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Christmas Is Coming...
... My favorite time of the year! It hasn't snowed here yet in Southwestern Michigan, but the temperature is falling, and we know that first ground- covering winter storm will be here soon. Of course, my decorating is done and I am ready to enjoy a merry December with friends and family!
I am blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world, where we can celebrate Christmas, or Hanukkah or Solstice or Kwanzaa or whatever holiday(s) you observe this time of year. I wish you all the joys of the season! Sometimes, it seems like many of us have forgotten how lucky we are to live here, and the sacrifices made by our forefathers that brought us freedoms enjoyed by no other country in the world. With all our differences, we are still the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and thank God for it.
I am so tremendously blessed with my wonderful readers. They keep me going. With each new book I worry about whether or not I will again please them or will I disappoint them this time? They mean everything to me and many of them have actually become good friends. The support I get from them is overwhelming.
Many thanks to my readers and friends, who not only are leaving me excellent reviews but are also recommending my books in person to libraries, friends, family, and total strangers they meet in bookstores, LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE is doing very well! OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME, the first two books in the Outlaw Hearts Series, are also very popular. It is so much fun to have all of you looking forward with me to THE LAST OUTLAW, aka "Jake #4," next September, followed closely by my Harkner family Christmas story, "A Chick-A-Dee Christmas," in October 2017. That story will show a softer side of Jake, and will truly round out the series. (Note: Please click on any of the covers below for more information about that book!)
I have been going through publisher edits for THE LAST OUTLAW. This is such a good story! I am so proud of this one. Proud of Jake. Unbelievable growth. A face-off with his ugly childhood. Such a true hero in this one (something he would never admit himself!).The story involves Peter and Jeff again - and Gretta MacBain from LOVE'S SWEET REVENGE - big time! And a whole new level of love and trust between Jake and Randy - their relationship is more beautiful than ever. A real tear-jerker ending - in a good way! I wish this book was coming out next month instead of next year!
Those of you who know my books also know that I am not designed to write short stories. I love to dig deeply into a big cast of characters, but you cant do that with a short story. "A Chick-A-Dee Christmas" will be a very sweet 150 200 page story involving Jake's little granddaughter Sadie Mae. Through an "unexpected character" (ie, one that I didn't plan but who just "showed up" as I was writing), Jake is filled with the spirit of forgiveness and joy, the celebration of the birth of Christ, and the beauty of Christmas giving. (Click here to read more about my challenges writing this short story, and here to read more about the Importance of the Unexpected Character )
And hey - I really want to write a fifth "Jake" book! In it, Jake and Randy would go to Chicago to visit Jeff and Peter. How cool is that? And maybe go back to Kansas to visit the town where they first met. Wouldn't that be ROMANTIC? Especially if they find that house where Randy lived and nursed Jake after she shot him?!! It would be wonderful for them - and show the contrast of how things are at the time compared to when they first met - and can't you picture Jake in a city like Chicago? Maybe some city ruffians could gang up on him, thinking he's an "old cowboy" who doesn't know city ways ... I think they would end up wishing they'd left him alone, don't you? I can think of some wonderful events for this scenario - while "things" are happening with Lloyd and the family back on the J&L. I'm trying, but I just can't let go of Jake.
Speaking of Christmas -- with the holidays coming up, local readers here in SW Michigan will be excited to hear that my books are now available at Hardings Market in Coloma! You'll find all three books of the Outlaw Series, as well as an assortment of my older titles. I am excited to have such a great outlet for my work right here in my own hometown. (Plus, email me and we can get together for a personalized autograph.)
I'm sure you can find one of my books for everyone on your holiday giving list -- the Outlaw Hearts Series in particular are packed with action, western history, and solid family values as well as heart- felt romance. I'm hearing from more and more men who enjoy my books, like Chester "Chet" Cripe, one of my faithful long-time readers. Chet was a member of the 45th Division of the Army Infantry and was Sergeant of the 4th Platoon. He served on Heartbreak Ridge, Sandbag Castle and Christmas Hill. Yes, "real" men really DO enjoy reading my books -- and if you don't believe it, ask this Korean War Veteran!
Looking forward -- I'll soon have news about the publication of my new Indian romance, which I have re-titled CAPTURE MY HEART (formerly EMBRACE THE WIND). You will love Two Wolves! Thank you, Barbara Christian, for helping me choose a name for the hero! And Amazon and Diversion Books both will be reissuing more of my back titles with new covers -- among them, SONG OF THE WOLF and CHASE THE SUN. I'll give you all the details just as soon as I have them!
My agent is also putting out feelers for the contemporary Native American romance I want to write, and Diversion Books is very interested in my idea for writing sequels to some of my older titles. Many of my readers have told me they would love to know what happened to my characters from earlier stories! I also hope to sell a sequel to PARADISE VALLEY sometime down the road, but I can only write so fast, so just be patient. All these books will get written and published eventually. If I work with more than one publisher I can get more books out per year, so hang in there!
Speaking of the Diversion Books reissues -- as you know, in January through April of 2016, thirteen more of my older titles were reissued in e-book format with new covers from Diversion Books. You can see the list and new covers here. (If you click on the cover or on the title, you can read more about each book.) Late this year or early next year, Diversion will release the new print-on-demand versions. As you probably already know, Diversion has already reissued many of my other older titles, and you can read more about these books on my Diversion Books page! All my stories involve real American history. It just struck me that many of these books, which are still in great demand today, are older than some of my readers!
For those of you who purchase my books in e-reader format: Remember, I can "Authorgraph" my e-books -- which means I can send you personalized digital inscriptions for any of my books offered in e-reader format! Click here for details and available e-books. You can include a message to me to receive a personalized inscription that you can view in your favorite reading apps and devices.
And if you want a print book personalized for yourself or before you gift it, just e-mail me privately at email@example.com for mailing information, and I will pay the postage to send the signed books back to you! Or, if you prefer, I can autograph a label for you to stick into your book.
I still have several extra copies of some OLDER BOOKS that are no longer available -- including many of my Foreign Titles! Many of these books have been previously read, but some are brand-new. You can order these older titles, as well as my recently reissued books, directly from me and I will sign them for you -- or for a friend who loves a good read. Please Email me if you're looking for a specific book!
I also have available THE TOUCH OF LOVE, a 46-page short story/ novella about Robert Kingsley, the half-Indian boy raised by Rising Eagle of my Mystic Indian trilogy, which was previously only available by download from Mightywords.com. In action, it falls between MYSTIC VISIONS and MYSTIC WARRIORS (Books 2 & 3).
Many thanks for your continuing e-mails and notes. They have certainly brightened my inbox. So many of you are telling me which of my books you have read and loved, and why they are your favorites -- and are looking forward to reading my upcoming new books. I have been sharing many of your messages with all of my readers via my Guestbookpage!
A Colt .45, much like the gun my heroes use - and my own .30-.30 rifle. The Colt is surprisingly heavy and requires a strong hand and arm to draw, cock and fire in one swift movement. That would take a LOT of practice!
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