Book: The Ruby Queen (The Soiled Dove Sagas Book 1) by Lori Beasley Bradley
categories: Book, Old West, Prostitution, Cow Towns, Soiled Doves, Women's Fiction, Women 19th Century, Riverboats, Post Civil War, Women's Rights, Riverboat Gamblers, Abilene, Kansas, Historical Fiction
Lori Beasley Bradley about this book: The Ruby Queen follows Mattie Wallace, a young woman from Mayfield, Kentucky, who, in the spring of 1870, finds herself alone in the world after her parents and the people of Mayfield run her out of town as a harlot. Mattie meets Roxie North, a woman in the Trade, who invites her along as her guest on the Riverboat The Ruby Queen. This book exposes the reasons most young women at the time found themselves choosing prostitution as their means of support.
I was inspired to write this book after watching a History Channel documentary about prostitution in the gold fields of the west and after enjoying the HBO series Deadwood that did such an excellent job of showing the plight of these women. This is my fictional take on what a young woman of the time may have gone through in making this decision for her life. The Ruby Queen is Book 1 in my Soiled Dove Sagas that follows Mattie into the Trade along with her new friend and mentor Roxie North. Book 2, The Queen of the Cow Towns is being written now and Book 3 Crown Queen will wind up the series. The women deal with drovers in the cow towns of Abilene and Dodge City, Kansas, and miners in Prescott, Arizona when the series wraps in book 3. The Ruby Queen provides a window into the world of 19th century women in America and the disparity between their lives and those of men at the time. I did extensive research into the cost of living at the time and the prices of various and sundry household items. To clarify for the readers, I would like to add that the value of one dollar in the 1870s is equal to what eighty dollars is in today's money.
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