Just Shy of Mexico

This is the second in my new weekly blog series, Thursday’s Featured Book. The plan is to highlight a different Western book every Thursday, always from a living author. It’s a great way for all of us to find — and support — new authors.

GP Hutchinson is relatively new to the Western world, but he has taken it by storm. He published his first Western, “Strong Convictions,” in 2015 and promptly won the prestigious Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best First Western, as well as a National Indie Excellence Award. “Strong Convictions” is the first in the “Emmett Strong Western Series,” and was followed by “Strong Suspicions” (winner of a Gold medal in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards) and then “Strong Ambitions.” I have read the first one, “Strong Convictions,” and loved it! Numbers two and three are on my reading list.

I am proud to point out that he and I have shared the pages of a couple of books. We each had a short story in “Six Bullets to Sundown: Volume 10,” an anthology with six short stories, and we each had a micro short in another anthology, “The Shot Rang Out.” You will also find both of us in a book we are writing with 50 other friends, as yet untitled, which will be released later this year.

But for right now, let’s focus on GP Hutchinson’s newest release: “Just Shy of Mexico.” I just ordered the book (simply because of the author!) and plan to read it during an upcoming vacation. This is the promotional blurb…

Fate having wreaked havoc on the end of his childhood, young Tom Hedgepeth rather likes his routine life in El Paso. But his dreams of predictable years to come are dashed when his closest living relative, Uncle Tobias Knox, escapes from the Texas State Penitentiary and tries to get Tom to start a new life with him in Mexico. Hoping it won’t end in his uncle’s death, Tom alerts the local law. Before he knows it, the gangly, inexperienced Hedgepeth is thrust into the middle of the manhunt for his uncle. And Uncle Tobias is not riding alone!

I have absolutely no reason to suspect it will be anything other than excellent, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Again, the point of this regular Thursday Featured Book is to highlight living authors and new work. Not that there isn’t plenty of great old stuff out there, but if we’re going to keep Westerns alive, we need to support those who are doing it in the here and now.

If you want to read what I believe will be a great book, from someone I know to be a great author, here you go:

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