SALE PRICE: Kentucky Road Now Available on Amazon Kindle and all e-book formats for just $2.99!
Here’s how Amazon describes the book: This rewrite by Stephen Bransford, was first published by Doubleday, NY in 1984 as “Riders of the Long Road.” It became a Dallas Times Herald bestseller and a winner of the Texas Literary Festival award for fiction. The book was the only work of fiction endorsed by the United Methodist Church Bi-centennial Committee in 1984. The novel has been praised for its historical accuracy by the Berkley Springs (Bath) Historical society, as well as by reviewers nationwide. Reviewed in the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and by dozens of others, Bransford was praised as a “powerful writer” and the novel as “… action, adventure, romance,” ” … but more than just another adventure story” “… compelling …” “… an engrossing novel.” In this rewrite titled, “Kentucky Road,” the author has punched up the conflict between father and son, and without apology has unveiled a surprise ending, designed to satisfy the reader and set up a sequel. Enjoy a full gallop ride through Colonial America, and into the spiritual maelstrom that in a generation raised Kentucky from a criminal dumping ground to noble statehood.
If you want a squeaky clean “Prairie Romance” do not read Kentucky Road. As I researched the American frontier of 1784, especially the extensive Journals of Francis Asbury, I found a gritty landscape full of people who were profane, hostile to religion, and prone to drunkeness and violence. You will find such people in the scenes included below. It was into this society of bitterness and despair that the circuit rider came with his message of hope and salvation. I hope this will help guide you in your decision to read Kentucky Road.SB
Kentucky Road is a rewrite of my first novel, Riders of the Long Road, Doubleday, NY, winner of the Texas Literary Festival Award. It is historically accurate fiction, the story of a renegade turned circuit riding preacher, hounded across a violent American landscape by his illegitimate son, seeking vengeance for the death of his religiously tormented mother.
Motion Picture Screenplay
It all began as a series of television commercials I wrote and directed for the United Methodist Church in 1981. They won Commercial Addy awards and prompted me to write a motion picture screenplay from the research I had done using Francis Asbury’s Journals.
The screenplay was optioned by Howard Shuster, the New York producer of the first Superman movie with Christopher Reeve. They had made a lot of money with Superman and wanted to do a quality picture that might not otherwise be made in Hollywood. I was honored to be chosen. The movie never happened but Doubleday signed me to adapt the screenplay as a novel. A nice consolation prize.
It became a Dallas Times Herald bestseller and is now out of print but can be found in cheap book club editions at Amazon and other after market book dealers. Anyone wanting an original autographed hardback of Riders of the Long Road from my private collection must be prepared to spend $49.95 per copy, while supplies last. These regular trade publisher editions are rare. All profits from their sale will go into the education fund for our adopted grandson, and he will enclose a thank you bookmark with your order. Email me for information.
As of today, I have updated Riders of the Long Road under the title Kentucky Road for sale through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, iBookstore, Sony and other eBook outlets for $2.99. In the rewrite I have punched-up the conflict between father and son, and unveiled an emotionally satisfying ending that was hidden between the lines of the original. It is the ending that demands a sequel, and it is now being read by a motion picture company interested in making it into a movie. There is no expiration date on a dream.