Friday, April 27, 2007

I'm off!

I'm on my way to the Wine, Writers & Song event being held in Brownville. Sounds like it's going to be great and I hope to see plenty of folks there! At the moment, I'm looking forward to the Latin Beats dinner being held tonight. Mostly, that's because I'm HUNGRY!! Heh. Seriously, though, this event has a lot going on and I'm really looking forward to seeing Brownville. It sounds like there's tons of bookstores there and I'm sure my wallet will be taking a major hit. Also seriously. . .I am hungry.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

BOOT HILL # 4 is out

And just when I'm done talking about how things take so long to get published, one of my other books sneaks up on me. I knew the fourth MAN FROM BOOT HILL book was due to be released soon, but it's out right now! NO ANGELS FOR OUTLAWS is a great one and I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I got a call from a friend of mine who told me he spotted it in a Barnes & Noble. He also faces my books out, which is something that is greatly appreciated (hint, hint).

The funny thing is that I don't get any author copies of a book until it's been out on the shelves for around a month! I suppose I can see the sense in wanting to sell them before they are given away. Now, I only hope I can get some copies to show up with me at the Wine, Writers & Song festival this weekend. I'm really looking forward to that. It sounds like a lot of fun and there's going to be plenty going on. I hope to see some of you there and I'll post to let the rest of you know how it went.

Editing Accomplice # 3

Publishing is certainly not for the impatient. The first ACCOMPLICE book has just been put onto store shelves. The second is in the process of being edited by the good folks at Berkley and the third is being edited by me. I believe I wrote the first one close to two years ago now. By the time they come out, I forgot what happened in them! Heh.

It is definitely fun writing about Doc Holliday, which makes everything worth the wait. This third book takes place in a time where Doc was particularly wild and running into some well known folks along the way. Sure, there's some embellishment on my part, but there's plenty of clay to mold here.

Just look at Doc up there. Seems pretty calm, doesn't he? That even looks like the picture you might expect of an educated dentist dressed in his Sunday best. Of course, you can't see the two .38s holstered under that jacket. Doc represents everything that makes westerns so exciting. You just can't ride off into the wild like that anymore. Sure, you can raise a little hell and play some poker, but that's child's play compared to the good ol' days. Most of the folks who claim to be wild now are just drunks with big mouths. Doc might have been a loud drunk at times, but at least he was ready to back it up. They don't make 'em like him anymore.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What ya drinkin'?

For those of you who have come to this site before, you'll notice a difference here. Mostly, I've set up a blog so I can keep up with posting and not have to put my ever-diligent webmaster through the bother of constantly updating the old fashioned way. He does a great job and the site always looks great, but this way I can post all the time and interact a little better with folks who want to say hello.

I'll be posting about whatever comes to mind, but most of it will have to do with writing and other things related to my books or westerns in general. I'm sure I'll go off on more than a few tangents, so that should be fun as well.

I plan on posting here frequently, so feel free to post right back at me. If anyone gets too rowdy, I reserve the right to use the shotgun I keep hidden behind the bar. So long as you're civil, you can kick back and shoot the breeze, start a card game, or whatever else strikes your fancy. I hope to hear from some of you. If not, I got more than enough of my own hot air to spout.