Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Today I am happy to be able to share a recently release book with you, courtesy of Tor Publishing.
Six-Gun Tarot, a Historical Fantasy, released on January 22. I have an feature of the book, an interview with author R.S. Belcher, and a giveaway! 
The Six-Gun TarotGenre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: 1/22/13

Buffy meets Deadwood in a dark, wildly imaginative historical fantasy

Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.

A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.

Interview with R.S. Belcher
Describe The Six-Gun Tarot, Twitter-style.
R.S.: The Six-Gun Tarot is a genre-bending fantasy set in the wild west of 1869.  It has horror, steampunk and black humor.  It’s been likened to “Buffy meets Deadwood”.  
What was your inspiration for the story?
RS: I got the idea for Six-Gun from a lot of sources that kind of percolated in my brain for years.  Old western movies, like High Plains Drifter and television shows like Twin Peaks. Authors like Roger Zelazny, H.P Lovecraft, Larry McMurtry and Tony Hillerman The basic idea was to create a town in the old west at the edge of a wasteland that was a lighthouse, a beacon for the best and the worst of humanity and for all manner of weirdness. That town became Golgotha, and is really a major character in the book.

There is a lot going on in Six-Gun Tarot. How did you keep it all in order while you were writing
RS:  Sometimes the number of ideas that pop up can be distracting for me; I want to get it all in there! I would write a summary of the chapter and hit the high points I wanted to make sure I made in the chapter just before I wrote the chapter.  It helped keep me focused.
I'm guessing you're a fan of "Western" fiction. Do you have a favorite book/series in that genre?
RS:  I like most of the stuff by Larry McMurtry and Tony Hillerman. I also love Robert Parker’s westerns and pretty much everything else he wrote.

Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
RS: (Hahahahaha) God, I wish I did. I am getting more disciplined to time management as the demands are increasing on me to write more stuff.  I like music –like trance or classical to listen to while I write.
What book (besides your own, of course) do you wish everyone would read?
RS:  I think the poetry of Rumi is very powerful and has good things to whisper in your ear.  I love William Goldman’s the Princess Bride- it’s is like really good soup when your heart is sick. Just READ- there is so much wonder and beauty and magic out there- fill your brain!

What message would you like for readers to get from Six-Gun Tarot?
RS:  Thank you.  Thank you for the kind words, for enjoying my book and for expressing a desire to read more stories from Golgotha.  It means more to me than you can ever know, or that I can express.  Just, thank you very, very much.

About the author:
R.S. BelcherRod Belcher won the grand prize in the Strange New Worlds SF-writing contest. He runs Cosmic Castle, a comic book shop in Roanoke, Virginia.
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  1. Wow. This looks like a very unique story. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This sounds interesting and I enjoyed the interview.

  3. This sounds really interesting. Great interview. Thanks for sharing hon!

  4. "Buffy meets Deadwood..." <-- ERRMAHGERD that right there has me salivating to read Six-Gun Tarot!! And the cover!! The cover looks so bad-assery. I. MUST. HAVE.

  5. The cover is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Loved the interview and the author looks like he enjoys a good he single?

  7. Sounds interesting and I love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. sounds like a book i would read.....then share with my younger cousins!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!!

  9. I didn't care for Westerns as a kid, but these Fantasy Westerns coming out now sound really interesting, this one included.

  10. Every time I see the description of this one I wonder why I haven't read it yet. Sounds like too much fun.


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