I was thinking about genres since I have to identify one for The Laughing Ladies. First, I thought it would be called a romance. But, after browsing novels called romances and looking at their covers, I decided that was not where it belonged. Then I tried historical fiction, but most books took place in the days of knighthood or involved kings and queens. Wrong again! That leaves calling it a western. Once more, that didn't seem quite right. The book has its focus on women, not men. But it really is a Western, just one with a different slant. It is about the taming of the West from a feminine perspective.
I have decided: The Laughing Ladies is a western historical romance. If you know any others, I'd love to hear about them.