What is the Corral about?

Well, simply, it is a place to round-up ideas, thoughts, comments and anything else you may like to hear about. My original intention was to have a forum but the time to manage such a gathering is really beyond me at this stage. But via email I can gather up your input and get it into the Corral.

So, would you like to make comment?

What is your favorite western story, either as a book or a movie?

Want to tell us why?

What are you currently reading, watching or listening to (regardless if it is a Western or not)?

What do you want to see in future Western stories (grit or romance, maybe both, gunplay or justice, grim reality or happy endings)?

Anything you would like to see in one of my stories?



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This month will see the release of the third Lee Clinton Black Horse Western, titled The Proclaimers. The 2013 release was to be a book titled Ace, however, that story was knocked back by the publisher, Robert Hale Limited, so The Proclaimers came to life – or should I say, Walter Garfield came into being.

It is 1899 and Walter, who prefers to be called Walt, is an out of work 54 year old ex-marshal with few prospects. By error, he is hired to find and protect a young man, by the name of Justin Roy, who has just had a large reward posted on his head by way of a proclamation.

This peculiar legal instrument has been instigated by a wealth industrialist father who seeks justice through retribution, against Justin Roy, for the death of his son in a small town in Missouri. But like most things in life, the circumstances surrounding the death of his son are never as plain or simple as they seem. His son was shot dead in a drunken quarrel, but Justin Roy was found to be innocent of any wrong doing by a court of law.

The lawyer, and long time friend of the industrialist, who raised the proclamation for the vengeful father, is so incensed with this act that he secretly commissions Walter Garfield to safeguard Justin Roy. He does this as a deed of amity to protect his friend from himself.

Walt readily agrees to take up this case, as he desperately needs the money. The future for this ex-lawman has looked somewhat grim since leaving the Marshal Service, and this might be his last chance to make the money he will need to live out the rest of his life. Trouble is, Walt really has no idea exactly how he is going to protect Justin Roy, even if he is able to find him. But as uncertain as this situation may be, Walter Garfield is now the only person standing between a young man and those proclaimers who are now on a rampage to hunt him down and kill him for the large reward on offer.  

Of course, if Walt Garfield was in the mold of a flawless hero then all around him would be confident in his judgment, but unfortunately Walt is less than perfect. He is abrupt, often cantankerous and tends to drink a little too much. He is also far too quick in judging others. But apart from that, I think that Walt has some endearing traits, although they are often hidden from view. I guess you just have to get to know Walt; after all, he is a practical man of the Old West, where actions speak louder than words.

Maybe, you might like to take a ride with The Proclaimers, which is due out on April 30. I certainly hope so.


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