Monday, 21 September 2015

Cassidy Yates Box Set available as a Countdown deal

This week the first three books in the Cassidy Yates series will be available on countdown for $1.99 or 99p on Amazon.

The Outlawed Deputy - Cassidy Yates was appointed deputy sheriff of Redemption City but such was his knack of attracting trouble that barely twenty-four hours after his appointment he had been slapped in jail! And if that wasn’t bad enough, Brett McBain’s outlaw gang rode into town to bust Nathaniel McBain from jail. Sheriff Wishbone is killed and the townsfolk think Cassidy responsible.
Now, having been imprisoned for the murder of his own sheriff, Cassidy must prove his innocence and the only way to do this is to infiltrate Brett’s gang. He must convince Brett he’s an outlaw, and persuade everybody else that he really is an honest lawman.
Could he pull off his enormous bluff or would he join Sheriff Wishbone on Boot Hill?

The Last Rider from Hell
- Staked out under the baking heat of the desert sun by Frank Chapel’s riders from hell is no way for any man to die. Only someone as resilient as Matt Travis had the courage to endure the heat and the vultures and survive. When finally he manages to escape a gruesome death only one thing is on his mind – revenge.
But his memory has been blasted to oblivion and he is even unsure of his own name. All he knows is that everyone wants him dead!
Justice must be done and Matt will be judge, jury and hangman. First, though, he must face up to the truth of his past and, that accomplished, lead begins to fly.

Yates's Dilemma - When Wendell Moon hightailed it out of Monotony, he left in his wake a murdered lawman and a mob braying for his blood. Fifteen years later the word is out – Wendell Moon is back! But, for Sheriff Cassidy Yates, Wendell’s unwelcome return rekindles old vendettas and ignites three days of raging gun battles.
Now the sheriff has the impossible duty of keeping the peace, but as if that isn’t enough Wendell also claims he never killed the lawman!
If Cassidy doesn’t unearth the truth quickly, Wendell’s trigger-happy enemies will deliver their own form of gun-toting justice. Real trouble lies ahead!

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Six-Shooter Bride available on Kindle

This western is available for purchase from today on Amazon.

I remember that I enjoyed writing this story, and looking back at it for the first time in ten years I can see why I had fun with this one. I usually try to bring in a big plot twist or have several seemingly unrelated sub-plots that ultimately all tie up together. With this one the plot is as simple as it gets.

Ethan and Amelia are two mismatched characters who at the start argue and are wary of the other person. Then they have to travel from A to B to meet a deadline, and on the way they face heaps of danger and adventure, which helps them to appreciate each other and grow closer. Frankly, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve read or seen that story I’d have, well, probably not very much as I usually groan and give up when I see where the story is heading.

In a way I wish I’d written more stories like this one that are straightforward and which give equal prominence to the leading man and leading lady. I think the reason I didn’t is down to the fact that this book didn’t go to large print, which suggested to me that I’d strayed too far from the usual types of western plot that I write. The even bigger clue that perhaps I’d got the emphasis wrong came with the change that was made to my suggested blurb. Here’s the final sentence that I wrote:

The one problem Ethan never expected to face is that he would fall victim to Amelia's charms and getting her to her wedding might just be the last thing he'll want to do!

Here’s what that was changed to. See if you can spot the difference.

There’s danger every step of the way in this gripping western.

The curious thing is that at first sight the romantic sub-plot suggests I’d strayed towards writing a chick-lit western that ought to have a cover featuring a cowboy who forgot to put on his shirt and pants. In reality, the only thing that gets hot is the flying lead and more bad guys bite the dirt in this book than in anything else I’ve ever written. Anyhow, the book is now available from all good Amazon stores.

Slammed in a jail cell after killing a man in a crooked poker game, Ethan Craig’s future looks bleak. Then a witness, Amelia Ash, comes forward and offers Ethan a way out. But there’s a catch. Amelia needs someone to escort her on a treacherous journey across bandit-infested country to her forthcoming wedding.
Ethan agrees to take her, but with raging rivers to cross and Buck Lincoln’s outlaw gang on her tail, it isn’t long before he realizes just how treacherous this journey will be. There’s danger every step of the way in this gripping western.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Clementine on Countdown

My Kindle title Clementine will be available to buy on countdown for the rest of the week. It'll be priced at 99c / 99p rather than the usual $2.99 / $1.99 on Amazon.

When snake-oil seller Fergal O’Brien sells a bottle of his universal remedy to cure all ills to the dying Leland Crawford, Leland makes a miraculous recovery, for several minutes. Then he drops dead.

In the few minutes before he dies, Leland bequeaths to Fergal everything he owns. Unfortunately, before Fergal can celebrate his good fortune he discovers that Leland’s only asset is his beloved Clementine, a 250-foot sidewheeler that once ruled the Big Muddy, until it sank.

Worse, Leland is heavily in debt and now the creditors expect Fergal to pay up. With Fergal having no money, his biggest creditor offers him a way out, but only if he kills Rivertown’s popular lawman Marshal Twitchell Swift.

To avoid carrying out this unwelcome task, Fergal will need to use all his legendary cunning or like as not in this wet weather, he’ll share the fate of Clementine.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Devine's Law now available on Kindle

My fifth Black Horse Western is now available on Kindle.

This book is something of a marmite story (for the benefit of non-UK readers, marmite is a weird brown substance in a jar that some people are able to eat without vomiting and everyone else uses to ward off flies and vampires). It's one of the few books I've written where people have sought me out to tell me what they thought of the story, and sometimes that's been that they liked it and sometimes it's to tell me that they didn't.

The biggest problem appears to be the ending and I understand the concern, but somehow no other ending felt right, and it still doesn't. So for those who I am about to annoy, all I can say is that the thing about the Wild West is that sometimes bad things happened to good people.

The book can now be bought from all good Amazon stores.

 Marshal Jake T. Devine’s law is simple. Nobody threatens him and lives. In his twenty-five years of law enforcement he’s always brought in his man with a bullet blasted between the eyes. So when Max Randall shoots his mouth off, claiming he knows a devastating secret about the wealthy rancher, Roy Cowie, he’s clearly spoiling for trouble – and gets it!
Roy Cowie calls in Devine to arrest Max and without provocation the brutal marshal slaughters Max’s entire family. In self-preservation Max heads for the hills with Devine and his deadly Peacemaker in hot pursuit. Even when Max gains an unlikely ally in Roy Cowie’s son, his chances of seeing another sunrise are slim.
Can Max survive long enough to reveal what he knows, or will the gun-toting marshal deliver yet another round of Devine’s law?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Legend of the Dead Men's Gold goes to large print

I've received the welcome news that my 29th Black Horse Western will be published in large print. It should be available in early 2016.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

All Must Die now available

My 31st Black Horse Western has now been published.

This is the 9th novel featuring Sheriff Cassidy Yates. This time, Cassidy faces his greatest ever challenge when he dons tights and with a hey, and a ho, and a hey-nonny-no he takes on Shakespeare. Cassidy wins.

A spree of unexplained murders shocked Monotony's townsfolk, but when bank raider Sykes Caine was caught the killings stopped. Although Sykes pleaded his innocence, he got ten years. 
When Sykes is freed from jail, he returns to Monotony where Sheriff Cassidy Yates has to deal with another perplexing case. Two men are killed in what appears to be an act of revenge, but Cassidy notices similarities with the deaths ten years ago. Before long, other people are gunned down and the evidence points to Sykes again being responsible. 
With time running out before someone takes the law into their own hands and Sykes receives summary justice, Cassidy must uncover the truth and ensure only the guilty are punished.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Fergal O'Brien included in's western promotion 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.