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Legacies From The Past

September 27, 2013

A WORD FROM B. J. MYRICK

Have you ever wondered where a writer gets the idea for a particular book and what is involved in the creation of the story that looks so enticing in the book’s description? The idea for my novel was inspired by Mother’s stories about homesteading in No Man’s Land and my great-grandmother’s recipes for herbal cures—she was a medicine woman.

Within the tattered pages of the old Dr. Chase book, published in the 1800’s, were my great-grandmother’s recipes for herbal cures written on blank pages at the end of chapters. They contained weird ingredients such as sugar of lead, chloroform, sarsaparilla, sulphuric ether and acid, iodide of potash, stillingia, poke root, and morphine, to name just a few. Her cures covered diphtheria, blood purifier and liver regulator, piles, worms, and a host of other ailments. With her concoctions, she healed ill and dying patients who had been given up to die by the doctors. Unfortunately, she never passed down the tradition of healing with herbs.

As I considered how I could use the herbal healing in a novel, I remembered all those family stories my mother told me about homesteading in No Man’s Land. As a child, I used to beg her to retell the stories, and she would laugh and say, “Oh, you don’t want to hear that again.” But she always recounted those fascinating tales of digging the dugout, confronting outlaws, digging the well, fighting prairie fires set by the cattlemen to drive out settlers who were a  threat to open range. I never tired of hearing about those frightening experiences of what it was like to homestead in that wild and untamed territory.

The story, Nelly of No Man’s Land takes place in Oklahoma over a two-year period. A pioneer family homesteads in The Strip where they struggle to survive in a lawless territory. Nelly Duncan is a dying woman who battles to regain her health while struggling to resolve the personal pain of her husband’s alcohol addiction and infidelity. Through the help of a medicine man, she regains her health there. Then the past returns to haunt her: the handsome peddler she turned to for comfort during her husband’s unfaithfulness and who fathered a child her husband thinks is his own, reappears in her life.

Take a step back in time and travel with me through the pages of Nelly of No Man’s Land as I share the journey with you. The historical novel is available at amazon.com in both eBook and paperback.

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Read more about B. J. Myrick and her books at amazon.com.

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Half-Pint and The Outlaws

December 8, 2012
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Nelly has taken in a neighbor’s twins after their parents were victims of a grudge-murder by outlaws. Now the killers have come for the children. Nelly is terrified but has vowed the outlaws will have to take the children over her dead body. The following is the rest of the scene.

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“How you gonna stop us, half-pint?” the leader asked with a wide grin. He wore a black shirt with a red handkerchief tied around his neck. Pushing the brim of his hat back, he eyed her up and down. “What a pretty package to have such a big mouth. Ain’t she got a big mouth?” He turned to grin at his men.

Big mouth!” one said.

The whiskered man beside the leader had hard eyes and a cruel mouth that twitched at the corner. “Bring ’em out, lady, or we’re gonna go in an’ get ’em. With or without your say.” He leaned on his pommel and spat tobacco juice to one side.

“Over my dead body,” she said and lifted her chin higher. Her blood hammered through her veins. They would kill her. Oh sweet Jesus. Give me courage.

The leader took out his gun and cocked it. “Happy to oblige.” He pointed the gun at her feet. “Let’s see if you dance as good as you sass. You good at dancing, lady?”

She trembled, wanting to turn and run, but her feet wouldn’t obey. Their eyes locked. She stared at him defiantly.

He squinted, lifting his brow.

Nelly stood her ground. It didn’t seem to matter. She couldn’t move her feet anyway. “Big man, aren’t you?” she sneered, her mouth twisting. “It’s easy to pick on a defenseless woman half your size, isn’t it? Oh, and don’t forget the little ones that’s never done a thing to you.”

The man with the black hat roared boisterously. “C’mon men, let’s show her how t’ dance.”

His three cohorts drew their guns. Shots hit the ground—whizzing, zinging, ricocheting around her feet—kicking up dirt and debris.

Nelly froze, terrified.

Don’t show fear, Nelly, don’t show fear!

Dust stung her nostrils, and she felt the beginning of a sneeze develop. Then it happened. She sneezed, several times, and covered her nose with her hand. The shooting stopped.

“Well by god, we didn’t make her dance, but we sure as hell made her sneeze,” the man with the red bandana said. He busted into laughter, and the others joined in.

The leader spurred his horse, turned, and with the others following, he called back over his shoulder, “By god, you’re one damned plucky lady. You earned those kids.”

They galloped off, the thunder of horses hooves resounding across the land.

Gone! They were gone!

She collapsed on the ground, trembling, heard the bolt slide back, then Wray was at her side, helping her up. “I was afraid I’d hit you, Mom. I couldn’t shoot with you in the way.” Tears streamed down his face. “I didn’t know what to do. I’m sorry.”

You can find the e-book here.

Read more about B. J. Myrick and her books at amazon.com.
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OPEN THE DOOR TO 1890

November 25, 2012

Author B.J. Myrick reveals the research involved in writing her historical novel, “Nelly of No Man’s Land,” which will be available on Amazon Kindle November 30, 2012.

Open the door to 1890 and travel with me through the pages of Nelly of No Man’s Land as I share the journey with you.

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A PEEK INTO THE PAST: Legacies From My Mother

November 17, 2012

A WORD FROM B. J. MYRICK

Have you ever wondered where a writer gets the idea for a particular book and what is involved in the creation of the story that looks so enticing in the book’s description? In a series of blog posts this month, I will touch on what is involved in creating a novel while trying to remain faithful to history, move into a character interview, and end with a reading from the novel. I’ll start with the idea for the novel, which was inspired by both my mother’s stories about homesteading in No Man’s Land and my great-grandmother’s recipes for herbal cures—she was a medicine woman.

Within the tattered pages of the old Dr. Chase’s book, published sometime in the 1800s, were my great-grandmother’s handwritten recipes for medicines written on the blank pages at the end of chapters. They contained weird ingredients such as sugar of lead, chloroform, sarsaparilla, sulphuric ether and acid, iodide of potash, stillingia, poke root, morphine, to name just a few. Her cures covered diphtheria, blood purifier and liver regulator, piles, worms, and a host of other ailments. With her concoctions, she healed ill and dying patients who had been given up to die by the doctors. Unfortunately, she never passed down the tradition of healing with herbs.

As I considered how I could use the herbal healing in a novel, what story I could tell, I remembered all those family stories my mother told me about homesteading in No Man’s Land. As a child, I used to beg her to retell the stories, and she would laugh and say, “Oh, you don’t want to hear that again.” But she always recounted those fascinating tales of digging the dugout, confronting outlaws, and surviving the war between the cattlemen and the settlers. I never tired of hearing about those frightening experiences of what it was like to homestead in that wild and untamed territory.

The story, Nelly of No Man’s Land takes place in Oklahoma over a two-year period. A pioneer family homesteads in The Strip where they struggle to survive in a lawless territory. Nelly Duncan is a dying woman who battles to regain her health while struggling to resolve the personal pain of her husband’s alcohol addiction and infidelity. Through the help of a medicine man, she regains her health there. Then the past returns to haunt her: the handsome peddler she turned to for comfort during her husband’s unfaithfulness and who fathered a child her husband thinks is his own, reappears in her life.

Take a step back in time and travel with me through the pages of Nelly of No Man’s Land as I share the journey with you. The historical novel is scheduled for publication around the first week of December, just in time for Christmas.

VIEW THE BOOK TRAILER

And read more about B. J. Myrick and her books at amazon.com.

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Thanks to vintagefeedsacks for their images.

NO MAN’S LAND

November 8, 2012

Coming soon:   In 1890, a pioneer family homesteads in Oklahoma’s No Man’s Land where they  struggle to survive in a lawless territory.

Storyline: When the doctor gives NELLY DUNCAN up to die, her husband, WILL DUNCAN, moves the family to Oklahoma’s No Man’s Land in the hopes Nelly can regain her health. The territory—wild and dangerous–is filled with outlaws and disgruntled cattlemen who will kill or burn the settlers out to keep free range. Wolves and coyotes threaten their stock. To complicate matters, Nelly’s personal battle to regain her health is hindered by Will’s addiction to alcohol and infidelity. Take a look!

About the Author

Bonnie Myrick was born in 1932 in Atlanta, Kansas, to Scotch, Irish, and English parents. Her career as Art Educator spanned twenty-three years. Her first novel, “Out of Control,” is a paranormal suspense, and she partnered up with Hazel Hart to produce two short story collections of dark fiction, “Edge of Nowhere” and “Dark Side of the Rainbow.” Her historical novel, “Nelly of No Man’s Land” is scheduled for release in December. She is currently working on “Assisted Living,” a mystery. She has one daughter and lives in the Midwest.

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BOOK TRAILER: Nelly of No Man’s Land (coming soon)

December 9, 2011

Coming soon:   In 1889, a pioneer family homesteads in Oklahoma’s No Man’s Land where they  struggle to survive in a lawless territory.

Storyline: When the doctor gives NELLY DUNCAN up to die, her husband, WILL DUNCAN, moves the family to Oklahoma’s No Man’s Land in the hopes Nelly can regain her health. The territory—wild and dangerous–is filled with outlaws and disgruntled cattlemen who will kill or burn the settlers out to keep free range. Wolves and coyotes threaten their stock. To complicate matters, Nelly’s personal battle to regain her health is hindered by Will’s addiction to alcohol and infidelity. Take a look!

About the Author

Bonnie Myrick Eaton has won numerous awards for her fiction, and her work has been published online and in local newspapers. She was newsletter editor for the Kansas Writers Association several years. Her novel, Out of Control, is a paranormal suspense, and she partnered up with Hazel Hart to produce two short story collections of dark fiction, Dark Side of the Rainbow, and Edge of Nowhere. Bonnie newest effort, a historical novel, Nelly of No Man’s Land, is awaiting publication. She is a member of the Kansas Writers Association, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., and the Kansas Author’s Club. She has one daughter and lives in the Midwest. Visit her blog, Keyhole Conversations, at 2tgr.wordpress.com.

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