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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 3, Issue #1 The start of another Trail, Crockett #7 coming in January
January 01, 2017

How I Got This Way...

Christmas Caroling

Even though Christmas is now behind us, I’d like to take you back sixty years or more to my little Baptist Church on Christmas Eve.

It began with a brief service to give those of us in the annual pageant time to get into costume. The big people had been working on us for days to make sure we’d memorized our lines and tension was high. For us, push had finally come to shove. Frantically, we’d clamber into our Nativity garb: tinsel halos above shining faces, Mary in her headscarf, Joseph in his robe, a doll in swaddling clothes, angels in tennis shoes and, of course, the three wise men, or “wise guys,” as we called them. I was usually cast as a wise guy. For about three years running, I was the wise guy with myrrh. Not one of us knew what myrrh was. Gold was easy. We could identify with frankincense. It sounded a lot like Frankenstein; and we all knew who he was. But myrrh? I might as well have been bringing the baby Jesus lint. Eventually, amid snickers, chuckles, and the occasional whoop from the audience, it would all be over. Another Nativity Scene under our belts and another satisfied group of adults who had forgotten how much they hated the whole thing when they were little.

After the inside celebration was over, some ill-fated grown up would take us caroling. Caroling was great for three reasons. One: we got to stay up late, crunching around in the snow. Two: when we were done, we got Mildred Parson’s ground beef bar-b-que and hot chocolate with real marshmallows in the church basement. Three: standing with a runny nose in knee-deep snow after dark at sixteen degrees while singing “Silent Night” allowed us to feel both righteous and pious. A dangerous combination in children, frightening in adults, seductive at any age.

On the night in question, heading back to the church basement with frozen toes and numb fingers, we made our final stop of the evening at Mrs. Hale’s house. Mrs. Hale was a wonderful old lady who was very frail. We all thought she was really nice, even though we occasionally made fun of the tiny steps she took when she walked, and we wanted to bring her some Christmas cheer before we quit for the night. We assembled on her front yard and began to sing. We trilled our way through “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” but she never showed. Thinking she might be at the rear of her house and unable to hear us, we trooped to her backyard and belted out a rousing rendition of “Joy to the World.” Still no Mrs. Hale. Back to the front yard we marched and roared out “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” then waited to see her at the door. Nope. We’d given her three of our best and received nothing in return. No figure at the door, no thank you, no porch light, no Mrs. Hale, nothing. Back to the rear we trudged, feeling a need to be both righteous and pious, and laid “Silent Night” on the old girl, but it was all for naught. No sign of Mrs. Hale. Off we went, bar-b-que and hot chocolate waiting.

The next day, the Mrs. Hale mystery was explained. She had indeed been in the rear of her house and heard us as we began to sing in the front yard. She toddled to the front door to say thank you, just in time for us to begin singing at the rear of her home. She staggered to the rear and arrived just as we again began singing from the front, lurched back to the front when we started yodeling again from the rear, and so on, never quite able to catch up to the carolers regaling her from opposite ends of her home. Mrs. Hale finally collapsed on her living room couch and phoned Doctor Ernie Boone, who rushed to her side and gave her a shot or something to keep her going. It was an unfortunate event that brought snickers and giggles from children and adults alike. I remember that Christmas as the one when we almost killed Mrs. Hale.

The next summer she gave me a boomerang left to her by her deceased husband, Old Man Hale, from his time spent in Australia. This was not a toy, but a real aboriginal boomerang, a weapon of magnitude that would not only return when thrown, but would take your head off if you didn’t duck.

As I recall it now, I believe that boomerang may have been an attempt at revenge.

Happy New Year from all of us at Ironbear Ebooks.

Release Updates!

the TRAIL series

GLORY TRAIL is now available as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords. It should be up soon on all other major distributors.

The release date was December 25th.

A wagon train of hopefuls have a chance for a new beginning and a better life by leaving the war-torn South and relocating in Kansas. Unfortunately, old habits die hard; and the truth can come to mean very little. Join Ruben, Marion, and Homer as they fight for justice on the GLORY TRAIL.

Update on the eAudio version

The eAudio version of the book has to be delayed. We have run into some problems beyond our control. It may take awhile, but we are still planning on recording. Please, don't give up on us...'cuz we sure aren't giving up on getting this done! Thank you for your kindness, understanding, and appreciation of David's work.

the TRAIL series: Another Update

(Shhh, don't tell David I am writing this. I don't think he realizes yet that I'm not good at keeping secrets.)


There isn't a cover yet...and, there's no title...


the guys have hit the trail again!

I'm not bragging or anything; however, David has read the first 5,000 words or so of the next book to me!

It won't be out for awhile, so you have to be patient. The TRAIL books usually run between 60,000 to 70,000 words. This book, at 5,000 words, has "several" more words to go before it get done.

However, let me tell's going to be another great one. It already has some unexpected twist and turns! I can't wait to get the next chapter. (You'd think I would be use to the waiting and wondering and nail chewing after all these years. matter how many books David writes and reads to me over the phone, chapter by chapter, I still stay in knots until the book is done. Personally, I think David does that to me on purpose...)

Finally--DEER RUN TRAIL, the paperback, has been formatted to our satisfaction, and we are happy with the proof, and it is available on Amazon in paperback format.

Paperback UPDATE!

Just recently. Nodaway Trail became available on Amazon as a paperback, too! We are planning on getting Calico Trail ready for paperback as soon as the final work is done on Behind the Badge,Crockett #7.

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the CROCKETT series

Plans are coming along nicely for releasing the 7th book in the CROCKETT series, Behind the Badge: Small Town Troublemakers!

Here are the details:

Pre-Order of the eBook on Amazon will begin January 6, 2016.

The actually release date is January 27, 2016!

Behind the Badge

Crockett takes a part time job as a small-town cop and becomes suspicious of a local nightclub. With the help of the Missouri State Police, a cute undercover operative, and the ever-present Stitch, Crockett begins an investigation that leads to murder, mayhem, and more when he goes BEHIND THE BADGE.

To get you in the right mood for Crockett and the gang, here's a link to the latest YouTube just happens to be from SITUATIONAL FLEXIBILITY, the 3rd book in the CROCKETT series. Ole Clete is giving Crockett a little lecture on relationships versus committments.

Clete on relationships-youtube

AND MORE NEWS: The 8th and final book in the CROCKETT series is SIX CUT KILL. David has finished the script, but the book is not ready for release yet. Though plans are a bit on the "iffy" side right now, it could be out by late 2017--though it MIGHT be a little sooner.


We named the channel David R Lewis. So, you can just type in David's name, and the YouTube search engine will pull it up, or you can click on any of the links below.

New Video: Crockett Reunites with Stitch

David performs some excerpts from his books, shares some memories of his youth, and rants a little about the writing process.


David R Lewis

The Crockett Series

The CROCKETT series:

Remember: 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. At present, 6 are out. Number 7, Behind the Badge, will be released in eBook format on January 27, 2017. Pre-ordering on Amazon will start January 6, 2017.

Take to the TRAIL

DEER RUN TRAIL is free on Amazon and other distribution sites in eBook format. GLORY TRAIL was released on December 25, 2016. That makes 8 books in the TRAIL series.

Passing that information on to all your friends would sure be appreciated. Below, we've included 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.

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