I am an author who enjoys writing women's fiction whether it be a good tearjerker or a heart breaker, a time traveler or ghostly curse breaker. My stories are packed with soul, sometimes nostalgia, adversity with some adventure and of course a little steam just enough to curl any woman's toes!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I am proud to announce the release of the latest book in The Black Thunder Series

The Price
Book Two

The saga continues.

After the birth of their first child, life between Jack and Kate McBride couldn’t be more perfect.  That is until Kate’s mother appears and threatens to tear their world apart.

Jack has met his match in Marnie St. Clair, the scheming and all controlling mother in-law who is determined to pull her daughter away from the crude and overbearing cowboy and re-unite her with her sophisticated ex-husband.

It could cost Jack more than his sanity as deception yields a deadly hand, not only threatening his relationship with Kate but also threatening her life.

This is a heartwarming tale about love, sacrifice, and the price of a man’s soul who will do anything to save the woman he loves.

I don't want to give too much away but I must say I love this second book in the series. I didn't want to take away from the original flow of the first book but something more serious needed to happen in order to make Jack's character grow. 

Character development evolves not by me trying to humanize but rather I let the characters speak to me what is truly at their core.

For Jack McBride, his character is complex. He is riddled with deep emotion but he has a hard time expressing it other than running all over Kate.. and it seems Kate has figured that out about him...maybe...

As confident as Kate appears, she wrestles with an all-too-familiar emotion that she may not be good enough so she pleases. She pleases her mother. She pleases Jack and even her ex-husband. She teeters back and forth listening to others opinions of how Jack treats her and she vacillates between outside influences and what she knows to be true in her heart.

I think many women struggle with the same affliction as Kate. We are intelligent and strong but when it comes to love, we ask too much advice rather than trusting our gut.

In addition, I wanted the characters to get beyond the physical attraction and there was no better way than for Kate to be stricken by an illness that would hit her womanhood at her core. The fear that she would no longer keep Jack's interest if she wasn't physically perfect is seen through the chapters and I love how both Kate and Jack struggle first apart then come together in the end.

There's a bit of mystical as well in the second book. Call me a sucker for happy endings but I do believe the purpose of Kate's relationship with Black Thunder needed to be revealed.

I will end by saying, "It's just a story folks,"my story and I like the way it ends. 

It made me feel good that Kate triumphs over this ghastly disease and I wish everyone who suffers from breast cancer had the same ending, including my mother. Maybe that's why I wrote it.

So grab a cup of coffee, kick back and let's just blog!

Friday, June 6, 2014

The Taming, Book One in The Black Thunder Series is Available for download on Kindle!


The Taming is set in the foothills of Virginia City, Nevada. 


Virginia City holds a special place in my heart. 

I lived in Northern Nevada for almost fifteen years
and I frequented the old gold mining town regularly. 
I even did some theater there performing melodramas
 on an outdoor stage while the customers
sat on hay bales watching the show.


    The drive to Virginia City is breathtaking!
Whether taking the scenic road, Geiger Grade from Reno, or the winding gold laden road from Moundhouse. 
But My Favorite Is

Six Mile Canyon Road from Dayton.
Anyone who has driven it 
can attest that it does look like
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid could emerge
from the hills at any moment.
Sure would hate to be stuck on the road at night with a flat. 
Just ask Kate!

I don't know what it is about Virginia City that captures my soul?

 Maybe it's the old western town feel as you walk along the two block row stopping at old saloons, like The Bucket of Blood (Owners are also McBride's but no relation to Jack!)

The Washoe Club (or hotel, as I called it in my novel), The Red Dog Saloon or seeing the old timey gaming tables on display at The Delta and having a sense that luck played a big part in the gold rush.

Virginia City was once one of the wealthiest communities during
the gold rush years but when the gold dried up so did the town but its history and legends still live on. 

Ghosts have been known to mingle with the tourists or at the very least in the cemetery and The Washoe Club.

 The attractions are endless!    
Train rides for the V&T fans or stagecoach rides,
Old West shops selling drovers, hats and boots
 (Remember a good boot is worth it's weight in gold)
to cotton candy, hot dogs and fudge (Kate's favorite).  There is always Piper's Opera House (which is haunted especially  when Mark Twain is performing), to gun slingers and show downs.
Then there are the events on the Comstock.  The Camel Races, the Masquerade Ball, the Outhouse Races, just to name a few.  But the biggest event I looked forward to was Street Vibrations, where thousands of motorcycles ascend upon the small town and make it
as grand as it had been a hundred years before.


Now ladies!
If you're looking to find a rugged Nevada man
like Jack,                                         
You've come to the right place. 
(FYI the ratio of men to women is higher so the picking is quite good)


     If you can't make it to Virginia City, I've got the next best thing.


I suggest you sit back with a glass of liquid Jack...
                                               ... and start reading...

 The Taming

You just might find yourself being swept away
into a territory that is still filled with wild men, 
brimming with muscle and oozing their ruggedness all over you!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Launching of New Book The Taming

Coming to Amazon June 12, 2014....

The Making of The Black Thunder Series, The Taming

Phase One
I wanted to be a writer!  
Aspiring to my dreams, tasting my penned words and 
salivating over them like a top grade menu;
 choosing each read syllable carefully till the texture was a smooth masterpiece of perfection.  
How could I know that the creation of my words
 was the easy part!

Phase Two
I am not an editor, by trade 
but through this journey, I have become one.
I have learned about adjectives, adverbs, metaphors, simile, when to use comas, capitalization, periods, writing first person, second person, quotations, italicizing, the use of ah, humph, shh, but never argh(personal choice)!
I have listened to audio book after audio book, memorizing the flow of words like a metronome, 
finding the rhythm of my own voice in words.  

I hired an editor and paid for its editing only to continue editing myself until I was satisfied. 
The book has been given to friends, family, co-workers as beta readers then after more editing.

Phase Three
Query, Query, Query.... Only to discover I am terrible at writing queries, synopsis!  Argh!  (Seemed appropriate)
Re-wrote synopsis, overview of my novel 
until I was blue in the face.

Phase Four
I am going to be an Indie Author!
And this is where my head explodes.....
I use to think I was computer savvy 
but all this unknown formatting to e-book, mobi, 
print on demand has gone beyond my expertise.  
I have read every how to from bloggers to e-books,
 and I realized just how behind the times, I am.
(Oh and in between all this formatting, guess what, I was still editing too...one more argh if you please.)

Phase Five
Social Media Explodes as does my head for a second time.
Marketing, marketing, marketing!
Request after request to please read my book and review it!
If feel like a beggar on a street panning my novel so somebody will drop me a kudos...oh please do!  oh please do!
Then there is good reads, book clubs, Facebook groups, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest...
So many to reach with only two hands or ten fingers (more precisely eight sloppy fingers and two clumsy Thumbs) 
tapping away at my keyboard.  
I am sleep deprived, living on fast food, and haven't seen the light of day in a while.  
My skin is so pale that I blend into the wall.

Phase Six
There is light at the end of the tunnel 
my journey for The Taming is almost complete.
If I had common sense I would stop here 
but I can't.  
I am almost to the fruition of my dream!  
My heart is racing and I am on the verge of Utopia 
ready to spill over 
in the bliss of holding my first book in my hand 
and telling myself 
"Job Well Done."

To anyone who is thinking about independent publishing.

 I encourage you to move forward towards your dream.  The journey is what I call "growing pains" to a new author who has the courage to see their visions fulfilled.
I for one am ready to do it all again 
since this is a three book series.  (Oh yeah another argh!)  

Call me a glutton for punishment but I think I have enough tenacity in me (or is it stubbornness) to never give up!

So grab a cup of coffee, kick back (maybe read my book..hint...hint) and let's just blog!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Social Media or Bust?

Okay Folks here it is! 

 This is the first blog of my life!

This experience/experiment is kind of like a prayer because I am hoping my voice will be lifted into the internet aether's and delivered to someone to hear!

   Let me introduce myself.  I am a writer and my name is Cary West and this is who I've been for the last 30days!  Of course it's a pen name and it was to originally be Carey West.  However, the typing gods that were whispering in my daughter's ear when she created my first book cover misspelled my first name so therefore I am taking it as sign to drop the "e" and let the chips fall where they may.

Blogging and social media is as foreign to me as picking up the telephone and actually talking to a live person would be to some of you.  I'm not old but I'm not twenty-five either.

So I've started Tweeting, I'm on Facebook (which I will have a Cary West page on soon), joined internet writing groups, book review groups, Goodreads, Listeria, Smashwords, Word press, Wattpad to name a few.  I have researched every genre of books and have a five page list of media groups, agents names, independent publishing companies, beta reader, editors, cover designers all derived from successful authors be it traditional or indie.

I have read every success story and how to's.  I've researched web pages and read every single message that working authors can give
to help you in this journey and I'm going to tell you what I found. 

Authors who know the meaning of the word struggle and are now making a living at their craft are very willing to help, encourage, and to spark the light in a future writer's eye.  For that I am eternally grateful.

I have had the good fortune of meeting some wonderful people along the way and I've also had some stumbling blocks.  I've learned a good editor is worth their weight in gold and should be paid.  You don't need to hire a writing coach and pay them thousands of dollars for your book to be good.  If your Indie publishing use Amazon for your e-book and Create Space for print on demand.  (But that's just my opinion, take it or leave it)
I've had my work ripped to shreds and said it was terrible when it was good and I've had others tell me something was good when it was crap so my feelings wouldn't get hurt.  Over time I have learned who will be honest, will be fair, will challenge me to reach deeper, will pose questions and in the end say "Good job!"

My goal for this blog in the future will be to pass as much information as I can to help my fellow writer's in their journey.  To laugh together, maybe even cry and move toward our goals regardless of fear or that little voice that says you can't when you can!

So grab a cup of coffee, kick back, and let's just blog!