Here they are, everyone! We’ve been waiting to meet the villains of this novel (Vengeance Road, obviously) for a while now, and your wishes have been granted! The Rose Riders are the meanest outlaws around and they’re merciless- see how Erin portrays them, reposted from her tumblr account (link below). And then see why I love them as the villains of the story.

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 3 of 5 }

Introducing the Rose Riders

Led by the ruthless Waylan Rose, this infamous gang preys on Arizona’s stagecoach lines. According to Jesse, Rose is the “meanest hog in the Territory” and doesn’t spare anyone–not even women or children–when gold is at stake.

Fun Fact: Outlaw bands of the late 1800s and early 1900s tended to take the name of their boss (eg: the Dalton Gang) or something more descriptive (eg: the Wild Bunch). For the villains of Vengeance Road, I wanted to do both. I also wanted to play with imagery, giving these very vicious men a somewhat beautiful icon. Then again, rose thorns can definitely draw blood…

Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: promo art for Call of Jaurez: Gunslinger / David Trout / Larry Cowles / McCain Photography / still from 3:10 to Yuma (2007) / Azrael LaVolpe

You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration



Everyone’s going to fall in love with these bad guys. They’re not secretly soft, they don’t have a tendency to good, and they’re not merciful just because you have a sob story. They’re ultra-bad-guys, and Kate shows her gumption when she deals with them- no mercy, no regrets, only cold hard vengeance.

I love her.

A lot of times, there’s some redeeming quality about a villain or some sad backstory to make them more relatable, more sympathetic, but so far (as far as I’ve read) these guys are just bad, and that makes this a clear-cut bad guy- no tortured souls to be redeemed.

I’ll look really silly if they all turn into kind and merciful men.

I hope you enjoyed this newest Vengeance Road Reveal, and keep a lookout for Kate’s adventure hitting shelves September 1st, 2015 from HMH!

In Case You Missed It: 

Meet Kate Thompson

Meet the Colton brothers


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