S.L. Kotar

Biography

S. L. Kotar and J. E. Gessler's first writing success was an episode of the television series GUNSMOKE. The episode, "Kitty's Love Affair," guest-starred Richard Kiley as a gunfighter who saves Kitty's life and then becomes romantically involved with her. This was the highest-rated episode in the series' 20-year history. They published an iconoclastic Civil War magazine called "The Kepi" for many years, specializing in new historical perspectives of the battles and leaders as well as presenting detailed articles on life in the 1860's. Their published works include a detailed account of the series starring Darren McGavin, "Riverboat: The Evolution of a Television Series, 1959-1961" and historical non-fiction texts including, "The Steamboat Era: A History of Fulton's Folly on American Rivers, 1807-1860," "Ballooning: A History, 1782-1900," "The Rise of the American Circus, 1716-1899," "Smallpox: A History," and a cardiology textbook, "The Complete Guide to Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring and Full Disclosure Telemetry." Their book, "Cholera: A History" is due out later in 2013 and they are currently working on "Yellow Fever: A History," due out in 2014. Outside of writing and cardiology, their main interest is baseball; they are close friends with Whitey Herzog, the great Hall of Fame manager, who inspired them to move to St. Louis and they have rooted for the Pittsburgh Pirates for many years.

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Books

Hellhole Saga Box Set
Series: Hellhole Saga, Book 0. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 219,610. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2015 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Historical » USA
This box set contains: First Draw, Audition for a Legend, and Strange Bedfellows.
The Drinking Gourd
Series: Kansas Pirates Saga, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 127,600. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical
The Ward's help was urgently needed to guide runaway slaves from Bleeding Kansas across the river to safer ground. Barbara Nelander-Ward accepts the arduous task, beginning her trek to "follow the drinking gourd" north to freedom. Fighting slavers who work on the side of the law, earning a living selling human beings as chattel, Nelander discovers the side of right is not always what it seems.
Strange Bedfellows (Hellhole Saga, book three)
Series: Hellhole Saga, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,010. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Romance » Western
When a man called Red arrives in Hellhole, Marshal Claw Kiley is immediately suspicious of his wounds and the aura of danger surrounding him. Red is ordered out of town after Dr. Ward tends the wounds. It's Ward who suspects Red is a former plantation owner now on the run from former slaves. Ward faces a moral dilemma over helping Red, as ghosts of his past threaten to reveal themselves.
Audition for a Legend (Hellhole Saga, book two)
Series: Hellhole Saga, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,090. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Historical » USA
To survive past the one-year life expectancy the Federal men in Topeka had given him, Kiley will need all the help of trusted friends to survive the threat of drifters, gunfighters, and outlaws, all eager to try their hand at bringing the new "Badge" down. If he lives, he will become a legend; if they gun him down, he will fill a grave on Boot Hill – next to those who had come before and failed.
Strawberry Fields (The Kansas Pirates Saga, book two)
Series: Kansas Pirates Saga, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,650. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
As a child, Seth Ward had seen a valley filled with wild strawberries and dreamed of owning the land one day. When he shares his dream with Nelander, she's determined to make it a reality. Using the last of her savings, this is the only chance they'll have at success. The enterprise faces insurmountable obstacles, but can they succeed with the help of their Kansas Pirates clan?
First Draw (Hellhole Saga, book one)
Series: Hellhole Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,630. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Literature » Western
Hellhole, Kansas was known to the authorities as the place where lawmen went to die. Newly elected Marshal, Claw Kiley, drew three rapid conclusions about his new town: residents still seethed over the outcome of the War Between the States; a girl working at the Lowdown Saloon would become very important to him; and outlaws held no respect for the Law.
Pirate Treasure (The Kansas Pirates Saga, book one)
Series: Kansas Pirates Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,380. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2014 by Tirgearr Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Western
The townspeople of Lawrence, Kansas, want nothing to do with widower Seth Ward or his two children. Barbara Nelander answers a help-wanted ad and finds herself living in the shadow of a dead woman and the haunting of her son. Nelander transforms the Ward home into a figurative pirate ship and uses her wiles to bring peace to the family. The harsh Kansas summer threatens all they fight to preserve.

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