After watching Django tonight at the movie theater — oh, and I thought it was epic BTW — I decided that I’ve been pushing my first book incorrectly.
I’d been saying it was a Western, but not a typical one. It was too violent for that. And I think the profanity in it turned a few people off, even though there’s not much. (But let’s face it. Some of these Western readers are super straight-laced. And Louis L’Amour bragged to no end that real men didn’t need to use profanity.)
Anyway, I worked on a new draft description, and hat tip to April for helping me polish it. You all let me know what you think about this… Would it make you want to buy the book? Description begins below the stars…
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Did you love Django Unchained, Tombstone or Unforgiven? If so, then you’ve found the book for you. This isn’t a Western as you imagine that genre. Instead, this is a thriller — an epic action book — set in a Western time period.
Little Man, and the Dixon County War begins with action and ends with action, barely letting up from its fast start to its incredible, heart-stopping end. From literally the first sentence, you’ll see why author Stan R. Mitchell’s first book has climbed as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List.
Mitchell often says, “I write books chock-full of shooting and stabbing. Description? Not so much.”
In his first book published, he tears after this theme with brutal efficiency.
Paul Zachary shouldn’t have accepted that badge.
And he certainly shouldn’t have shot down a ruthless gunfighter in front of a crowd of onlookers.
But it’s too late to wish he had backed down. Now that the smell of gunpowder has faded and the blood has been scrubbed off the floor, Zachary is something he never wanted to be: a damned hero.
Young Deputy Paul Zachary didn’t aim for fame, but the papers have written him up and made him a legend after he took down the man with the murderous reputation. His stand for what’s right — regardless of the odds or consequences — is reminding folks that justice is possible in the land with few laws. And not just in Zachary’s town of Belleville.
Unfortunately for Zachary, his fame proves a threat to a cruel cattle baron named McConnell, who’s growing his empire by leaps and bounds. McConnell has bribed or buried every man who’s ever stood up to him and he soon sets his sights on Paul Zachary, now known throughout the West as “Little Man.”
McConnell can’t have some young lawman giving people hope, so he forces Zachary to come after him and all his men as part of a particularly cruel and devious plan. Now, the young lawman will attempt what even the Army couldn’t pull off: Cleaning out the lair of murderers and thieves who answer only to McConnell. [Length: 224 pages]
(Author’s note: If you’re looking for a typical Western, don’t waste your money on this book. There are no cattle drives or beautiful sunsets. No slow scenes with formal manners and tender dames. This is the gritty West. A place where lawless land barons push the weak, and sworn law officers balance keeping the peace and staying alive. Blood flows early and often, and danger lies waiting around every corner. This is not a book for the faint of heart, or for those who want to imagine living out west before the land was tamed. Had you lived in these times and on these pages, you’d keep a gun by your side. Probably two. And you’d damn well better have known how to use them. This book — as you can see — contains mature language and moves fast. It’s a hard, thrilling ride, so if you choose to saddle up, prepare to be thrown off a time or two.)
So, there you go. What did you think? Love to get your all’s feedback!
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give, a book I believe to be worth $10,000.
P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novels a success. I seriously couldn’t have done it with everyone’s support. I’m excited to say that Little Man, and the Dixon County War has gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here). My second novel, Sold Out, has also done well, also, going as high as No. 81 on the Amazon Paid List for the category of War (see here and here). Learn more about both books here.