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American Civil War Soldier With His Horse

Review: Terms of Surrender

Terms of Surrender by Lorrie Farrelly is a historical western romance about a former captain in the confederate army, Michael Cantrell, and his search for redemption in the ranch lands of Wyoming.

Civil War Battlefield Horrors Had Broken Michael’s Spirit

Civil War Battlefield Horrors Had Broken Michael’s Spirit

In the months following the American Civil War, the battlefield horrors have broken Michael’s spirit. He saw his beloved brother Gavin fall, and heartache consumes Michael. With nothing left of his life except for his warhorse Jet, a saber, and an army issue Colt Navy revolver, he rides Jet to the western frontier.

Annie Devlin has overwhelming cares for such a young horse rancher. Her parents are dead and she struggles to make a home for ten-year-old brother Robbie. Annie’s powerful neighbor Elias Randolph covets her family’s pastureland, and he pulls dirty and deadly tricks to get her to sell.

Annie’s Neighbor Covets Her Family’s Pastureland

Annie’s Neighbor Covets Her Family’s Pastureland

Fate brings Michael to the siblings’ rescue when Randolph’s henchmen attack the two on their way home with a mud-stuck wagon of supplies. Michael wins this skirmish, but is near-fatally wounded.

Annie takes Michael home and tends the fallen confederate captain. Bringing him back from death’s gate is just the first of their harrowing adventures to protect the ranch.

Love blossoms between the northern woman and southern man, but the War Between the States is not over for some. Despite advice from Gavin’s ghost, the cards are stacked against Michael finding redemption and love in the Wild West.

Terms of Surrender is a tender love story about a couple in a harsh world. The tale unwinds through Michael’s eyes, and at times his anguish brought Lita tears. The romance was sexy and delightful, and the bad guys were ooh, so despicable. The scene descriptions were vivid and done well. At times Lita shivered from the chilly kiss of the Wyoming wind.

Gentle Readers who enjoy westerns and spicier romances would like the story. For others who love immersive worlds, just saddle up and ride on in to Terms of Surrender.

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Fantasy World Building: Punking

Let’s talk today about world building and three fantasy genres: steampunk, cattlepunk, and clockpunk. These “punk” worlds use elements from classic fantasy and mix them with historical speculative fiction.


Steampunk is a fantasy sub-genre with its chronological setting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The physical settings are most often in Europe, usually in Great Britain and London.

Fashions, politics, and sensibilities are from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Steampunk stories feature steam power (hence its name), electricity, and the internal combustion engine. These stories blend Victorian technologies and styles with a gritty film noir view.


Cattlepunk is an offshoot of the Steampunk genre. It is also called “Weird West.” Same as Steampunk, these stories take place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Weird West stories are set in America’s Old West, and feature the common elements of a western (cowboys, saloons, horses, rifles and six-shooters). The stories use the same social and technology trappings as Steampunk.


Clockpunk is a Steampunk sub-genre. These stories are set much earlier, in the 15th century. Social structure, politics, customs, and clothing are pre-Industrial Revolution.

A Clockpunk novel envisions technologies implemented with clockwork. The science embodies Da Vinci’s notions and other Renaissance themes. Clockpunk worlds are gentler, and brighter, than their Steampunk counterparts.

About Clockpunk Wizard: Ephraim’s Curious Device

I drafted over a dozen (yes, about 12 of them) novelettes and novellas almost two decades ago, concerning a gentleman wizard and his practical elf-halfbreed assistant. A recent re-read delighted with the plots and verbal interplay, yet the many blunders with writer’s craft shocked me. Thankfully, the line editing will only be tedious and no longer beyond my skills.

And the stories have a Clockpunk world. I didn’t know at the time. Honest. So I am polishing the first novella, and have an eye toward releasing this fun fantasy in the fall. The first story is Ephraim’s Curious Device. The fantasy world is Clockpunk Wizard.

I’ll divulge more about clockwork wizardry in upcoming posts.