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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Update

I haven't been blogging or reading blogs for the last couple of weeks because of my writing and other things. Publishing on Creat Space has turned into a nightmare for this latest project. I thought I had it made when I compiled on Scrivener and submitted the PDF. It went smoothly until I got the message that it wasn't exactly formatted correctly in Creat Space's view. I went to correct it, but it had so many things wrong with it, I gave up. I re-compiled and submitted it as a Word doc. rtf and had the same thing happen. I tried submitting it again using Scrivener and had the same results. I'm a slow learner, I guess. I gave up and started re-typing it into a Creat Space unformatted template. I'm about half-way through it for the umpteenth time and will try it again upon finishing the typing.

I drew a cover and thought that was okay, but I have to submit it again, too. Only the back came out. That might be all right for some, but it certainly doesn't meet the requirements, so I'll be working on that for a while.

I've been able to squeeze in some research, etc., on marketing while this is going on. Whether it will do me any good or not remains to be seen. And my reading is coming along slow, real slow, but I am reading a couple of Westerns which I'll blog on when finished.

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Thanks, and enjoy the summer. It's predicted to hit 120 degrees in Phoenix next week.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Deadwood by Max Braun

Deadwood is part of a double-novel paperback published by St. Martin's Press. The other story is Manhunter, both by Max Braun.

Private detective Luke Starbuck is on the trail hunting for an accused killer, Mike Cassidy. Starbuck was hired by William Dexter on behalf of a mysterious mine owner in Montana to locate and kill Cassidy. He finds out that Cassidy is holed up in the Hole in the Wall, Wyoming, and he puts on a disguise and finds Cassidy there after an attempt or two on his life. Luke is over-powered by Cassidy and his young friend who turns out to be Butch Cassidy - no relation. Mike beats the tar out of him trying to find out who he is and what he's after and almost kills him while Butch holds a gun on him.

After recuperating, they become friends and decide the character they want is the person who hired Dexter. Luke finds out that the attempts on his life are related to a man he killed earlier, Dutch John Henry. He heads off to find out everything he can about Dutch John, and ends up in Deadwood, where this mysterious Ira Lloyd, owner of the Grubstake Mining Company and the man who hired Dexter, makes his headquarters. Luke continues on to settle the case in an exciting and dangerous way.

I really enjoyed reading Deadwood and the surprise ending. I give it five stars for action and suspense and look forward to reading Manhunter, another Starbuck story.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Free Book?

Western Stories is supposed to be free through April 29th. Let me know if it works.  The page for this book is here.

I hope that's the right link. I just tried it and it worked fine, but let me know if you have problems, please.

Thanks.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hear Ye, hear ye - Get Your Free Copy

That's right. You will be able to get a free copy of my short stories, Western Stories, next week. The free promo will run from Apr 26-29.

And that ain't all. The following week you can get a copy of The Man from Hanksville available May 2 through May 4.

I hope you take advantage of these opportunities and after reading the two books, please write a short review for Amazon. (NOTE; Writing a review is not a requirement, but will be greatly appreciated.)

Thanks a whole lot and enjoy the reads!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Back With a Review of "Sackett" by Louis L'Amour

It isn't as if I went somewhere. No, I've been "larnin'" on my PC how to do some things and I don't think it has sunk in all the way.

Squeezing in a bit of reading along the way, I did get through Sackett while doing my "larnin'.".It isn't that ths book of L'Amour has never been reviewed, because it has many times, but here is my two cents' worth.

Tell Sackett is traveling back home from Montana along the high ridges of the Rockies when he stumbles across a cave, not just an ordinary cave, but this one has gold in it. He sees that it has been lived in at some time or other by Spanish explorers and he knows they were mining the gold. The cave is on a high peak of the Colorado Rockies, very difficult to get to by the one trail. There is another entrance/exit and that is right over the steep mountain.

Tell fills his saddlebags with gold that's laying around in the cave and takes off. He finds another cave lower in the mountains and a grave. Sackett stays there and someone has stolen some of his food. He takes off for home and delivers the gold to his family, mother, and brothers, and an old guy named Cap Roundstone is there, too, a tough nut if there ever was one. That is in Mora, New Mexico. He goes into town to buy some things and some people see the gold and get the hankering for it. Cap Roundstone and Sackett pack up and head for the gold mine with these people on their tail,. The Bigelows are after him for killing their brother because he was dealing from the bottom of the deck in a poker game.

Sackett and Cap get back to the area of the gold and lay out a town because they know people will show up for one reason or another. They fix up a "fort" for self-defense on the mountain trail to the cave that one person can fend off the Bigelow gang and others. Sackett returns to the lower cave and finds the person that stole his meat earlier. It is a young girl named Ange and the grave is her grandfather's. She is poorly from lack of nourishment and the cold weather over the time Sackett was gone. He "nurses: her back to health and she moves into a cabin in town nearby. She doesn't much care for Sackett's way of handling people, shooting them on sight and not giving them a chance.

The Bigelows and the gold hunters show up while Sackett is up above in the gold cave and force Ange to take them up there after shooting and wounding Cap.

How do Sackett, Ange. and a new friend John Rugger get out of there? Well, you'll have to read the book, which is quite an adventure with lots of excitement and cold weather. And I think I'll give it  five stars for the suspense and descriptions of the winter in the high peaks of Colorado.           

Friday, March 3, 2017

Local Man (Sad But True Stories)

High Crimes, Misdemeanors, and Other Bad Decisions. That's a long title if you put it all together. This book by Publications International, Ltd., contains some of the weirdest, funniest, and odd situations that some people get into, including dumb crimes, bad diets, ghosts and UFO's, bad parents, and just plain stupidity. It's a compilation of all the bad things that happen and watch out, you may be next.

Anything to make somebody else a buck by writing this book and relating all these bad things that happen to dumb people is all right with me. In fact, I got a big chuckle out of most of the book and overall, I thought it was a fun read and is even copyrighted. Two hundred and seventy-two pages long, it provided me with many hours of entertainment as I waited in the car for the wife to shop, etc. I give it a solid three our of five stars.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Globetrotter

The other night we watched one of the Globetrotter videos on Public Television. It wasn't a tour of Formosa or even France. No, it was a tour of the Old West, an overview of places and times like the connecting of the Trans-Continental Railroad and the Golden Spike, a short life of Thomas Parker from Circleville, Utah, also known as Butch Cassidy. And there was more on Deadwood, South Dakota, and Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express, and even more. But I don't recall anything about Texas but a mention of the Alamo. There was some on the California Gold Rush and the Silver Boom in Nevada.

Anyway, it was an entertaining program, which we (the wife and I) enjoyed watching. You never know what you'll see on Public Television. The Channel entertains the urchins most of the day and provides other stuff for the adults(?) the rest of the time with programs like Nova and Nature and that other travel guy who does Europe..

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Training

I haven't had much time for blogging because of spending time trying to learn things on various sites. I've watched hour-long videos, most not getting anything from them. I've been working on my forthcoming book and am about finished with that. I'll have to decide whether to self-publish or traditional publish, and it's weighing on me, which one?

My in-box of e-mails seems to be growing. It takes me half my time to read through them and some require a response or other work. And visitors take up some of the time. Had company from Kansas last week and just today my grandson and wife stopped in. I appreciate 'em, my grandson brought me a CASE cap to go with some other CASE items. He picked it up at the annual old tractor show at Saguaro Park in Glendale.

Jerome Increase Case started building tractors in Detroit way back and so I have a couple small replicas, one old and one new just for the heck of it. He was an ancestral relative. Somebody in the family has made good and more power to them. Now I have a cap I can wear while I play farmer.

You can see how busy I am if you read my Cattle Dust blog on Wordpress. I stopped the Comments over there because of too may spam and trash responses. If you would like to make a comment about that blog, please do so here. Thanks for your time and interest. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

More Scrivener

I don't know what happened. One day I was editing my manuscript on Scrivener, the next, it had changed to single-spaced, and the next it repeated most of the script. I had seventeen chapters on there, now I have 12 double-spaced and twelve single-spaced. What the heck is going on? Am I being hacked or what?

I'm about ready to give up with Scrivener and try another program. This is ridiculous. I copied it from my files all double-spaced and look what happened. A-A-A-RG-H!!

I'm returning to my original files and starting over. I have enough problems without this.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Station at Diablo by Roger Raffee

I liked reading this book, although I had to stop three or four times and pick it up later. It is first in a series, Station at Diablo: Tumbling Dreams Series, Book 1, by Roger Raffee. This kid in Texas (the novel takes place in and around San Antonio after the establishment of the Texas Rangers and also in parts of Old Mexico) grew up with the Rangers, his father being the doctor for the group. Aaron, the young kid about six years old, meets Sungold Craig, who was living with the Comanches, and they become friends.

Aaron wanted to be a Texas Ranger all his life, and started training for it when he reached gun-handling age. He practiced all the time and when he became mature enough to join the Rangers, he was an expert shot, faster than anyone. He became a Ranger and was assigned to find out where the Comanches buried the gold, that Chief Quanah Parker and Sungold Craig had amassed. And that is the basic plot of the novel.

Along the way he meets up with Craig in Mexico. Craig is now a high-ranking member of the Northern Mexican Army and has a large hideout in the mountains with his gang of Comancheros and Mexicans, and tries not to get mixed up in a Mexican Revolution. Arron spends some time in Nogales where he meets his first true love, Maria Angelica, but they don't get married. He tells Maria he will be back after he finishes his business. And this romance is carried through the novel, even after he meets Sarah and falls in love with her, supposedly.

The story flows from one crisis to another in fine fashion, and may get tedious to some readers in parts, but I thought it read very well. A loner called "Bones" plays a large part with his ranch where he grew up alone and stole chickens from his neighbors to survive while living in a cave. "Bones" isn't too particular about his women, he just wants someone to marry him and be happy helping him on his ranch.

Aaron, Craig, and "Bones" find a train load of American money that is being prepared for shipment to Mexico by a gang of thieves, not one from Texas, being run by the son of the railroad owner. The money is being sent to support Porfirio Diaz in the revolution. And the story goes on to a nice ending back in the San Antonio area. They never did find the buried gold. I thought it made my list of four-star Westerns, being a fun, exciting, and suspenseful story.