The series is the brainchild of Troy Smith, a good friend of mine and an excellent writer and "idea man". His thought was to create a bible to be used by the participants of the series to work from for the fictional post-Civil War town of Wolf Creek, Kansas. Any member of the Western Fictioneer professional writing organization could contribute when their character was called for in the plot structure.
Now, this is quite a daunting task when you think of having at least 23 (and climbing!) people who wanted to contribute, having to come up with plots that would involve at least 6 characters in each book--some of them the same as a common thread-- and keep all the books fresh and interesting. But Troy managed to do it.
Wolf Creek Book 6: Hell on the Prairie, differs. It's an anthology of short stories by some of the contributors about their characters. I loved this idea because each participant was able to write a short story featuring their character(s) and show a depth to their character they might not be able to convey in a collaborative effort such as the other books before this have been.
IT TAKES A MAN was a finalist in the 2014 Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Awards in the Short Fiction category. It was released for a brief time as a single sell story with Western Trail Blazers, and I'm proud to say IT'S BACK! And isn't this cover beautiful? I have to say, this is one of my favorite covers Livia has made for me--I love it. She is a genius when she works her cover voodoo!
I'm giving away a copy of IT TAKES A MAN to one lucky commenter today! Be sure to leave a comment and contact info for a chance to win!
If you just can't wait to see if you won, see the purchase links below--it's a bargain for only .99, and there are lots of other wonderful Wolf Creek stories out there waiting to be read!