Posts Tagged ‘Mother’s Day Special’


May 2nd, 2021 Posted 8:21 am

On Sunday we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™, but on this Sunday horses are on our mind, on account of yesterday’s Kentucky Derby. A horse named Mingo plays a role in Heart of Barkness (a Mother’s Day digital deal, $2.99!), perhaps larger and less tractable than the speedy Medina Spirit, the Derby winner.

There was a long pause in which nothing happened except for Mingo rolling his crazy eyes. Then without a word, the wrangler handed Bernie the bridle. He took it in one hand, sort of wrapped his other arm around the Mingo’s head, made a soft grunt I’d never heard from him before, and the next thing I knew he had the bridle in place and that metal bar – never between my teeth, amigo, no matter who was doing it – in Mingo’s mouth. After that came the saddle pad – which Bernie let Mingo sniff at, why I didn’t know, since it reeked of horse and nothing but, of no interest to anybody – and then the saddle. In a flash Bernie got the under strap thing all tied up, muttering, “Seven, four, one,” as he did so, a complete puzzlement to me, and in one easy motion he swung himself up top. For a moment Mingo went out of his mind. It happened just like that. I could feel it, and also feel his tremendous strength. He was going to rear up and toss Bernie to the ground. And that rearing up actually started, but it turned immediately into a sort of circling trot that ended with Mingo snorting and coming to a halt. Bernie patted Mingo’s neck, not for a long time you might say, and maybe not putting a whole lot of feeling into it, but still: this day was off to a terrible start.




April 29th, 2021 Posted 11:23 am

Since Heart of Barkness (the C&B before Of Mutts and Men, in a series that can be read in any order!) is a Mother’s Day Special Kindle deal till May 2 – $2.99 at all digital outlets, not just Amazon – here’s Song For Chet, the song that came from the book. Bob Edwards produced and made it happen, and also created this video. Mitch Watkins wrote the music. (I did the words.) The fiddle solo is by Gene Elders.


Mother’s Day Bargain!


April 28th, 2021 Posted 7:30 am

Or bah-gan as we say in these parts. Heart of Barkness is a Mother’s Day Kindle Big Deal from now till May 2. $2.99 at all retail outlets, not just Amazon! Among many other things, Song For Chet appears in Heart of Barkness. Do you own a couch? That means you’ve got $2.99 under the cushions!


Mother’s Day Special (More)


May 8th, 2020 Posted 10:25 am

There’s a Mother’s Day Special on Heart of Barkness, the most recent C&B novel: the eBook is $2.99 until May 10. Lotty Pilgrim, one of the main characters, is a down-on-her-luck country singer whose relationship with her daughter is important to the story. Toward the end, she writes and performs Song For Chet. Here it is:


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