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Waltzing with Tumbleweeds (20 Tales of the Old West) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 456 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roots & Branches (August 18, 2010)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00403N0U0
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IF THERE WAS A SATURDAY MATINEE, Dusty was there with Hoppy, Roy and Gene. He went to roundup at seven-years-old, sat on a real horse and watched them brand calves on the Peterson Ranch in Othello, Washington. When his family moved to Arizona from the Midwest, at age 13, he knew he'd gone to heaven. A horse of his own, ranches to work on, rodeos to ride in, Dusty's mother worried all his growing up years he'd turn out to be some "old cowboy bum."

He read every western book on the library shelves. He sat on the stoop of Zane Grey's cabin on Mrs. Winter's ranch and looked out over the "muggie-own" rim and promised the writer's ghost his book would join Grey's some day on the book rack.

Since English teachers never read westerns, he made up book reports like "Guns on the Brazos" by J.P. Jones. The story of a Texas Ranger who saves the town and the girl. Then he sold them for a dollar to other boys too lazy to read when teenagers were lucky to earn fifty cents an hour. In fact, book reports kept him and his buddy in gas money to go back and forth to high school.

After graduating from Arizona State University in 1960, he came to northwest Arkansas, ranched, auctioneered, announced rodeo, worked 32 years for Tyson Food in management, anchored TV news and struggled to get a book of his own sold. The three earlier books on the list were published without his knowledge and only discovered in 2011 as even existing.

In 1992, his first novel, Noble's Way was published. In 2003, his novel The Natural won the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Fiction Book of the Year Award. In 2004, The Abilene Trail won the same award. Dusty invests a lot of his time helping others who want to learn how to write by speaking at seminars and conferences all over the United States. There is no difference in writing any kind of fiction. In Dusty's words, "You simply change the sets, costumes and dialect."

He serves on the board of Ozark Creative Writers Conference held annually in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, as well as on the boards of the Ozarks Writers League in Branson, Missouri, and the Oklahoma Writers Federation. He also serves on the board of his local electric co-op, and of the Springdale, Arkansas, PRCA rodeo. He is president of Western Writers of America. In 2004 he was inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame.

Over one hundred books have been published under his own name and pseudonyms. That does not count his five dozen plus short stories and hundreds of articles and columns.

Dusty and his wife, Pat, reside next to Beaver Lake east of Springdale, Arkansas, that is whenever they aren't off at speaking engagements or writing conferences, announcing rodeos or chuckwagon racing, or researching for western novels. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters, Ann and Rhonda, two great sons-in-law, and four super grandkids.

If he can steal time to do it, Dusty likes to fish for trout on the White River in Arkansas.

Dusty's website: www.dustyrichards.com
Interview on Youtube: http://youtu.be/n1p4-B6fvjE?hd=1

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Threebarrs on March 1, 2012
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I have to say in all honesty that I thoroughly enjoyed Waltzing With Tumbleweeds. I got the book because it is a group of short stories - perfect for bedtime reading. The stories were entertaining and charming, and great reads! I found that after reading each story I was wishing it was longer; I wanted to know more about the people in the story. I look forward to reading more of Dusty Richards' work.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ellen E. Withers on May 4, 2007
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I knew Dusty's prose would pull me into his stories but I never dreamed the bittersweet tales would include a surprise ingredient: love. Romance is hiding among pages filled with leather, horses and dusty roads. It's a delicious treat.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. R. on February 24, 2012
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Most of these stories were great, a few were brilliant.

As an old West fan, and a long time member of SASS, I'm a critic of stories that don't ring true. These do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 1, 2012
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I really just started reading westerns and I liked this one, but I wished that some of the stories could have been a little longer.Other that that the book was good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Nettles on December 31, 2012
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I'm a Louis Lamour fan so these are definitly different. Too much sex to suit me, but they are well written and interesting, especially in the way that many end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms Beastle on December 9, 2012
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Interesting perspective of the "Old West" seen through various characters. Think "Wagon Train" or "Gunsmoke" without the same characters repeated in each story. Some were poignant, some stark, all with a different hook to keep me reading. I enjoyed this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bel.den on February 7, 2013
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Another great selection of short stories by Dusty Richards. Really enjoyed this, nice variety. Watching for more of his westerns.
If you like westerns you should like this one.
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By Colin Taylor on September 5, 2012
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I am not usually one for reading tales of the west but for some reason i did read this one and I am glad that I did inside this collection of short stories are some little gems that you will enjoy reading time and time again such as 'heroes were never born' which is my favourite tale in the collection. A well written body of work with interesting, identifiable and believable characters that carries the reader quickly along and leaves you wanting more which is the golden rule of short story writing
Bravo Mr Richards

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