Monday, April 9, 2018

A special Visit from Mark Warren-ADOBE MOON!










It is 1862. With his older brothers fighting in the war, Wyatt Earp is left to manage the family's Iowa farm under his father's iron rule. These years of labor produce in him an ambition to seek his fortunes by his wits rather than by the sweat of his back. The open territory to the west, he knows, offers that opportunity. On his way to California he meets a beguiling Mexican girl, who tells him of the "adobe moon," a rusty-hued orb that reminds a man: If you do not achieve your dreams, you must settle for what you have. Wyatt rejects this idea, but it haunts him nevertheless, as he takes odd jobs, becomes a constable in a small Missouri town, and ultimately sinks into a depression where the line of ethics blur. Fed up with his self-made squalor, he returns to the West for a second chance at a proper life, and in a Kansas cattle town he comes face to face with his salvation...and his destiny as a lawman with his own iron rule.






From Gary Roberts
“It is plain Mark Warren knows Wyatt Earp’s story.  He has researched it long enough, deep enough, and well enough to know it in ways that few others do. Adobe Moon is an absorbing read.  Understated, direct, yet somehow reflective and even philosophical, it is easy to forget that this is a novel about an American legend.  And that makes it all the more satisfying in the end.  In the restless ramblings of the young Wyatt Earp, Warren found clues to the man Earp would be.  I will be looking forward to the continuing odyssey of the very human Wyatt Earp he is revealing.  For now, I have much to ponder as a result of reading Adobe Moon.”
~ Dr. Gary Roberts, Emeritus Professor of History, Abraham Baldwin College, author of Doc Holliday, the Life and Legend, Wiley and Sons, 2006.
Casey Tefertiller
“Warren stays close to history, adding the emotion and sensitivities that we can only wish we actually knew. This wonderfully written work makes readers feel almost as if they are sitting next to Wyatt on that brothel barge on the Illinois River, enjoying the treats of the time. Historical fiction can be a delight, and Warren delivers.”
~ Casey Tefertiller, author of Wyatt Earp, the Life Behind the Legend, Wiley and Sons, 1997, quoted from Wild West magazine, Oct. 2017

From Peter Brand
“Mark Warren captures the essence of Wyatt Earp’s formative years in this beautifully crafted narrative. Adobe Moon transports the reader to the early western frontier that shaped the legendary lawman’s character and delivers a rollicking tale – entertaining and truly informative.”

~ Peter Brand, author of The Story of Texas Jack Vermillion (2012)




 

BIO
Mark Warren
 
Mark Warren grew up in College Park near Atlanta, Georgia and is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Chemistry/Pre-med. Following undergraduate college work Mark pursued music composition and arrangement at Georgia State University, while performing original works in various concerts, scoring plays for The Academy Theater and having his suite The Once and Future King performed by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 

At Medicine Bow, his school in the Southern Appalachians, he teaches nature classes and survival skills of the Cherokees. The National Wildlife Federation named him Georgia’s Conservation Educator of the Year in 1980. In 1998 Mark became the U.S. National Champion in whitewater canoeing, and in 1999 he won the World Championship Longbow title.

Mark has written extensively about nature for magazines, including: 
Guernica, Blue Ridge Highlander, North Georgia Journal, and Georgia Backroads. 

Mark is a lifelong student of Native American History and Survival Skills, and Western History with a special focus on Wyatt Earp.

His published books include: 
Two Winters in a Tipi (Lyons Press, 2012), a memoir
Secrets of the Forest (Waldenhouse Publishing, 2016), a 4-volume series on nature/survival
Adobe Moon (Five Star Publishing, 2017), an historical novel and first in the trilogy Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey

Born to the Badge (Five Star, 2018), an historical novel and second in the trilogy Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey

Book Awards include:
1.) 2012 Great Southeast Book Festival – 2nd Place Two Winters in a Tipi 
2.) 2013 Southwest Writers Annual Competition – 3rd Place Adobe Moon 
3.) 2013 Great Midwest Book Festival – honorable mention Adobe Moon 
4.) 2015 Great Midwest Book Festival – 2nd Place Song of the Horseman (Seeking Publication)
5.) 2015 London Book Festival – 1st Place Photographic Memory (Seeking Publication)

Mark lives with his wife, Susan, in Dahlonega, Georgia.








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