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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 3, Issue #2 Crockett #7, Behind the Badge, is available!
February 01, 2017

How I Got This Way...


I was watching a local news channel the other day as they showed some kids on various plastic and toboggan style devices sliding through the snow on a shallow slope. They were having fun at rather slow speeds, but nowhere did I see that demon of winter velocity from my childhood…the good ol’ Flexible Flyer.

I got my first one when I was about six. It was the short one-passenger version with runners that turned up at the rear, and it was made from both real wood and real steel. My grandfather was a snow speed freak and immediately went to work on the sled for me, drilling out the bolt holes on the front of the frame to make it more maneuverable and grinding on the steel runners so they would get a better “bite” for turns on slippery slopes. He then showed me how to apply paraffin to the runners to better fill my need for speed.

The sled was a rocket and would not only fly down the steep hill at the turkey farm at amazing velocity, but also cross the flat at the bottom and go halfway up the slope on the other side, then slide down that hill backwards and partway up the original slope. Much more sliding time and a shorter climb to get back to the top of the first hill. The sled was perfect.

One fine and very icy winter day, I was dispatched to walk uptown and get the mail. Off I went, towing my sled behind me. It was about three blocks to the post office and slightly up hill all the way. Because of the slippery conditions and the fact that my small town’s street department had misplaced his shovel, there was no vehicular traffic of any kind. I left the post office with some mail stuffed inside my wool coat, dived onto on the Flyer, and tore off down the street with that glorious three block slope ahead of me, eagerly looking for a new speed record. Noticing a spot of ice crystals on the metal frame in front of me, I attempted to lick the frost off the steel. Instantly, my tongue froze to the metal.

Those of you have seen a wonderful movie called “A Christmas Story,” will recall how Flick stuck the tip of his tongue to a flagpole. Flick was a piker. I managed to attach a great portion of the entire surface of my tongue to the metal framework of the sled as we flashed down the long slope, flew across the highway with no control at all, darted into my yard, and clipped the side of the elm tree by the front porch. At that point, the sled stopped. I continued on for a few feet, leaving a significant amount of my tongue firmly attached to the sled.

My grandmother, after cautioning me not to swallow, poured a spoonful of hydrogen peroxide in my mouth. While I reeled and foamed like a rabid dog, my granddad went outside to make sure the sled was okay. The next morning I was feeling better and watching The Lone Ranger on our old Admiral black and white TV when my granddad came in the room munching on a bag of Bar-B-Que chips. He offered me one. Not thinking about the possible consequences, I stuck that chip in my mouth and chewed. My tongue rebelled, and I spewed chip crumbs all over the couch.

“Didn’t want ya to forget, boy,” he said.

I never did.

God, I loved that old man.


Release Updates!

the TRAIL series

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

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

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


the guys have hit the trail again!

Yes, David has been working on the next book!

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 around 6,000 words now, has "several" more words to go before it get done.

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 and out before March is over. Keep watch for it!

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the CROCKETT series

the 7th book in the CROCKETT series, Behind the Badge: Small Town Troublemakers is now available on Amazon!

It should be showing up shortly on all other major distributors, too. So, if you haven't seen it at your favorite distributor yet, keep watch. We promise, it'll get there.

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, 7 are out. Number 7, Behind the Badge, was released in eBook format, January 27, 2017 on Amazon and Smashwords and is making its way to other major distributors now.

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

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