Romancing Billy the Kid
By Nicole Maddalo Dixon
Includes Readers Guide
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Precocious, spirited, bored, and outspoken, sixteen year old Elucia (Lucy) Grey Alexis Howard, is both out-of-place in and a prisoner of her wealthy life amongst the highest of New York’s social elite and her father’s ambitious pursuit of greater prosperity.
Sent out west in 1877 to Lincoln County, New Mexico, to marry her pre-contracted fiancé, John H. Tunstall, Lucy is inconsolable at the prospect of a loveless marriage when she meets and falls in love with pistoleer, Billy Bonney, a young, vivacious firebrand hired by John to work his land and provide protection from the dangers posed by John’s nefarious competitor, J. J. Dolan and the entire Santa Fe Ring.
When John pays the ultimate price and is murdered, refusing to succumb to the opposition and intimidation of his rivals, Lucy’s own life is then in jeopardy. As a result of John’s death, Billy and the other men working in John’s employment are deputized to combat the tyranny of Dolan and the Ring. Fearing for Lucy, the newly deputized Lincoln County Regulators take her into their protective guard and into the hellfire of what becomes known as the Lincoln County War, the catalyst that inspires Lucy to wage her own personal war for freedom from her oppressive life and a desperate attempt to stay close to the man she loves, the boy about to become known to history as the incendiary notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid.
Nicole Dixon was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where she lives with her husband, Wallace.
“Picking up shortly after the end of the Lincoln County War, Nicole Maddalo Dixon’s sequel to Bandita Bonita: Romancing Billy the Kid continues the story of Lucy Howard, the fictional female member of the Regulators and her complicated romance with Billy the Kid. Though Bandita Bonita and Billy the Kid: The Scourge of New Mexico will appeal to women more than men, the attention to historical detail is impressive. From appearances by Jesse Evans to Dr. Henry Hoyt, historical purists should be immensely entertained by the number of real characters the author manages to weave into the narrative, itself written in the flowery and somewhat verbose prose of the 1880s.” —John LeMay, author of Tall Tales and Half Truths of Billy the Kid, True West magazine
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