Love puts a revenge-seeking former lawman on a path to redemption.
That's the theme of The Tithing Herd, my latest Western scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 25 by Sundown Press.
The Tithing Herd is set in Mormon country in New Mexico in the 1890s.
On the trail of the outlaw known as Spanish who murdered his brother, Luther 'Lute' Donnelly stumbles upon young Tom Baskin who has been duped by the outlaw band and falsely accused of rustling. The unlikely pair unite and their travels bring them to Cedar Flats, a Mormon village, and Serene McCullough, the widow Donnelly had planned to marry before his life was turned upside down by the bandits.
Cash-strapped Mormons have assembled a herd of cattle to pay their tithe to the church. Serene prevails upon Lute to help her son take the herd to market. Reluctantly, he agrees.
Lute's desire for vengeance is replaced by another more important goal when Spanish and his gang kidnap Serene and hold her ransom for the cattle, pitting him and Tom against dangerous odds in a desperate quest to save the woman he loves.
An electronic version of The Tithing Herd was originally published several years ago by the Western Online Press, which has now gone defunct. I'm happy Sundown Press found this story of action, suspense and romance worthy of a new life.
The book will be up for pre-sale of the Kindle version a few days before the release date.