Happy Birthday BitsA, from La Almosta Rancho

Family, Friends, and Fans,

Happy Birthday Ornery and Slim of BitsA! I can hardly believe it myself, but I am happy to announce that my second novel, “The Old West Adventures of Ornery and Slim – Back in the Saddle Again” (BitsA), is one year old today, having gone live on December 8th 2010 while I was down in San Antonio, Texas to launch the brand new read. I truly wish to thank all of you who have shared in this most marvelous year with Ornery and Slim with me.

Published in: on December 8, 2011 at 8:15 am  Leave a Comment  

Spoiled here at La Almosta Rancho

A Holiday Howdy Pards,

I count myself blessed by twice from the response I have received in my request for the support of a close author friend, Kipling Peterson and his brand new novel, BOUNCER, due on this Wednesday (11/30/11) at Amazon.com. I often share with folks who ask, that I have not a large fan base at Ornery and Slim, but I have a fan base that is as loyal as any published author could ever actually hope for. As I promised you all earlier, I won’t be recommending many authors now or in the future, and many I could recommend, true. Kip is my sole novelist recommendation because I believe in who he is and what he does, and for the way he does it. He and his family have been marvelous friends to the Ornery and Slim franchise since my early days. So I do not at all mind supporting him, while I return the favor to another budding writer-gone-published. Kip, who now resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming is no stranger to Alaska, having lived in the Fairbanks area for a number of years, and knowing how we live it out here in the Last Frontier. I always so enjoy hangin’ my hat at his place when my trail wonders me through that part of Wyoming Cow~boy Country. A better friend you will not find.

Again, I thank you for supporting me, in supporting Kipling Peterson and his BOUNCER. You make me plum proud ta call ya’ pards fer dis favor ta my request dats ya’ve answered.  All the best to you and yours this holiday season.


In full cowman gratitude,


Published in: on November 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Thanksgiving From La Almosta Rancho

Greeting Dearest Pards,

In this week that marks for us all, by grace, the start of the holiday season – 2011, I desire to share a heartfelt thanks to you for your blessings shown me, and to Ornery and Slim, this past year. Now I wish to offer you my best in this Thanksgiving time, this being that nationally celebrated holiday proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in November of 1863, and it now coming down the years to us today, still. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Cordially grateful to all of you,


Published in: on November 21, 2011 at 9:13 am  Leave a Comment  

Hot off the wire from La Almosta Rancho

Howdy pards,

Today, November 20th, marks the countdown of thirty days until the Fairbanks, Alaska, Barnes & Noble Cow~boy Christmas book signing event. I ask all of you to come join me in the flesh and/or in spirit, as we wind up the week before Christmas with a truly blessed and fun filled gathering. I shall say more of this event as it gets closer. Thanks!

My thank you to the San Antonio, Texas O&S fans whom so cordially invited me to come be with them during Thanksgiving-2011. I am hoping I can come in 2012 to spend time with ya’ll.

Just an update, I am making slow but steady progress in the recovery of the six chapters of T-Trail (third novel, The Trail Never Ends) that went skyward to Terabyte heaven. I am hoping to have the manuscript back on track by the First of January. Again, my thanks to Justin, my son-in-law, and to Miss Lady Caity, my project editor, for their help in getting my computers, and my game plan for recovery put together and served.

With much joy, I am pleased to announce that illustrator, Mister Jonathan Harrison has official signed on with the T-Trail project. I have already issued two of the ten storybook sketches so that he can start what should be a very welcome addition to the new novel. Don’t forget to check out his link on my website (www.montanakidhammer.com) to view his artwork from the second novel, Back in the Saddle Again.

Having received fan queries about what awaits them, via Ornery and Slim, in the forthcoming two novels, and attempting not to spoil the plots of either future manuscript, just yet. I can share some news with you. In The Trail Never Ends, a character often referred to in the first two franchise novels comes to the O U T Spread to be met by the ranch, and by you reader. I hope you will enjoy this novel angle. For you Civil War fans, while we Americans revel in the four years that make up the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary years of American’s most defining event to date, I have been researching so as to write and provide for you a few bits of that war, as shared by some of the characters in my books in reference to that martial event. I pray you will not be terribly disappointed that I did not recount the whole war in these next two books. Please remember that this series was/is written to honors those war survivors (Mr. Tucker, Cap’n Stewart, Ornery, and a host more) and other individuals in that period of our nation that celebrates the American Cow~boy West, in the time when America was on the cusp of becoming a new world power within one hundred years of the Declaration of Independence. Oh, and yes, there will be weddings, love interests, babies, and family, by expansion, before the fourth novel, The Brand New O U T is finally finished, read and done. Bear with me as I do my top hand cowman best to craft these historical-fiction tomes for you.

As always, send me your questions and/or your comments as they relate to your two favorite Wyoming Territory cowmen and their many friends. Constantly pray for me as I craft for you.

Cowman cordially,


Published in: on November 20, 2011 at 9:09 am  Comments (1)  

Sad News From La Almosta Rancho

Dear Ornery and Slim fans, and friends,

I write to you today with a heavy heart as I share with you that a dear fan of the O&S franchise, “Utah Barbara” (Barbara Abbott) passed away on Thursday, November 8th, 2011. She is the first fan, to my knowledge, to pass on from this life of Ornery and Slim, and more. My heart and prayers go out to her family for their great loss this month. Thank you for permitting to share these words with you. I shall share more with you very soon.

Go good,


Published in: on November 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm  Leave a Comment