Surprise New Anthology of Western Short Stories
Dusty Saddle Publishing caught me completely off-guard. Here I was, minding my own business, chipping away at the third Emmett Strong novel, when the Western publisher contacted me and made an offer to publish my short story. The only hitch? I hadn’t yet written a short story. And they wanted to go to press within a matter of weeks.
The Birth of a New Western Hero
I was honored and thrilled to work in collaboration with Dusty Saddle. So for just a few weeks, I set Emmett Strong aside and created a new hero of the Old West–Lew Coulter.
Coulter is marshal of the wild and woolly town of Santa Angela, Texas, until the town’s saloon and bed-house owners decide his morals are putting a crimp in their profits. When a storied lawman from Kansas shows up, it seems he wants not only Coulter’s job but also his girl…and more. But there’s only so much a man like Coulter will put up with.
When Outlaws Tangle
My Lew Coulter short story, When Outlaws Tangle, is one of six quick reads featured in Dusty Saddle’s Western anthology, Six Bullets to Sundown. Currently available for Kindle readers, the volume will also be released this summer in paperback and audio book formats.
Six Bullets to Sundown
If you enjoy fast reads with plenty of action click HERE today to get your copy of Six Bullets to Sundown.
So Nick Wale of Westerner Magazine–a new online publication–contacted me and asked whether I’d be up for an interview for their March 2017 issue.
GPH: Are you offering me the chance to talk to folks about Western novels for today’s readers?
Nick Wale: That’s right.
GPH: Then, you bet, I’m up for that!
I’m super pleased about this opportunity because Nick Wale is a tremendous advocate for the Western genre and quite an Old West enthusiast. He’s packed this issue of Westerner with a number of really interesting interviews. And several big names in Western film and fiction are featured.
Within the interview I discuss why I wrote what I wrote, as well as where I’m headed from here. I, also, discuss my thoughts on what makes a Western really work.
If you’re a fan of the West, then I’d encourage you to hop on over to the magazine’s website and download a free copy. There’s no gimmick or obligation involved. Just an enjoyable read.
What Makes Tecovas So Special?
Just looking at the tones, texture, and luster of the calfskin, as well as the precision stitching, I knew that if Tecovas were as nice up close and personal as they appeared to be in photos, these could end up being the finest boots I’ve ever worn. Continue reading
Strong Ambitions (Emmett Strong Western #3) is coming right along, folks. While maintaining the same popular cast of protagonists–Emmett, Li, Juanito, and Geneve–the story gallops headlong into untamed new territory where unexpected situations and unforeseen danger abound. Here’s a taste of what’s in store.
Strong Ambitions Synopsis
Tiny, yet prospering Benficklin, Texas, wants a clean, respectable town marshal to guard their pristine community from the kind of riffraff that turned neighboring Santa Angela into a raucous string of blood-spattered saloons and bawdy sporting houses. Former Texas Ranger Emmett Strong seems to be just the man they’re looking for—once they determine that his Chinese wife, Li, is “acceptably civilized.”
But Benficklin doesn’t want to pay a deputy. That leaves Juanito—Emmett’s sidekick and brother-in-law from his first marriage—with little choice but to take his bride, the former saloon girl Geneve, up the road to Santa Angela, looking for honest work in a crooked town.
Reputations aside, Benficklin—not Santa Angela—is the town with the next scandal on its hands, when early one morning Continue reading
Taking the Old West to the Miami International Book Fair
You find Old West fans and enthusiasts in the most unlikely places. Well, perhaps not so unlikely. Westerns are a whole lot more popular than a lot of folks realize.
It was my great privilege and pleasure to attend the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards ceremony last weekend. The gala took place in conjunction with the Miami International Book Fair. At this year’s event, Readers’ Favorite honored Strong Suspicions (Emmett Strong Western #2) with their Gold Medal in the Fiction – Western category.
The 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries. I personally enjoyed the chance to visit with authors from Israel, the UK, and Australia, as well as from across the US. Many were quite enthusiastic about Strong Suspicions. Continue reading
If you’re going to enjoy Westerns to the fullest, it’s good to know some of the more popular handguns of the Old West.
It’s been suggested many times that gun play was not nearly so common in the American West as Western fiction makes it seem. Likewise some have insisted that the late Elmer Kelton (whom Western Writers of America crowned the greatest Western author of all time) didn’t write shoot-’em-ups. Both statements may be correct, but a great deal of fiction across all genres places heroes and villains alike at one end or the other of a gun. It’s fiction.
Meanwhile, the American West of the 1860s-90s was not a tame place. A cowboy might need a pistol if for no other reason than not wanting to get dragged to his death if his horse threw him and bolted while his foot remained tangled in his stirrup. Besides, there were snakes, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, and the like to contend with, not to mention a wide open land with too few lawmen to keep up with scores of new settlements and problems.
With that said, what popular handguns did the folks of the Old West like to carry?
Famous Handguns of the Old West Continue reading
The 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards has named Strong Suspicions (Emmett Strong Western #2) their Westerns category Gold Medal Winner.
GP Hutchinson’s Strong Suspicions is the second and latest installment in his Emmett Strong Western Series. It traces the ongoing adventures of Texas Ranger Emmett Strong, his sidekicks, and his new Oriental bride upon their return to Texas after a bloody confrontation in Nevada. The action resumes in the shady border town of El Paso. Strong and his companions are assailed on multiple fronts. They are accused of a heinous crime that they did not commit and pursued by enemies old and new. With so many potential adversaries, it becomes impossible for Emmett Strong to trust anyone but his faithful wife and trusty sidekick, Juanito. The book is peppered with numerous tense encounters with various foes, and builds like a brooding symphony toward the final, dramatic confrontation with the treacherous enemy who was the mastermind of their El Paso troubles. Continue reading
The National Day of the Cowboy is today (the fourth Saturday in July)!
He’s the quintessential American folk hero—the brave individual who faced the untamed elements beneath the big skies of the wide-open American West. He’s the stuff of legends—America’s Robin Hood, our William Tell, our knight-errant. For that matter, when we consider the strong and courageous women of the frontier West, cowgirls are our Joan of Arc, heroes facing and overcoming hardship and perils—with or without a man at their side.
True, much of it is myth that has grown over time. Yet a great deal of American cowboy culture is founded in facts, based on virtues and values that have contributed in a powerful way to the forging of a distinct and honorable American spirit.
And today is the day to remember and celebrate America’s cowboy heritage. So “get your cowboy on!”
Five Ways to Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy Continue reading
If you’ve enjoyed the action, suspense, and color of Strong Convictions or Strong Suspicions, this would be the perfect weekend to tell your friends about the books. July 15 through July 17 both books will be available for free in Amazon.com’s Kindle Store.
It’s prime vacation season, so maybe folks you know will be looking for something to read beneath the beach umbrella or at the end of a long day on the road, touring the country. They won’t be able to find a fun read at a lower price!
And if they’re still slugging away at work, what better way to unwind at the end of a long day on the job than to escape to the Wild West for a while?
At any rate, both books are free through Kindle this weekend only and can be read on any smartphone or tablet using Kindle’s free app. So why not tell your friends?