The Silver Rush series was inspired by Ann's ancestors who played a part in Leadville history. As noted in her bio, she had "a great-grandfather who was a blacksmith in Leadville, a grandmother who worked at the bindery of Leadville's Herald Democrat newspaper, a grandfather who was a Colorado School of Mines professor, and another grandfather who worked as a gandy dancer on the Colorado railroads."
Ann's newest release, Leaden Skies, continues the story begun in Silver Lies and Iron Ties of Inez Stannert, part owner of the Silver Queen Saloon. To quote again from Ann's bio:
Leaden Skies is the third and latest in the series. Publishers Weekly describes it as "a twisty tale of murder and ambition." Booklist says "Parker has created a lively historical tale with a strong female protagonist. The intricate plot, lively characters, and vividly realized historical landscape will appeal to those interested in the Old West as well as to historical-mystery fans."You can read more about Ann Parker and the series at her website, and at her blog The Silver Rush Mysteries. She is scheduled to appear at Reader's Cove in Fort Collins, Colorado, today (Monday, August 3) beween 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM to sign her books.