The First Chapter of the 2nd in the W. W. Ronin series, "Lady of the Lake," Available NOW on Amazon

Ronin rolled onto his right shoulder before standing and breaking into a run. The horse had simply stopped. It had halted like a freight wagon up against an immovable, and in this case invisible, rock. And the forward momentum — cushioned by years of rolling, wrestling and practicing fighting...

Monthly Archives: January 2012

Your inner gunslinger

If you know me, you’re probably aware that I enjoy the sport of Western Fast Draw.  I’m a life member of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association and the current Vice-Chairman for Area 6 in the World Fast Draw Association.  And in Oregon, I’ve started or helped to start three Western Fast Draw clubs.  Cool huh?

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Publishing has changed a lot in the last twenty years

I’m about to make the right decision.  Or the wrong one, I’m not really sure. From what I can tell, the publishing industry has changed a lot in the last twenty years.  I earned a Doctorate in Ministry degree in 1983 and a well-meaning man on my examination committee suggested that I rewrite my thesis project for publication elsewhere.  (It was a hot topic at the time; it’s no longer.)  So I did.  A friend introduced me to his agent.  …

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The third in the Ronin series of Westerns

It’s not an easy history to recite, given that at one time the Pinkertons were the cause of a great amount of heartache in American history.  But the fact is, there’s a interesting and admirable past to America’s first detective agency.

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A word from my publicist

The daughter of a Native American wise man goes missing from a white man’s Christian Gospel Mission, and two fast friends—brought together by passion and persistence during Nevada’s 1880s western expansion—are hell-bent on finding her, and possibly others.

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Good research makes good fiction

I like to write.  Make no mistake about that.  Putting words down on paper was a big part of my weekly effort, as a pastor and later as an educator, businessman and entrepreneur.  But what I enjoy most about writing is the learning that goes with it. 

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Have you ever heard of Richard Barrington?

Have you ever heard of Richard Barrington?  Probably not, unless you’re intimately acquainted with the University of Nevada, Reno.  His son, Lloyd Barrington was the first Indian graduate from the University in 1927.

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Lake Tahoe never gives up its dead

 Let me be frank.  Hands down, my favorite Western movie of all time  is Larry McMurtry’s, Lonesome Dove.  I loved the characters, appreciated the expansive scenery and was moved by the clearly mythic journey of Western heroes Woodrew Call and Augustus McCrae. And I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the film.  Maybe more so.

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Hold on partner…I’ve got a special deal for you!

Hold on partner!  We’ve got an extra special deal for you! If you’ll order the Kindle version of the first in the Ronin series of Westerns, East Jesus, Nevada, now, in January I’ll send you an autographed paperback of the same book, free! Just for writing an honest review. As an incentive for those who  are able to read the book in its Kindle edition–all Amazon books can be read on Kindle devices, Ipads, computers, smart phones and so on by downloading a …

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The First Chapter of the 2nd in the W. W. Ronin series, “Lady of the Lake,” Available NOW on Amazon

Ronin rolled onto his right shoulder before standing and breaking into a run. The horse had simply stopped. It had halted like a freight wagon up against an immovable, and in this case invisible, rock. And the forward momentum — cushioned by years of rolling, wrestling and practicing fighting arts taught to him by a French fur trader a few miles south of his Kansas home — had carried him over Jackson’s head, hand-first onto a sandy path just west …

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