New Life for My Time-Traveling Cowboy

The first of my 11 newly-orphaned titles to be re-released

By Jeff Salter

On Jan. 11 this year I received news that was truly heart-breaking: my first publisher was closing its doors and all eleven of my fiction titles with that outfit would soon be removed from Amazon and all other sales vendors. Those eleven titles represent more than half of my published fiction! All of them are my own, lovingly-created babies — and I truly grieved over the loss.

The CEO of that outfit had alerted all the authors in its stable – back in summer of 2019 – that this was the inevitable result unless sales dramatically improved. [The entire industry seemed to be in a slump at that point.] But things actually got worse because within a few months of that alert, mankind was hit with news of the CoVid pandemic… which prohibited author-to-reader sales / promotional events [along with nearly other form of interpersonal contact]… and otherwise disrupted affairs in the world of books and authors.

So here we were, about 2.5 years later, reading the somber announcement of our CEO. Our titles would soon be falling off the sales sites… but we’d have time to order one final batch of paperbacks for whoever had titles in print. [It was primarily a digital press and not every title was released in other formats.]

Anyway, fast-forward through many weeks of grief (literally) — plus authors getting together in electronic huddles to discuss options for how to proceed. Many were already familiar with “self-publishing” (through various means) and several basically announced – as soon as they received their rights back – that they’d just find or make a new cover and re-release their own books. A few authors figured on finding another publisher to take on their orphans. Among the authors I had discussions with, I had the most titles (eleven) … and I had perhaps the least experience with formatting, uploading, etc.

So I was lost — quite literally. Didn’t know which way to turn. Among those eleven orphaned titles were not only my very first three novels to be published, but were some of my all-time favorite stories.

Weeks passed.

In contact with [Dingbat] one of my other two publishers, I learned of a massive anthology upcoming, for which that publisher agreed to accept one of my eleven orphans. In follow-up conversations, that publisher expressed interest in another of my orphans for a different anthology later in the year. Somewhere along the course of this back-and-forth, that wonderful individual – J. Gunnar Grey – agreed to re-release my two time-traveling cowboy novels in the series: Rose Roamer: Time Traveler. Wow! I was on Cloud TEN. Scarcely three months prior, I was crying in my coffee that I had eleven orphaned titles… and now I already had likely homes for FOUR of them!

In a development which totally surprised me, this publisher suggested we quickly re-edit the two cowboy novels and release them BEFORE the upcoming anthology. I was totally on-board with that, as you can imagine.

And here, therefore, is the first of my eleven orphaned titles to be re-released. It’s been gently re-edited and has a brand new cover by J. Gunnar Grey.

Available now for pre-order, this title will release on May 10.

Concept:

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.

Blurb:

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?

Link to my Amazon author page:

http://tinyurl.com/AuthorJeff

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[JLS # 587]

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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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15 Responses to New Life for My Time-Traveling Cowboy

  1. jbrayweber says:

    Huge congrats on finding a new home for your several of your orphans. Very excited for you!!!

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  2. I am so glad for you, Jeff! The whole thing was so heartbreaking for so many people.
    Are you now planning on continuing Rose and Hunt’s saga?

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      I have most of Vols 3 & 4 generally mapped out in my head, but I can’t start on those until I finish another obligation.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Glad you found a new home for some of your titles. Dingbat is taking a few of my orphaned books, too. Love the new cover!

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  4. Jeff, is your new home for these novels with the publisher that only does ecopy at first? I’m hoping for a paperback.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      The publisher that closed was the one which didn’t do many paperbacks.
      This publisher — Dingbat — has all 4 of my titles (already with them) in paperback… and I feel pretty certain these re-homed orphans will eventually be in paperback.

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I haven’t done anything with mine. I don’t know what I’m waiting for. Congrats on finding those new homes for your babies.

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