Time Traveling Cowboy

My 17th Fiction Title — Just Released

By Jeff Salter

At closing time, a therapist in a small town social services facility is pressured to assist a stranger who’s dressed as an 1880s cowboy, acts like one, and seems to think that’s where he was until he woke up this morning.

I no longer recall exactly HOW this idea sprang to mind, but my notes indicate that I fleshed out the concept on June 20, last year. I finished the first draft — some 45,000 words — on July 29, which represented 27 actual writing days. Thereafter, I took it through four more drafts — and three beta readers — before I submitted the story to Clean Reads, where nine other fiction titles have found a wonderful home. By October, I had a contract in my hands.
The sixth draft began the editing process, which included content edits, line edits, proof-reading, and proofing the galleys. None of this detail is news to my author friends, but I suspect most non-authors have relatively little idea of how much work goes into creating the product they later hold in their hands or view on their E-devices.
One of the more exciting aspects of this project (for me) is that I was already drafting the SEQUEL in August last year… and have resumed work on that sequel just this very month.


Amanda Matthews created my beautiful cover — her fourth for my stories.


Dumped in my lap at a few minutes before five o’clock on Friday — the deputy wants to drop off a confused wanderer? Our Social Services aren’t equipped to handle a tall, rustic cowboy who looks like he just stepped out of a movie Western… dust included.

But the deputy’s gone and the cowboy is suddenly my responsibility. Or is it the other way around? Hunt Weston announces he’s come here to protect me! From what or whom, he doesn’t know. But he’s come a long way… in both distance and time. Yeah, this Weston character claims when he went to sleep last night, it was 1885. That’s a hundred years ago.

No ID, no proof of his claims — unless you count the authentic vintage clothing and that original Colt Peacemaker strapped to his hip. Other than his gun and a rugged Bowie knife, this cowboy’s only possessions are 32 silver dollars… all minted before 1885. And the only documentation he possesses is a torn half of a playing card… with my name, this town and county, and the date October 6 — two days from now.

Weston can’t explain anything… indeed, he doesn’t understand it himself. In fact, if anyone had tried to convince him that he’d traveled 100 years overnight, he would’ve laughed in their face. But here he is… sent by a mysterious stranger to protect me, Elvira Rose Roamer.

Oh, did I mention that when Weston saw the name, Elvira Rose, on the top half of that card, he thought he was being sent to protect my great-great-grandmother, Elvira Rose Bolling — whom he’d met and grown fond of… back in 1885?

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NOTE: Not certain how long this will last, but presently, this book is FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited!

[JLS # 432]


About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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17 Responses to Time Traveling Cowboy

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Oh boy! This sounds amazing! Add this one to my TBR pile for sure.

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  2. What a great story idea, Jeff.

    It’s good that we authors start talking about how much goes into producing a good read for the readers. On the forum, we’ve talked about it on occasion, and there’s always someone who comes back with, “I had no idea.”

    Hope “Cowboy Out of Time” is a smashing success for you. It sounds like it will be.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I love the idea of time travel! What a great title, too! It grabs your attention. Sounds like a fun read. Added to TBR list!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow, sounds like a real winner, Jeff! I don’t have Kindle Unlimited, but I just bought it. With the bulk of the idea working for you on June 2o, it has to be good…that’s my birthday!

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  5. jbrayweber says:

    Haha! Leave the pirates to me. I love a great cowboy any day.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      His name is Shiloh Hunter Weston. But after his father was missing and presumably dead after the battle of Shiloh, his mom never used that name again and my hero began going by Hunter. But everybody called him Hunt. Hunt Weston.


  6. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Congratulations on the new release! Can’t wait to read it.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Clay Cormany says:

    I must confess, Jeff, that I haven’t read any of your books so far, but this latest book of yours is going to change that. I’m already wondering if the therapist ends up going back with him to his time and place.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks, Clay, for visiting, for commenting, and for acquiring my newest novel. Hope you won’t be disappointed. This one is part of a planned trilogy, though I have not mapped out the third volume yet. I’m about 35,000 words into the second volume and having a great time.


  8. This sounds amazing! I am going to try to read it this weekend.
    Do you think this one will be in paperback?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jeff Salter says:

      I think it has to sell about 200 copies in the first few months to be considered for paperback. So, I’m still hopeful.


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