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My memoir, A Sometimes Paradise: Reflections on Life in a Wyoming Ranch Family, has gone to the printer! It has a planned release date of May 7, so expect some announcements about preorders and reviews in the coming days. The story has been a labor of love that focuses on the land, my family, and the enduring legacy of the American West.

The book takes the reader on a poignant journey through the rugged beauty and

hardscrabble challenges of Wyoming ranch life. My adventures there taught me valuable lessons that shaped my personal growth, instilled in me a sense of wonder toward nature’s allure, and exposed the enduring power of family and friendships. Ride along on the journey and open your senses to the addictive stimulus of ranching culture that captured my heart and soul when I was a boy.

I have been working with Sandra Jonas Publishing on the final memoir preparations. She is an ideal editor and one of the hardest workers I know. Sandra and her assistant, Jill Tappert, has helped build my author page on Facebook to keep readers up-to-date on developments. Please be sure to "like" my facebook page.

We also have established a Launch Team to promote the book. Feel free to join it and receive an advance electronic copy of my book and write your honest review on Amazon. The process is simple, but very important. My book publisher tells me that early reviews are critical to a successful launch. You can join here: Thank you in advance.

Additionally, we are planning several promotional activities over the first month

following release. I already have a radio interview scheduled with Grady Kirkpatrick on KUWR for May 16, which probably will air a day or two later. See my events here!

Once the book is available, I will send a copy to Bill Sniffin of Cowboy State Daily to review in

his periodical. Glenn Woods from Casper has offered to interview me for his radio show, Wake Up Wyoming. Then I will do a book signing and reading at Carbon County Museum in Rawlins where Tom Mensik is Director.

Many more opportunities will develop in the coming weeks, but please order your book

as soon as they are available. That way you can familiarize yourself with the story and ask

questions if you attend one of my events. Thanks for your continued support. Happy reading!

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy with Big Nose George interviews, promotions,

and book signings throughout Wyoming. It is a beautiful time of the year in the Equality State, and I enjoyed every mile of asphalt and intermountain vistas!

In late August, I sat for a ninety-minute interview with Nathan Schucker of Wyoming

PBS. He is working on a documentary about frontier justice in Wyoming that involves several

episodes of criminal activity in the late nineteenth century. He asked pointed questions about the murders near Elk Mountain in August 1878. The finished PBS product will not be ready for a year or so, but Nathan is compiling some interesting stuff with a variety of historians and authors from the region.

In that interview, I focused on the key events of the Powder River gang between 1878-

1881, particularly the role of one of its leaders, Big Nose George Parott. The strategies of the

outlaws in attempting to rob a train, the response of law enforcement in tracking the desperados, and the anger of the local communities following the murders of Vincent and Widdowfield, were featured prominently in the questions and responses. Nathan’s final cut will hopefully place the Big Nose George study in proper context as part of the evolution of law enforcement in Wyoming Territory. It was a real honor to be asked to contribute, and I am grateful to Wyoming PBS.

On September 9, I attended the 70th annual meeting of the Wyoming Historical Society

held in Cody. Their Executive Secretary, Linda Fabian, let me set up a book table at the back of their meeting room during the lengthy business meetings. I was able to sell all the copies (10) of my book during their break, Big Nose George: His Troublesome Trail, in only ten minutes. I wish I had brought more copies, because there was a strong demand, and I disappointed some members when I ran out.

WHS then held a fantastic awards luncheon after the meeting. Officers of the society

announced winners in several performance categories that each foster the study of Wyoming

history, including both fiction and non-fiction book categories, fine arts, web development, and young historian accomplishments. My book won First Place in the biography category for books, where it was recognized for “outstanding accomplishments and contributions to Wyoming’s legacy” (listed on the award itself).

I left Cody right after the luncheon and traveled back to Woods Landing that evening,

only to turn around the next day for a trip to Savery on the opposite end of the state. Local

citizens there put on a huge bar-b-cue and social gathering at the museum as an annual

celebration. Part of the event was a book signing that involved myself, my brother Rod, and our friend Sharon O’Toole. We all brought some of our own books to sell and enjoyed the festivities.

The lamb ribs were particularly delectable. Savery should be my last book signing for a while.

So, I can let the tires on my RAV4 cool for a bit.

I currently am working with Carbon County residents to discuss their plans for expanding

research capabilities at their county museum. One of the features they may want to include

would be a memorial statue of Robert Widdowfield and Tip Vincent if enough money is

generated for all the plans. We will see how this works out in the years to come. That’s all for

now folks.

Thank you for keeping up with me and if you haven't done so already, check out my book, Big Nose George.

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