“West of Penance,” has been selected as a finalist for a Will Rogers Medallion Award by Thomas Clagett | Jul 24, 2017 | Awards, Blog | 7 comments Exciting news! I am pleased to announce that my novel, “West of Penance,” has been selected as a finalist for a Will Rogers Medallion Award in the Inspirational Fiction category. Inspired by true events in New Mexico Territory 1875, “West of Penance” is the story of Father Clement Grantaire, a priest with a checkered past, who tries to help Archbishop Lamy raise money to complete the new cathedral… he’s building in Santa Fe. Using less-than-priestly gambling skills to obtain money, Father Grantaire wins over a thousand dollars from the soldiers at Fort Union. Riding back to his parish, he encounters a masked robber and is left for dead on the prairie. When he wakes, he finds himself being nursed by Rachel who lives near the town of Cimarron in Colfax County but he does not tell her he’s a priest. When two scoundrels try to burn down her barn, he helps her shoot it out with them and she explains that Colfax County is in the middle of a land war. But Grantaire must go back home and tell the archbishop he lost the money. Then he sees the man who robbed him. And he’s wearing a deputy sheriff’s badge. True West Magazine calls it “a fast-paced historical novel hard to put down.” The Will Rogers Medallion Award winners will be announced on October 28 at the the Award Banquet in Fort Worth. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Digg Pinterest Amazon Blogger Gmail Subscribe To Thomas's Official Newsletter Join Thomas D. Clagett's mailing list to be notified about new blog posts, upcoming events, new book releases, podcasts, and much more! SUBSCRIBE! You have Successfully Subscribed! 7 Comments JR Sanders on July 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm Congratulations! Reply Andrew McBride on July 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm Well done, Thomas. Good luck! Reply Andrew McBride on July 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm Well done, Thomas. Good luck! Reply Lee Ann Plotts on July 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Reply Western Author Michael Zimmer on July 24, 2017 at 3:43 pm Congratulations, Thomas! Reply Donna Clagett on July 24, 2017 at 9:43 pm Congratulations, Tom!!!! Fabulous read and totally worthy award!!! Can’t wait for the next release!!!! Reply Claudia Clagett on July 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm Congratulations Thomas Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.