Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Billy the Kid - Sexy as Hell : GUEST POST with Terri Meeker

Everyone, please welcome Terri Meeker. She's sharing her newest release with us today, and history has never been so hot!

Billy the Kid – Sexy as Hell

And before you roll your eyes – no, Emilio Estevez in “Young Guns” is not Billy the Kid. That ‘The Mighty Ducks” dude played him way too sociopathic.  While we’re on it, Kris Kristofferson and Val Kilmer (shudder) also were a far distance from the real William H. Bonney. From a physical standpoint, Paul Newman came close in “The Left Handed Gun,” but mostly Hollywood gets him wrong.

One of my favorite bits about the real Billy comes from Lew Wallace, the man who was the governor of New Mexico while Billy rode the west. While sitting in his office one night, Wallace complained “A precious specimen named ‘The Kid,’ whom the sheriff is holding here in the Plaza, as it is called,, is an object of tender regard. I heard singing and music the other night; going to the door, I found the minstrels of the village actually serenading the fellow in his prison.”

What kind of man would inspire that level of devotion? Who was Billy the Kid? The best way to see him was through the eyes of those who knew him.

Physically, he was good-looking and ‘very popular with the ladies’. Many people describe his ‘dancing’ blue eyes and his fine, wavy hair. A forensic artist from King County, Washington drew the accompanying sketch.

Billy was known to have had a querida (sweetheart) in every little village in the territory. He was also was known for being a gentleman. Even the man who killed him, Sheriff Pat Garrett said Billy’s manners were “as fine as any college-bred youth.”

Along with about fifty percent of the population of New Mexico at the time, Billy was a cattle rustler. He was also very generous with his earnings. He was once described as blowing all his money, not at the bar, but on candy hearts for a girl he was seeing.

Though he was famous for never drinking alcohol, Billy loved going to all the parties of his time. He knew all the dances. If a party wasn’t happening, Billy would create one – by going over to a friend’s house and singing to the wee hours of the morning. He was known to have a lovely tenor voice.

He was the leader of ‘The Regulators’ while still in his teens and was the only Regulator to be involved in every skirmish in the Lincoln County war. He must have been a captivating figure. Those who knew him certainly thought so.  And the guy’s had over fifty movies made about him – more than any other historical character. There’s got to be something about him.

While researching my book about him, I read over a dozen biographies and even traveled to New Mexico to hang out in Billy’s old haunts.  I like to think I captured some of his spirit in my book, ‘Dancing with Billy the Kid.’

Thank you for sharing your new release with us, Terri! If you want to find out more about Terri Meeker and her books make sure you head to her website

If you’d like to order “Dancing with Billy the Kid,” just click here.
Bonnie Borle finally has the missing piece for her history dissertation in her hot little hands. What she must do for it is chilling—go back to 1881 to fix a hitch in Billy the Kid’s timeline.
Sneaking her 2016 purse through the portal is easy. Resisting the temptation to tweak a few events surrounding the Kid’s famous jailbreak is impossible. So is resisting Billy’s dancing eyes and devil-may-care charm.
Though Billy’s spooked by Bonnie’s seeming ability to read his mind, he falls a little more in love every time she cuts loose with her blue-streak vocabulary. But it’s what’s in that fancy mochila of hers that fascinates him the most. Things that light up, play music—and foretell a future that doesn’t end as pretty as his Jules Verne novels.
As they run from the posse, Bonnie loses the battle to keep her hands off Billy. But at all costs she has to keep her hands off his future. Because Billy’s got a grim date with destiny. And erasing it could erase Bonnie—permanently.

Terri Meeker is supposed to write her author blurb in the third person. It’s just how things are done.  She shouldn’t question it, but then she’s always been difficult.  Even in high school, her best friend’s mother described her as ‘eccentric’ before urging her daughter to make friends with a nice, normal girl.
Born in Wyoming, Terri now lives on Fidalgo Island in Washington State.  An ex-history teacher, she’s loved learning about the past since childhood and has been fortunate to live in lots of interesting places: Washington DC, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Albuquerque, Missouri and Mons, Belgium. She’s married and a mom of 3 humans, two dogs and two cats. She’s also a Whedonite, a gamer and a ginormous nerd.  Needless to say, she loves to write.
Terri is really getting into this third person thing and thinks it will give her a lot of gravitas during future dinner conversations. She thinks you should probably start doing it as well. Oh, and you should absolutely connect on facebook, twitter or via her website. She’s really friendly.

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