Tumbleweed is excited to now offer contract editing services and beta reading services to book authors.  We are committed to helping author books achieve their full potential.  Tumbleweed’s Mark Greathouse, in addition to having five western genre novels, a teen novel, poetry book, and a biography published, now offers authors the benefit of his more than 40 years of experience in writing and editing across multiple genres and forms of writing.  As editor-in-residence, he assures authors that, “The Chicago Manual of Style has long been my trusty ‘editing bible’ of choice.”  Greathouse holds a BA in English from University of Maryland in addition to an MBA in marketing from The American University.  Tumbleweed’s editorial services include the traditional range of full copy editing, including identification of inconsistencies and advice as to style and content.  Additionally, Tumbleweed is pleased to offer beta reading services to afford authors an initial independent perspective on their work.  We are also pleased to recommend Armadillo Proofreading for proofreading and formatting services.  Contact us via www.Tumbleweed.me for pricing and for further information about Tumbleweed’s editing and beta reading services.


Most folks know of my passion for history, especially history of the Old West.  So it is, that I thought it fascinating to draw a connection between experiences from America’s old western frontier and our nation today. In fact, I write a monthly newspaper op-ed applying wisdom drawn from America’s western frontier to the issues of today.   I think of it in the context of the famous quote by philosopher George Santayana back in 1905, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”  As to tumbleweeds, they tumble randomly across the prairies causing concerns to whatever destination they reach.  Today’s issues can be like tumbleweeds, as folks fail to heed the lessons of history and those lessons pop up randomly as crises and cause all manner of havoc.  A 1930 ballad associates the tumbleweed with freedom, “See them tumbling down, pledging their love to the ground, lonely but free I’ll be found, drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds.”  Thus, it is that I now feature a new post called “Ask Tumbleweed” where Old West history and wisdom serves up lessons for today’s issues.  Follow “Ask Tumbleweed,” as lonely but free we’ll be found on today’s issues.  I’ll be inviting invite y’all to submit questions to asktumbleweed@gmail.com, and Tumbleweed will strive to offer a perspective rooted in Old West history.  Warning…I’m especially partial to Texas history.


Nueces Grit: Texans Answer the Call was December 21, 2021.  This fifth Tumbleweed Saga continues Texas Ranger Luke Dunn’s epic adventures during the early years of the War Between the States, as he’s called upon to bring law and order to the South Texas frontier while hamstrung with limited resources owing to the ongoing rebellion.  Nueces Grit is be available online in print and eBook from Amazon and other popular booksellers.  The eAudio version will be available in April!

Nueces Grit: Texans Answer the Call, the fifth of the Tumbleweed Sagas, offers further episodes in the epic adventures of protagonist Texas Ranger Captain Luke Dunn.  Dunn’s life becomes forever entwined with the rough and tumble and increasingly war-ravaged prairies of the Nueces Strip of 1862.  Dunn continues his quest to deliver justice, as murderers, swindlers, whores, robbers, and savages are wrapped into this exciting tale set on the desolate and treacherous Texas frontier stretching from Corpus Christi west to Laredo and south to Brownsville.  Nueces Grit absorbs us in the events and accompanying dynamics sweeping South Texas during the early years of the War Between the States.  War brings a new dimension to the dangers lurking at every turn.  Gritty…tough…it’s part and parcel to Luke’s life as lawman and rancher.  Just about anywhere he rides, death could be reaching for his reins.  Comanche call Dunn Ghost-Who-Rides, his and young Elisa’s ardor knows no bounds, paid killers seek to rid the Strip of Dunn’s justice, savages fight back against their certain demise, new threats to justice emerge, and everything converges at little Nuecestown, Texas.

Nicholas Dunn: The Making of a Texas Legend, a biography by Tumbleweed Sagas author Mark Greathouse, was released December 22, 2020 by Defiance Press & Publishing.  It follows my three Tumbleweed Sagas: Nueces Justice, Nueces Reprise, and Nueces Deceit.   All of my books are available online in print, audio, and eBook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets as well as at DefiancePress.com.   With the biographical Nicholas Dunn: The Making of a Texas Legend   Greathouse shares the life of his Great Great Grandfather Nicholas Dunn who gained fame as Comanche fighter, marksman, drover, rancher, speculator, and family man of deep faith.  He was a true Texas legend who somehow managed to avoid becoming a character in the old dime store pamphlets.  It’s exciting to share Dunn’s story with my readers and especially folks around Corpus Christi and Alice, Texas.  Watch for the next Tumbleweed Sagas sequel, Nueces Blood, scheduled for release March 2021.

Back Story

 Who is Tumbleweed?

As I tell it, my dear cousin Jim Holmgreen took note of my tendency to randomly travel about from one destination to another during my frequent visits to Texas.  So, Jim nicknamed me “Tumbleweed.”  I rather took to it.

I came up with the idea for a blog to post mostly about the west, its history, and my writings and videos.  I already had experience with a since discontinued  life-advice blog.  So in addition to a place to host videos about my books, I needed a blog name that would expand on random thoughts, topics, and stories about life in general.  Tumbleweed seemed ideal, and so it goes.  It rolls along, but it can be thorny.  To date, my publisher (Defiance Press & Publishing) has published my four Tumbleweed Sagas and a biography of Nicholas Dunn.  Upcoming is the fifth Saga, another biography, and alt-history novel, and a sixth Tumbleweed Saga.

By way of further introduction, I’m a retired business executive, entrepreneur, private equity investor, educator, and community activist that turned to a new career authoring western genre fiction.  I am a member of Western Writers of America and belong to a handful of state and local book writing and poetry groups.  I hold a BA and MBA, but those really don’t matter all that much in the scheme of things.  My wife and I plan to move to Texas in the near future.

Tumbleweed Talks Video

I strive to deliver compelling “Tumbleweed Talks” videos via YouTube, as I seek to become a leading voice for subscribers to achieve personal significance by crafting messages of finding meaning in life, establishing a relationship with God, and rising above everyday life challenges through parallels with the taming of the American west.  Of course, the themes within my Tumbleweed Sagas novels, beginning with Nueces Justice, also appear in brief videos.  My videos are also posted to my Facebook page at Tumbleweed Sagas.

The Tumbleweed Sagas

As a fifth-generation Texan, I’m pleased to introduce my Tumbleweed Sagas and my Texan biographies (another is in the works).   You can also find me on the author pages at Goodreads and Amazon.  I’m available to groups for author book talks, signings, and interviews.

Tumbleweed YouTube Video Index

See the new TUMBLEWEED TALKS VIDEO INDEX in the website NavBar.