I hope you can buzz over to Kayelle Allen’s site to see the new post I’ve put up about my soon to be released The Hills of Gold Unchanging!
It’s at this link all day today!
Come on by!
It’s a good one!
Editing madly, still.
There’s a free copy of the trade paperback of my award-winning A Long Trail Rolling up for grabs on the New Zealand Book Council FB page today for any Kiwis out there! Just comment on the post and you’re in the draw! It’s the first in The Long Trails Series, which includes The Hills of Gold Unchanging, also featured on their website in their Booknotes Unbound! at http://booknotes-unbound.org.nz/sneak-peek-the-hills-of-go…/
See you there!
This book is up for grabs:
and this is the book featured on their website!
We’ll run a contest soon for an ebook, worldwide!
I’m blogging about my newest novel, The Hills of Gold Unchanging, on the New Zealand Book Council’s blog today!
In this post is the first public peek at the start of this novel! Even the beta readers haven’t seen it!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE POST! 🙂
It’s to be released on 18 February at the Meow Cafe, along with books from six other Kiwi authors!
They are promoting these authors over the next few weeks as part of our lead-up to our big Kiwi Book Feast release party!
Hope you can join us in Wellington shortly!
See you there!
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!
The Third Edition of A Long Trail Rolling is released and uploaded to most websites.
New cover, revised interior!
Take a look!
And the paperback cover…with reviews by Deborah Challinor, Leeanna Morgan and Booksellers NZ
And a treat inside the covers…
(Thanks Chris, at Bookprinting.co.nz !)
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…
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
You’re all invited to some talks, coming soon!
What we’ll talk about….
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.
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!
2016 USA Book Tour: West
Monday 20 June, from 3-7 p.m.
Venue: The Hatch Residence, 1614 S. 1700 E.,
Salt Lake City, (801) 466-4092
23 June TBA
25 June late afternoon, location TBA
Will be updated as locations are confirmed.
Hope to see you all there!
I’ll be on the road in June and July and wonder if any of you could please give me any leads you might have on bookstores, libraries or the like which might be interested in hosting Lizzi Tremayne for a book talk and signing?
I’ll be in Salt Lake City, Utah (To ride in the Pony Express Re-Ride!
The ‘Pony’ is pivotal in my published novel A Long Trail Rolling) from 19-20 June, and have a talk scheduled the afternoon/evening of the 20th. Everyone invited!
I’ll be near Sacramento on the 21-22 June, nothing booked there yet.
I will be in Eureka/Arcata, CA from 23-26, and have one booking there so far.
I’ll be in the SF Bay Area on the 26 and part of 27.
London 27th, then down to Worthing.
Over the next two weeks, will be travelling northwards, York, Leeds, etc. up to Scotland, into the Highlands, and then back south through England.
Leave UK on the 12th, and to San Diego for RWA.
Any ideas around those places and times, anyone? All welcome! I will have a PowerPoint presentation on laptop!
How very exciting!
Opened email today to find this!
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.
Thanks, everyone, who helped me get this far!
A few months ago I completed the research and wrote the sections about Virginia City and the Comstock Lode,
and am transcribing them from my … scribbles to Scrivener, and I’m in the chapters about the Comstock Lode, in Virginia City and Gold Hill areas of what was then Utah Territory, and is now the state of Nevada.
The Comstock had a unique problem, for the West. Unlike gold lying in veins of quartz between solid rock, as is found in the California mines, in Virginia City, copious silver existed in the mix of loose quartz and clay making up the rich lode. Unfortunately, the composition made the lode highly unstable, as repeated dehydration and re-wetting of the rock mix made it alternately swell and shrink. The timbering methods used up until the advent of Philipp’s invention were unable to hold back the loose rock and keep the tunnels open, resulting in frequent and fatal cave-ins.
Philipp was brought from California to try to solve the problem the miners in the Comstock Lode were experiencing. He made it work, and his square-set timbering was to become the gold standard in mining for the next fifty years.
Well done, Philipp!
Here is square-set timbering!
(this and following from:Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
I really liked this one, because it shows the miners in it…
…and how it was made in situ. (From the Nevada State MuseumPhotograph Collection)
This from the Eureka Miner’s Report, photo is of a mine in the Dakotas:
And the man himself, who started it all, at the Ophir Mine in Virginia City, Mr. Philipp Deidesheimer. One can only assume that is his lady wife.
I came across a reference to an episode on the old Western serial Bonanza and looked it up. Just finished watching it! While the show varies a bit from what I’ve read in the research, it’s a good little watch, and will give you a good idea of how the square-set timbering method described in Hills of Gold works!
Here’s the link for it!
Back to writing!
NB: A big thank you to all of those people who have placed such wonderful photos and drawings on their websites!
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!
See you there!
With bells on!
Thanks for reading!
I’m blogging today over at The Romance Studio!
Come on over to
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!
Just for a bit of fun, here’s one of the blog posts I’m posting on the 21st of this month on The Romance Studio’s End of Summer Bash…
Hello All! Welcome back!
Here’s another excerpt… with Scotty, horses and sparks flying between Aleksandra and Xavier…
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‘Oh no, the Furs! And Dzień!‘ she wailed and turned back to face the men.
‘Dinna fash, mo nighean. I kept the buyer here since yeste’day ’cause I knew ye were comin’. He’s paid fer yer pelts ‘n gone.’ Scotty rumpled her hair.
She smiled her thanks, color returning to her cheeks.
‘And that pony, he’s got a heart o’ gold. Ye dinna need to go, yon wee man’s in the stable, munching’ away with me old geldin’.’
Aleksandra’s chest heaved in a deep sigh. ‘What would I do without you, Scotty?’
‘It’s the least I kin do fer you and yer da,’ Scotty remarked, his voice becoming gruff as he spoke, and a tear glistened in his eye.
‘Papa wouldn’t have been pleased to see Dzień abused so, but there was nothing else for it. He never even slowed down.’ She looked at the floor.
‘Aye, but he’s a bonny one.’ Scotty smiled.
‘It would’ve meant the world to Papa, knowing we made it on time and our year’s work wasn’t for naught.’ Scotty was pleased to see a hint of the girl’s normal glow showing in her eyes, beneath the wet lashes.
‘Right ye are, missy.’ He raised his brows at her. ‘Now, d’ye want me to hold some o’ the money fer now so it canna be taken off ye by highwaymen?’
‘Thanks, Scotty, please keep it all here. I don’t need it yet.’
‘Are ye sure ye need t’leave tonight?’ Scotty was unconvinced. ‘It’s getting’ mighty late, we could make you a bed o’sorts.’
Aleksandra’s eyes narrowed at the dark man still standing in the doorway.
‘I’d rather risk the highwaymen and the wild animals for tonight, thanks. I’ve got my shashka and bow.’
There was a choking sound from the entrance, then Xavier mumbled something about checking the horses and disappeared outside. Scotty turned away and coughed to hide his chuckle from the pair.
Xavier was harnessing Dzień to the wagon when Aleksandra came outside.
‘I can do that,’ she snapped, rushing to the side of the pony, her blue eyes icy and cheeks flushed pink. Xavier smiled at her back as she hurried around to the pony’s other side to finish.
‘I’m sure you can, Querida, but I’m happy to help,’ he said, wrapping a breeching strap around the shaft and buckling it snugly.
‘Thanks,’ she gritted out, looking away as her hands slid down Dzień’s rump towards the crupper.
‘Any possibility you might tell me just why you went loco on me back there?’ Xavier watched her brows drop as she stared at a strap she’d just buckled too tightly. Her lips tightened further as she readjusted it.
‘I want nothing to do with people who insult my friends.’
‘Como, what?’ He shook his head and blinked at her.
‘My friends, the Shoshone, the only friends I have left alive, other than Scotty,‘ she said from between clenched teeth, and then slumped, sobbing, against Dzień.
Cautious of her all-too-effective looking sword, Xavier slowly approached her. He slid his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against him, watchful for any fast moves on her part, not caring if her tears soaked his shirt. How long they stayed like this, he neither knew nor cared. Once her sobs quieted, he slipped his fingers under her chin, lifting her face to stare into the watery depths of her blue eyes.
‘Okay now, Querida?’
‘As okay as possible, I guess.’ She dropped her head again. ‘The Shoshone are like family to me, especially since Mama died,’ she murmured into his shirt.
‘Are you sure you won’t stay here? I’ll sleep in the stable, if it would make you happier.’
She closed her eyes and was still.
‘No, it’s okay. I’m sorry, Xavier. I’m upset, but that’s no excuse for my nastiness. Thank you for this.’ She nodded her head at his tearstained chest.
‘De nada. It is nothing.’ He smiled. ‘May I accompany you to your home, at least?’
‘No, really, I’m fine, thank you again. I’d better go farewell Scotty, it’s getting late.’
‘If you’re sure…’ Xavier shook his head and followed Aleksandra back inside.
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Hope you enjoyed the tale! Want to read more?
Come on by my website to see how you can get your hands on a copy, whether ebook, paperback or hardcover! It’s now also available in LARGE PRINT in paperback and hardcover with dust jacket from bookstores around the world! Just tell your favourite bookstore book buyer they can order it from Ingram!
you can win a free ebook copy if you’re the lucky winner of our giveaway!
To enter into the giveaway, just comment on the blog with what you liked about the excerpt or blog post and one lucky person will be in to win a copy of A Long Trail Rolling, my new Western Historical Romantic Adventure, or… a Horsey Historical Romantic Adventure, complete with plenty of suspense!
Next week, after the party, I’ll pick one winner from those who commented!
Hope you enjoy the excerpt, and I’ll be back tomorrow with some posts about The Long Trail Quadrilogy, still in progress!
Good luck in the competition!
About the Author:
Lizzi grew up riding wild in the Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods, became an equine veterinarian at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, practiced in the California Pony Express and Gold Country before emigrating to New Zealand. When not writing, she’s swinging a rapier or shooting a bow in medieval garb, riding, driving a carriage or playing on her farm, singing, or working as an equine veterinarian or science teacher. She is multiply published and awarded in special interest magazines and veterinary periodicals.
For more information, please visit:
my Facebook fanpage,
Thanks so much for reading! Hope to see many of you over there or when you come to visit in New Zealand!
I was invited to an interview with Cynthia Wolf, Historical Romance author extraordinaire!
Here’s the header on her lovely page!
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!
Leave a comment and I promise to reply!
Take good care,
FARMLANDS HORSE OF THE YEAR 17TH-22ND MARCH 2015
What is it, you say?
Farmlands Horse of the Year Show is the largest equestrian event in the Southern Hemisphere hosted annually at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Showgrounds in March, which has been held for 16 years.Equestrians from 17 Equestrian Disciplines compete for the title of Farmlands Horse of the Year within their Section. Both equestrian and non-equestrian people can come and experience the excitement of the Showjumping and Eventing competitions with the beauty of the Showing and Dressage classes, the delicacy of the Miniatures with the might of the gentle giants, the Clydesdales. There are over 200 trade sites to satisfy all of your retail therapy needs from saddlery and farm equipment to clothing and jewellery, and there are fri/sat night shows to entertain the crowd with tough competition and action and displays very rarely seen in such a setting.
We will be there in the Stallion Marquee, letter H on their map, from Thursday through Sunday, in the Blue Mist Publishing/ The Long Trail Rolling booth!
We plan to spend plenty of time speaking with people about A Long Trail Rolling, the next three books in The Long Trails series, and writing and publishing in general! If people want books signed, we can do that as well.
If we’re not in our booth, I’ll be signing books at the Horse & Pony Bookshop booth at the Dressage Arena!
Still awaiting confirmation: If it works out, I’ll also be doing some equine veterinary dentistry talks while we’re down there. Keep an eye out at the booth in H!
Looking forward to seeing you!
(It shouldn’t be hard to find you… there will only be 85,000 other people there over the six days of the show! Big show for a little country, indeed! )
It will be easier to go this time… Last time, I was driving the 22 Tonne horse truck with Shemaya and his Glinkowski carriage in the back and a young master Elliot beside me, as my groom for the carriage driving competitions! This time in a little MG and boxes and boxes of books!
Have a lovely day!
The driving horses.. The one on the left went to HOYS a few years ago with his carriage. 🙂
Hop on over to SONZA’s site http://sonza.co.nz/book-launch-giveaway-a-long-trail-rolling/ for a Zee’s interview of me and her report on my NZ Book Launch!
Thank you for coming along to the launch at Smith Flat House in Placerville, CA, on the 14 of January, 2015!
A Long Trail Rolling is finally rolling!
For those of you who have asked, here are the best buy links!
Ebooks and paper: Amazon
We are planning a book signing tour around New Zealand right now! Please let me know if you have a great venue and a crowd to go with it!
I’ll post the video from the launch party as soon as it’s available!
We gave away a few paper copies of A Long Trail Rolling and Cover Posters on the night, and we nearly sold out of a whole box of books!
I spoke about what history means to me, historicals, my thoughts on the process of my writing, and read two excerpts.
Prize draws of paper copies of A Long Trail Rolling and posters of the cover were enthusiastically welcomed!
People especially liked hearing about how I wrote the story, and why, which was a bit surprising to me! They were also interested to hear about the current opportunities in self publishing. I think a few people might just progress the writing they started in the past… and were afraid to pursue!
Thanks to everybody, once again, for coming along! Can’t wait to catch up with the rest of you!
Just as an aside…The book launch ‘happened’ at the end of a tour of southern England… and the Isle of Wight… where I found the inspiration for the next series!
Here’s my new author pic, taken by Matt at the B & B where we stayed in Goring-by-Sea, a neighbourhood of the Borough of Worthing in West Sussex, England. I’ll talk about it another time!
Back to work! Bye!
A Long Trail Rolling
by Lizzi Tremayne
The Long Trail Book One
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
Publisher: Indie, as Blue Mist Publishing
See buy links above! Available from CreateSpace, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and many others.
Thanks for reading!
See you soon!
A big Thank You to Annie Featherstone, aka Sophia James, for mentoring me, my award for winning the Pacific Hearts Award.
Thanks to Annie, A Long Trail Rolling is on its final edits, and the balance of The Hills of Gold Unchanging should be completed by end of November during NaNoWriMo! A Sea of Green Unfolding is mostly written and should follow soon!
I hope to have Long Trail available for Christmas!
Thanks to all of you who have written, wondering, once again, when the books will be out!
Back to work. No rest for the wicked! In addition to teaching high school science and equine veterinary dentistry practice, I’ve managed to put my hand up for acting as co-convenor of the Coast to Coast Chapter of the Romance Writers of New Zealand, and also Secretary for the whole RWNZ… Funny, when neither I nor many of the members actually write “romance”! It’s the most awesome group of enthusiastic, encouraging and empowering writers I’ve yet found in New Zealand…
And, NaNoWriMo starts 1 November… 50 K words in the month of November. If you haven’t been on their page, take a look! nanowrimo.org
I’d better get back to it!
Regards from NZ,
The best news of all is that…
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!
(Photo Credit to Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
At the Faust’s monument, which is not where Faust’s actually was, incidentally… 🙂
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!
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.
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…
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!
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!
Yes, you heard me right…
I’ve given in…
Some of my fantastic beta readers have told me things like…..
“Too much has happened between A Long Trail Rolling and its Epilogue.”
(Hmmm… I didn’t really think so, but your other comments were well-received, Kate…)
Thanks, Kate L.
Matt’s been a bit more blunt…
“You need another novel in between A Long Trail Rolling and A Sea of Green Unfolding”, he said, out of the blue the other day.
(Hmmm… just redid my business card to reflect novels number one and two…)
What does he know, anyway? He’s just another author…
It simply didn’t bear considering, as I was flying along with Sea of Green and didn’t want to look back over my shoulder. I tried to forget about it.
Enter Sheryl, hostess of our monthly C2C RWNZ Branch meeting. Last Saturday, Sheryl, a writer and teacher, offered a fantastic workshop on creation of storyboards as a preparation for novel writing… and Matt had to say it… again…
“You ought to do your board on the novel between your first and third.”
“My first and third?” I knew what he meant, but wasn’t about to admit it… “I’ve only written two..”
“Stories.” He arched an eyebrow at me.
“Oh.” I gulped.
He just grinned and returned to perusing magazines for visuals of characters to use in his own storyboard for his upcoming “Glass” speculative fiction quadrilogy.
“But I haven’t thought about it yet,” I muttered, as I slunk away to find some materials.
Out of the ashes of my attitude has come…
…the storyboard for the ‘intervening’, soon to be my second, novel.
A Sea of Green Unfolding will have to be relegated to third novel… but I’m going to finish it first!
So here’s the storyboard.. It’s unfinished, as yet, but it’s on its way!
It’s 3-D, so I’ve shown it in two views!
In this ‘new’ second novel, Aleksandra and Xavier’s 1860 saga continues from the Pony Express Trail of Utah, via the gold country of 1860’s Nevada and California, through Old San Francisco, to the old Californio Rancho de las Pulgas, Xavier’s old family hacienda.
The ‘new’ third novel, A Sea of Green Unfolding, will take up where this one leaves off…
Working on a name for this new ‘second’, intervening, novel… Something about “The Hills of Gold…. ” or “The Golden Hills… “
Can you think of a good name? I’d love to hear it! This might have to become a competition!
BIG THANKS to both Kate and Matt,
you were both right.
Thanks for coming by!
Take good care and see you again soon!
Thanks for stopping by! A couple of bits of news for you today!
I’ve just heard I’ve been selected as one of three finalists in the RWNZ Pacific Hearts Award 2014 with A Long Trail Rolling (previously called Express Desire). The Pacific Hearts Award is a full-novel competition, the only one run by RWNZ! (For more information: http://www.romancewriters.co.nz/contests/pacific-hearts-award-2014-2/ ).
Winners will be announced at the upcoming RWNZ Conference, http://www.romancewriters.co.nz/2014-conference/
I’m truly buzzed about my placing! Can’t wait to hear! Hope to see many of you at the conference!
More news, I’ll be the new Secretary of the RWNZ, starting at said conference!
My final bit of news, is that author Jean Drew offered me a great opportunity, a guest post on her blog this week!
It’s up now and is entitled ‘Love of all things historical gets Lizzie writing!’
In it, I answer questions, like:
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
In which genre do you prefer to write and why?
Can you give us some details about your upcoming release/s?
Who are some of your favourite authors?
When you are not writing, what are your hobbies, passions, etc?
Do you have any advice for new writers beginning their adventure?
And then there’s a blurb, an excerpt from A Long Trail Rolling,
and a new Bio!
Hop on over and take a look!
It’s at http://adventuresinauthorland.blogspot.co.nz/2014/07/love-of-all-things-historical-gets.html
Feel free to come back and tell me what you think
Thanks for visiting!
Regards until next time,
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.
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.
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 & 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!!!
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…
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:
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!
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!
Thanks, Union Pacific and http://bit.ly/11K21Oh
To follow the mochila on its way West, see the XPHome Site:
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!):
A GREAT Website for the Nostalgic & Historic Minded!
Newscast about the upcoming ride:
For those of you who asked for more information on my upcoming novel,
Express Desire, it is in an earlier blog post:
Regards from Lizzi Tremayne
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….
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!
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).
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!
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…)
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!
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,
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!
Then Patrick is taking us along the trail on horseback through 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’…
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!
thanks for your patience!
Having recovered from final assignments (Aced all of my courses, the old girl can still study!), I have reviewed all research from last year and am making progress on Express Desire… Have written 3000 words in last 3 writing days. The week before that did some editing of all previously written and shortened it by probably a thousand words… oh well, am convinced it’s better that way!
Outlining my first book storyboard today so can get it started! Very exciting, Thanks Bob Mayer and Jen Talty!
Horse getting used to archery, some days better than others. Made new archery butts yesterday. loud. good.
Have a great week, All!
At the feast at St Catherine’s Faire, Auckland with Chantelle and … ……. plus Archery with Anne Dugmore.