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.

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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

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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

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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: 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)