OUTLAW MUSE opens with ten-year-old Serena Sullivan and her twin brother being transported by the Orphan Train out west. While on her deathbed, their dying mother gave written permission for Serena and Bill to be legally adopted.
Most Americans have never heard of the Orphan Trains, so here are some interesting facts about them that don’t appear in my historical western romance.
- The trains (also known as “Baby Trains”) ran from 1853-1929, carrying children from ages 6-18 from New York and Boston to their new homes out west.
- When the program began, an estimated 30,000 homeless children lived on the streets of New York City.
- At the various stops, children might sing or dance to attract the attention of potential parents.
- The program eventually relocated about a quarter of a million children to new homes, stopping in 45 different states and Canada and Mexico.
- Two Orphan Train children became governors as adults.
Very interesting, Lauren. Thank you for sharing. Now on to more about her book.
Separated from her twin during the Orphan Train selection, schoolmarm Serena Sullivan searched for her brother Bill over fifteen years. Just as she gets a lead on his whereabouts, she is railroaded by a crooked sheriff and set to hang for the murder of the sheriff’s best friend.
English playwright Daman Rutledge has come to the American West on business for his brother when he witnesses a woman about to be executed. On impulse he rescues the beautiful stranger and goes on the run with her across the Kansas prairie. Along the way Daman finds the muse he’s been missing and loses his heart to the raven-haired beauty with haunting amber eyes.
As they try to escape the long arm of the law, Daman seeks to prove Serena’s innocence before it’s too late. They find love—and the truth—on a journey that changes their lives.
As a child, Lauren Linwood gathered her neighborhood friends together and made up stories for them to act out, her first venture into creating memorable characters. Following her passion for history and love of learning, she became a teacher who began writing on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones.
Lauren’s novels focus on two of her favorite eras, medieval times and the American Old West. History is the backdrop that places her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grows into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.