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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Meet Bret Lee Hart and his "Cracker Westerns"


    Bret Lee Hart

     
I have worked in the field of Marine construction in Tampa Bay, Florida, for twenty three years working on barges setting the piling for docks, boat lifts and Marinas. Working on the intercostal water ways and beaches in the Florida sun is a wonderful thing for a young man, but at the age of forty six the physical labor of building begins to take its toll. Without 401 K’s or retirement packages in the industry and the thought of skin Cancer looming, sometimes you have to think into the future instead of living in the moment.

The housing bubble burst and business slowed to a crawl cutting back on my hours of work by giving me an extra day off during the week, so I set down the fishing pole and beer and opened the laptop. Being a Florida boy and a longtime reader of Louis L’Amour, Cracker Westerns made sense. 



The hero, Hunter James Dolin was born, named after my fourteen year old son, Hunter. The Half-Breed Gunslinger and Hunter James Dolin, the first two books in the series, have been published by Western Trail Blazer and are available in both ebook and print.






The Fangslinger and the Preacher came about from my love for the paranormal and my love of faith, along with Clint Eastwood's spaghetti Westerns and Steven King's, The Dark Tower, Gunslinger series. It will be available soon.
 





I have been with my wife Carrie for twenty years (which is an accomplishment in itself) and have two children. Hunter has recently moved to Utah for a year, a drafted Goalie by the Regulators AAA Hockey team in Salt Lake City. Karlee Dawn is my lovely and talented twenty year old daughter, the artist of the Half-Breed Gunslinger series book covers.      
 





 ~ Novella, YA, Cracker Western ~ In 1860 there was more open range cattle in Florida than in Texas. It took a special breed of man to live there, and an even harder man to survive. Hunter James Dolin, half white and half Indian, was such a man. A gambler by trade and a gunslinger of necessity, Hunter attracted trouble wherever he traveled. But with his two Colt Walkers and Bowie knife, he could handle almost anything. 





http://www.amazon.com/The-Half-Breed-Gunslinger-ebook/dp/B0082XAAH0/
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161734
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-half-breed-gunslinger-bret-lee-hart/1111207104?ean=9781477511152


~ Novella, YA, Cracker Western ~ Spurred by revenge... Gunfights and gold... One man against the odds... Hunter James Dolin survived the revenge war of Myakka, FL, by killing those harming him and his loved ones – all but one. Hunted by the Army, the gunslinger seeks refuge in the swamps. Then word arrives of the location of the one that got away. A new battle of revenge begins as the hunted again becomes the hunter. 



http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-James-Dolin-Half-Breed-Gunslinger/dp/1478292202/ 
http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207414
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hunter-james-dolin-bret-lee-hart/1112297681?ean=9781478292203


My official author bio:
Bret Lee Hart, a second generation Floridian has spent the last twenty five years in Marine construction; he is married and the father of two. His mother’s maiden name is Emerson, as in Ralph Waldo, and on his father’s side Edgar Allen Poe can be found hanging from the family tree. With this blood line of writers and named after Bret Harte, from his western short stories, it was inevitable his imagination would find its way into print. The Half-Breed Gunslinger is the first book of a series, with many other adventures to be unleashed from the storyteller's mind in different genres, including Fantasy and Paranormal.   

Please contact and follow me on my FaceBook page at:
http://www.facebook.com/bretleehart?ref=ts&fref=ts   

15 comments:

  1. HI Bret,
    Thanks for sharing about yourself and your family. I love your writing as it is different from the mainstream. Sounds like you have a wonderful family.
    Can't wait to see The Fangslinger and the Preacher out there.
    Becca

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    1. Thanks Becca for all you do. I do agree with you that I am nowhere near mainstream.

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  2. Nice to meet you, Bret. Enjoyed your post. Caught sight of it on Facebook and I forward the info, too. I love the paranormal and westerns. I can't wait to read The Fangslinger and the Preacher!!

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    1. Nice to meet you, Karen. Thanks for the forward. The Fangslinger and the Preacher has Vampires, a cowboy Preacher, Romanian soldiers and American Indians thrown in for good measure. Six shooters,Bows and arrows,Swords and shotguns, what more could one ask for?

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  3. I'm so glad to meet you, Bret Hart. You are a master, I think. When I took early retirement in 1991 because I was very sick, I spent a lot of time reading--which you can't do while teaching high school students in a military boarding school, raising two kids, and keeping a marriage going. But I read so many Westerns--maybe some of yours--until I switched to something else--Science fiction. Do you know much Science fiction of like old Westerns? Then on to women's fiction, and finally...romance. Where I belong. It's wonderful to have you here--I have four Dime Novels in the Western Trail Blazer. Welcome.

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    1. Thank you Celia, everyone at Trail Blazers has been very nice and I wish all of us great success.

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  4. Bret, I tried to leave a comment and failed. So I'll just say I read your post with interest and wish you success with your books. Linda, a fellow part-time Floridian.

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    1. Thank you Linda, I wish all At Trail Blazers success for we are all traveling in the same wagon.

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  5. Hey, as a young man I lived in Tampa for a few years! Air Force. I stopped reading Westerns many years ago for some reason, but now I'm going to get your book to restart. I like that you're doing a series.

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  6. Thank you for your support Gerald, I hope you enjoy them. I am working on the third book of the series now,The Fangslinger and the Preacher will be out first.Thank you sir for your service.

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  7. Bret, I enjoyed your post and getting to know you better. My daughter has done some of my cover art, too! These stories look very interesting--so you know what that means...they've gotta come on over to my TBR pile.
    Cheryl

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    1. Thanks Cheryl,
      You have been so nice, you were the first to reach out to me when I joined the Trail Blazer family.

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    2. Thanks Cheryl,
      You have been so nice, you were the first to reach out to me when I joined the Trail Blazer family.

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  8. Interesting bio on you and your family,thanks for sharing.

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