Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Meet Margery Scott-a "Scot" Who Writes Western Historical Romances

I am so pleased to welcome Margery Scott to The Sweethearts of the West. She resides in Canada, by way of Scotland, and writes western historical romances. Please welcome her and leave a comment--she'd love to give away a pdf of either book.  ~Celia~

I was born in a small town in Scotland that dates back to the 12th century. It's a long, long way from the wild west, so it's natural for people to ask why I write western historical romances. I wish I knew what it was that drew me to the stories of cowboys and cattle drives, wagon trains and pioneers.
As a little girl, I was hooked on TV westerns - Wyatt Earp, Annie Oakley, The Lone Ranger, to name a few. But why? The danger? The larger-than-life characters? The thought of braving the wilderness to forge a new life?

 I wish I had a witty response to the question of why I write western historicals when my background is so entrenched in medieval Scotland, but I don't. And really, it's not something that I think about a lot, because it doesn't matter. All I know is that I'm still a sucker for a western movie or novel, especially with a romance and a happy ending.

 In Wild Wyoming Wind, Maddie Boone gets her happy ending, but not without a fight.

Emma Witherspoon, the heroine in Emma's Wish, has to accept herself and realize she's worthy of Sam's love before she can get her happy ending. 


Still grieving his wife’s death, Sam Jenkins needs a mother for his children. He can't build his ranch and care for three precocious youngsters alone. Emma Witherspoon has accepted the fact that she will never have a husband and children of her own, but that doesn't ease the ache in her heart. When Emma makes Sam an offer he can’t refuse, neither of them can foresee the changes in their lives because of two little words – “I do.”


             "You got children, ma'am?"

"No," Emma replied. What did that have to do with anything?

"Then I don't think you've got any business telling me how to raise mine."

The rebuke stung as much as if he'd physically slapped her. At the same time, her anger doubled. Just because she wasn't a mother herself didn't mean she had no idea how much children could be hurt. In her pain, she couldn't help lashing out.

"You aren't going to raise your children. You're getting rid of them. It's difficult to keep them, so you're just disposing of them the same way you'd get rid of a horse or a dog that gave you trouble--"

For a moment, Emma thought she'd gone too far. Sam's face darkened, and a cord bulged in his neck. But she couldn't stop now, no matter what.

"I've given you an option, and you're too pigheaded to even consider it. I don't have children of my own, but if I did, I can guarantee you I'd move heaven and hell to keep them. Nothing would make me give them up. Nothing."

"You don't know--"

"You're right. I don't know what it's like to have someone depending on me, loving me without reservation. I do know those children need you, not strangers."

"I'm giving them a family."

"No, Mr. Jenkins," Emma said softly. "You're destroying the only family these children have."

Margery's next project:
Currently, I'm outlining a series of western historical romances set against the backdrop of the southwest during the 1870's when the Harvey Girls first came west. Englishman Fred Harvey recognized the need for higher standards when it came to providing meals for railroad passengers. To do this, he replaced the armed men who usually served meals at the stations and advertised for white females who were willing to come west to work in his restaurants on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad line. Qualifications were strict - the women must be single, between 18-30, have an 8th grade education and be of good moral character. Once hired for a six-month term, they were housed in a dormitory administered by a senior "house mother." Many of these women found husbands while serving in the restaurants, but they were forbidden to marry during the term of their contracts. Of course, since these books are romances, each of the Harvey Girls will find the man of her dreams. The first of these novels should be available in the spring of 2013.

Emma's Wish -

Wild Wyoming Wind -

Twitter: margeryscott


Margery--thanks for being our guest today! You're welcome to return with your next book release.



  1. Loved that excerpt! Emma sounds like a strong lady with a backbone...my favorite type of heroine! Congrats on your books Margery :)

  2. Hi Margery! Your story of Scotland vs. Wild-Wild-West is absolutely fascinating! Love the Sweethearts of the West and Emma, and your new venture sounds quite intriguing. Can't wait to read them all!



  3. Nice excerpt. Sounds like a Hallmark movie. I hope you have many sales.
    Cora Blu

  4. Hi Margery! Loved your excerpt! Can't wait to read the book!

  5. Waving at you from Calgary. Love the covers.

  6. Hi Margery!

    Both books sound wonderful, but then I'm a sucker for western romance be it historical or contemporary.

    I love the idea for your next series.

    Best of Luck!

  7. Great excerpt, Margery. Best of luck on the new story.

  8. I love Wyoming and my family is going there in June. My next release includes a hero who settles in Jackson Hole in the early days!

  9. Great excerpt, Margery! And that series sounds fab!!

  10. Hi, lady. Still trying to find half a minute to read your book. It's not want, it's laying there, staring at me...and I'm dying a little inside each day I haven't gotten to it.

  11. Good Excerpt, Margery! Love to visit Scotland one day.
    Good luck with your sales, hope you sell a ton of copies.

  12. Fab exerpt Margery. Moving from Scotland to Canada -- wow, two great places. Good luck with it all, Cait.

  13. Margery, welcome to the Sweethearts of the West. I'm so thrilled to "mwet" you. I have Emma's Wish, and will buy Wild Wyoming Wind asap. Eagerly await your new series.

  14. Welcome, Margery. Your stories sure sound like real winners, and the covers are gorgeous. Congratulations. I can't wait to read them.

    I also like medieval Scotland LOL. Bride of the MacHugh is one of my all-time favorite books.

  15. Thanks, Christine. I try to write heroines who are strong. No wimpy women for me :)

  16. Cora, that's a great idea. I love Hallmark movies. Maybe I should adapt it for the screen.

  17. Jennifer, thanks for visiting. Glad you enjoyed the excerpt.

  18. Roxy, nice to meet another Canuck. I've never been to Alberta. It's on my bucket list. It would be a great setting for historical westerns.

  19. Cynthia, thanks for visiting. It's great to talk to other western authors. Texas Two-Step is one of my favorite books.

  20. Thanks for visiting, Jerry. Glad you liked the excerpt.

  21. Hi Margery - nice to get to know you today. What a nice photo of your hometown in Scotland. I adore Scotland and all of its beauty.

    Your story sounds so emotional and you've given your heroine quite a conflict to deal with. A great plot that I would enjoy reading.

  22. Margery, it is good to meet another writer of western lore and strong women. Your writing talent comes through loud and clear in your excerpt. I have a soft-spot for Scotland from stories told by my grandmother.
    Arletta Dawdy

  23. Jill, my husband and I are thinking of a taking a research trip to Wyoming and Montana this summer, too. Maybe we'll see each other :)

  24. Kristina, glad you liked the excerpt. Thanks for stopping by. I hope the series turns out as well as it sounds :)

  25. D'Ann, thanks for coming by. No problem re the book. Take your time. Hope you like it.

  26. Thanks, Neecy. I'd like to go back to Scotland one day soon. I've never seen the far north and it's an area I'd love to visit.

  27. Thanks, Neecy. I'd like to go back to Scotland one day soon. I've never seen the far north and it's an area I'd love to visit.

  28. Thanks, Cait. It was quite a move. I've lived in Canada a long time but I'm still a Scottish lass at heart.

  29. Caroline, thanks for the welcome. It's nice to meet you, too. Thanks for buying Emma's Wish. I hope you enjoy it. I didn't realize you had a new book out. Looks good.

  30. Thanks for stopping by, Tanya. I love these covers, so I'm thrilled when readers like them, too.

  31. Fun post from the Scot who writes western historical romances! Wow. That in itself will perk up anyone's interest. Love your strong Emma. Thanks for sharing your excerpt!

  32. Hi, Paisley, nice to meet you, too. Scotland is a beautiful country, both gentle and rugged depending on where you are. I do miss seeing heather.

  33. Arletta, nice to meet you. Thank you so much for the compliment.

  34. Thanks, Lala Land. It does seem a little strange to write something so far removed from my background, doesn't it? Still, it's good to stretch your boundaries.

  35. Mary, thank you. Your help is so appreciated.

  36. Great excerpt and who knows why the Wild West calls to all our hearts. The Harvey girl books sound like another great series.

  37. Thanks, Paty. Glad you enjoyed it.

  38. Celia, thank you so much for allowing me to visit Sweethearts of the West. I really enjoyed it, and I'd love to come back sometime.

  39. Margery--you have been a great guest. Yes, You're welcome back when you have another release--and when we have an open date!
    I wish I'd thought of a Harvey Girls series--the topic is always interesting.


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