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Millie 3-d cover

I thought it would be fun to share the visual inspiration I used for the characters in Millie.

Gideon McBride and Millie Matlock are an unlikely pair. She is determined to run every last saloon out of town and Gideon owns one of the most successful saloons in Pendleton.

Yet, the attraction between them is there from the start.

He smelled like the fresh air just before a summer storm, mixed with a hint of something dark and dangerous.
That’s one of Millie’s early impressions of Gideon.

When I started writing the story, I knew Gideon would have hair that shone “like a new copper penny” mostly because the men in the Pendleton Petticoats series have black or brown hair (with the exception of Lars).

I wanted him to be devilishly handsome – so handsome that Millie couldn’t help but give him a second (and maybe a third) look.

And dimples *sigh*… I will admit I have a thing for dimples.


Liam McIntyre was ideal for Gideon’s character. Handsome, charming,

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with a hint of rugged appeal…

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along with dimples.

From past Pendleton Petticoats stories, we knew Millie managed the telephone office, that she was feisty and determined – but not what she looked like.

I pictured her with dark hair and a pale complexion (just because it’s such a striking contrast).

Here’s what Gideon thought about her after seeing her up close:

Eyes as pale as the winter sky gazed at him, rimmed with lashes every bit as dark as her hair, making him wonder how hard he’d have to work to bring a spark of fire to them.


Grace Phipps made such a perfect Millie.  She’s just beautiful.

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From the black hair to the pale blue eyes and incredible complexion, she’s exactly how I envisioned Millie.

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With that smile, it’s no wonder Gideon was immediately smitten.

Although these aren’t character photos, here are a couple that inspired scenes in the story.


This photo makes me smile (and snicker) every time I see it. These women have done a bang-up job of appearing completely unapproachable in their temperance efforts. This photo provided the inspiration for a scene toward the end of the story. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know the one to which I refer.

Market Day

And here is an actual Market Day advertisement from the 1908 Pendleton newspaper. Sounds like great fun, doesn’t it?

Those of you who know I listen to music on a loop while I write, I chose a fun song that seemed rather fitting for this story…

Drunk On Your Love by Brett Eldredge

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Bertie Promo 4

I just realized I never shared a post with Bertie’s characters.

Would you like to meet them today?

Let’s start with Riley Walsh.

He’s handsome, but lean. And looks a little sad and world-weary when Bertie first sets eyes on him.

RileyI thought Logan Bartholomew was perfect for the character of Riley.

Logan BartholomewHe’s got a mixture of boyish appeal with just the right amount of rugged sadness.

Riley 5And he has a beautiful horse named Mud  who will stand out in the rain with him when he’s lost his last friend.

Mackenzie MauzyThe beautiful, bubbly MacKenzie Maury is perfect for Bertie Hawkins.

Bertie 5When the story begins, Bertie has survived a terrible tragedy that stripped away her trust in others and left her living in a constant state of fear.

Then she takes a job at Nash’s Folly and meets Riley.

Bertie 3And her heart begins to heal. From that curly hair to the lovely blue eyes, she was so, so perfect for Bertie!

NikAnother Logan (Logan Lerman) is also important in this story as the character of Nik.

I first chose Logan when I wrote Aundy.

logan_lerman_1309033416He made such an awesome orphaned shepherd boy.

But now he’s nearly grown up and will soon be a doctor.

SteveOf course, many of you have met Steve the Mule already. He gets around and likes to be in the spotlight.

Poppy2This is Aundy’s horse Poppy.

tractor aAnd Garrett’s tractor!

Find more visual inspiration I used for this story on Pinterest!

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