Forget looking at the clock. Look at the CALENDAR!!

Don't tell me that time flies!  Don't I know it?!  It is already May of 2017.  The US Civil War has been over for more than 140 years.

Or has it?

Dear reader,  you are aware that I write Historical Fiction Novels that are based largely upon historical fact.  In order to do so, extensive research into past events is an ongoing part of the daily routine here.  Quite often while researching a particular fact or facet of the history, an unexpected and interesting event or person or item gets uncovered and contributes to the overall effort.  Even more rare than that is the uncovering of an event/person/item of interest that changes the entire direction or even the setting for a story that I've been working with.

Such is the case right now.  My writing plan(s) for 2017 were cast with the idea of completing at least one historical fiction novel (set during the Fur Trading Era of this continent, roughly covering some of the years from about 1760 through about 1845) and one Science Fiction title.  Well! Just forget about that!  The focus now is upon the period at the end of and following the Civil War years.

Some items demand attention more than others.  Temporarily leaving behind the research for the Northern Plains Indians (the Blackfeet Tribes in particular) has been a tough decision for me, but one I hope you'll agree with and even enjoy?  Why is that a tough decision?  Because I get very caught-up in the lives of the people groups that I research. 

So what is drawing me a different time and place?  Learning of the many overlooked (suppressed?) details leading to the creation of THE INDIAN TERRITORY before it became the State of Oklahoma.

To those readers who have urged me to continue with the Longshot Series: Thank you!  While the current work-in-process will not have Longshot in the title, Rob Finn and other characters from that series make reprisal appearances in the upcoming novel.  The new book is planned be part of the FINN Family Chronicles.  While I'm working to complete this one, any of you who've not yet downloaded the prequel, Bridget's Story, in the last series will find it available in this promotion among a wonderful selection of FREE historical fiction books. These are available to you May 1 - 5.

Take advantage of this FREE promotion—fill up your reading device with bunches of brand new books.

Take advantage of this FREE promotion—fill up your reading device with bunches of brand new books.

Enjoy your summer.  It is finally greening up here in the mountains of NW Montana.  Good weather encourages on site visits, which is good because there's more of it to be done.

As always, thanks for reading.  For those who write letters of encouragement or comments: Thank you and keep those cards and letters (emails) coming.  I read them all and respond to every one.



Springing Right Along...

Howdy again from Montana, Dear Reader:

Longshot Series Boxed Set Available on

Longshot Series Boxed Set Available on

No, it is not really spring yet, at least not here in Northwest Montana.  This is the best (read: coldest, snowiest, blusteriest) Winter here of the latest twenty or more, according to long-time residents.  Since I never wear socks anyways, I don't always pay close attention to the weather-related goings on of this planet.

This month's newsletter announces the release of the Kindle Edition LONGSHOT Series Boxed Set.  The entire set has been professionally re-formatted with a comprehensive and functional Table of Contents to help you navigate around in the four included volumes (one novelette and three novels).  The set is attractively priced at $7.99 which is a 30% savings over purchasing the individual titles.  And it can be shared with friends or family on other devices!

LONGSHOT FROM DARKNESS (the third book in the series) was released about 60 days ago, and has not yet been promoted separately.  If you've already acquired and enjoyed the other books in the series, you may wish to take advantage of the upcoming promotion for it occurring on March 22, via BookBub and perhaps a few others, on which date it will be FREE to download from Amazon.  Please forward this email and links to reading friends/relatives, neighbors, etc.  Personally, I believe LONGSHOT FROM DARKNESS is the best book of this series.  It is my continued intention to improve the quality of each book I write over those preceding it.  We'll see how that turns out.

We have several writing works-in-progress. Two are historical fiction novels, one is a science-fiction/fantasy novel, and the fourth is so secret that even I am not yet certain to which genre it belongs.  A couple of characters from the LONGSHOT Series may appear in one or both of the historical fiction novels in important roles.  I'll attempt to keep you updated as any of these potential gems approach completion.  Mostly this paragraph is included here to reassure any who are wondering that I have not yet expired.  Mark Twain put it this way in his emailed newsletter: "The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated."  That man knew how handle truth!

Your kind remarks and comments are always appreciated on Facebook and other social media.  They are absolute life-savers on Amazon and Goodreads, and I thank you for them in advance.

Wishing you continued good reading and all that stuff,