Saturday, July 30, 2016

July Member News

Congratulations to our members' new releases and for all the award nominations!

Marsha Ward, Faith and the Foreman. New Yorker Faith Bannister's circumstances force her to become a school teacher in faraway Arizona Territory. Harsh conditions don't seem so overwhelming when Faith meets lanky Slim McHenry. But menacing Rance Hunter stands in the way of Faith and Slim's happiness. Both must rally all their resources and act to overcome evil before it spreads. This standalone novella bundled with a Western short story, The Usual Game, which is set in early-day Jerome, Arizona.
Verl might not make it home to Phoenix this weekend. His landlord is stuck in Happy Sam's usual poker game, and it looks like he's losing his entire savings. High stakes action in early Arizona.

Susan D. Matley (writing as S. D. Matley), “Transformed,” a short story, is included in UnintendedConsequences, a new anthology from Colorado micro-press WolfSinger Publications. “Transformed” is the story of a lazy man who attempts to change his ways (and win back his estranged wife) by taking a miracle supplement. If you have the urge to read out-of-genre (male protagonist in a comic-horror tale), I hope you’ll give it a try! You can find the anthology here: 

Paty Jager, Brody: Letters of Fate, After receiving a letter, Brody Yates finds himself escorted across the country to work on a ranch rather than entering prison, but a revenge driven criminal, the Oregon high desert, and his grandfather’s beautiful ward may prove more dangerous than anything he’d faced on the New York docks.

2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalists

Western Fiction --

* W. Michael Farmer - “Killer of Witches”
* Tammy Hinton - “The Judas Steer”

Western Romance --

* Linda Shuler - “Dark Shadows”

Inspirational Fiction --

* Jane Kirkpatrick - “The Memory Weaver”

Biographies & Memoirs --

* Roni McFadden - “The Longest Trail”

Short Stories --

* Deanna Dickinson McCall - “Rough Patches”

Cookbooks --

* Sherry Monahan - “The Cowboy’s Cookbook"

Roni McFadden, The Longest Trail, also made the short-list for the Journey Award.
"The Longest Trail carries readers through a spellbinding work by Willits, CA author Roni McFadden. As a young teen, McFadden left behind the confusion and pain of her unhappy preteen years. She tells of how she went up ~ up onto horses, up the road to a man who could help her, and up the mountain, to where she could see clearly and breathe deeply. And, finally, up to another place where only some can go."


Jane Kirkpatrick said...

Thanks for sharing these Heidi!

Marsha Ward said...

Thank you, Heidi. You always do such a wonderful job.