Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Pardner's Trust by Randall Dale

Cowboy Up: Volume 1
A man and his horse
Available in eBook and Paperback


Young, fatherless Ricky Richardson had always wanted to be a cowboy. He gets his chance when his mom moves with him to Clovis, New Mexico. He works at a feedlot where he is taught the cowboy way. After a horse training accident, Ricky must show up to a new job on a ranch with a horse to ride. The only horse in the cowboy's price range is cheap for a reason, and Ricky is about to find that out the hard way. 
I don't normally read Westerns...actually this might be the first one I have read, and I really enjoyed it! It got my attention from the very beginning. I enjoyed how the story followed the main character, Ricky, over a period of years. I felt like I got to know him, his wife Jessie, his horse Pardner, and a host of other great characters. I am eager to see how the story continues in the sequel! This book was realistic, well-written, and a great read for anybody!

Pardner's Trust- Book one - Cowboy Up is a delightful story about life on a ranch with cattle and horses, filled with joyful as well as life threatening daily responsibilities. The main character, Ricky, is young, trusting, thoughtful, caring, strong, who absolutely loves what he is doing in his job. He shares his desires for the future and is a marvelous role model for many to emulate as he quietly lives his values. Those values and lessons revolve around horses, cowboys, family and those whose families have abandoned them. I love horses, but the reader does not have to be a horse person to appreciate this well-written novel. I could barely put it down.

Cowboy Up: Volume 1
A man and his horse
Available in eBook and Paperback

Author's Interview
Q. What is the Pardner's Trust series of books?
A. They are modern day, true to life cowboy books. Ricky Richardson is no drug store cowboy but an honest to goodness young married man with a job to do. He must show up to work with a horse to ride but the only horse in his price range is a good horse gone bad because of mistreatment. It is a story of trust, love, redemption and...yes, even a little romance. 

Q. Is it a fantasy?
A. Not in the traditional sense of the word, it is a true to life, coming of age story, but if you've ever dreamed of owning and loving a horse, you will be carried away into your make believe world of horses and cows, cowboys and sheriffs. 

Q. How did you come to write a series of western books?
A. I grew up in a ranching family so the subject matter was easy to come by. I also grew up reading Louis LAmour, Jack Schaefer, Elmer Kelton and Larry McMurtry. One of the highest compliments I have ever received was that my writing reminded the reader of Jack Schaefer. 

Q. How many books in the series are out?
A. I currently have two books in the series out. Pardner's Trust and Friends in Deed. The third book in the series is scheduled for a Fall 2015 release and number four in Spring of 2016. 

Q. Do the books have to be read in order?
A. No. Each is a stand-alone with the same core characters. 

Q. Are those characters modeled after people you know?
A. I heard Craig Johnson quote Wallace Stegner that the greatest fraud perpetrated on the reading public is the statement at the beginning of each novel that states that this is a work of fiction and that any similarity to persons living or dead. I'll leave it at that. 

Q. We understand the books are clean with no explicit bedroom scenes or violence. Is that correct?

A. That is absolutely correct. No sex or violence. I don't think a good cowboy book needs that. 

Cowboy Up: Volume 1
A man and his horse
Available in eBook and Paperback

Randall Dale grew up in a ranching family. No stranger to long days in the saddle, Randall draws heavily on his experiences to bring a new breed of western novels. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona and while there was a member of the rodeo and livestock judging teams. He is a past Arizona champion of the United States Team Roping Championships and continues to compete when time permits.

Randall is a devoted family man and successful businessman with a flair for writing, and an interest in all things western. He currently lives in rural Southeastern Arizona with his wife. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

Cowboy Up: Volume 1
A man and his horse
Available in eBook and Paperback

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