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Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Dime Novel Resurrected

A "dime novel" was an inexpensive and generally sensational tale of adventure sold as popular entertainment in the 1800s. Dime novels can be considered the paperback books of their day, and they often featured tales of mountain men, explorers, soldiers, detectives, or Indian fighters. Despite their name, the dime novels generally cost less than ten cents, with many actually selling for a nickel.

Critics of dime novels often denounced them as immoral, perhaps because of violent content. But the books themselves actually tended to reinforce conventional values of the time, such as patriotism, bravery, self-reliance, and American nationalism.

Today, Western Historical novels and Western Historical Romance novels hold to the same standards: Truth, Justice, and The American Way.ie, treat women and children with respect, as well as your neighbor, protect the downtrodden, and carry out justice within the law...if at all possible. 
Western Historical Romance novels and true Westerns are published as Dime Novels at "Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery" through the imprint Western Trail Blazers. The Dime Novels are shorter stories, perhaps novellas, priced at 99Cents.

~*~ *~While driving home in her buggy, Charlotte Dewhurst discovers a man lying by the road. William Montgomery, an attorney, was passing through the area when accosted by two hoodlums. The resulting court case keeps Will in town. His attitudes confuse Charlotte as he seeks her company, yet proclaims he will soon be moving on. But Will may be the most confused one of all.~*~*~*~
“Hi,” he said, as he came to her. “I hear the violin and guitars tuning up.”

She couldn’t help but laugh. “Fiddles, Will. The instrument might look like a violin, and perhaps sound like one if played in such a manner, but here? They’re fiddles. Plain and country, but wait till you hear them play.”

He chuckled. “My mistake. Only one of many since I’ve arrived in Trinity Hill. I’ll get the hang of these western ways yet.”

But probably not here, Will. You’ll be leaving soon. Remember?
Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas  


  1. Hadn't thought of it this way, but I've noticed I'm much more willing to spend a little for my Kindle, especially when trying a new author.

  2. Celia, I remember back in the 1990's when a company tried to resurrect dime novels. I think I still have the sample books they sent to me as enticement to write for them.

    I think this is a clever way to label books in the ebook age, and I think it would make for great impulse buying. Well done!

    Best wishes,
    Joan Reeves

  3. Cool info about dime novels. Will have to check this one out.

  4. Thanks, Laurel, Joan, and Jill. I thank you for reading the post.

  5. Celia, I like your dime novels. I would find it difficult to right a "whole" short story.

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    1. Cool idea! The Dime Novels should sell!

      Sorry I am behind. (sad face)