Why I Write?

The energy of land inspires my writing. The land is an integral part of my soul, and the foundation of virtually all of my passions. My writings will certainly offer thoughts as to its betterment, use and preservation beginning with my pending book, “For Love and Money”.

My primary genre, though, will be romance. Why? Romance is of passion and personal interaction; constants which wind throughout all our lives. The weave of western relationships is always the land. The intertwined twists of ranch and romance are fascinating threads which define the men and women of the west. The foundation of my stories is such reality. There is intrigue, adversity, vicious duplicity and triumph that few know of, but which are always at play beneath the idyllic mosaics of inviting canyons and sun drenched plains.

I first wrote creatively when I was nine, at thirty thousand feet. The family was winging its way to the National Park on St Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a week of camping, exploring, and snorkeling to celebrate my sister’s fourth birthday. A mongoose ate my sister’s cake, but that is yet another tale. The trip was smack dab in the middle of the school year. My fourth grade teacher had strictly admonished me to keep a daily journal of impressions to share with the class upon my return.

That morning, overwhelmed with the excitement of my first ride on silver wings, I made my first entry. I gazed in awe out the plane window, and wrote madly with one of those old style bic pens, the ones with the very thick dark blue ink lines. Cotton ball clouds cast flitting shadows on the emerald corduroy of sea far below.

Later, I read my thoughts to the class. I could feel the words transport my audience. Their rapt attention startled me. It was my epiphany. The penning of descriptive scenes and feelings was not an assignment, or work. It was a release for me and a sharing with others.

That moment defined the rest of my academic career in many ways. Journalism, literature, creative writing competitions, school newspapers, literary reviews, became the fulcrum of school and college. The call of business, real estate, and the ranch drew me down a path during college. Though it has had its moments, that trail has been a fulfilling one, nourishing other parts of my being.

However, that was then. Now, instinctively and to keep a promise a young wide eyed boy made to himself 46 years ago, it is time to focus on, revel in, and travel another course. I am going to generate emotions, inspire laughter, ignite passions, provoke thoughts, and weave riveting tales.

I hope you enjoy the reading as much as I do the writing.

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  1. Ron Amundson says:

    I just finished your second book “Maps of Fate” . Great read! I was one of the Minnesota hunters camping along the road last year in Wyoming. If you recall you came by on your four wheeler and stopped in our camper. It was nice to meet you face to face. Hopefully see you this fall down La Bonte camp site. Ron

  2. Cathi schwind says:

    Met you about 2 seasons ago on chairlift at Jacksonhole, I think it was your daughter and son-in-law you were with. Anyway, as promised, I got your book, threads west, and couldn’t wait for maps of fate – which I just finished this Sunday morning! OK! You’ve got me now! When is the next one out-Uncomphagre ? Great writing! You captured me in their lives and I felt that I knew each character by personality and could have even picked them out in a crowd! Because you made them each so real I could visualize them! Of course, if it’s ever a movie,Sam Elliot is my pick for Zeb ( or least a younger Sam!! ). I could even hear him speaking to Sarah!!
    So, should we happen to meet at Jackson Hole again this Season – you can fill me on on the release date!

    Thanks for great reading on my ferry boat ride to and from the island each morning for work!

    Cathi Schwind
    Put-In-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio
    ( Lake Erie )

  3. Joel Lamoreux says:

    Hey, Ried. I just thought that you would like to know that my Dad, Steve Lamoreux passed away this
    morning at about 11:OO. You were one of his favorite students. We’ll be having a memorial for him
    at Laporte Presbyterian church either Friday or Saturday. You could call me at 970-416-9706
    If you know of anyone else from you class or wherever that would like to know please tell them.
    Thanks, Joel

  4. Jason Garrick says:

    Hey Reid,
    Good to hear you on coast to coast am with George. Do you have a phone number or email so I can tell you my situation and how it affects everyone. I have some info that is pretty shocking. Thanks

    • Reid says:

      Jason–how are you? Thanks much for the comment, and listening to George and I barely dent this insidious, and darkly intended dastardly masked grab for the foundations of our freedoms–particularly our property and property rights. and yes would like to hear your info, for sure. will drop you a line at your email address above in next few days.

  5. The Mechanics of Agenda 21 aka “How day do that?” >>>

    The Grand Delusion
    Corrupting local city, county, State and other government agencies
    and the Loss of our Rights Explained
    December 5th, 2011
    1313 University of Chicago posted *Censored but archived*at
    http://web.archive.org/web/20111210060551/http://www.granddelusion.com/category/new-world-order/
    was posted at
    http://www.granddelusion.com/category/new-world-order/
    Additional censored reference material:
    The Project To Expose Hidden Institutions censored but Archived at
    http://web.archive.org/web/20060628051808/http://home.planet.nl/~reijd050/about.htm

  6. Dear Mr. Rosenthal:

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    I heard you on coasttocoastam last night and thought I send you this email to see if I might get your opinion as to whether or not the kind of ‘organization’ alluded to in the ‘dissertation’ below has a chance to be the basis of the only ‘cure’ left to save America from distruction-it’s only chance to ‘neutralize’ THE ULTIMATE PARADOX that our government has created over the decades.

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    As can be seen by the several attempts(posted below)that I have made to get this particular ‘talkshow’ host to give me her opinion as to the possibilities of an ‘organization’ like the one alluded to below being a viable one, you will get some idea as to the reluctance of anyone to even answer a simple question like this–I have sent out hundreds of emails to all of the top radio and TV ‘talkshow’ hosts(who profess on a daily basis for the need for a ‘solution’ to ‘save’ our country), AND HAVEN’T GOT BACK ONE SINGLE RESPONSE(I even sent money to a few of them and still couldn’t get a response.

    Beth:

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    Here it is another Monday morning(April 15, 2013), and I am listening to your program where you are talking about that Philadelphia Doctor who ‘killed’ babies who survived an abortion. Do you think that this could have happened(not to mention the fact that it has taken 3 years to get national attention)IF THE KIND OF ‘ORGANIZATION’ THAT IS DESCRIBED IN THE CORRESPONDENCE BELOW WERE IN EXISTENCE????

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    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, WE WILL NEVER KNOW BECAUSE I CAN’T GET ANYONE(I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT THAT INCLUDES YOU AS WELL BETH)TO ANSWER MY QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE PREMISE UPON WHICH IT IS BASED WILL EVEN WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Dear Brian:
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    I am listening to you as I email this to you as you host the Mark Levin show. I have sent this email to all top radio and TV talk-show hosts(including Mark), all ‘patriotic’ websites and news organizations and many other individuals and oranizations A DOZEN TIMES with the simple request to let me know if the premise upon which the organization that I describe below has a chance to work,AND I HAVE NOT GOT BACK A SINGLE RESPONSE!!!Below is a copy of one that I still haven’t got a response to. Any chance of getting a response from you??

    Beth:

    I have sent this email out hundreds of times in the past several months, to all of the top radio/TV talk-show hosts, as well as to all the top ‘patriotic’ websites on the internet(I have sent you a copy several times as well), and with the exception of yourself, I haven’t received back A SINGLE RESPONSE! The only thing I asked from them was to send me a one sentence ‘critique’ of whether or not the premise upon which the kind of ‘organization’ described in this ‘cure for what ails America’ is workable &/or worthy to be pursued.

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    I still haven’t got your opinion of it as yet either.

    Beth:

    Once again, as I listen live to your program on this tuesday morning March, 3, 2013, THE FOLLOWING SOLUTION–OR SOMETHING BASED ON IT’S PREMISE–IS THE ANSWER TO WHAT YOU ARE DISCUSSING, I listen to talk radio 18 hours a day, and I can’t count the number of times that I hear the phrase: “what can the average citizen do to change things in this country”.

    AMERICA’S LAST HOPE: NEUTRALIZING ‘THE ULTIMATE PARADOX’

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    Although what I am saying here is meant to address the problems facing the USA, the premise upon which it is based could well apply to the rest of the world as well, because the only thing necessary for ‘evil’ to triumph in this entire world, is for the decent people of it to simply go about their eveyday lives and do nothing to try and stop it–BUT BE PREPARED TO PAY THE PRICE FOR YOUR PASSIVENESS, BECAUSE ‘EVIL’ SHOWS NO MERCY!!!!

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    Before I address the nature of AMERICA’S LAST HOPE, let me preface it with the main reasons why it is in such bad shape to even be in need of a LAST HOPE to survive as a free nation:

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    1)the 2 party system in our country has evolved into a close knit type of elitist bureaucracy that has become a quagmire of greed, fraud, deception, bribery, compromise, corruption, complacency, incompetence, apathy, sloth, waste & UNACCOUNTABILITY!!!

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    2)too many of those in positions of power in this country have an ‘instant gratification’ type of mindset, who would do just about anything to perpetuate &/or advance their greedy, selfish, self-centered lifestyles and personal ‘agendas, and who find it almost impossible to use any kind of logic, truth, facts or that common sense in any of their decision making duties.

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    3)much of the collective ‘legislation’ that our government has passed over the last 150 years has accumulatively resulted in tremendous damage to our society. Each of these separate ‘actions’ resulted in it’s own negative repurcussions, which, over the decades, in combination/interaction with each other, has resulted in causing other problems, requiring the implementing of even more ‘actions’ to reverse or counteract their repurcussions. All of this has led to the slow evolution of an ambiguous, paradoxical, ‘catch-22’ type of governing that, in turn, has resulted in the inacting/implementing of laws/regulations/policys/programs/departments/etc. that are so ambiguous in their makeup that it is practically impossible to get any positive work done, and has presented our country with THE ULTIMATE PARADOX, as described below!!!

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    THE ULTIMATE PARADOX!!!

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    “Our government has forced upon us THE ULTIMATE PARADOX, which if we don’t ‘neutralize’/circumvent it soon, it will condemn the citizens of this nation, as well as all of their decendants, to a future of hardship, suffering and oppression(I think its called TYRANNY), as they are responsible for, BOTH creating the problems that assure this dismal future, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, enforcing catch-22 type legislation, that, for all practical purposes, prevents them from ever being resolved”!!!!!!!

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    The birth/dawning of the ‘computer age’ opened up unprecedented and virtually unlimited possibilities for the human race with the ‘spawning’ of the internet. The potential of the awesome and virtually unlimited capabilities of the proper combining and utilization of both crowdsourcing and the internet provides society with something brand new in the human experience by allowing ME/YOU/ US/WE, for the first time in the history of the world to be able to advance society, in less than a generation, to within an ‘arms length’ of achieving it’s ultimate destiny of reaching the absolute pinnacle of human/societal evolution/developement.

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    This kind of advancement will be possible by benefiting from both, the greatest human resource that has ever existed, in the form of the limitless supply of good ideas IN EVERY REALM IMAGINABLE(including the possible solutions to most of the problems facing our society today)that exists in the hearts, minds and imaginations of hundreds of millions of people around the world, AS WELL AS, for the first time in history making it possible for WE THE PEOPLE to be able to do what, up until now, was not feasible:TO BE ABLE TO GOVERN OURSELVES ON THE PREMISE OF WHAT A TRULY DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WAS MEANT TO BE:PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO GOVERN THEMSELVES ON A DIRECT BASIS!!!

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    If it weren’t for this PARADOX, presented to us by our government– which is the SINGULARLY worst obstacle that is holding back humanity in general, and our country in particular, from advancing forward toward a realistically ‘utopian’ society in a manner comensurate with the proliferation of it’s technological capabilities–we could have that kind of a society IN A FEW SHORT GENERATIONS, as the amount & degree of technology and human knowledge/intelligence that mankind now possesses is more than adequate to successfully address most of the obstacles that need to be overcome in order to have it, as most of them PALE IN COMPARISON when considered in the light of the almost insurmountable ones that had to be overcome in order to provide society with all of the technological ‘wonders’ that exist in the world today!!!!!!

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    For example, if this PARADOX were eleminated, my half century of observation and calculation(using easily accessable public data/information) shows that, within 2 or 3 generations, THIS COUNTRY COULD BE RUN EACH YEAR ON 40% OF WHAT IT COSTS TO DO SO NOW!!!(factoring into account, of course, that 40 cents of every federal tax dollar that is taken in by the federal government each year, is used to pay the interest on our ever escalating national debt). This could be accomplished by using LOGIC/FACTS/TRUTH/COMMON SENSE in eleminating the hundreds of billions of dollars wasted each year on just the following:1) all types of ‘pork’ projects, as well as certain ‘grants’ and research projects;2)foreign aid;3)unnecessary military bases;4)all programs/agencies/departments/etc. that aren’t absolutely necessary;5)all the ‘duplication of services’ programs/agencies/departments/etc.;6)the hundreds of billions of dollars losst each year due to the apathy, sloth, waste, incompentency, complacency, greed, fraud, deception, bribery, compromise, corruption and UNACCOUNTABILITY that exists in the over ‘bloated’ public sector of our society.

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    DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THE SITUATION AND THE LATENESS OF THE HOUR, I believe that the last chance for WE THE PEOPLE to save our society from the fate that awaits us at the end of the road that we are presently speeding headlong and recklessly down, is to implement the only LOGICAL/FACTUAL/TRUTHFUL/COMMON SENSE solution left that could possibly ‘neutralize’ the ULTIMATE PARADOX, and be Americas last hope to survive as a free nation. After a half century of consideration, I believe that implementing an organization based on the premise of the one described below, is the last hope to save this country from the abyss of tyranny that awaits us, if we don’t do something NOW to change things.

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    Briefly, the basic concept/premise of this ‘hope’ is to form a single ‘quasi’, non-denominational entity /party/organization(people of all political persuations are welcome) of TRUTHFULLY INFORMED & constitutional believing PATRIOTS, so that WE THE PEOPLE, in a LEGAL & PEACEFULL MANNER–using the same existing legal/political ‘infrastructure’ that our elected officials have been using for so long to hold us back–can, based on the premise that YOU DON’T NEED THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS RUN, JUST AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL THOSE WHO DO HAVE THE POWER TO RUN IT, effectively ‘influence’ ‘the powers that be’ to bend/succomb to our will and implement only the ‘legislation’ that we either initiate or approve of. Although it will be comprised of tens of millions of people(all of whom agree to go along with whatever the majority decide with regard to any topic/subject ), this ‘entity’ will be structured in such a way that it can ACT INSTANTLY & IN COMPLETE UNISON AS A ‘SINGLE ENTITY’!!!!

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    Lets say for example(and imagine this kind of thing being done all across the country, at every level of government, 24/7), that a certain petition needs several million signatures to get on a ballot of somekind, or that millions of phone calls need to be made to a certain member of the Senate or House of Representatives to ‘urge’ them to vote a certain way on a particular bill. Rather than having to do this in the usual way of having each person sign the petition or make the phone call on an individual basis–WHICH NOT ONLY COULD TAKE SEVERAL DAYS OR EVEN WEEKS TO DO, BUT WHICH WOULD BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO CO-ORDINATE–by having the ‘spokesman’ for this organization simply sign the petition and make that phone call, he is not only doing it for HIMSELF, but is also, AT THE SAME TIME, doing it for EACH AND EVERY MEMBER OF THAT ORGANIZATION AS WELL!!!! IMAGINE the kind of ‘clout’/power that an organization like this could have when it is fully organized with tens of millions of ‘fired up’ and FULLY & TRUTHFULLY informed AMERICANS in it’s membership!!!!

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    Although this organization will have no more official legally binding authority than any other political ‘party’, it’s power comes from a much more authoritve source, which is hidden in plain sight in our Constitution, Bill of Rights and our Declaration of Independence, and once again, is based on the premise that YOU DON’T NEED THE POWER TO CONTROL HOW THE GOVERNMENT IS RUN, JUST AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CONTROL THOSE WHO DO HAVE THE POWER TO RUN IT!!! If properly ‘implemented’, it will give us the power, not only to control all the lawmakers at the local and state levels, but also both political parties and all 3 branches of the federal government, as well as negating virtually all the influence that lobbyists have on any and all of our elected officials!!

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    Although MAJORITY RULE isn’t perfect, if it’s done by an informed and knowledgeable ‘majority’-with all of the proper ‘fail safe’ systems in place to provide the necessary ‘checks & balances’-it is the best form of government that we can ever hope to have, under the less than ideal circumstances of having to be run by imperfect human beings, AND IS CERTAINLY BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAVE NOW!!!!

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    The only reason that the American people have never, and still don’t, get more involved in the political system of this country is simply that they don’t feel(and rightfully so)that it will do any good. If this kind of an ‘organization’ was started and the American people really believed that it was ‘the real deal’, and that by authority of the time, effort and money that they were willing to invest in it, that it would have a profound affect on how our country was run, YOU WOULD WITNESS SUCH A RESURGENCE OF BOTH HOPE, PROMISE &THANKSGIVING in the hearts of the people, along with an EQUAL AMOUNT OF PATRIOTISM & POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT, such as this country has never seen before!!!!!

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    LETS DO IT AMERICA, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    P.S.

    I also wanted to include the following few facts/areas of consideration, in case I never get in the position to be able to do anything of consequence to ‘warn’ society about their various ‘repurcussions’. These few facts don’t even address the ‘repurcussions’ that will result from the SLOW BUT SURE incursion/infringement of ‘government’ upon the ‘rights’ guaranteed to us by our CONSTITUTION(I believe these ‘repurcussions’, in this case, would be called TYRANNY).

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    Most of the ‘repurcussions’ from the following 5 ‘areas of consideration’ fall under the heading/classification of ‘unintended consequences’, in that they weren’t planned or even anticipated by those responsible for their implementation into society(or ‘evolution’ would be a better term, as thats how they came about). The ‘problem’ with them, as it is with too many things in this life–ESPECIALLY THOSE CONNECTED TO NEW TECHNOLOGY–is that, not near enough consideration is given to what the long term effects of their implementation into society would be(much worse consequences than those that might be caused by the ‘keystone’ pipeline).

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    In light of the above, the 5 following ‘areas of consideration’ present to society a ‘clear & present danger’ in that, UNLESS SOMETHING IS DONE TO NEGATE THEIR POTENTIAL REPURCUSSIONS, they have the realistic potential of ending ‘society’, depending on which of these 5 ‘areas’ it is, it could simply set society back a 100 years, or end it all together!!!!!! I am sure your aware that the ‘mainstream’ media, for a host of different reasons(one of which is, that at times they aren’t even aware themselves), doesn’t let the American People know about a lot of things that they should be made aware of–these following 5 ‘areas of considerations’ fall into that catagory:

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    If any of these 5 ‘things’ were to happen to the USA only, because of it’s overall importance/relevance to the rest of the world, it would affect them ALMOST as much as it would us:

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    1)An ‘atomic’ war between the USA and any other major country in the world–the various negative effects of ‘radiation’ fallout, in combination with the economic ‘fallout’ would have a devastating effect on the entire world!!

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    2)An economic catastrophe of somekind in the USA, on the order of true ‘hyper-inflation’, would have a catastrophic effect on the entire world!!

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    3)A succesfull EMP attack on the USA, could well mean the END for our country, and have a catastrophic effect on the rest of the world!!

    4)Any one of any number of possible catastrophic events that could happen to one or more of the many nuclear power plants in our country, THAT ARE AT RISK in a lot of ways that the public is unaware of, not the least of which is their vulnerability to ‘terrorist’ attacks!!

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    5)The long term effects from the ‘radiation'(especially with regard to the ‘sterilization’ of reproductive organs), resulting from the relentless proliferation of ‘wireless’ technology in every single aspect of our daily lives!!

    • Reid says:

      thanks much for writing and the forwards. post this over on our radio who (www.ontherightsideradio.com) I will respond there in more detail. In addition, you will love the archives–2.5 years of shows on many topics, each of which, will unfortunately evoke as much though and concern as the topic on which you are focused above. Keep standing up–it makes a difference. and thanks so much for listening to the coast to coast broadcast. Understand that the powers that be want crisis–it allows them to consolidate their power.

  7. dj says:

    what the hell is this,,????:youhad a great show on coast ,,,i dont see a damn thing on agenda 21 ,,,,or the big take over,, ,,i dont want to read romance ,,& adventure ,,i want to hear about the big bad wolf,,,???

    • Reid says:

      I fell out of my saddle laughing DJ. coast to coast chose the web site–though we recommended, http://www.ontherightsideradio.com (my am radio show archives) and http://www.landforloveandmoney.com ..check em out–the wolf stories on the radio site will make your hair curl–and thee shows on agenda 21. listen to the executive order shows, too. all tied in. as to the novels–they are far more than historical westerns, or historical western romances. they are the story of us–the building of great nation, and the essence of American values, freedoms and the exceptionalism of America and her people. they truly are our story. The last half of the series will be set in the 20th century and real time 21st. and they will include all that is going on now–real history and topics–through fictional eyes of brave men and women, their personalities forged on the anvil of the land, their hearts full of American spirit, and their lives molded by the impacts of history and issues. I am writing more than “just” a series of novels. they are a mission. the touchstone to the past is the guidepost to the future and America needs to both remember, and never forget. thanks much for your comments (still chuckling)

  8. Alex Wilson says:

    Hey, John just told me about you and all your writing. Good for you!!! Maybe now you can afford to pay me. 🙂
    I am off to Florida for the rest of my life. It will be a great adventure too. And, I will be reading your books. Can’t wait to start.

    Take care,
    Alex

  9. Shelley says:

    Reid,
    I met you at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. I have read the first. 3 books. I’m not so patiently awaiting the 4th. Love Them!

  10. Brian Pidcock says:

    When is book 4 coming out? I really enjoy the saga up to this point (book 3).

  11. Patty Wunder says:

    Any update on the release of Moccasin Tracks? Even just what month you hope to release. Its so hard to wait but would be easier for your readers if we had a tentative month to watch for the book.

  12. Tom says:

    Any update on the release of Moccasin Tracks? Will it be released? Month away. Year away. Many years away. Just curious. May have to go onto a different serious.

  13. Lola says:

    Hi! So I am trying to find book 6 of your “Threads West: An American Saga” Blood at Glorieta Pass. I work in a library and was able to get 5 out 6. Checked Amazon, outside library systems and unable to locate this one. The year according web site is 2015, so not that old? Could you please contact me through email @ burke524@gmail.com? These books are for my father-in-law. He read the first 3 and was VERY impressed and was hoping for more.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Lola

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