Saturday, August 24, 2019



When itinerant ranch hand Buck Ellison took a job with Sarah Watkins at her ranch in the Sandhills of Nebraska, he thought he had found the place where he could park his pickup, leave the past behind, and never move again.

On a rainy July night, a dead body at the south end of Sarah’s ranch forces him to become a reluctant detective, digging into the business of cattle breeding for rodeos and digging up events from his past that are linked to the circumstances surrounding the murder of Sam Danielson.

Working with his boss Sarah, her nephew Travis Martin, and the cook Diane Gibbons, Buck unmasks the murderer, but at the cost of learning the reality of past events that he chooses to keep to himself.

Book Details:

Title: The Ornery Gene

Author: Warren C. Embree

Genre: Mystery, Amateur Sleuth

Publisher: Down & Out Books (April 27, 2019)

Print length: 216 pages

On tour with: Partners in Crime Book Tours



A few of your favorite things:  books, old clothes, family pictures, old farm equipment, cats.
Things you need to throw out: Mom & Dad's college notes, old CDs, computer hardware from 1990

Things you need in order to write: pens, music, time (if that's a thing), paper, fizzy water, the internet.
Things that hamper your writing: cats, the internet, day job

Things you love about writing: research, learning new things.
Things you hate about writing: the mechanics of it, first draft, cutting out portions of a novel I love but don't belong.

Easiest thing about being a writer: ideas.
Hardest thing about being a writer: discipline

Things you love about where you live: local food, changing seasons, football.
Things that make you want to move: too many people.

Things you never want to run out of:  gout medicine.
Things you wish you’d never bought:  bowflex.

Words that describe you: taciturn.
Words that describe you but you wish they didn’t: impatient.

Favorite foods: Philly cheese steak sandwiches, but only when I'm in Philly, sweet corn, shrimp, ice cream sandwiches and, believe or not, Spam. Spam was a treat when I was a kid.
Things that make you want to throw up: Anything with beef kidney.

Favorite music or song: anything by Bach or Handel.
Music that make your ears bleed: if I try hard enough, I can listen to anything, but I have a hard time with anything that drones on without any direction.

Favorite beverage: Klarbrum black cherry sparkling water
Something that gives you a pickle face: indeed, pickle juice or tannic elderberry wine.

Favorite smell: vanilla.
Something that makes you hold your nose: beef kidney cooking.

Something you’re really good at: report writing.
Something you’re really bad at: keeping workspace neat

Something you wish you could do: play the piano.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: paint houses.

Something you like to do: read a book and listen to music
Something you wish you’d never done: paint houses.

Last best thing you ate: homemade cherry cake (with cherries from our backyard).
Last thing you regret eating: chicken fried steak at Village Inn.

Things you always put in your books: humor.

Things you never put in your books: foul language.

Things to say to an author: well written
Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: trivial.

Favorite places you’ve been: Rocky Mountains, Philadelphia, Black Hills.

Places you never want to go to again: Toledo, Ohio.

Favorite books: mysteries, theologies.
Books you would ban: romances.

Favorite things to do: reading, yard work, eating out, writing.
Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: changing diapers.

Most embarrassing moment: split the back out of my blue jeans during a softball game.

Proudest moment: actually, having a publisher agree to publish my book.

Most daring thing you’ve ever done: work on the girders building an airplane hanger
Something you chickened out from doing: snow skiing.

The last thing you did for the first time: make a post on Facebook
Something you’ll never do again: paint houses



Warren Embree and his wife grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska. He did both farm work and ranch work during those years, and he still keeps track of what goes on in the hills. After leaving the area, he pursued an academic career in English, Classical Languages,  and Divinity. He lectured at a couple of institutions and preached at a few churches, and he now works in Lincoln as a data analyst for the University of Nebraska. His knowledge and love of the unique culture of the Sandhills, his education in languages and literature, and his analytical skills contribute to his story telling. He and his wife currently live in Nebraska and have 3 grown children.

Connect with Warren:
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