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Stagecoach Inn–A Ghost of a Chance at Love

A Ghost of a Chance at Love

Time Travel Ghostly Romance

Every year until my mother died, we would visit old Salado, Texas and I always thought: what if I stayed overnight at the historic Stagecoach Inn, back then called The Shady Villa Inn, and woke to the old town, the dirt roads, the original Salado, Texas? Forget using your car. Horseback, buggies, or stagecoach were the only means of travel.

But it wouldn’t be fun to just wake up there! Nope–first of all, I write romantic suspense, so waking up to a hot rancher, now that’s more like it. Yep. He’s in her bed. Wait, no, she’s in his bed! Because when he went to sleep and she went to sleep, they were in different time periods. So. Much. Fun.

See? Just What If something and you never know where you might end up!

A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE 

Time travel western romance.

The past clashes with the present, and one woman finds herself fighting for her own identity in the past so that she can have a future with the man she loves–but with her ancestor’s hold over her–Lisa Welsh and Jack Stanton only have a ghost of a chance at love. 

Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas, but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she wakes in the morning and learns she’s living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger and everyone else in town believes she’s some woman named Josephine Rogers. Only she’s supposed to be dead.

Jack Stanton can’t believe the clerk gave him an occupied room at the Shady Villa Inn, but worse, he was ready to ravage the woman in that bed—until he realized his mistake. Now the woman he thinks is Josephine, claims to be some other woman—and though he could never abide by Josephine’s fickle ways, this Lisa Welsh intrigues him like no other. Still, everybody in town believes her to be Josephine, and he steps in to help her find her way back home.

Murder, mystery, ties to family roots in the past, embezzlement and murder in the present, and a man she can’t get off her mind no matter what century it is, Lisa has no choice. She must solve the mysteries and face the troubles in her world and Jack’s or they will never be free to share the love that binds them across the ages.

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I’ve always loved the old west, time-travels, ghost stories, and historicals. And when a book calls to you?

You gotta do what you gotta do.

Off to work on another interview, and the revised synopsis for Flight of the White Wolf, and then back to Bounty Hunter Gets Her Wolf. 74,000 words to go!

Have a wonderful day down memory lane. 🙂

Terry

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”

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A Puzzle in Pictures

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This is the beginning of the puzzle in Salado, Texas next to Main Street and the Stagecoach Inn.

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This is not a red herring. It is a picture of the live oak that has so much to do with the shop pictured above.

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And, this is more of that live oak–one of its branches reaching out to the shop above.

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Voila! A puzzle in pictures. Or a connect the branch that ended up in the house. I think the owner said the house was built around 1950 right here next to the Stagecoach Inn. The tree branch grew straight for the house. And rather than cut it off, they allowed it to grow inside. So this is not a fake tree branch attached to a wall for interest! It is real!

And yes! The oddest things fascinate me!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com

The Stagecoach Inn, Salado, Texas

A lot of places had stagecoach inns at a time when the mail was delivered via a stagecoach, and it took priority over passengers. Often, their feet would rest on top of the overflow of packages and letters bound for other destinations. Certain seats had the best ride, and others could jar the rider to pieces. Stagecoach robbers were prevalent, and that’s why they had a man riding shotgun atop the wagon. Most times, robbers only wanted the passengers’ valuables, and didn’t want to kill anyone.

One of our friends had an ancestor who had robbed a stagecoach back in the day, and had been caught and hanged, though normally, it wasn’t done. Why the hanging then? One of the passengers had died from a heart attack during the stagecoach robbery. And since the robbers had given him the fatal heart attack, they were tried for murder.

This is actually a covered wagon, with the Stagecoach Inn sign. This hotel was originally called The Shady Villa Inn. Not only did those in the United States travel in covered wagons from the east coast to the west, they did the same in Canada. I was reading about some of my ancestors in Canada traveling from Ontario and further west in covered wagons. I find all of that stuff fascinating!

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This is the covered wagon–playground style. I actually used this in A Ghost of a Chance at Love, the story set in Salado, Texas.  She sees it in the present day Salado, but when she wakes up in the past? It’s gone! Just think of all the things you’d miss in the past???Playground stagecoach at Stagecoach Inn Salado 900 rhapsody

 

And here is a miniature covered wagon in front of the Stagecoach Inn. I love going to Salado. Some places make me feel I’m at home. Others, don’t. But when I go to Salado, I enjoy being there. So I wondered what it would be like to travel back in time, not a planned trip at all. A woman spends overnight at the Stagecoach Inn and finds her world turned upside down–murder, ghostly aberrations, (which several buildings there claim to have), a man in her bed who doesn’t belong, and who claims this is HIS room. All the modern day changes would be undone, and somehow she has to find her way home again. Not just home to Waco, Texas, but to the same time before she traveled to the past.

I write romances, so I can have the action, adventure, paranormal, ghostly stuff, but it’s still got to have romance. Soooo, every woman who ends up back in some distance time-travel past needs a guardian angel, right?

The ghost, and murder, and mysteries continue to haunt her. And there’s only one way to right the wrong. If she doesn’t get herself killed in the process.

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A Ghost of a Chance at Love

Time Travel Ghostly Romance

The past clashes with the present, and one woman finds herself fighting for her own identity in the past so that she can have a future with the man she loves–but with her ancestor’s hold over her–Lisa Welsh and Jack Stanton only have a ghost of a chance at love. 

Lisa Welsh only wishes to leave a messy divorce behind for a couple of days stay in Salado, Texas, but wakes to nightmares and a cowboy in her bed, and she has no earthly idea how he got there. But the situation gets worse when she wakes in the morning and learns she’s living in 19th Century Salado. Even more worrisome is the tall dark stranger and everyone else in town believes she’s some woman named Josephine Rogers. Only she’s supposed to be dead.

Jack Stanton can’t believe the clerk gave him an occupied room at the Shady Villa Inn, but worse, he was ready to ravage the woman in that bed—until he realized his mistake. Now the woman he thinks is Josephine, claims to be some other woman—and though he could never abide by Josephine’s fickle ways, this Lisa Welsh intrigues him like no other. Still, everybody in town believes her to be Josephine, and he steps in to help her find her way back home.

Murder, mystery, ties to family roots in the past, embezzlement and murder in the present, and a man she can’t get off her mind no matter what century it is, Lisa has no choice. She must solve the mysteries and face the troubles in her world and Jack’s or they will never be free to share the love that binds them across the ages.  

 

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Anyone ready for a trip back in time?

 

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com

Interesting Doors…

Weird things fascinate me. These doors were in Savannah, Georgia. I was having a discussion about doors with my daughter yesterday, and she was telling me that they put temporary doors on the homes they’re constructing because thieves steal the doors. Huh? Who would have ever thought it.

Okay, so maybe doors are more of a precious commodity than I thought. But unique doors fascinate me.

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This one was at the Cotton Exchange.
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And these were taken in Salado, Texas. These doors might look like ordinary doors, but they were only about 5 feet tall, if that? Little tiny doors. And very narrow.

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I found it fascinating on the doors of this period in all of the old houses redone as shops and how many of them had windows above.

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Back to writing! Reached 55,000 last night, but still 5,000 short for the week on A Highland Wolf Christmas. *sigh* With the holidays coming up, I’m running out of time! But I remind myself when I started this venture, I had Chapter 1 written. As in the heading: Chapter 1. Not the whole chapter. So 25,000 to go! Much better than 25,000 done and 55,000 to go!

Oh, and while I was talking to my daughter about Halloween and how some have over a 1,000 trick-or-treaters at their door–wow, she was telling me how she had one girl show up in a bra and panties–about 14. Who let her out of the house dressed like that???

Have a super Sunday!!!

Terry
“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy IS reality.”
www.terryspear.com