Author J.v.L. Bell is a Colorado native who grew up climbing fourteeners, exploring old ghost towns, and enjoying stories from Colorado’s vibrant past. Her first novel, The Lucky Hat Mine, was published in October 2016 by The Hansen Publishing Group. The Lucky Hat Mine is an engaging historical mystery set in 1863, Idaho Springs, about a southern belle who answers a wife-wanted ad and travels to the Colorado Territory, arriving only to find her intended dead. J.v.L. Bell loves researching Colorado history and intertwining colorful historical characters and stories into her novels.
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The Lucky Hat Mine
Territory of Colorado, 1863: What’s a Southern Belle to do?
Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she’d survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs, Colorado, without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancé, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.
Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie’s log cabin, insists his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law-to-be, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.
The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore, making for a rousting historical mystery.
- Price: $16.00 paperback, $5.99 e-book, $13.97 digital audiobook, $31.95 CD audiobook
- Available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, Tattered Cover, BookBar, Boulder Bookstore, and local library districts
Proof: A 30th Street Fiction Anthology
Welcome to 30th Street Fiction’s Proof Anthology, where family secrets haunt the living, the dead walk, the human sacrifice might be you, and the proof is in the details. This collection of short indie fiction is unrestricted by genre or style and features a solid spread of speculative, historical, and mainstream contemporary fiction. The theme of “proof,” in all of its interpretations and boldfaced glory, weaves these diverse pieces together. So sit back, curl up, and brace yourself for this collection of stories. At 30th Street, fiction is often stranger, darker, or funnier than truth.
JvL Bell: “The Traitor”
Caitlin Berve: “The Mortician’s Assistant”
Maggie Brydon: “Bring a She Goat”
Richard M. Hamp: “The Father, Son, and a Glass of Holy Spirits”
Lezly Harrison: “What’s in a Name?”
Kate Jonuska: “Prince Charming”
Jessica Lavé: “Coyote Junction”
Ian K. Long: “Dead Air”