Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Finds for Writers

Friday Finds for Writers

Double Take FFB Review: "Outrage At Blanco" by Bill Crider

Another Friday is upon us and that means it is time once again for Friday’s Forgotten Books hosted by Patti Abbott. Today, at Barry’s suggestion, we are doing something a bit different. It has been quite some time since he and I have done our double take review segment on a book. Barry knew I had read this western and really enjoyed it so he picked it up to see what he thought. After reading Outrage At Blanco he suggested we do one of our double take deals and make it part of an FFB posting.

Seemed like a good idea to me so Barry leads off with his review followed by mine…


OUTRAGE AT BLANCO (1998) by Bill Crider

Reviewed by Barry Ergang

“Jink Howard sat in the shade of a tree and ate tomatoes out of a can while Ben Atticks raped the woman in the wagon bed.”


So opens this irresistibly readable western novel by Bill Crider.


The nature of a crime doesn’t matter to Jink and Ben; they’re equal-opportunity amorals. Once Ben is finished with the woman, Jink takes over.  Waiting to meet up with Daniel O’Grady, with whom they served time in prison and with whom they intend to rob the bank in the placid town of Blanco, they encounter Ellie Taine not far from its outskirts and decide to have their brutal way with her.  


The subsequent robbery doesn’t go anywhere close to as smoothly as intended, and Jink and Ben add multiple murders to their list of crimes. The plunder is only a fraction of what was promised, which results in some internecine warfare.


For their own individual reasons, Ellie Taine and Jonathan Crossland set out in pursuit of Jink and Ben. Crossland, an elderly tough-minded local rancher who has worked hard and honestly for many years to attain his wealth, is a man afflicted with a “wasting disease,” who knows his time is nearly up, but who doesn’t plan to concede to his ne’er-do-well son Gerald—or anyone else, for that matter—that he’s willing to die passively in bed.


To provide a broader perspective, heighten tension and suspense, and add character depth, Crider takes the reader into the minds and points of view of the principal characters. Ellie Taine’s is the foremost, and her internal conflicts depict her as a woman who wants both justice and revenge while at the same time seeking acceptance and a kind of absolution.


Written in Crider’s clear, uncluttered style, Outrage at Blanco is a fast-moving novel packed with action and drama that is genuinely hard to put down and that should appeal to most fans of westerns. Strongly recommended.



© 2015 Barry Ergang

Derringer Award-winner Barry Ergang’s written work has appeared in numerous publications, print and electronic. Some of it is available at Amazon and at Smashwords. His website is http://www.writetrack.yolasite.com/.


My review from March 2014…….


A trip to town and back for Ellie Taine has gone very wrong as this western from author Bill Crider begins. Just outside of the small Texas town of Blanco she had made the mistake of stopping for the two men who seemed friendly. As it became clear they had something else on their minds, she thought they only meant to rob her.  Unfortunately for Ellie, robbery wasn’t what they wanted. Ben Atticks and Jink Howard wanted something much more personal to Ellie than the few items she had purchased in town at Roger's Mercantile.


When they were done with her they left her alive. That was another mistake in a long line of mistakes in their criminal careers. What happened to Ellie is just part of this very good western from Texas author Bill Crider.


Originally published in 1998 by Dell Books, Outrage at Blanco is now available as an e-book. Reminiscent of The Baby Shark Series by Robert Fate in that a rape spurs a woman to seek justice on her own, this western set in the Hill Country of Texas features a number of interesting characters. A complicated tale of vengeance and redemption for several characters results in a book that moves forward at a rapid pace despite the many players and almost as many agendas.



Outrage at Blanco (Ellie Taine)
Bill Crider
ASIN: B00DHM0B2U
June 2013
E-Book
240 Pages
$2.99


Material was picked up during the author’s recent free book promotion for my use in an objective review.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2014, 2015

A couple of other brief notes:

The sequel to Outrage at Blanco (Ellie Taine) is titled Texas Vigilante (Ellie Taine Book Two). I reviewed it last October here. I also highly recommend this read.

By the way Barry and I also did a Double Take FFB Review on Mr. Crider’s The Blacklin County Files: 5 Sheriff Dan Rhodes Stories back in July 2013. You can read that review here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PET Scan Results

The PET Scan results are in and they are not what any of us wanted, but they are as we expected. The chemo is working somewhat, but nowhere near where it needs to be to have any chance at all of pushing her into remission. So, the current chemo is stopped.

They need to figure out a new chemo treatment plan and see what Medicare will authorize. As it stands now, several options are being discussed with hopistalizing her for five day stretches of a time every three weeks or so the leading contender. But, there is also a possibility of a multi day outpatient deal as well.  Whatever is tried next will run for two chemo cycles and then will be held while they do a PET Scan.

So,  the plan right now is for her to come back next Thursday for a doc visit and blood work and prepared to be admitted to the hospital for a five day chemo stretch. This may change, but that is the plan for now.

We are not surprised by any of this and Sandi isn't giving up.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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The PET Scan for Sandi took quite a long time, but was finally finished. Hopefully, they will really have the results tomorrow when we see the doctor.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Review: "The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time: The Civil War, The Iron Bowl, And Other Memorable Matchups" by Martin Gitlin

There are rivalries and then there are rivalries. What was known for decades as “The Red River Shootout” between Oklahoma and Texas was one of those intense clashes. The game each October is not anywhere near as good these days no matter what they call it now, but the game at one time was the stuff of legend. Those details and the battle between Texas and Oklahoma for football supremacy each year is covered in detail in the fourth chapter of The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time: The Civil War, The Iron Bowl, And Other Memorable Matchups.



Dating back to the first meeting in 1900 when Texas defeated Oklahoma 28 to 2 the chapter recounts the history of this clash up until 2014. Over 26 pages the rivalry is analyzed and discussed in great detail. Along with plenty of history and anecdotes passed down during the years there is the final score list of the 108 games played through the 2013 season. Also included at the end of the chapter is a listing of bowl appearances for each team that details the year, the opponent, and the final score of that game.


That same format of detailed history is used for the other 13 rivalries covered in the book starting with Ohio State vs. Michigan. After opening with that one, author Martin Gitlin takes readers onward through Alabama vs. Auburn, Army vs. Navy, Norte Dame vs. Southern California, Harvard vs. Yale, Georgia vs. Florida, Layette vs. Lehigh, California vs. Stanford, Florida State vs. Miami, Grambling State vs. Southern, Utah vs. Brigham Young, Oregon vs. Oregon State, and Clemson vs. South Carolina. Following all the detailed histories of the rivalries is a 12 page “notes” section of footnotes, a five page bibliography, and a 13 page index. A short one page author bio brings this hardback to a close.


An interesting book of facts and history with the occasional black and white photograph, the book covers 14 rivalries extremely well. A notable missing rivalry was the legendary and long standing Texas vs. Texas A&M clash that recently ended due to television dollars, gargantuan egos of administrators on both sides as a result of conference shifting by Texas A&M. No doubt other readers will be aware of other rivalries they feel should have been included. Whether or not these fourteen are the greatest rivalries of all time would also be up to some debate.


Designed for the hardcore fan, The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time: The Civil War, The Iron Bowl, And Other Memorable Matchups by Martin Gitlin is a well done historical accounting of some of the greatest moments ever in college football. 


The Greatest College Football Rivalries of All Time: The Civil War, The Iron Bowl, And Other Memorable Matchups
Martin Gitlin
Rowman & Littlefield
August 2014
ISBN# 978-1-4422-2983-9
Hardback (e-book also available)
354 Pages
$40.00


Material was picked up to read and review after I spotted it on the new arrivals table during a recent trip to the Haggard Branch of the Plano Public Library System.


Kevin R. Tipple ©2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dorothy-L: An Interview with Diane Kovacs (Barbara Fisters Place)

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Sandi's Medical Status

Blood work today was much better than expected. She remains anemic, but the numbers have climbed enough off the floor that they are holding off on a blood transfusion for now. Her white blood cell count had come up enough that they held off on giving her a shot for that as well. So, she escaped without either of the procedures that make her so sick each time.

WooHoo!

Wednesday she has a PET SCAN to re-image the cancer. This scan will be compared to the one she had when she was hospitalized about three months ago. This is being done to see if the chemo is working.

Thursday we go back to the hospital and see her cancer folks, have blood work and all  that, and hopefully get some positive news results wise.

Assuming we do then next Tuesday and Wednesday will probably be chemo days.

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“The Last Victim” by Karen Robards


This paranormal romantic thriller—emphasis on the romance—is the first of a new series featuring
Dr. Charlotte (Charlie) Stone. She’s a serial killer expert with a personal tie to serial killers and an extra ability she wishes she didn’t have.


Fifteen years ago, when she was teenager, she survived one of the attacks of a killer who murdered three entire families in their homes. The killer was never caught, and left Charlie traumatized for years. The killer slaughtered the families and abducted the teenage daughters, leaving their bodies under a boardwalk a few days later. He was dubbed the Boardwalk Killer. She went into her chosen profession to try to make up for the fact that the one particular sicko was never caught.


Her current job involves analyzing convicted serial killers, working in the prison, and conducting interviews. However, when two Virginia Beach families are killed and their daughters found under boardwalks, FBI agents Ryan Sinclair and Buzz Crane recruit her. They don’t realize that, in addition to her experience years ago with what may be the same killer, she possesses an ability that—though she doesn't like to use it—will help enormously. She’s reluctant to get involved until a third family is killed. The daughter is missing. If Charlie works fast, and if the inmate she’s currently treating will cooperate—a guy as evil as he is hot—she may be able to save a life, if she can keep from falling into the clutches of the handsome killer.


Reviewed by Kaye George, author of Broke for Suspense Magazine

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Babs Lakey Needs OUR Help

Babs, the force behind the legendary Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine (FMAM) is having serious medical issues and faces losing her home among other problems. Out of desperation she has gone public with her situation via a GoFundMe account.

If you can help--please do so. Babs needs it bad. As it says at the top of her account page:

"Babs" Lakey - Don't Write Her Off
 

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Heath Lowrance Reviews The Stranger by Albert Camus

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Just Because It Is Funny.....

at least to me and I needed the laugh.


Mystery Fanfare: CWA International Dagger Shortlist

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KRL This Week Update

Up this morning in KRL A review & giveaway of "Don't Go Home" the latest Death on Demand mystery by Carolyn Hart​, along with a fun Behind the Book interview with Carolyn http://kingsriverlife.com/05/16/dont-go-home-by-carolyn-hart/

Also up reviews & giveaways of 5 more fun food related Penguin mysteries-"Flourless to Stop Him": A Baker’s Treat Mystery by Nancy J. Parra​, "Dark Chocolate Demise": A Cupcake Bakery Mystery by Jenn McKinlay​, "Sticky Situation": A Sugar Grove Mystery by Jessie Crockett​, "Fillet of Murder": A Deep Fried Mystery by Linda Reilly, and this one which is actually an April book, "Five-Alarm Fudge": A Fudge Shop Mystery by Christine DeSmet​ http://kingsriverlife.com/05/16/a-bunch-of-may-food-mysteries-from-penguin/

We also have a review & giveaway of "Some Like It Witchy" by Heather Blake http://kingsriverlife.com/05/16/some-like-it-witchy-by-heather-blake/

And a review & giveaway of "Stone Cold Dead" by James Ziskin​ http://kingsriverlife.com/05/16/stone-cold-dead-by-james-w-ziskin/

We also have a fun look at women in science on TV shows over the last 50 years, including "Star Trek", and all the CSI's and much more http://kingsriverlife.com/05/16/science-chicks-fifty-years-of-women-tv-scientists/

And lastly, we have an interesting mystery short story by Richard Brawer http://kingsriverlife.com/05/16/murder-go-round-a-mystery-short-story/

Happy reading,
Lorie

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Deadline May 25, 2015-- HINT FICTION CONTEST with Cash Prizes!

Deadline May 25, 2015-- HINT FICTION CONTEST with Cash Prizes!

My Latest Verizon Outage

I use Verizon for my phone and internet services. I am not happy with them, but changing things is more trouble than I can deal with right now with all the things going on here. So, becuase I am still with them I have apaprently had another e-mail outage over night.

If you sent me a review query, an editing project, or the secret to writing a best seller in 18 days any time after 11:30 last night my time to about 7:30 this morning I did not get it. Please resend.

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