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WRITER'S BLOCK, Vol. 4, Issue#4 Audio Book Updates, Dakota Trail Pre-Order
April 01, 2018

Have a Blessed Easter

How I Got This Way...


When the Fat Hits the Father

Staggering under the weight of a five-gallon bucket half-full of water and field corn, I chased my uncle as he carried two full buckets across the lot to feed the hogs. Even in my new winter coat, the cold November wind chilled my six-year-old body to the bone. My uncle wore a T-shirt and gloves. While he worked and I shivered, he told me he only wore a coat when it was snowing because the fur collar kept the snowflakes from tickling his neck. I believed him. He was my favorite uncle.

Wayne was a small wiry man, a ropey collection of strings and springs, muscles and determination. He was of the same breed as my grandfather, and I remain thankful that I grew up in their company. Our society has watered down the values and standards that made them the men they were: self-reliant, honest, and good for their word. Wayne’s day began at five a.m. and finished after dark. He took no vacations, and a day-off was one when he did only the morning and evening chores. His hogs were his life, and he spent the necessary effort to provide a good living for his wife and son. He also took time to introduce me to his farm and his values.

With his pigs, I witnessed the miracle of birth. Tiny replicas of their mother, crammed with life-filled muscle, squeaking and grunting, on the run from nearly the instant they were born. A brand new Berkshire pig is the prettiest of babies, I think.

Wayne taught me how to milk a cow, feed a calf, drive a tractor, and toss a hay bale. Though those skills that have little value to me now, they were beyond value in creating my foundation then. He showed me that nobody’s opinion of me matters nearly as much as my own. He taught me a lie is a hateful thing; honesty is the best gift to give; love is the finest thing to receive; and a man keeps his word.

“If you say you’re gonna do somethin’, David, do it. If you don’t, you’ve lied. If you start lying, it just gets easier.”

Wayne’s son, Gayle, was several years my senior. He gave me my first motorcycle ride, was responsible for me catching my first bass, and treated me as a part-time little brother. He and his father were very close and shared an uncommon trust of one another. They worked together as friends, picked on each other without mercy, and competed constantly. They had such confidence in one another that I have seen them take turns shooting lighted cigarettes from each other’s mouths with a .22 rifle. They shared a huge amount of respect. I only saw it put to the test once.

When I was about nine, I went to the farm to observe my first hog butchering. The three hundred pound carcass was on a low table near the edge of a small field behind the house. Several strides away were clean buckets to hold the meat that would be packaged. Nearby, a large copper kettle stood over a fire to render the fat into lard. Wayne was butchering, and Gayle was stirring the boiling lard with an immense wooden spoon. I was watching. On one trip that Wayne made carrying the meat to the buckets, Gayle casually flipped the huge spoon in his general direction. Hot fat flew over the intervening thirty feet, and a small amount struck Wayne on the arm.

“Damn, boy,” he said. “That hurts! Quit it!”

Gayle grinned. As Wayne walked back by on his return to the carcass, again the fat flew. Wayne flinched.

“Now you listen to me,” he growled, glowering at his son, raising his butcher knife to eye level. “You flip that hot lard on me one more time, and I’ll throw this knife plumb through ya!” Gayle continued to grin. Wayne went back to his butchering

Some time later, my uncle again made the trip to the buckets; and the temptation was just too much for his son. The spoon flipped, and a sprinkle of boiling lard spattered on my uncle’s neck and arm. In one motion, he whirled and threw the knife. It flashed across the distance between them and struck the boy full in the chest…landing flat. Gayle fell to his back on the ground, his eyes starting from their sockets. Recovering slightly when he realized he was not hurt, he sat up.

“Well ya crazy fool,” he yelled, “I guess ya know ya coulda killed me!”

His father regarded him calmly and replied in a soft and gentle voice.

“I guess, by God, you’ll remember I’m good for my word.”

I knew Wayne for another thirty-five years. Not once did I ever doubt him.


Audio Book UPDATES

David's audio of Glory Trail is now available! So,here's a link for Amazon.

Glory Trail @

AND, David is going in studio this week to begin recording Dakota Trail! (Yep, really!!)

In other Audio news, David has just wrapped up GRAVE PROMISE, book 2 of the CROCKETT series, in the recording studio. A few adjustments and a couple of tweaks by the producer, then the book will be on its way to the distributor. It should be out in about two months...maybe sooner.

Dakota Trail...

available April 27, 2018

Marion, Homer, and Ruben are dispatched to Sioux Falls in the Dakota Territory to investigate the disappearance of another Federal Marshal, James Jacklin. While trying to gather information on Marshal Jacklin, the men come face to face with an entirely new situation that might be related…the kidnapping, selling, and forced prostitution of young Chinese girls. With the support of a determined and wealthy woman, the boys set out to find Marshal James Jacklin and to investigate a brutal market of slavery. Saddle up and join the marshals as they take to the Dakota Trail.

April 27, 2018

for Amazon and Smashwords

A LITTLE NOTE: Dakota Trail will be available for Pre-Order in a few days so that, hopefully, it will be available on all major distributor sites, April 27, 2018.


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.

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 have mentioned, 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. Number 8, SIX CUT KILL, was released Friday, November 3, 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

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