Featured New Book Spotlight: Wild Rose Pass by Karen Hulene Bartell


book cover for book entitled Wild Rose PassWoot! I haven’t met Karen Hulene Bartell yet but her middle name is one letter off mine, and that does it. Friends for life.

Yes, I really am this simple. It’s part of my charm.

We’re here to talk about Karen’s new book, though, and from the look of this cover? Western.

I love Westerns. Yes indeedy.

Let’s get to it, and hopefully I can stop drooling long enough to get this post together. Karen, what song makes you think of your book?

Westward Ho the Wagons (1956) The title tune and movie are all about moving to the Frontier, facing the unknown, conquering your fears, and being rewarded for your efforts. It was another time – another place – yet it was America in the 1880s.

I love this choice! What fun!

Here’s the book description. Ready? I sure am.

Cadence McShane, free-spirited nonconformist, yearns to escape the rigid code, clothes, and sidesaddles of 1880s military society in Fort Davis, Texas. She finds the daring new lieutenant exhilarating, but as the daughter of the commanding officer, she is expected to keep with family tradition and marry West Point graduate James West.

Orphaned, Comanche-raised, and always the outsider looking in, Ben Williams yearns to belong. Cadence embodies everything he craves, but as a battlefield-commissioned officer with the Buffalo Soldiers instead of a West Point graduate, he is neither accepted into military society nor considered marriageable.

Can two people of different worlds, drawn together by conflicting needs, flout society and forge a life together on the frontier?

SO much here to love… Get your copy!

Amazon eBook
Amazon Paperback
Barnes & Noble NOOK Book
Barnes & Noble Paperback

As always, if you have an independent bookstore you love to support, see if they can order this for you. And, of course, remember to leave a review!

Connect with Karen Hulene Bartell! It’s always fun, and now comes with automatic social distancing.
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Remember: if you’re an author, I’d love to have you stop in and talk about your own book!



  1. Karen Hulene Bartell

    March 25, 2020 6:25 am

    Thanks so much for the Spotlight on “Wild Rose Pass”! Yup, it’s definitely a western, but from the unusual perspectives of the fort commander’s free-spirited, nonconformist daughter Cadence and the Comanche-raised, mustang Ben, who rose through the ranks (instead of graduating from West Point.) “Wild Rose Pass” is a high-stakes adventure as well as a steamy romance. To read a FREE chapter, click here: https://karenhulenebartell.com/wild-rose-1.
    Now, regarding our middle names, my mother’s name was Helen; her mother’s name was Helene (YOURS!), and my aunt/godmother’s name was Hulene, which my grandmother got from a neighbor. Anyhoo, I love it because it’s the only name that “belongs to me” – everyone’s named Karen and my last names have been my father’s or husband’s. I’m Hulene! Howdy, Helene! Friends for life <3

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