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About Rod Miller
Born and raised in Utah, Miller is a graduate of Utah State University where he earned a degree in Journalism and rode bucking horses for the intercollegiate Rodeo Team. He worked for nearly four decades as an award-winning advertising agency copywriter and creative director, and is a member of Western Writers of America, where he served on the executive board. The League of Utah Writers named Miller 2012 Writer of the Year. He is a frequent presenter on a variety of subjects to writers groups and public forums.
Visit him online at www.writerRodMiller.com, writerRodMiller.blogspot.com, and RawhideRobinson.com.
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Western Fictioneers was founded in 2010 to promote the oldest genuine American art form, the Western story. Its worldwide membership includes best-selling, award-winning authors of Western fiction, as well as the brightest up-and-coming new stars in the Western field. The organization*s first anthology features original stories by Steven Clark, Phil Dunlap, Edward A. Grainger, James J. Griffin, Jerry Guin, C. Courtney Joyner, Jackson Lowry, Larry Jay Martin, Matthew P. Mayo, Rod Miller, Clay More, Ross Morton, Kerry Newcomb, Scott D. Parker, Pete Peterson, Cheryl Pierson, Kit Prate, Robert J. Randisi, James Reasoner, Dusty Richards, Troy D. Smith, Larry D. Sweazy, Chuck Tyrell, and L.J. Washburn. With original cover artwork by acclaimed artist Pete Peterson, THE TRADITIONAL WEST is more than 100,000 words of classic Western fiction.
And the Spur Finalist in Short Fiction for 2013, Chouteau's Crossing, by McKendree Long
Are you a gambler at heart? What kind of wagers would you make—and just how much would you be willing to risk in a game of chance?
LIVIN’ ON JACKS AND QUEENS is an unusual collection of eleven traditional western stories that all have one thing in common—a high stakes bet! This anthology contains stories by some of today’s award-winning western authors, including Robert J. Randisi, Johnny Boggs, Rod Miller, John Nesbitt, Phil Dunlap, Christine Matthews, Lori Van Pelt, Charlie Steel, Jerry Guin, Chuck Tyrell, and Randy Lee Eickhoff.
How far would you go to see an old score settled? Would you wager your savings, a precious gem, or your very life? Settle into your easy chair with this set of stories to experience the vicarious chances—and risks—of a lifetime—LIVIN’ ON JACKS AND QUEENS!
"Miller's work stands out like a Thoroughbred in a pen full of ponies. His wry humor works the same way that Baxter Black's does—it saves us from taking ourselves too seriously."
~ Gary Vorhes, former Editor-in-Chief
Western Horseman magazine
"A true westerner to the core and one who's 'made a hand' as a scribe as well, Rod Miller is that rare breed who blends artistic sensibility with cowboy attitude. He's funny and serious and hits all the marks in-between, and always in that high-quality, polished verse he writes—the kind that looks as effortless as a great bronc ride, but is every bit as tough to pull off as that ride was.
~ Jesse Mullins, Jr., founding editor, American Cowboy magazine
"Reading Rod Miller's poems is like getting a giant box of candy . . . I always look forward to his contributions. I particularly enjoy the ironic humor and admire his sophisticated use of the language, which he somehow manages to present in a completely accessible way. We get many poems that have the feeling of being 'dashed off.' And then we get poems like Rod's! It's a pleasure."
~ Margo Metegrano, CowboyPoetry.com
In 1849, 11-year-old John Muir immigrated from Scotland to America. Here, he rose from farmer and sawmill worker to become a noted authority on the botany, glaciers, and forestry of the nation's wilderness. Best known for his long association with the Yosemite Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, Muir also explored, mostly afoot, the southern States, Alaska, the Great Basin, and the Mojave Desert. His studies of nature took him around the world and generated volumes of poetic, evocative writings.
As America expanded relentlessly westward, Muir witnessed the plunder and exploitation of the land and became a driving force in efforts to protect the natural world. A modest and private man, married and father of two doting daughters, his conservationist views forced him into battle with powerful political and industrial interests. Some battles he won, influencing four US Presidents to sponsor legislation that protected forests and established or expanded America's national parks.
Muir lost his last, and perhaps most personal battle. He fought until near the end of his life to prevent the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park from becoming a reservoir for the city of San Francisco. Some of his conservationsist friends believed the conflict so sapped his physical, emotional, and spiritual strength that it contributed to his death.
Remembered as the founder of the Sierra Club, father of America's conservation movement, and architect of a still growing wilderness ethic, Muir set an example many still follow, fighting today's threats to the environment.
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A three-time Spur award-winning author, "Miller is a talented man. Writer. Cowboy. Poet. He understands the complexity of the West and the good people who live on the land and make it work, and his skill with words tells the tale well."
~ RANGE magazine
Rod’s poetry is infused with a genuineness that elevates his work above the medium’s predictable
yarns and gives the reader a front-row seat at a captivating reality-based dramedy. You observe
from a respectful distance the poignant moment shared by a young girl and her horse. You take a
seat at the kitchen table in a ranch house in which the “romance of cowboy life” is balanced
against the realities of mortgages, droughts and volatile markets. And you’re let in on the West’s
unique brand of humor, shaped by hard luck, eccentricity, and the unpredictability of lives shaped by the land, weather and livestock. Rod is a truthteller.
And truth can, on occasion, be dangerous.
This volume includes works by everyone who has been nominated for the Best Short Story Peacemaker in the first three years of its existence, including the winners. You will be hard-pressed to find such a collection of new classics in one book. These stories represent the finest in Old West fiction being written today.
INCLUDES SHORT STORIES BY:
Wayne D. Dundee
Johnny D. Boggs
Lucia St. Clair Robson
Larry J. Martin
James J. Griffin
C. Courtney Joyner
Troy D. Smith