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Surprising joys of editing

When you’ve been working for a year on a new book, you take your pleasures where you can find them. Deep into editing the third Josey Angel novel, it wasn’t enough to have a bird singing in the trees. I needed to know what kind of bird and what it sounded like. A lengthy Google and YouTube search into the birds of Wyoming and their calls got me an answer while providing this pleasant diversion into a Fort Collins band with just the right name. Enjoy the music and check back soon for more updates on “Avenging Angel.”

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‘Angel Falls’ is a gritty, emotionally charged love story

Great review for Angel Falls in the News-Journal. The link below includes a special podcast on the background of Trail Angel and Angel Falls.  Hope you enjoy!

‘Angel Falls’ is a gritty, emotionally charged love story

By Jim Abbott

When readers were first introduced to Josey Angel, the marquee character in the 2016 novel “Trail Angel,” he was a taciturn gunslinger in the aftermath of the Civil War, famous for his speedy draw with a rifle or pistol.

That trait remains a defining characteristic in the new “Angel Falls” ($25.95, Five Star, 328 pages), a historical western by Derek Catron that picks up the tale of the title character and the woman he loves, the independent-minded Southern war widow Annabelle Rutledge…(Read the rest of the story and listen to my book review podcast Here).

Buy Angel Falls at Barnes & Noble.

Buy, share or read a free sample on Amazon below.

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Jackson Hole News & Guide Review

I really enjoyed this great write-up in the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Isa Jones was a terrific interviewer, and I’m thrilled someone so close to the setting of Angel Falls shared my appreciation for the landscape and history – while really getting into the fun of the story. “The story really sucks you in,” she wrote, calling the book “a classic Western.”

 
‘Angel Falls’ is more than just a Western

By Isa Jones, November 22, 2017

 

A classic Western is rare these days.

There are books and movies and television shows that spoof Westerns, or meditate on the genre or use it in a modern setting. But rare nowadays are the gunslingers, rowdy saloons and long winters set in a remote place.

“Angel Falls” takes the genre and creates a classic yet refreshing story. Written by Derek Catron, who serves as the managing editor at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the book is a sequel but also a stand-alone take on life in the early days of the West…(READ the rest of the story Here).

Buy Angel Falls at Barnes & Noble.

Buy, share or read a free sample on Amazon below.

 

 

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Newspaper editor’s new novel hits bookstores

If you’re looking for insights into what went into creating the characters and story for Angel Falls, check out this Q&A I did with The Daytona Beach News-Journal‘s Austin Fuller. For a bonus, follow the link to a recorded interview with even more background.

Newspaper editor’s new novel hits bookstores

By Austin Fuller

Entertainment writer Austin Fuller sat down with News-Journal Managing Editor Derek Catron to discuss the publication of his second novel, “Angel Falls,” which comes out this week. In a pre-publication review, the Historical Novel Society said, “This well-written western has suspense in every chapter. … A page-turner that is difficult to put down.”

The book ($25.95 from Five Star Publishing) is a follow up to last year’s “Trail Angel” and is available locally at Barnes & Noble as well as online retailers.

What is “Angel Falls” about?

“Angel Falls” is a story of love and war. It’s set in Wyoming in 1866 at the height of Red Cloud’s War, which climaxed with the army’s deadliest defeat to that point in the Indian wars. The story focuses on Josey Angel, a Union cavalryman who finds redemption and some degree of healing through his love of Annabelle Rutledge, a Southern war widow who’s come west to rebuild her family’s fortunes. They must come together to survive the threat of a Lakota war leader determined to preserve his people’s way of life at any cost. In the end, the triumph of love is offset by the tragedy of war, which brings great costs even to the victors.

With “Angel Falls” coming out just a year after your first book, were the ideas for it coming together during “Trail Angel?”

(Read the full interview Here.)

 

Buy Angel Falls at Barnes & Noble.

Buy, share or free preview on Amazon – link below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book signing at Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble

 

I’ll be at the Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble (1900 W International Speedway Blvd.) from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, to celebrate the release of Angel Falls. I’ll be signing books throughout that period, with a short reading and Q&A session around 2:30.

The Historical Novel Society had this to say about my second novel: “This well-written western has suspense in every chapter. … A page-turner that is difficult to put down.”

You can read more about the book and listen to an audio interview in this Q&A from The News-Journal.

If you prefer to just jump ahead and read a sample first, you can do so here.

And if you can’t make it to the signing, you can buy online.

Buy Angel Falls at Barnes & Noble.

Click on the book cover to buy Angel Falls on Amazon:

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Book signing in Daytona Beach

I will be back at Barnes & Noble in Daytona Beach from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 for the store’s “local authors afternoon.” We’ll still be a month out from the release of “Angel Falls,” but I’ll be signing copies of “Trail Angel” for those who haven’t picked one up yet. You can also pre-order copies of the sequel and get news of a third book in the works. Hope to see you out there.

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Angel Falls coming in November

Here’s the ad copy for the sale of Angel Falls, which will be out in mid-November.

Here’s the synopsis: 

In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Trail Angel, award-winning journalist Derek Catron weaves a thrilling tale of three unforgettable characters: Josey Angel, a Union cavalryman struggling to set aside a violent past and make a life with the woman he loves; Annabelle Rutledge, a Southern war widow who came west to rebuild her family’s fortunes and found love but little peace; and a young Sioux determined to preserve his people’s way of life and earn his warrior name — Crazy Horse.

After Annabelle is seized in a bloody Indian attack, Josey goes on a soul-searing rampage in a daring effort to rescue her. While Crazy Horse plots to kill the white men who have trespassed on his people’s land, he’s tormented by an unrequited love that tears at his sense of honor. The roiling conflicts climax on the bloodiest day of Red Cloud’s War, when Josey and Annabelle must come together to escape tragedy.

You can pre-order a copy of Angel Falls on Amazon.

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Advance Reader Copies – Angel Falls

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While we’re still a few months away from the Nov. 15 release date for Angel Falls, I’m thrilled to see how good the advance reader copies look. These are early paperback prints of the book used to help generate advance publicity and reviews. I’ll be mailing these out to reviewers soon in hopes that we get the same kind of positive feedback we had for Trail Angel.

Booklist called it “A finely constructed, well-told western.” And the verdict from Kirkus was “A timeless tale of love and adventure on the American frontier.”

Don’t forget, you can pre-order a copy of Angel Falls on Amazon. And if you haven’t gotten Trail Angel yet, it’s still available online in hardback and e-book formats. Order it here from Amazon. Or here from Barnes and Noble. A large-print copy is on the way. Check back for more news on that.

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Pre-order ‘Angel Falls’ on Amazon

 

While it won’t be out until November, you can now pre-order a copy of Angel Falls, the sequel to Trail Angel, on Amazon.

The official cover has been released, helping to capture some of the mood for the second adventure with Annabelle and Josey Angel. Here’s the synopsis that will appear on the book jacket:

Derek Catron News-Journal Managing Editor and author of the book Trail Angel, Thurs., Sept. 8, 2016. News-Journal/NIGEL COOK

In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Trail Angel, award-winning journalist Derek Catron weaves a thrilling tale of three unforgettable characters: Josey Angel, a Union cavalryman struggling to set aside a violent past and make a life with the woman he loves; Annabelle Rutledge, a Southern war widow who came west to rebuild her family’s fortunes and found love but little peace; and a young Sioux determined to preserve his people’s way of life and earn his warrior name — Crazy Horse.

After Annabelle is seized in a bloody Indian attack, Josey goes on a soul-searing rampage in a daring effort to rescue her. While Crazy Horse plots to kill the white men who have trespassed on his people’s land, he’s tormented by an unrequited love that tears at his sense of honor. Annabelle finds she must thwart a ploy that would slaughter every soldier at the frontier fort where Josey and her friends have taken refuge.

Sympathies will shift. Loyalties are betrayed. The roiling conflicts climax on the bloodiest day of Red Cloud’s War, the only war in which the Indians defeated the army. To survive, Josey and Annabelle must come together to escape the threat of an unprecedented defeat for the army — and a victory at terrible costs for the Indians and Crazy Horse.

At turns thrilling, romantic and poignant, Angel Falls is a page-turner throughout — a worthy successor to a powerful debut.

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‘Angel Falls’ coming in November ’17

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I’m thrilled to announce that the contract has been signed, the book has been edited and production is underway to publish Angel Falls, the sequel to Trail Angel in November of 2017.

While we don’t have a cover yet, I thought this image might help capture some of the mood for the second adventure with Annabelle and Josey Angel. Here’s the synopsis that will appear on the book jacket:

Derek Catron News-Journal Managing Editor and author of the book Trail Angel, Thurs., Sept. 8, 2016. News-Journal/NIGEL COOK

In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut, Trail Angel, award-winning journalist Derek Catron weaves a thrilling tale of three unforgettable characters: Josey Angel, a Union cavalryman struggling to set aside a violent past and make a life with the woman he loves; Annabelle Rutledge, a Southern war widow who came west to rebuild her family’s fortunes and found love but little peace; and a young Sioux determined to preserve his people’s way of life and earn his warrior name — Crazy Horse.

After Annabelle is seized in a bloody Indian attack, Josey goes on a soul-searing rampage in a daring effort to rescue her. While Crazy Horse plots to kill the white men who have trespassed on his people’s land, he’s tormented by an unrequited love that tears at his sense of honor. Annabelle finds she must thwart a ploy that would slaughter every soldier at the frontier fort where Josey and her friends have taken refuge.

Sympathies will shift. Loyalties are betrayed. The roiling conflicts climax on the bloodiest day of Red Cloud’s War, the only war in which the Indians defeated the army. To survive, Josey and Annabelle must come together to escape the threat of an unprecedented defeat for the army — and a victory at terrible costs for the Indians and Crazy Horse.

At turns thrilling, romantic and poignant, Angel Falls is a page-turner throughout — a worthy successor to a powerful debut.

 

If you still haven’t gotten your copy of Trail Angel, there’s still time to order in time for Christmas. 

Buy Trail Angel on Amazon

Buy Trail Angel on Barnes & Noble

Read a sample here.

 
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