Continuing the series of self-published books and works by new authors, today’s post is a rollicking, shoot-em-up tale of adventure in the Wild West. John A. Aragon and Mary W. Walters are both established writers, and The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid is a collaboration. This blog doesn’t usually feature westerns, but I enjoyed this one so much I had to include it here. You can visit the book’s website at http://donvaliente.com/www.donvaliente.com/Home.html
The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid, John A. Aragon and Mary W. Walters
Self published, 273 pages
After she was discovered in bed with the beautiful Nanette McDane, Rosalind Grundy had to run for her life. Nanette’s husband Jimmy was known to be cruel and violent at the best of times, and Rosalind knew she’d be gunned down or lynched once Jimmy got word of what she had done. She jumped on a horse as fast as she could, fled the wrath of the McDanes, and found sanctuary in an old chapel outside town. Inside, Roz found a tall, gaunt, ancient caballero praying the rosary, and when McDane’s men caught up with her, the caballero persuaded them to let her live. The caballero then took her under his protection, and mistaking her for a boy, invited her to follow the path of honour by joining his quest to rid New Mexico of the vile evildoers who were polluting the land with their wicked ways. The caballero introduced himself as Don Valiente, and under his tutelage, Roz became the Apache Canyon Kid.
The Adventures of Don Valiente and the Apache Canyon Kid is a fresh update of the Don Quixote story, following the misadventures of Don Valiente and the Kid as they practice The Code of the Caballeros, shield the vulnerable, and seek to bring a trio of bloodthirsty killers to justice. Darkly comic in tone, this steamy, suspenseful, contemporary western is the perfect book to read with a glass of tequila in the blazing summer heat.