After their encounter with the mountain lion, Charlie, Bolo and Grandpa join a wagon train heading west. Charlie meets Chance, who is confined to a wheelchair. When Charlie sees a bully, Jed, making fun of Chance, he stands up to him. With Bolo’s help, Jed backs down but he’s angry with Charlie. Chance doesn’t appreciate his assistance and tells Charlie he could have handled the situation. Chance and Bolo take a liking to each other and begin playing together, which leaves Charlie feeling lonely and confused.
When the wagon train gets bogged in mud due to heavy rains, Jed wanders off and discovers an arroyo with a nest of rattlesnakes at the bottom. When the edge of the arroyo collapses, he slides down by the reptiles. Terrified, he yells for help. Faced with this life-threatening situation, the boys must set aside their conflicts and work together if they hope to save Jed.
About Jim Jones: Jim Jones is the author of five novels set in northern New Mexico in the late 1800s: The Lights of Cimarron, The Big Empty, and the Jared Delaney series, including Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon. His novella, “Scarecrows,” appeared in the Five Star Anthology, Perilous Frontier. His sixth novel, Halo Moon, will be published in July of 2022 by Five Star Publishing. His songs and books are about the West … cowboys, horses & cattle, cattle rustlers, the coming of the train … songs about people and land, rivers and mountains, the beauty of the Western sky. With the 2022 release of his album, “Words & Music” along with the 2021 release of his album, “Good Days Are Comin’,” Jim has produced twelve Western/Folk albums. His book, “Bolo the Brave” was a Western Writers of America Spur Finalist in the Storyteller/Illustrated Children’s Book category. He was the Western Music Association’s 2014 Male Performer of the Year and winner of the Western Heritage Wrangler Award 2022 Outstanding Original Western Composition, the International Western Music Association 2019 Song of the Year, Academy of Western Artists 2016 Western Song of the Year and Western Writers of America 2013, 2017 and 2021Spur Awards for Best Western Song. Jim lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
But life took a dramatic turn for the young girl when she was given her first horse. Mary had never ridden before and there was a lot to learn. Thankfully, Bandit, the ranch cow dog, was around to watch over her. Bandit may have been retired, but he still liked herding chickens and trying to corral the ranch cats. Mary would soon learn having a horse was a lot different than having a dog. Along with such ownership came greater responsibilities. That would also mean learning to admit your mistakes, no matter how difficult, and then accepting the consequences, especially when Bandit knew the truth.
Mills is a longtime member of the Western Writers of America (WWA) and currently serves as WWA Vice President.
In 2010, he was a WWA Spur Award Finalist Award winner for Best Western Audiobook for his work of historical fiction entitled Where a Good Wind Blows. Mills also received a WWA Spur Finalist Award in 2021 in the category “Best Storyteller/Illustrated” for his children’s book Bandit the Cow Dog. This book also earned a 2021 Will Rogers Gold Medallion for “Western Fiction – Young Readers/Illustrated”.
Phil’s most recent endeavor was his contribution to an anthology of Western mystery short stories/novellas entitled Perilous Frontier released in November 2021.
The third book in his “Good Wind Western Series” entitled Where Cold the Waters Run is currently being written. He’s also currently working on a book of short stories, two new children’s books, a book of inspirational poetry, and a new novel entitled, The Laramie Letter.
Mills is a member of the Montana Historical Society and is a lifetime member of the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum (CBHMA). He is also a member of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Phil is an avid fan of professional rodeo and in 2016 attended the Chad Nicholson Rodeo Announcer Seminar in Fort Worth, Texas. He spent the summer of 2016 and the early spring of 2017 announcing rodeos in Bandera, Texas, “Cowboy Capital of the World”.
His experiences include being a small town newspaper editor, farm magazine editor and work with two major advertising/public relations agencies. Phil and his wife, Sonja, live west of Fort Worth, Texas.
Topic: Author Talk with Phil Mills Jr. and Jim Jones
Time: Jun 14, 2022 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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