The rough draft of Ranching in Colorado is done! Stick a fork in it!!!

It came in right around 68,000 words, and I think y’all will like the story. Here are a couple of the covers Tina is working with to see what fits the book the best.

I’m going to sleep in this morning, I deserve it… Thanks for your patience with this one folks.

In other news, the first Haunted Library anthology should release on Kindle next week with the paperback about two weeks later.


Done!!! — 20 Comments

  1. Congratulations!!! We all appreciate your hard work, probably more than you know. As usual, I’ve skipped over your snippet posting so as to not ruin the story (it’s my own personal weirdness). Very much looking forward to buying and reading this!

  2. Congrats! Looking forward to picking up a copy. The first iteration of the cover has a feel that matches the snippets you’ve given us, in my humble opinion.

  3. Dave- Thanks and I understand…

    McC- We’ll see what she comes up with. SHE is the professional at art, not me! 🙂

  4. I like the first one better because for some reason the idea of buying a series of brand new books and having them look like I inherited them from my grandparents appeals to me.

  5. Congratulations, enjoy your break.

    I’m about 60,000 words into book two of my series, looks like it will top out somewhere north of 70,000 words. Need to start thinking about covers and blurbs.

  6. I like both but the first cover has the look snd feel of a history book, of a documentary.
    The second has drama and adventure and art.

  7. Congratulations! I prefer the first painting, but am happy with whatever Tina comes up with.

  8. The first cover, but maybe “Tge Winter of the Cowboy” ?

  9. From my saved research. Unfortunately, the links are stale.

    Volume XXXIX – in Three Parts. 1892. (Vol. 39, Chap. 51),
    Chapter LI – Operations in Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Georgia (the Atlanta Campaign excepted). May 1-November 13, 1864.
    Part III

    Hdqrs, Military Div. of the Mississippi,
    In the Field, Rome Ga. October 2, 1864.
    Brigadier General Watkins, Calhoun, Ga.:
    Cannnot you send over about Fairmount and Adairsville, burn ten or twelve houses of known secessionists, kill a few at random, and let them know that it will be repeated every time a train is fired upon from Resaca to Kingston!
    W. T. Sherman
    Major-General, Commanding.

    Volume XXXVIII – in Five Parts. 1891. (Vol. 38, Chap. 50)
    Chapter L – The Atlanta, Ga., Campaign. May 1-September 8, 1864.
    Part IV

    Hdqrs. Military Division of the Mississippi,
    In the Field, Big Shanty, June 23, 1864.
    Maj. Gen. J. B. Steedman,
    Commanding District of the Etowah, Chattanooga:
    General: As the question may arise, and you have a right to the support of my authority, I now decide that the use of the torpedo is justifiable in war in advance of an army, so as to make his advance up the river of over the road more dangerous and difficult. But after the adversary has gained the country by fair warlike means, then the case entirely changes. The use of torpedoes in blowing up our cars and the road after they are in our possession, is simply malicious. It cannot alter the great problem, but simply makes trouble. Now, if torpedoes are found i the possession of an enemy to our rear, you may cause them to be put on the ground and tested by wagon-loads of prisoners, or, if need be, citizens implicated in their use. In like manner, if a torpedo is suspected on any part of the road, order the point to be tested by a car-load of prisoners, or citizens implicated, drawn by a long rope. Of course an enemy cannot complain of his own traps.
    I am, &c.,
    W. T. Sherman
    Major-General, Commanding.

  10. oh, good grief! I apologize for posting in the wrong thread.