The Call Chronicles 1: The Griswold Gang
Elle Marlow invited me as a guest on her blog, to tell you about my newest release, a western. First off, I’d like to give you an idea what this book is all about.
The saga of the Call family begins when twins, Matt and Jason, return to their home to find their parents dead and the family homestead burned to the ground at the hands of the Griswold gang. They send word to older brothers, Hank, Adrian and Brian and along with aid from a dubious Pinkerton agent, the Calls set out on the arduous road to justice.
Ah, the western, a genre making a comeback. I’ve always loved a good western, but until recently, there haven’t been many new, good authors of this harken back to another time category. What woman won’t sigh over a hot, hunky, family oriented cowboy? What man doesn’t like his woman with a bit of fire, a female who instead of giving into vapors will pick up a rifle, shotgun, or pistol and shoot it out with whomever is threatening their life?
I stumbled over a website back in 2011 while I was shopping for a new story that I’d written. It was only the first chapter in a novella I’d planned to do, but The Western Online didn’t publish books at that time, so I proposed a serialized story, reminiscent of the tales published in newspapers and magazines of a bygone era. The owner of that online magazine, Matthew Pizzolato, loved the idea and by September of that year, the first installment of what is now the first in a four book series premiered.
Just what is The Call Chronicles? It’s a story of a family raised to do their duty before all else, no matter how much they’d rather do otherwise. While I’d love to introduce the ladies to the five hunky brothers in this family, that would give away too much. I can tell you their names, though. Adrian is the oldest, followed by Brian, Hank, Jason, and Matt. They aren’t carbon copies of each other, except in their adherence to doing their duty. They can ride the trail, track down miscreants, or survive a shootout, but none would dare sit at Aunt Priss’ table, until they’d washed up. One and all, these men helped in making their lovely but stubborn sister, Eliza, into a tomboy extraordinaire, although she does enjoy wearing a pretty gown most of the time.
Here’s a little old teaser from The Call Chronicles 1: The Griswold Gang.
Two weeks herding cattle into Denver and dealing with slick brokers, and now returning home had left twins Jason and Matt Call ready for a long, hot bath instead of the wake up splash from a freezing creek. The brothers rode tall in the saddles of their preferred horses; Jason on a Mustang with fire in its heart, and Matt on a chestnut colored Morgan. Behind them, panting from the unaccustomed time in a saddle, another man clad in a brown checked suit, white shirt, red bow tie, wearing a bowler hat atop his balding head, did his best to keep up with the twins. This man had attached himself to the Call brothers once he heard who they were and where they were going. After a hurried explanation that left more questions than it answered, Harley Fistless admitted, very reluctantly, to working for the famous Pinkerton National Detective Agency. He then bragged that he'd never traveled past the Mississippi River prior to boarding a train a week earlier. All the Pinkerton's man would reveal as to why he had to ride with them was that he had to visit their Pa for some unspecified but vitally important reason. Jason and Matt reluctantly agreed to put up with the pudgy stranger but vowed to discover Fistless' reasons for going to the Triple C Ranch before they arrived.
The brothers had good reason to agree to a quasi-lawman tagging along. Both carried enough cash in their saddlebags to keep their ranch going for another year.
For those of you who love seeing a book trailer, here’s the one I made just for you:
Here’s a little bit about me:
Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in Northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.
She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies, others in magazines. Three of her books (Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama’s Advice) are Amazon best sellers. Her other books are: Take Chances, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, Evil Eyes, Inits, Canoples Investigations Tackles Space Pirates, The Call Chronicles 1: The Griswold Gang, and Starlight. Additionally, she has shorts available on Amazon: Grace, Secret From the Flames, Family Curse … Times Two, and The Ghost Catcher.
And here’s where you can find me on the web: