Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat–Website Up!

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The long days of being unemployed drag on….but, in the meantime, I have formed my own publishing company and have released the first title, “Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat”. It begins as the old tale of the Gingerbread Man, but then takes a swift turn into the pages of the Old West where “Ginger Boy” meets the mystical Thunderbird and receives a magical gift. This is the first of a proposed 10-book series that features Ginger Boy and his “magical and helpful”  involvement with people, places and events that happened in the Old West.  The reading age is 6 to 12, but there is nothing stopping parents and grandparents from reading the book to those still learning to read! The books include a short Old West vocabulary list and a minimum of two historical notes for further information about the foundation of the story, or interesting points therein.

Now, what about a website, you ask….

It’s up an running!! Feel free to place your orders via PayPal Secure Checkout, or by check or money order. The website tells you how! 

Or, you can order now from my ArtFire website at:

Orders can also be sent to:

Toughnut Press
8824 E. Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, AZ 85710

Book is $6.95 plus tax and shipping. See the following–I did the math for you! Checks held until cleared, or send money order for prompt shipping.

Tucson, AZ Order: $9.53
State of AZ Order: $9.40
Rest of USA and Canada: $8.90
Rest of World: $10.50

Shipping is via US Postal Service 1st Class Rate.

Questions and inquiries can be directed to

Now for something completely different…

If any of you have read the previous posts, you will know I am unemployed and have been for seven months and counting–this is a long time when you have one of those “mortgages” to pay and your severence pay is running out…. All you fellow writers out there know the fiction markets are tougher than ever to break into, so when the Muse stops singing I do other projects and try to make a buck where I can.

So, yes, this is a shameless commercial post and an invitation for you to visit my studio shops on both Art Fire and Etsy. I have some unique French beaded black roses and poppies that are quite ideal as gifts for your favorite Twilight fans and fans of all things vampiric, Gothic, Steampunk, etc.

It doesn’t hurt to look!


I found some time to get back to posting more info about Carrie and some of her stories. I have been out of a job for seven months now, and spend hours and hours online  filling out applications and sending in resumes…today, though, I decided I have had enough of that and it is time to do something more interesting. Who knows, maybe I will even write a bit myself. I have many manuscripts waiting to be finished, and short stories waiting to be edited and sent out…

Unfortunately, being unemployed for so long and watching all your money drain out of your accounts doesn’t really give one a sense of well-being enough to give up the hunt for a job in favor of writing pages of fantasy and adventure. On the other hand, I believe it was the Medieval Italian poet, Petrarch, who wrote he would give his last coins to buy a book rather than a loaf of bread; thus, we are what we are, a hopeless lot lost in a make-believe world rather than reality.

I had a thought…

That turned into a character, that turned into a story.

After many false starts and a total lack of time and focus, I am finally getting this website put together. For now, I will be featuing stories I wrote for a shared world anthology named Freehold. For more information on that project, please see the Freehold category–soon to be posted.

Also featured on this site will be a tribute to my friend, editor, co-conspirator and whip cracker, C. G. Browning, also known as Carrie. Without warning, Carrie passed away June 2, 2008 from complications of diabetes. She was a talented writer and I will be posting some of her stories here as well.