| By Gale Staff |
A prolific writer and beloved entertainer Will Rogers once said, “In Hollywood, the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can’t read. If they could read their stuff, they’d stop writing.” Given Will’s perspective, we’re especially proud to announce that seven Five Star Publishing titles have been recognized as 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award finalists. Learn more about the nominated titles from authors who thankfully didn’t stop writing, much to the delight of Five Star fans.
Escape to Fort Abercrombie (nominated in Western Fiction – Younger Readers)
By Candace Simar
Fourteen-year-old Ryker Landstad’s family is in great distress and danger is everywhere. His father is dying from an arrow wound, his expectant mother and sister are missing, and his nine-year-old twin siblings need a safe haven. Traveling for miles in plain sight of a Sioux tribe on the warpath – he’s determined to find and reunite his family. His resolve is tested when they finally reach Fort Abercrombie only to find the refugee besieged by 500 warriors. It matters not – he’s keeping the promise he made to his family.
“Be prepared to ignore everything else when you pick up this book, because you will not want to stop reading.”
– Nancy Plain, Spur-Award winning author
Miss Royal’s Mules (nominated in Inspirational Western Fiction)
By Irene Bennett Brown
Stranded on an abandoned ranch in 1900, Jocelyn Belle Royal has just cause to give up hope of earning back her farm that was lost to the bank. She was earning money as a member of a mule drive but her two companions left her when an outlaw gang closed in, wanting to avenge a longtime grudge. Determined not to abandon the mules in her care, she encounters a kind childhood friend, cowhand Pete Pladson. As she becomes more enmeshed with mules, outlaws, feelings for Pete, and women’s suffrage, Jocelyn wonders if she’ll ever realize her dream of returning home.
“It is a delight, moving, heartbreaking, and utterly unputdownable.”
– Chris Enss, New York Times bestselling author
When I Die: The Legend of Joe Mundy (nominated in Western Fiction)
By Monty McCord
After surviving a shooting and the 1876 influenza outbreak, Marshal Joe Mundy has found some happiness courting Sarah, the abandoned wife of the town’s first marshal. Then, the killings begin, thought to be connected to an upcoming election and the town’s cattle rustling problem. Expected to stop the violence and instill law and order, Mundy is challenged at every turn, especially when Sarah’s husband returns from his long absence.
“Wild, wooly and well worth the read, Mundy’s Law is judged to be one stand-up western that delivers forthwith.”
– Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author
Additional nominees include:
Castle Butte (nominated in Western Fiction – Younger Readers)
By John D. Nesbitt
“Nesbitt creates characters so real, you can hear them talk if you close your eyes.”
– Roundup Magazine
Knight’s Odyssey: Legends of the Desert Book 2 (nominated in Western Fiction)
Knight of the Tiger: Legends of the Desert Book 3 (nominated in Western Fiction)
By W. Michael Farmer
Farmer is an award-winning author including Spur Finalist for Best First Novel, Finalist for New Mexico Book Awards Best Historical Fiction and two Agnes L. Braganza Awards for Nonfiction.
Gypsy Rock (nominated in Western Mavericks)
By Robert D. McKee
McKee was recognized as a Finalist for Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award – Best Western Novel.
Winners will be announced at the Will Rogers Medallion Award banquet on October 26, 2019.