Rue Allyn: Photography in the Old West + GIVEAWAY

Rue is offering two chances to win a free digital copy of One Night’s Desire. See contest details below.

Susana, thank you very much for inviting me to visit with your followers today to tell them a little about my newest release, One Night’s Desire, and some factoids about nature photography in the late nineteenth century.

A visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in 2008 with a friend who is a superior photographer inspired an important detail of One Night’s Desire. Because I began to share my friend’s interest in photography (although I lack her skill) I started to look into the source of many of iconic images associated with the parks. I discovered that the expeditionary force responsible for mapping and recording the details of the Yellowstone area included a photographer by the name of William Henry Jackson. His pictures are the first of the area and are the foundation for many of those iconic images. You can read about his adventures and see copies of his photographs in Bob Blair’s compilation “The Pioneer Photographer.” The difficulties of transporting photographic equipment to remote locations and the complexities of timing exposures for just the right light, are just two of the small struggles Jackson dealt with in addition to the rigors of a years long expedition in country where survival was risky at best. One story in particular about Jackson balancing his equipment on a cliff side to capture an especially compelling image of a waterfall was especially inspiring. I was so moved that I repeated as much of the action of that story as I could in One Night’s Desire. With digital cameras, we don’t have half the struggle to create photographs that Jackson had. His efforts were truly heroic and contributed greatly to the creation of Yellowstone as a national park. I owe him not only for the inspiration he gave to my story but for the images and places that he preserved.

Giveaway: Two Chances to Win a Free Download of One Night’s Desire.

  1. Leave a comment about this post, photography, the national parks, or any topic you prefer and/or
  2. Leave a review of one of my currently available books at Amazon. Just check my author page for book details.

I’ll be collecting entries throughout the entire One Night’s Desire release tour (June 13 – July 29, the  schedule of appearances can be found here. The winner will be announced July 31st on my blog.

About One Night’s Desire

roses2A WOMAN ON THE RUN: Rustlers, claim jumpers and fire, nothing will stop Kiera Alden from reuniting her family. But an accusation of murder threatens her dreams and sets Marshall Evrett Quinn on her trail. She may be able to escape prison bars and eventually prove her innocence, but she can’t escape Quinn’s love.

A LAWMAN IN HOT PURSUIT: Marshall Evrett Quinn is relentless in pursuit of law-breakers, and pretty Kiera Alden is no exception. Clever and courageous, she evades him until a chance encounter turns the tables. Finally he has this elusive desperado under arrest, but success is bittersweet when she captures his heart.




One Night’s Desire and its sister book One Moment’s Pleasure are heavily discounted at Amazon for the entire month of July.

About the Author

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3 thoughts on “Rue Allyn: Photography in the Old West + GIVEAWAY

  1. Rue: such an interesting post! As wife of a professional photographer, I see the effort that goes on behind the lens to capture the perfect image. We owe those historical figures so much because it took so much more effort back then. Congrats on your release. Wishing you many sales!


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