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A veteran author will release a western novel on September 17 – Morning Journal


The Wild West of the 1880s provides the setting and drama for “Travis, Texas,” a novel written by Gary Harmon of Erie County, according to a press release.

Author RJ Norgard says of the book, “Travis, Texas,” showcases Harmon’s flair for the historical western, and he infuses the book with a realism that rings true on every page has created a corral full of colorful characters.
and makes you care about them.

Harmon was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana.

His father was a cattle dealer, and soon Harmon was going into meatpacking and the cattle business on his own, according to the statement.

Harmon served as a cattle buyer/seller in the Evansville markets; Owensboro, Ky.; Chicago; and Kansas City, Mo., the statement said.

Often he heard Western stories from cattle dealers and traders, the statement said.

As a U.S. Army veteran, Harmon attended the University of Evansville.

In 1968 he moved to Erie County as a pork buyer for the Waldock Meat Packing Co.

When that factory closed, Harmon went into real estate, a career that would last 40 years.

It was also in 1968 that he met and married Dona, his companion for 53 years, until his death in 2022.

Following his flair for story and storytelling, Harmon has written two novels: ‘The Broken Spur’ and ‘Amber’s Place’, both published by Drinian Press.

This new book is published by Bird Dog Publishing, an independent Ohio publisher.

Novelist Patrick Lawrence O’Keeffe says, “Gary Harmon’s storytelling voice engages the reader in a daring adventure that is as historically instructive as it is exciting.

Harmon will hold a book launch at 1:30 p.m., September 17, for the Coffeehouse Readings series at Mr. Smith’s Coffeehouse, located at 140 Columbus Ave. in downtown Sandusky.

The 218-page novel is available from the publisher at http://smithdocs.net and in book or Kindle form from Amazon.com, according to the release.