Saturday, May 16, 2020


In old California, Deputy Cal MacLamond and his partner have earned the hatred of Leonis, The Big Basque, by killing one of his gunmen and arresting the other. On the bright side, Cal has met a pretty young lady from Chicago who doesn't seem to mind his romantic attention . Two different kinds of danger: one bad, one enjoyable.
The Sheriff tries to keep his two deputies out of harm's way for a while by sending them on other deputies' patrol areas. The Verdugo Ranch trail allows Cal to introduce his partner to Tomas Sanchez, who gives him some background on the really bad old vigilante days in Los Angeles when he was Sheriff. Things like the so-called Flores Rebellion.
On the next patrol, taking the old trail to Caheunga Pass, Cal tells him the true story of the famous bandit Vasquez, and takes him to where Tiburcio was finally captured, a victim of his overly amorous nature.
But the easy times come to an end when Leonis tries to lure them into a deadly ambush.

(BAD MEN AND ANGELS, Kindle edition)

"Well, we certainly had our share of country hicks and poor ignorant coal-miners, but they weren’t any more bloodthirsty than their fellow Americans in Chicago and New York— and they sure as hell weren’t Reds. In fact, most of them were a damned sight nicer people than a lot of folks I had met out in places like Long Beach and San Diego. Not to mention the San Pedro waterfront."
(BAD MEN AND ANGELS, available on Kindle)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Shootout at the roadhouse

The boom that followed the sudden flash shook the shutters on the thick bullet-proof windows. That was followed quickly by two more shotgun blasts. Most of the vets and their ladies ducked down behind the tables, and two couples took cover behind the big brick fireplace in the railroad-tie reinforced front wall. The women were staring at the men, and the men were staring at the front door on the far end of the room, where Kelly was already off his bar stool and running, an automatic in each hand.

(from Egypt Burning)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Bad Times in Little Egypt

"I think you said a truck-load of strike breakers had just got shot up over between Carbondale and Marion."

"Oh yeah-- that's right. Ol' Lester figures he'll bring in some reinforcements and to Hell with everbody. Well, Colonel Hunter heads over to the Sheriff's office and finds out that he's gone over to where the fellas had ambushed the truck. And his deputies had no idea how to get hold of him. Then the Citizens' Committee gets word that all Hell's about to break lose."

(from Egypt Burning)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I still think the best cowboy song I know is "When the Bloom Is on the Sage." I even like the Tom Mix version. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Realism, romance, romantic-realism and realistic-romance

I like to read and write romantic-realism, not realistic-romance, and not just realism or romanticism. I think romantic-realism is what Mark Twain wrote.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

POV Freedom

Don't be trapped by the idea that everything in a scene must be only what the protagonist would see or hear, etc.. Omniscient point of view has been used by good writers since story telling began, and still is. If you and your readers think it works, do it. In moderation of course. Don't be cowed by the opinions of half-baked greenhorn post-grad editors.