I’ve known the amazing Paty Jager for at least a decade, though I’ve gotten to know her much more in the past five years. She is an author of more than 30 books. Her focus has been writing about the American west lifestyle, whether that’s historical or contemporary. She is equally comfortable in romance and mystery. And has an excellent foray into romantic suspense that features a woman, MacGyver-type character. Her mystery series features a Native American woman sleuth who is a renowned potter. This paragraph from her bio tells you who she is in her real life:
Paty Jager and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. On her road to publication she wrote freelance articles for two local newspapers and enjoyed her job with the County Extension service as a 4-H Program Assistant. Raising hay and cattle, riding horses, and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
When I first met Paty, she was writing historical western romance. What I loved about her books was that she wrote about strong, independent-minded women who found a way to do what they loved in historical times. Her “petticoat” series was the first books like this that I had read with women taking on jobs that were typically only for men: Marshall, Doctor, Miner, Logger.
She followed that series with another that brought home that part of the Halsey Family who had settled far away from home. Halsey Homecoming features the Halsey men and women coming home from Alaska, England, and eastern Oregon.
Next I read, and truly fell in love with her Native American spirit trilogy. Three books about the Wallowa Band of Nez Perce or Nimiipuu. Three Sibling Nimiipuu Spirits fall in love with mortals as they work together to help the Nimiipuu people. I loved everything about these stories, from the cover to the research to the beautifully written stories themselves.
Though Paty has written many western historical romances, she also writes western contemporary romances. These feature characters living the ranch life that Paty knows so well. She currently has three stand-alone books, including her most recent release, Catch the Rain. Like all of her books, she features characters who are finding their way in life in spite of past wounds and, in this case, physical challenges that caused her protagonist to wonder if she is worthy of romantic love.
I always fall-in-love with writers who can capture those nuances of relationships where even a strong woman can have doubts. None of us are perfect. We make our way through life the best we can. When I see stories of women working through hardships and not only surviving but thriving I can’t help but be excited about those authors.
I could go on and on about Paty and her books. But I suspect, you don’t want to see me detail all thirty of them. You can find all of her books, and audiobooks too, both at her website and on Windtree Press. If you like cozy murder mysteries, I highly recommend her Shandra Higheagle series. In ten books, so far I’ve only been right about the murderer twice. She does a great job setting up practically everyone in town as a possible suspect. For those who love romantic suspense, I guarantee you will not be able to stop reading her Isabella Mumphrey Romantic Suspense novels. I keep begging her to write more, but she has so many stories calling to her that I suspect it will be a while before she returns to Isabella again.
Willing to give her a try? She has two options to try a first in series book. Click which one suits your fancy, or both if you like reading in both genres. Joining her posse gets you a free book and adds you to her email list for future releases. As she releases books regularly, you will definitely want to be on that list.
For my most avid readers, the great thing about Paty is you will not run out of books to read with her. She most often writes in series. The best deals are her boxsets if you love ebooks, because you can get 3 or more books at a discount price. However, for those who don’t like boxsets her books are reasonably priced. If you have read Paty’s books, I’d love to hear about it. If not, I’m sure she’ll be stopping by this blog to answer any questions.