Book Giveaway & Character Interview with Harold Miller III - One of the Heros in Wild West Christmas

Harold Miller III is the fun and funny hero who pulls you into his life within a few lines of reading his & Charlsey's story, Charlsey's Accountant, in Wild West Christmas. You'll enjoy riding alongside him, whether on a train, or in the saddle. For now, let's just cozy up with a glass or cup of our favorite beverage and chat a while with him.

Harold, thank you for dropping by today. Your story starts with you on a train heading west. Tell us a bit about your life before arriving in Texas.
H: I was perfectly happy keeping books for the family businesses. It wasn't my idea to go to the wilds of Texas. Just because my father worked on the King ranch as a cowboy when he was young, he thought I should see that country.

I think the first thing that drew me into this story is that you were traveling on a train reading a dime novel, Black Bart's Nemesis. Whose works do you usually enjoy reading?
H: I do enjoy some of the popular fiction of the day, but I also love the classics.

How did the real Texas compare to your Black Bart adventure novel?
H: At first, I thought the dime novel was too fantastic, but some of the things I read in the book became real in my life.

What were you doing in a town called Horsefly, Texas?

H: My father sent me to buy cattle to ship to our slaughterhouse in Chicago. America had really learned to love eating beef.

A few things took you by surprise in Texas. What was the most surprising?
H: I really can't tell you the most surprising thing. It would give too much away. You'll just have to read it.

What was it about Charlsey that made her stand out from her sisters? What drew you in?

H: Her absolute refinement in the midst of a wild cattle ranch.

What did you miss most about her when you returned home to Boston?
H: Everything. That woman had really gotten under my skin.

Yours and Charlsey's story is so wonderfully written by Lena Nelson Dooley. How did either or both of you bring your story to her/get her to tell your story?

H: I didn't go looking for her, but she found me on that long train ride and wouldn't let go.

Did you bring a recipe to share with our readers today? If so, what can you tell us about it?

H: I had never eaten cornbread before, but Lena has her own recipe which she is sharing with you today.

Lena’s Cornbread
Combine and stir together:
2/3 Cup corn meal
1 1/3 Cup flour
1/3 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
In mixing bowl, mix together well:
1 Cup milk
2 Eggs
1/3 Cup oil
Stir dry ingredients into liquids.
Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes if making muffins. Can also pour into square cake pan and bake.

We're having a giveaway copy of Wild West Christmas
Please go to Lena Nelson Dooley's blog
to find the answer to this question: 

What other books does Lena have releasing in September 2009?

Come back and leave your answer here in the Comments section, 

along with your email address in this format:  
myname [at] addy [dot] com



Linda said...

Lena's other book coming out in Sept. 2009 is Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe. Please enter me for Wild West Christmas. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Tina and Lena,
This was a fun interview! I'd love to read these stories. Lena has these books releasing this month:
Wild West Christmas
Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe
Can You Help Me? And Caught Red-Handed
carrie (at) turansky (d0t) com

Darlene Franklin said...

Nice to hear from you again, Harold! Lucy couldn't have a nicer brother-in-law.

--Frm the author of Lucy Ames Sharpshooter, also in Wild West Christmas.

Carole said...

Very creative interview, I loved it.

Lena's other book release is Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe, also on my wishlist. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Hi Lena and Harold,
Good interview. Love the lifelike characters.

Renee said...

This books looks great! I'd love to win this! Lena's other September releases are:

Can You Help Me? and Caught Red Handed,

Wild West Christmas,

Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe,

I'm also signed up for her newsletter!


Abi said...

an other one is
Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe

I get her newsupdates too. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cherie J said...

Lena's other book relese for September is Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe. Thanks for the drawing.


Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Oooooh cornbread! That is my absolutely favorite "bread" ever!! Thanks for sharing, Lena ~ I can't wait to give it a try. :)

Lena's other releases for Sept. are:

Can You Help Me? and Caught Red Handed

Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe

I'm already a subscriber for Lena's newsletter. What a wonderful interview with Harold. lol

Thank you ~ Lori


Ausjenny said...

The other books are
September 2009 – Release of Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe
September 2009 – Release of Can You Help Me? And Caught Red-Handed in Thorndike Large Print edition

I receive the newsletter already can you please enter me as I love christmas novellas and I love historical this book looks really good love the cover and thanks for a good interview.

ausjenny at gmail dot com
if an aussie can enter

mez said...

Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe is Lena's other book coming out.

Also please add my name a second time, I get Lena's newsletter. Thanks!


Cherie J said...

I forgot to mention that I am subscribed to lena's newsletter.

Emma said...

What other books does Lena have releasing in September 2009?

Can You Help Me? and Caught Red Handed, Thorndike Press Large Print, September 2009
Wild West Christmas, Barbour, September 2009
Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe, Barbour, September 2009. These book sounds wonderful. please add my name a second time, I just sign up for newletter. Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

Cherie J said...

I just realized that you were ayou used the plural releases not just asked us to list one other. Besides Wild West Christmas she is releasing Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe, Can You Help Me? And Caught Red-Handed. Sorry for the double post but I wanted to make sure I did not get disqualified for not answering the question correctly. You can delete my other post. Thank you! i am a member of Lena's newsletter as well.