STORY DESCRIPTION: Having a close resemblance to Queen Elizabeth I, and claiming descendance, served Priscilla well when as a girl, she was teased mercilessly about her carrot-red hair and freckled white skin. So on arriving in Cheyenne, Wyoming, when she implies as much to avoid a humiliating situation, she suddenly finds herself sought after by the matriarchs of Cheyenne's wealthy British cattle barons. But Priscilla did not come west to be sucked up into British society. She came on a wagon train with homesteaders to start a newspaper addressing the needs of women, and she will not be deterred from her goal, even if it means facing up to the powerful Wyoming Stock Grower's Association and cattle barons like Adam Whittington, who want every homesteader run out of the territory. But Adam has his own means of handling the troublesome spinster who's stirring up a cauldron of controversy with her "Town Tattler" scandal sheet, alienating every cattleman in the area, and threatening his run for mayor.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: When I chose the name Priscilla Phipps for my heroine I envisioned a spinster with carrot-red hair and pale skin dotted with freckles, a woman with a striking resemblance to Queen Elizabeth I. As the story unfolded, Priscilla's likeness to the queen became a driving force in the developing plot. The hero's mother, certain that Priscilla must be descended from the Tudors, checked Burke's Peerage for the Phipps family (as did I). You can imagine my surprise when not only did I find a Phipps family descended from Henry VII, but there was a Priscilla Phipps in the lineage. Born in 1783, she was a likely candidate for my heroine's great-grandmother, which would make my heroine a distant cousin of Elizabeth I. My heroine never knows for certain if she descended from the Tudors because the family Bible was lost in a fire, but it explains her likeness to the queen, something that all her life had been a curse and a blessing. Priscilla also greatly admired the queen, and in her journal she kept quotes by and about the queen, from which she tried to live.