• 2018 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Western Novel by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

• 2018 Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Fiction Novel by the Western Writers of America

• 2018 Peacemaker Award for Best Young Adult Western Novel by Western Fictioneers

• 2018 Willa Award for Best Historical Fiction by Women Writing the West

• 2018 High Plains Book Award for Young Adult Book

• 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Young Readers

• 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Young Adult Historical Fiction

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The Outfit: Outlawed!

Talbot Timmons climbed aboard the westbound train thirty minutes before it pulled out of the station at Santa Fe. He smiled, puffed with pride at his life’s recent twists. Not only was he warden of Yuma Territorial Prison, but after the War of Northern Aggression, he’d managed to revive and ride point on the Brotherhood of the Phoenix, the mightiest group of die-hard Confederates the world had yet seen. And soon, he thought, soon I will be a governor, then a senator, then—and why the hell not?— President of the United States….

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TIMBERLINE is a Peacemaker Finalist!

I am pleased and honored to announce that my latest Roamer novel, TIMBERLINE, has been named as a finalist in Western Fictioneers’ Peacemaker Awards in the Best Western Novel category. I offer a hearty congratulations to all other finalists and to the judges for...

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Just released:MOVING FOREWORD: REAL INTRODUCTIONS TO TOTALLY MADE-UP BOOKS, is a collection of dozens of real introductions to imaginary books, written by celebrities, comedians, musicians, and other writers (that’s where I come in)…. My contribution, “Lucky...

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Let’s get STRANDED in all the schools!

(I can hear you saying, “Wait a minute, wise guy…. Who wants to get stranded in a school?”) What I mean to say is … my multi-award-winning YA novel (ahem, crow crow), STRANDED: A STORY OF FRONTIER SURVIVAL, is now available in a large-print edition specifically for...

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Well Now….

What do David Baldacci and I have in common?

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Of Doors and Windows

I like the thought behind the phrase, “When a door closes, a window opens.” The idea that opportunity is finite but can regenerate like a phoenix into something new and different has never let me down. As the door closes on 2018, I’m raising the sash on the window—and...

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