Monday, June 14, 2010

Stephen Bly's "Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon"

We're happy to have Stephen Bly with us today talking about his book, Cowboy for a Rainy Afternoon. To learn more about Stephen and his book, read on!

1) How did this story come to you?
Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon is not my life story fictionalized. However, what makes it personal is that I was 10-years-old in 1954 and spent many afternoons playing cribbage with my grandpa, just like Little Brother in the novel. And I also heard many accounts about the “old days.” Many images from those times together in the 1950s embedded in my mind. I finally wrote about it.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
After several incidences of almost getting a contract on this story with several publishers, I contacted Center Point to see if they’d like to do another first run hardcover. They had already done a re-release of The Land Tamers and dozens of others of my westerns, plus a first run of Creede of Old Montana, but this story wasn’t a traditional western like their customers were used to from me. This one’s set in the 1950s, but with stories from the Old West incorporated. They finally agreed to give this one a try.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I used to be on a college golf team and still play a pretty good golf round.
My first published books were nonfiction Christian life, theology, and family books. . .such as, Radical Discipleship (Moody Press), God’s Angry Side (Moody Press), The Surprising Side of Grace (Discovery House), How to Be A Good Dad (Moody Press).
I’m a roving editor for Big Show Journal, a magazine for gun collectors.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I’m looking forward to seeing the first copies of Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon any day now. I’m also writing a story with the working title Throw Away Heart, a western centered around a romance, set on a train in the late 1800s, on its way from Omaha to Sacramento. In addition, I’ve been doing research for a novel featuring my most well-known hero, Stewart Brannon, where he’s invited to a golf tourney on the Oregon coast in the early 1900s. This old cowboy feels very awkward on the links, but he finds adventures anyway. As ardent fans know, Stewart Brannon makes some sort of cameo appearance in every Stephen Bly novel.

5) Parting comments?
Matthew 6:33 is my life verse: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” I apply this to writing too. Getting published is an ‘added thing,’ not the main pursuit of life. His kingdom, His righteousness. . .that’s what it’s all about.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
We have four sites. Check any of them out: (our main website) or (our brand new blog) or (features our “Have your seen my Juanita campaign?”) or (my antique Winchester collectors hobby site)


  1. i'm interested in reading this fabulous novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  2. Sounds like a great read. I think I may have read something of yours in the past at some point. I'll write a review on my blog if I win!

  3. Congratulations Stephen!
    Please enter me!


  4. Having read Stephen Bly's Radical Discipleship I would be most interested in reading Cowboy For a Rainy Afternoon. I think is sounds very good.

    walkinfaith4him [at] yahoo [dot] com

  5. Please enter me I really like Stephen Bly


  6. Thanks for stopping by with all your comments. Look forward to sending someone a copy of Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon. We just received the first copies this last weekend! Always exciting!
    On the trail in ID,

  7. You can tell Bly loves cowboys. I was born in 43 so I remember the old cowboy movies and TV and watched every one I could. Gene Autry, Roy and Dale, Hop-a-Long Cassidy, etc. I can remember listening on the radio to the old shows. I Love cowboys still and read alot of books with cowboy themes. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  8. Sounds like a fun read.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    A J Hawke

  9. This looks like a wonderful read!!


  10. Oh please enter me! I have been trying to win for awhile now!! It looks Fantabulous!

    Mollydedwards AT YaHoO DOT CoM

  11. Greetings! Thanks to everyone who posted and entered our 'Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon' drawing. The winner is. . .A. J. Hawke! Congrat, A. J.! Will send you a separate note by e-mail.
    On the trail in ID,

  12. Greetings! Thanks so much for all the posts and entries for a copy of Cowboy For A Rainy Afternoon. We've drawn a winner. . .A. J. Hawke! Congrats, A. J.! Sent you a notice by separate e-mail.
    On the trail,

  13. I especially enjoyed your parting comments. I would like to read your book.
    Kaye Whitney