Friday, April 11, 2014

Sweet Success! Martha Gilstrap

Compiled by Kathie Scrimgeour

Martha Gilstrap’s fantasy novel, The Slipaway Trail (ISBN 978-0-9887500-4-3, e-book, & 978-0-9887500-5-0, paperback, Adult, 501 pages) was released on October 12, 2013 by Slipaway Trail Publishing. The book is available at and or directly from author by email

The tallgrass is a wild place of hills and ravines, blue sky and freedom. The daughter of a stable owner, Kahpur can do things–without being seen–that other women would never risk, like riding horses. She’s a better rider and knows more about horses than most men, but for a woman riding at all is scandalous. Not even her betrothed knows about it. When he’s injured in an accident triggered by her actions, she desperately seeks a “legendary healer” mentioned by the town drunk. And that’s only the beginning of adventures they couldn’t have imagined. Not to mention a handsome bandit she meets!

Martha Gilstrap has been a writer all her life, passing around the latest installments of a never-finished novel in her junior high science class, long before she earned a B.A. in English. Her family’s oral tradition claims descent from the legendary Leif Erickson, a story of which she is inordinately proud, although her mother always wondered why she’d claim “that old pirate.” She studied Ryu-Te® Karate for eighteen years while writing, editing and publishing the international newsletter, taking Japanese language classes, and studying iaido, the sword-drawing art–in addition to a full-time job and a family.

We love to hear of fellow Pikes Peak Writers' Sweet Successes, including story acceptances, winning contests, getting published and book signings. Please email Kathie Scrimgeour at if you've got a Sweet Success you'd like to share.

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