Saturday, December 11, 2010

Writers of 

the West

Writers of the West is a new blog site featuring interviews with novelists and nonfiction writers, both contemporary and historically set west of the Mississippi. 

C. J. Box and a rare interview with Louis L'Amour are currently featured and Joyce Lohse, Lucia St. Clair Robson and Craig Johnson will be featured in December. Five copies of Maverick Writers will be given away in a drawing this month to those who sign up as followers, and the blog interviews will appear in a Kindle book next year.
If you have at least one traditionally published book and would like to be interviewed, contact

December New Releases

Myths and Mysteries of New Mexico: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained 

by Barbara Marriott

Thirteen Mind-Boggling Tales from the land of Enchantment

New Mexico is a mischievous child that has offered herself up in the most outlandish ways. From unsolved western mysteries, to treasurers both hidden and beyond man’s reach. New Mexico glitters. But she doesn’t stop there. She reaches into outer space to offer a perplexing puzzle then, shocks the world with one of the most important, and deadly discoveries.

Time has no limit on her amazing discoveries. George McJunkin, an honored cowboy made a discovery about ancient man that changed our anthropological history. Even New Mexico’s ghosts are a quirky lot including the gambler who won a pot, but lost a hotel and refuses to give it up for the afterlife.

New Mexico mysteries and myths will promise you an easy read of fun and adventure, not to mention some interesting history. 

Published by Globe Pequot Press

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Day Unto Day
by Louise Lenahan Wallace

With the Civil War behind them, Ethan Michaels, a widower with a young daughter, and Larissa Edwards, whose husband was killed in the war, look forward to living out their days on the family farm in Ohio. Fate, however, has other plans.

Larissa's daughter survives a deadly illness, but with tragic, far-reaching consequences. Larissa and Ethan have planted their marriage in the rich soil of shared love, but when someone from Larissa's earlier life appears, the roots stretching deep into their separate pasts yield heartbreak that threatens to destroy their new-found happiness.

Published by All Things That Matter Press.

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

November New Releases

Paradise Ridge
By Sue Cauhape

A young Nevada buckaroo rejuvenates the vigor and good fortune of those around him, showing the true magic of the Seventh Son. But is his power supernatural or the accidental gifts of an observant young man?

Everyone around Leandro Arriaga sees him differently, but who is he really: the mythic Seventh Son of his father’s imaginings or the spawn of a prostitute bent on destroying the House of Arriaga?

When a fall from a horse forces Leandro into the care of his estranged sisters, he heals ancient wounds inflicted by his birth. An unexpected inheritance presents the opportunity to help his siblings develop their ambitions. In doing so, Leandro establishes a new trust in his family.

Though he gives so freely to others, his own life spirals downward in a series of events that challenges his faith. The most humiliating incident of all, however, helps him understand his young and fragile Shoshone wife, Lucy. In the end, he comes full circle, reclaiming his wife and son and his own paradise on the beautiful Nevada range. With the majesty of the American West and wild horses as a backdrop, Paradise Ridge traces the serpentine course Leandro and Lucy must travel to return to grace and walk in beauty.

Like peeling away the layers of an onion, this 21st-Century western saga draws upon the vaquero, Basque and Shoshone traditions to add texture to a story of betrayal and regeneration. An ensemble of quirky characters reveals how personal mythologies can guide or mislead us, delivering the tragedy, comedy and ironic twists that come when we misinterpret a person’s true identity.

Published by Robertson Publishing



Spooky Creepy North Dakota
by Lori L. Orser

Travel the prairies of North Dakota to discover ghost stories, rural legends, andhaunted places that dot this state. Visit the haunted San Haven Sanatorium, where over 1100 people died of tuberculosis and eerie spirits still linger! Travel to college campuses where students died but never left.

Learn about haunted historic homes, the ranch cabin where President Teddy Roosevelt's ghost remains, along with more modern homes whose former residents still make their presence known. Puzzle over three mysterious and famouse murders in North Dakota -- do the victims still haunt the plains?

Did Satanists connected to the Son of Sam murders have a hideout in theghost town of Tagus? And visit sacred sites of the earliest residenets of North Dakota, and learn about their histories and ghost stoires. Spooky Creepy North Dakota will haunt your dreams!

Published by Schiffer Publishing


Jackson Hole Journey
By Linda Jacobs
Read by John Pruden

Jackson Hole Journey 

(Yellowstone Series - Book 4)

by Linda Jacobs

Immigrant Francesca di Paoli reaches Jackson Hole in 1925 . . . and narrowly misses dying in the historic Gros Ventre landslide. Poised above homes and ranches, will the wall of debris hold back the dammed waters?

Over the next two years, Francesca cooks at the Snake River Dude Ranch, where the Sutton family's sons compete for her. Firstborn William appears the steady one, but wants to be seen as more than the owner's son. Bryce, believing his parents care more for William, spends time away until he meets Francesca.

Tensions rise as their Nez Perce uncle comes to the ranch to die, attracting the Klan's attention, and earth tremors shake up the landslide dam. Swept up in the floodtide of history, what will become of Francesca, William, and Bryce?

Published by Books in Motion
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

October New Releases

Old World Murder
by Kathleen Ernst

Hoping to leave behind her heartbreaking past, Chloe Ellefson makes a fresh start as the new collections curator at Old World Wisconsin.  But Chloe's first day on the job brings only misfortune when an elderly woman pleads with her to find the priceless antique Norwegian ale bowl that she donated to the museum years ago.  Minutes later, the disappointed woman dies in a mysterious car crash
Throwing herself into the dangerous investigation, Chloe discovers someone is desperately trying to erase all traces of the ale bowl's existence by any means necessary...including murder.  With cop Roelke McKenna at her side, Chloe must solve a decades-old puzzle, catch a covetous killer, and stay alive in this deadly heirloom hunt.

Published by Midnight Ink, October, 2010.  

Available through your local bookstore and online distributors.

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 Follow the Dream
by Heidi M. Thomas

Nettie Moser’s dreams are coming true. She’s married to her cowboy, Jake, they have plans for a busy rodeo season, and she has a once in a lifetime opportunity to rodeo in London with the Tex Austin Wild West Troupe.

But life during the Great Depression brings unrelenting hardships and unexpected family responsibilities. Nettie must overcome challenges to her lifelong rodeo dreams, cope with personal tragedy, survive drought, and help Jake keep their horse herd from disaster.

Will these challenges break this strong woman?

Follow the Dream is the continuation of Nettie’s story in Cowgirl Dreams, based on the author's grandmother, a real Montana cowgirl, who rode bucking stock in Montana rodeos during the 1920s and 30s.

In her poignant tale of Nettie Moser's diligent pursuit of a dream, Heidi Thomas gives a stunning example of what it means to "Cowgirl Up." FOLLOW THE DREAM is a dynamic story of a woman's strength and determination that is sure to inspire as well as entertain.
—Sandi Ault, award-winning author of the WILD Mystery Series, including WILD INDIGO, WILD INFERNO, WILD SORROW and WILD PENANCE

Published by Treble Heart Books

The book can be  pre-ordered through a special offer from Heidi—free shipping—until Oct. 13. Send check or money order for $12.95 to Heidi Thomas at 1314 Harrison, Mount Vernon WA 98273. (Or order through PayPal on my website

It also can be ordered through Treble Heart Books

Monday, September 06, 2010

September New Releases

Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks
by Shirley Raye Redmond and Jennifer McKerley

We've used this method dozens of times to sell our manuscripts to publishers such as Random HouseSimon & Schuster and Thomson Gale.

No more excuses. Start now! This step-by-step workbook shows you how.

Published by Langdon Street Press

Purchases here from, Barnes and Noble, or Borders. 

For more information visit:

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Hearts on the Wind
by Leslee Breene

"This fast-paced novel aptly captures the tensions of time and place while also creating endearing characters." ~ Rocky Mtn. News, Author Spotlight 'A' review

"Against the backdrop of the early days of the Northern Pacific RR, Leslee Breene spins a tale of danger, determination, deceit and desire. I read Hearts on the Wind in one sitting!" ~ Amanda Harte Cabot, Inspirational romance author, Revell Publishing

Published by Five Star - Gale Cengage

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Purchase from Leslee at:
3320 S. Clayton Blvd.
Englewood, CO 80113


Palace of Diamonds
by Hope Morritt

A young musical genius asks her millionaire father to cover expenses for a concert tour for her, but he refuses and she decides to lead a double life. Set in 1970, the end of the Hippie Movement, Rena Reynolds is sedate and lonely in her father’s mansion and wild and happy as a groupie named Lexi working at a motel that caters to big-name bands. Music, drugs and danger fill Lexi’s life and diamonds as gifts from her father for being a good daughter. How long can Rena and Lexi’s personalities be kept separate and what will happen to Lexi in the end?

Published by eXtasy Books

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Second Chance Brides
Book two in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides series
by Vickie McDonough

Two mail-order brides are stranded in a small Texas with no means of support after the man they came to marry weds someone else. The two women must find a job-a difficult fete in the tiny town-or find another man to marry. Though offers of marriage abound, since there are few single women and plenty of eager men, is it too much to hope to marry a man who pulls at their heartstrings? 

Published by 
Barbour Publishing

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Purchase here at or Also available in local stores.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August New Releases

Spirit of the Mountain
by Paty Jager

Wren, the daughter of a Nimiipuu chief, has been fated to save her people ever since her vision quest. When a warrior from the enemy Blackleg tribe asks for her hand in marriage to bring peace between the tribes, her world is torn apart.

Himiin is the spirit of the mountain, custodian to all creatures including the Nimiipuu. As a white wolf he listens to Wren’s secret fears and loses his heart to the mortal maiden. Respecting her people’s beliefs, he cannot prevent her leaving the mountain with the Blackleg warrior.  

When an evil spirit threatens Wren’s life, Himiin must leave the mountain to save her. But to leave the mountain means he’ll turn to smoke…

Published by Wild Rose Press

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or any e-book or print online outlet

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

July New Releases

Cities of Gold
by Shirley Raye Redmond

Kingdoms of power and great riches have long sparked the imaginations of people around the world. My new nonfiction book CITIES OF GOLD (part of Thomson Gale's MYSTERIOUS ENCOUNTERS series) has been released. Hardcover, $27. It examines all sorts of mysterious cities, from Prester John's kingdom in Asia Minor to the Seven Cities of Cibola in New Mexico to the elusive Incan treasure city of Paititi, which treasure seekers are still looking for today, usingsatellite imaging from space!

Cities of Gold can be purchased at and Barnes and Noble

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Where Gable Slept
by Irene Bennett Brown

A contemporary mystery. Walking-tour guide and inn-keeper, Celia Landrey, must deal with a mysterious newcomer to town-a woman bent on destroying their most famous structure, a house where actor Clark Gable lived as a young man. Why? The small tourist town needs the draw of this beautiful Queen Anne Mansion to survive. Can the woman be stopped and does she have a connection to the recent death of the previous owner? With her beloved town in dangerous upheaval, there is no way Celia can stand idly by. 

"A delightful cozy mystery."--Award-winning mystery Alice Duncan.

"Irene Bennett Brown keeps the promise of her gifted writing and love for history inside this fine contemporary mystery. I loved it."--Jane Kirkpatrick, Award-winning author of An Absence So Great.

Published by Riveredge Books

Where Gable Slept can be purchased at and Riveredge Books

Sunday, June 06, 2010

June New Releases

Doctor In Petticoats
By Paty Jager

After a life-altering accident and a failed relationship, Dr. Rachel Tarkiel gave up on love and settled for a life healing others as the physician at a School for the Blind.  She's happy in her vocation--until handsome Clay Halsey shows up and inspires her to want more.

Blinded by a person he considered a friend, Clay curses his circumstances and his limitations.  Intriguing Dr. Tarkiel shows him no pity, though.  To her, he's as much a man as he ever was.

Can these two wounded souls conquer outside obstacles, as well as their own internal fears, and find love?

Doctor in Petticoats the fourth book in the Halsey Brother series, releasing June 25th.

Published by The Wild Rose Press

Purchase Here at The Wild Rose Press

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What Lies West
By LaDene Morton
What Lies West is set in the mid-nineteenth-century American West, where it seems everyone is pursuing their own dream. Carolina (Lina) Clark, young and recently-widowed, can’t afford to dream, thanks to the bankrupt business left behind by her ne’er-do-well husband. 
Alone, desperate, and with no other prospects, Lina takes a chance on a wagon train headed west, though she must throw in with two unlikely companions—a would-be madam, and a young man hell-bent on joining the cavalry. Soon, Lina finds herself searching for a dream of her own. 
Published by iUniverse
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Arkansas Meals and Memories
Lift Your Eyes to the Mountains
by Velda Brotherton

150 authentic Ozark recipes, some dating back to the 1800s, remedies and sayings from the hills, plus stories of growing up in the Ozarks during the Great Depression. Includes photos.

Published by Goldminds Publishing, Springfield, MO

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