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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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Spring Branding on a Texas Ranch

Posted by on May 27, 2018

Why Brand? Every spring on cattle ranches throughout rural areas, cowboys and cowgirls gather the cow/calf operation herds for branding. A few have modernized the process with the addition of four-wheelers and electric squeeze chutes, while others follow the same age old traditions practiced for over 150 years. Using ranch-trained horses, cowboys and cowgirls push the herd to a set of working pens. In the midst of bawling calves and answered calls from their mommas, ground crews are amazingly fast and efficient to minimize the stress on the calf.   Some people claim that branding of livestock is a cruel practice, but it is necessary to establish ownership. The practice was introduced to North America by Cortes when he landed at Veracruz in 1519 with a few head of Andalusian cattle. He branded Three Christian Crosses on his small herd. Today,...

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Book Birthday Bash

Posted by on May 20, 2018

It’s a Book Birthday Party and you’re invited!   Help me celebrate two new books in my Rescue Animal Series.                     Friday, June 1 10:00 AM to Noon Canyon Area Library 1501 3rd Avenue Canyon, Texas It’s time to sign up for Summer Reading!   Now is your chance to buy a copy of the book, meet the rescue horses and their trainers, and get an autograph from all of us! Posters, stickers, bookmarks, balloons, cookies, juice, and photo ops. Please help us raise awareness about the people who work to give animals a second chance. Co-Sponsors: Canyon Area Library Burrowing Owl Books, on the Square in Canyon...

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More Rescue Animals!

Posted by on May 11, 2018

These two will gallop right into your heart! I love stories with happy endings. One of the reasons I felt inspired to write the Rescue Animal Series is to shed light on a group of people who are extremely generous and dedicated to giving animals a second chance. My family brought home two puppies from SPCA of Amarillo, but our efforts does not come close to the sacrifices of those who care for rescue horses. The work and expense involved is monumental. Two new releases in the popular Rescue Animal Series are now available in eBook and Print! Meet Taz! ISBN-10: 0998810134 ISBN-13: 978-0998810133 Amazon         Barnes & Noble     KOBO eBook TAZ & THE BIG FLAPPY THING, Book 5 Rescue Animal Series, is about a registered Hackney who learns about flags and trains to ride in his first parade....

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Looking for a Great Book?

Posted by on May 4, 2018

Book Reviews: Here’s my recommended reads from the past several months. So many new discoveries and a few old favorites. Enjoy! For Fans of Horror ONE MURDEROUS WEEK by Nandy Ekle Congratulations to one of my writing critique partners, Nandy Ekle, who has just released a collection of short stories. This thrilling anthology is full of seven stories of violence, aging, jealousy, arrogance, friendship, love, and romance. There is always a twist in the end. Seven days gone bad makes for one murderous week. For Fans of Murder Mystery THE INNER CIRCLE by Bard Meltzer You might remember Meltzer as the host of several shows on The History Channel. In this book, what if Washington’s Culper Ring continued to operate in today’s world? What if an unlikely hero turns out to be an archivist at the National Archives in Washington D.C.?...

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