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Range War (Saugatuck Trilogy) by David Sayers
Sam Stevenson had been Sheriff of Saugatuck for a number of years, and he had faced many challenges. None of them prepared him for what he would face when the railroad was coming to town. Two large ranchers both wanted to control the railroad land, and both planned to use it to destroy the other, even if that meant that Saugatuck became a casualty in the process.
While trying to keep a lid on the situation, Sam is forced to confront something from his past that he had hoped was left behind. The result of this confrontation risks the life Sam had built for himself while starting over in this town. He is also forced to accept that he may not be meant to spend the rest of his days alone, despite the tattered background of both him and his love interest.
This is a fast paced western adventure that reminds us of the old time westerns by Max Brand and similar authors. At almost 34,000 words, this is a fun way to spend a weekend with your Kindle. The first book in a trilogy about the town of Saugatuck and its lawman, and I hope you will enjoy the others.
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The late afternoon sun slowly washed across the sparse, open prairie. A small outcropping of buildings jutted up from the ground, a lonely town among the brush. Nothing extravagant distinguished this town from any other across the West, although its residents were quite proud of their simple wooden structures. The town’s entire history had been a struggle. The original residents had fought to establish the town and to protect it from outlaws and evil men. Even today, as the physical dangers to their existence waned, the simple townspeople were still fighting; although now it appeared that they were fighting for the soul of their town. To an outsider, it appeared at first glance that things were calm and peaceful, but in this town, there were always ominous rumblings beneath the surface.
Saugatuck was a typical small western town. There was nothing fancy or out of the ordinary about it or its people. The simple hardworking residents worked hard, played hard, and in between, worshipped God. The key to their strength and stamina was in the history of the town. Every phase of the development of Saugatuck and its people had been a struggle. This was the key to the small town’s backbone. It would have been easy for them to have simply given up, abandoning the town like had been the fate of so many other small settlements scattered across the West, but they refused and fought on. They were determined to build homes, and to make Saugatuck into a town for families to raise their children in, rather than allow it to simply become just another cattle town, another sinful oasis full of gambling halls, saloons, and whorehouses. That was the moral battle fought below the surface of this town nearly every day. Sometimes it wasn’t clear which side was winning, but for now, it remained a family town.
Most of the buildings were along one main street, although there were a few small structures scattered outside of the main part of town. All but a few of the buildings were of single-story design, although there were several that were two stories tall. The buildings all had common walls between them, with wide wooden sidewalks in front of them, bordering the dusty dirt-covered street. The use of a common wall between the buildings made the town much easier to defend; the only way that someone could get into town was by using the main street.
Sam sat on the steps of the sheriff’s office in an old dilapidated rocker and slowly looked up and down the main street. A small cloud of powdery dust billowed up from the ground as the sheriff spat into the street. It’s almost too quiet, he thought as he took one last drag off of his cigarette. He crushed it out in the dust below his feet, slowly pulled himself up, and shuffled back into his office. As he sat down at his desk, Sam stared at Jack Blake’s wanted poster on the wall. Waves of anger began to wash over him. Someday, my friend, Sam bitterly thought to himself. We have a debt to settle. After a few minutes of contemplation, he returned his attention to the disorganized papers spread across the worn wooden desk. A lot of history, some good and some bad, had crossed this old desk over the years.
K.S. Brooks has been writing for over thirty years. She penned her first book, a swashbuckling action-adventure based in 17th century France, when she was fifteen years old. Since then, despite working for a living in the electronics industry, Ms. Brooks continued to write. In 2001, she left the high-tech arena in Boston for the Eastern Shore of Maryland to pursue her writing.
That same year, her first novel, Lust for Danger, was published. That action-adventure novel won Ms. Brooks Honorable Mention in the Jada Book of the Year Awards, and invitations to speak at the Maryland Writers’ Association Writers’ Conference, the Bay to Ocean Writers’ Conference, and numerous other venues. She has been honored by the Maryland Writers’ Association three times by participating as a judge in its annual novel contest.
As the business world and health issues took up more of her energy, Ms. Brooks set her sights on moving West to an environment more suitable and affordable to a writing career. Since her relocation to the wilderness of northeastern Washington State, late in 2008, Ms. Brooks has completed the following works which have been published by Cambridge Books: the suspenseful romance, The Kiss of Night (2010), Night Undone (2011) and three children’s books: The Mighty Oak and Me (2009), Postcards from Mr. Pish (2010), and Mr. Pish’s Woodland Adventure (2011).She has six more novels planned in the original Agent Night Adventure Series, two in the Agent Night ‘Cover Me’ series, a horror novel, and a number of Mr. Pish children’s books in the works.
In addition to her writing, Ms. Brooks is an award-winning photographer and poet. Her articles, photographs, poetry, and blogs can be found in books, magazines, newspapers, galleries, and web sites worldwide. She currently writes three different blogs, and is a guest blogger for a number of web sites including CeliacChicks.com and Celiac-Disease.com.
The Kiss of Night
Former Special Agent Kathrin Night fights the demons of her past, present and future while dealing with her new mysterious Russian bodyguard, Agent Aleksey Khovechkin. Sent compliments of the Russian Minister of Defense, refusing his services is not an option. But is Aleksey’s true mission to protect her, or does he have another agenda?
An Amazon.com reviewer says: “This book fills in the blanks in Agent Night’s past and adds a hot romance in present…couldn’t put it down.”
Former Special Agent Kathrin Night is not adjusting to civilian life. More than a year after her career-ending injury, she still can’t get the hang of it. This is wearing thin on her lover, Russian FSB Agent Aleksey Khovechkin, who tricks Kathrin into seeing a psychiatrist specializing in post-military/espionage patients. The therapy doesn’t go exactly as Aleksey hopes, but before he can react, Russia recalls him tomake him an offer he can’t re Before his departure, Aleksey reveals his deepest, darkest secret to Kathrin.
Had he, in fact, used her to escape his duties in Russia, or was his allegiance to her genuine? Determined to see justice served, Kathrin hatches a scheme to help Aleksey while at the same time reviving her career in espionage. The Vancouver Winter Olympics could be the perfect venue for her plan, but can she pull it off without destroying their relationship, causing an international incident, or getting either of them killed? (Sequel to The Kiss of Night)
Author Newton Love says it’s: “A gripping character-driven drama…”
Lust for Danger
She relishes an ocean breeze, the luxury of silk, and the feel of a 9mm gun gripped in her hand. The name’s Night, Kathrin Night, Special Agent for the Bureau of International Trauma Analysts (BITA), a secret division of the United Nations Security Council. The Bureau is directed by someone high up in the U. N. to quietly look into an act of terrorism. But, when this seemingly mundane investigation threatens to expose scandalous political alliances, the BITA is ordered to cease its activities immediately. Feeling justice has not been properly served, asthree suspicious deaths are involved, Agent Night is compelled to dig deeper. On her own time she puts to good use her FBI and Navy Intelligence training, her high-tech resources, and when necessary, her crafty, alluring ways with men. Defying death in situations all over the world, Agent Night discovers a labyrinth of treachery, which leads her to unearth a plot to commit mass-murder on a chilling scale. Can she stop it before it’s too late?
Alex Papajohn, host of AM990’s “The Bookshow” says: “You will like this book a lot.”
About Lars Walker
Lars (pronounced Larce) Walker is a native of Kenyon, Minnesota, and lives in Minneapolis. He has worked as a crabmeat packer in Alaska, a radio announcer, a church secretary and an administrative assistant, and is presently librarian and bookstore manager for the schools of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations in Plymouth, Minnesota. He is the author of four previously published novels, and is the editor of the journal of the Georg Sverdrup Society. Walker says, “I never believed that God gave me whatever gifts I have in order to entertain fellow Christians. I want to confront the world with the claims of Jesus Christ.” His latest release is West Oversea: A Norse Saga of Mystery, Adventure and Faith. Visit Lars online at www.larswalker.com/ and his blog at www.brandywinebooks.net/
About West Oversea
In this Viking adventure tale, Erling Skjalgsson valiantly relinquishes his power and lands rather than be dishonorable to his evil brother. Supported by a well-drawn cast of characters, Skjalgsson sets sail for uncharted vistas with Greenland as the ultimate destination. The first leg of their voyage takes them to a newly settled Iceland. A dangerous storm blows the adventurers off-course where they encounter new peril with the wild lands and peoples of North America. Meanwhile, Erling’s Irish priest, Father Aillil, on a quest to rescue his enslaved sister, wrestles with a secret dark power that threatens to destroy them all. West Oversea is set against the historical and dramatic Eleventh century backdrop of a Norway in flux as pagan Norwegians are converted to Christianity—sometimes by force.
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Chapter 14 The next morning Astrid and the child were gone. It was as always when someone goes missing. You reckon they’re using the privy or in one of the other houses, and after a while someone asks where they’ve gotten to, and someone else says. “I thought they were with you,” and that person says, “Well, I thought they were with you and then there’s a deal of asking about; and the upshot is that no one has seen them since the night before.
Here’s what critics are saying about West Oversea!
“…I found West Oversea to be a worthy continuation of the Erling Saga. The book reads so fast that when it’s done, the reader is left both satisfied with the ending and still longing for the story to continue.” –Darwin Garrison, Fort Wayne, IN “West Oversea is a fantastic book and deserves to be one of many in a long series….This broadly researched Viking adventure is written within a beautifully rich framework. It is like an actor who does not break his character, even when everyone else goes off-script.” –Phil Wade, brandywinebooks.net
Jonathan Williams served as a missionary with the International Mission Board’s Xtreme Team in the jungles of Peru for two years. It was there, lying under a mosquito net in a hut in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, that Williams began to write his first novel, Jungle Sunrise.
Williams, 30, writes and lives in North Texas with his beautiful wife, Jessica, where he pastors Body Life church and serves as the Campus Pastor for Trinity Christian Academy as he pursues a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His passion and desire is to inspire readers with creativity and truth.
Find out more by visiting www.JungleSunrise.com.
About Jungle Sunrise
A unique and captivating novel by a member of the Xtreme Team, who risk their lives and endure unthinkable physical deprivation while assisting native people in the most remote areas of the world. Living with a previously unreached indigenous tribe, the Amarakaeri, Williams experienced first-hand the beauty and danger of native life as he had the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, hunt with bows and arrows, fish with spears, navigate the rivers, and encounter every aspect of the tribe’s culture. This breathtaking scene of the Amazon serves as the backdrop for Jungle Sunrise.
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Deep in the breathtaking but perilous Peruvian jungles, young missionaries Memphis and Abigail Jones constantly face death and disease as they hunt, fish, and provide medical care for a primitive tribe while living their witness to the love of Christ. But the couple’s success with the tribe has earned them a dangerous enemy, Dr. Basil Cosgrove, a radical but naïve anthropologist possessed with a boundless drive to thwart their efforts, even at the expense of all of their lives.
Their paths will soon cross that of professor and would-be author Jonah Frost who is frustrated by a nemesis of his own—himself. In the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, Jonah accompanies his linguist brother to Peru to chart the language of a newly discovered indigenous tribe. As the Frost brothers’ plans coincide with goals of Memphis and Abigail, they embark on a jungle river trek only to run afoul of Dr. Cosgrove with results requiring supernatural bravery and selfless love.
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“Jungle Sunrise is a unique and captivating novel, written by a member of the Xtreme Team, an inimitable group of men and women who risk their lives and endure unthinkable physical deprivation while attempting to find and assist native people in the most remote areas of the world. Author Jonathan Williams has written this novel out of the rich background of that experience. He unlocks the secret of how to begin life anew, as the book’s central character moves from a depressing, direc- tionless life to a rewarding and incomparable adventure. One warning: do not start reading until you have some time because you won’t put it down.”
— Paige Patterson President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Jonathan Williams skillfully transports the reader between two worlds in a captivating and suspenseful book. Having traveled in this setting with young missionaries seeking to reach isolated jungle tribes, I can attest to the authenticity of experi- ences encountered in this rich yet challenging environment. It is evident the author has been there! A subtle Christian testimony is effectively woven into the novel through intriguing personali- ties as they discover the ultimate meaning in life through trials and tragedy.”
— Jerry Rankin President, International Mission Board, SBC
“This is a well-written, thought-provoking, and moving novel that you will speed through until you finish! The story centers around the lives of the six main characters, a missionary couple, writer, linguist, anthropologist and photographer, each with their own purpose for entering the jungles of Peru. The author follows their lives, with plenty of twist and turns along the way. It was a very entertaining, yet touching read.”
—Review by Book Bargains and Reviews
Jonathan Williams’ JUNGLE SUNRISE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR AUG ‘10 will officially begin on August 2nd and end on August 27. You can visit Jonathan’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of August to find out more about this great book and talented author!
Alexandra O’Rourke, aged 16, is not a happy camper. It’s New Year’s Eve. She should be partying in San Diego with her friends, but instead she is stuck in Boston, with just her younger sister, Jackie, for company. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she is being haunted by Sarah, the ghost of a seventeenth century Puritan. Oh, and there is the small matter of the charge of witchcraft to be sorted out.
Armed only with big shiny buttons and a helping of Boston Cream Pie, the sisters set out to restore the Natural Order. Can Alex solve the mystery of the Devil’s Book? Can Jackie help Sarah beat the sorcery rap? And can they do it before the fireworks display at midnight? Because this is First Night – and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.
About the Author
Originally from England, Tom now hangs his hat in Boston, Massachusetts; with occasional spells in such faraway places as London and Luxembourg. Tom has a degree in Computer Science, and he claims to speak three languages: English, American, and Visual Basic. Before turning his hand to fiction, Tom had a successful career as the CEO of a systems consulting company, conference speaker, and writer of industry articles and business books.
As well as the novel, First Night, Tom has also written the screenplay, Fission, based on the true story of scientist, Lise Meitner, and the race for the atomic bomb. While Fission has yet to find a home in Hollywood, it garnered enough critical acclaim, including being named as a finalist at the London Independent Film Festival, that Tom was encouraged to keep on writing, resulting in his latest work which is, of course, First Night.
You can learn more about Tom and First Night by going to his website: http://www.tom-weston.com/
A Band of Roses is an alternate history adventure set in modern day Ireland. The “what if” premise of the story supposes that Irish High King Brian Boru survived the Battle of Clontarf in 1014 A.D. and founded a dynasty that rules Ireland to this day.
Crown Princess Talty Boru, the daughter of the current King Brian, is the heir to the throne, though she wishes she weren’t. She’d prefer to pursue a military career, but she’s resigned to her royal fate until England’s Prince Geoffrey seizes a tiny Irish island in the North Atlantic and the oil-rich ocean bed around it. Geoffrey plans to return the island to Ireland in exchange for oil wells in the Irish sea. He proposes a conciliatory treaty that would marry Talty to the unbalanced young English King. Talty agrees, as the terms demand that she relinquish her title as heir to the throne. She believes she’s free of her duties as crown princess, but a murder attempt on her wedding night turns her life upside down.
Multiple attempts on Talty’s life force King Brian to send her away to protect her, though he unwittingly sends her into further danger. From Japan to California, Talty must hide her true identity until her elders can set things straight. She can’t disguise her ingrained training as one of Ireland’s ancient Fian warriors, however.
Her recruitment into International Security Forces’ top secret Peregrine Project allows her to visit strange worlds, one an eleventh century Ireland preparing for the Battle of Clontarf. She finds romance and adventureand brings back a discovery worth more than any oil well, yet all she wants is to return to her family and her lifelong friend and protector Neil Boru, the adoptive cousin she secretly loves and can’t have—or so she thinks. Talty’s warrior cousin has a secret of his own, one that emerges as the Boru clan works with England’s MI6 to thwart an invasion of Ireland and bring Talty home.
About the Author
Born and educated in Boston, Massachusetts, Pat McDermott grew up in a family full of music and myths that have found their way into her stories. She is a member of The New Hampshire Writers’ Project, Seacoast Writers’ Association, Romance Writers of America, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A frequent visitor to Ireland, she lives in New Hampshire, where she is currently working on her next novel.
To find out more about the author and her work visit http://www.patmcdermott.net/