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WWA & Women Writing the West

Posted by on Jul 13, 2018

Women Writing the West Meet-Up in Billings, Montana! Through the Yahoo group, I posted an invite to members of Women Writing the West for a possible meet up for those who might be attending the Western Writers of America conference. We exchanged cell phone numbers, and one member responded with suggested time and place; hotel lobby for lunch at 11:30 or dinner at 6:30. I made the dinner time and along with fifteen other WWW members, we walked across the street to Jake’s Steakhouse in downtown Billings, Montana. Unfortunately, our group was so large we had to split up with some going towards the bar and others being seated in the dining area. Dark wood paneling enhanced by soft light gave the restaurant an old world, western feel. It set the perfect mood for dinner with a group of...

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WWA Panels: Personifying Longmire

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018

The Western Writers of America held their annual meeting in Billings, Montana in June of this year. Throughout the four day conference, attendees could choose between discussion panels and field trips covering a wide variety of interesting topics. In this blog post, I’m reviewing the panel which focused on the hit show Longmire, a modern western crime drama first airing on A&E, and then picked up by Netflix which released two additional seasons. Episodes of all six seasons are available through Netflix in North America. Personifying Longmire Moderated by WWA President Kirk Ellis, the panel featured WWA Board member Craig Johnson, best-selling author of the Walt Longmire mystery series, Marcus Red Thunder, technical adviser, Craig’s good friend and inspiration for the character Henry Standing Bear, and A. Martinez, who plays Jacob Nighthorse in the series. (Of course you remember A. from...

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Libraries Rock!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018

Libraries Rock is the theme for this year at libraries all across the country.  The rescue horses, their trainers, and I are spending the summer on book tour to celebrate my two new releases: FLASH THE STORY OF ME and TAZ & THE BIG FLAPPY THING. Our Mission Introduce people to horses and books. Canyon Area Library Book Launch! Thank you, Canyon! On the the first day of summer reading program sign ups, we held our first book launch party in Canyon where Christie and I live. With an estimated 500 in attendance, we had a blast talking to young readers about books and introducing them to Flash and Taz. Thanks to the staff of Canyon Area Library and Burrowing Owl Books for co-hosting.       Collingsworth Public Library in Wellington, Texas Thank you, Wellington!     Hemphill...

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Maggie’s Betrayal

Posted by on May 30, 2018

A gripping story of family betrayal, deep despair, and a courageous girl’s triumph. Read Chapter 1 Below Buy it Now Only 99 Cents Amazon NOOKBook Kobo Maggie Sharrod is betrayed by her own father and forced into marriage to a powerful, ruthless business man 31 years older. Set in the depression era of Fort Worth in 1936, she is pulled into the fun-time crowd and debauchery of the Highway to Hell, a stretch of casinos and dance halls on the Jacksboro Highway.   Hopeless and resigned to accept her lot in life, the situation suddenly  turns unbearable when she becomes the pawn in a business deal gone bad.  If Maggie has the courage to change her fate, the price could be her life. MAGGIE’S BETRAYAL is selected as part of the anthology  OUR TIME ON ROUTE 66, a collection of short stories...

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Our Time on Route 66

Posted by on May 30, 2018

Featuring five unique short stories and novellas set on historic Route 66 in Texas. A gripping story of family betrayal, deep despair, and a young girl’s courageous triumph. MAGGIE’S BETRAYAL by Natalie Bright A young soldier leaves his new bride for war sharing their life through letters in this heartfelt story. WAITING by Rory C. Keel A down-on-his luck cowboy sees opportunity in a young widow’s neglected ranch in 1944 Texas. SUDDEN TURNS by Joe Nichols A Cherokee Chief predicts Mora O’Hara’s future as she travels The Mother Road seeking closure after a career related tragedy. SHOWDOWN AT U-DROP INN by Cait Collins Raylen Dickey learns the difference between her friends, lovers, and enemies. FEAR OF HEIGHTS by Nandy Ekle     Read It Now! Amazon     Barnes and Nobel Print...

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