CREEDE OF OLD MONTANA
"No one knew how Avery John Creede got the scar on his face. No one except Avery and the one who did it. He never talked about it. Most who knew him figured the other person dead. Not the type of scar that makes you wince and turn your head, and never covered by a beard, it hung high on his cheek bone like a badge of honor."
So begins the story of Avery John Creede who rides into Fort Benton, Montana, in the 1880s for a reunion with old army pals. He discovers a running gunfight with a notorious outlaw and two women determined to distract him, each for her own reasons. The dark haired beauty, Carla Logonaire, is an old flame and the gal of Avery's dreams. Her daddy made his mega-fortune with imported glass and partnered with Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. Avery buys a diamond and sapphire ring for her, just in case.
Meanwhile, he's accosted by Sunny, the caustic mystery blonde in the yellow dress, who threatens him for jailing her bank robbery friends. She wants him dead. Avery desires only a little peace and quiet.
And just as things get real hectic, Avery's 15-year-old tenderfoot nephew, Ace, shows up with disturbing news.
Christy Award winning Stephen Bly has authored and co-authored, with wife Janet, 100 fiction and nonfiction books, including historical and contemporary westerns Creede of Old Montana is book #101. He pastors Winchester Community Church in Idaho and speaks at men's, family and writer's groups. He's roving editor for Big Show Journal for gun collectors and mentors students with Janet for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. A third generation westerner, Steve spent 30 years working family ranches and farms in central California.
A Note from Stephen:
Just when I think I know the plot, the characters up and change everything. You see, Avery John Creede needed a sidekick. Or else half the time he'd have to talk to his horse. Sometimes I’ve included a burro or a moose…or converted a saddle into sort of a sidekick to converse with in my novels. I decided in Creede of Old Montana on a young compadre. But Avery’s such a loner, he wouldn’t accept just any kid. So I provided a nephew who was named after him: Avery Creede Emerson…or Ace.
In order not to stereotype Ace, I didn’t want him to be a rank tenderfoot at everything. I wanted him to be of help to his Uncle Avery, but keep his independent personality. So, I needed a dramatic event or two to reveal his character. This helped improve the plotting.
When Ace starts using the phrase, “What would Uncle Avery do?” to Avery's reminded of his important role in Ace’s life, a duty suddenly thrust on him. And the reader gets another layer of this character's strengths…and faults.