OS: Welcome To Julia Talbot, here to talk about her latest book!
I’m Julia Talbot, and I’m here to talk about To Hell You Ride, which is a western historical about a hard rock miner and an actor. I wrote it a while back, and Dreamspinner Press is releasing it for me again!
I love Old West stories. I love them. I was born and live again in New Mexico, and I spent ten years in Colorado and seven in Texas. I love outlaws and bank robbers, saloons and historic hotels.
So, here’s a top five list of my favorite Old West places and people.
5. Mesilla, NM. Old Mesilla became an American town in the Gadsden Purchase, but for a lot of years it was a hideout for outlaws. Billy the Kid was a fixture there after the Lincoln cattle wars.
4. Glenwood Springs, CO. When Doc Holliday was ill, he went to Glenwood for the hot springs. He died in a hospital there, and is buried there in a cemetery high above the town. It’s worth the hike.
3. Tombstone, Arizona. Cheesy. Touristy. Home of the world’s biggest rose tree. The shootout at the OK corral took place here, and the Birdcage Theater still stands.
2. Fort Worth Stockyards. Down in Texas, they do historical well. The Stockyards are a great mix of old and new, and the food is top notch.
1. Durango/Silverton, CO – Durango has a neat old downtown, but best of all, it has a narrow gauge train that runs between it and Silverton over Red Mountain. In the winter, the train only goes halfway, but it’s so beautiful with feet of snow on the ground I can’t resist. Plus, hot chocolate!
If you get a chance, check out To Hell You Ride!
Big Roy is a hard-rock miner with a not-so-secret love for the theater, so when he hears a new troupe of actors are coming to the Telluride Opera House to put on a Shakespeare play, he saddles his mule and makes the trek into town to see it. The play doesn’t disappoint, but the beautiful lead actor, Edward Clancy, certainly does. Clancy is rude and arrogant, and Roy figures he’d never have a chance with such a man. He’s wrong, because Clancy needs some entertainment himself, being stuck in a hellish mining town for the long, snowy winter. Come spring, though, Clancy knows he’s going to want to move on, and he thinks Roy will be easy to forget. Then tragedy hits, and Clancy has to rethink his entire life. Can these two strike gold?
First Edition Published by SCREWDRIVER An imprint of Torquere Press, January 2007.
Author Bio: Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia has been published by Dreamspinner Press and Changeling Press. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved. Find her on the web at www.juliatalbot.com