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Jim Bridger did not write any memoirs

Jim Bridger was a real person Jim Bridger was a great frontiersman and my fictional hero, Davy Reece, named his horse Bridger in honour of him. In The Cowgirl Murders, Davy says he learnt a lot from that man's memoirs. In fact, he never wrote any. However, Davy could...

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The Wild West: facts and fiction.

The Wild West is full of myths The Wild West is the setting for my novel, The Cowgirl Murders, which I wrote about in previous posts. I hope you read it, whether in print or as an e-book, but if not, please note that it is now available as an audiobook. What is it...

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Invisible women in westerns

Invisible women? What do I mean? Invisible women are all those women who must have been part of the Wild West but who play only minor roles in most westerns except for decoration. My novel The Cowgirl Murders gives women a prominent role. If you want a taste of the...

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Hear your favourite books

Hear a book? How? Hear a book by getting the audiobook version. It is a growing trend. I have decided to make my books available as audiobooks in future, as well as in print and as e-books. This means books I am going to produce in future. Perhaps I will also make...

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Multiculturalism in a western? Impossible?

Multiculturalism is unusual in westerns Multiculturalism sounds like a  modern concept. Most westerns are about white men. Westerns rarely mention Black people, whilst they usually depict Native Americans as either evil or victims. My novel The Cowgirl Murders...

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Superstition: is it opposed to religion?

Superstition has been around a long time. Superstitions were once part of the culture and you can expect them to appear sometimes in historical novels. Of course, as many people believe in some superstitions today to varying degrees, don't be too surprised to find...

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Ghost stories will never die!

Ghost stories have evolved Ghost stories have been around for a long time. Perhaps our ancestors told each other such things long before anyone wrote them down. They are usually set in castles or other old buildings, but other venues may be used. Perhaps our ancestors...

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Killers of the Flower Moon – a book review

'Killers of the Flower Moon' is a book and a film Killers of the Flower Moon has been making headlines as film critics have been talking about it a lot recently. This prompted me to read the book. I am glad I did. Here are my thoughts. The Story Killers of the Flower...

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Forts in Wales are not always castles – so what?

Forts were around in the Iron Age Forts appear often in my novel Spirit of Iron and its sequels. Why? Because they were an important part of Iron Age life. You can't see many today unless you apply your imagination to a series of grasssed-over ridges where there were...

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