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The western novel, "Toby Ryker," has been published through Lulu.com. This release includes endorsements for the book from other authors, a brief description of the story, and where it can be ordered.

Author Steven M. Ulmen and Lulu (lulu.com) fastest growing provider of print-on-demand books, announces the publication of "Toby Ryker," a western novel of historical fiction set in Wyoming in 1885. Like J.B. Books in Glendon Swarthout's classic western "The Shootist," Ryker is an old man forced to come to grips with his mortality. The publication is endorsed by several authors of the Western Writers of America as referred to here.

"Toby Ryker" is the kind of premier novel that wins its author a hearty welcome to the family of western writers," says Ralph Cotton, creator of several western novels, Pulitzer prize nominee, and best selling USA Today author. "Steven Ulmen creates believable, real-to-life characters we feel we have met along the trail and incorporates them into a seamless story that leaves the reader looking forward to his next work. Congratulations, Steven Ulmen, wonderful job!"

"Toby Ryker" is an adult, character-driven western like those introduced on such TV shows as "Gunsmoke." These colorful characters, richly developed, are strong enough to carry entire chapters of the story in the absence of Toby Ryker, the main character. Johnny Western, who composed and sang the "Paladin" title theme from CBS TV's "Have Gun, Will Travel series, says of "Toby Ryker," "A very interesting concept for both a book and a screenplay."

Similarly, Elmer Kelton, award-winning western author, says after reading the novel: "Toby Ryker's hero harks back to the like of Wallace Beery, old and fat, yet raunchy and ready to fight, a man who strangles a buzzard just for the fun of it. Ulmen's novel has humor and movement, and a fine story-telling technique, which weigh much in its favor."

An easy, laid-back read that makes for an enjoyable weekend of entertainment, "Toby Ryker" is loaded with humor and affection for the western genre. Suzanne Schrems, Ph.D., author of the non-fiction titles "Uncommon Women, Unmarked Trails" and "Who's Rocking the Cradle?" reports: Its 1885. East and West are linked by steel rails and the buffalo are almost gone. Nevertheless, old Toby Ryker still has a lot of fight left in him. It's a good thing he does, because he has a past about to return to haunt him. You'll be captivated by the story, enjoy the humor and the western caricatures, and come to love tough, gentle, irascible old Toby Ryker."

Loren D. Estleman, author in both the western and mystery genres, author of "Writing the Popular Novel" for Writer's Digest Books and author of "The Undertaker's Wife," says the following after reading the novel: "Toby Ryker is a lightening-paced, granite-touch western told in the classic mode. Steve Ulmen's style cracks like a whip, and his characters remain with you a long time after you come to the end, which you won't want to. As a reader, I anticipate many more hours of pleasure from this author; as a writer, I need to get cracking before he runs me over."

"Toby Ryker" is available through the author's website at http://www.eagleentertainmentusa.com which links to Lulu.com, or directly from Lulu. It will soon be available in the online bookstores. Buy it today, either for yourself or as thoughtful holiday gifts for those readers of western novels in your life. "Toby Ryker" is available as a 6 X 9 trade paperback at $10.95 and also as an ebook at $2.29 Free shipping from Lulu.com applies in some cases.

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