Friday, February 13, 2015

Radcon boom and bust

Sigh. I so wanted to be at Radcon in Pasco, Washington this weekend. Everything was lined up, I was starting to feel good enough to go, and wham! Along comes some sort of intestinal distress that took a week to blow through and left me feeling...not good. So I must forego the pleasure of seeing friends and fans at a very fun con and stay home.


My publisher says I can still use the special promo coupons for my books that were to be handed out at Radcon. So, you don't have to attend either to get the 25% off. That applies to both e-books and print, and I am happy to say that all of my books from Sky Warrior Press are now available in either format.

Go to the Radcon Special page.
Use code RADCON25 to get 25% off e-books.
Use code CKXK4FGY for trade paperbacks. 
Expires: March 1, 2015

And there you go! No matter whether you're in the area or not, you can still share the spoils. And if you're attending, have fun for me!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Little Equine Tidbit for Serious Writers

On this slow Superbowl Sunday (sorry, an endeavor in which I have only a passing interest), I just wanted to post a good resource. A while back someone mentioned that more posts about horses used for cavalry would be welcome, so I would like to share an excellent book I'm currently reading. First published in 1895, The U.S. Cavalry Horse, by General William H. Carter, is a fantastic book focused not on military tactics but on the horse itself. He talks about what a good cavalry mount needs to look and act like, and why. There is a lot of insight there into why campaigns can go wrong, mistakes made by various cavalry commanders, and how easy it is to lose the war before it ever begins due to ignorance of horses.

On a side note, I was tickled to discover that his photos of "ideal" cavalry horses are beasties directly related to my own Saddlebreds in the past. He even notes them as Saddle Horses, and they are of Denmark and Highland breeding--direct ancestors of Kalup and Vixen and Vixen's full brother, The Highland Fox. Their conformation is very typical old-time Saddlebred, and is one reason that Saddlebreds were the first choice of the Forest Service for decades for use in the back country, and were long a favorite of endurance riders. Far from being the show-ring hotbloods that most people think they are, they were bred for long days under saddle and the maximum comfort of the rider.

So, if you want authenticity in your historical setting, take a gander at this book to understand what could make your mythical campaign (in any era) go wrong or right when it comes to the horses themselves. It could even come down to your hero dismissing the mount he's offered as being unsuitable--and now you'll know why.