Pump Up Your Book Presents A Story of the West Virtual Book Publicity Tour 2012

A Story of the West

Join Susan Spence, author of the historical fiction, A Story of the West, as she virtually tours the blogosphere April 2 – May 25 2012 on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!


Susen Spence Susan Spence has always been intrigued with life in the west in the 1880s. She researched historical accounts and first-person narratives as she prepared to write A Story of the West. A lifelong resident of the west, she currently lives in Montana on an old sheep shearing station with lots of furry critters and one partially furry critter. This is her first novel, and she is busily working on a sequel due out in late spring.

You can visit her website at www.writing-ranching.com.

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A Story of the West Matt Daly’s eyes narrowed as he faced the stranger in front of him. “I know I don’t have a quarrel with you because I don’t know you,” he growled.

“But I know you,” the menacing outlaw sneered back, clearly ready to use the Colt revolver hanging from his hip.

Only a few years earlier Matt and his father had trailed a herd of longhorns north from Texas into Montana Territory. Upon arriving, they decided to stay and raise cattle on the fertile grasslands.

Shortly after the Northern Pacific rail line was completed and it became easier for people to head west. Lavina Lavold stepped off the train in Miles City with her family and immediately caught Matt’s eye. When they fall in love, Matt’s life seems perfect.

There are unscrupulous men, however, determined to build cattle empires. A ruthless neighbor decides he wants the Daly’s claim, and he will stop at nothing to acquire their ranch. Since the entire area is undeeded land, it is up for grabs and there is no law on the rough frontier to prevent a range war. When Matt refuses to back down, his life takes a dangerous turn.

Forced to abandon his family, his travels take him down a long road of misery. An encounter with an Indian medicine man helps him to regain his sense of self, but not until after he gives in to his desperation.

A Story of the West depicts life during the open range ranching days of the Wild West. Besides plenty of action, I have added a women’s perspective to settling the American West. I researched the era to ensure historical accuracy and have written an accurate portrayal of life during this time, as well as an exciting read.


Matt rode into the town of Laramie. In years past it would have been a lot livelier. Cowboys just off the range would have been drinking up their summer wages. Now there was a grimness. It was the same feeling that encompassed the entire western prairie.

Matt tied his horse to the hitch rail in front of the first saloon he found. As usual he checked brands on the other horses standing there and looked at the faces inside before entering the bar. After purchasing a bottle of the cheapest whiskey, Matt walked past a table where a couple of men sat. One of them looked at him and sniffed loudly.

“Smells like we got one of them prairie lice in here.” He was too drunk to know if Matt really smelled like sheep or not. He just wanted to pick a fight.

Matt set the bottle down on a table, picked the man up by his neck and threw him to the floor. He glared at the shocked man lying at his feet, then at his companion. “Who are you insulting, you dirty sack of shit?”

“Just be on your way!” The bartender yelled at Matt. He knew the two were trouble makers, but they were also regulars, something he was short of these days.

Matt grabbed the bottle, shaking from the rage that had engulfed him. It scared him. Never had he felt out of control like that. He had wanted to kill the man with his bare hands.

He decided he was going to have to keep moving. But first he was going to have a bath and buy new clothes to get the stink of sheep, real or imaginary off of him. It was cold out, late fall. Matt wondered if he should risk getting a hotel room. There was one that offered baths. That would feel good. Maybe he would stay just a couple of days. Matt let his guard down as whiskey saturated his consciousness.

He had also been recognized. A cowboy who had once worked for Bully Buehler saw him on the street. He was sitting in on a poker game at another saloon that evening.

“Hey Red.” He knew the man sitting across from wanted a reputation with a gun, so he decided to bait him. “There’s a man in town you oughta’ meet, name of Matt Daly.

Red knew the name. He practically drooled. “He’s here now?” The other smiled. The trap had been set. He had no feelings towards Matt one way or another. He just wanted to cause trouble.

The man named Red called Matt out the next evening, after he knew Matt had spent the afternoon drinking. “Hey Daly!” Matt turned and faced a tall redheaded man showing off the new Colt Peacemaker that hung from his hip.

“I know I don’t have a quarrel with you because I don’t know you.” Matt first wanted to talk his way out of a gunfight, but once again he felt his rage bubbling close to the surface.

The other man was way too cocky. He sneered. “I hear you think you’re pretty fast with a gun. I also hear you’re yellow.”

There was no way Matt was going to back down. He seemed to become another man as his rage turned to cool anger. He would wait all night for the scum to draw first, and then he would blow the asshole’s face off. His determination grew, taking over any other thoughts. His eyes narrowed as he stared the man down. Red faltered slightly by blinking. He had expected Matt to be scared of his large presence. It had always worked before.

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A Story of the West Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

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books kk 1232 Monday, April 2

Book Spotlight at Book Marketing Buzz

1232 Tuesday, April 3

Interview for Examiner

1232 Wednesday, April 4

Guest blogging at Beyond the Books

1232 Thursday, April 5

Interview for Blogcritics

1232 Friday, April 6

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

1232 Tuesday, April 10

Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours

1232 Wednesday, April 11

Interview at Lisa Haselton’s Reviews & Interviews

1232 Thursday, April 12

Interview & Book Giveaway at Literarily Speaking

1232 Friday, April 13

Interview at Book Marketing Buzz

1232 Monday, April 16

Interview at As the Pages Turn

1232 Tuesday, April 17

Spotlight at Pump Up Your Book

1232 Wednesday, April 18

Interview for The Plot Thickens

1232 Thursday, April 19

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Book Review at Let’s Book It

1232 Friday, April 20

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Interview at Let’s Book It

1232 Tuesday, April 24

Book Review at I Am Alive

1232 Tuesday, May 1

Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

1232 Thursday, May 3

Interview at Between the Covers

1232 Friday, May 4

Interview at Fantasy Pages

1232 Monday, May 7

Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Reviews

1232 Tuesday, May 8

Interview at Broowaha

1232 Wednesday, May 9

Interview at Divine Caroline

1232 Friday, May 11

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

1232 Monday, May 14

Book Review at I’d Rather Be Reading at the Beach

1232 Tuesday, May 15

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Broken Teepee

1232 Wednesday, May 16

Interview at Review From Here

1232 Thursday, May 17

Interview at She Writes

1232 Friday, May 18

Book Review at Bags, Books & Bon Jovi

1232 Monday May 21

Guest Blogging at Writing Daze

1232 Tuesday, May 22

Guest Blogging at Literal Exposure

1232 Wednesday, May 23

Interview at The Book Connection

1232 Friday, May 25

Interview at Digital Journal

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Susan Spence’s A STORY OF THE WEST VIRTUAL BOOK PUBLICITY TOUR will officially begin on April 2 and end on May 25 2012 Please contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com if you are interested in hosting and/or reviewing her book. Thank you!

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