Sunday, November 13, 2016

A Cowboy Christmas: An American Tale by Tom VanDyke

Last week my friend Sue returned from a shopping trip to the artsy community of Sedona, Arizona. When I met with her a few days ago, she surprised me with a gift of Tom Van Dyke’s autographed A Cowboy Christmas. Of course, I was thrilled, and spent the rest of the afternoon reading Van Dyke’s book. 

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for the cowboy/cowgirl on your shopping list, I recommend Van Dyke’s book! It’s a witty tale of courage, wisdom, and romance. WB, the main character, is everything a cowboy should be – adventurous, sometimes crazy, always helpful, charismatic, and a horseman. Living in 1839 was tough, and Van Dyke doesn’t hold back, he takes you back in time to the true West. 

by Tom Van Dyke  (Author), Bob Coronato (Illustrator)

INSPIRING! A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale reveals the true American West but goes even further. A man and woman who refuse to let a soaring relationship disappear is a sign of life on earth at its best.
-- MICHAEL BLAKE, Author of Dances With Wolves.

A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale now celebrating its expanded fifth edition has galloped into the hearts and minds of readers, men and women of all ages, in a magical story that crisscrosses the expansion of the Western frontier and collides with destiny. Embracing a cowboy's flavorful soup of words and expressions, WB tells his story with cowboy wit and humor. A tale about cowboys, generous with their lives, who burn themselves like candles for experiences worth living, and values that created strength and revealed character. Not yet sixteen in 1873 with hopes and dreams, WB crosses the Mississippi and without fear leaves the muddy shores of civilization behind. With empty pockets, a spark for life, and a wild sense of freedom, he follows his heart searching for adventure and fortune and discovers the romance.

IT'S GOOD AND IT MOVES! Tom Van Dyke tells a rousing tale of a young man learning how to cowboy and finding the girl of his dreams. I've written a good 40 western stories but learned a lot from Tom's book.

Tom Van Dyke has crafted an inspired story of the Old West, Arizona and New Mexico Territories in 1873. A well-researched tale of an adventuresome young man carving out a life that most men can only dream about. Hold on tight. It's a fast ride. This magical tale fits like a vintage Stetson and a good pair of boots.
--Marshall Trimble, Official Arizona State Historian.

A great Christmas story and a delightful read for all seasons. A Cowboy Christmas is a wonderful tale of a young cowboy's roam...
--THOMAS COBB, Author of Crazy Heart

TOM VAN DYKE lives with his wife on their ranch in Cave Creek, Arizona. Tom is a nationally recognized film producer/director and award-winning screenwriter. One of his motion pictures was considered for nomination of an Academy Award®.

Tom created and wrote the American Bicentennial television public service announcements, Stand Up and Be Counted, featuring John Denver, the most widely viewed national and international PSAs in the history of television.

His creative expression of writing and film production is shared with his creation of fine art. Tom's sculptures, paintings and photography have been exhibited or are in the permanent collections of the NY Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie Art Institute, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford Museum, the Cranbrook Academy of Arts, and the Butler Institute of American Art.

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