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Sunday, October 15, 2017

New releases from authors I know

cj Sez: I'm happy today to offer some suggestions for your to-be-read pile...and hopefully, you'll take the time to post your own review after you've read them. 

† The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn by Frank Kelso is a coming-of-age story of the American West in 1853. The story tells the adventures of a 13-year-old English boy whose missionary parents were slain by the Indians they came to convert. A passing mule-train rescues Nigel, and he has a choice: an orphanage or an apprenticeship on the mule train. eBook available today for the pre-order price of 99 cents on Amazon . . .

Frank Kelso grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, the origin of the Santa Fe Trail, so writing western themed books fit in with his upbringing. His parents considered storytelling a family tradition, and the taller the tale, the better. A biomedical research scientist in his day job, Frank writes short stories and novels—including the recent California Bound.

Frank is also the co-publisher of The Posse, the anthology of Western short stories that includes my historical fiction “Bad Day at Round Rock.”

A couple of 5-star reviews of The Posse and my short story “Bad Day at Round Rock:”

The Posse has a little bit for everyone who loves the Old West. If you're like me, and a romance reader, you will thoroughly enjoy Lyn Horner and cj Peterson's romantic tales of the Old West. Excellent stories, woven in with period details. If you're a lover of Old West "grit" the other stories will grab hold of you and not let you go!

Solid mix of short fiction by collection of western writers. I liked the variety and different approaches. All the stories were well crafted. My personal favorites were Bad Day at Round Rock, The Savage Posse, and Set a Thief.

† Trouble in Summer Valley by Susan Tanner is the latest entry in the Familiar Legacy series, written in concert with several very talented authors. The story is about Avery Wilson who knew starting over would be hard, but she never expected to be in an all-out war with her ex. What was he planning next? Her goal of equine rehabilitation for wounded veterans on her Alabama horse ranch was slipping from her grasp, and her precious horses were in danger. Available on Amazon
Susan Tanner’s Trouble in Summer Valley is a romantic mystery showcasing one smart feline named Trouble. Because Ms. Tanner is a horse lover as well as a cat lover, her upcoming Trouble books will have backstories which feature the world of horses.

5 out of 5 star review: Trouble is back! This time he is in Alabama and has temporarily adopted a new human female, Avery Wilson, who is being threatened by her ex-husband on the courthouse steps. This is also where she meets and is rescued by Dirks Hanna who has been sent by the IRS to determine if her Summer Valley Ranch should be certified to host Veterans with PTSD.


In 1986, Sandra Scoppettone, a founding SinC member, reported that the New York Times Book Review had not reviewed a book by a woman in months. SinC volunteers analyzed the book reviews appearing from 1985–1987 and determined the percentage of reviews of female-authored books dropped from fifteen to six per cent.

Since then, the international Sisters-in-Crime writers organization has spent more than thirty years promoting women writers. Their Publishing Summit Report 2017 is available here:  (cj Sez: SinC is an organization for crime writers, and its members are both sisters and misters.)

That’s it for today’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

cj Sez On a personal note ... congratulations to grandson Jeff who passed the Alabama bar exam in July and was part of the group sworn in last week by the Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice as an attorney-at-law.  Sa-lute!

And now a brief word from my sponsors:
“Bad Day at Round Rock” in The Posse Western anthology of 8 short stories @99 cents
Choosing Carter  -- Kindle  /  Nook  /  Kobo   /  iTunes/iBook
Deadly Star --  Kindle  / Nook  / Kobo
California Kisses—10 book publisher’s bundle (includes Deadly Star) @ 99 cents
The Great Outdoors  8 book publisher’s bundle (includes Choosing Carter) @99 cents
Bodies in Motion — 10 book publisher’s bundle (includes Choosing Carter) @99 cents
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