I received the galleys for Riders of the Barren Plains this morning (essentially the finished book without the cover), so I'll be reading it through this weekend. This is always a bit of a worrying time for me. It's usually about 9 months or so since the last time I thought about the book, and although it felt like a good enough story to send to the publisher at the time, it's by no means certain that it'll still feel such a good idea with the benefit of hindsight. Reading it through really will feel like the first time and I'll either end up enjoying the story or I'll be sitting there with my head in my hands wondering who wrote this rubbish!
Anyhow, I got to see the finished blurb, which didn't look much different to what I suggested:
Jeff Steed rode into Carmon looking for work, but when he got caught up in a bank raid he found himself running from both Sheriff Cassidy Yates and the bank raider Blake Kelly. To escape from the net that was inexorably closing in on him he assumed the identity of a dead man. But as that man was the leader of a supply convoy, he had to undertake a hazardous journey across the Barren Plains to the silver miners at Bleak Point.
With the convoy being escorted by the lawman who had been trying to catch him and the bandit he double-crossed hiding out in the Barren plains, can Jeff ever hope to survive?