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Lady of the Lake Paperback – June 21, 2013
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"All the while I was reading Lady of the Lake I heard Sam Peckinpah's distant ghost voice imploring, "Goddammit Lord, send me back down there for one last movie!" Mathew Paust, author of Executive Pink, Sacrifice and If the Woodsman Is Late
"Gregg Townsley is the new Louis L'Amour as his Lady of the Lake illustrates...Townsley shows the reader the Nevada desert and Lake Tahoe country, bringing the scent of sagebrush and dry rain to life, he makes the long slog up to Lake Tahoe from Carson City real, dusty, gritty and yet, stunningly beautiful." Cecelia Haack, author of Singing Mountain and Rainbow Moments: Mindfulness and Alzheimer's Disease
"Gregg Townsley writes about things he understands. The history and geography of Nevada, fast guns and fast action. I highly recommend his books!" Jon "Trickshot" Wilson, shooting coach for the TV show Top Shot (2010) and World Fast Draw Association champion 2004, 2011 and 2012
About the Author
I lived in Nevada for ten years, from 1983 until 1994 and, living there, enjoyed exploring the American west. Growing up in Philadelphia and watching Westerns, as a lot of folks my age did, it was awesome seeing the actual movie locations for films like The Shootist (one of my favorite John Wayne films, shot, in part, in Carson City) and the popular TV series Bonanza (filmed at Lake Tahoe and elsewhere, and basing a lot of its storyline in Virginia City). I was the Senior Pastor and Head of Staff of the First Presbyterian Church in Carson City during those years, "the oldest church in Nevada." Though not a churchgoer, Mark Twain attended there on at least one location, though the evidence argues he didn't enjoy the experience. My leadership in the church encouraged an interest in the state's historical discussions and, at times, gave me access to a wonderful set of characters state-wide: a county sheriff, for instance, who ended a high school graduation party by shooting holes in the kids' beer kegs, as well as the daily drama offered by a couple of the state's governors, a variety of state senators and assemblymen and women. I like to think my background as a former pastor--I hold a M. Div, a D. Min, and a second but unfinished doctorate in counseling and educational psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno--as well as my experience as a martial arts teacher and cowboy quick draw enthusiast situates me well for writing historical fiction. I get the flow between the details of an event and an event's significance, and am most fascinated by the effect real events have on the interior life of my characters. But the fact is, writing these books in the W. W. Ronin serious is a simple joy. I sit in a chair until ideas come to me and, listening to them, try to be an honest and accurate scribe.
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Top Customer Reviews
As I am no author, have little knowledge of the Old West, and have no experience with Western novels I found Lady of The Lake to be a wonderful extension of East Jesus Nevada. The Character development has continued with great depth and really brought me into the story. East Jesus was a great book all by it's self. Lady of the lake however took on a different roll as a continuation of a great story....that left me anxious for the next installment.