The Gangster's Woman by Ginger Ring
I am a history buff.
That’s right, I’m one of those nerdy people that visit museums, stop at historical landmarks, and visit old cemeteries. I’m not sure when it happened but it’s true. Would I even go so far as to attend re-enactments? I haven’t yet, but given the chance I would be sporting a saloon girl outfit complete with whiskey bottle in one hand and a six shooter in the other.
I never enjoyed history in high school. It was boring and flat. The classes were just a series of facts and figures with no spirit at all. When I got into college, I had a professor that brought history to life. I remember him saying, ‘don’t bother remembering dates and years because you can look that up, remember the story of history instead’. That is why I love history. It is a story of times gone past and a tale of how we came to be.
I have always loved historical romance. The first book I remember reading was Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I was hooked from then on and I became intrigued with the Civil War. Kathleen was a pioneer in modern historical romance. I also read every Valerie Sherwood and Shirlee Busbee novel that came out. I would go to bed at night dreaming of sailing the seven seas with a handsome sea captain and fighting pirates. I would be doing all, of course, while wearing a sexy corset, long skirt, and never having a hair out of place.
Were these books historically correct? In some ways they were and in many other instances they were not. There is a great amount of ‘romancing’ history in romance novels. The heroine on the pirate ship is treated like a queen and her every need and want is fulfilled. If you were on a ship back in the 1800’s I doubt that would be the experience. A ship tossed by rough seas with no running water and no indoor plumbing, I don’t think so. Your fellow shipmates, no matter how handsome, would smell pretty ripe by the time you saw shore again. Not to mention the rats, scurvy, and lack a decent food.
Then again, we read to escape the real world. If romancing history gets people to learn, enjoy their free time, and read more I am all for it. It is the same with movies. Have you ever watched a movie and been so inspired to find out more about the real event? I have.
Another reason to love history is because it teaches us to never forget. To never forget the good that people have done and never forget the bad that has been done to others. It is for us to celebrate the first and to not tolerate the second. Whether you like your history lessons romanced or not, enjoy your travels through time and always remember to make some history yourself.
Now that prohibition was over, FBI agent Michael Flynn hoped to enjoy the quiet life and a chance to finally concentrate on finding his best friend’s sister. He’d been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her picture. Unfortunately, the more he searched the more he realized she wasn’t just missing. Eryn was hiding from one of the most notorious gangsters around. One who wouldn’t rest until he knew she was dead.
Eryn O’Malley had been moving around for years, doing whatever legal, or illegal job she could find to survive. No time for romance or a normal life. A one night stand with a handsome man at the county fair seemed like just the ticket to escape for a moment from her troubled life. However, finding out he was a G-man wasn’t part of the plan. Now he was on her trail. Whether to arrest or rescue her, she wasn’t sure, and she couldn’t wait around to find out. If he caught her, would he forgive her checkered past or would he always think of her as the gangster’s woman?
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Ginger Ring is an eclectic, hat-loving Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. She loves reading, playing with her cats, watching great movies, and has a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of hers and she is excited to share her romantic stories with you. Her heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When Ginger isn't tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find her on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with her husband.