Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Blitz: An Ill Wind by James P. Hanley

Jim Hanley is a Human Resources professional, adjunct professor and short story writer, Jim has had over 70 stories appear in print and online publications.

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In this sequel to The Calling, Sheriff Luke Atwell and his deputies face individual and collective challenges from outlaws, gunfighters, renegade Indians, card sharps, and a thieving medicine show in a Kansas town in the 1870’s. The personal lives of the lawmen also change and nature takes its destructive toll on the town and its residents. When a black neighbor’s family is attacked and the oldest son killed, the sheriff gets the help of federal law enforcement and they chase a band of marauding ex-Confederates out to undo the changes resulting from the Civil War.

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Author Top 10

1) An Ill wind is the second in a series; a third is nearly done
2) The author was an avid rider but was thrown from a horse three times
3) Characters (besides the main ones) in book One appear in book Two and new characters in book Two appear in the Third
4) While the vast majority of characters in Book Two are adults, child characters play an important role in book Two
5) While largely fiction, some of the events and people are true
6) The story is set in Kansas, but the writer has never been to the state
7) Women are strong characters not willing to play second fiddle to the men in their lives
8) One of the main characters, Peter, gets distracted by attractive women but still pines for a young lady killed by outlaws
9) Peggy, a main character once married to a failed business owner proves to be a successful store owner herself
10) Book one ends with the suggestion of a wedding; book Two opens with one

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