Montana Records: Hottest, Driest Summer followed by Earliest Winter?

"Into each life some rain must fall."

Thanks to Longfellow for that phrase.  And we're thankful around here that the summer weather was finally broken by rain, snow, and amazing drops in temperatures.  It is so much easier to breathe since the heavy smoke conditions have subsided.  Most U.S. residents should be glad when the weather-related catastrophes of 2017 are behind us and recovery is well along.  Our condolences and support go out to the people of Mexico afflicted by the recent earthquakes.  Life has its challenges, no matter who you are ...

[The above paragraph was written before the Las Vegas shooting incident occurred. I am still sorting through the many varying reports of that episode, all of which I find mind-boggling.  Naturally our condolences and well-wishes go to the survivors and the families and friends of those affected.  May peace attend you all.]

While writing the current work-in-progress there have been more than a few interesting surprises springing from some of my research.  I'm more than hopeful that these will work well into plot twists, as well as bringing forth some historical revelations for readers' enjoyment.  

To that end, let me mention something which should be obvious. I write for my own enlightenment and entertainment as well as yours.  Sometimes the final product succeeds on both levels.  And some readers take the time to write and/or review the work, which is much appreciated, especially those such this one from Randy Llywelyn:

     "I have just finished the first two of your Longshot books (over a 2 day period), and wanted to share with you how much I enjoyed them. Being a 67 year old student of the origins and early history of our country, I was amazed and impressed with the ways in which you intertwine the actual FACTS & PEOPLE of our history, with the FICTION of your story lines. Amazingly done. I was also extremely happy to see the open-minded and clear-eyed focus that you put upon the issues behind, and the politics of, that tragic war which divided us. Would that more people these days were willing to look at, and learn from, the actual historical facts and actions which led to those fateful days.    I have just signed up for your newsletter, and will be eagerly awaiting word from you on your next offering. Keep up the good work, and thank you."

Thank you, Randy, for the kind words, and to all who read and connect with this author's work.  Your encouragement and support mean more than you can imagine.  Please continue to share our books with your friends and family.  All are available FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers and for purchase as either e-book downloads and in paperback or audiobook format from

Keep those cards and letters coming folks!  They are a balm to this old soul.

Until next time,


P.S. I'm participating in a FREE book promotion of 16 historical fiction books. You have until October 15th to download your collection of great reads and enter to win a $25 gift card.

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.