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WRITER'S BLOCK, Issue #07-Happy New Year! Cutthroat Trail News!
January 01, 2016

Happy New Year!!!

Why I write

Here we go again, more about why I write. During my life I have been a farm worker, a musician, a police officer, a ranch hand, an artist, a radio “personality” and several other things. Looking back on all those years has brought a truth into focus for me. All of it was simply killing time until I could use some of my life experience to string words in a row, duck any other responsibility, and depend on Ulva the Magnificent and The Coveted Laura to make it work. Those two wonderful women are a lot tougher than I am. They do the hard stuff--battling computers, struggling with the internet, dealing with a mountain of challenges and related annoyances--in a manner I could never aspire to, with a dedication I do not possess and patience I cannot imagine. While they labor with all things mundane, I get to create other realities, populate them with people of my choosing, put my characters in strange circumstances, decide their relationships, and play God.

These tales of mine don’t flow from me like nectar, however. Very often the “flow” is more like that inch of cold ketchup stuck in the bottom of the bottle in the back of the fridge. We writers are cursed by what we do. Our thoughts are nearly always on the latest spillage of deathless prose from the dusty attic between our ears. Our minds are constantly mulling over our current work, how the last one might have been better, or how the next one will fit in the series. If we’ve just finished a book, where will another possibly come from? Will it show up at all? The fear that there may not be another book in us someplace sits on our shoulder like a grinning buzzard. In my case, all that is complicated by the fact that I don’t like to write. I do, however, enjoy having written.

I’m currently agonizing over the completion of the seventh book in my “Trail” series of westerns. As with all my novels, research is vital. Of course they are fiction, but unless I’m writing a book about aliens attacking other aliens in a far off alien world, I need a lot of factual information to make my story hang together and ring true. That is an author’s responsibility. If I expect to receive respect as a writer, I must first give it as a storyteller. In my latest book, I studied a number of things to help me build my fiction on a foundation of truth. I learned about the Nez Perce and Palouse Native Americans and their fine horses. I know much more about “The Nations” Indian reservation, now known as Oklahoma, than I ever thought I would. I even know where the “Lone Ranger” myth may have come from. Wrapping discoveries and facts in credible fiction is what I enjoy. That and the occasional Snickers candy bar. The truth is, if it were not for the efforts of Ulva the Magnificent and the Coveted Laura, I’d be looking at stacks of manuscripts and wondering what to do with them.

That seventh western is called Cutthroat Trail. It’s finished and in the capable hands of Ulva and Laura. All I have to worry about is where the next book is coming from. Oh, Lord. I need a Snickers…hold the ketchup.

(An homage to Calvin and Hobbs creator, Bill Watterson.)

Cutthroat Trail...

coming in early 2016!

Ruben, Marion, and Homer take to the trail once more…this time traveling to “The Nations” Indian Reservation in the Oklahoma Territory as they search for bloodthirsty serial killers.

Where we stand now...

Ulva is working on the editing so she can get the ebook formatted then uploaded to Amazon and other distribution sites.

David has started recording the audio book. So far, he has the first 8 chapters finished. really will be out during the first part of the year!

Thanks for your help!

Last month we asked for your help on getting more reviews up on Amazon for DEER RUN TRAIL and FEAR OF THE FATHER. This month, we want to thank you for your help. DEER RUN has moved from 26 reviews to 40! (And, some of those are beyond belief in how good they are!) FEAR OF THE FATHER is holding at 7 reviews, but we are sure that number will grow.

BookBub rejected our application for the second time, but we aren't going to give up. We know--because of what our fans tell us--that we have some good books. We just have to convince BookBub they are good enough. We will. is a wonderful site for sampling indie writing. And, a wonderful place for indie writers to introduce their wares at low prices…or for FREE!

If you haven’t visited BookBub, you might consider checking them out. It’s a good way to find new authors without spending a lot of money. Once you find an author you like, then there is less risk that you’ll buy something you hate.

Also, BookBub is an awesome way for an author to get discovered; but getting selected to be advertised on BookBub is rather difficult. We know that most authors have to submit many, many times before they get selected. (That's why being rejected twice hasn't fazed us.) So we submit. And, when the required time has passed, we submit again. There’s no giving up in this business! Remember, though we haven’t gotten on BookBub as a selection of the day, we have created a profile page for David. You might what to check it out…and if you join BookBub, you might what to mark David as an author to follow. Here are the links.

Bookbub free deals

The sign-in button is on top right. Once it is clicked, it will also give a place to sign up.

David's BookBub Profile

Ah, David’s profile page...don't worry, soon all of his books will be listed. Once you are a member, this is also where you can find a button to click so you can follow David.

Update: BookBub is starting a new program in January. They will announce new releases of authors to all of those following said authors. We will be using this feature for CUTTHROAT TRAIL. Thank you. David’s fans are our foundation.

The CROCKETT series:

eBook #1 of the CROCKETT series, FEAR OF THE FATHER, is still free everywhere. Here's the links:

Amazon Fear of the Father ***** Barnes and Noble Fear of the Father ***** iBook Fear of the Father ***** Kobo Fear of the Father

As we mentioned last time, David has written a total of 8 Crockett books in the series.

DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and our other distribution sites in ebook format. And, as mentioned before, CUTTHROAT TRAIL will be released soon. That makes 7 books in the TRAIL series.

Passing that information on to all your friends would sure be appreciated. We'll even include a few of the links.

Amazon Deer Run Trail ***** Barnes and Noble DEER RUN TRAIL ***** iBook Deer Run Trail ***** Kobo Deer Run Trail

Thank you.

See ya again on February 1st! And, if you enjoyed this newsletter; please tell all your friends to visit our website and sign up for the fun.

Ironbear eBook Facebook link ***** Heartland Memories story page ***** Ironbear website *****

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