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

Dusty Richards
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Those who love tales of the Old West have something to look forward to when they open the cover of Waltzing With Tumbleweeds. Two-time Spur award winning writer Dusty Richards, sweeps his readers back to early days on the untamed frontier time and time again in this varied collection of twenty original short stories, many of which have received awards or been previously published in respected periodicals. With his carefully crafted words and extensive research, Mr. Richards delivers a distinct view into the sorrows, triumphs, and hearts of the men and women who once inhabited a part of America that continues to captivate the attention of each new generation.

With a western backdrop, so vividly described that the reader can see it, each story introduces new and interesting characters with whom to become intrigued and involved. He gives a fair share of attention to the experiences of cowboys, outlaws, Native American men and women, soldiers, women of bravery and even those of questionable reputation. This writer paints a convincing picture of what life was like for these people and provides readers with fascinating settings and exciting situations. The pages of Waltzing With Tumbleweeds pulse with goodness, evil, romance, violence, passion, heart-break and other characteristics true to the human condition. His experience as author of over 100 published Western novels is evident in the way he has created such engaging and unique plots. Mr. Dusty Richards knows how to weave a tale that keeps readers turning pages and coming back for more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Roots & Branches (August 18, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00403N0U0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waltzing With Tumbleweeds Reader Review 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprise romance May 4, 2007
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old West Lives February 24, 2012
By J. R.
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting short stories 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Waltzing w/Tumbleweeds 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Selection of Western stories February 7, 2013
By Bel.den
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of Western tales 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! May 22, 2014
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I was ready for some good short stories......and these could have been good, but most of them were basically a "first chapter" to what might have been a very good story if the author had just kept writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Tumbleweeds
I am not a real fan of short stories thin Dusty Richards is a good author but found the stories to be short and odd at times....Would rather have full stories than short non ending
Published 5 days ago by Charlie Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I really like this book ---thanks
Published 1 month ago by Keith O. Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of western themed short stories.
I really enjoyed reading this collectin of short stories. Very descriptive, great dialogue and an easy ready. Read more
Published 3 months ago by m.windham
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for a slow day
I think this book is a good read if you read on and off or just need something to kill 5-10 minutes of time. I really enjoyed the short stories.
Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Read
If you like short stories with a western flavor, this is certainly a good choice.
I appreciate the ability to have 'quick read' material available for these occasions where... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Michael
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good reading
Not a page turner, but a nice read. I like westerns and this filled that want. I would recommend it to any one looking for an easy read and a good story line.
Published 15 months ago by Pecos Bill
3.0 out of 5 stars Dusty Richards needs to do more research
A few good tales but mostly just ho-hum. The writing is OK, nothing special. The tales are lacking in quality.
Published 15 months ago by Dr Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars waltzing with tumbleweeds
A little spicier than I expected which made for a very enjoyable read. I hope you offer more very soon.
Published 16 months ago by j.bockmon
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining western short stories
The author, Dusty Richards, may not be Louis L'Amour, but he writes a pretty entertaining western short story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MJB
3.0 out of 5 stars 20 tales
Here you have 20 shorts that make you want them to be a little longer. This mixture of stories are well written in the mode of the old time writers. Good, but could be better. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John Shearer
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More About the Author

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.

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