An #HistFic Book Spotlight | feat. an extract from “The Healer of Briarwood” (Book Seven, Montana Gallagher series) by MK McClintock

Posted Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 by jorielov , , , 4 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

You might remember my review for Ms McKintock’s “A Home for Christmas” or the interview I shared for her first British Agent Series novel “Alaina Claiborne”. The latter of which is part of my journey into my backlogue of reviews this New Year, 2021 – of which will be revealled at the end of January; ie. Jorie’s TBR Dice Game!

She is one of the lovely authors I discovered in the early years of being a book blogger who truly captured me @ ‘Hallo’ as the saying goes! She also was approaching her publishing career in a similar mindset as I’ve earmarked for myself once I reach towards my season of publishing; for now, I remain earnestly devouted to blogging my readerly life, supporting authors via my chat @SatBookChat and co-hosting @WyrdAndWonder whilst being the carer for my Dad whose four years out from his bilateral moderate stroke which effectively changed his life and ours forever.

During this New Year Book Blast, I have the delight in revisiting with her serial Western Romances and spotlighting the Montana Gallagher’s! Definitely one of the series on my readerly radar as I happen to LOVE any series which is set in the West, happily has romantic plot points and the fact this one is set in Montana itself sweetens it somehow as I’ve been enchanted with Montana for years now! I’ve researched the state from afar – glimsping into its cities and small townes, sorting out its landscapes and vistas as much as future planning an extended stay in the state. The photographical opportunities alone and the solititude of trail hiking is awe-inspiring in of itself but so are its people, its communities and the whole wicked sweet vibe the Montana lifestyle gives to its visitors.

It is with a hearty returning welcome I can bring Ms McClintock’s stories back to Jorie Loves A Story this lovely New Year, 2021 as I rediscover old favourites, read the books on my shelves aching for me to find them and try to restart my readerly life after such a year as 2020!

Brew your favourite cuppa & enjoy!

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An #HistFic Book Spotlight | feat. an extract from “The Healer of Briarwood” (Book Seven, Montana Gallagher series) by MK McClintockThe Healer of Briarwood
Subtitle: A Montana Gallagher novel : Tales from Briarwood
by Ms MK McClintock, MK McClintock
Source: Chapter Sampler

A man with a healer’s touch. A woman with a healer’s heart.

Doctor Finnegan Brody tends his patients, keeps to himself, and vividly remembers the heartaches and trials from the Civil War and why he devoted his life to healing. He watches the townspeople live their lives, loving and laboring alongside one another, and wonders if one day he will give a woman as much time and dedication as he gives the people of Briarwood.

Katharine Kiely has a deep-rooted stubbornness to never give up, even if it means leaving behind her comfortable life by the sea to protect her father’s health and help expand his empire. When she finally arrives in Briarwood to convince the Gallaghers a spur line should cross their land, nothing goes as she expected.

Finn, with his knowledge of healing the people, and Katharine, who learns how to heal with her heart, join together as the townsfolk of Briarwood face challenges and choices that could alter their way of life forever.

Welcome to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak,
where friendship, love, and hope conquer overwhelming odds.

Genres: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Ranches & Cowboys, Western Fiction, Western Romance

Places to find the book:

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ISBN: 978-1734864052

Also by this author: A Home for Christmas | 3 Historical Short Stories, Alaina Claiborne & the British Agent series (Author Interview)

Published by Trappers Peak Publishing

on 4th December, 2020

Format: Chapter Sampler | Online

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Enjoy this lovely introduction into the Gallagher’s family!

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Further Readings about the Gallagher’s on MK McClintock’s website:
The series hub | Gallagher Extras | Letters from Hawk’s Peak

Converse via: #HistoricalRomance or #HistRom or #WesternRomance
+ #TheHealerOfBriarwood and #HFVBTBlogTours

Available Formats: Trade paperback, Audiobook, Large Print and Ebook

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Initially, I was going to host a respun #TopTenTuesday for my tour stop as I have come to enjoy hosting these respun memes for authors since late 2020 when I developed the idea. However, sometimes plans change & I’m wicked thrilled I can host an extract from this seventh novel for today’s tour spotlight! If you’re like me – chapter samplers &/or extracts are a brilliant way to get to understand an author’s voice, style of narrative and scope of how they’re about to envelope you into the story you’re curiously curious about reading! I hope this one convinces you this series needs to be on your TBR List for 2021! Happy readings!

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The Healer of Briarwood teaser provided by HFVBTs and is used with permission.

The subtle jingle of a bell announced the entry of a new arrival, and the storekeeper’s boisterous greeting confirmed it. When Mr. Baker’s voice shifted from jovial to solemn, Katharine looked toward the front of the store. A tall man, broad through the shoulders and chest, stood with his back to her. His thick hair of deepest, darkest brown curled at the edges and appeared almost unruly. He was without a hat or coat, leading Katharine to suppose his visit to the store required a quick journey from another part of town.

It was his voice that intrigued her most, and the pensive expression Mr. Baker wore told her the conversation was not a pleasant one. Something about the man drew her away from the shelf with various ladies’ accoutrements to a table of blankets. She believed listening in on a conversation to which one was not invited showed a level of rudeness she did not think herself capable, and yet she made an exception this time.

“You’ve heard nothing about a missing woman?”

Mr. Baker shook his head. “It sure is a shame. Is she going to make it, Doc?”

“She’s survived the night, so I am hopeful.”

“Tom’ll know what to do. So will Ramsey. He’s found missing folks before.”

Katharine tried to follow the conversation and store each name in her memory. She watched the doctor shift his weight, his discomfort about discussing a patient apparent.

“Joanna said the new bandages were ready.”

The storekeeper nodded. “She wrapped them all up for you.” Mr. Baker disappeared into a back room and returned a few minutes later with a large bundle. “More than usual.”

“There has been an influx of accidents at the mine.”

Katharine leaned a little closer at the mention of the mine.

The storekeeper passed the bundle to the doctor, and Mr. Baker made a note in a logbook. “Don’t they have a doctor up there?”

“They did. He left two weeks ago.”

“Makes no sense. That’s always been a safe place for the miners.”

“Not any longer, it seems.” The doctor started for the door, but Mr. Baker stopped him with one more question.

“You tell Ethan about the doctor leaving the mine?”

The taller man nodded. “As soon as I heard. Thanks, Loren. Please keep the bandage orders steady and in the same quantity for the time being.” He stood below the threshold with one foot outside and stared at Katharine.

She did not know who recognized whom first or even how. Twenty years changed people, and yet she remembered the deep, gray eyes as though she gazed into them yesterday.


End of Excerpt. Copyright © MK McClintock

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I know at some point I need to start to collect this series in print and start to tuck into the sequencing of stories – as this extract illuminates, McClinktock has a fierce command for Western Fiction and gives you what you want out of a realistically centred Western which has a lot of drama erupting through the lives of her characters.

The Healer of Briarwood teaser provided by HFVBTs and is used with permission.

I’ve been partially to Westerns since I was a young equestrian and I’ve never lost my fascination with them! Especially when writers like Ms McClintock can settle you inside a scene like this one and give you a strong impression about a character as much as the conditions of the towne at the point of entrance into the series!

Plus, who doesn’t love reading serial fiction!? You get to take such a lovely long journey with both characters and the author as you see their vision expand and expound on everything which came in previous installments! I loved both quotes on these teaser badges as it reminded me of why I loved reading and thereafter reading the Christy series – the series itself on television starred Kellie Martin however, in the series there was a doctor who had the same kind of sensible wisdom and knowledge to impart.

This is definitely one I’m wicked keen on reading – how about you!?

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About Ms MK McClintock

Award-winning author MK McClintock is devoted to giving her readers books laced with adventure, romance, and a touch of mystery. Her novels and short stories take you from the rugged mountains of Montana to the Victorian British Isles, all with good helpings of daring exploits and endearing love stories. Her works comprise multiple series, including: Montana Gallaghers, British Agents, Crooked Creek, and Whitcomb Springs. She enjoys a peaceful life in the Rocky Mountains where she is writing her next book.

Photo Credit: © MK McClintock

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 I look forward to reading your thoughts & commentary!
Especially if you read the book or were thinking you might be inclined to read it. I look forward to your comments about this spotlight & extract. Kindly give the author a boost of joy by sharing your thoughts with us. Bookish conversations are always welcome!

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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Posted Tuesday, 26 January, 2021 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host, Book Spotlight, Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours, Indie Author

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4 responses to “An #HistFic Book Spotlight | feat. an extract from “The Healer of Briarwood” (Book Seven, Montana Gallagher series) by MK McClintock

  1. Hi Jorie!!! I’m glad this was so good- and like you, I’ve always been fascinated by Montana. So much open land, not populated heavily. There’s something about that! :)

    Thank you, by the way, for tagging me on Twitter. I know I’ve been terrible at replying, but thanx!!!!!!!!!

    • *waves!* Greg,

      I was just thinking about you and your lovely blog today! :) January was a bit of a washout for me as a reader and as a blogger! I cannot believe how little I could focus on *reading!* and how it felt like my New Year was off to a rocky start mimicking 2020’s beginning – though for different reasons and setbacks. This past week, I injured myself 4x ways to Sunday and had to take copious amounts of time offline due to not being able to sit too long in one place or the fact my arm was a throbbing mess (one of the injuries!) so that wrecked typing! I was just grateful to host my chat on Saturday but I blocked out February to properly get over everything I injured. I’m still pacing myself but I feel better February has started as sometimes it takes a ‘new’ month to change your perspective. I’ve started reading again today *and!* sorted out what to blog about this week as my first blog tour this month isn’t until the 8th which features the third novel in Edale Lane’s Night Flyer trilogy. (big smiles)

      Ooh! I think you misunderstood this post – I want to read the series but I don’t own the series yet myself to read. I was basing my reactions off the chapter samplers, etc. and the extract I was sharing in lieu of being able to have a copy for review consideration. This wasn’t a blog tour per se as it was more of a promotional blast to get the word out about it. I was meant to have a guest feature but the author had to reschedule due to a time conflict.

      In regards to Montana – I have oft considered moving there. For those reasons and others but its the harsh climate that makes me reconsider!! They have intense hail issues in Billings and everything from the Bitterroot Mountains to Missoula and Kalispell have issues with smoke-out skies during wildfire season not to mention the fact those fires can turn quick and put whole cities and townes at risk not just the homes, wildlife and land. I love it truly – there is a spirit out there unlike other places and I know I want to visit Montana, but as far as living there full time? I’m not sure if I could handle the risks with it. Though like you, I love open land, mountains, four seasons and the sense that life is set at a different pace elsewhere than where most of us currently live. There is something to be said for that and I hope we each find the essence of that kind of tranquil living one day.

      Ooh! You’re quite welcome (about Twitter). Not to worry – I’m the worse blog visitor on the planet, so if you’re falling behind on tweeting, we’re square!

      Popping over to see what you’ve done with TTT today! I didn’t have my druthers together in time to post – I might sort out what to do for the rest of the month though as I copied the topics to play with and see when I can pop back into the threads of it! You know I love joining whenever I can. Thanks for visiting today – gave me a smile. When you’re offline and just trying to get back into blogging, a random comment like yours is a lovely lift of spirits! So, thank you!!!

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