Shady Lady: Fun Facts about Bestselling Novella

Pistols and Petticoats, anthology, novella, Historical Romance, Western Romance, Romantic Suspense, Dance to the Devil's Tune, Devil Plays with Fire, Devil in Texas, Sharon Ihle, Barbara Ankrum

Western historical romance novel anthology, novellas, Barbara Ankrum, Sharon Ihle, Adrienne deWolfeWARNING: Pistols and Petticoats contains wild western nights, runaway brides, sizzling studs, feisty firebrands, darling orphans, fancy trick-shooting, and a rollicking slice of sexy!  See how the West was REALLY wooed in this hot new Historical Western Romance anthology by bestselling authors!

Pistols & Petticoats, one of my all-time favorite projects, hit #1 on Amazon and B&N.  This anthology of Historical Romances was a blast to write with Barbara Ankrum and Sharon Ihle.

Let’s have some fun and go behind the scenes of Shady Lady, the ol’ deWolfe Gal’s contribution to the anthology.


  • Cass is back! Wa-hoo! Yes, the bad boy of Seduced By An Angel (Book 3, Velvet Lies) is the heroSeduced b of Shady Lady. You’ll meet the “Rebel Rutter” at age 21, when he’s reunited with his long-lost love in (where else?) a brothel.
  • After writing two good-girl heroines in a row for my Velvet Lies series, you just know I was chomping at the bit to create a wild child. If you liked Fancy from Texas Outlaw (Book 1, Wild Texas Nights series,) you’ll LOVE Sadie in Shady Lady.
  • With a setting like Dodge City in 1879, I just HAD to include some famous historical figures! Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Luke Short are only a few of the “real characters” who play instrumental roles in Shady Lady.
  • Most fun EVER: Writing bawdy lyrics for Sadie to sing to the drunken rowdies at the infamous Long Branch Saloon. Want a taste? (Of course you do!) Here’s a snippet: “Little Pansy Primrose, now that she’s full-grown, will jump a randy gambler, like a dog jumps on a bone!”
  • News for Jesse Quaid Fans: Every hero needs a sidekick, right? Three years before Jesse falls in Award-winning Western Historical Romance novellove with Sera in Seduced By An Angel, he shows up as Cass’s sidekick in Shady Lady. Or as Cass likes to tell the tale, “Together, Jesse and I branded calves, smuggled moonshine, tracked renegades, robbed stages, and dodged the most persistent wedding-bell chasers in the western territories.”


  • About 10 seconds after I agreed to write this novella, I thought, “OMG! What am I thinking? I can’t write short OR fast!” But Sadie’s story just poured out of me. I finished 200 pages in 3 weeks – a record for me!
  • My publisher invited two other best-selling Western Historical Romance authors to write novellas for the anthology. Barbara Ankrum wrote about a mail-order bride (Ethan’s Bride.) Sharon Ihle wrote about a heroine who runs away from home to join Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show (Bareback Bride.)
  • As you might imagine, my novella, Shady Lady doesn’t quite fit the “bride” trend. So for grins, I started calling my novella, “The Bawdy Bride.” (Should be a bestseller for that reason alone!)
  • I’m on a roll, folks. This is the second year in a row where my ebook publisher selected my title suggestion for an anthology. (Tin-Stars & Troublemakers was last year’s #1 bestseller.)
  • Now don’t freak out: Cass and Sadie are star-crossed lovers in Shady Lady. But they return again historical western romance, Texas, Galveston, Lampasas, Pinkerton, Texas Rangers, romantic suspensein Devil in Texas, after Sadie gets trained as a Pinkerton and Cass is a hired gun for the corrupt Texas senator, whom Sadie must bring to justice. (Oh yeah. The sparks really fly in Devil in Texas. Check it out!)

SHADY LADY:  Novella Description

Prequel to Devil in Texas (Book 1, Lady Law & The Gunslinger)

Fiery singing sensation, Sadie Michelson, thinks falling in love is bad for business—until William “Cass” Cassidy, a hotheaded gunslinger, sets his sights on wooing her. But when a Texas Ranger arrives in Dodge City to extradite Cass for a crime of passion, Sadie must use all her wits and wiles to lure the law from her man’s trail. And that means risking everything—including Cass’s love.

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