Two New Novels by Kirby Sanders

I am happy to announce that I have two new novels available via CreateSpace or amazon. They can be purchased through Amazon CreateSpace or normal AmazonUSA sales channel in the United States. Also available on most international Amazon. Retail resellers, bookstores, libraries and educational institutions may purchase at industry-standard discounts via Amazon CreateSpace Direct or Ingram standard distribution channel.

Nusquam Res, Nusquam Esse; The Final Journey of Ambrose Bierce is historical fiction based upon the last months in the life of acclaimed war and horror writer Ambrose Bierce before his mysterious disappearance in Mexico during Revolution in 1913. Details / availability at:
https://www.createspace.com/4177092

A Death In Texas, set in 1995 in rural Henderson County, Texas, is a crime / murder drama based on actual events whilst working in the area as a newspaper reporter. Probably the weirdest murder case I ever reported. Think along the lines of a Redneck “Fargo”. Details / availability at:
https://www.createspace.com/4196001

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6 thoughts on “Two New Novels by Kirby Sanders

  1. Emoticon

    Hello Kirbytheog,
    Thanks you for your post, So i am writing a novel, and i picked these names and i am not positive i love them yet. so tell me what you think and then if you dont like them tell me some alternatives…

    1. Jesse Parker (boy)
    2. Dakota Darling (girl)
    3. Kellan Kirby (boy)
    4. Aubree Rainer (girl)

    the last names must stay no matter what. but the first names are up in the air, and if you want to add middlenames go ahead! thanks!
    Keep up the posts!

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    1. kirbytheog Post author

      Main thing I look for in character names is that they fit time, place and cultural background of the character. These sound like they would be good old Anglo-American western names from the latter 1800s to the mid 1900s. Is that the atmosphere you are going for? From the names alone, Jesse Parker is a good utilitarian “anyman” name. Dakota Darling I would assume to be a cute kind of “ditsy” female character. Kellan Kirby would have to be Irish, I presume. Aubree Rainer — I don’t know, but if that is her name then that is her name 🙂

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  2. DerDicht

    Mr. Sanders, and it is with hope of reaching you that I write, Thank you for your research and writing on the Butterfield Overland company. I am seeking information on the continuing use of stagecoaches on their routes after 1861. I have been researching and running into a serious lack of info. Can you point me in a direction? Thank you,

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    1. kirbytheog Post author

      Thanks for your note. Transcontinental stagecoaches after 1861 were rather short-lived. In 1861, the Butterfield line was moved to a “Central route” from St. Louis to California via Kansas, Colorado, Utah. Two ideas there — try web searches for “Overland Mail Company” and “Butterfield Overland Dispatch.” Ovrland Mail was also supplemented by “Pony Express” after 1861. Often there are chapters about the stagecoaches in books & articles about the Pony Express. Transcontinental stagecoaches were eventually replaced / rendered obsolete by the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad (1870, I think — if I remember correctly). After that, stagecoach lines only operated on shorter local routes. However, those local lines operated until into World War One. You kind of have to dig that info from state to state — and if you do not already know the names of the lines, it can be difficult.. The very last stagecoaches to carry mail were on a short line out of Tucson AZ. The absolutely last stagecoach mail run was from Tucson to Chandler AZ, terminated in 1915.
      -kirby-

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      1. DerDicht

        Thank you very much. Seems like there is a great “grey area” between the ending of the mail route stages and the completion of the railroad lines. As you have stated it looks like the railroads took over routes and smaller stagecoach companies operated from outlying areas to them over the already established coach routes. I think I will have to use the license of fiction to weave a good story and then allow experts to correct me and “put me in my place.” And that is a good thing. I wish you well and look forward to getting your works on the stagecoach lines you researched. Stephen

  3. kirbytheog

    Stephen — if you are researching for a novel, you have some latitude in the “artistic license’ — and time did nort change as quickly during the period we are talking about. There was another long-haul stage line that operated prior to and same time as the Butterfield. Said being the San Antonio and San Diego Stageline which ran mail and passengers from San Antonio TX to San Diego CA. You might also research the Banning Stage Line (operated by Phineas Banning) in California. Of course, Wells Fargo also operated stagecoaches — many in conjunction with Butterfield. You might also look for history on American Express. American Express was founded by John Butterfield as a coach and freight line in New England prior to establishment of the (Butterfield) Overland Mail Company. For purposes of a novel, you could pretty easily lift anecdotes from any of those during any time 1858 – 1870 and drop them into your fictional account. To satisfy the “sticklers,” if you set based on Butterfield, your locals may refer the stageline as “the Butterfield.” However, the official name of the company was the Overland Mail Company. If you “do Facebook,” there is a group of us who research the first Butterfield. Feel free to join us and read. https://www.facebook.com/groups/338802216162970/

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