of the western landscape and its influence on generations of its settlers. His long-standing devotion to wild and remote places, and to the people—both past and present—who leave their legend and footprint upon America and the American West is the inspiration and descriptive underpinning of all of his writing.
“If your mind and spirit are seduced by images of windswept ridge tops, flutters of aspen leaves caressed by a canyon breeze, and the crimson tendrils of dying sun…if your fingers feel the silken pulse of a lover and your lips taste the deep kisses of building passion…if nostrils flare with the conjured scents of gunpowder and perfume, sage brush and pine, and your ears delight in the murmur of river current…if your heart pounds at the clash of good and evil and with each twist and turn of interwoven lives you feel a primal throb, then I have accomplished my mission.” http://www.threadswestamericansaga.com
"The book is riveting and the story line captivating. I didn't want to put the book down once I was started. I have never read Romance or Western novels and I thought this read would be a stretch for me but as I got into the story I immediately became engaged and found myself immersed in each word as the tale, the characters and their lives unfolded." --Karen Mayfield, Msc.CC, National bestselling author of Wake Up Women BE Happy Healthy & Wealthy, and co-creator for Wake up Women book series
I have been influenced by many great authors, Crane, Hemingway, Uris (whose brilliant themes of converging threads of lives have had major affect on my presentation in my novels) McMurtry, L'Amour and Max McCoy, particularly as to his dazzling, principled dedication to historical context. Along the way I have been blessed to have great teachers and mentors, too many to mention here, save one. Thank you to Mrs Jane Karsten, my independent study creative writing teacher in my junior and senior high school years. It is she who whispered incessantly in my ear, sometimes kindly, at others more cajoling..."you can do this...you must do this.. it is your calling."
It was at that moment, in fourth grade one sunny winter day many years ago, I made myself a promise. I am not much for breaking promises, and though many years past when I originally intended, I am finally fulfilling that oath a young boy, wide eyed with realization, made to himself so long ago.
Finally, I believe folks are being swept away by this book because its characters are real, far from the stereotypical personalities many expect in a "western". They have both strength and weakness, they wrestle with complex inner conflicts, and they interrelate with one another with the same believable realism, at times less than pleasant--as we all find in life outside fiction.
PageoneLit.com: THREADS WEST begins in 1855 - Did you research for this historical setting and time? If so, How?
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Reid Lance Rosenthal: Book Two, Maps of Fate is already in the writing and I, and my publisher, Rockin''' SR Publishing are shooting to deliver the enhanced Ebook to all my great readers and Threads West fans in January 2011, the print copy coming soon thereafter. Excerpts and overview of the second novel of the series in fact follow the end of Book One in the Threads West paperback and Ebook. It will be action packed, passion and romance filled but with scenes that will undoubtedly bring tears to readers, as they do me when I simply pen the story the characters are whispering to me as I write. It will span an approximate twenty year period, to about 1875. It's ending will, as does Book One, leave the readers, and the characters (who will include both new personalities from uncommon origins, and some of the next generation) at a point in the saga which is simultaneously conclusion and suspension that segues into Book Three, North to Wyoming anticipated in late spring/early summer 2011.
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