Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Book Blog Tour and Giveaway - Rowdy: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen (Rowdy #1) by Chris Mullen

Welcome to my stop on the book blog tour for Rowdy: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen by Chris Mullen. This blog tour was organized by Lone Star Book Blog Tours. On my stop, I have info on the book as well as a great video interview with the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win all the books in the series and a t-shirt. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Rowdy: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen
Series: Rowdy #1
Author: Chris Mullen
Publisher: Wise Wolf Books
Publication Date: February 23rd 2022
Print Length: 278 pages
Genre: Young Adult Historical Western Fiction
Thrust to the mercy of the Mississippi river, thirteen-year-old Rowdy floats safely away as he watches the smoke rise from his burning farmhouse. Now alone in the world, his perilous journey of survival begins, challenging and shaping him into the young man his father would want him to become.

Pulled from the waters, he is given a chance by a lone river Captain and his mate. Rowdy has grown strong working the river but must use his wit as well as his strength to confront a bullying crewman and survive a surprise attack by river pirates.

Growing up on the Mississippi river was a start for Rowdy, but Dodge City, Kansas proves it has its own challenges. He was warned not to get entangled with Patrick Byrne Byrne, Dodge City’s most powerful rancher. Unknowingly crossing Byrne, he faces life and death decisions. Rowdy's only option is to run.

Survival is what he has come to know all too well. His escape across the plains nearly claims his life. Through a stranger's help, Rowdy recovers and finally discovers Lincoln, New Mexico, and acquires a new friend along the way. Rowdy is settling in when hired guns sent by Patrick Byrne find and confront him. Blood, bullets, and tears bring Rowdy's world to a showdown. Fighting for what was right is his code, living life for others becomes his way, and staring danger in the face is what he must do if he can truly be Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen.

Chris Mullen is an author from Richmond, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1997 and began his teaching career. Chris was awarded the 2019 Connie Wootton Excellence in Teaching Award presented by the Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools. In 2021, Chris signed with Wise Wolf Books, a YA Imprint of Wolf Pack Publishing, and re-released his debut novel ROWDY: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen on February 24, 2022. On March 31, 2022, he released ROWDY: Redemption, followed by an April 21, 2022 release of ROWDY: Dead or Alive. Chris currently writes for Wise Wolf Books and is working on the next ROWDY installment.

His novel, ROWDY: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen was named WINNER in the 2020 American Fiction Awards, a 2020 Best Book Finalist, and 3rd Place WINNER in the 2021 Selah Awards, all in the western category. His YA Western series, ROWDY, continues to grow and attract readers of all ages.

Watch the author interview with Chris Mullen below or by clicking here.
Win an autographed set of the Rowdy Books by Chris Mullen and a Rowdy Tee Shirt - US only!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. The author, Chris Mullen, assumes all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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  1. I am so excited about this series -- never seen a YA western, and this set seems excellent. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I am just as excited! It’s time to get ROWDY y’all! 🤠

  3. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

    1. Thanks! I love the silhouette design. It allows the reader to place themselves in the saddle if they like without a predetermined image of Rowdy. Same goes for the horse. You’ll find that as you read the series I never fully describe its features. That was also purposefully done so the reader can, yet again, decide it’s markings, color, etc. Maybe you have a horse and want to envision it riding the trails with Rowdy as he faces the dangers of the old west. 🤠

    2. Missed where I was supposed to enter my name for the previous comment. 🤣 Thanks for your post abfantom!