About Riverboat Queen Author Bill Clarke

As the sun sank low in the western skies of Colorado, Clarke sat on a stump ravishing in the cool mountain breezes. “They won’t let me work, what am I going to do?” He lamented the loss of his recent job, and worried over the struggle to provide for his family without the eighty hours of work week he’d been putting in, every week.

One day, he’d been pushing numbers, servicing customers, and the next they were hauling his butt out on a stretcher, concerned about his heart. Whether he had a heart attack or not, Dish Network wasn’t willing to take on the liability, and Clarke needed income. At 64 years of age, he wasn’t ready to retire on social security limitations, and there was nothing else in the bank.

He needed income.

I bit my tongue and drawled out, “Write a book!” The words nearly choked me as they escaped my being.

I’d heard his stories for the past several years. He laughed at his own jokes. He was funny as hell, and he could talk forever. I figured it’d give him something to do.

I didn’t expect him to pound out a books like a salesman on a Colfax bimbo. There was more I expected. But his motto:

“Once you realize you don’t have to polish your turds, it’s easy to poop.”
~Bill Clarke

Became my undoing..

I was a single mom, working my butt off, supporting four kids, and writing, editing, coding my own set of shenanigans. And every time he called me, he wanted to know if I’d looked at his last chapter.

I hadn’t taken time to pee. And he wanted to know if I’d looked over a chapter. HA.

But, I had told him to write a book, so I kept pushing to get his book edited. Even telling him and showing him how to edit wasn’t working, so I had to do it myself.

And I kept trying. That first book was a chore. A full time chore, because he hadn’t written it true to the time period he was writing about, and I hadn’t learned there were alternatives to writing legitimate historic fiction. You could ad-lib, take writer liberties, and adjust the history to fit your story… And who says they didn’t have turd polishing toilets in Montana Gold Mine country in 1876?

Where do you find your characters?

Most of them come from people I meet, family members, neighbors, people who just seem to need to be in the book. They need to be famous, so I make them famous in my books. I talk about real named people, but they aren’t who I say they are. I make them famous. And I leave them legacies of existence in a world they may never visit. If I use their first name, I change their last name. Real live friends in my book may be brothers.

 What do you get from writing books?

I’m a writer. I published two books. I have a legacy. I’m leaving this life a published author with two stories that people will read, republish, and share for the rest of time on the planet. Books are forever. I get excited knowing that something might be here a hundred years after I’m gone and forgotten.

 What will people learn from your books?

They’ll learn to love people. That everyone makes mistakes and we can still love ’em anyway. They’ll learn there’s something good in everyone.

What’s the big take away from your books?

I think the good guys always win. They may not walk away, I sometimes kill ’em all off and let God sort ’em out, but the good guys win. There’s a sense of presence that comes from story that says, “Good guys win, here.” And I suit up for that every day at the keyboard.

Will you write more books?

As many as I can come up with story lines for, I’ll keep creating characters until they all fall off the planet, or end up in a book. I might need to hire a new editor… Know anybody?

And with that, Clarke turned up his oxygen bottle and drove off into the sunset on his favorite dream.

From his editor/publisher: My goal is to get him a new car with a driver. He’s dangerous on the roads! Buy his books!

Riverboat QueenWhen China Clarke left his five children with his brother John, to return to New York City to find wife number three, scoundrel son number one turned to women. The widow down by the river was a common conquest. There were more… When he got caught flirting with precious Violet, her brother wasn’t happy. But the brawl between them left her brother’s nose hanging by a hope, and his eyes black and bruised. To save his life, young Bill was carted out of town rolled into a blanket, by his Uncle’s sexy secretary. It’s a good thing his mama taught him the Lord’s Prayer, because it comes in handy! The stop and go trip to Chicago landed Bill in wedded bliss and a free trip to the Montana Gold Mine Country with his new wife, to take care of daddy, China’s interests in the General store. The life of a scoundrel is never pleasant, but young Bill fancies himself growing up eventually, and finds his way home. The adventures of his past haunt him, and in those final moments, his lovely bride realizes she still loves him. This venture into historic comedy and romance might leave you wondering what century they’re living in, but the heart of the book will tell you right up front, the writer lives in a time all his own. Don’t miss a single word of this adventure! (Click on the cover to buy the book.)

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James C. Mulaney – Out of the Forest

Out of the ForestWhen your plane collides with an Eagle over a pine forest in the Canadian Rockies, the softest landing may not be in the pines. Surviving the wreckage, two youngsters spend days attempting to find their way out of the forest.

This is their story…

With his little sister tagging along, Carl follows the survival rules in a Boy Scout Manuel to help them survive the wilderness. Their adventure takes them along a river, through mountain trails, and across open meadows.

They manage to stay warm at night, and find ways to heal sore feet. Their methods may not be scientific, but they work. And every step of their journey is shared in this journal of their survival.

About the Author

James C. Mulaney started life in the middle of the depression in Mena Arkansas, clinging to principles and values that gave family importance and kept the country together. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 until 1955. Home again, he attended college in Overland Park, Kansas, finishing up in Lamar, Colorado, where he and his wife, Esther, settled, while they raised two daughters. He was quite the cowboy in those early days, working farms and ranches in the southeastern Colorado area. Sometime near 1959, he arrived at the Bus Depot in Lamar, where his wife and some friends were gathered for coffee in the evening. Dressed in chaps and side arms, with his hat low and his spurs jingling, he startled the many customers, who weren’t used to cowboys showing up in downtown. He spent the next several years working as a lineman for the electric company, then rescuing people in the 1965 Flood along the Arkansas River. After that he hung up his lineman belt and began working for a local appliance company. Eventually, the entrepreneurial spirit grabbed him and he opened his own appliance company until he retired in 1993. Always an adventurer, his retirement came after he fell out of a tree he was trimming. After years of storytelling, he decided to try his hand at writing. A collection of ideas became a plot and Out of the Forest was the working title for this adventure. He continues to write while working in the Hospitality Industry, enjoying the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people and pursuing his interest in photography. Please visit his website at www.JamesCMulaney.com for more information about new books being released.

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Oris George Along the Back Roads

Along the Back RoadsWhen you leave the highways, the big cities and civilization behind, you find yourself on the Back Roads, in the middle of an America that some believe have been forgotten. Even nostalgic remembrances cannot belie the cozy comforts of home and back roads. These stories, you’ll remember…

An experience of back roads living, along the Back Roads of Yesterday with Oris George, you’ll meet Anna… Sitting alone at the well pump, her hat in her hand.

Or you’ll meet General, the Buff Orpington rooster, who threatened to pluck Oris’ eyes right out of his head, with his mother standing well within ear shot.

Or it just may happen that you’ll wind up riding in the wagon, as Oris takes eggs and vegetables to town, and arrive back home with mule apples in your hair, and covering your sorry hide, because nobody… Even Oris, can trust a stubborn old mule.

Stories of Yesterday

Back Roads When you travel along the back roads, you don’t always see a lot of people.

Sometimes, you just move through the country side, taking up space…

And then you realize you’ve traveled quite a distance. You might be fortunate enough to see an old timing headed your way who will tell you stories, and share something about their lives.

About the Author

Evidently, the older a man gets the whiter his whiskers get, and when he grows them out, people call him things like Santa Claus. Or so they say…

The challenge is to grow old with attitude, at least enough to keep away the bad guys, and enough grace to let the nice folks remain in your life. So, does he still drink his own bath water, or has he outgrown that habit? If you see him, ask…

Oris GeorgeOris George lives in Colorado, a little closer to the river than he’d probably like, with a few more birds than he wants to listen to, and more often than not, he would rather be working with mules, donkeys, dogs, or kids.

His memories are peppered with enchanting stories picked up along the back roads through years of yesterday. His unique style of taking readers along the paths of boyhood adventures, days long past, and the gentler times we all wish we could once again experience, brings out the child in each of us. Capers only a young boy, a mule, a donkey, a dog, and friends could endure vanished along with the era of lemonade on the porch and Grandma’s home-baked cookies on Friday afternoon.

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In Defense of a Nation

Author Stan GrantStan Grant – author of In Defense of a Nation shares the purpose of his belief in his book, and more…

How often do you meet a person online and know that they’re someone you’d really like to know better, then out of pure chance, happenstance, and coincidence have the opportunity to meet that person?

After hearing his radio show, reading the 5000 Year Leap, another book explaining the importance of holding our current leaders to the values of our forefathers and the founding documents of this nation, I decided I really wanted to meet Stan Grant. Then time passed and I hadn’t had an opportunity to meet him, so I forgot about it, forgot about the sound of his voice and had actually not even listened to the radio show in a while.

But late one Saturday night, I was thinking about church the next morning and wishing I knew where to go and searching for churches in my neighborhood. A friend got online and suggested I visit her church. My son was attending a Baptist Church close by, but he was going to be working the next morning, so I set out to go to church on a snowy morning and arrived in the parking lot of what I thought was the church where my friend and my son both attended. Inside, I began to recognize faces… But none of them were the friend I’d thought I’d be seeing.

I ended up in a totally different church…. But…

Voices sounded familiar, and pictures. Faces. I knew I recognized them but I couldn’t place where. It was after the service when people began introducing themselves to me that I recognized the connection. Many of these people were already Facebook friends who had communicated with me over a variety of political topics.

And I’d read Stan’s book several weeks earlier at the recommendation of a friend. I’m recommending you read it. This book will remind you that this nation and the freedom we’ve fought to protect for more than two centuries is still worth the fight. Value your liberty, because it is God given and must be protected.


In Defense of a Nation by Stanley Grant

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American Christians and patriots know that a battle is brewing. It is a battle for the heart and soul of our nation.

The cold war being waged against America’s sovereignty, exceptionalism, Christian heritage, and rule of law is rooted in spiritual hatred for our being a nation in covenant with Almighty God. Accelerated by the rise of Barack Obama, and Congress’ failure to restrain his overreach, citizen outrage has reached an all-time high. The lines between tyranny and liberty are being defined, and enemies (both foreign and domestic) are hard at work to destroy even the foundations. This is the final push, and the cold war will go hot. War is coming to America, and it’s coming soon to a street corner near you.

Meanwhile, the American church snoozes, and contents itself with pretty buildings, feel-good sermons, Jesus tattoos, hip songs, light shows and big drums, elaborate productions, potlucks, and abandonment theology. The pulpits…the firebrands of the revolution in the 1700’s…have gone silent on issues pertaining to liberty and tyranny, God and Country. A wake-up call is fast approaching.

Using scripture and current events, In Defense of a Nation frames the final showdown for America in a way that will cause you to lose sleep. It examines such questions as:

  • Is America a lucky anomaly in human history, or is it a deliberate act of God?
  • Who is America in the Bible?
  • What will the inevitable clash between Islam and Communism vs. America and the Jewish State of Israel look like?
  • When will it occur?
  • What is the beast system of the Bible, and who is the son of perdition?
  • Who is the community organizer in Scripture that carried the anti-Christ messages of social justice and redistribution of wealth?
  • How are the politics of Judas being deployed against America today, and when will his final kiss of betrayal come?
  • Who is the real Barack Obama, why him, why now?
  • What does the end-game look like for America?

If you want to be on the cutting edge of events as they unfold, then In Defense Of A Nation is a must-read. America is beyond the tipping point, and quickly approaching the flash point…which will come…whether you like it or not…whether you’re ready or not. You will not be allowed to sit this out. The good news is the complete destruction of the corrupt political establishment within America, followed by a spiritual awakening in we the people, concluding with liberty for our land and citizens once again.

America’s toughest days are just ahead. But so is our crowning moment in history. And you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. Now, make it count.

(From Amazon)


Stan Grant is an author, radio talk show host, speaker, conservative political activist, and Christian patriot. He resides in Colorado with his wife, Robin, their grumpy cat, and their exceptional Jack Russell Terrier.

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When Red Heads with Curls Write Books…

…they title them “Let’s Pretend We’re Normal” and think people will read them.

Let's pretend we're normal by Tricia Lott Williford

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And they may be right! At least, this red head has my number. She knows I’ll read her book, I’ll write her up in my blog, and I’ll share the title of her book. It’s almost like I’m forced to do so by knowing her for the past five plus years, who could help it?

Nope, the book isn’t wrong side up, it’s all upright and dare I say it… normal.

Tricia Lott Williford broke teeth on her first book about two years ago, brought tears to my eyes more times than I can count… Okay, reality check, the girl made me cry-out-loud more times than I care to remember throughout the writing of the book, and then the reading of the book. And now – she pretends to be normal.

But still, she knows I’m going to READ her book, even if… I have to buy one. Yeah, I’ve already pre-ordered my first copy.

Author Tricia Lott Williford

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So what does Ms Tricia write about? She writes about life as a single mom. About losing the love of her life in a shocking pre-Christmas case of the flu in 2010, instead of bickering with her children over which present they got to open on Christmas Eve. About living life with the pain and agony that comes from life changing, horrific loneliness, as a result of the trauma that sends a girl scrambling for her pillow instead of the door in the morning as the kids ready themselves for school. About life. She writes about LIFE.

And as she writes, “and life comes back” – it does. Life does come back. And she begins to feel like there may be real life available, and she begins to pretend she’s normal…

Kind of like a million other single moms…

Single moms who may or may not have lost their husbands to death, but they’re busy raising their children, and too busy to worry so much about being normal.

Instead, they just pretend…

Don’t miss her amazing book. I haven’t read it yet, but I know – it will be amazing.

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