New Article, Early Arizona Ranching is up in World of Apache Portal section of this website. In it you will find many photos of early ranches in Cochise County, Arizona, taken by the author on several research trips for his historical fantasy novel APACHE PORTAL.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May you all experience much health and happiness — and good reading!! — in 2015.
This photo was taken at Faraway Ranch in Bonita Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains. The ranch was founded by the Erickson Family, Swedish immigrants, in 1886.
I’m working on a new article for World of Apache Portal. It explores early ranching in Cochise County, Arizona, where the historic fantasy Western novel, APACHE PORTAL takes place. It it a cattle rancher’s son falls in love with an Apache maiden, while trouble rages on the frontier between cavalry and renegade Indians.
Honesty …and duplicity.
Love …and hate.
People making tough choices in tough times.
Self reliance on the frontier of America — from both the settlers’ and native americans’ perspective.
Courage. Heart. Bravery in the face of fear and to meet one’s fate.
Patriotism. Loyalty to tribe and country. Willingness to defend. Freedom.
Morality — striving to do the right thing — to honor oneself and one’s family.
Clear thinking and direct action. Self determination. Personal growth.
These aspects and qualities make my books BARBARA REILLY and APACHE PORTAL apt for the times in which live today.
Click on pictures of the books to read an excerpt. Available in ebook and paperback at Amazon or order at your local bookseller.
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And take care … We live in momentous times!
During the summer of 2011, on the eve of my first research trip for APACHE PORTAL, three massive wildfires at once burned out of control across eastern and southeastern Arizona.
By November the Chiricahua National Monument area of the Chiricahua Mountains was barely reopened, with limited access.
The second article in my World of Apache Portal series of in-depth looks at the settings and making of my exciting frontier novel explores the historic homeland of the Apache after the devastating “Horseshoe 2 Fire.”
“Cochise Stronghold: Dragoon Mountains” opens my new series of articles exploring the life and times of my frontier novel APACHE PORTAL.
Although the Chiricahua Apache were a nomadic people who followed cycles of game animals, wild crop harvest, and seasonal weather, the Dragoon Mountains were one of their favorite campsites. It was protected, well-watered, and provided many avenues of escape from enemies.
Join me on a pictorial hike into the historic environs of the brave Apache who lived here around the time when APACHE PORTAL was set, in this very area in 1880. And visit Amazon.com to buy the book as an ebook or paperback.
According to the Cochise County Sheriff today, the author Carl “No Hat” Grimsman has shirked his duty to write, in a timely manner, the first article of the World of Apache Portal series of in depth looks at the times of his romantic adventure novel, and has instead joined a band of desperados.
The Sheriff is not sure if these are the Henry Boys, The Hole in the Cactus Gang, or some other group of miscreants, but they are considered armed and dangerous.
According to a tourist who drove into Tombstone on a newfangled horseless carriage, the gang was seen headed for the Chiricahua Mountains, on foot.
It is believed they may have struck for the old miner’s cabin up Turkey Creek, but the area is thick with brush and commands a commanding view of the approach. How they will be rooted out is a matter of conjecture, at this point, and probably will require a sizable posse, once properly organized.
The Sheriff hopes that the author will come to his senses before it is too late, and realize what a lonely life lies ahead for any who would promise articles in good faith and then not deliver.
If indeed any life at all lies ahead. Perhaps the best that can be expected for the author is a good long time to cool his heels in the County Jail. Let us hope better for him as the dog days of summer proceed.
New article, “Cochise Stronghold: A Photo Essay,” in the works for posting this upcoming weekend. It is the first in the World of Apache Portal series of in-depth looks at the story and historical background of my latest novel APACHE PORTAL. Stay tuned!
Can you see the lizard on the wall? Do you think this lizard knew how to color itself to blend in? I’m not sure what type of lizard this is. There are many different lizards in Arizona. This picture was taken at the ruin of an early ranch house near Pearce, Arizona. The location in Cochise County is very near the setting of the ranch in my latest novel APACHE PORTAL. The story takes place in 1880 during the last days of the free Apache. In it a rancher’s son falls in love with an Apache girl amid the dangers of the opening frontier. I visited this ruin several times during the writing of the book. Most of the house is red adobe. The mortared stone section was likely added later. Click on the picture above to enlarge, to see the lizard more clearly.
I took the beautiful photo above in the Dragoon Mountains, during one of my research trips to Cochise County before writing APACHE PORTAL. This is where the famous chief of the Chiricahua Apaches lived and was buried by his people. The historical fantasy novel APACHE PORTAL takes place here in the last days of the free Apache and during the frontier’s early ranching period in 1880.
It pleases me that APACHE PORTAL is now available at Singing Wind Bookshop in Benson, Arizona, just north of the Dragoons. The renowned store, established on a working ranch in the early 1970s by Winifred Bundy, continues to offer a stellar selection of Southwest (and other) materials as well as embody the true flavor of the region. Singing Wind is featured in the Acknowledgments of APACHE PORTAL. It is truly worth a visit, or a call to order the book (520) 586-2425.
This is also to announce that I plan to launch a series of articles in 2014 as World of Apache Portal, exploring the times and people depicted in the book as well as how the story came to be written. It will be similar to the popular World of Barbara Reilly series, found in the Articles section of this website, which delves into the details of that book.
Meanwhile I’ve been hard at work on my next historical fantasy novel, scheduled for publication Fall 2014. More info on that forthcoming!
“The Artifacts of Barbara Reilly” is up in the Articles section, under the title Iroquois Artifacts. It is the sixth and final in-depth look at the background and making of my historical fantasy novel, BARBARA REILLY, a heartwarming story of a farm girl in 1948 who connects with the long ago past of the Iroquois in upstate New York. The article features drawings from my sketchbook, made while researching the book, along with quotes and notes about the wonderful handcrafted objects from another era, found in the story.
APACHE PORTAL, the exciting new novel by historical fantasy author Carl Grimsman, was published in ebook format on October 18, 2013. It is available here, at Amazon.com.
“In 1880 Arizona, during the last days of the free Apache, sixteen-year-old Caleb Harned stumbles upon a lost and injured Indian girl. Determined to help, he hides her at his family’s ranch.
But hostile forces gather—cavalry chasing renegade Indians, bounty hunters, and townsfolk who threaten the couple’s budding love. Then the young woman vanishes, and Caleb is heartbroken.
His search for her leads him to the Dragoon Mountains, where the Apaches are converging, and then into danger as he fights to steal her back. But will her people open the way for him—the son of a white man—and share their deepest secret?
He only has until the moon is full, or he’ll lose her forever.
APACHE PORTAL is a historical fantasy brimming with Western adventure, romance, and mystery.”
The softcover print edition of APACHE PORTAL will be available mid-November.
November 18, 2013 Update: APACHE PORTAL is now available in paperback. It’s a beautiful edition (ISBN 978-1493605453), sure to become a treasured classic on bookshelves everywhere. Order today through your local bookstore or online from Amazon.com.
Barbara’s artifacts article will have to wait. I’m racing the moon!
The new book is in the editing room. And like the main character of the new book — who is not the fine warrior depicted above, I’m racing the moon — to publish.
The full moon is October 18. The ebook will be out by then, with the paperback to follow. Why is the full moon so important? It’s a secret, same as the name of the book itself.
So many secrets, so little time. Keep your Kindle charged!
I’m working on the final article for the World of Barbara Reilly, a series delving into the background and details behind the book. BARBARA REILLY is a heartwarming historical fantasy novel taking place in the 1940s and the 1770s in area of New York once inhabited by the Iroquois. The article will explore my research into the artifacts featured prominently throughout the story. The Iroquois were superb artisans. Their ceremonial items as well as everyday objects were beautiful and practical to use. You may thirst for simpler times reading BARBARA REILLY, and enjoying the picture essay, “Iroquois Artifacts,” to be posted in September
The article has been delayed while I focus on the editing of the next book. If you read my preceding post on this homepage (www.carlgrimsman.com) you’ll know I’ll be taking readers on a journey into the American West, where a rancher’s son falls in love with an Apache girl, in 1880 Arizona Territory. I’m still on track to release the ebook on Tuesday October 15. The paperback will follow soon after. It’s an exciting project and I’m sure readers will be pleased with the romantic adventure historical fantasy. I can’t tell you the title yet, it’s a surprise. The wait will be worth it, though. Trust me!
Meanwhile check out the World of Barbara Reilly Series in the Articles section of this website. Learn more about the book and its plucky heroine, Barbara Reilly!
BARBARA REILLY is going to have a brother!
No, Barbara is not. She already has a pesky older brother — namely John!
Confused? It’s simple: the BOOK is going to have a brother.
No, it’s not a sequel to BARBARA REILLY. But it’s exciting nonetheless.
The NEW book is about a rancher’s son in 1880 Arizona who falls in love with an Apache girl. It’s an adventure story. It’s a romance. It’s a rip-roaring tale of the old west with an element of fantasy.
BARBARA REILLY is going to have a brother.
He’s due October 15. I can’t tell you his name. It’s a secret till then.