‘Trail Angel’ series now available as e-books

I’m excited to announce that my first three novels are now available in e-book versions on Amazon. The publisher who did such a wonderful job producing the hardback versions of Trail Angel, Angel Falls, and Avenging Angel decided a few years back to stop making e-books that are so popular on Kindles, iPads, and smartphones. While I still love to hold a hardback in my hands — and see it on a shelf! — I also enjoy the convenience of e-books. Best of all from an au ...


Josey Angel Rides Again

Avenging Angel, the third Josey Angel novel, got this terrific write-up from my old friends at The Daytona Beach News-Journal. And it was a special treat to get to share the spotlight with my dear friend and former editor, Cal Massey. Jim Abbott is a wonderful writer. Here's a little of what he wrote, plus a link to the full story. "For fans of historical westerns, writer Derek Catron has returned with “Avenging Angel” ($25.95, Five Star, 319 pages). It’s the conclusion of a trilogy that fol ...


Surprising joys of editing

When you’ve been working for a year on a new book, you take your pleasures where you can find them. Deep into editing the third Josey Angel novel, it wasn’t enough to have a bird singing in the trees. I needed to know what kind of bird and what it sounded like. A lengthy Google and YouTube search into the birds of Wyoming and their calls got me an answer while providing this pleasant diversion into a Fort Collins band with just the right name. Enjoy the music and check back soon for more update ...


‘Angel Falls’ is a gritty, emotionally charged love story

Great review for Angel Falls in the News-Journal. The link below includes a special podcast on the background of Trail Angel and Angel Falls.  Hope you enjoy! 'Angel Falls' is a gritty, emotionally charged love story By Jim Abbott When readers were first introduced to Josey Angel, the marquee character in the 2016 novel “Trail Angel,” he was a taciturn gunslinger in the aftermath of the Civil War, famous for his speedy draw with a rifle or pistol. That trait remains a defining characteristic ...


Jackson Hole News & Guide Review

I really enjoyed this great write-up in the Jackson Hole News & Guide. Isa Jones was a terrific interviewer, and I'm thrilled someone so close to the setting of Angel Falls shared my appreciation for the landscape and history - while really getting into the fun of the story. "The story really sucks you in," she wrote, calling the book "a classic Western."   'Angel Falls’ is more than just a Western By Isa Jones, November 22, 2017   A classic Western is rare these days. There are b ...


Newspaper editor’s new novel hits bookstores

If you're looking for insights into what went into creating the characters and story for Angel Falls, check out this Q&A I did with The Daytona Beach News-Journal's Austin Fuller. For a bonus, follow the link to a recorded interview with even more background. Newspaper editor's new novel hits bookstores By Austin Fuller Entertainment writer Austin Fuller sat down with News-Journal Managing Editor Derek Catron to discuss the publication of his second novel, “Angel Falls,” which comes out thi ...


Book signing at Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble

  I'll be at the Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble (1900 W International Speedway Blvd.) from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, to celebrate the release of Angel Falls. I'll be signing books throughout that period, with a short reading and Q&A session around 2:30. The Historical Novel Society had this to say about my second novel: "This well-written western has suspense in every chapter. ... A page-turner that is difficult to put down." You can read more about the book and listen to an ...


Book signing in Daytona Beach

I will be back at Barnes & Noble in Daytona Beach from 1-5 p.m. on Oct. 14 for the store’s “local authors afternoon.” We’ll still be a month out from the release of “Angel Falls,” but I’ll be signing copies of “Trail Angel” for those who haven’t picked one up yet. You can also pre-order copies of the sequel and get news of a third book in the works. Hope to see you out there.

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