Susan Page Davis ~ The Sheriff's Surrender ~ FREE Book!

I'm so glad we're all together to share some time with Susan Page Davis and Ethan Chapman. Ethan is the hero of Susan's latest historical western romance The Sheriff's Surrender. Thank you both for being here, you especially Ethan, sigh...

Oh! You too, Susan! You know we always enjoy your visits and your novels, sigh...and your heros...

I'll just pass out the Starbucks here.

Susan, I love the idea of a Ladies' Shooting Club. And The Sheriff's Surrender was one of my favorite reads of 2009!  Love women who don't hide from protecting themselves and their town, yet not taking over the responsibility completely from the menfolk, but helping where they can, and properly training to better protect themselves.

Susan, where did you get the idea for this story?

My daughter lives in Idaho, and I thought the mountains in the southwestern part of the state were a fabulous setting. I’d been reading some westerns and some of Alexander McCall Smith ’s “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” books, and I thought it would be fun and challenging to write about a group of independent women who supported each other in a way that would make their men annoyed.

What would you like readers to go away with when they've finished the book?
A desire to reach out to others within their communities to share Christ, to strengthen each other, and to show compassion.

Do you mind if we turn the interview over to Ethan from here on out?

Not at all. He can handle it.

Ethan, tell us what you did before you came to be sheriff.

I’m a rancher. I’ve got a spread just north of Fergus with a few hundred beef. It’s small enough that I can run it myself with help from the McDade brothers in summer and fall.

How is it that you became the sheriff anyway?

That was not my choice. We had a good sheriff, Bert Thalen, but someone whacked him over the head. The folks in town got a bit upset and wanted to put someone into the office right away so they’d feel more secure. I wasn’t planning to have to track down a murderer. But why me, out of all the men in town? Personally I think the mayor and the town council chose me because I didn’t have any living relatives they’d have to console if I got killed like Bert. I’d been in the army, too. That might have had something to do with it.

Tell us about Gert Dooley. You kind of act as though she's your sister, not Hiram's. Don't you think of her as anything else?

Hm. Well, sure. I mean, what do you want me to say? She’s a good cook, a good friend. . .okay, she’s a cut above most of the women you’ll find out here. What are you getting at, anyway, ma’am?

Do you have a lead on any suspects?

I have some clues, but so far they haven’t helped much. This killer leaves something behind every time he kills. Or nearly every time. See, that’s a problem. I’m not exactly sure what the killer did and what was merely coincidence—or clumsiness.
So how do you feel about this Ladies' Shooting Club? What is it and how does the town feel about it?

You know, I think it’s a good thing. Gert Dooley has a level head, and she’s teaching those ladies firearm safety and marksmanship. What’s wrong with that? If there’s trouble while the men are off on the range or at the mines, their women will be able to defend themselves. I don’t see any harm in it. But some of the men—well, the mayor and Cy Fennel, for instance. They’d like to see the club banned and the women putting down their guns and picking up their brooms. I don’t think Micah Landry and his wife have spoken to each other since Emmaline joined the shooting club. Seems foolish to me.

Do you think Gert can out shoot any man in town? If so, how's that make you feel?

I know Gert can outshoot any man in town. People are good at different things. I’m not sure what I’m good at yet, but there’s no sense feeling bad that someone can outshoot me. Not that I’m so terrible at it, just not as good as she is. Know what? I’m kind of proud of her. If I were ever going to court a girl, it would be someone like Gert. A lot like Gert.

Do you have a question for our readers you'd like to ask of them, Ethan?

Yeah. Why can’t we get any decent coffee out here?

Oh, Ethan...I apologize. It's from a chain...oh, never mind. I'll bet you're used to Arbuckles, let me see if there's still some in the cupboard from AJ Hawke's last visit. AJ leaves the real stuff behind, always trying to get me off the Starbucks...

Susan and Ethan, thanks for a great interview. We always enjoy our visits with you, Susan. And, Ethan, you come on back anytime, we'd love to see you, I mean visit with you again.

Susan, may I have permission to send folks to your blog/site?

Yes, ma’am. My site is and I’d love to see them. To see the book trailer for The Sheriff's Surrender, click here.

A murder in Fergus, Idaho, has the town’s women scared. But the men don’t seem able to stop the rash of thefts, assaults, and vandalism that follow. Half a dozen women band together to arm themselves against trouble. The gunsmith's plain sister, the emporium's owner, a couple of rancher's wives and saloon girls take their shooting lessons seriously. 

The men are skeptical at first and slightly amused. The new minister's wife shocks the town by joining the club, and other women follow her lead. When they show no sign of letting up on their drill, the men beg the sheriff to disband the club and put their women back where they belong. 

Those are fighting words to the ladies. Domestic rebellion threatens until a new murder grabs everyone's attention. Will the sheriff and his men find the killer and put him away? Or will that honor belong to the Ladies' Shooting Club?


Tammy Barley said...

Wow! Wonderful interview, Tina & Susan! I'd love to win a copy.

BTW, one of my characters in The Sierra Chronicles, Augusta Scott, asked me to find out if Ethan has any unmarried brothers. =)-




Kit Wilkinson said...

I love the names, Bert and Gert! Too cute!
Congrats, Susan, on another great release :-)


Charity said...

Please enter me in your giveaway:) Sounds like a neat book!! Thanks so much!


Jo said...

This sounds like a great read. Please enter me in the drawing.


Vickie McDonough said...

Great interview. I can attest that The Sheriff's Surrender is a fun book to read. Susan's stories are always great.

Andrea Schultz said...

Please throw my name into the hat!

Thanks and blessings -


Please come visit my blog for book reviews and giveaways and various other sundries! Links to the current giveaways are on the right hand side at the top.

Thanks! : )

Tina Dee Books said...

Yes, Andrea's got a book review up of The Choice. If you like Amish stories (Penn. Dutch is a great community and they've got yummy food--been there myself!), you'll definitely want to check out Andrea's site.

Sharon Chadbourne said...

What a great interview! I am looking forward to reading it. I am saving it for a special day when I can enjoy it all by myself!

Tina Dee Books said...

Tammy, I like Augusta's spunk in the asking! Can't wait to have her on.

Augusta, he's got a single friend, that much I know!

Tammy Barley said...

LOL! Thanks, Tina! I'll tell her.


Tammy Barley

Darlene Franklin said...

Good to hear from Ethan again, Susan! This is a great book. (says one of Susan's critiquers)

Susan Page Davis said...

Thank you all! Tammy, please tell Augusta that Ethan is an only child, but Fergus, Idaho is a haven of eligible bachelors and widowers. The men outnumber the women by at least 5 to 1. In 1885 of course.

Katey said...

Sounds like a really fun read.


Marjorie said...

Carmen told me to tell you she sent
A super new site for me.
Please enter me to win this book.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Trinity Rose said...

Sounds like a wonderful book. Please sign me up for the give away.
Have a blessed day,

wandaelaine AT gmail DOT com

Diane said...

Great interview and funny. Sounds like a great book. Love the cover art :O)

estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

Tina Dee Books said...

Marjorie, great to have you visit. Please feel at home here and come often!

Marci said...

Sounds so fun! I'd love to read this.

june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Emma Michaels said...

Great interview and contest! Carman referred me to it and now I am a follower. Splendid job!

Emma Michaels

Tina Dee Books said...

This was a really fun story and great characters. If you don't win it, buy it, if you can't buy it, ask your library to order it for you, they will! Then, please tell your friends about it.

It's a great way to support your favorite authors (libraries count in their sales too).

I can't wait for Susan's next book. She writes great historical and contemporary love stories with wonderful characters!

Tina Dee Books said...

Emma, thanks for coming for a visit! And thanks for following along. I hope you'll enjoy stopping in regularly!


Susan Page Davis said...

This is a wonderful turnout. I just finished reading the galleys of the second book in the series--The Gunsmith's Gallantry. Gert's brother Hiram is the hero of that story, which will come out in June. He's a fun character to write about--and of course, Ethan and Gert are in his book, too. We'll see if Ethan has changed his mind about his bachelorhood.

Carla Gade said...

What a lot of fun! Great interview with Susan and Ethan. (I have the book, please don't enter me in the drawing.)

HereBeDragons said...

I love the west. Idaho is lovely!

Heather said...

I've enjoyed reading Susan's books and appreciate a chance to win this one. Thanks so much!

kellie said...

This book sounds so wonderful please enter me into the giveaway thanks
God bless

Kimberly said...

I just finished reading another one of Susan's books and enjoyed it. Please enter me.

Tina Dee Books said...


They're pretty addictive stories, aren't they? Susan's a great writer.

Thanks for dropping by!

Tina Dee Books said...


Hope to have you on as a guest sometime!

Beth Goddard said...

What a great idea for a story! I especially love this unique interview with the inspiration for your hero, Susan! Please enter me in this contest.


A J Hawke said...

Hi Susan and Tina,
I’m just now getting to your great interview. I’m in the midst of getting my hero in Second Chance for Tomorrow out of hot water. He’s handling things better since they got in a supply of Arbuckle coffee at the ranch. A cowboy without his coffee can be just plain cranky.

I’m looking forward to meeting Ethan in The Sheriff’s Surrender. And if I could win a copy that would be great.

A J Hawke
Cedar Ridge Chronicles:
Cabin on Pinto Creek
Joe Storm
Jeremiah Rebourne
A Second Chance For Tomorrow

Tina Dee Books said...

Hey AJ!

I was wonderin' when you'd make it out here.

Can't wait to see Joe Storm and Cabin on Pinto Creek between book covers and on store shelves! Did I tell you Lil' Tiger still asks about Joe Storm? He wants me to read it to him. Good stuff!

Also, thanks for leaving some Arbuckles--you should have seen Ethan's face when he took a sip of the Star--er, commercial stuff. His polite manners didn't allow him to make the face I know he'd have like to of. Poor guy, LOL. He's already on his 3rd cup of Arbuckles now.

Yes, you'll enjoy THE SHERIFF'S SURRENDER. I'm looking forward to the next book, but Susan's publisher insists upon the torture of a release date a couple months away. Torture in the waiting...sigh...

susan said...

Tina and Susan, what a awesome interview and you gave up so much of your time to do it. I for one appreciate the time you both spent for us and I am already to set here and read away. I am a susan too and I know susan's always stick together. ha ha We like tinas as friend too. ha ha Happy Valentine Day to you Tina and Susan and to everyone who reads this. susan L.

Wanda said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Spav said...

Great interview. Count me in!


Cherie J said...

What a fabulous story plot. Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


Tina Dee Books said...

I can't wait for you all to read this book, you'll really enjoy Ethan, I mean the book--hey, it's a great book with characters you'll love. Can't you just hear Ethan's voice though? Susan's great with the characters, just wonderful.

Susan Page Davis said...

Tina, I have a message for you from Ethan. Here it is:
Miss Tina, just tell all those gals to git on up to Fergus. We could use a passle more women up here, especially when it's time for the box social. And ma'am, any time you want to come pay us a visit, you're welcome. Bring some more of that coffee, could ya? Much obliged.

Tina Dee Books said...

Well, you heard the man, ladies.

Meanwhile, I'll remind myself and some of you all--I'm/you're a married woman, I'm/you're a married woman...--the rest of ya, git on up there, and please take this crate of Arbuckles along.

debbiejackson said...

wonderful interview..please enter me

Michelle E. said...

Tina I love how you interview the author and one of the character! It is cool and made me laugh:)Please enter me in this contest. Susan is a great writer and I own a few of her works.I got ya bookmarked now. michelle[dot]ellis37[at]yahoo{dot]com

April said...

Great post. I have read this book what a delightful fast read. I would highly recommend. It has wit,charm and character. Great read.tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

Judylynn said...

I'd love to read this book. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

Judy -

(Carman sent me!)

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Judylynn, Michelle, April and Debbie. I can't believe how many readers are coming to this party--it's great! I've just spent a couple of hours with Griffin Bane, the blacksmith in Fergus. He's center stage in the third book of the series, and we're just working through his adventures. He's not quite so refined as Ethan, if you can believe it. I mean, Ethan is very polite and pretty classy compared to some of the cowpokes and miners you run into at the Nugget. Griffin is a real challenge, but I've about got him hogtied.

Julia said...

Enjoyed the interview and enjoy westerns. Please enter me.

kristine morgan said...

Hi , Please enter me in the giveaway....I love Susans's books
Loved Frasier Island and Finding Marie.
G-d bless and please keep writing

Tina Dee Books said...

You're entered, Kris! She's a great writer, isn't she!? Love her characters. Love 'em!

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Kris! Glad you found my American Heroes series. The third book, Inside Story is the latest. Julia, thanks for stopping by! It's cold but sunny here in Maine today. Hope everybody's keeping warm.

Michelle said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book!

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Edna said...

Please enter me Susan in the drawing for this book, I love your books (well) (Blush) all books, I have them in my bedroom on three bookcases and I look at them every night and say, there is no way I am going into the e-books. I would have to print all of those and them just looks at white sheets of paper that would not be fun. Hope I win


Christina said...

This book sounds wonderful! Thank you for offering it in a giveaway! I would love to win a copy of it! How fun!