Thursday, February 13, 2014

Give yourself a Valentine treat...

Try out one of these great new releases to get in the Valentine's Day swing of things!


Presented by the Foxleaf Authors Workshop

A grab-bag of Valentine-themed stories, essays, and poems, with several genres represented -standard romance plus sci-fi, fantasy and horror!

Featuring the works of:

Troy D. Smith
Vicki Cypcar
Cindie Miller
Ralph Bowden
Brooke Kennedy & Briana Gaitan
Patricia Gentry
Beth Nelson
Kaylee Rae
Eric G. Bowens
Carol Gazlay
Linda Ann Siggelko



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Western Trail Blazer -new releases

Troy D. Smith

We're trying to start 2014 off right over at Western Trail Blazer. In our first month of WTB's new era, we've released three new anthologies, two of them the first installments of what we hope to be regular series. We've also released seven ebook shorts -two of them were in the final days of 2013 and we mentioned them last month, but we thought they should be included in this first official monthly list of new releases as well. The two new stories by Frank Roderus, in particular, have been tearing up the chart.

TWILIGHT OF THE GUN consists mostly of stories already available from WTB as singles (though not all of them)... this is our way of re-introducing WTB, and showcasing several of our regular authors.

LADIES LOVE OUTLAWS is the first of many western romance anthologies.

WESTERN TALES! is more than a single anthology; it is going to be a regular series, each with five western short stories. I view it as a digital echo of great magazines of the past like Louis L'Amour Western Magazine, which is where I got my start. We've tried to capture some of that old, exciting pulp feel in our covers.

They're all available right now- grab one today!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

FIGHT CARD: hardboiled boxing stories, for a good cause

The folks who produce the popular FIGHT CARD series- featuring short stories about the sweet science of pugilism, set in the 1930s and 1940s- have released the first in a new series which will all be for charity. Some will be for medical needs of writers, others for literacy campaigns. The first, IRON HEAD AND OTHER STORIES, is to benefit acclaimed author Jory Sherman, who is facing some severe health crises. Jory has a story -the lead one, in fact, "Iron Head"- as do several other authors. Including yours truly. My story is called "Go for Broke," and is about the prejudice a Japanese-American combat veteran-turned-boxer faces when he comes home from World War II.

Check it out! You can get it HERE.

Friday, January 3, 2014


Yesterday in this space I wrote of how my wife Robin and I have taken over ownership of the publisher Western Trail Blazer, which had published a lot of my work in recent years, and were issuing a call for submissions -for traditional westerns, western romance, western horror, steampunk, western paranormal, western mystery, and more. You can read that post HERE if you missed it (or just scroll down.)

But there is more. A few months ago we established our own CANE HOLLOW PRESS, of which Western Trail Blazer is now an imprint. We've already received a lot of questions about other genres, so I thought I'd better let you all know what other publishing opportunities we have.

Here are our other imprints. Within each of these we will publish short stories, novellas and full-length books. In most cases the latter will also be made available in print.

This is our "mothership." Here we will offer general fiction and nonfiction as we see fit, sometimes with a more literary bent, as well as poetry.

RAVENFLIGHT PRESS will feature science fiction and fantasy. One example would be THIS NOVEL by my friend David Allen and me:

WINDIGO BOOKS will offer horror fiction. And by horror I mean tales of terror, no sparkly daytime vampires allowed. Like this non-sparkly vampire short story:

CRIMINAL INTENT PRESS will offer tales of crime and mystery. Like stories about my 1950s blues detective Roy Carpenter.

EBENEZER PRESS, as detailed HERE, is an inspirational imprint. Often that will denote a religious/spiritual element, though not always from the same perspectives. In other cases it will involve people's struggles, defeats and victories... as the word "ebenezer" means in a biblical context, "This far I have come with God's help." Our first title is a collection of faith-affirming essays by Pamela Walton:

You'll notice most of these works -so far -are by me (hey, ya gotta start somewhere.) We are looking to grow them all, though, and are thus inviting submissions to . Bear in mind, though- we are a publisher, not a printing service. That means we will accept manuscripts that fit into our vision, and are professionally done.

Please email us if you have any questions, or think you might have something that will fit our needs.

Thursday, January 2, 2014


My wife Robin and I have assumed the reins at Western Trail Blazer, which has been one of the success stories of the ebook age. And we are looking to expand.

We plan to release several series of anthologies, each one 25-to-30,000 words, and then release each individual story from those anthologies as an ebook single. If you would like to submit a new story, or a previously published one to which that you've retained the rights, send 'em on! Here are the series titles:

WESTERN TALES- just what it says. Traditional westerns, though some could have contemporary settings.

LADIES LOVE OUTLAWS-  western romance. (we may also do other variations- LAWMEN LOVE LADIES, for instance.)

TERROR IN THE WEST- western horror stories.

PARANORMAL PLAINS- for those "softer" supernatural stories.


THE MOUNTAIN MEN- tales of the fur trappers, especially but not limited to those in the Rockies.

KILLING BRAND- mysteries set in the American West.

REQUIREMENTS: stories must be a minimum of 4,000 words. If you have novels or novellas, those are welcome as well. Send them to and put the series you are submitting to in the subject line of the email. 

ROYALTIES: If your story is accepted and published, you will receive 70% of actual royalties (after distributors' fees) for each 99 cent short story ebook, and receive an equal share of 70% with the other authors included in each anthology. Visit our website at for other such details.

DEADLINE:  Since these are going to be series of anthologies, there's no real deadline. For example, as soon as we accept enough western horror stories to fill a 30k volume, they will be released as TERROR IN THE WEST vol. 1, and the next western horror stories we get (and accept) will go into TERROR IN THE WEST vol. 2, and so on. 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

We are cherry blossoms


We are cherry blossoms
Soft and beautiful
Open wide to the sun
For a moment
And we are gone
One blossom of many
On one tree of many
In one season of many
Swirling slow on the wind
Kissing the ground
Joining forever
And our names and words and deeds
Are swept away
Mourned perhaps
But forgotten to time
Fallen blossoms from fallen trees
An allele on a chromosome
A footprint blown away
But that moment when we bloom-
That moment is forever
It is all, but it is all
And our beauty fills the universe
So I lift up my words
To mix in the eddies of human being
A note in an endless symphony
Crying out that I am
And I was
And it was good
That I lived a life
And touched the sun
Wrote and spoke and sang words
And told tales
And was in the tale
And in the song
And as my blossom floats toward the cold ground
My eyes will be fixed on the sky
I was
I am.
                -Troy D. Smith, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Roy Carpenter Mysteries for 99 cents, till Saturday

If you haven't tried out my blues mystery series, set in 1950s Nashville and starring harmonica-player-slash-crime-solver Roy Carpenter, now is a good time: the full-length novel Cross Road Blues in on sale for kindle till Saturday at the discounted price of 99 cents. While you're at it, spend another 99 cents to grab the Roy Carpenter short story "Stomp Boogie." This series has gotten a lot of good responses, including some high praise from several of my favorite crime novelists.

Cross Road Blues

Stomp Boogie