Texas Lightning

by Dusty Richards

Cover: Texas Lightning by Dusty Richards
Part of the The Texas Badge series:

In the high plains of the vast Texas Panhandle someone is burning ranch houses when the families are in their beds asleep. It’s the last straw when the local mercantile is set on fire and the town threatened. Sheriff Dell Hoffman begins an all-out search for the evil arsonist. After bounty hunter Rose Parsons returns from capturing vicious outlaw Rafe Malone, her Mama’s home is burned while she is in it. Rose sets out on her own hunt for the man known as the Fire Starter vowing to take his head in for the bounty.

Though they each ride the Texas Panhandle hard as they might, neither can identify or track down the owlhoot. Desperate to stop the fiery trail of the devil outlaw, the two team up to lead a posse of trusted men that includes an Apache, two outlaws and a few deputies in a hell-bent-for-leather chase across the high plains of Texas where lightning can strike without warning.

Publisher: Galway

About the Author

IF THERE WAS A SATURDAY MATINEE, Dusty was there with Hoppy, Roy and Gene. He went to roundup at seven-years-old, sat on a real horse and watched them brand calves on the Peterson Ranch in Othello, Washington. When his family moved to Arizona from the Midwest, at age 13, he knew he’d gone to heaven. A horse of his own, ranches to work on, rodeos to ride in, Dusty’s mother worried all his growing up years he’d turn out to be some “old cowboy bum.”

He read every western book on the library shelves. He sat on the stoop of Zane Grey’s cabin on Mrs. Winter’s ranch and looked out over the “muggie-own” rim and promised the writer’s ghost his book would join Grey’s some day on the book rack.

Since English teachers never read westerns, he made up book reports like “Guns on the Brazos” by J.P. Jones. The story of a Texas Ranger who saves the town and the girl. Then he sold them for a dollar to other boys too lazy to read when teenagers were lucky to earn fifty cents an hour. In fact, book reports kept him and his buddy in gas money to go back and forth to high school.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 1960, he came to northwest Arkansas, ranched, auctioneered, announced rodeo, worked 32 years for Tyson Food in management, anchored TV news and struggled to get a book of his own sold. The three earlier books on the list were published without his knowledge and only discovered in 2011 as even existing.

In 1992, his first novel, Noble’s Way was published. In 2003, his novel The Natural won the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation Fiction Book of the Year Award. In 2004, The Abilene Trail won the same award. Dusty invests a lot of his time helping others who want to learn how to write by speaking at seminars and conferences all over the United States. There is no difference in writing any kind of fiction. In Dusty’s words, “You simply change the sets, costumes and dialect.”

Dusty’s website: dustyrichards.com
Interview on Youtube: http://youtu.be/n1p4-B6fvjE?hd=1

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