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About veldabrotherton

For thirty years I've been a writer. Publication of my work began in 1994 . I'm pleased to have recently settled with Oghma Creative Media as my publisher. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. I recently signed a contract to write westerns again, and what fun it's been working on the first one. If I weren't writing my life wouldn't be so exciting.

THE MAGIC OF STORYTELLING

A FREE NEWSLETTER FOR NEW AND USED WRITERS — ARE YOU LOOKING FOR LESSONS IN SPINNING ORDINARY WORDS INTO MAGNIFICENT PICTURES? AUTHOR OF 40 FICTION NOVELS — 8 NONFICTION BOOKS — 15 SHORT STORIES PLUS UNCOUNTABLE NEWSPAPER FEATURES OVER 20 … Continue reading

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Law Shows Up in the West

Law Shows Up in the West US Marshals are on The Way \The wild west was startled awake early one spring morning to learn the judge was coming to town and things were about to change. The Civil War had … Continue reading

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Living & Writing in the West

One of the first things I learned about the true hardships of such a venture was the summer I spent a week on my cousin’s ranch 20,000 feet high in the mountains of New Mexico. Granted, I knew I could … Continue reading

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WRITING THE BLUE ROAN COLT

The first time I saw Dusty Richards, he was across the room at the Ozark Creative Writer’s conference. It was 1987 and we were both new to the struggle of writing, trying to learn all we could from experienced authors. … Continue reading

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Don’t Throw it Away, You Might Want It

Ever wonder what writers do when they’re not writing? Well, I can tell you. They dream about writing a big hit. Well, at least some of them do. Mostly we wonder what we can turn into another story. The very … Continue reading

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The No Kill Cat

Reading my friend Jan Morrill’s post about her cat Malika and her sad death gave me pause to sit and watch my cat, who has grown so dear to me in the fourteen years she has spent with us. In … Continue reading

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How Romantic was the West?

First I apologize to those who subscribe to my blog. Entries have been scarce while I wrote three western novels last year. Talk about nose to the grindstone. Don’t get me wrong, writing and western history are two of my … Continue reading

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Following the Butterfield Overland Mail Route

September 16, 1858 — In the early mist of a warm Ozark morning, John Butterfield rose from the seat of the stage, lifted his whip over the backs of a team of six horses, and cracked open the late summer … Continue reading

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Naked in the Bayou

Or Unidentified                                                   Health School Wilderness Schools and Reminiscence They’re almost invisible today, all grown up within … Continue reading

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They Came on Horseback

  I never knew when I arrived at The Observer on Thursday morning what I would find. Of course there’d been the day I was invited to go slither and pet with snakes, the tiger episode and taking a flight … Continue reading

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