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Saturday, April 28, 2012


It's the Second Day in the Blood and Whiskey Weekend and McFall and Hays are back with another Cowboy and Vampire ( well-- in this case City Girl ) themed Guest Blog! Oh and don't forget the Giveaway at the bottom of the entry!

Smackdown: Big cities vs. small towns
by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

Blood and Whiskey, the second book in The Cowboy and Vampire Thriller Series, captures the best and worst of rural and urban living.

In Blood and Whiskey, ( Pumpjack Press, May 1, 2012 ), Tucker and Lizzie once again find themselves marooned in tiny LonePine, Wyoming, battling the maddening aspects of small town life ( at least for Lizzie ) and the murderous international intrigues of sophisticated, highly urban vampires ( according to Tucker, the worst kind of city slickers ).

One of our favorite things about writing for these characters, and the tensions between cowboys and vampires, is the “opposites attract” relationship of Tucker and Lizzie. Tucker has spent his entire life in LonePine ( population 438, with one on the way ), with the notable exception of a fevered trip to New York when Lizzie was kidnapped ( you’ll have to read The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Darkly Romantic Thriller for more ). The evil vampires anxious to kill her and drain his blood were almost as bad as the crowds of people, bumper to bumper traffic on endless paved streets and rows of skyscrapers blocking the view.

Lizzie, on the other hand, grew up in New York and loves the hustle and bustle, the art and culture, the pace and energy and the international melting pot of people. She traveled to LonePine, a wasteland by her cultural standards, to research an article about the dying west. After falling for Tucker, she stays. And while she loves the clean air and wide-open spaces, she hasn’t quite adjusted to small — really small — town life. The highway truck stop is the only place to eat in town, the only play they have is put on by the fourth grade class during the holidays and the library is the same size as the drive-thru espresso shack.

Despite that, Tucker and Lizzie appreciate what’s special and different about the other and that’s what helps keep them together and keeps their relationship strong despite some serious obstacles including, at least in Blood and Whiskey, a price on Lizzie head and a scheming vampire world pushed to the edge of extinction.

That part of their relationship, east meets west, is drawn directly from our own lives.

Whitehall, Montana, meet Washington, DC

Our early years could not have been more different. Kathleen grew up in the very heart of Washington, DC, which has a population of more than 600,000 people and is located in a dense urban area of millions. Her childhood home was not far from the Washington Cathedral and just a stone’s throw from Embassy Row. For her, hopping on the metro and wandering through the Smithsonian, reading at the Library of Congress or taking in an exhibit at the Hirshhorn were all in a regular day. She learned to be confident around people and grounded in the history, creativity and learning unique to America’s capital.

Clark grew up on a ranch in Montana, 15 miles from the nearest town, Whitehall, which had about 2,000 people. His childhood home was a stone’s throw from Fish Creek, near a number of historic stage stops and homesteader cabins and was surrounded by a lot of sagebrush. For him, hopping on a horse and riding up into the mountains, reading a good book under apple trees planted by settlers or building fence torn down by elk was all part of a regular day. He learned to be confident in the wilderness and grounded in the history, beauty and tenacity of western living.

We met and fell in love in Portland, Oregon, a small town by Kathleen’s standards and a big city by Clark’s. We’ve lived here for years now and enjoy the best of both worlds. We visit the east coast often to visit Kathleen’s family and load up on art and cultural events, and we visit the remote areas of Oregon — Plush and Steens Mountain — to load up on the stillness and beauty of the wilderness. Plus, we are able to head over to the lovely Oregon coast frequently.

For us, like our characters, opposites really do attract and start to change each other. Kathleen has learned to love the empty spaces and Clark has become a fan of galleries and museums. With that in mind, here are two “top five” lists based on our experiences.

A city girl’s top five reasons to love small towns:

  • The views are spectacular, especially when there are mountains involved.
  • Clean air and no traffic.
  • Fewer lights make for beautiful starry skies at night.
  • Friendly people — everybody waves at everybody in western towns and really care about how your day is going.
  • There are no distractions for reading and writing. 

A country boy’s top five reasons to love big cities:

  • History — especially on the east coast, you can visit buildings that have been standing for two or three hundred years. I know that has nothing on the historical cities of Europe, but for me, it’s old. 
  • Art — I love all the shows and museums and galleries, even the ones I don’t really get ( which is most of them ).
  • Great food — there’s nothing wrong with small town restaurants, but eating at the drive-in every week gets a little old compared to Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Greek, etc. 
  • Interesting people — sometimes really interesting, like you cannot look away they are so interesting.
  • Bookstores. And good coffee.

Read Blood and Whiskey to find out even more about the difference between small towns and big cities, opposites attract romantic tension — it doesn’t get much more opposite than a human and a vampire falling in love — and thrill-a-minute action. As Lizzie comes to terms with being undead, she has difficult choices ahead that will make Tucker far more uncomfortable than learning how to hail a taxi. And of course, their enemies are going to make it difficult for true love to last beyond the next sunset.

Learn more about the book
Blood and Whiskey is the second book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Thriller Series. It’s available from Pumpjack Press released May 1, 2012 as a trade paperback ( 362 pages ) for $14.95 and as an e-book for $4.99. You can find out more at: /

About the authors
Clark Hays grew up in Montana in the shadow of the Tobacco Root Mountains. In addition to his fiction work, he is a cowboy, a published poet and occasional food critic. Recently, he was nominated for Pushcart Prize for short fiction and not so recently for a Rhysling award for poetry. Clark brings a deep knowledge about the modern west, weaponry, country music and existentialism to his writing. Kathleen McFall grew up in the heart of Washington, DC. She worked as a petroleum geologist and, later, as a journalist, and has published hundreds of articles about scientific research, energy and natural resources. An interest in the overlap of science and mysticism are an essential aspect of her fiction writing. She received an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for fiction writing. 

Friday 27th Day 1~ 5 Star Review of Blood and Whiskey 

Saturday 28th Day 2 ~ Guest Blog by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall! 
Smackdown: Big Cities vs. Small Towns
Includes a Cowboy top 5 and City Girl's top 5!
( you are here!

Sunday 29th Day 3 ~ Author Interview with the creators of Cowboy and Vampire novels, 
Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays!

To makes this giveaway more interesting you can now play a Giveaway Quiz ( right answers give you more chances to win Blood and Whiskey, how fun is that?! ) also you can comment each of the Weekend Days individually to gain more chances, you can earn two point for each day!
+2 for commenting on the Review, +2 for commenting on the Guest Blog and +2 for commenting on the Interview!

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The Giveaway is Open Friday 27th - Monday 30th! ( nice of us to give one extra day right, we are just awesome like that! ;) )

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