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Five Stars for Isle Royale

March 30, 2014

9780982845929-smallA new 5-star review for Isle Royale. I love my readers.

***** “Awesome villain, fun setting”

“This book has the best villain I’ve read in a long time. He’s got a hook for a hand and a backstory that makes him a three-dimensional character, not just a bad guy. I loved that it takes place on Isle Royale, an exotic little island on Lake Superior. Sailors will especially appreciate this tale and it’s depictions of the lady (Lake Superior) and her fury. The lake is almost like its own character.”


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Almost Famous

March 25, 2014

JohnAndSue-TeddyRooseveltA nice writeup by my children’s book publisher, Abdo Publishing, about my wife Sue and me and our company RavenFire Media. Hard to believe we’ve cranked out more than 350 books over the years! Behind the Scenes with A&D Extreme

Music for Western Writers

January 23, 2014

Colt and KeyboardSorry for the radio silence, friends. I’ve been hard at work on the first draft of my Weird Western, Ghost Marshal. Hopefully I’ll start editing and designing the cover in the next couple of weeks. Then it’s on to Book 2. No rest for the wicked!

People sometimes ask me if I listen to music while I write. Why, yes. Yes I do. Some writers need absolute silence when they work, but a good playlist gets me in the proper mindset. Here’s a list of music I’ve been listening to while I scribble. It’s good stuff, nice and moody. It includes my favorite Morricone classics, plus other soundtracks. There are also some standalone pieces that kick ass, like Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” and Dave Porter’s theme for “Breaking Bad.” When I’m writing a scene where the characters prep for a gunfight, you can’t beat The Black Angels’ “The Sniper at the Gates of Heaven.” And when the bullets start flyin’, crank up Nero’s “Doomsday.” Enjoy!

Western writing playlist

Cactus Flower

November 26, 2013
Cactus Flower

Barrel-racing action from the 2013 Hamel Rodeo, Corcoran, MN.


MacBook Air Skin

October 7, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-10-07 at 5.44.44 AMLoving my new MacBook Air 11″. Here’s the new skin I had made at Geleskin, out of Canada. They do good work. This is a rodeo image I shot a couple years ago at the Hamel Rodeo in Minnesota, which made it into my Bronc Riding book, released by Abdo Publishing this fall. It’s helping inspire me as I write my Western novel, Ghost Marshal.

Side Impact

October 3, 2013
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Side Impact, a photo by johnchamilton on Flickr.

This bull rider is about to crash hard. Rodeo action from the 2013 Hamel Rodeo, Corcoran, MN.

Hell’s Bells

September 20, 2013
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Hell’s Bells, a photo by johnchamilton on Flickr.

This cowboy hit the dirt hard. Bull riding mayhem from the 2013 Sutton Rodeo, Northfield, MN. And yeah, I was a little too close to the action.