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Golden Spike Acquired by Five Star Publishing

Golden Spike, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Three, has been acquired by Five Star Publishing. Over the next several months, I will be engaged with Five Star’s editorial staff in polishing the manuscript to get it ready for publication. The book … Continue reading

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Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming

Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, contains scenes of Will Braddock, the young protagonist, recovering from injuries and eventually “escaping” from the hospital at Fort D. A. Russell. In July 1867, Braddock had accompanied General Grenville M. Dodge into the southeast … Continue reading

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Writing While Cruising

I managed to get in some writing while cruising onboard the Crown Princess this past week. My wife, Barbara, and I embarked from San Pedro harbor in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 3, on a seven-day California Coastal Cruise. We returned to the same harbor on … Continue reading

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The Covered Wagon

Jenny McNabb and her family travel west in a covered wagon in 1867 in Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One. Will Braddock first encounters Jenny when the family’s Conestoga wagon breaks a wheel when crossing a swollen creek near Julesburg, Colorado. … Continue reading

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How A Steam Locomotive Works

The steam locomotive made possible the rapid opening of the western states and territories of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. This marvelous invention came into being in England right after the turn of the century, less than seventy years before … Continue reading

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The Beauty of 4-4-0 Locomotives

The 4-4-0 locomotive was a thing of beauty that is hard to appreciate from photography of the mid-nineteenth century. Color photography did not exist during the heyday of the locomotive that “built” the first transcontinental railroad. One of the most famous … Continue reading

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Anthem Authors’ Display

Anthem Authors maintains a display case in the main recreation center in Sun City Anthem, Henderson, Nevada, where I reside. Currently Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book One, is the featured presentation. That honor was bestowed upon me by my … Continue reading

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Will Braddock’s Pistol Accessories

When Will Braddock left his home in Burlington, Iowa, to commence his quest to determine his own destiny, he took with him his father’s Army Colt .44-caliber revolver and two pouches. The larger of the two pouches held the cartridges. Each paper-wrapped … Continue reading

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National Park Service to Offer Eagle Talons

The National Park Service has approved the sale of my novel Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles-Book One at the Golden Spike National Historic Site in Promontory, Utah. The Golden Spike National Historic Site has an extensive book store and gift shop … Continue reading

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Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Convention Part 2

The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society held its 2014 annual convention in Ely, Nevada, during the later half of the first week of June. After an informative bus ride from Las Vegas, which I described in a previous post, the group of … Continue reading

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