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Book Review: Patch: United States Marshal: Wanted Dead by Russ Towne

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Patch: United States Marshal: Wanted Dead: A Classic New Western Action Adventure From The Author of Patch: United States Marshal: Wanted Dead: A Classic New Western Action Adventure From The Author of “A Bullet In The Neck” by Russ Towne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Russ Towne has found another genre to excel in. I’ve read a few of his books in the past, including one other Western, but this new book–part of a future series about US Marshal Patch Elkins–is a winner. At ~150 pages, it chronicles the US Marshall’s life as he navigates the ‘territory’ to bring in criminals. Unfortunately, there’s a price on more than just the criminals’ heads this time…

My favorite aspect of this book is how much the story tells ‘above and beyond’ the words, for instance… life was insane back in the ‘old days’ of Western adventures. No cars, minimal maps, changing territorial boundaries, it took days to spread the word about outlaw problems via newspapers, it might take a month before someone found a dead body, etc. By reading this book, I actually realized what life was like for a US Marshal during those days. People died in tragedies all the time, just like they do now, but we didn’t hear about it the second it occurred in the days of long ago.

When an author can push you to think beyond ‘what you know,’ you’ve found someone fantastic. Towne’s style is easy-to-read, informative, and reflective. While being an outlaw and traveling by horseback across a territory can be intense, the book is not a totally dark and instructional take on this type of life. It’s not light and fluffy either. There’s a balanced equilibrium where we see love, blood, fighting, anger, death, and hope. Towne shows us how two strangers can bond, how a young teen needs a role model, how what’s fair doesn’t always occur, and how a man with an injury can still protect himself and the country.

I’m excited to see how this series develops. Kudos on an excellent book for a non-typical reader. View all my reviews

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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Book Review: A Bloody Day in Destiny: Four Stories of the Wild West by Russ Towne

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Over the last year, I’ve read a few children’s books by Russ Towne and loved their strong lessons, vivid characters, and well-thought out settings. Then I noticed on his blog that he’d written a short collection of stories based on western adventures, A Bloody Day In Destiny: Four Stories of the Wild West: A Western Adventure. I snagged a copy (thank you!) and dove into it this week. What a remarkable thing to be able to write in a completely different genre but still offer the same wonderful appeal.

Of the four stories, I was most fond of the first, then the third one. All 4 were good, but the characters greatly appealed to me in these two legends. Between the fantastic western settings, the spot-on dialect, and the clever way to end with a wish the story could keep going on… Towne succeeded again. Unfortunately, he made me a tad upset that they were only short stories. I wanted to read more about the woman searching for a husband and/or for her own land, or the sheriff who may or may not have stolen a bank robber’s girl. Who are we supposed to trust? Way to keep us guessing!

Towne has a gift for creating characters you don’t want to forget or walk away from. I really hope he continues in this genre and shares more about the Old West… there’s quite a lot of history he could help convey to those who haven’t been exposed to it in the past. Kudos to a great leap into the genre… bring us more, please!

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

365 Challenge: Day 343 – Grateful (Author Alert: Russ Towne)

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Grateful: (a) feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful, or (b) 365 Daily Challenge word for today’s author alert — Russ Towne

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If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who he is, what he’s writing, and how to buy his future work. I am pleased to present the very talented Russ Towne. You’ll find out more if you read one of his published books, but as two teasers, read the reviews I’ve already written on his children’s books Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down and Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon.

Russ is an incredibly gifted writer and a true gentleman. He and I connected about 4 months ago through a fellow blogger who thought we might want to chat given we both worked in the business world and turned to writing at some point in our careers. We followed one another’s blogs, chatted a bit, then he sent me two of his books (hardcover)! I was so excited when they arrived in the mail. After I read the first one, I brought it with me to visit family in Louisiana and shared it with younger nephews and nieces who will in turn share it with others. I have his second book on my shelf and will show it to friends with kids when they visit me in NYC. His books are beyond creative… they have lessons children can learn in a fun way.

He’s quite prolific as you’ll see below… and I am excited to check out some of his other fiction. Let’s turn today’s blog over to him and see what he has to say…


I began writing my first book when our first grandchild was announced, and released the book about 5 years ago. I now have five grandchildren and have written over six times as many books. I had no idea my first experience as an author would lead to a passion that grabbed me and never let go.

I know this may sound hokey to many, but I creatively go where the whispers of my heart send me, and passion is the fuel that inspires me to fly. If my passion for a project wanes, I set it aside and work on something else for as long as the new one continues to flow freely beneath my creative wings.

I often have several projects at various stages of development. I now have five: Two children’s picture books and three fiction genres for grownups including suspenseful crime drama, a magic/fantasy stories anthology, and comedy crime suspense stories.

I’m a romantic. All of my children’s stories have happy endings and nearly all of my stories for adults do as well. The latter often feature a touch of romance (though they are by no means romance novels as I understand the term.)

I love writing so much that many nights in my sleep I find myself dream-writing, and the dream progresses replaying sequences over and over again until I’m satisfied. Pieces of many of my dreams have ended up in some of my books.

I co-wrote songs for a few years before I began to write books. You can hear several them by typing my name “Russ Towne” into the YouTube search field. My songs are nearly as eclectic as my books.

{Alert Interruption from Jay: I listened to one at a time I needed a lift — it is wonderful}

My current projects include:

  • Mysti Z’s Magical Day children’s picture book scheduled for release February 21, 2018.

 

  • Sunny Saves the Day a children’s picture book scheduled for release February 28, 2018.

 

  • Blood Oaths a fiction anthology of suspenseful crime drama stories scheduled for release March 31, 2018.

 

  • Other projects I’m developing but which aren’t as far along include:

 

  • (Title TBD) an anthology of Magic/Fantasy stories.

 

  • Elm Street Ladies Club stories about a group of little old ladies that get into all kinds of predicaments, part comedy and part crime solvers/suspense.

 

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Author Bio

Russ lives with his wife in Campbell, California, USA. They’ve been married since 1979, have three adult children and five grandchildren. His passions include family, friends, writing and investing. Russ wrote his first book in 2013 when he was fifty-six and has written and published dozens of books that can be found on Amazon.com and elsewhere.

 

Russ delights in seeing the expressions on the faces of young children and their loved ones as they experience his children’s picture, early reader, and chapter books. He enjoys reading his stories in classrooms, schools, libraries, and anywhere young children gather. Russ revels in interacting with youngsters, answering their questions, and inspiring a love within them for the magic of reading and writing.

 

Russ savors experiencing nature, especially near rivers and streams that run through giant redwood groves, and near beautiful beaches. He enjoys watching classic movies, reading, and visiting his tiny fern garden and redwood grove. Russ greatly enjoys managing the investments of Clients of the wealth management firm he founded in 2003.

 

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Key Links

Amazon Author Page

 

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Bibliography

The titles of the books he has written, compiled, and published include:

Books for Young Children:

  •  Sunny Saves the Grumpadinkles
  •  Mysti Z’s Magical Day
  •  Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down
  •  Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon
  •  Flora Belle and Dreami Dragon
  •  The Beach that Love Built
  •  A Day in the Shade of a Tickletoe Tree
  •  Zach and the Toad Who Rode a Bull
  •  V. G. and Dexter Dufflebee
  •  Ki-Gra’s REALLY, REALLY BIG Day!
  •  Clyde and Friends
  •  Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle
  •  Clyde and I Help a Hippo to Fly
  •  Rusty Bear and Thomas, Too
  •  Clyde and I

Non-Fiction:

  • Honest, Honey, That’s How It Happened
  • Stop Peeing in the Kitty Litter!
  • Slices of Life An anthology of the selected non-fiction stories of several writers.
  • Reflections from the Heart of a Grateful Man

Fiction:

  • It Was Her Eyes A novella
  • Touched Short stories and flash fiction
  • Palpable Imaginings An anthology of stories by several writers in various genres.

 Poetry:

  • Kaleidoscope

 

To see more about Russ Towne on ThisIsMyTruthNow, check out his dedicated author page where future content and books will added as he publishes them and I review them. Thanks for stopping by this edition of the Author Alert.


 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Book Review: Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon by Russ Towne

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Review: Five (5) stars — what a fantastic children’s book! Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon, published in 2017, is my second read from Russ Towne. I’m not sure I can decide which of the two I like better, but both are at the top of their genre. When I first read this picture/chapter book, my immediate reaction was that it resembled at a very high level the story of Beowulf. I say this only because it’s about a village trying to protect itself from a powerful and scary monster, but in truth, it feels apropos on other levels given I could see this book being a bit of a classic in its own right.

The writing is clean, direct, funny, memorable and solid from all angles. The illustrations are captivating; I found myself looking at them twice — once before I read the page, then after I finished to see what I had missed the first time. Alex is an adorable kid whose bravery and modesty are a lesson we should all learn; however, it is the queen who proves to everyone what moral we should be taking away from the book. She helps school her own townspeople in how to best work together to accomplish a goal. And as readers, we will very quickly learn how not to judge a book by its cover. (By the way, the cover of this one is brilliant. It will make you laugh throughout the story as you see what unfolds in this little quest to save a village!)

There are tons of children’s books available these days, and many of them are good. But when you want to select the best ones for your kids or to give as gifts, you want to know it’s a perfect fit and a truly remarkable read before you buy it. I’ve no doubt in my mind that this book and author will do well. There’s a beauty and truth in the stories he tells without ever feeling formal or educational. The balance between a cozy read in a big comfy chair and an introductory discussion on how to be a good person is quite strong. That’s where this author strikes gold.

I encourage you to read this book, or even one of Towne’s others, as you will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to sample more this year. I also look forward to sharing this one with some family members soon, too.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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Book Review: Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down by Russ Towne

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5 stars! Kudos to author Russ Towne, and illustrator Josh McGill, for drafting Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down, a 2017 children’s picture book I recently had the pleasure of reading. On the outskirts, this is a cute story with adorable drawings that will entertain and amuse kids of all ages. As you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a wonderful lesson about what it means to belong and to accept another’s differences. A dapper little duck unfortunately has a faulty thingamajig (you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is… the only hint I’ll give you is it’s somewhere on his head!) which causes him to fly upside down. Poor Wilbur can’t land properly and feels ostracized from his friends, but when he begins to find other ducks, and a larger extended family, they learn to rely on one another. By the end of the book, an entire flock of birds, who are all slightly different than the rest of their species, come together to celebrate their friendship.

I won’t give away the major conflict they battle together, or the wonderful ending the author has dreamed up, but it’s a feel-good, warm, inviting and refreshing story that will help children learn to be more open and tolerant. They won’t even realize the lesson they are learning, as the book just feels like a movie as you watch the ducks, and their friends, fly through life. If you’re looking for a fun new children’s story about birds, friendship and bonding, this is the one for you. Read it to your children, grandchildren or nephews and nieces together in a group and talk about all that you can learn and love in this story. I’m bringing it with me to see mine this holiday in Louisiana. I can’t wait to share it and read more from this author.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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