I know I've been teasing you with the hashtag #TLM7 for the last year on social media. Not only does this post reveal what that was code for, but it also reveals what you really want to know: the title, cover and book description of the feminist Western I've been working on for the last year!
#TLM7 stood for what I pitched to the publisher: Thelma and Louise meet the Magnificent Seven, and the final product has lived up to the description. All books go through changes from idea to publication, but the heart of the story—two women and their makeshift family of outlaws determined to go it alone in a man's world—is definitely intact. And, I have to admit: I love this novel to pieces.
So, without further ado, HERESY.
The Parker-LaCour Gang. The first and only all-female band of outlaws in the American West. Ignored during their time. Written out of history.
Margaret Parker and Hattie LaCour never intended to turn outlaw.
After being run off their ranch by a greedy cattleman, their family is left destitute. As women alone they have few choices: marriage, lying on their backs for money, or holding a gun. For Margaret and Hattie the choice is easy. With their small makeshift family, the gang pulls off a series of heists across the West.
Though the newspapers refuse to give the female gang credit, their exploits don’t go unnoticed. Pinkertons are on their trail, a rival male gang is determined to destroy them, and secrets among the group threaten to tear them apart. Now, Margaret and Hattie must find a way to protect their family, finish one last job, and avoid the hangman’s noose.