BOOK REVIEW: VENGEANCE ROAD (ARC)

“You gotta be quicker than quick, ace high, the best.”

SUMMARY (DON’T YOU ALL HAVE IT MEMORIZED BY NOW?)

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

MY THOUGHTS

PLOT: Thank you, thank you, THANK you, Erin Bowman, for writing a truly diverse YA novel. When you try to find a Wild West YA novel, the closest you can really get is Blood Red Road by Moira Young, or maybe a few others that I can’t think of that aren’t really the Wild West- they just encompass the feel. But Vengeance Road is authentic to the core, from the characters to the perfectly detailed landscape of Arizona. Kate is bent on vengeance of the gang that killed her Pa, and that theme carries through the book. Unlike many heroines out for revenge, Kate doesn’t get sidetracked by boys or fear or doubts in herself. She’s got one goal, and that goal is to kill the man who killed her father. The plot only thickens- no, really, it does get thicker-  with the addition of Liluye to their group and then a surprise new character turning the tables. There’s a few HUGE twists near the end of the book which I won’t spoil for you, and it was AWFUL, but in a good way, because it made the book that much more realistic- no one escapes unscathed. I use these gifs a lot, I think, but it’s very apt.

Really, that part also made me ‘George Michael’

Anyway, the plot was absolutely delicious- lost gold and revenge and all kinds of cowboy action, just my style. I’ll be rereading soon with my HC, no doubt.

CHARACTERS: Another A+ for Erin on this count. What I loved most about Kate, first of all, was that she wasn’t afraid to die. She didn’t track down the gang with any expectation of coming away unscathed in some miracle- she was ready to die, and whether that was foolish or not, it’s up to us individually to decide. But it added so much depth to the story- you could focus on what was happening, rather than all her insecurities, because she didn’t have any past wondering if she would be able to find the Rose Riders at all. She didn’t want the gold, she didn’t want the fame- she just wanted to avenge her father, and that was it. She’s fantastic- all fire and just the kind of gritty heroine that a western novel needs, without being mannish. She’s still a girl, after all, with feelings and emotions, and I related to her really well.

The Colton Brothers, Jesse and Will, were absolutely swoon worthy. Cowboys are my number 1, and to have TWO of them in this book made my day. I loved the dynamic between the two, and even with that huge surprise at the end, it still only made the feelings more real. And broke my heart. Anyway, in case you were wondering, there isn’t a love triangle, which I was a little bit worried about, to be honest. But there wasn’t, and the romance is slow-building and real and you just get those squiggly feelings inside you whenever there’s a glimpse. I actually think I might have liked Will more than Jesse, just because…well, I don’t know about that. They’re both fabulous, and I don’t know if I could pick one or the other because they’re so wound up in each others’ personalities.

The villains were ruthless and mercenary, just like you would expect from an outlaw gang. I appreciated the distinction they were given, and the fact that Waylan Rose wasn’t some mist that they were chasing- he was real, and he appeared many times, and he was stronger than Kate.

The rest of the characters that you only glimpse for a few moments- Liluye (linked above), Jacob Waltz, and others, really added to the dimension of the novel.They were strong presences, especially Liluye, and though they didn’t stay long in the novel, you were left with a clear picture of who they were when they were mentioned again, even in passing.

WHAT TO WATCH: I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers- while it isn’t graphic, per se, there’s some scenes that might be upsetting to a younger audience. There is language throughout, words that the gunslingers of old used frequently, and it lends to the authentic feel of the story. Other than that, this book is a great read, and for the right reader, it could easily break into a favorites list.

OVERALL: Five stars. I loved this book. I do wish that the ending felt less abrupt- there was a lot going on, and it seemed like it could have been drawn out into more of the book. Especially the final, most important plot twist was a little bit abrupt and unexpected- I would have liked to see hints of that more through the book. Maybe I did and I just missed it- I was sick yesterday when I read it. But I really did love everything else about this book, and I would recommend it to everyone, not just those who love Westerns.

Thanks to HMH and NetGalley for my ARC of Vengeance Road, released September 1, 2015!

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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YOUR EXCITING OPPORTUNITY

YOU HEARD IT EARLIER

I told you in my Vengeance Road release post that later today you would be notified of a HUGE opportunity, and now is that time! The amazingly cool Susan Dennard has put together an awesome contest to showcase Vengeance Road in the wild. It’s called the VENGEANCE ROAD ROUNDUP!

This is a US only giveaway, and the link to the original post and rules can be reached through clicking the logo (right above!) or by clicking the link highlighted here. 

I’m so excited to see everyone’s pictures of Vengeance Road anywhere they can be found, and I’ll be sharing my own on my twitter (@rosieposiekayla). You can find all the pictures by searching #VRRoundup on any social media site! Can’t wait to see everyone’s creative pics! The winner will be chosen randomly, so if you don’t think you’re creative, that’s okay! We just want everyone to be aware of the Vengeance Road sightings and to be excited to see it out and about!

VENGEANCE ROAD: IT’S HERE!

VENGEANCE ROAD RELEASES TODAY!

If you didn’t remember, or you’ve been living under a rock, today, September 1st, is the day Vengeance Road is released into the wild! HOORAY! The review is forthcoming- I haven’t quite finished it yet. But believe me, you’ll want to get your hands on this as soon as you can! This is a rarity among YA novels, both in setting and in quality, and I can already recommend it to anyone with a taste for, well, books. SO, without further ado, congratulations to Erin Bowman and WELCOME TO VENGEANCE ROAD!

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SUMMARY:

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

I’M ALSO INCLUDING A TEASER TUESDAY

As part of the street team for VR, I have been given a teaser every week, and these two sentences are two of my favorites from closer to the end of the book. I know that traditionally, a Teaser Tuesday is a random quote, but it’s hard to find a random page in my computer-only copy! So here are two amazing sentences that I think really do encompass the feel of the book.

 You gotta be quicker than quick, ace high, the best.

Far too soon, the sun begins to rise.

There’s nothing quite like some dramatic sentences to get you excited for a new novel. I’ve been in a hardcore slump lately, and I really think Vengeance Road could be the one to bring me out of it. We’ll see, anyway! But everyone should definitely check it out, and stay tuned for AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY later today!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SWAG

SO THIS IS THE DEAL

love swag. Book swag, they call it. By which ‘they’ (authors, other book people, everyone) mean book-promoting items that are not books themselves. Book swag is sent to people for various reasons by various means- signed cover prints, bookmarks, buttons, stickers, etc. Really anything related to a particular book that is not the book itself. This week, I received my FIRST EVER book swag. It’s amazing.

     Okay, it’s not a great picture. There’s a glare everywhere, but I think you all get the point. This is really one of the most exciting things of my life- and now I realized that I’ve lied by telling you that I hadn’t received any other swag. I did-  the wonderful Katie McGarry sent her fans some great bookmarks and ribbons just for being fans.

     But to me, this is much more personal.

LET ME TELL YOU WHY

  This swag comes as a result of a very special initiative that I’m involved in, for a very special book. That’s right, you guessed it- Vengeance Road. I’m so, so excited for this book. I have it on my computer for ARC August and I cannot WAIT to get into it. Gritty, dangerous, and totally real, it’s exactly what I want- a YA Western.

    So yes, I’m part of the Vengeance Road Posse, the street team for this very excellent book. In June, I was one of the most enthused about it and I won that gorgeous signed cover print- and for being on the team, I received everything else pictured. Two really neat stickers and a bookmark, which is AMAZING. I love bookmarks SO MUCH. And now, here is the story of receiving this swag, one gif at a time.

MADE IT ON THE STREET TEAM

FOUND OUT WE’RE GETTING SWAG

IF WE TALKTALKTALK ABOUT VENGEANCE ROAD, WE COULD GET MORE SWAG

JUNE

You:

Me: (except, instead of Java, VR)

WINNING:

RECEIVING PRINT:

ONE WEEK LATER RECEIVING STREET TEAM SWAG PACK:

That last one pretty much says it all. I’ve been in fangirl mode ever since, and I will continue to fangirl mode until I’m told to stop on pain of death. So get excited, everyone!!!! Get some swag for yourself by preordering- but hurry! The offer only lasts until July 31st!

Here’s the link: Click here!!

Also, in case you missed it, here’s some more info about Vengeance Road:

Erin Bowman’s Author Spotlight

Waiting on Wednesday: Vengeance Road

The Character Reveals:

Kate Thompson

The Colton Brothers

The Rose Riders

Liluye

Jacob Waltz

The Reveal Recap

The book trailer (it’s seriously SO good)

Or Erin Bowman’s Twitter– for all the latest updates!

I know you all don’t blame me for being excited- because you’ve all felt this situation!

LET’S

GET

PUMPED! 

I love you all. Thanks for reading. Post a comment 😉

VENGEANCE ROAD REVEAL: RECAP

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»

DO YOU THINK YOU’RE READY?

The days are passing quickly, sun rising, sun setting. Are you ready for Vengeance Road?

I knew you would think so. Well, you’re not ready until you’ve checked out each and every character reveal that has been posted, and you won’t be ready if you don’t keep up! So here they are from my blog (and each post has a link to the source).

Meet Kate Thompson
Meet Jesse and Will Colton
Meet the Rose Riders
Meet Liluye
Meet Jacob Waltz

Stay tuned, because next week we’ve got a special treat on the way- an opportunity to strike gold when it comes to Vengeance Road! Or, if you’d like to know now, follow me on Twitter by clicking that link. I’ll be periodically posting links, promos, and prizes that Erin is providing because she’s such a cool person!

SO HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS, COWBOYS AND COWGIRLS.

VENGEANCE HAS ARRIVED.

VENGEANCE ROAD REVEAL: JACOB WALTZ

I’VE FINALLY GOT THIS ONE FOR YOU

I know it’s extraordinarily late, but I’ve finally gotten the time (barely) to show you all the last Vengeance Road character revealed last week. This is Jacob Waltz, and here’s what Erin sees for him, via her tumblr:

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }Introducing Jacob WaltzA German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. ;)Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / via / Caleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007) / Jeff VanugaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 5 of 5 }

Introducing Jacob Waltz

A German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?

Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. 😉


Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Michael Petrizzo / me! / viaCaleb Kuhl / still from The Golden Compass (2007)Jeff Vanuga

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

WHY HE’S COOL

There’s nothing better than a rumbling old man full of tall tales that may not be so tall. It adds an element of depth and a wondering to your mind while your reading- Could it be at all true? We won’t know until we read it. Stay tuned for more Vengeance Road goodies, and some other fun posts this week.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Meet Kate Thompson

Meet the Colton Brothers

Meet the Rose Riders

Meet Liluye

VENGEANCE ROAD REVEAL: LILUYE

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER REVEAL

I’m so sorry that this one comes just about in time for tomorrow. It’s been a crazy day, and my weekend is going to be crazy, too (so my Monday Author may come late, too). But I’m here for a moment, and today we get to know Liluye, an Apache Indian girl who plays a part in Vengeance Road. Here’s what Erin’s vision is, taking from her tumblr (source below):

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }Introducing LiluyeSeparated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / viaYou can also check out my pinterest board for my visual inspiration -»

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 4 of 5 }

Introducing Liluye

Separated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.

Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.


Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: via Boston Public Library / Chad Wagner / Sherri Cavalier / Sasha Darling / via

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

Source: erinbowman

ANOTHER PUZZLE PIECE IN PLACE

I didn’t know that this was a character at all, and I love that it adds yet another angle, another dynamic, another person to add to her unintentional entourage. I love that she’s got this potential for so much of the Native American culture to shine through, like the Sacagawea to Kate’s Lewis or Clark, a guide through the wild. I’m really excited to see what part she plays (and I hope there’s an awesome brave searching for her!), so this is a really inspiring reveal for me. I can’t wait until tomorrow to see our final character photoset!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Meet Kate Thompson

Meet the Colton Brothers

Meet the Rose Riders

VENGEANCE ROAD REVEAL: THE ROSE RIDERS

THE BAD GUYS ARE HERE

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

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HOLD ONTO YOUR GUNS

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

VENGEANCE ROAD REVEAL: JESSE & WILL COLTON

EVERY COWGIRL’S DREAM

And here they are: the boys we’ve been waiting for! Jesse and Will arrive early in the story and there’s a lot of unknowns when it comes to them. Who are they? What’s their game? Are they friend or foe? And the biggest question of all: Who’s going to steal your heart, nevermind Kate’s. Here’s Erin’s take on the brothers. (And remember, everything from the first picture down to the bold Source is from Erin’s tumblr, not my words).

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»
Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }Introducing Jesse and Will ColtonAlways looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow. Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story. Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004) / still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)You can also check out my pinterest board for more of my visual inspiration -»

Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 2 of 5 }

Introducing Jesse and Will Colton

Always looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow.

Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy cultureEven though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story.


Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: still from Love’s Enduring Promise (2004)/ still from Lonesome Dove (1989) / still from American Outlaws (2001) / Howard Folsom / AZ Chaps / Porsteinn Ingibergsson / Richard Prince / still from The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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

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IT REMINDS ME OF A SONG

“Cain’t you feel ma heart palpitatin’ and thumpin’, a-waitin’ fer somethin’, something good from you?” That song’s from Oklahoma, a cowboy musical near and dear to me. That’s what I thought of when this set of images appeared on my tumblr, as well as when I first read about Jesse and Will (Jesse especially- be still, my heart!) because every girl loves a cowboy at some point in their lives. And my darling Vengeance Road has TWO. If Kate’s tenacity and independence didn’t catch your fancy, surely a team of brothers who couldn’t be more different, but both in search of a way to keep their family alive, will do the trick. Check out Erin’s Tumblr for more Vengeance Road goodies, and stay tuned this week for the rest of the character reveals- one a day (Unless some magic like this happens again and Erin decides we deserve- amazingly- more than one at a time)!

In case you missed it: Meet Kate Thomspon

VENGEANCE ROAD REVEAL: KATE THOMPSON

IT’S HERE, EVERYONE

Today marked the start of the Character Reveal week for Vengeance Road, by the stupendous Erin Bowman! Every day this week she’ll be revealing inspiration and photos for one of five main characters in her upcoming novel. Today, it’s Kate Thompson, the main character and feistiest gal this side of the Mississippi. Without further ado, here she is, direct from Erin’s tumblr with a short bio as well!

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Meet the Cast of Vengeance Road  { 1 of 5 }

Introducing Kate Thompson

Disguised as a boy, Kate takes to the plains looking to avenge her father’s murder. When she discovers he was killed for a journal revealing the location of a gold mine, Kate presses on despite the warning that “gold makes monsters of men.”

Fun Fact: The first line of Vengeance Road came to me in the shower (it’s remained unchanged since then!) and it had a stilted, rough quality to it. It didn’t take me long to realize that this was Kate’s voice and that the story demanded to be told in her dialect. (For those wary of novels written in dialect, I’ve heard from a bunch of early readers who said it took only a few pages to get used to Kate’s narration. Fingers crossed you’ll be the same!)


Photo credits from left to right, top to bottom: Devyn Galindo / Raphael Mazzucco / still from The Professionals (1966) / unknown (I searched high and low and couldn’t find the original source for this but it is SO perfect I had to include it. If anyone knows the artist/source, please let me know) / Chad Copress / Antique Arms Inc / Rush Zimmerman

Source: Erin’s Tumblr

ISN’T SHE GORGEOUS? 

That wold spitfire- she’s not scared of anything, and she doesn’t let anyone break her down. Even in the face of tragedy, she stays strong and carries on. I think she’s one of the strongest heroines I’ve ever met, and I’m proud to be part of this initiative to make her known! As a little girl, I dreamed of being just like Kate- a Wild West cowgirl who could shoot straighter than any boy and who could ride like the wind. Basically, I wanted to be an outlaw, but that’s neither here nor there. So when I first read about this heroine who takes matters into her own hands and doesn’t let some man tell her what to do or how to live, I was in love, and that little girl in me started screaming ‘THIS IS THE BOOK YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR!’ The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater was also great for that, but this book speaks to everyone who ever wanted to ride bareback through the wild Arizona desert, dodging rattlesnakes and bullets. Check it out, everyone, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s reveal! (Hopefully Jesse! <333)