Blogging Over at Wild Women Authors!


Hello!

Today I’m blogging about Aleksandra, from A Long Trail Rolling,  over at Wild Women Authors! Come on by!!!

That’s Fri 13th in the USA and Saturday 14th in New Zealand!

I’m also talking about my next two books!~

It’s all here!

http://www.wildwomenauthorsx2.blogspot.com./

 

Enjoy!

xx

Lizzi

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The Third Edition of A Long Trail Rolling is released and uploaded to most websites.

New cover, revised interior!

Take a look!

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And the paperback cover…with reviews by Deborah Challinor, Leeanna Morgan and Booksellers NZ

 

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And a treat inside the covers…

(Thanks Chris, at Bookprinting.co.nz !)

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If you love sagas with gutsy, horsey heroines and  hot Latin Californio men, plus plenty of history thrown in, you might like my current series…

The Long Trails Series

A Long Trail Rolling, Book One.  A third edition–now out!

The Hills of Gold Unchanging, Book Two-18 February 2017

A Sea of Green Unfolding, Book Three-Due May 2017

Tatiana, Book Four -Due August – Dec 2017

The Mochila is Coming Closer


Here at the Pat and Linda Hearty residence,  we’re preparing and waiting with expectancy for Group 1 of the Utah Pony Express Association to hand over the mochila to us at Simpson Springs tomorrow morning!

Our team, Team 3, led by the Heartys, will have 42 rides of two miles each, which will be split up between the twenty horses and sixteen riders tomorrow, to complete our  85 mile portion of the over-2000 mile re-ride.

TOMORROW!

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We spent the day doing final shoeings with rubber shoes  or borium points for those horses who will complete our stretch into the streets of Salt Lake City.  I’m lucky enough to not be one of those riding through town, but who knows, by the end of the day!  While they guys finished shoeing, I set to work on six horses, being honourary groom… Manes and tails on these cool Quarter Horse brumbies… hadn’t seen a comb for awhile, so armed with a great brush and a bottle of Show Sheen, they’re NEARLY done!

Last prep for myself tonight, I’m learning how to use the Go-Pro, and will be riding with it on my hat!  Hope to have good footage tomorrow for you all!  Not  a western hat, but it will at least keep me from scrambling my brains in the unlikely event of a mishap! And it’ll hold the Go-Pro!  Here’s my practice run….

 

Hope to see some of you out on the trail, or at the talk at Joe and Annette Hatch’s place on Monday between 3 and 7 pm (see previous blog posts for details)!  Talk, readings, book signing, and of course, books for sale, by yours truly or two great Pony Express books by Patrick Hearty and Joe Hatch!

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Bye till after the ride!!

XX

Lizzi

Come Along to a Talk Soon!! Salt Lake, Sacramento, Arcata!


Hi All!

You’re all invited to some talks, coming soon!

What we’ll talk about….

A Long Trail Rolling is an Historical Romantic Suspense novel, and the first in The Long Trail Quadrilogy. The book is a crossover between YA and Adult.cv_a_long_trail_rolling

I am an awarded, self-published author, equine veterinarian with an equine dental practice(UCD grad) and high school teacher. I have recently stepped down from being the President of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. A California native, I have lived in New Zealand since 1991.

2016-reride (1)The purpose of my trip to the USA is to ride a portion of the Pony Express Re-Ride on June 19th, over the Utah part of the trail included in my story. 

There will be:

·      Readings from the novel

·      Talk about the Pony Express (as will have left from Old Sacramento on its way east the previous week!)  I’ve got a PowerPoint presentation with plenty of pics from the Utah portion of the trail and will hopefully have some great Go Pro footage from my riding of the Re-Ride on the 19th of June!

·      Discussion of writing, or researching and writing historical novels

·      Talk about NaNoWriMo with budding writers of any age. I led a group of thirteen year olds through NaNo last year in New Zealan

 We’re open to suggestions! 

Would love to see you all there!

xxx

2016 USA Book Tour: West

 

Salt Lake City, Utah:Travellers rest station

Monday 20 June, from 3-7 p.m.

Venue: The Hatch Residence, 1614 S. 1700 E.,

Salt Lake City, (801) 466-4092

 

Sacramento, CA:oldsac_pony_express_statue

23 June TBA

Eureka, CA:P1030181

25 June late afternoon, location TBA

 

Will be updated as locations are confirmed.

Hope to see you all there!

xx

Lizzi

Finalist!!!


How very exciting!

Opened email today to find this!

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and the lovely note attached:

Dear Lizzi Tremayne

It‘s my pleasure to let you know that your novel, A Long Trail Rolling, has been selected by our reader judges as a finalist in the HOLT Medallion contest in the Romantic Suspense AND Best First Book categories. Congratulations!

 

On June 11th, Virginia Romance Writers will host an awards luncheon to announce the HOLT Medallion Winners and Award of Merit Finalists. Please see the attached invitation for more information.

Etc…..

 Woo HOOOOOOoooooooo…..

🙂

Thanks, everyone, who helped me get this far!

xxx

Lizzi

 

Hamilton Zinefest this Saturday!


Come on by the Hamilton Zinefest  this Saturday!

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Lizzi Tremayne and Blue Mist Publishing will have a presence there, not sure if we’ll have the big red and blue gazebo or not, but we’ll be there with bells on!

 

It’s at Creative Waikato, Alexandra Street (next door to Mr Milton’s Canteen)

Click here for more info.

Take care, all, and hope to see you there!

Kindest regards,

Lizzi Tremayne

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth Radio Show Interview is LIVE!


Hi All!

It’s today!

It’s TODAY!!!

Okay, backtrack, sorry.

Paula Slater of Straight from the Horse’s Mouth, in Canada, interviewed me last week for her Radio Show!

See three blogs down for the article I wrote for her to post on her site along with it!

Anyway, the interview is live on their website NOW at
http://www.straightfromthehorsesmouthradioshow.com/SFHM-Radio-Show-DarkLogo1400x1400

Hmmm. Two days ago, Paula asked me for some horseback archery photos…

Right…

Which of course, I didn’t have…

And right now, I have a mangled shoulder…

And a horse who’s been ridden three times in the past four and a half years…

Okay…

Elliot?  Can you please take some pics for me before school for ten minutes?

🙂

Okay…now, hmmm.

Can’t draw bow with mangled right shoulder, but can hold it with right and draw with left…and let go of the reins…
All I can say is… Maya was pretty awesome. Me in my silk reenactment dress all over his bum as well…

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He wasn’t highly impressed to have to canter around in the green grass, when he would’ve been happier eating it…

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But he was pretty amazing. 

Paula will be doing more interviews with me in future, one on equine dentistry (this goes to my veterinary website) and one on laminitis, for those horsey people out there!

Anyway, here are some other links where you can hear the podcast!

Facebook 

My post page on SFHM Radio Show:

iTunes

SoundCloud

Stitcher 

Tunein

Player FM    

Two Thumbs Up

It’s on now!
Come on by and take a listen!head blurry(Matthew says it’s not blurry, it’s just soft focus. LOL. Need a new camera that focuses properly 🙂 )

Please pass it around?
Thanks!
Lizzi Tremayne
PS, any of you who have read A Long Trail Rolling, I’d sure appreciate it if you would post your review onto Paula’s Barnmice blog?

I believe you’d have to register for it!

NewBarnmiceBanner20141It will be at:http://www.barnmice.com/profiles/blog/list…  when it gets posted by Paula! 🙂

Thanks so much, all!
XX
Lizzi

Great New Review by The Phantom Paragrapher!


Hi All!

A great new review for A Long Trail Rolling has come through from Paula Phillips over at The Phantom Paragrapher!

 

Review: A Long Trail Rolling – Lizzi Tremayne – January 2015

Unlike Most Indie books when they come into the writing world , A Long Trail Rolling has won the 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award and was a finalist in the 2013 Great Beginnings Competition. A Long Trail Rolling was not normally a book I would read as I have never really been a huge fan of the historicals but as I would read through the pages, I discovered that A Long Trail Rolling was more than just your average historical romance novel. It had something for every reader from the Western theme with the main theme being that the character Aleksandra rode the Pony Express in the 1860’s , Utah in order to escape her father’s killer which brings me to the next theme of Suspense as Alek’s dad has been murdered and now in order to survive and not succumb to the same odds as her father has , Alek must ride in order to save her life and not become listed as one of the fallen. What’s a good story without a romance entanglement as Aleks meets along the way Xavier and with romance comes clashes as Aleks and Xavier have their moments where the reader hopes they will kiss and make-up as you want them to realise that they are better off together , not only due to their amazing chemistry but the fact that two heads are better than one when it comes to the odds of survival. The story ends on a cliffie, as we learn that their will be more in the series as it follows and leads eventually to Aleks arriving in New Zealand. What I did love about this book was the research that the authoress has put in as her love and knowledge of horses and the early American years has shone through her words and you know that what you are reading has a hint of reality to it which makes it seem even more real for the reader.

Overall , in parts this book reminded me of the Westerns my Grandad used to lend me and he would read himself – authors like Louis Lamour, as my mum’s side of the family grew up in the country and were surrounded by Horses and the Western lifestyle as well as Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prarie which I loved reading and watching on TV when I was a child.

If you love Westerns, Romance, History and Adventure – not to mention the feel of an Epic Saga novel then A Long Trail Rolling is the read for you.

So What are you waiting for folks, #SaveAHorse by Reading “A Long Trail Rolling”.

Come see us at the NZ Indie Book Festival next weekend!


It’s an exciting time for independent and self-publishing writers who want to exercise control of their ideas, their stories, and their books. This festival brings together New Zealand authors, writers, books and readers together in a way never before possible!  At the festival you’ll have the opportunity to talk with authors behind the stories. If you’re a writer, come and meet the literary businesses who can help you turn your manuscript into a print book, e-book or both.
I’ll be in one of three booths, either: 1) The Historical Writers booth, with Zana Bell, Sheryl Buchanan and Rae Roadley – Author; or 2) in the Romance Writers of New Zealand Inc. booth, or 3) in the New Zealand Society of Authors booth, and my book: A Long Trail Rolling will be in all three!

Come on by!
Click here for more information, plus below you’ll find three great vids!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

The promised vids:  Just click on them!

Talking about the Festival:

 

Why writers should go!

 

Why readers should go!

See you there!

 

With bells on!

Thanks for reading!

Kind regards,

Lizzi

A Long Trail Rolling Wins Best First Novel in Koru 2015!


I have indeed been remiss!

I posted on FB but not on to here!

At the annual 2015 RWNZ Conference a few weeks ago, A Long Trail Rolling placed in two sections of the Koru Award for Excellence, winning the Best First Novel and placing third in the Best Long Novel.

I’m especially pleased because this in this competition, entrants were both self-published AND traditionally published by very large publishers.

🙂

2015 Koru List

Here’s a pic of the winner with her best cheerleader and beta reader!

2015 Koru Award Best First Novel

I ALSO just found out that A Long Trail Rolling was a finalist in the Best Indie Book Award Competition!

CROPPED BEST INDIE BOOK AWARD FINALIST

Now I just need to get The Hills of Gold Unchanging done, then finish A Sea of Green Unfolding!

A Sea of Green Unfolding

A Sea of Green Unfolding

Back to work, I go!

Oh yeah…. I am now also the President of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. We have a great bunch of ladies and one man in our Executive and Committee this year, who all want to work as a team!

Yeah!!!!

Take good care, back to writing.

XX

Lizzi

Blogging Today at The Romance Studio!


Hi All,

I’m blogging today over at The Romance Studio!

Come on over to

The Romance Studio

hear a little about the Secession Menace in California in the 1860’s, A Long Trail Rolling and The Hills of Gold Unchanging!

See you there!

XXX

Lizzi

Come Over to The Romance Studio for the TRS End of Summer Bash, this WHOLE WEEK!


Hello All!
I’m posting ALL WEEK on The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash! Come on by to see what my book is all about, and a bit of background about A Long Trail Rolling, its author (me!) and the in-progress sequels in @The Long Trails Quadrilogy, The Hills of Gold Unchanging​, A Sea of Green Unfolding and A Bold Country Evolving​!
It’s at…

The Romance Studio End of Summer Bash

and it starts TODAY!

Join me and hundreds of other authors:

Paige Tyler, Gail Koger,lizzie starr,Sam Cheever,Tina Gayle,Roz Lee,Debora Dennis,Kate Hill/Saloni Quinby,Cornelia Amiri,Rita Hestand,Zenobia Renquist,Jianne Carlo,Lola Karns,Lisa Carlisle,Christine Murphy,Kitsy Clare,J.R. Gray,London Saint James,Nicola Cameron,Cate Masters,Haley Whitehall,Shiloh Saddler,Naomi Bellina,Leigh Ellwood,Teri Riggs,Ute Carbone,Susan Hanniford Crowley,Lacey Roberts,Susan Horsnell,Lucy Felthouse,B.J. McCall,Denyse Bridger,Sharon Buchbinder,Amanda Bretz,Justus Roux,Janet Eckford,Natalie-Nicole Bates,Sean Michael,Megan Slayer,Wendi Zwaduk,Katya Armock,Tina Donahue,Sharita Lira,Sarah Grimm,Samantha Gentry,Shawna Delacorte,JoAnne Myers,Charity Parkerson,Jami Gray,A.M. Griffin,Tory Richards

To go straight to my posts, click here!

It’s time to celebrate our last tanning days in the Northern Hemisphere and the last of the rainy days in the Southern !

Enjoy reading excerpts and blog posts!  Have FUN!    Win Prizes!

Here are the details:

We’re celebrating the end to a fabulous summer (or winter in the Southern Hemisphere) as we always do — with a End of Summer Bash! We’re giving away an Amazon gift ecard (electronic gift card only, value $115) to one lucky reader and we’re giving away a lot of other prizes from the TRS prize vault and participating authors too!

Where is it going to be held?

The event will be held exclusively at the TRS PARTY SITE.

When is it going to be held?

From August 17 – 23, 2015. Times? All day! (since it’s in the states, half of the night!)

When will the prizes be given out?

The winner of the Amazon gift ecard will be selected at random after 23 August, 2015. Other prizes from TRS and its participating authors will be assigned at each donor’s earliest convenience following the end of the event.

Okay so HOW do I enter for the gift card?

We authors will be posting during the event period at our PARTY SITE about our latest books and other entertaining topics. Comment on any of the posts at any time during the event (should be at least acceptable/polite comments because comments in poor taste may result in exclusion from the event), and fill out the gift card entry form that will appear at the party, and you will be entered into the drawing for the Amazon gift ecard.

How do I enter for the other prizes?

For other prizes donated by TRS and all participating authors, there are giveaway forms at the PARTY SITE.

Deadlines are 23 August 2015!

Come on down & join me at the PARTY SITE!

See you soon!

To go straight to Lizzi Tremayne’s  posts, click here!

Hi All! Come on over to Cynthia Woolfe’s Blog, we’re over there today!


Hi everyone!

I was invited to an interview with Cynthia Wolf, Historical Romance author extraordinaire!

Click Here!

Here’s the header on her lovely page!

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Cynthia Woolf’s Website Banner

Come on by and learn a little about where I got interested in writing, how the series began, and some things about me you might not have known!

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Leave a comment and I promise to reply!

Take good care,

Kindest regards,

Lizzi

A Long Trail Rolling is Being Published as We Speak! Cover Reveal, Buy Links and USA Book Launch!


Hello All!

A Long Trail Rolling is finally live.

BUY LINKS: 

For those of you who have asked, here are the best buy links!

Softcover: CreateSpace

Ebooks: Smashwords

Ebooks and paper: Amazon

 

BOOK LAUNCH:


Come along to our USA BOOK LAUNCH of A Long Trail Rolling!
14 January 2015 in Placerville, CA!
please RSVP at Eventbrite: https://eventbrite.co.nz/event/15130485690/


Looking forward to seeing you all there! Will have a book launch in New Zealand upon our return home!
XX

 

A Long Trail Rolling

by Lizzi Tremayne

The Long Trail Book One

 

Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Cover for A Long Trail Rolling

Escaping her father’s killer, Aleksandra rode the Pony Express—full speed into the middle of the Indian Paiute Wars.

She didn’t expect to become a target, but she is one now! 

Seventeen year old Aleksandra, trained in the Cossack arts from infancy by her father, finds herself alone and running to prevent her Pa’s killer from obtaining a secret coveted by the Russian Czar, one which could alter the forces of power in Europe. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in 1860’s Utah Territory, she finds herself in even deeper trouble. Her Californio boss Xavier has a strength to match her own, but can they overcome their differences before the ever-increasing odds overtake them?

With this debut Western Historical Adventure, Lizzi Tremayne won the 2014 RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award and was a finalist in the 2013 Great Beginnings A saga of the Old West with a multicultural cast of those who make up America, it would interest readers who enjoy Westerns, horses, American Indians, immigrants, and the Pony Express. It has a capable heroine, strong historical detail, period veterinary treatment and frontier-pushing characters. It compares to the work of Phillipa Gregory, Diana Gabaldon and Jean Auel, with a little Laura Ingalls Wilder thrown in.

This novel is the first in The Long Trail quadrilogy of historical adventure sagas following her characters from the wilderness of 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand. 

 

Genre: Western Historical Adventure Fiction with Romantic Elements

Content/Theme(s): Western, horse, native American, Indian, immigrant, Pony Express, veterinary, Utah Territory, Old West

Release Date: 10 January 2015Softcover book cover for CreateSpace!

Launch Party: 14 January 2015, Placerville, California! 

Publisher: Indie, as Blue Mist Publishing

Will be available from  Smashwords, Amazon,(preorder from these two) and CreateSpace, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Draft 2 Digital and many others. Will

post buy links as soon as they are available.

Excerpt and more

A Long Trail Rolling excerpt

Links:

Lizzi Tremayne Twitter

A Long Trail Rolling Facebook

Lizzi Tremayne Facebook 

Pinterest

Thanks for reading!

See you soon!

Lizzi Tremayne

 ……………

Freebie excerpt!

Lookout Pass, she reminded herself as she neared the summit. Glancing north to the distant white tops of the Onaqui Mountains, she swallowed hard as she thought again of her papa and the fossil he’d fossicked for her from its rocky ledges.

The spotted pony broke into a lope over the crest of the hill and began the mile-long descent. Aleksandra’s thoughts filled with memories, she was absentmindedly fingering the fossil inside the medicine bag hung about her neck when she felt the first arrow whizz past her head.

Her heart stopped in its tracks and she flung herself to the left side of the Palouse’s neck in a Cossack hang, lying flat against his side.

‘Yah! Yah! Let’s go, Scout!’ she shouted, throwing the reins at him.

He needed little urging to run full tilt down the steep and treacherously rocky trail as the yells of Indian warriors echoed through the narrow valley. The arrows came hard and fast from the southwest, screaming like a mad bunch of hornets.

Smart. Her lips curved in the hint of a wry grin.

The Indians had placed themselves between the trail and the setting sun, so Aleksandra couldn’t see her attackers in the glimpses she stole,from beneath Scout’s neck, of the world whizzing past. With the ground only three feet from her head, the scent of sage filled her nostrils when Scout crashed through a clump of brush. Briefly considering letting go of one of her death-grip holds onto the racing horse to pull a gun from her holster, something akin to suicide, she tightened her lip in a grimace and stayed put, trusting far more in the Palouse’s speed and handiness to save them. Knowing her weight hanging off to one side had to put him off his best, she tried to stay out of his way, keeping as still as possible, tucked down on the side of the skidding and leaping beast. Praying the cinch would hold, she sent fervent thanks to the pony selectors for their choice of horses.

How I would love to have my bow and arrows, but I only need to get us through to Doc Faust at Rush—

The Palouse interrupted her musings as he threw up his head and reared, angrily trumpeting and shaking his head for a moment, nearly dropping Aleksandra, then resumed his headlong rush down the hill. When he carried on, she heard whistling sounds with every breath and turned her face forward to see where the noise was coming from.

Then she saw the arrow.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,

Lizzi Tremayne

NaNoWriMo TO START ON SATURDAY!


 

If you’ve ever met me in person…..  (grinning sheepishly…), I probably don’t have to tell you how exc2013-Winner-Vertical-Bannerited I am that NaNoWriMo (nanowrimo.org) starts this Saturday, 1 November.

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which happens every November.

I’ve started a Facebook page for those who wish to be in a NaNo group and support each other. Support… that means kick in the bum when it’s needed, mostly… It’s a secret group, and by invitation. If you wish to join and don’t know me personally, send me a message via this webpage, with your username from NaNo and an email or your FB page link and I’ll join you up!

The more the merrier!

 

From last year:  My winning entry was called A Sea of Green Unfolding, an historical adventure fiction with romantic elements.

From their page, …..

Your Average Per Day  1,686

Target Word Count  50,000

Target Average Words Per Day  1,667

Total Words Written       50,592    WINNER!2013-Winner-Facebook-Profile

 

 

Synopsis… you can see last November’s posts for that, if you’re interested…  but better….

 

Better, because I’ve found TWELVE students where I teach at Waihi College, in New Zealand, who want to do it as well! There is a site for young people who want to do NaNo, where they set their own goals. Find it at ywp.nanowrimo.org !

I am so proud of these students for putting their hands up.

It’s not a popular thing to do, but they have the guts to put it all on the line.  I’ve started a “virtual classroom” for them and have joined it as a writer as well, so I’m on both NaNo and NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program sites, as LizziTremayne, if you wish to follow our progress!

The local newspaper, Waihi Leader, is coming on Thursday to interview them at school! YEAH!

If any of you out there want to get involved, go for it!

For myself, this November, I’m going to write the first part of the second novel in the series.

Due to my rearrangement of the novels (including inserting one in between the first and the previous second… now the third), the second half of the second novel is done, as is the first half of the third… Soooooo..

Looking to self publish the first one before Christmas and the other two at two month intervals….

and…. have done the research for the fourth! Guess I’ll be busy…

Hope you are all having a fantastic week.

Take good care and thanks for visiting!

Regards,

L

And the best news of all…..


The best news of all is that…

Ta Da…..

Patrick Hearty, my Pony Express Expert, is going to write the Forward for A Long Trail Rolling!

Patrick and Dr. Joseph Hatch wrote a book about the Pony Express Stations in Utah, called….  you guessed it!

Patrick Hearty The Pony Express Stations in Utah
Patrick Hearty The Pony Express Stations in Utah
Patrick explains something inside an express station, while Dr. Hatch looks on.

(Photo Credit to Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

 

At the Faust’s monument, which is not where Faust’s actually was, incidentally… 🙂

Patrick Hearty and Lizzi at Rush Valley (Faust's) Pony Express Station monument, out of Grantsville, Utah.
Patrick Hearty and Lizzi at Rush Valley (Faust’s) Pony Express Station monument, out of Grantsville, Utah.

This was the start of an epic trip across Utah, over the Pony Express Trail, Patrick, his lovely wife, my son and I!

Simpson’s Station, the restored version… It’s lovely… I think it might be on the cover of A Long Trail Rolling!

 

 

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He’s always got a story for us!

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Patrick at Simpson’s Spring Pony Express Station. It’s been reconstructed and you can go inside and see how it was constructed. I think it’ll be on the cover of A Long Trail Rolling 
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For a young man who loves to take photos, he sure is camera-shy…. my youngest son…

I so loved just being able to touch the old station... even if it was rebuilt!
I so loved just being able to touch the old station… even if it was rebuilt!

 

 

 

The Mustangs…  They feature in the story, near Dugway!

Here’s a cool pic of them… you’ll understand why we didn’t get any closer to them… The stallion, if you can see it close up, is battle scarred and proud, clearly the winner of many a fight with other stallions for the mares in his herd.

 

 

 

A herd of mustangs out of Dugway... Utah Pony Express Trail.
A herd of mustangs out of Dugway… Utah Pony Express Trail.

It was a fantastic day. Will post more pics another time, but just had to share the lovely trip into the mountains…. Patrick, his daughter and I on their favourite mounts…

 

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The world is best seen between the ears of a horse, and especially when it’s Patrick’s favourite one!

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Patrick and I on the trail.

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Columbines under the aspen… Lovely. Classic Utah high country.
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The rocky, dusty July trail.
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Rest time!

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“What’s for lunch?”
Break time with my wonderful new friends
Break time with my wonderful new friends, Patrick and his daughter, plus 3/4…
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On Patrick’s favourite boy, no less… Lucky me!
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Time for a drink!
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… and a rub… “Leave your bridle on, okay?”



drink time...
drink time…

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“You still takin’ pictures back there?” “Yep…”

If you ever get the chance to go over the Utah Pony Express Trail, do it, you’ll not regret it.

There’s even a man, Davy Crockett, yes, Davy Crockett, who runs an ultramarathon (running) over 100 miles of the trail. See his website at http://ponyexpress100.org/

To those of you who have horses and want to be involved, there’s a re-ride, in both directions, every year. You can ride your portion and carry the mochila. Patrick’s sent me a commemorative  letter two years running, one in each direction.. One from St Louis and one from San Francisco. Got this one last year…  and they even forwarded it to NEW ZEALAND!

 

 

 A 2013 Pony Express Commemorative Letter! In NZ!
A 2013 Pony Express Commemorative Letter! In NZ!

How exciting. Thank you Pat!  And thank you to all the horses and riders who carried those little letters in the mochila for a total of over 4000 miles!   Let me know if you’re interested in riding in a re-ride and I’ll get word to Patrick.

There’s a great website about the Pony Express at   http://www.xphomestation.com/  From that site, here’s a news release of the ride just past…  http://www.xphomestation.com/2014-NR1.pdf  Tom Crews, who runs the site, has placed oodles of  news, history, stories, etc. of the Pony Express, as well as school program information on the trail!  When the re-ride is going, they track the mochilas in real time as they cross the United States! Stop by and see them!

 Thanks so much again to Patrick and his wonderful family for having us and letting us in on their life and trail…  The Pony Express Trail.

Thanks for stopping by!

See you again real soon!

L



Express Desired Holding Fire!


Hello All,

Sorry for the silence! I’ve been madly editing.

Currently waiting to hear from the Agent and Editors regarding Express Desired.

Final edits (those before the Editors and Agent deal to it!) are done and today started on the next…

Thanks Patrick, for your ongoing support and help!

My son and I had a great time going over the Utah portion of the Pony Express Trail in July with Patrick and his lovely wife!

Patrick Hearty and Lizzi at Rush Valley (Faust's) Pony Express Station monument, out of Grantsville, Utah.

Patrick Hearty and Lizzi at Rush Valley (Faust’s) Pony Express Station monument, out of Grantsville, Utah.

According to the man himself, this monument  in the wrong location!

Thinking of covers….

Have a great day,

Kindest regards and thanks for following!

Lizzi

Manuscript is DONE! A little teaser from the story, especially for you horsey-types!


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Hello all,

I am very pleased to announce that the manuscript for Express Desired is done!

Hmmm… Let’s just say it it nice to see that I’m making progress in my writing skills… and finally implementing my new skills…. especially incorporating ‘showing’ vs ‘telling’, (and my critique partner will be so PLEASED) .

It’s good to see the improvement since I began writing, but it is a two-edged sword… it sure makes for a lot of editing and rewriting in the first half of the story.

Planning to send the first three chapters and synopsis to the editors and agents who requested it THIS WEEK!

Thanks for your comments, all.

Hugs,

Lizzi

P.S.  I’ve included in this post a little teaser for the story…  Hope you enjoy it!

Vladimir is the baddie in the story…  you horsy-people might appreciate this one!

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The colt didn’t seem to know the way home to the Krzysztof’s cabin this time, so Vladimir’s return trip to the cabin, en route to the trading post, took much longer than  expected. Probably more likely, the bay colt didn’t particularly care about getting home, in light of the fact that since they turned around and headed back west towards the cabin, Vladimir’s mare had come fully on heat. He’d wondered if she was starting up over the previous few days, but there was no longer any doubt, the Russian’s mouth drew tight across gritted teeth.

He now understood why he’d been able to purchase this stunning, sound mare so cheaply at the end of last summer. Doubtless, the chestnut’s previous owner knew what she was like for the half of the year her reproductive cycle was active. Their little jaunt had become a trial. The young stallion was beside himself, travelling next to this winking, squealing and squirting hussy. It was much safer to ride the colt, as green and horny as he was, and be on top, rather than underneath him as he tried to breed the mare.

Vladimir found the shortcut to the cabin… just after he rode the bay past the half-hidden trailhead. Catching the Russian unawares, the colt looked back toward the track, then jerked the reins from Vladimir’s hand, spun on a dime and nearly dropped him as he dived into the trees, headed for home. The mare meanwhile threw up her head and reared, ripping her lead rope from his grip as the colt bolted.

‘You obviously knew that part of the way home,’ Vladimir growled and swore roundly at the beast in Russian, got him under control again and thanked whoever would listen that both horses had not left him stranded. It would be a long walk to anywhere and he didn’t particularly wish to be found at the cabin with all the graves and none of the former occupants.

He needn’t have worried he’d lose the mare. She couldn’t get close enough to the horse as they made their way down the narrow trail. She twice smashed his knee between her and the plunging colt, but Vladimir eventually managed to grab her trailing lead. A quick look around Krzysztof’s yard gave no evidence of habitation, so he refilled two bags with hay, slung them over the mare’s saddle horn and headed off down the larger track to find the trading post.

The Pony Express Mochila is Headed for Ft. Laramie!


June 20, 3:54pm PDT (today in the States, for those of you in NZ!)

“The mail just left Lingle,WY at 4:45 pm, mountain time, headed towards Ft Laramie.”

Patrick Hearty The Pony Express Stations in Utah
Patrick Hearty & Joseph Hatch
The Pony Express Stations in Utah

Well done to all of you out there riding!  You might get a bit tired, but it’s not quite as dangerous as it was ‘back in the day’.

There were quite a few deaths (few riders, fortunately) amongst the Pony Express riders, but it was not for want to trying!

Hold on to that mochila!

 

Here’s an excerpt from my novel… Only Patrick Hearty and I have seen it so far, so hope some of you like it! They’ll be going through Lookout Pass soon!!!

Lookout Pass - Pony Express TrailThanks to Roger Douglass  (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/2329088)

A little taste of “Express Desire“:

Lookout Pass,” Aleksandra reminded herself as she passed the summit, looking north to see the distant white tops of the Onaqui Mountains and thought again of her papa and the fossil he’d fossicked for her from one of its rocky ledges. Beginning her mile-long descent at a trot on the handy little horse, she was absentmindedly fingering the fossil inside the medicine bag hung about her neck when she felt the first arrow whizz past her head from her right.

She felt her heart stop.

Aleksandra dropped to the left side of the Palouse’s neck into a Cossack hang, lying flat against his side.

She threw the reins at him and shouted to him.’Yah! Yah! Let’s go, Scout!’

He needed little urging to run full tilt down the steep and treacherously rocky trail as the yells of Indian warriors filled the narrow valley. The arrows came hard and fast from the southwest, like a mad bunch of hornets.

Smart, she thought, with a hint of a wry grin. The Indians had placed themselves between the trail and the setting sun, so Aleksandra could see little of her attackers in the glimpses she stole from beneath Scout’s neck of the world whizzing past. With the ground only three feet from her head, the scent of sage filled Aleksandra’s nostrils as the horse crashed through a clump of brush.

Briefly considering climbing back into the saddle to pull a gun from her saddlebag, she knew it would be akin to suicide; though she knew her full weight hanging off to one side had to put the stallion off his best, she trusted far more in the pony’s speed and ability. She just tried to stay out of his way and not hinder him needlessly, keeping as still as she could, tucked down on the side of the skidding and leaping beast. Praying the cinch would hold, she sent fervent thanks in the direction of the company selectors for choosing fast and handy local ponies. How I would love to have my bow and arrows, she thought, but it might just be better just to get Scout and I through alive to Doc Faust at Rush

The Palouse interrupted her musings as he threw up his head and reared, angrily trumpeting and shaking his head for a moment, nearly dropping Aleksandra, then resumed his headlong rush down the hill. When he carried on, she heard whistling sounds with every breath and turned her head forward to see where the noise was coming from.Then she saw the arrow.She felt herself break into a cold sweat…

The storyline…

Aleksandra, trained in the Cossack arts from infancy by her father, finds herself alone and running to prevent her Pa’s killer from obtaining a secret which could allow world domination by the Czar.  Disguised to most as a boy rider in 1860′s Utah Territory for the Pony Express, she finds in her “Californio” boss a strength to match her own and together they create a team that can overcome the odds.

I hope you liked the excerpt of “Express Desire,” soon to be completed!

 

To follow the mochila on its way West, see the XPHome Site:

http://bit.ly/TiWr4k

Regards,

from

Lizzi Tremayne

The Pony Express Re-Ride Continues!


Yesterday’s post detailed the Pony Express 20th Anniversary Re-Ride. I have posted some handy links for you to follow the ride’s progress!

Thanks to Pony Express History –18253400.nhd.weebly.com

The  Re-Ride continues!

The “mochila,” (the leather pad with the mail pockets, below), which is transferred between riders on the  Pony Express) has made it from Elwood, Kansas to 140th and 75 hwy. one mile north of Sac & Fox casino, this afternoon.

Credit to Ryan Long, Deseret News, http://bit.ly/18XS9dh

For your information, here’s the map of the whole route!

http://dinosaurcowboys.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/pony-express-map.jpgThanks, Union Pacific and http://bit.ly/11K21Oh

To follow the mochila on its way West, see the XPHome Site:

http://bit.ly/TiWr4k

Thanks to Tom Crews!

Photos from the Start at Patee House (below)  and Chasing the Pony Express are on Susan Mires’ Facebook page (Thanks, Susan!):

 http://on.fb.me/19OPPF5

https://i2.wp.com/www.legendsofamerica.com/photos-missouri/StJoePateeHotel-600.jpg Thanks to Kathy Weiser, owner/editor, Legends of America, http://www.legendsofamerica.com

 A GREAT Website for the Nostalgic & Historic Minded!

Newscast about the upcoming ride:

http://bit.ly/11XPhHZ

For those of you who asked for more information on my upcoming novel,

Express Desire,  it is in an earlier blog post:

http://lizzitremayne.com/2013/03/05/my-historical-history-or-why-i-think-i-have-to-write-this-novel/

Enjoy!

Regards from Lizzi Tremayne

Por qué Xavier tenía que ser español, or Why Xavier had to be Spanish….


Español….   …  ranks behind only China in total number of language speakers, and far ahead of English speakers.. One good reason to include it in my nearly-completed novel…

Another one… it is the language of love…

Xavier, born of his Spanish Californio family is, despite his challenges, able to speak this language of love… In what other languages are the words for “I want you” the same as for “I love you”?

Enrique Iglesia… The best music to Latin dance to and to feel…  for me…

So, you see,….  Xavier needed to be Spanish…

Oh, you ask… (deafening silence…) why include Polish characters and language in the same novel?  Hmmm… they aren’t even on the language-frequency chart…   People who can survive what they have been subjected to for the past several centuries and come out with their incredible optimism and zest for life deserve to be heard… and remembered. And no, my Polish is extremely poor, but I know where to find help!!!!

Gracias por leer… Thank you for reading…

Hasta luego, que le vaya bien….

Lizzi Tremayne

Utah and California, Here We Come!


Looking forward to our trip to the States in July!

We will be visiting many sites from the novel Express Desire, soon to be completed!

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First, the Rancho de las Pulgas, which was the old 1795 Spanish land grant which belonged to the family of my novel hero Xavier Arguello, which today comprises most of the cities of Menlo Park, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos, Belmont and San Mateo (that part of the city which lies south of San Mateo Creek).

Map of the Rancho de las Pulgas ca. 1857      1853 Pulgas

Map of the Rancho de las Pulgas ca. 1857

Rancho de las Pulgas,  the Old Spanish land grant of my hero Xavier’s family in California

I was born in Redwood City, close to the home the Arguellos lived in, at the corner of Cedar and Magnolia streets in the city of San Carlos. We will see the marker on this site as well!

Later, I grew up in the redwoods in nearby La Honda. We will visit there, too.  I’ve written about it in a previous post, Stagecoaches, the Peek a Boo Inn, etc! La Honda 3 La Honda 2 La Honda

We will then journey to Sacramento, where the current Old Sacramento served as the western terminus of the Pony Express. The Pony Express statue shown here is located at the corner of J and second streets and is kitty-corner to the Museum (which I don’t think I’ll be able to stay out of, either…  My poor son…)

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From here, the mail went aboard riverboat to San Francisco, except for the few times when the steamer was missed, then the riders had to ride all the way to San Francisco!  Here is a monument to one of the steamers who carried the mail!

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Thence East, following part of the trail!

We will wind up in Utah, where we will be hosted by the infamous Heartys, supporters of the Pony Express movement in Utah, (Patrick Hearty is the Past President of the Utah Pony Express Assn and Co-Author of The Pony Express Stations in Utah, a man to whom I am indebted for his assistance with my book, along with his lovely, long-suffering wife from whom I’ve stolen much time for Patrick to answer my multitude of questions!). We will go over the Utah portion of the trail, backtracking to Nevada,

Simpson's Springs Station Simpson’s Springs Station marker…

 

And this rather desolate looking Pony Express Trail Marker below shows the site of Rush Valley Station, where Aleksandra, my heroine, found shelter after she was first attacked by Indian arrows…

mmm.. don’t think it’ll look much like this in July! The Oquirrh Mountains & Lewiston Peak are shown in background. Great pics, thanks, Acidman 1968, wherever you are! Tried to contact you! Contact me please? Thanks!

from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17004731  Credit to Acidman 1968!
from http://www.panoramio.com/photo/17004731 Credit to Acidman 1968!


Then Patrick is taking us along the trail on horseback through Hickman Canyon!

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Hickman Canyon

After we leave the Heartys,  we’ll return to CA the long way, through City of Rocks, where the baddie Vladimir finds himself in the story

after a ‘shortcut’…

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By then we’ll have run out of time!

We will be hustling back to the Bay Area to fly out a few days later!

Thanks so  much for reading!  Hope to see many of you over there or when you come to visit in New Zealand!

Regards,

Lizzi Tremayne

My Historical History, or WHY I think I have to write this novel!


Several of you have asked me why I am writing a novel…  Well, for those of you who don’t know me very well, let me introduce some of my history about history………..

I love the Old West.

Bit of a long history, suffice it to say I grew up on Highway 84 in La Honda, CA…
…where the Younger Brothers used to hang out after big heists…
…where the Stage ran through…
…and the Peek-a Boo Inn (yes, it is what it sounds like…), the eleven bars and three churches and one store were the standard, back in the day…

Then I went away to university, finished vet school…(had to be a hoss-doc, didn’t I?)…
…and lived in Placerville, CA on the Pony Express Trail…

So, I guess I was rather steeped in the Old West…

Well, things led to things and I made my way to New Zealand, where I’ve lived for the past 22 years…
…and have nearly finished my first novel…
…an 1860 fictional historical suspense with romantic elements…

… The Story…
…Aleksandra, trained in the Cossack arts from infancy by her father, finds herself alone and running to prevent her Pa’s killer from obtaining a secret which could allow world domination by the Czar.  Disguised to most as a boy rider in 1860’s Utah Territory for the Pony Express, she finds in her “Californio” boss a strength to match her own and together they create a team that can overcome the odds.

I expect it to be completed by the end of March. I have an agent back East who is interested. I have been extremely true to the historical aspects, other than altering dates of a few incidents, and placing my heroine and hero into the scene, (not to mention having a FEMALE rider, which is not historically documented).  I have the support of a leader within the Pony Express movement, so am running with it.

I want to give the history and land of the 1860’s Old West to people, especially to those who might never otherwise pick up a historical work. It might just make history buffs of them!

It’s about preservation and roots and …  real heart and guts.

By the way, there’s a fantastic book on the Utah sites of the Pony Express Stations by Patrick Hearty and Joseph Hatch. It’s called The Pony Express Stations in Utah, and if anyone’s interested, let me know and I’ll get you Patrick’s contact!  Patrick’s been unstinting in his assistance to me during the writing of my novel, as have so many other people!

We are heading for the states and the Pony Express Trail in July.  It would be fantastic to be able to do book signings on the trail.  Can it be published by then?  I’m putting it out there!  Going for it!

Good writing, all!

Regards and have a great day!

Lizzi