September 2018: Jim is on his national tour, visiting Ranger Bruce Sherman in the Dallas, Texas area, visiting retired Ranger Jim Huggins near Waco, stopping in at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, visited Llano for research for the upcoming book (Murder Most Fowl), attended a Mike Blakely concert in Fredricksburg, stopped in to visit firearms expert Karl Rehn of KR Training, and is heading to the Western Fictioneers convention in Oklahoma City, OK.
June 2018: Jim attended the re-enactment of the battle of Little Big Horn and visited the actual Little Big Horn battleground. He also visited the Buffalo Bill Heritage Center in Cody, Wyoming on his way to attend the 2018 Western Writers of America annual convention. He was also able to work in a visit to Deadwood, South Dakota.
During his visit to the Buffalo Bill center, he got to put on one of Buffalo Bill's hats - donated by a family member whose requirement for donation was that visitors would be able to touch and wear the hat. (Notice the rakish angle of the hat and all the others standing in line to wear it.)
Jim will be selling and signing books at the Harwinton Fair in Harwinton, CT 10/7 & 8, 2017
Jim was profiled on the front page of the Keene, NH Sentinel newspaper (March 2017)
Jim is featured in the December 2015 edition of the Texas Ranger Museum newsletter.
Jim attended the Western Fictioneers 1st convention, held in St. Louis, MO.
Saturday, June 20th, 2 pm, Clark Memorial Library, 538 Amity Road, Bethany, CT. Western Reenactment and shootout with Yankee, and book signing and sale.
Saturday, July 11, 10-6 Wild West City, 60 Lackawanna Trail, Stanhope, NJ Book signing and sale.
August 28, 29, 20, Chester Fair, Chester Fairgrounds, Chester, CT Book signing and sale.
October 3 & 4. Harwinton Fair, Harwinton Fairgrounds, Harwinton, CT Book signing and sale.
March 2015: Painted Pony Books interviews Jim on their blog
December 2014: All 4 Lone Star Ranger books have, at various times in 2014, been #1 on the Amazon Children's Historical Fiction ranking! Thanks to everyone for purchasing and reviewing the books!
Sunday, October 19th, 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. Book signing at Healing With Horses Therapeutic Riding, 536 Raymond Hill Road, Uncasville, CT.
September 2014: A Ranger to Fight With is now Number One in the Amazon Children's Historical Fiction-Westerns rankings!
August 2014: Lone Star Ranger 2: A Ranger to Reckon With is Number One on the Amazon rankings for Children's Books - Historical Fiction- Westerns and Kindle eBooks - Children's Historical Fiction - Westerns
Saturday Oct 4th and Sunday, October 5th. Book signings at the Harwinton Fair, Harwinton Fairgrounds, Harwinton, CT, from 9a-6p.
Sunday, September 7th, Book signing at Wild West City, 65 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope, NJ, 10:30 to 6 pm
Saturday, August 17, Book signing at Wild West City, 65 Lackawanna Dr, Stanhope, NJ, 10:30 to 6 pm
November 2013: Jim was interviewed for a blogcast that covers fiction writing.
Jim's featured in a "Person of the Week" article in his hometown newspaper, for his work with service animals Dougie and Yankee.
Jim contributes a chapter to Wolf Creek 9: A Wolf Creek Christmas.
October 2013: Jim pens a chapter in Wolf Creek 8: Night of the Assassins, for that Western Fictioneers series.
September 2013: West of the River: The Ranger is Jim's new novel for the Western Fictioneers's "West of the River" series.
July 2013: Jim's got another Ranger Named Rowdy story out: Jack Bosco is now available on Amazon. One of Jim's older books, Big Bend Death Trap is now available as an e-book for Kindle and Nook. Also, another book signing: Wild West City, 50 Lackawanna Drive, Stanhope, New Jersey on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:30 to 6:00.
Jim was featured on Tom Rizzo's blog Storyteller's 7 on Tuesday, July 2nd. It's an interview of 7 questions, hence the title. And on Sunday, July 7th, Jim will be featured on the Romancing the West blog, this time discussing his part of Wolf Creek Book 6 - Hell on the Prairie. I'll be giving more in-depth information about his character, Bill Torrance/Ben Tolliver. The book will be released July 2nd.
May 2013: Jim's latest short story from High Noon Press: A Ranger Named Rowdy: Old Enemies, is now available on Amazon.
April 2013: Jim's story "The Toys" from the Western Fictioneers compilation Six Guns and Slay Bells was nominated for a 2013 Peacemaker Award for Best Short Story. "The Toys" was recently featured on the Romancing the West blog.
Excerpt from an online review of "Death Stalks the Rangers" (now available in Kindle edition from Western Fictioneers) by Robert Hicks from the Arkansas City High School library:
"Because of the unpretentious, straight forward, and bare-boned story telling, especially for YA or novice pards, this novel could be a doorway to more literary and substantial "Ranger" works such as the late Elmer Kelton's Lone Star Rising Trilogy and Ranger's Law Trilogy. If you have library patrons or readers who can no longer escape with Louis L'Amour, let them ride a "Griffin".
March 2013: Jim just signed a contract with High Noon Press for a series of short stories featuring character Texas Ranger Tim Bannon. The first story, A Ranger Named Rowdy, is now available from Amazon. These will be ebooks, with the possibility of them being put together in hard copy form in the future. The Kindle Edition of Ranger's Revenge now available from Western Fictioneers.
Jim will be making many presentations and doing a bunch of book signings over the summer. Check the list of upcoming dates here.
February 2013: Jim will be blogging on the Western Fictioneers blog on Saturday, February 2. Jim has a presentation coming up: Gunfight reenactment and talk about the Hollywood West compared to the real West. Thursday, February 28, 2013 6:30 p.m. Torrington Public Library 12 Daycoeton Place Torrington, CT
January 2013: Print copies of Death Rides the Rails now available!
December 2012: Jim's latest book, Death Rides the Rails, now available as an e-book from Solstice Publishing. Print copies available soon!
August 2012: Jim has a new short story in the current issue of Christian Fiction Online.
August 2012: Book signing Saturday, September 15th, Noon to 2 p.m. at Breakwater Books, 78 Whitfield St., Guilford, CT.
July 2012: Book signing: Friday, August 10th, 11 - 3, at Jersey Mike's, West Main Street on Branford Hill, Branford, CT
June 2012 - Jim and the 2nd grade students of Killingsworth, Connecticut write a few short Ranger Tales.
February 2012 - Jim's new book Fight For Freedom is now available in paper and Kindle editions!