Category : Westerns

Walls for the Wind by Alethea Williams

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Walls for the Wind is a historical western by Alethea Williams

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Can an angel survive Hell on Wheels?

Raised according to strict moral tenets, 22-year-old Kit Calhoun’s rigid ideas of decency are stretched to the limit when she finds herself in charge of four New York City orphans in the very heart of rip-roaring Hell on Wheels.

Irish immigrant Patrick Kelley first spies Kit in Julesburg, pursues her to Cheyenne, but must still convince her that the best thing to do is to leave behind everything they thought they knew before and learn to forge new lives in the raw American West.

Alethea Williams is the author of Willow Vale, the story of a Tyrolean immigrant’s journey to America after WWI. Willow Vale was a Wyoming State Historical Society Publications Award winner. The orphan train story Walls for the Wind, her second novel, was a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and placed first at the Laramie Awards in the Prairie Fiction category. Her latest historical novel, Náápiikoan Winter, is a sweeping epic of cultural turmoil on the North American continent at the dawn of the nineteenth century.




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Author Alethea Williams PictureAfter the American Civil War, the young nation turns to building a transcontinental railroad as one way to bind up wounds and once again unite the country. Eastern reformers quickly take advantage of the new technology, sending carloads of orphans and street urchins west as soon as the rails are laid and farmers take possession of grasslands vacated by the forced evacuation of Native peoples. As one young Irish placing-out agent from the Immigrant Children’s Home reaches “end o’ track” in Hell on Wheels, Cheyenne, Wyoming, she must decide whether she wants to stay and try to forge a life for herself and the remaining children in the raw new West, or admit failure and return to New York City and the tenets of her strict upbringing. The life altering decision she faces for herself and her four orphan charges is made only more complicated by her growing attraction for another Irish immigrant, a storekeeper to the railroad builders, who couldn’t possibly want to take on four rootless children and will surely move on once track laying resumes in the spring. Walls for the Wind was a WILLA Literary Award finalist, a gold Will Rogers Medallion winner, and first place winner in the Laramie Awards Prairie Fiction category.

(Alethea Williams, August 2016)

 

 

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Wagon Mound to Santa Fe – The Search for Sarah by Chris G. Derrick

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Wagon Mound to Santa Fe – The Search for Sarah is the first book of the Wagon Mound Western Series by Chris G. Derrick

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“Without thinking he instinctively took hold of the body’s forearm, to steady it while he cut the rope which held the wrist onto the wheel. With a sensation which made Emmett feel physically ill the charred flesh moved under the pressure from his fingers. It slipped up the bone of the forearm and exposed the still slightly pink flesh remaining underneath. Emmett swallowed hard, then caught the first sickly smell of burnt flesh – and immediately felt the bile begin to rapidly rise in his throat. He let the forearm go, as if it remained hot to the touch, and grabbed the reassuringly solid spoke of the wheel. For a second there Emmett felt an overwhelming sweating and swimming sensation, as if he was going to faint. The feeling of the hard burnt wood was a pleasantly firm sensation to his fingers after what they’d been holding.”

Jake Base – the Texas town sheriff makes another appearance within the pages of this novel.
Here though the story is not about Jake, his family or his life.

The leading character is a new name – Alex Sawicki.

Young Alex’s family suffer terribly at the hands of the Apache while returning from a family visit.
Both parents are killed and his younger sister, Sarah, is taken captive.
He’s supported throughout the ordeal by his two young cousins and a similarly aged Comanche they give the name of Fingers.

Further west a group of men, unaware of the rather unique background of one of their band, head out into the wilderness of New Mexico to dig for their fortune.

In Santa Fe there’s a well respected wagon master with failing eyesight – recruiting for another trip up the Trail to Missouri.

Unbeknown to each of them the hand of fate is ready to play a major part in all their lives.
Together they will meet and unite with a single common goal.

To bring Sarah safely home once again!




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author chris derrick

So…..eventually after the previous two books were ‘out there’ I was left with a pretty much complete book 3. It took a little while to create a suitable ending. One which didn’t appear contrived in as much as it fits in nicely with the preceding story. It also happens to give me a great start when I begin to write the follow-up novel. I was surprised when I received the first printed copy to see the number of pages – 575! Wow…..I found the figure rather impressive I have to admit! The downside of course comes every time the editing process gets underway. There’re just so many words to work through!
This book was published in January 2016. I’d hoped to make it happen before Christmas, but decided at the beginning of December to take my time and not too rush the work. So January it was.
As I’ve mentioned previously Jake appears once again within these pages – but not as the main character. That privilege rests with a new name – Alex Sawicki.
This story has several distinct themes running through it. The new characters are charged with developing this particular story from their own viewpoints and experiences.
I’m really looking forward to sitting down later in the year and writing the next episode in Alex Sawicki’s life – and seeing where it leads!

(Chris G. Derrick, 29th April 2016)

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The Sheriffs Sister – Bad Blood by Chris G. Derrick

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The Sheriffs Sister – Bad Blood is the second book of the Jake Base Western Romance Series by Chris G. Derrick

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“When he was but a few paces away Jack Kildeer realised he was approaching and quickly grabbed for his pistol.

Jake reached him first, and took hold of his arm so he couldn’t pull the pistol out from his holster any further. Using his other hand he grabbed the man’s hair and swiftly brought his face down hard against the solid, heavy, wooden bar.

Jake let him go, and Jack Kildeer stood up – blood streaming from his nose and running thickly down the front of his shirt.”

Jake Base – a Texas town sheriff, but one with a difference.
Still maintaining his close ties with the Cheyenne family who adopted him as a child, he’s now married to the beautiful Maria Sanchez.

Life is financially secure and extremely enjoyable, living comfortably on the King Spread ranch.

In life, nothing ever remains the same for long.
The previous sheriff, Nick Salmonist, proved himself to be a psychotic cattle thief a short time before Jake sent him on his final journey.

Now though the man’s sister, Anna Constance, is journeying down from Ohio with her men folk. What’s her purpose?
Simply to extract her own form of vengeance on anyone, anything, with a hand in her brother’s demise.

Two members of the earlier sheriff’s cattle rustling gang break out of San Antonio prison.

Do they plan to flee Texas and disappear altogether, or ride back towards Laredo in order to even up some old scores?
As if this trouble is not enough to be getting on with.

A working band of scalp hunters are also intent on carrying on their awful business around the town.

Who will get their retribution in first?

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Written as a direct sequel to ‘The Tainted Dollar’ and was published in June 2015.
Here we see how Jake Base, the ex US marshal with the rather unique background, has moved on with his life.
We find him well established and married to the woman of his dreams, Maria. Life appears to have a habit of supplying problems when they’re least expected – as Jake soon finds out.
Several of the characters who made their first appearances in ‘The Tainted Dollar’ are back again here. We have one main new addition – a lady by the name of Anna Constance who doesn’t act too ladylike in the way she conducts herself! Indeed she soon becomes a major thorn in our hero’s side as the story progresses.
While I was writing and editing this second book I kept returning back to the ‘original’ unfinished story and would work on that for a few weeks at a time. Leaving ‘The Sheriff’s Sister……’ for a while gave me the benefit of viewing it again with fresh eyes when I returned. Always a good plan!
One big move I made around this time was to actually add Jake Base into what was to become the third book. While I already had a group of men going out into the New Mexico wilderness to prospect for their fortunes Jake was not originally one of their number. Bringing him into the story, now at a different place in his own life with varied fortunes, and making it seem as if he’d been there from day 1 was a challenge.


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