Emory Vargas on A Hard Ride Home ~ Excerpt, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: A Hard Ride Home

Author: Emory Vargas

Publisher: Less Than Three Press


Genre: Western


It’s hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon. But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett’s troubles.

Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett’s father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town-and on Jesse?

One of the challenges of writing a Western was the dialogue and slang. I didn’t want to go completely over the top with it, but I wanted the dialogue to have the feel of a real Western. It helped to have read many books in the genre as a teen, but I still had to do loads of research while writing A Hard Ride Home.

Here are some hilarious Western slang terms that ended up on the cutting room floor before the book made it to print.

A hog-killin’ time: A really good time. Aren’t you tempted to call your next party a hog-killin’ time? It has a nice ring to it. Actually no, it doesn’t. It’s gross.

Best bib and tucker: These are your Sunday best, so to speak. In A Hard Ride Home, no one spends much time in nice clothes, but I also had a feeling this would lead to a lot of head scratching if I used it.

Calaboose: The local jailhouse is featured prominently in A Hard Ride Home. In fact, Jesse spends the first chapter locked up for being drunk in the street. I refrained from calling it the calaboose. Crowbar hotel is also slang for jailhouse.

Get the mitten: This means to be denied or jilted by your lover. It makes me think of kittens. Or kitten mittens. I didn’t use it.

Grab the apple: To grab onto the horn of your saddle when your horse is hauling ass. I did try to use it. My editor said no. I can see why.

Owl hoot: This is a hilarious word for outlaw. Plenty of outlaws pepper A Hard Ride Home, but they didn’t earn this wonderful title.

Pecker pole: This means a sapling. Get your head out of the gutter!

See the elephant: This means to head into town where the action is. I think it’s a really neat phrase. Most of the action in A Hard Ride home takes place in town, so no one really hard to go see the elephant.

Sound on the goose: This means to be trustworthy or reliable. I’m afraid of geese, as any wise person should be.

About the Author

Emory Vargas enjoys writing about tentative first time sexual encounters and amorous cephalopods, though not always at the same time.


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12 thoughts on “Emory Vargas on A Hard Ride Home ~ Excerpt, Rafflecopter Giveaway

  1. I remember when I was really young watching the TV shows Bonanza and High Chaparral that were on, on Saturday afternoons and also the really old John Wayne films. Loved “Firefly” of course such a shame they didn’t make more episodes.

  2. Wow! I did not know any of that slang. Certainly I would get lost in a conversation with a Western slang user… Thank you for the enlightening post 😉
    By the way, I just remember a tv show, Bonanza. I used to enjoy it

  3. I loved Rawhide as a child for a TV show. I love most Clint Eastwood and a lot of later John Wayne westerns as well. One of my all time favorites is Pale Rider.

  4. I don’t really read or watch old westerns. I mean I did watch Firefly and enjoyed it but that was more sci-fi then western, lol.

  5. I don’t read much western as I maybe should, so I guess Firefly will have to do this time.

    I bet this book was challenging to write, maybe you should try doing a pirate book with pirate slang too! 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway

  6. I like some of the old spaghetti westerns, but living in Australia means we rarely get the chance to see them on our TV screens. When I read Westerns, I have to read originals off fictionpress because we can’t buy them over here.
    Congratulations on the fantastic book!!

  7. The best Western movie ever is Once Upon a Time in the West by Sergio Leone from 1968. Actors Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda and Claudia Cardinale. Loved it 🙂

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