Friday, December 28, 2012

Ermal Walden Williamson - HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on American Western Author Ermal Walden Williamson. He is a John Wayne look-alike actor, ex-stuntman, motivational speaker and bestselling author.

Author Genre: American Western & Historical Fiction

Website: Ermal as JOHN WAYNE
Blog: Ermal Walden Williamson Resume
E-Mail: duke@ermal.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads


Author Description: Actor, author and the John Wayne look-alike and impersonator Ermal Walden Williamson has dedicated his career to keeping the image of John Wayne alive, having appeared in computerized commercials with the Duke; and has performed as John Wayne aboard Duke's yacht, the "Wild Goose" for over fourteen years, and now resides in Branson, Missouri.

He began his one-man show in 1986 as An Evening with John Wayne and Gary Cooper,recently having his wife Paula, a singer and composer, appear with him in Branson.

Ermal has performed part way around the world as host and/or emcee, after-dinner speaker, motivational speaker and entertainer in corporate events, trade shows, churches, schools, parties, commercials, infomercials, movies and just about anything one could think of as John Wayne. He has made two documentaries on the lives of John Wayne and John Ford, and has ridden in the Pasadena Pageant of Roses Parade four years as John Wayne.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Let’s start with what’s next. Rumor has it that you have another book on the horizon. Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease about the story?

THE TIMELINE FOR [Beyond The Brazos] RELEASE IS SOMETIME IN FEBRUARY, 2013. (See description below.)

Your marketing approach is unique. Your focus is to go direct to your readers which most young authors avoid. Can you tell us when and why you choice to do one-on-one selling?

I PREFER TO USE MY TIME AS QUALITY TIME RATHER THAN HAVE ANOTHER JOB – I CAN SELL MY BOOKS IN THE PERSONA OF “JOHN WAYNE” BEST.

Do you get a good response at your book signing, speaking and personal appearances?

VERY DEFINITELY.

You have great book covers. They carry your brand and the Western theme with them. How does your cover process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach?

I USE FRESH PHOTOS … TO ADDRESS MY NOVELS WITH A “HANDS-ON” APPROACH.

You have a unique book trailer. (See links below. It is a much watch.) Do you know how much impact that had on your book's success?

NONE AT THIS TIME – IT HAS NOT BEEN OUT FOR MARKETING MY BOOKS, YET.

It looks very professional. Tell us about the process that you used to create your trailer?

CHARLES CRAWFORD WROTE THE TRAILER WITH BILL SNYDER’S HELP (MULTIMEDIA WORKS) (AND MINE) AND BILL DIRECTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE TRAILER. I HAD ROUNDED UP THE ACTORS AND LOCATION SITES FOR SHOOTING AND WE SHOT IT IN TWO DAYS.

Has the advent of ebooks changed anything in your writing, your marketing and the relationship with your readers and fans?

NOT SO VISIBLE AT THIS TIME.

I noticed most of your novels are also available in Audio CD. I think that most authors miss that opportunity today. Has the Audio versions been successful?

MOST DEFINITELY.

Do you see an increase in sales in your paper and ebooks with the added exposure?

POSSIBLY

I watched your Coors Light commercials on your website. That’s good stuff. Has the commercial attracted more readers to your novels?

VERY MUCH.

Has it helped with the ‘Duke’ brand you’ve established?

MOST DEFINITELY.


Author's Book List





Coming in Febuary, 2013

By Ermal 'Duke' Walden Williamson



Beyond The Brazos






























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The Man from the Brazos
Matt Jorgensen Series
When Matt Jorgensen learns that the man who helped him hone his deadly skills with a pistol is gunned down, he vows to bring the killer to justice. On the train to Abilene, Matt relives his early days in the Kansas territory when he found himself embroiled in the rising turmoil of a nation at odds over slavery. Free soilers and slavers fought against each other at the expense of the innocent farmers of the territory. Matt would have to learn to be fast, accurate, and lethal with a gun to survive. Together, Matt and his gunslinging mentor, Rod Best, were able to bring law and order to the Kansas territory. However, all of Matt's skill and daring wouldn't help him with the biggest challenge of his life: learning to live without the woman he loved
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Across the Brazos
Matt Andersen was dead, shot down in a hod up tta shocked the small community of Virginiia City, Montana. At leaset the townsfolk thought he was dead. A case of mistaken identity may have saved Matt's life but i would have tobe a life lived in exile. The adventures took him south where he served in the Confederate Army. After the Civil War, he followed his commanding general to Texas to work as a hired gun. Rangewars and cattle drives kept him busy, and home life on the ranch was good.

Then, one summer day, three cowboys ride in from Montana to bring him home. Matt's life would chsnbge forever as he found himself having to decide bretween the life and love he found in Texas and his family's ranch in Montana.

A sweeping sga of greed, lust, gun fights, cattle drives, and family loyalty, Across the Brazos is a story of one man's struggle to find himself and his home.
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Book Trailer: Across the Brazos
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We Conquer or Die
From the Saga "Sabers From the Brazos"
Killed by a young Federal soldier's musketball that sent a call for revenge to Matt Jorgensen, a cowboy on the run from the law from Montana. However, convinced that his sweetheart was still alive, he was determined to find her. Discovering himself deep in the heart of Texas when the Civil War broke out, Matt enlisted in the Texas 8th Cavalry with his newfound sidekick, Steve Andrews, only to find out that the cavalry had no horses and no authority to fight in the War.

This is the story of Terry's Texas Rangers and four officers who led them through victorious battles. Two men, Matt and Steve, who became heroes themselves, whipped the cavalry unit into shape to become the finest cavalry regiment on either side of the War. Matt and Steve's destiny seemed to be to keep the memory of these four brave Sabers alive, and to find Ginny at any cost.

It took almost five years of constant research for Dr. Ermal Walden Williamson to write this novel. He has carved out a chunk of Civil War history that will keep the readers wanting more. It is with this same enthusiasm, energy and determination that he has written his fourth book in the Brazos series. If you have not read his first one, Across the Brazos, this novel should make you certainly want to do so.
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The Ghost of Ginny McBride
While attempting to join up with her lover Matt Jorgensen as he joins Terry's Texas Rangers, Ginny McBride is hit by a musketball from a Union rifle. She develops amnesia, losing all memory as to who and where she is.

Matt spends his military time trying to find her. When she returns to herself, she in turn tries to find Matt. It is a story that also engulfs the Western folklore of Jesse James, Cole Younger and his brothers and Belle (Starr) Shirley as they became legends.
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The Last Bullet
Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry was killed and his successor, Colonel Thomas Lubbock, died immediately afterwards of camp fever. Still, one of the greatest cavalry units in the Civil War looked onward towards victory with the leadership of two more unbeatable heroic officers, General Albert Sidney Johnston, and General John Austin Wharton, together with two rugged cowboys who knew something about guns and horses.

This second story from the saga, is the continuing plight of Matt Jorgensen on the run from Montana who found himself deep in the heart of the Texas with friend, Steve Andrews, when the War Between the States broke out. The odds were against them in training others to become horse soldiers, especially when the cavalry unit had no horses in which to ride. Nevertheless, Terry's Texas Rangers became the Devil's with which no Federal army wanted to tangle. The powerful reason for Matt's heroic exploitations was his relentless search for his sweetheart rumored to have been killed by a Federal soldier's musketball. Matt was convinced she was still alive.
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Call of the Brazos
When Matt Jorgensen met plantation owner, Ginny McBride, he knew that she would be the love of his life. Together, they would forge a lasting body, but a Yankee musket ball would tear their lives asunder. Matt searches but cannot find Ginny. He joins the confederacy and continues his search for her.

Years later, while clinging desperately to life one wintry Montana night, he would once again have to face the demons of his dark past and answer the haunting call of the Brazos. An action-filled adventure that transcends the events of the Civil War, "Call of the Brazos" will captivate readers with its many surprising twists and turns in the third saga of Matt Jorgensen's adventures, a character from the John Wayne movie, "The Cowboys".
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