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    The Good Time Girls

    2023 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist


    A novel of wild women, the bonds of friendship, a harrowing road trip, and help found in the least likely places.


    In 1905 Kansas, ex-dancehall girl and outlaw Ruby Calhoun has settled into a (mostly) quiet and (mostly) lawful life. But out of the blue her past comes hustling into town when her ex-friend and ex-dancehall partner, Pip, shows up with a grim message and dangerous mission: Cullen Wilder, an old enemy with a long memory, wants them dead and the only way to survive is to kill him first.


    With Cullen’s henchman hot on their heels, Ruby and Pip hightail into the hinterlands of Kansas to save another friend from Cullen’s vengeance. Unprepared for the journey, their trip is filled with mishaps and mayhem, blunders and bounders, con artists and the circling noose of the law.


    Through it all, Ruby is tormented by the memories of her life years ago in Arizona Territory, when the upstairs girls at the Paradise Saloon and Dancehall kept her safe, and the dreadful day when it all went wrong.


    Will Ruby have the guts to face her turbulent past, or will she cut and run like a coward one more time?


    "The novel is, by turns, spirited, whimsical, quirky, mischievous, irreverent, and full of dry wit. It matters not that these girls' faces are plastered on Wanted posters all over Kansas. They are easy to know, easy to like, and I was rooting for them all the way." - Historical Novels Review


    Available in ebook and paperback.


  • Praise for The Good Time Girls


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    "Magnificently written, Good Time Girls is a tough, gritty and often humorous wild ride of danger, death, narrow escapes and yes, love. K.T. Blakemore owns the time period as if she had lived through it, and the characters as if she knew them personally. Open up the book, but hang onto your hat."


    - James Robert Daniels, bestselling author of The Comanche Kid

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    It’s so refreshing to see an historical western with female main characters. The Good Time Girls is a delightful, fast-paced romp with two feisty heroines who are sure to steal your heart! Filled with witty banter, humor, and heart, this first in a planned series is one you won’t want to miss, especially if you enjoyed stories like True Grit or Thelma and Louise.


    - Paulette Kennedy, bestselling author of The Witch of Tin Mountain

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    The Good Time Girls is an expertly crafted tale of two women whose endearing friendship aids them in conquering their fears and the men who’d made them. Told in humorous, and sometimes touching, McMurtry-esque prose, this book will keep you entertained—and glued to your chair—far into the night. If you like bold women and stories of the West, you will love this literary adventure!


    - Kari Bovée, award-winning author of the Annie Oakley Mystery Series and the Grace Michelle Mysteries.

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    Readers will be transported back to the American Wild West at the turn of the 20th century and swept up in the adventures of Ruby and Pip, two sassy and strong-willed former dance hall girls. A captivating story with a distinct voice and immersive historical detail, as well as humor, heart and hijinks!


    - Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls and Goodnight from Paris


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