Friday 31 May 2019

Join me in conversation with #HistoricalFiction author, Rebecca Rosenberg. There is also a chance to win some great prizes! #Giveaway @RebeccasNovels @hfvbt

Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour Presents...

Gold Digger

By Rebecca Rosenberg

One look at Baby Doe and you know she was meant to be a legend! She was just twenty years old when she came to Colorado to work a gold mine with her new husband. Little did she expect that she’d be abandoned and pregnant and left to manage the gold mine alone. But that didn’t stop her!
She moved to Leadville and fell in love with a married prospector, twice her age. Horace Tabor struck the biggest silver vein in history, divorced his wife and married Baby Doe. Though his new wife was known for her beauty, her fashion, and even her philanthropy, she was never welcomed in polite society.
Discover how the Tabors navigated the worlds of wealth, power, politics, and scandal in the wild days of western mining.

Praise for Gold Digger

“Rosenberg’s rollicking Western adventure strikes gold with a gutsy, good-hearted spitfire of a heroine and action aplenty.”
THELMA ADAMS, bestselling author of Bittersweet Brooklyn and The Last Woman Standing
“Gold Digger tells the true story of Lizzie ‘Baby Doe’ Tabor, a beautiful young woman who in 1878 marries the son of a wealthy miner in order to save her family from penury. Shrewd and stubborn, Lizzie fights back-biting Victorian society, wins and loses vast fortunes, and bests conniving politicians in her larger-than-life story. A twisting tale worthy of Mark Twain, with a big-hearted heroine at the center.”

MARTHA CONWAY, author of The Underground River.

A Conversation with Rebecca Rosenberg

Please give a warm Coffee Pot welcome to Historical Fiction author, Rebecca Rosenberg.

Hello everyone! If we haven’t met, I’m Rebecca Rosenberg, author of my new novel, GOLD DIGGER, The Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor.

I live on a lavender farm in Sonoma, California. When I am not reading and writing, I am playing mahjong or learning more about champagne for my upcoming book, Champagne Widows. (Somebody has to do it!)

Rebecca Rosenberg and Baby Doe Tabor.

It is so nice to meet you, Rebecca. Let’s get straight down to business…! What inspired you to write GOLD DIGGER, the Remarkable Baby Doe Tabor?

I grew up in California and Colorado, camping in the mountains, exploring ghost towns, panning for gold in rivers. As a girl, I read brochures about Baby Doe Tabor’s life and became obsessed with this twenty-year old who came west for a gold mine with her husband who abandoned her. She ended up pregnant and working the gold mine alone. Then meeting, an old prospector, twice her age and married, who strikes it rich on the biggest silver vein in history…I knew I had to tell her story as it had never been told before. Society branded her a GOLD DIGGER, but she proved her loyalty and grit to the very end of her life.

The Matchless Mine is located in Lake County, Colorado.

What a remarkable life Baby Doe Tabor had, I am not surprised you wanted to tell her story. What were the challenges you faced in researching this period of history?

The period of the gold and silver rushes in America is well documented. Baby Doe and Horace Tabor’s papers are at HISTORY COLORADO and I have spent a few days reading and copying the great parts of these papers. It is amazing that readers can still visit so many important places of the Tabors and really get a feel for the times they lived. Leadville, Colorado is where the Tabors met and it is like a living museum of the gold/silver rush. I wrote a couple of weeks there by myself, as well as research trips to the National Mining Museum (Leadville), a sprawling and truly amazing museum with actual-size exhibits, rare mineral display, impressive miniature mining models. In Leadville, you can visit the Silver Dollar Saloon, the Tabor House and even the Tabor Opera House. The history is living all around you! It was harder in Denver where all the Tabor’s property has been torn down. But, in Washington D.C., where Tabor was U.S. senator, you can have a Gibson cocktail at the Round Robin bar just like Tabor and President Arthur had. I love research!

Buckhorn Exchange

What an amazing period to research. There are many books about the Wild West. Can you tell us three things that set your novel apart?

I feel like there are many, many more novels about World War II and the twentieth century, not so much the nineteenth century, like Gold Digger.
#1. I feel that Americans will enjoy learning their history, after all, these are our ancestors who did amazing things that we do not usually think about. There is a lot to be learned from them. From Gold Digger, I have learned that money runs out due to no fault of your own! For the Tabor’s that was the U.S. demonetizing silver. For me, it was the California fires, destroying my home and it costing twice what it should to rebuild!

#2. I like to write about real women and the grit and spirit they had to live in an atmosphere where women had no rights at all, Not even the right to vote, until 1920.

#3. Many I always like stories where you can go visit the actually places where the story happened. When Celestine Prophecy came out, I visited Peru! When Twin Peaks was popular on television, we went to Snoqualmie, Washington to have cherry pie and coffee at their cafĂ©. With Gold Digger you can see so many real places and understand the story! And even if you don’t visit, there are many websites to visit and get more information.

Thank you for stopping by for a chat today! Before you leave, can you tell us what are you currently working on?

I am working on the third draft of CHAMPAGNE WIDOWS, the first book of the series. When I finish the fifth draft, I’ll send it to my publisher, LAKE UNION. Then, I’ll get to work on polishing the sequel to Gold Digger, SILVER DOLLAR (Baby Doe’s daughter!)


During the Blog Tour, we will be giving away a copy of Gold Digger, a gold facial mask & soap set, and recipe brochure to five winners. Three winners will receive an ebook of Gold Digger. You can enter HERE!
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• Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on June 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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• The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

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Gold Digger

Rebecca Rosenberg

A California native, Rebecca Rosenberg lives on a lavender farm with her family in Sonoma, the Valley of the Moon, where Jack London wrote from his Beauty Ranch. Rebecca is a long-time student of Jack London’s works and an avid fan of his daring wife, Charmian London. The Secret Life of Mrs. London is her debut novel.
Rebecca and her husband, Gary, own the largest lavender product company in America, selling to 4000 resorts, spas and gift stores. The Rosenbergs believe in giving back to the Sonoma Community, supporting many causes through financial donations and board positions, including Worth Our Weight, an educational culinary program for at-risk children, YWCA shelter for abused women, Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center to provide performances for children, Sonoma Food Bank, Sonoma Boys and Girls Club, and the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home.
For more information, please visit Rebecca’s website and blog. You can also find her on Facebook and Goodreads. Visit the Facebook page for The Secret Life of Mrs. London.