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Thursday’s Featured Book

Colorado Wind

“Colorado Wind” is the first novel of Michael D. Abbott’s that I’ve read — and I loved it. We’ve done a couple of projects together. Mike contributed to two of my 500 word micro-short projects: “The Shot Rang Out” and “A Dark & Stormy Night.” Plus, he was the highlighted author for my Aug. 24

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A Bullet in the Neck

“A Bullet in the Neck” is a collection of four short stories from an author relatively new to writing Westerns, Russ Towne. While Russ has written quite a few books over the past few years, this is just his second foray into our genre, and it’s a good one. I blogged about his first entry,

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America’s Greatest Lawmen

“America’s Greatest Lawmen” is a brand-new release, an anthology with 10 new Western shorts. The title is generic, but the truth is the stories are all tributes to John Wayne, which made them fun to write (yes, one of the stories is mine) and fun to read. I have had the privilege of doing other

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The Wolfer

In Loren Estleman’s 1981 novel, “The Wolfer,” Asa North is known as the best wolfer in the Idaho Territory, if not in all of the West. He lives, travels and hunts alone, and understands wolves far better than he does people. He shows up in towns infrequently and only to restock his supplies and collect

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Epitaph

L.J. Washburn’s 1987 novel, “Epitaph,” opens with Hank Littleton, a teenage boy, being raised by his grandfather in a small West Texas town. In a matter of days, Hank thwarts a robbery, killing two of the three would-be robbers, and in a completely separate incident, watches his grandfather, the sheriff, get gunned down and killed

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Once a Renegade

With 2002’s “Once a Renegade,” Peter Brandvold sets up quite a morality tale, under the umbrella of an old-fashioned Western. Shambeau is a Métis Indian who lives alone, as much as he can, and avoids people whenever possible. He is looked down on as a “dirty half breed” and lives his life by a code,

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A Bloody Day in Destiny

“A Bloody Day in Destiny” is a collection of four short stories from an author new to writing Westerns, Russ Towne. While Russ has written quite a few books over the past few years, this is his first foray into our genre, and it’s a good one. The book’s namesake story, “A Bloody Day in

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Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 13

“Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 13” is (and this should be no surprise) the 13th book in the “Six Bullets” series. It’s a relatively new series, and a new volume is being released almost monthly. This particular anthology has six stories by six different authors. As with most anthologies, I liked some stories more than

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Ride the Wild Range

This Thursday’s Featured Book blog post is on Cheryl Pierson’s “Ride the Wild Range.” Cheryl and I have been working together on a couple of projects, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her. She’s a bundle of energy — and all of it positive. I asked her which of her books I should start with,

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Guide My Hand, Precious Lord

Usually for my Thursday’s Featured Book blog post, I highlight a novel written by a single author. All of the authors I highlight on Thursdays are living, unlike Monday’s Western Review when I blog about Western books and movies, new and old. It’s my way of trying to shed a little light on some of

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