Thursday, 21 May 2015

Fergal O'Brien included in amazon.com's western promotion

Amazon.com have just started a month-long western promotion. They're making available 250 books for $1.99 each. I won't comment on the fact that it's a Father's Day promotion, but it runs until June 21 and it includes a whole heap of popular western authors such as Robert Randisi, Max Brand, Lauran Paine, Zane Grey etc.

Due to a clerical error, I assume, they're mistakenly put three of my books into the promotion and so for the next month The Finest Frontier Town in the West, The Treasure of Saint Woody and The Miracle of Santa Maria are available at half the usual price. These books include such delights as the West's filthiest town, some misguided pig-rustlers and Professor Oliver Rhinehart's Amazing Display of Stellar Phenomenon. You have been warned.

You can start browsing the promotion here.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Ten Per Cent Gang now available on Kindle

My 7th Black Horse Western The Ten Per Cent Gang has now been published on Kindle.


This book was meant to be a sequel to Death or Bounty picking up the story of what Nat McBain and Spenser O’Connor did next. As it turned out, those characters ended up being part of the supporting cast while the story of two lawmen took over.

Sheriff Creed and Deputy Fairborn are an inversion of the Cassidy Yates and Nat McBain dynamic in which Cassidy is a dutiful lawman and Nat struggles with following the right path. So in this story Creed is heading to the dark side while his deputy tries to tread a straighter path.

I'd always remembered this story as having the most plot twists I'd ever crammed into a tale, although when reading it through again it wasn't anywhere near as twisty as I remembered it. I guess that's because it's obvious that there is a twist coming and the real twist is that the twist is different to the twist that's implied. What surprised me more was the amount of action in the story. I usually try to ensure some action takes place in every chapter, but in this case around half the book is one, long extended action set-piece.


Anyhow, the book can now be bought from all good Amazon stores.


Sheriff Wes Creed has suffered yet another disastrous day. Earlier, Clayton Bell’s bandit gang raided a cash shipment bound for Lincoln’s bank. And while Creed fruitlessly pursued the bandits, the vigilante organization, the Ten Per Cent gang, calmly tracked and reclaimed the stolen cash. And for their trouble, the vigilantes retained their usual fee – ten per cent of the cash.
With the Ten Per Cent gang now threatening to enforce all justice in Lincoln, Creed realizes he has to slap them in jail, even if it means riding roughshod over every law in the land.
So Creed has no choice but to forge an alliance with the only man who hates the Ten Per Cent gang as much as he does – Clayton Bell.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Large Print version of Night of the Gunslinger

Night of the Gunslinger has now been published as a large print paperback. It's my 22nd Linford Western.


With the town marshal laid up with a broken leg, Deputy Rick Cody must stand alone to protect New Town during a night of mayhem. At sunup Edison Dent will stand trial for Ogden Reed's murder - but Rick doubts his guilt. With only one night to uncover the truth, his task is made harder when the outlaw Hedley Beecher plots to free the prisoner. Meanwhile, Ogden's brother Logan vows to kill Edison and anyone who stands in his way. . .

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Man who Tamed Lone Pine accepted

Hale have agreed to publish my latest western tale The Man who Tamed Lone Pine.

One of the side-effects of publishing my books on Kindle is that it's forced me to read some of my earlier books again, and that reminded me that I hadn't written about Nat McBain for a while. So I thought I'd find out what he's been up to. It'll be my 33rd Black Horse Western and it should be published early in 2016.

Here's my draft blurb:

When Nathaniel McBain and Shackleton Frost arrive in Lone Pine to escort a prisoner to Beaver Ridge jail, they are shocked to find out that the prisoner is Shackleton's old friend Sheriff Ashton Clarke. Five years ago Ashton tamed the town, but now he's been charged with killing in cold blood.

Ashton claims that someone from his past has framed him, and as more bodies are found with all the evidence pointing to him being the culprit, the case against him starts to look too good to be true. So if Nathaniel and Shackleton are ever going to unmask the guilty, they will have to turn their backs on their duty and use their trusty six-shooters instead.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Calloway's Crossing now available on Kindle

My 13th Black Horse Western Calloway's Crossing is now available on Kindle.



I enjoyed writing this one. At the time I was writing stories both for the Black Horse series and the Avalon series where for the former I crammed in plenty of action and for the latter I went for a more light-hearted approach. Calloway’s Crossing was one of the books where I tried to bring the two styles together, so there’s plenty of shoot-em-up action, but the plot’s not meant to be taken too seriously.

The book is also one of the few I’ve written where the leading lady has pretty much as big a role as the leading man, and again I enjoyed writing the scenes where they bounce off each other. Looking back, I wish I’d written more like this one.

Anyhow, the book is now available from all good Amazon stores.

When Trip Kincaid saved Milton Calloway’s life, Milton was so grateful he gave him his saloon at Calloway’s Crossing. But when Trip arrived to claim his property, the saloon wasn’t what he expected – it had in fact collapsed into a bubbling pool of mud!
Undeterred, Trip rebuilt the saloon. Within hours of opening, Ryan Trimble’s protection gang muscled in on him and his only compensation was the distraction his bartender, the beguiling Grace Theroux, provided.
Trip needed help to defeat Ryan and it arrived in the form of a mysterious gunslinger – but at what price? Before long, Trip faced the fight of his life to save not only the saloon but also himself and Grace.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Cassidy Yates Series: Box Set 1-3 now available on Kindle

The first three Cassidy Yates novels The Outlawed Deputy, The Last Rider from Hell and Yates's Dilemma have now been published as a box set on Kindle.

The book is now available from all good Amazon stores.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Devine goes large

Marshal Jake T. Devine returns to Large Print in his second adventure Devine. I guess neither of the riders look sufficiently tough enough to be Devine, but the background image adds a nice touch.


Pinkerton detective Nimrod Dunn is hired by Lieutenant Governor Maddox Kingsley to infiltrate an outlaw gang. But when Nimrod's cover is blown, an innocent life is lost in the raging gun battle. The fearsome US Marshal Jake T. Devine then sets about bringing the outlaw Cornelius to justice - but his methods are as brutal as those whom he pursues. With Devine's blood-soaked trail making a mockery of the governor's promise to clean up the county, Maddox must call on Nimrod's services once more - to kill Marshal Devine. . .