Sunday, March 27, 2016

Blood and Bond Spring Special

The print version of Blood and Bond is now available, and with this promo code, KSLPKKXX, get a 20% discount when you buy it here. This offer is good only through 10 April.

Why a print edition of this title? The electronic edition has been available for several years, while the print edition has been out of print since 2009. I am providing a new, revised print edition because I always sell physical copies of my titles at art shows. My first show is on 2 April, and I expect a good response.

Positive responses to this story have already been registered at Amazon.com and Goodreads. Read a few of them here.

Here's the overview of Blood and Bond:
It's the 21st Century, but one rancher in Lamp Creek Valley is being harassed by the dark specter of a long-dead relative, and ancient beliefs that seem to be threatening the environment. He is compelled to face his past in order to quell the mystical chaos that is affecting three families--including his own.
Eddie CloudRunner's discomfort increases when local businessman, Pete Waldham, insists Eddie must save the Waldham family from an Indian curse that he believes was brought on by illegal hunting in the legendary canyon.
Then Beth Hardemann, Sean Waldham and Martin Bradley (three relatives of the purported defilers) arrive and spark disasters and revelations. Eddie finally admits his long-denied beliefs. While he delves into the mysticism, the capricious Rocky Mountain environment confounds the situation with harsh and unseasonable weather.
Blood and Bond contains family issues, a good dose of intrigue and some romance, too.
"A powerful, majestic and absorbing novel...just the sort of story that draws readers into it and holds them tight... "Richard S. Wheeler, author of more than 70 western titles
Don't forget: use promo code KSLPKKXX, for a 20% discount when you buy it here.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Springtime Weather

Yesterday I was happy to hear Meadowlarks singing and see Bluebirds. Plenty of sunshine at my house, although further east and to the south they experienced hail and snow and high wet winds. I experienced it as I was driving in that area hoping for some interesting photos.

One thing I did yesterday before I left on my drive was brush out some of the winter from my gelding, thinking mostly of the returning birds and how they could use the soft hairs in their nest building.

Then today, not cold, but windy. Snow arrived a bit before noon.

My horse trekked out anyway (he's a neatkin and won't poop or pee in his loafing shed).
Two hours later, nearly all the snow was melted off in the afternoon warmth.

These snow squalls are just what the botanist ordered, especially for my area that has been very dry since the winter snow melted three weeks ago. My trees are leafing and I was planning on watering them—not something I usually do until mid-April. Snow squalls are in the forecast through Thursday. I hope the wind doesn't blow too hard and evaporate all the moisture.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

New Group on Fine Art America

I sell my images online through Fine Art America (FAA). FAA has hundreds of specialize groups. None of which I normally talk about. But a new group UNESCO World Heritage Sites is moderated by my son. He also has an FAA page with his images from different places, including many Chicago skyline evening scenes.

His bucket list includes getting to as many UNESCO WHS as possible, and with all the world travelling he does, he's been to quite a few. The site has some nice images from around the world, presented by many FAA photographers. Check it out!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Finally Blood and Bond

My plans to have this second revised printing of Blood and Bond out by the end of January (and then February) failed. So many problems: cover, text glitches. Examining the proof took ages, but I'm now satisfied with the product. I even went into the eBook edition and made a few corrections, too.
OVERVIEW
It's the 21st Century, but one rancher in Lamp Creek Valley is being harassed by the dark specter of a dead relative, and ancient beliefs that seem to be threatening the environment. He is compelled to face his past in order to quell the mystical chaos that is affecting three families--including his own.
A more detailed overview is available at the sales page. Click here to read Chapter One. I've already ordered copies of this, and I hope they arrive in time for my first Art Show of the season on 2 April. I have pretty good print copy sales of my books at the art shows.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Bonuses from the Yellowstone Trip

When travelling with two other photographers along picturesque roads in south-central Montana, we certainly weren't going to pass up interesting photo ops. Some of the bonuses, going and coming, were the Big Horn sheep that regularly hang out in a steep area near the river south of Ennis. But before we got there, we were sidetracked by an interesting hole in the wall, and then by left over materials from railroad maintenance.

Photogs with back to sun to check camera settings
In the town of West Yellowstone, our command central, we made a Sunday visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. The animals weren't very active, but I sat in on an interesting presentation about raptors—nocturnal and diurnal.


Going home on Sunday, we hoped to visit a few galleries in Ennis. At Riverstone Gallery we met the owner, Bern Sundell, whose paintings and drawings of anything fish related have been popular with sportsmen for more than twenty years. His wife, Lexi Sundell is also an artist.

Although the other galleries were closed, we noticed a tasting room that was open. Wine? No. Beer? No. Willie's Distillery is one of a couple dozen Montana spirit producers.
The copper still vat in a display window got our attention, and with a little coaxing, the host let us take pictures of the distillery part of the establishment. We tasted, too. And I bought a Huckleberry Sweet Cream Liqueur. Yum.
(Click here for a list of Montana distilleries.)


We also stopped at the remnants of an old homestead. We couldn't get close because of fencing. The wind was blowing mightily, and I had to really concentrate to steady my long 200-500mm lens. We promised a return trip in early summer, when the trees will have leafed out and the grass will be green (too cool with grass on the roof!).

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Back to Yellowstone

HPS members at our hired snow coach
The first weekend in March I spent time in Yellowstone National Park (YNP) with five other members of the Helena Photographic Society. We hired a private snow coach so we could stop at will to take pictures.

The high on Saturday was in the 40s, which diminished drama in many pictures—no steam from bison nostrils, no frost fur of coyotes. But we saw more animals than I'd ever encountered in YNP: bison, elk, swans, coyotes were in abundance.
I captured some Big Horn Sheep about an hours drive before the park, too. We made the obligatory stop at Old Faithful (I was underwhelmed, as usual), and other landscapes were attractive.
Coyote, bison,  & hot-pot steam










A nice weekend, and I hope to go back next winter, too. That's my favorite season to visit Yellowstone.