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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Now Available -- THE TITHING HERD by J. R. Lindermuth -- Giveaway!

When ex-lawman Lute Donnelly sets out on the trail of the ruthless gang of outlaws who murdered his brother, revenge is his only desire. But when he stumbles upon Tom Baskin, a youngster who has been duped into helping the outlaw band and then left behind, Lute reluctantly takes the boy under his wing—and begins to find his humanity again.

United in a common cause, the pair travel a dangerous trail in search of revenge and redemption. But when Serene McCullough, the widow Donnelly loves, begs him to help her son move the cattle herd gathered by cash-strapped Mormons as their church tithe, he can’t refuse her.

When the cutthroat gang kidnaps Serene to bargain for THE TITHING HERD, Lute and Tom find themselves pitted against insurmountable odds—with unexpected help coming from an old friend.

Lute’s desire for vengeance is trumped by his desperation to save the woman he loves at all costs—if he can live long enough to do it…

EXCERPT:

     It was near dusk when the rider came. Spinning on the rope, seeing the man approach, the boy thought, “He’s going to kill me,” and he told himself he didn’t care.
     Hanging by his heels from the limb of a cottonwood with his hands lashed behind so he couldn’t reach up to free himself, the boy, Tom Baskin, was helpless. Even were his hands free, he doubted he had the strength to haul himself up and get loose. For a moment, the rider sat motionless, watching. Then, as though just noticing the boy’s distress, his red face, bulged veins and popped eyes for the first time, the rider gigged his horse forward.
     The boy writhed, spinning around on the rope, and retracted the idea he didn’t care about dying. Clammy sweat rolled down his back, dripping off his nose and chin as he watched the man dismount and draw a knife in almost the same motion. Then the man’s strong arm encircled him and he felt the tension in his legs ease as the knife sawed through the rope. A black wave of vertigo swept over Tom as the man lowered him to the sweet-smelling grass. He opened his eyes and tried to speak, but the vertigo hit him again as the blood pulsing in his brain sought an equal level of pressure.
     “Take it easy, son. It’ll pass,” the man said, bending close. Tom felt the man’s warm breath, tangy with an odor of peppermint, fanning his face. He closed his eyes.

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22 comments:

  1. I've just downloaded my copy! Really looking forward to it.

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  2. Thanks, Andrew. Appreciate your support.

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  3. Just read the excerpts. Sounds like something I'd like to read.

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  4. I'll read this one. It looks good.
    That is one great cover.

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    1. Thanks, Jerry. Livia does great covers.

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  5. John,

    Congrats on the new release! You are so prolific. It's great!

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  6. I really loved this book, John. Very unusual and your characters are so rich and full--just a very entertaining story from start to finish. We're glad to have you with us here at Sundown Press!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Glad to be a new part of the team.

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  7. Congratulations on the story. Of course I will have to read it now, the excerpt demanded that. *Smile*. Doris

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  8. I have to know more, so I downloaded it. Looks very promising.

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  9. Congratulations on the release of The Tithing Herd. I am inspired by your productivity.

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    1. Aw shucks, you make me blush. Thanks.

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  10. J.R.,

    Congratulations on your latest release. I have to tell you the title caught my attention. Tithing and cows? ;-) What an unusual and intriguing combination. How did you come up with the story?


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  11. Thanks, Kaye. I knew Mormons stress tithing as an important aspect of their faith. The idea popped when I read how some who lacked cash in the old days substituted cattle or sheep to make the commitment. From there it led to rustlers and the rest.

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  12. Congratulations on the release of THE TITHING HERD. Interesting concept. Good excerpt to show the character of the people we are dealing with in the book. You have chosen to write about a time where life was often tenuous. Life could change or end with no warning.

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Librarypat. Times were tough then, but so were the people.

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