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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 3, Issue #4 Writing Updates
April 01, 2017

Welcome, Spring!!

How I Got This Way...

Spousal Abuse

In 1968 I was a cop. A very up-tight cop. For over two weeks, because of rioting, fire bombings and other stuff of that nature, a group of us, heartily trained and heavily armed, had been working twelve hours on, twelve hours off, every day. Three to a car, we rode, occasionally taking fire from the rebels in the hills as we tried to provide cover for ambulances, fire trucks, civilians, and each other. Stressed and frosty, we played cowboys and Indians on a grand scale, and we were all wound tighter than a three dollar pocket watch.

On the afternoon in question, my uniform became covered in a significant amount of blood. I do not recall how it came to be so, but I do remember that the blood wasn’t mine. A police officer in a blood-covered uniform is not a sight that is generally reassuring to the public, so my two cohorts and I stopped by my duplex so that I could change. Knowing my new wife was at work, I used a key to enter through the rear door and proceed straight to the basement laundry area. I didn’t want to track blood through the interior of our home. Hustling to get the uniform in water before the blood completely dried, I trotted down the stairs to the basement door without being totally in touch with my surroundings.

Meanwhile, as they say, my new wife of less that a year was not at work. She was home. But because I had not passed through the house, I was not aware of that fact. She was not only home, but in the basement, where she had shut off the light in preparation to exit the area. When she heard me coming down the stairs, in some sort of perverse effort to play a trick on her unsuspecting husband, she hid just to the side of the doorway. With all the pieces of the impending disaster in place, I opened the door and stepped into the darkened basement. She leapt to my side and began to say something like “aarruugghh!”

As I mentioned before, I had been under a significant amount of stress, tension, and sporadic gunfire for the past several days. I was tired, and I was jumpy. At the time, I was also a big husky…a highly trained big husky. When she popped up beside me and began her explicative, my auto-pilot kicked in. The back fist strike, that would have hit most men in the throat, struck her squarely on the bridge of the nose. Less than a half-second later, the reverse of that strike, that would have hit most men in the crotch, struck her in the low belly. Never making a sound, she dropped like a stone.

It took me about two seconds to realize I’d just hit my wife, another two seconds to realize she was unconscious at best, and about ten more to get her up the stairs and out to the idling squad car, adding more blood to the already sufficient supply that graced my cop suit. Off we went to the emergency room, a case of wife beating and police brutality, all rolled into one less than tidy package

It took my wife about thirty minutes to regain consciousness while I fretted and paced in the ER hall, receiving a dirty look from time to time from staffers who did not know me personally and were only aware some cop had punched out his wife. When she came around, we spoke briefly, and she was taken directly to surgery to restore her nose to its former position. My sergeant arrived to take a report. The police department frowned on its members abusing their wives. Investigation was mandatory in any instance of spousal injury.

Late that night, she was out of recovery and in her room. She assured the investigating officer who dropped by that my attack on her, while deliberate, was not intentional. After the swelling went down and the bruising disappeared, she was actually better than new since the surgeon had also repaired a slight congenital septum problem. Less than a year and a half later we were divorced, but I’m reasonably sure that her nose had little to do with it. She had recovered completely. I on the other hand, had not.

A few years later my second, current, and last wife, the coveted Laura, and I were play-wrestling one evening, and she accidentally leaned into an elbow that grazed her nose. She was fine, suffering no injury whatsoever. I, on the other hand, went immediately into the fetal position in the corner and began drooling onto the rug. It took the dear lady significant effort to get me up and, to this day, when she tells someone the story, I apologize to her.

I truly do not understand how a man can beat a woman. It is beyond me. Even from just a self-preservation standpoint, it makes no sense to injure someone who knows where and when one sleeps. As I look back on the beating of my first wife, however, and remember the volume of possessions she took when she departed and the amount of bills she was kind enough to leave behind, I see now that a type of spousal abuse was a factor in, if nowhere else, the end of that relationship.


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

Release Updates!

the TRAIL series

GLORY TRAIL is available as an eBook on Amazon, Smashwords, and other major distributors.

The release date was December 25th.

Glory Trail Audio Update

A lot of people have been asking when the audio version of Glory Trail will be released. David has been dealing with some medical issues that have slowed down the production of the audio. Don't worry, though. Things are improving, and we are hoping to go in production soon.

Glory Trail Blurb

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.

the TRAIL series: A New Update

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


the guys are on 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. Though the book is now around 10,000 words, it still has "several" more words to go before it's 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!

Nodaway Trail is available on Amazon as a paperback, too! We are planning on getting Calico Trail ready for paperback and out real soon. 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 and other major distributors!

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.

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 has made 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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