Monday, August 8, 2022

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Wild Salvation by Alfred Stifsim

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Wild Salvation by Alfred Stifsim. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $30 Amazon gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Wild Salvation
Author: Alfred Stifsim
Publisher: TwoDot Books
Publication Date: February 1st 2022
Print Length: 288 pages
Genre: Western Historical Fiction
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Johnson is accused of assaulting a white woman, a deadly charge for a black man in 1876. Knowing he’ll be lynched if he stays in St. Andrews, Indiana, Johnson flees to the grassy plains of Kansas looking for the freedom unavailable to him back East. What Johnson doesn’t know is that the woman’s father is a powerful businessman determined to track him down. For a man on the run, the West seems like the perfect place for someone withdrawn like Johnson to become a new person, until a top Pinkerton agent named Cole Charles comes into town hunting outlaws.

When Cole Charles discovers Johnson is a wanted man, Johnson has no choice but to flee again. This time he escapes to Fort Worth, Texas, where he meets a rowdy woman named Eddie who is quick with a joke and even quicker with her pistol. Despite his lack of experience, Eddie hires Johnson to be a wrangler on a cattle drive made up of other black cowboys headed to Wyoming. With Cole Charles on his trail, the cattle drive will take Johnson further than he ever imagined and force him to confront his greatest fear when he comes face to face with Cole Charles himself.

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EXCERPT:
The front of the jail building was covered with wanted posters, some of them so faded it was hard to discern who was wanted and why. As Johnson pulled up with Rex sitting beside him in the driver’s seat, the picture of Jester Wells glared at them. There was a deep scar on his cheek and his arrogant smirk dared them to chase after the $250 reward. The grey clouds still hung low in the sky, threatening the return of rain at any moment. The wind picked up, blowing cool air through the town. The front door of the jail opened as Cole Charles and the marshal exited the building, rifles in hand.

“We better make this quick!” Burt yelled out the window of the coach, “I’m sure Bradley is in a hurry to get back to his cards.” To his surprise the marshal didn’t respond, opening the door to the coach and taking the furthest window seat at the back. He stared out as if he were riding off to his doom.

“What’s got into him?” Burt asked, gesturing to the marshal as Cole Charles walked past.

“I couldn’t tell you. Marshal Bradley has been real quiet ever since we got back,” he replied. He turned and walked to the driver’s seat to address Johnson, “The plan is simple. Drive east along the road, hopefully we pose an easy enough target, drawing Wells’ attention. Not too fast, the idea is to make them think you’re surrendering. We’ll be in the back lying in wait.” He turned to Rex. “Mr. Bowen you’re with us,” Cole Charles said, signaling for him to join the other men in the coach. “Remember Mr. Johnson, if things go badly, you’re on your own.” His cold eyes burned into Johnson as he said it, almost as if he wished it to happen. Then he turned and climbed into the coach.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alfred Stifsim is a member of Western Writers of America and has published several short stories about the American West. “The Bastard of the Black Hills,” won second prize in ropeandwire.com’s 2019 short story contest, and “Max and Sherri” was included in Cowboy Jamboree Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue. His short story about Eddie, “A Night Out with the Cowboys,” was published by Close to the Bone (UK) in August 2021.

Alfred Stifsim graduated from IUPUI with a bachelor’s in American History (2014, Indianapolis). From there he worked as an interpretive naturalist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources before transitioning to park maintenance. He is currently an electrician with IBEW 481 in Indianapolis.

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GIVEAWAY:
Alfred Stifsim will be awarding a $30 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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82 comments:

  1. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by my blog. =)

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  3. thanks this sounds very interesting

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  4. Sounds like a great read.

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  5. Sounds like a terrific western. Intiruged to find out how (and if) he is able to escape the outlaw hunter

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  6. Sounds like a very good book.

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  7. you are a new author for me-after reading the excerpt -you had me hooked-thanks

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  8. I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, Wild Salvation sounds like an exciting story and I am looking forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details.

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  9. I love Western Fiction. Good work.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  11. This sounds like a book that would be hard to put down

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  12. David HollingsworthAugust 8, 2022 at 5:53 PM

    Sounds like a book that I can really get into.

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  13. Thanks for sharing Wild Salvation with me, Alfred, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a great western for my dad and me to enjoy!

    Have a marvelous week!

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  14. Sounds like an interesting storyline. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  15. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover.

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  16. Wild Salvation by author Alfred Stifsim sounds like a fascinating western historical fiction book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  18. sounds wonderful, have a great day

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  19. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  20. Oh, I live the premise of this story.

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  21. Did you take a vacation this year?

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  22. I have a few uncles who would love this book!
    A great birthday gift for them.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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  23. Happy Wednesday!

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  24. I do not usually read westerns but after reading the book blurb-I was hooked-thanks

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  25. Looking forward to the good read, now on my bucket list for near future.

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  26. David HollingsworthAugust 11, 2022 at 11:06 PM

    Happy Friday!

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  27. Which author do you most admire?

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  28. Good to know this genre is alive and well with the younger generation.

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  29. I am sure there will be lots of adventures along the trail during a cattle drive!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. Have a wonderful weekend, thanks

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  31. David HollingsworthAugust 13, 2022 at 12:19 AM

    Do you like writing?

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  32. is there a certain time of day you write?

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  33. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

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  34. hope you are having a relaxing Sunday

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  35. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  36. I hope you're having a great Sunday,

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  37. David HollingsworthAugust 15, 2022 at 12:26 AM

    Happy Monday!

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  38. I like the way the plaid shirt forms the backdrop for the cowboy riding his horse and chasing the steer!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  39. Happy to find a "new to me" author to add to my list for upcoming trip.

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  40. This sounds like a great read in the Western genre.

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  41. this sounds amazing, new author to me

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  42. David HollingsworthAugust 16, 2022 at 5:15 PM

    Do you read own work?

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  43. Do you write more or read more?

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  44. this sounds like an exciting book to read, thanks

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  45. What's the strangest food you've ever tried?

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  46. David HollingsworthAugust 18, 2022 at 12:14 AM

    What's your favorite book?

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  47. Sounds like a great read! I’m definitely going to check this out!

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  48. looks like a fun one

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  49. Good on you to bring history alive to the modern reader

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  50. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  51. Sounds like a classic western that’s incorporating elements of the racism that was very prevalent then, to highlight how wrong it was. I think this sounds like a great book!

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  52. Tell me about your favorite birthday.

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  53. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  54. David HollingsworthAugust 19, 2022 at 1:18 AM

    Do you write often?

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  55. Sounds great, I like the cover and excerpt.

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  56. have an amazing Friday, thanks for this giveaway

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