Friday, September 19, 2014

May You Live in Interesting Times Weekly Link Round-Up




It's been an interesting week, mostly spent on the phone trying to unsnarl, untwist, and untangle two different messes (neither of which were my fault). The Poisoned Pen author event for Faye, Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman was rescheduled due to a huge storm system that moved in. While I was at the dentist, Phoenix received yet another torrential downpour. Thankfully it was of short duration, but I still had my fingers crossed as I navigated the Jeep through flooded streets. I got home to see that the property had narrowly escaped being inundated. Again. But hey-- I have my pearlies are nice and white, and that chipped incisor was repaired!
 

Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits
  • The Reanimation Library is breathing life into old books.
  • This is a given, but it's still fun to look at this infographic that tells us that Reading Is Good For You.
  • Robert Parker's Jesse Stone lives on with a new author.
  • It's not much of a surprise that Facebook users voted for Harry Potter as the book that stayed with them.
  • I'm beginning to think that infographics are my guilty pleasure. Here's one to tell us how long it takes to read popular books
  • Sophie Hannah tells us how she wrote a new Agatha Christie mystery. (Jesse Stone isn't dead, and neither is Hercule Poirot.)
  • As cutthroat as Amazon can be, you'd think they'd be more concerned with the loopholes in Audible.
  • There is a literacy crisis in the UK (and I would imagine that it's not the only country affected).
  • A pirate's life has always had an allure for me, but not this kind: pirated Kindle books may hijack your Amazon account.
  • There's a city in China in which phone addicts get their own sidewalk lane. (But are they going to look up from their phones to see if they're in the proper lane?) 
  • A British politician is claiming that prisoners have better libraries than the public. 
  • James Patterson and his publisher are donating books to the troops.
  • Stephen King has been in the news, probably due to the announcement of a book tour. He's also sounded off on his most hated expressions.


Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones
  • Media attention is driving archaeologists crazy at the excavation in Greece. Articles are popping up faster than crabgrass: "a remarkable find" followed by "marble female statues" (check out the slideshow), and then "Is this Alexander the Great's tomb?" (Now you see why the media frenzy.)
  • A 115-year-old shipwreck has finally been located along Lake Superior's "Shipwreck Coast." (Why is it whenever I hear "shipwreck" and the name of one of the Great Lakes, I start hearing Gordon Lightfoot singing in my head? Where's that tinfoil?)
  • New species of dinosaurs are also spouting up thick and fast. First a giant water-living dinosaur, and then an ancient "dragon beast" that looks as though it flew right out of "Avatar." (How many of you already know that the wonders of Pandora were all inspired by wonders right here on Earth?)
  • A diver in Bulgaria inadvertently discovered the world's oldest gold coin. (Wish Denis would discover one while cleaning the sludge out of the pool.)
  • Archaeologists are discovering that raping and pillaging doesn't necessarily exclude one from being a good architect
  • A massive 5,000-year-old stone monument has been revealed in Israel
  • A long lost Roman fort has been discovered in Germany.
  • Divers are sure they'll find new treasures from the "ancient computer" shipwreck.
  • They're exploring the "graveyard of ships" near San Francisco
  • The story of 160 people illegally enslaved and then marooned on a remote island. The only thing that could tell these people's story was archaeology.




I  ♥  Lists & Quizzes




Book Candy
  • 35 things to do with all those books.
  • 14 secret bookcase doors. I'd love to have one-- how about you? 



That's all for now. Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll have a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure. Have a great weekend!



Thursday, September 18, 2014

And the Winners Are...





Wow! I think this giveway had more entries than any other one that I've done. I wish I could go back and check records, but I can't. A combination computer glitch and my destroying the emails with contestants' names and addresses put paid to that idea quite some time ago. Besides, I'm not in this for the statistics!

With no further ado, here are the four lucky winners of autographed copies of Marked Down for Murder:

Marty from Utah, Lynn from Illinois, Kate from North Carolina, and Debbie from Pennsylvania!

A big Thank You! to each and every one of you who entered.

I'll be putting your books in the mail bright and early Thursday morning. Well, let me be 100% accurate on this. Denis chose the winning numbers, I got the books ready for the mail, and Denis is the person who will be ferrying them to the post office.... Enjoy!


The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout


First Line: In late summer Line told him she was two months along.

It's been a long, hard winter for the homesteaders in 1850s Nebraska. Four women's hearts and minds have been broken by bitter hardship. This isn't a new problem, but the area has no asylum. The traveling preacher puts in motion the plan that worked so well the year before: a homesman must be chosen from among the women's husbands to take them back to Iowa where they will then be sent on to their families to be cared for either at home or in asylums. The rest of the husbands will provide a wagon, team, and provisions.

When the husbands draw straws to see which one will be the homesman, the one with the short straw refuses to go, and in steps a remarkable woman. Mary Bee Cuddy, an unmarried homesteader with a well-run farm, commits to the task. As strong and as brave as she is, Mary Bee realizes that she will not be able to do this alone-- but the only person she can find to accompany her is a no-account claim jumper named George Briggs. Mary Bee, Briggs, and the four helpless women set out on a journey that will take at least six weeks, traveling against the tide of settlers, Indian attacks and treacherous weather.  

Normally I'm not what's known as a "cover junkie," but the cover of The Homesman showing a lone sod house in endless waves of prairie grass under an eternity of sky grabbed me. When I read the synopsis, I knew I had a purchase to make. Decades ago I remember coming across a comment in a history book which stated that women in those "soddies" out on the Great Plains had been known to go insane just from loneliness and the ceaseless keening of the wind. That was all that was said, but those words stuck in my mind like a burr. Now here was a novel in which the story of these lost voices could be heard.

Author Glendon Swarthout was always more interested in the losers in the Old West. What happened to them? What were their stories? In doing research, he didn't find much about what was done about people who were mentally ill, and what he did find was about the men-- who were likely to die of exposure or disease, to become alcoholics, or even to be shot down like rabid dogs in some out-of-the-way corner. But what happened to the women? Even back in the 1850s you couldn't just shoot a woman. The Homesman is Swarthout's solution, and it is spare, poetic, and brutally honest. 

Superficially it is the simple tale of a man and a woman taking four helpless women cross country in a wagon to get them the sort care that they need. But the troubles Mary Bee and Briggs encounter on the trail, the people they meet, and just their close proximity to each other, begin to change them in subtle ways. This book is heartbreaking, it is brutal, and it is shocking. It tells a tale that many readers aren't particularly going to want to read, and perhaps that's the exact reason why they should read it. This is a story about the losers, those who were completely lost to history. The reasons why these beleaguered people failed were never going to be pretty or cheerful, but they should be remembered.

As I read, I began to feel cheated that the four women being taken back to Iowa didn't have any real dialogue or interaction with the others. Then I just had to shake my head at my own foolishness. The four women in The Homesman had been bludgeoned past caring by work with no end, by giving birth to one baby after another, by the brutal vagaries of the weather, and often by cruelty from their own husbands. These women had completely given up; they had been reduced to things that needed to be moved from Point A to Point B.

No, it's Mary Bee and Briggs who carry the load of thinking and conversation and action, and even their stories don't go as most readers would like. But as shocking as their tales may be, Swarthout plants clues all along the trail for us to notice. I was completely under this book's spell, and even though I didn't like how everything turned out, I still loved it. Now I'm looking forward to how Hollywood treats a very un-Hollywood novel. It will be interesting.
 

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout
ISBN: 9781476754260
Simon and Schuster © 2014
Originally published in 1988.
Paperback, 248 pages

Historical Fiction, Standalone
Rating: A+
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen. 


 

Sanctuary by Ken Bruen


First Line: Dear Mr. Taylor, Please forgive the formality.

There's only one person whom Jack Taylor considers a friend, so when Ridge becomes ill, Jack cancels his trip to the United States. He's clean. He's sober. He's not even smoking cigarettes. But when a religious psycho begins sending him-- and only him-- clues that could prevent the murder of a child, Jack has no choice but to investigate. First stop: the police, where Superintendent Clancy's disgust for the former policeman makes him scoff at Taylor's insistence that there's a serial killer on the loose. Jack has no choice but to hunt the killer himself.

I love Ken Bruen's Jack Taylor mysteries. They are lean, brutal howls of anguish and rage that sometimes read like poetry and at other times read like outlines. I normally do not care to read books about main characters who are alcoholics or drug addicts, but Jack Taylor is the exception. He rages against man's inhumanity to man. He is a wounded, soul-sick wreck of a man who came to be that way simply because he cares too much. I may not like Jack Taylor, but I do care about him.

Bruen's Jack Taylor books are written in a sparse style that is filled with irony, sarcasm, and insights into modern Ireland. That these books are also filled with humor is something that may well pass many readers by if they do not pay attention.

These books are dark and often brutal, and they aren't for everyone, but Ken Bruen is one of the very few writers who's ended a book with a scene that made me cry out in shock and horror and made me burst into tears. Very powerful stuff-- even the memory of that scene still ties me in knots.

In Sanctuary, Jack Taylor learns something about what occurred in that scene that ripped such an emotional response from me, and he falls off the wagon of sobriety. After two lost weeks, he's down to ten drinks and one Xanax per day-- and he's finally ready to put an end to the killer who's still taunting him. 

The only thing in this book that didn't satisfy was the showdown between Jack and the killer. It seemed a bit perfunctory. But the book does end with questions that lead on to the next books in the series. I will read them all. Slowly. Because they're marvelous. And because I can't stay on Bruen's emotional roller coaster for extended periods of time. Jack Taylor is about as noir as they come, and although I may not like him, I do love him.
  

Sanctuary by Ken Bruen
ISBN: 9780312384418 
Minotaur Books © 2009
Hardcover, 208 pages

Private Investigator, #7 Jack Taylor mystery
Rating: A
Source: Purchased from Book Outlet. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews


First Line: For generations, my family followed a simple principle: If everything goes wrong, go back to the beginning.

After having lost her job and her fiance, Georgia Kelly has left the Big Apple and retreated to the one place she's always felt safe: her grandfather's home in Wenwood, New York, a crumbling small town that's on the verge of going under for the third time. There's only one thing that can keep Georgia's mind off her job search-- her grandfather is accused of murdering the owner of the local hardware store. The police in town seem to be third-string Keystone Kops, so Georgia feels obligated to conduct her own investigation in order to save her grandfather from a prison sentence.

Author Jennifer McAndrews has the bare bones of what could turn into an excellent cozy series-- an appealing young heroine, an adorable kitten, a quirky best friend, and an eccentric grandfather. In a departure from the usual dream-come-true small town, McAndrews has created Wenwood. Wenwood was once a thriving town, but with the closure of its brick factory and the horrific national economic downturn, it's barely surviving. The series could receive quite a boost if Georgia and the other residents band together to save the town.

McAndrews has also written a fine mystery that kept me guessing, but then less positive things begin to rear their ugly heads. The "hook" of this series is that it's supposed to be one in which stained glass plays an important role. It certainly doesn't in Ill-Gotten Panes. The pitifully few scenes are certainly interesting, but you could also excise them from the book, and you'd never be able to pinpoint where they'd been. I will cut some slack for that because Georgia does say that everything in her life at that point must be put on hold until her grandfather is cleared of murder. 

But speaking of her grandfather and the rest of the characters, most of them are so unlikeable that I really have no desire to pay a return visit to Wenwood. Her grandfather is a crotchety old cuss who drives his employees to distraction and is usually downright nasty to his granddaughter. Georgia's new best friend Carrie takes a shine to her for no reason at all-- Georgia's charm isn't exactly in evidence when they meet-- then hits our heroine up for a favor and gets contrary about the kitten Georgia's become attached to. 

In addition it would appear that the economic blight in Wenwood has turned everyone into rumor-mongering grumps. Georgia's turned out of more than one business just because her grandfather has been accused of murder. Even the hunky contractor who's trying to turn the old brick factory into a marina to save the town has his anti-social moments. 

Combine a hook that goes nowhere with a passel of unlikeable characters, and you have the beginning of a series with which I'm not quite sure I want to continue... even though there is true promise in those pages.


Ill-Gotten Panes by Jennifer McAndrews
ISBN: 9780425267950
Berkley Prime Crime © 2014
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages

Cozy Mystery, #1 Stained-Glass mystery
Rating: C+
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen 


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey


First Line: "Will somebody start me at five hundred?"

No one in the auction house would ever have believed that bidding on a decrepit lump of stone would go so high, but when masked robbers show up to steal it and wind up killing the highest bidder, the bizarre scene becomes truly incredible. Now it's up to Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond and his team to find the killers.

The dead man was a professor who believed the stone to be a centuries-old carving of Chaucer's Wife of Bath, and Diamond has the stone moved to the police station while its origins are being researched. Diamond takes the direct route to Chaucer's home in Somerset while a colleague goes undercover to try to track down the source of the murder weapon. Meanwhile, the Wife of Bath seems to be turning into a jinx.

Peter Lovesey knows just how to combine a fascinating historical tidbit with an intriguing investigation conducted by one of the best policemen in all of crime fiction. The dialogue and humor sparkle, the characters are individual and memorable, and the plot is a finely tuned race car. 

Peter Diamond is a gem. He can be cunning, impatient, funny, insightful-- and that's on a slow day-- and he's definitely the heart and soul of his team. When asked what makes Diamond tick, one of them says

"He brings out the best in the team. A good brain, which is essential. You think you can predict how he'll handle any situation because he's a seasoned cop, and then suddenly he'll surprise you. I've never known anyone quite like him. He plays up to his image of being all fingers and thumbs and at war with technology, but I suspect he could build his own spacecraft and fly it to the moon if needed."

Yes, Peter Diamond is definitely the sort of copper who keeps you coming back, book after book. 

I loved the humor in The Stone Wife, particularly when the cumbersome Wife of Bath stone is stored in Diamond's office. I was expecting Health and Safety to come bustling in at any second to add more spice to the mayhem. Unfortunately the secondary investigation into the source of the gun doesn't hold together as well as tracking through Chaucer's life in Somerset. It's almost-- but not quite-- a bit over the top in terms of characters and actions. 

I've been jumping around in this series and not reading the books in order, and I don't feel I've been hampered by my peripatetic behavior. If you're thinking of sampling Peter Lovesey's marvelous series by starting with The Stone Wife, I think you're really going to enjoy yourself. Only longtime Diamond fans may feel that this one isn't one of the best in this stellar series.  
 

The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
ISBN: 9781616953935
Soho Press © 2014
Hardcover, 368 pages

Police Procedural, #14 Peter Diamond mystery
Rating: B
Source: the publisher


 

Monday, September 15, 2014

What Kind of Hero Are You?




You Are a Genius

 


You aren't necessarily going to run into a burning building, but that doesn't mean you're not a hero. You prefer to think through problems carefully, and you have the brainpower to come up with some pretty interesting solutions.

You don't feel like any problem is too small or too big for you. You are willing to put your mind to fixing anything. Your heroism may go unnoticed, and that's fine by you. You get more satisfaction out of solving a real life puzzle than from public accolades. 


 



Scene of the Crime with Reavis Z. Wortham!




Have you ever met an author for the first time and just known that you were going to love his books? That's what happened when I met Reavis Z. Wortham at The Poisoned Pen one evening in August. I went home, read the first of his Red River mysteries, The Rock Hole, added it to my Best Reads of the year list, and emailed him about the interview I'd mentioned that evening at the bookstore. Now you get to learn more about this author, too, and I certainly hope you're intrigued enough to pick up one of his books and read it. This man knows how to write!

Reavis Wortham
I haven't done one of these interviews in a while, but I'm sure some of you remember the drill. I've been scouring the internet looking for websites and social media so that you can learn more about this author and connect with him. It took me longer than usual because I kept reading through his tweets and Facebook posts. "Old Timey Words," S&H green stamps, tape recorders... Well, take a look for yourself!



Now let's get to the fun part of this whole shebang-- the interview!



What was the very first book you remember reading and loving? What makes that book so special?  

The first title I can recall was Smokey, The Cowhorse, by Will James, but that isn’t the one that sparked me to write. I was that born reader, a kid with no interest in anything but books. In the first grade, back in 1960, Mrs. Latimer read to us from the Dick and Jane books, sparking an interest in reading that still burns hot today. I don’t remember the titles of those, but through my elementary years, I was the only student in my school who was allowed to check out two books at a time. On Saturdays, a bookmobile came to within a block of the house and I always came home with no less than seven more books stacked on the handlebars of my bike. So to finally get around to your specific question, the first one I remember reading…and loving…was The Two-Ton Albatross by William C. Anderson. This humorous, fictionalized account of a real family hit me like no other book before. It was part travel, part true life, and written as a comical autobiography. It had everything I wanted in a book at that time, and I absorbed it like a sponge. After that, I re-read it at least once a year until I was in my twenties. I still read it every couple of years, and enjoy it each time. That one book started me on a course toward an architectural degree, a specific type of house that I still want to own, travel, and a career as a writer. It helped define my writing style, and I still periodically refer to it…. and yep, it’s about time to read The Albatross again.


Outside of your writing and all associated commitments, what do you like to do in your free time?

At any time, I have three or four books going in various places throughout the house. They are stacked on my desk, beside the bed, and beside my recliner. When they’re finished, they go on the shelves of my extensive and growing library.

I’m also a serial home renovator. We built our house in 1998, and I have remodeled, renovated, and/or repainted every single room since that time. We began upgrading the master bathroom, and I’ll revisit it again within the month. There isn’t one square inch of this house I haven’t touched in some way, including the back yard which has become our tropical oasis in this growing city of Frisco, Texas. It was a sleepy farming town when we moved here, and today it’s the fastest growing city of its size in the nation. Sigh. We love to travel, also. I’ve been to every state in the union, Mexico, and have traveled much of Canada. I met my wife in 1990 and we married in 1998, so we’re now trying to revisit all those places I’d visited before then. We travel by truck (yep, I’m from Texas) for relatively short distances (meaning when we’re on a time limit, we consider a 20-hour drive as short), or when the distance is too great, we fly. I love to visit this nation’s great natural wonders, and am a huge fan of history. We love the outdoors. I hunt, fish, canoe, backpack, and of course read to excess.


If I were to visit your hometown, where would you recommend that I go? (I like seeing and doing things that aren't in all the guide books.)

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
That depends on what we define as my home town. As noted on my website, we lived in Dallas, but each weekend, holiday, and during much of our summer vacation from school, we traveled the 120 miles to my grandparents’ farm in the tiny rural community of Chicota, Texas (renamed Center Springs in my Red River series). There you might want to visit the Rock Hole, the local swimming hole on Sander’s Creek. It became the setting and title for my first book. That would lead us to visit all the locations described in the novels, because they exist and are almost exactly as described. Though things have changed since the setting of The Rock Hole in 1964, there is a lot to see. I can even point out the Red River sandbars, the mean honky-tonks across the river in Oklahoma, the location of the Cotton Exchange in Burrows (which was really the now-defunct Speas Vinegar Plant), the angel in a cowboy hat grave marker in Paris, the Bob Swaim hardware store that still sells mule harness and other near-forgotten items, the Eiffel Tower in our town, and any number of other sights that I’ve visited in the series.

If you’re interested in Dallas, or Frisco, then I’ll have to make the local chambers mad and tell you there isn’t much that you won’t find in guidebooks. Nothing much interests me here except for the 6th Floor Museum. How about the original Preston cattle trail that is now a six lane highway only half a mile from my house? It’s a centuries-old road first established by Indians, then it became a road created by the Republic of Texas in 1841 to link Preston, Texas on the Red River, south to Austin, Texas. Then it became a cattle trail that came to be known as the Texas Road and later as the Shawnee Trail. If the weather is right, we can drive a short distance north to the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge to watch clouds of geese come in ahead of our Texas blue northers.


You have total control over casting a movie based on your life. Which actor would you cast as you?

I can see Sam Shepard or Ed Harris. Either of those fine actors will bring their energy and interpretation to the project, but lord knows, there probably won’t be enough action or interest for a movie. 

Now, if you really want to talk characters and actors, How about Robert Duvall to play my main protagonist, Ned Parker? Huh, huh!!!???

[Sounds excellent to me, but by the time Hollywood grinds its way to any sort of decision, he'll probably be celebrating his 100th birthday....]


Who is your favorite recurring character in crime fiction?

John Dortmunder, the hangdog criminal in Donald E. Westlake’s quirky crime novels. This likable but pessimistic and hard-luck professional thief leads an ensemble cast of characters who are seldom successful in their endeavors, though they are always entertaining. I’ve collected Westlake’s books for years, and the Dortmunders are the best. In a recent review by BookList, my latest novel, Vengeance is Mine, was compared to two of my favorite Westlake books. What a great honor!
Booklist Starred Review: "Mob enforcer Anthony Agrioli’s latest assignment is to rub out some Cuban casino owners in Las Vegas—and their young children. He takes care of the adults without trouble but has some problems killing the kids. He takes it on the lam, beating it out of Vegas before his boss can track him down, but not before hooking up with a beautiful blonde (who will turn out to be a handful of a different sort than he had hoped). Hiding out in Center Springs, Texas, Anthony soon finds out this seemingly peaceful town is like a beacon for violence and corruption, most of which has nothing directly to do with him, but all of which soon ensnares him. This very entertaining novel, set in 1967, is reminiscent of Donald E. Westlake’s Mob comedies The Fugitive Pigeon (1965) and The Busy Body (1966), which, like this book, feature offbeat characters getting themselves into offbeat situations—although this book also has a more serious side, too. Those who have read the author’s earlier books, including The Right Side of Wrong (2013), will be familiar with Center Springs and its rather unusual denizens, but knowledge of those earlier volumes is not required. This is a fully self-contained story, and it’s a real corker."

If you could have in your possession one signed first edition of any book in the world, which book would that be? Why that particular book? 

 It would have to be The Old Man and the Boy by Robert C. Ruark. I neglected to mention his work in a previous question because I wanted to address it here. This book had a significant impact on my life, and should be read by anyone with an interest in the outdoors. I recommend it to all my friends whose children like to read. Written in 1957, it is the captivating story about the relationship between a young boy and his grandfather, but it goes much deeper. Ruark’s style is absorbing, and the stories ring true to any boy who loved to be outside the four walls of his home. This novel led me to read and eventually collect first editions of all his works. He was a bestselling author in the 1950s and 60s, and for me, all his works are captivating.

 But why this particular book? Like Ruark, I was was a loner. His conversational writing allowed an underweight, asthmatic kid the opportunity to enjoy his chosen sports. The novel also taught manners and respect. He was a mentor in absentia, and an inspiration for a budding writer. The Old Man and The Boy eventually launched my career as a columnist, and ultimately my current position of Humor Editor in Texas Fish and Game Magazine. If not for Ruark, I might never have found my writing “voice” that defines my columns and magazine articles, and ultimately the Red River series.  If I had my way, this intellectual sportsman named Robert Ruark would be required reading for students of the literary arts.


How did you celebrate when you first heard you were to be published? What did you do the first time you saw one of your books on a shelf in a bookstore?

My bride found out before I did. She was checking our emails when word came through that The Rock Hole would be published. When I came home from work, she told me the computer was messed up and asked if I could read the error message that popped up. When I sat down and saw the email instead of a problem, I was at first stunned, then thrilled.  I hugged her and we celebrated by popping the cork on a bottle of champagne and drinking it out beside the pool.

When I saw The Rock Hole on the shelf, not far from books by Donald E. Westlake, I felt that I’d finally arrived. I simply stood there and grinned like an idiot.


Name one thing on your Bucket List.

To see Bestselling Author on the cover of my newest books. I think I’ll get there. The next check mark will be one beside the words: New York Times Bestselling Author.






You've just received a $100 gift card to the bookstore of your choice. Which bookstore are you making a bee-line for?

That would be Half-Price Books in the Dallas area. I know, authors don’t make money from resale in used bookshops, but that’s where I discovered C.J. Box, Lee Child, James Magnusen, Annie Proux, Mark Sullivan, Texas authors Jeff Long and Joe Lansdale, and James Rollins. 

Once I read these authors, some now friends, I purchased their other works and look forward to their new books, which I pick up as soon as they are released.


An extremely reliable source tells you that a thinly disguised you is a character in a book that's currently high up on the New York Times Bestseller List. What kind of character do you think you are? 

I’ll have to answer it like this. I created a character named Tom Bell in my third novel, The Right Side of Wrong. My family says I wrote myself as a tough old 80-something cowboy who does what’s right, no matter what the situation. I would hope that’s what another author would see in my personality and use in their works, though I’m not sure I need to be that old (I’m 60). There is no black and white in this world, and we should always do what’s right…period.




Available Now!

It's been an absolute pleasure getting to know you a little better during this interview, Reavis, and I know my readers feel the same way.  Thank you so much for spending this time with us!

May your book sales do nothing but increase... and may we see "New York Times Bestselling Author" on your book covers soon!



(If you haven't done so, please take a few moments to read my review of The Rock Hole, the first Red River mystery by Reavis Z. Wortham. Thanks!)