Western author Mike Kearby of Stephens County had already sold 21 books during the first two hours of his visit to Brownwood Tuesday, and the steady arrival of additional customers was going to keep him at his table near the entrance to Hastings at least through the lunch hour.
“These always sell well in Brownwood,” Kearby said as another potential buyer approached him. “They say the national average for sales at a book-signing is just four books. This is going very well.”
After a short discussion of what his books are about, Kearby had sold three more volumes — a set of his trilogy targeted for teens and young adults set in Reconstruction era Texas. They are “The Road to a Hanging” (2006), “Ride the Desperate Trail (2007)” and the just released “Ambush at Mustang Canyon.”
Kearby, who is a retired high school English teacher and coach, remains a frequent visitor to classrooms, as he in demand as a guest speaker for Texas history and English classes. At a series of talks at Brownwood Middle School in October 2006, he spoke to students about the importance of reading for life and the rich history of their state, and described how his books help educate today’s generation about pioneer Texas residents.
His latest novel is the final part of a three-part series that opened in 1868, chronicling the friendship between two cowboys — one white, one black — and how they join forces, initially, to prove the black cowboy innocent of charges that would have put him in a hangman’s noose.
In his latest book, set in 1874 the final book of the Free Anderson-Parks Scott trilogy finds the men caught up in the conflict on the Texas Plains as the military and native people prepare to clash over societal rights. Free and Parks are in a fight for their lives at the battle of Adobe Walls and later as witnesses to the momentous battle of Palo Duro Canyon.
Kearby’s works are published by Trail’s End Books, and they are available at Hastings, Barnes & Noble, Amazon and through his Web site, www.mikekearby.com.
Kearby lives on his ranch in Stephens County where he raises exotic antelope.