Take a moment to read this terrific blog that was written by Lelia T at the website BURIED UNDER BOOKS. Please visit our website as well to purchase HEREAFTER by C.K. Crigger on either Download or CD format. The audiobook was masterfully read by Rebecca Cook and she continues to leave our listeners amazed and impressed with her captivating voice. Enjoy the audiobook!
“A Braver Man’s Ghost Town” is a sequence to “A Braver Man” and for me as an author, it was an incredible journey. I could see, hear, and feel the characters. That said, for those who have the first edition of this saga, you will have to make a decision. You will have to ask yourself if you can live with the changes that take place, for “A Braver Man’s Ghost Town” takes on real life moves, some good and some not so good, and that makes it true to life while set in the 1800′S.
It is an emotional and powerful sequence with action and surprises. Hawk Haynes and his best friend Lank Lankford confront problems never dreamed and they have their hands full with two of the toughest, most ruthless old men that ever walked South Texas, Mill Roth and Beaver Stamps. But as bad as the two were there are things that can be worse. Enjoy your ride as you discover an empty town and all the reasons why.
It seems people enjoy real things, imitations will not do, though we live in a world where real is challenging to find and imitation abounds. That’s not the case with Royal Wade Kimes, entertainer, author and artist. Royal Wade was the last generation to have the good fortune to ride the range with World War II Veterans. He learned from them what the generation before them was like and in so doing has kept the cowboy alive, the wild west, the outlaw and the western. Royal Wade Kimes himself comes from outlaw linage. His people ran with the likes of Pretty Boy Floyd and Ma Barker to name a few. George, Matthew, and Roy Kimes were all notorious outlaws on the Arkansas and Oklahoma border.
True West Magazine featured a story on Royal Wade Kimes titled “Royal Wade Kimes Takes the Outlaw Road.” He is the only recording artist to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine in its sixty year history. Bob Boze Bell, owner of the magazine took one look at RWK and knew there was more than hat and boots.
James Arness of “Gunsmoke” read the story and contacted Royal Wade immediately. He congratulated him on beating the system in the entertainment business. He stressed that he knew what that took…tremendous determination, the kind cowboys have.
It was Johnny Cash who encouraged Royal Wade to keep doing what he was doing. He knew sooner or later someone was going to pick up on the fact that Royal Wade Kimes was a talent. It only takes one listen of a Royal Wade Kimes record or one of his novels to know he has heart and lives his life with cowboy honesty.
Eddy Arnold might be most responsible for the discovery of this cowboy. It was he who found and groomed Royal Wade to take his talent to the world. He saw the talent Royal Wade had in his writings and heard the quality in his vocal. It was some time later that the world would discover just exactly how much talent lay in the man…this hard riding cowboy by the name of Royal Wade Kimes. His ability to write a spell bounding western, and draw Indians and Cowboys with such detail would surface and rise to the top.
We as Americans have been given a gift of time, for truly RWK is from another time, one we will never see again except through one of his novels or a movie, and it too made from a well written western novel. To read or listen to a Royal Wade Kimes book is to travel a journey back in time so real you can smell the harness, hear the horses hooves, and see the towns. The people become real and you…you become a part of the novel and find yourself wishing it could never end. The only cure for that is to get another Royal Wade Kimes title and leave the world go.
Larry Holden has been in the entertainment business for over twenty-five years. He has worked with and interviewed hundreds of Hollywood stars as well as Nashville Recording Artist.
One day while sitting in my office at Books In Motion in Spokane, Washington, an employee set a package on my desk. It was a new manuscript from my good friend and author, Gary McCarthy. Being curious, I opened the package to see what Gary wrote this time. The manuscript was entitled RIVER THUNDER.
It was the story of a young Native American boy living above the Grand Canyon, in utter poverty, at the turn of the 20th century. His name was River Thunder and the year was 1902. It caught my attention, and I began to cautiously read. As I read, the story drew me in deeper, and I was hooked. I spent the entire afternoon on that manuscript and continued reading even as my employees went home. About an hour after closing, I finished the story, and what a pleasant experience it was: the ending was truly superb. But, guess what? I was late for supper… again!
Gary McCarthy is a fine writer. In fact, at Books In Motion we have recorded twenty-eight of his books, all with a Western theme. Gary writes historical novels that take place in the early West. They are masterpieces of history, well researched, historically accurate and loaded with fictional characters that even I, the grinchy editor, can relate to. Sure, he has a few pulp fiction novels, like The Derby Man Series, but some of his finest works involve novels that cover the early years of our national parks, especially Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.
I was so pleased with RIVER THUNDER that I entered the Books In Motion audiobook in the “Best Western Audiobook” category of the Western Writers of America National Competition. RIVER THUNDER took First Place and won the coveted Spur Award for that year (2010)… and deservedly so. It is showcased at our Books In Motion company bookstore in Spokane, along with three other Spur Award winners: Ring of Fire by Cotton Smith (2013); The Secret of Two Hawks by Kirby Jonas (2011); and Vendetta Canyon by Stan Lynde (2009). They can all be accessed on our website, www.booksinmotion.com for download or cd purchase.
As a publisher and editor, I truly appreciate a great story. When one considers the time and effort an author puts into writing a great book, appreciation is never enough. All the research hours upon hours, days upon days, and sometimes years…, until finally enough material is obtained via interviews, reading and wandering around various locations pertinent to the story. And then, the laborious task of putting it all into a format that captures the imagination of the reader. My hat is off to all authors, and especially Gary McCarthy: they have truly garnered my respect for doing an often thankless task that brings so much pleasure to all of literate society.
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Kudos also to the other award-winning contributors to the project who joined Wade as they were honored at a July 12, 2013 invitation-only luncheon and awards ceremony at The Palm. Award recipients included cast members LARRY CROWLEY (“Best Musical Interpretation of a Song” and “Best Artistic Musical Performance”), DON GREGORY (“Best Supporting Actor”) and LAURIE CANAAN, DOUG CORBIN, BOBBY MESHEW and RYAN CROWLEY (“Best Artistic Musical Performance” for their portrayal of a period band).
Best “behind the scenes” team member awards were given to TERESA CONKLIN (“Best Still Shot”), RON GREGORY (“Best Motion Camera”), DEBBIE BROOKS (“Best Editing’).
As my being temporarily incapacited necessitated my canceling the invitation I’d received to cover the event, Wade was kind enough to inform me of what I missed!
Or should I say “what B. J. HAYDEN and I missed.” Kimes indicates Hayden, owner of Starline Brass and consultant for Wonderment Records, was unable to attend, having missed her scheduled flight to Music City due to “family obligations.” B.J. was especially missed because she was scheduled to present the awards.
As Teresa read B.J.’s letter of apology to the honorees, including her reminder that she was present “in spirit” and her wish that Kimes assume presenter duties on Hayden’s behalf inasmuch as Royal’s creation and execution of the project made him the perfect choice in that he “is very deserving for dreaming this idea and bringing it to fruition with your help.” Kimes advises that the afternoon was full of “very touching moments” and that at times “there weren’t many dry eyes in the place.”
Wade “was touched when Larry Crowley received the ‘Best Interpretation of a Song’” award since Larry “has been in this business for 15 years and has always been looked over” despite the fact that “he’s such a talent.
“I said to the crowd, ‘Those of you here today that are in the music industry know that you can do this all your life- do good work, have good projects and never be recognized- but then you have a project that has the magic; the project God gives you to share with the world and it is the one you’ve strived so hard for. That is what Dixie Burns and A Proud Land is.’
“I let them know I was proud of all of them who had won an award. When I gave the last award out I asked everyone to give themselves a hand.”
Or- what Kimes thought was that last award. At that point, Teresa Conklin “stepped forward and read” remarks from “ROBIN BERG, President of BEI, Inc. The Hollywood specialist in HDTV and digital film production, “who has shot hundreds of major TV shows as well as Independent films,” Berg was full of praise, both for the project and those responsible, indicating in part, “Every character, down to the last extra, plays their part with conviction and courage, each fully understanding the importance of the lessons this film will impart to current and future generations.
“The songs carry the narrative powerfully, set against a backdrop of historical accuracy that one can truly feel. Royal Wade Kimes and Dixie Burns are now woven into the fabric of great works on the Civil War, and this important film truly speaks for itself.”
When Wade invited me to the luncheon he asked me to embargo news of the event since he wanted the honorees to be surprised. But it was Conklin and Berg who turned the tables on Kimes! As Wade indicates, as Teresa read Robin’s remarks, particularly those about Wade’s contributions, “I stood there not knowing what she was doing that for as I wasn’t privy to this part of the ceremony, evidently.”
When the praise ended with Teresa and Kimes’ wife (and project co-star!) NANCY presenting Wade with the Blue Flame Award (categories were selected on the basis of project and performance) in recognition of Kimes’ directing and well as vocal, instrumental and lyrical talents, “I received a standing ovation as I looked out at the crowd through tears.
“Once I gathered myself and my thoughts I said this: ‘I wanted to do the project ten years ago. I had most of the songs, but God wasn’t ready. I didn’t have the horses. I didn’t have the riders. I didn’t have the musicians. I didn’t have [Larry Crowley]… I didn’t have everything I needed to do the project.”
Kimes added that it wasn’t till “GEORGE BRADFUTE, my producer, came to me with this poem he had just been given” that Wade felt fully prepared. The poem “was written about a commander of the Confederacy by one one his soldiers, well after the war…
“No one had ever seen or heard or read the poem before.” The words of Bradfute’s uncle found expression in Dixie Burns.
“I told the people at the awards luncheon that the poem was what was missing. It was needed to end the story.”
Kimes “paused for a moment” before adding “It takes all the pieces to make something… Grand.
“I then turned to the awards table, sat the award down and presented yellow roses to Nancy… for quietly, behind-the-scenes helping B.J. and the rest put the event together. Then she and I, in B.J.’s stead, gave Teresa Conklin pink roses for her hard work and sacrifices, keeping things together.
“There was laughter, tears, emotion of both from everyone present throughout the whole ceremony.
“There was one other thing that happened during the ceremony: We left your chair empty at the table. We didn’t want them to taking it away.
“I made a reference to the chair and why it was empty. STACY HARRIS received a long applause. You deserved it, you’ve been a part of the fabric of this business, this town for a long time.”
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Infidelity. Deceit. Murder. Faith. Forgiveness. Restoration. One of the most remarkable true stories you’ll ever read. Diane Nichols received repeated phone calls from a stranger. The female caller mocked and ridiculed her, eventually disclosing the most painful news a wife could hear: Diane’s husband, John, was having an affair with the nineteen-year-old caller. Diane couldn’t imagine anything worse, but that was before she confronted her husband. The next morning she learned that John had killed his young mistress. Her husband’s imprisonment for murder started her on a painful descent into the all-too-familiar realm of deceit, consequences, and ultimately—an emotional prison of her own. But the story doesn’t end there! This riveting story of a family torn by infidelity and murder is also a story of the triumph of God’s amazing power to restore against all odds!
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Books In Motion received this great review of the book Light A Distant Fire by Lucia St. Clair Robson:
Lucia, My name is James Warren ‘Flaming Eagle’ Mooney. Chief Little Dove (Deceased) of the Oklevueha Band of Seminole Indians of Orange Springs Florida considered your book ‘Light a Distant Fire’ is the most accurate portrayal of the life and times of Osceola and Oklevueha Band of Seminole Indians. She made your book mandatory for me too read prior to blessing me our tribes ‘Medicine Man’. According to Chief Little Dove and the United States Government I am a direct descendent of James Mooney (Smithsonian Institute Enthnologist) and Osceola. I am also the co-founder of Oklevueha Native American Church.
I would like to link your web-site and give you acknowledgement of your outstanding work on our improving Web-site, www.nativeamericanchurch.org.
Wandan (Thank You),
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