Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.
In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.
Title: VENGEANCE ROAD
Author: Erin Bowman
Pub. Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
THE OFFICIAL RETRIBUTION RAILS PLAYLIST
I like to make playlists for my novels. I don’t listen to these while drafting—I find lyrics too distracting and rely instead on instrumental music like film scores and video game soundtracks—but I love compiling playlists after the fact.
For Retribution Rails, I mainly focused on two things while pulling together a playlist: songs that sounded like the setting (twangy guitars and southwestern vibes) and lyrics that matched Reece’s or Charlotte’s journey.
The song list is below. You can listen to the full playlist on SPOTIFY
Cold Blood by Dave Not Dave
Ain’t Gonna Drown by Elle King
Murder of Crows by Lindi Ortega
Beat the Devil’s Tattoo by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Track You Down by Matthew Mayfield
Holy Water by Ben Kweller
Listen My Son by The Unseen Ghost
Bandida by Audra Mae
Your Day Will Come by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Way Down We Go by Kaleo
Black by Kari Kimmel
Fire by Barns Courtney
Gun In My Hand by Dorothy
Ain’t No Grave by Johnny Cash
Get Up by Caitlin Canty
Look How Far We’ve Come by Dylan LeBlanc
Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not “Mama” or “Dada,” but “Once upon a time.” In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.
She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.
When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.
She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).
3 winners will receive a finished copy of RETRIBUTION RAILS. US Only.
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