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Defiance Press & Publishing Signs “Ruby’s Prayer” Author to Book Deal
Ronald H. Keyser’s Initial Title Being Adapted to Big Screen

PRESS RELEASE – SEP 8, 2017 07:00 EDT

HOUSTON, TX USA, September 8, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Defiance Press & Publishing, LLC announced a multi-book deal with author Ronald H. Keyser, a Texas-based author.

“Ron Keyser has a special talent for writing novels that weave history and intriguing characters into a powerful story.  We were fortunate enough to be the initial publisher for ‘Ruby’s Prayer’, we will re-release this title in timing with the planned release of the movie based on the feature film set in the historic Old West in the post-Civil War era,” stated Defiance Press’ president, David Thomas Roberts.

Truth Entertainment acquired the movie rights to “Ruby’s Prayer” in 2016, and was the production company for the Dallas Buyer’s Club which was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning three – including the Oscar for Best Actor for leading man Matthew McConaughey.

Roberts added, “We are very excited to have also signed Mr. Keyser for his greatly anticipated next title, ‘Roped & Tied’, due out in 2018.  Mr. Keyser is a special talent and we are proud to be his publisher.”

‘Roped & Tied’ is the fictional story of Sharlette Jones, a young woman from a well to do family who gives up a life of privilege to marry and travel the professional rodeo circuit with Ray Stoper, a dashing young tie down roper, who over the years firmly establishes himself as the best of all time. The story’s back drop paints a vivid picture of the highs and lows of professional rodeo life, but the plot also exposes the weaknesses of the main characters, from excessive drug and alcohol abuse, to turning their backs on family and friends, adultery and family violence. The story is about good times and bad, and the lengths Sharlette and Ray are willing to go to establish their legacy in one of the most competitive sports in the country. Those same ambitions however, turn out to be the reason they start losing their grip on the one thing they want the most.

A native-born Texan, Ronald H. Keyser is an avid Texas history enthusiast and spent considerable time researching the Texas prison system and 1880’s era Huntsville, Texas for the background on “Ruby’s Prayer”.  Encouraged by his wife Lori, he started writing in his late forties.  Mr. Keyser lives in the Houston, Texas area with his wife.

Defiance Press and Publishing, LLC is a traditional publisher of fiction, nonfiction and children’s books under its Bluebonnet Kids imprint. Defiance Press is located in Conroe, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Defiance Press’ notable titles include “Patriots of Treason,” “A State of Treason,” Ruby’s Prayer,” “Fall of the Western Empire” and “Unemployable.”

Terms of the book deal were not disclosed.

Media Contact:
Amber Manning
Defiance Press & Publishing
amber@defiancepress.com


June 1, 2016

Book signing information for The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on June 9, 2016 from 7-10 pm.
Book signing information for The Woodlands Waterway Marriott on June 9, 2016 from 7-10 pm.

April 6, 2016

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Post-Civil War Novel ‘Ruby’s Prayer’ Acquired by Truth Entertainment

“Joe Newcomb and author Ronald Keyser will produce the project, which is currently seeking a screenwriter.

Truth Entertainment has secured rights to Ronald H. Keyser’s Ruby’s Prayer.

The historical novel follows a family living out the final days of the Wild West in a post-Civil War America, while dealing with the expanding railroads and a deceased wife/mother.

Both Joe Newcomb, CEO of Truth Entertainment, and Keyser will serve as executive producers on the project, which is currently looking for a screenwriter to adapt the novel.

Ruby’s Prayer is full of excitement, drama and romance and I couldn’t put it down when I read it,” said Newcomb. “Right away I knew this would be the next project for Truth Entertainment. We’re thrilled to be working with Ronald to bring his powerful novel to the big screen.”

Truth will also own the international rights to Keyser’s next work, a fictional account of a real-life Texan family known for their fame and fortune.

Truth, the production company responsible for the Oscar-winning film Dallas Buyers Club, recently announced that they are developing and producing the feature film The Nobistor Affair and is currently filming The Tribes of Palos Verdes, which stars Jennifer Garner.”

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April 6, 2016

From Variety:

‘Ruby’s Prayer’ Movie Adaptation in the Works From ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Producer

Truth Entertainment is developing a movie based on “Ruby’s Prayer,” Ronald H. Keyser’s recently released historical novel set in the Wild West in the post-Civil War era.

Truth Entertainment was a production company on the Matthew McConaughey-Jared Leto drama “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Joe Newcomb, chairman and CEO of Truth Entertainment, and Keyser will serve as executive producers on the “Ruby’s Prayer” movie project. They are currently out to screenwriters to adapt the script.

Truth Entertainment has acquired movie and international rights to “Ruby’s Prayer.” It will also own the international rights to Keyser’s next work, a fictional account of a real-life Texas family known for their fame and fortune.

Truth recently announcing that it was developing and producing the feature film “The Nobistor Affair,” the true story of a top-secret mission to overthrow the Ghana government, with Newcomb acting as producer.

Published by Defiance Press, “Ruby’s Prayer” is the story of a Texas-based family during the spring of 1880, still recovering from the deep wounds of the Civil War, reveling in the final days of the Wild West and navigating through the birth of the Industrial Age.

The father of the family was badly wounded during the Civil War and is dealing with the death of his wife and managing an old-standing grudge with another local and highly influential rancher. The eldest son, a battered soul recently released from Texas State Prison, must adjust to his new-found freedom, coming to terms with his brother’s role in sending him to prison.

“‘Ruby’s Prayer’ is full of excitement, drama and romance, and I couldn’t put it down when I read it,” said Newcomb. “Right away I knew this would be the next project for Truth Entertainment. We’re thrilled to be working with Ronald to bring his powerful novel to the big screen.”

Truth Entertainment is currently filming “The Tribes of Palos Verdes” starring Jennifer Garner, and is in post-production on “Stealing Cars” with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.”

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