Silver Belles And Stetsons Christmas Anthology with her novella Cowboy Christmas.
She has always loved watching Western television shows and movies, and has found that frontier Australia and frontier America, are surprisingly similar in a lot of aspects.

Silver Belles and Stetsons
Ten Western Romance Christmas Novellas
Available as a boxed set for a limited time

Bestselling and Award-Winning Authors bring you ten western romance novellas featuring alpha-cowboys from the past. This boxed set will take you back in time when
men were rugged and handsome and the women who loved them, courageous and
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The Greatest Gift: A Montana Cowboy Christmas
by Kathleen Ball. Amazon Bestselling and Award- Winning Author. Looking for the man who ran out on her, Ginger finds a cowboy worthy of love but he doesn't want or need love.

Catherine’s Cowboy by Cait Braxton, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author.  During a supernatural dust storm, Fate steps in when rugged army tracker Elam helps Catherine deliver her child.

Stone Mountain Christmas by Caroline Clemmons, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Can Celia restore the town's Christmas spirit? "A beautifully written story about love and hope and all the emotions Christmas brings out in people." Karren Lucas

Angel and the Texan from County Cork by Carra Copelin.  Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Does Angel trust marriage to the man she suspects of killing her husband or the stranger who promises to pay off her debt and set her free if she decides their marriage of convenience won’t work?

The Drifter’s Proposal by Kristin Holt, Amazon Bestselling Author.
The baker's man is home for Christmas... "Compelling. Heartwarming. Tender." ~Diane Darcy, USA Today Bestselling Author

The Perfect Gift by Lyn Horner. Friendship has blossomed into young love, but it seems destined to die on the vine...until an unexpected Christmas gift promises happiness.

Marshal Mistletoe by Susan Horsnell. She married the wrong man. Will fate intervene?

Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager, Amazon Bestselling and Award-Winning Author. Can two battered hearts find solace or will the past continue to haunt their lives? "A story of forgiveness that has a wonderful hero who has worked hard to redeem himself."

A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman, Amazon Bestselling Author. Two damaged souls. Can their budding love and the healing power of Christmas bring them together?

Cowboy Christmas by Margaret Tanner. Will a miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls, or will it forever keep them apart?

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