Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Too Long at the Dance

Too Long at the Dance

The sequel to 'Shortgrass Song'

Mike Blakely

Forge Books




Mike Blakely again takes us on the trail with cowboy musician Caleb Holcomb. Caleb now becomes embroiled in Wyoming's Johnson County War, the Arapaho uprisings, the West's bloody cattle wars, the great cattle drives, and the wild, lawless land rushes that settled the Indian Territory.

Through it all Caleb finds music, friends, and wonderful women. But will he ever settle down with Amelia Holcomb, his brother's widow, the only woman he's ever loved? Or will he stay too long at the dance?

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Caleb rubbed his trigger finger smoothly around the inside of the glass lantern chimney, a black smudge of soot collecting on his callused digit. Peering wide-eyed into the tarnished mirror held to the wall with horseshoe nails,...


Praise for Too Long at the Dance

“Crisp, enticing....Highly recommended.” —American Cowboy

“The only formula here is talent. Blakely is a superb storyteller in the gritty tradition of Elmer Kelton and Benjamin Capps, and this is one of those Western novels with an unmistakably genuine spirit and style.” —Books of the Southwest

“Plenty of good-guy-bad-guy action, a poignant love story, and an unerring sense of contemporary detail make this historical novel sing.” —Texas Monthly

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About the author

Mike Blakely

A native of Texas, Mike Blakely grew up working on the family ranch. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former president of Western Writers of America and has taught fiction writing at numerous workshops nationwide. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel. Also a singer/songwriter, Blakely tours all over the U.S. and in Europe with his band and records his original songs on his own independent record label. He currently lives on his horse ranch near Marble Falls, Texas.

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