The Slow Trail Home

The Slow Trail Home is now available!

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Announcements, Books, The Slow Trail Home | 0 comments

The Slow Trail Home is now available!

I am thrilled to announce that The Slow Trail Home is (finally) available in Kindle and paperback formats! This particular set of stories now has a name: The War and the West.  An Uncivilized Yankee begins the sequence, followed by Bittersweet Days and A Great Wide Nowhere. After Nowhere comes Farewell and Goodbye. The Slow Trail Home picks up ten years after the events in Farewell. From the back cover: “You come back, ’kay? Promise?” “I promise.” Katja Black was just five when she waved farewell to the Steeles as they left Fort Ellis. That was a decade ago. Kat has since matured into a...

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Back Cover Copy for The Slow Trail Home!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Announcements, The Slow Trail Home | 0 comments

“You come back, ’kay? Promise?” “I promise.” Katja Black was just five when she waved farewell to the Steeles as they left Fort Ellis. That was a decade ago. Kat has since matured into a lovely flame-haired Fire-Caller like her mother, while remaining as logical and self-controlled as her father. But despite her practical, rational view of life and her cool exterior, Kat still holds on to the secret hope that someday Jonathan Steele will return for her. Then, while visiting family in Texas, Kat’s orderly life becomes a nightmare when a madman bent on revenge abducts her from the train...

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Mapmaking for The Slow Trail Home

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in research, The Slow Trail Home | 0 comments

Mapmaking for The Slow Trail Home

I’ve been busy mapmaking. When I first decided to use the Pecos Trail (aka, the Goodnight-Loving Trail) for my book, I had no clue how few detailed maps there were of the route. After spending several years (including one very long road trip) piecing the route together, I’ve put that research into map form, so when the next book comes out in a couple weeks, my readers will have a visual to follow along with. While I’ve found myself somewhat hamstrung by the fact that my only tools are a scanner and MS Paint, I think I’m doing a decent job. Thank goodness for my Bamboo...

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Slogging Through the Slough of Editing

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in A Writer's Life, The Slow Trail Home | 0 comments

Slogging Through the Slough of Editing

The Slow Trail Home is nearly at the end of its editing journey. My editor returned the final manuscript to me last Sunday and I’ve spent the past week drowning in (virtual) red ink as I work my way slowly through her edits. What exactly is copy editing? Copy editing is the final step of the editing process. We’re long past plugging big plot holes or fixing characterization issues. This is the point where the editor goes through and catches all those punctuation and grammar errors that most writers just don’t have the training to deal with. I have a solid background in...

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Music for writing: My top ten playlists

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in A Writer's Life, The Slow Trail Home | 0 comments

Music for writing: My top ten playlists

For me, silence isn’t golden. I need music for writing. I need music to distract that part of my brain that wants to ping everywhere but on my writing. But I’ve found over the years that only some types are music for writing. No words allowed A song’s lyrics usually distract me from the words I need to be putting down on paper. For that reason, I steer clear of music with lyrics, unless those lyrics happen to support what I’m writing, which does happen, though very, very rarely. The Civil Wars and Clannad fall into that rare category. The best music for writing?...

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Farewell and Goodbye: A Novella

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in A Great Wide Nowhere, Announcements, Books, The Slow Trail Home | 0 comments

Farewell and Goodbye: A Novella

One of the most exciting–and terrifying–things an author gets to do is announce the arrival of a new work. So, I am pleased to announce (drum-roll, please!) that Farewell and Goodbye is now available for Kindle purchase! This is the “bridge” story that connects A Great Wide Nowhere with The Slow Trail Home (due out Winter 2015-16). A print edition is in the works as well. I will likely be selling that directly, instead of making it available through Amazon (mainly because it is more cost effective for everyone involved to do it that way). *** From the description:...

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