I’m proud to announce that my epic tale of the Lewis & Clark expedition, Lewis & Clark: Adventures West, is now available as an ebook! If you have a kid in school who needs to do a report on American history, or you just want to experience the adventure for yourself, this is the book for you.
This ebook has been a long time coming. Originally published in hardcover in 2005, it sold in museums and bookstores across the country during the expedition’s bicentennial celebration, and it was a finalist at the 17th Annual Minnesota Book Awards.
Because the 192-page book is so design intensive (featuring 187 photos and illustrations, 4 maps, travel tips, glossary, and index), until now it didn’t lend itself well to ebook formatting. But last month Amazon released its “Kindle Textbook Creator” software, which made turning the book into digital ebook format a snap. While I was at it, I updated the text and added more photos for you to enjoy.
To conduct research for this book, I retraced the expedition’s entire journey, from St. Louis all the way to the Pacific Ocean. I took all the contemporary photography, showing you how all the major expedition sites look today.
Head on over to Amazon to download. Note that it’s not meant for e-ink devices. It’ll display in gorgeous color on Kindle Fires, plus iPads, Android tablets, and PCs and Macs with the free Kindle app.
For my loyal fans: for the first week, before I widely advertise the book, I’m keeping the price as low as Amazon will allow me to go for such a big file–$2.99. In April, it goes up to its normal list price of $4.99 (still a bargain compared to the $28 hardcover).
Download on Amazon: Lewis & Clark: Adventures West
I’m as happy as a puppy dog with two tails! My book, Battle of Little Bighorn (Abdo Publishing) was named a Spur Award Finalist today by the Western Writers of America. Thanks to my sweetie Sue Hamilton for doing an awesome job of art directing and unearthing some really unique photos. Here’s a little info about the Spur Awards: Western Writers of America
Happy birthday, Yellowstone National Park! One of my favorite places in the world.
Rainbow, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. At the end of a long day hiking and sightseeing, we headed back to our hotel in Cooke City, MT. As we entered Lamar Valley, a late-afternoon thunderstorm descended. I was happy as a lark. Sure enough, at the far eastern end of the valley, only a few miles from the northeast entrance of the park, the storm clouds parted just enough for a shaft of sunlight to peek through. So naturally I screeched to a halt and grabbed my camera.
Very unusual rainbow behavior (at least for this flatlander) to have it suspended in the air that way, and lighting up the hillside. Tough exposure; had to balance the bright hillside with the overwhelming gloom of the sky and mountains. Plus it was raining. Had to crank up the ISO to 800, which made the noise ridiculous. Balancing the color was tricky, too. But I’m still happy with the frame. It’s comforting to know there are still wild places like this left in the world.
I shot this scene shortly after dawn, not long after a mid-summer thunderstorm. Moulton Barn is part of Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. It’s a series of pioneer barns, houses, and stables maintained by the park service. Moulton is especially popular with photographers, what with the Cathedral Group of mountains rising in the background, including Grand, the tallest peak. How many millions of frames have been shot here? It’s hard to find something new to bring to the table, but your editor back home sure expects it.
“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”–Ernest Hemingway