Hell’s Princess by Harold Schechter

Who the heck is Belle Gunness of LaPorte, Indiana, I ask you? Who?

Missus Gunness was the lady (?) who advertised in the Norwegian newspapers for a husband or partner in the early 1900’s. Just make sure you bring your life savings and deposit them in the LaPorte bank where they will be safe. We’ll make a life of it on my large farm [wink, wink]. The last person to respond was Arthur Helgelien who showed up at her door with suitcases in hand. Belle invited him in and kicked out the handyman. She needed his room for Mister Helgelien.

In a short time, Mister Helgelien came up missing. Belle said he had gone back to North Dakota or Minnesota to pick up the rest of his things. Well, he was the last of the ten strangers to check in with Belle to live the life of Riley. She disposed of him just like she did the others – bashed him in the back of the head with an axe or other heavy object, cut off his arms and legs and buried him in the hog compound.

That’s who Belle Gunness was and what she did for recreation. One morning some people/neighbors looked out their window and saw smoke and flames coming from the windows of her house and before anyone could get organized, the house burned to the ground except for the brick walls. They found Belle, maybe, with her little boy resting on her chest and her two little girls in the cellar burned to a frazzle.

Following rumors, the sheriff and others started digging up the yard and found most of the dead men. Arrested for this horrible crime was Art Lamphere, who had lived with Belle off and on and held a grudge against her for owing him money. Art said he was just walking to work when he saw the blaze, but didn’t offer any help or stop to watch the fire. He was arrested and thrown in jail to await trial for murdering Belle and others.

The rest of the story is interesting with various sightings of Belle alive in places hard to believe. And I recommend you read the book to find out what happened.

I give the book five stars. It was easy to read and understand even though there are a ton of characters and I was kept in suspense right up to the end. And I’m still trying to figure it out. Is Belle Gunness alive or maybe not? The book was well researched and has a large bibliography.

True Blue, A Ben Blue Western, by Lou Bradshaw

In this Ben Blue novel, a group of cowboys under the direction of David Fowler and a person or persons back East are into making land claims illegally and selling the property for profit. U.S. Marshal Ben Blue and his MB Ranch were targeted by the outlaws in the first failed attempt to run the scam in northern New Mexico. Blue drives them off and he notifies the authorities in a nearby county to be on the alert. Via telegrams, Blue learns the story of the West Texas Development Association and he takes out to track them down and bring them to justice.

This is an exciting story of Blue chasing and dealing out justice in his way. The description of the area around and north of Taos is great and just enough of it to keep my interest. Mister Bradshaw does a fine job of telling the story with plenty of action along the way. I give him four-and-a-half stars for his valiant effort and look forward to more of Ben Blue.

Cowgirl Up! and More

What’s going on at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, AZ? Of course, it is Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West. On Exhibit March 23-May 13, 2018. It is Art by Women and they are great artists with paintings of Cowboys and Cowgirls, Horses, Scenery, Cattle, Roping and other wonderful pictures. You won’t believe how great they are until you take a gander at them. Don’t Miss it.

And another great event coming up on April 5 in Wickenburg is the Annual Wickenburg Book Festival with authors galore signing and selling their books and some great entertainment. Another Don’t Miss event.

Don’t miss the Tucson Book Festival, one of the greatest in the Nation, March 10-11. Around 150,000 people will be there to check out all the latest books and stuff.

Happy Spring to Everyone!!

Blaze! by Stephen Mertz

J. D. Blaze and wife, Kate, are caught up in a series of crises in this first of a series of eleven books. They find themselves surrounded by Apache Indians and no way out., expecting an all-out attack at any moment. They manage somehow to escape and head for Whiskey Bend. Shucks! All their money was in a couple of saddle bags which were stolen during the fracas and they had to start all over again hiring their guns out for whatever needed to be done. And they move from one gunfight to another over the course of the story.They run into that bitch, Rosa Diablo, and that bandido, Luis Paco. Rosa carves her initials into women she caught before she killed them and Paco was just as bad. Kate and Blaze team up with them and all Hell breaks out.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sexy western and give it four stars. It was fast-paced and an easy read.



I’ve been working on a variety of things, the main one being my writing. Writing Chapter Four of Volume 2 of Bobby Chase-the-Lord and we are progressing pretty good. Since I am a “Pantser” some days it goes well and other days not so well. I will keep on writing.

I must apologize for the name Neil Stephenson because it is NICK STEPHENSON, the originator of “yourfirst10Kreaders.com” site. Good info here.

There are so many people giving out training on publishing that it makes my head swim. They all have videos and articles that take up my time, but I need to learn some of it to assist me in publishing my books.

I enjoy reading and do it a little each day, but I’m far behind on my TBR pile. Maybe this coming weekend I’ll catch up a bit.

HAPPY LABOR DAY everyone!!

Fine Reading

I would like you to take a look at C. G. Faulkner’s Western Trilogy.
Unreconstructed: A Story of the Old West, Vol. 1; Undaunted, vol.2; and Unrepentant, Vol. 3. Here is his Author Page (first page) from Author Central, Amazon.com: (A good buy.)


And here is his Facebook page from Facebook.com:


And I hope you enjoy Mister Faulkner’s work!

Kindle Edition Out

The Kindle Edition of The Sorry Life of Bobby Chase-the-Lord is now available. I’ve bee working all week to get this out, but even using Kindle Creator, there are some spacing errors for which I apologize. I’ll be working on them, but right now I don’t have any time for it. The novel reads continuously from begging to end, so you shouldn’t have any trouble with it. For $2.99 you can’t beat it! Order your copy today!



Dying cowboy.


Y’all have a great weekend!


“The Sorry Life of Bobby-Chase-the-Lord” is now out and will be available immediately at https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Sorry+Life+of+Bobby+Chase-the-Lord keywords=The+Sorry+Life+of+Bobby+Chase-the-Lord. Also available in the createspace estore. Get your pocketbook in print now. Here is the front cover:

What Do You Know?

Whadda ya know? My computer problems have been resolved for now – yay!

More good news. After setback after setback, a Proof copy of The Sorry Life of Bobby Chase-the-Lord will be arriving later this week! It won’t be long after that it will be released to the public. I guess you would call it a novella of about 33,000 words, 138 pages in the book, the first of three in the series.

More info will be posted in my forthcoming Newsletter to be released soon.

Have a great week!