Friday, 28 August 2009

Black Horse Westerns - August 2009

Packing Iron by Steve Hayes
Rebellious teenager Raven Bjorkman and her widowed mother, Ingrid, save the life of Gabriel Moonlight, an outlaw dying from gunshot wounds. While he's recuperating, they learn he was shot by the son of his enemy, a ruthless rancher named Stadtlander. By the time Gabriel rides off, Raven and Ingrid care deeply for him. But since they are moving to Old Calico, a California mining town, to live with Ingrid's rich brother, Reece, they don't expect to see Gabriel again. But fate decrees that they will be reunited and Gabriel find himself in a perilous situation where only his gun-skills will save the day.

Guntrail to Condor by John Glasby
For Seth Claybourne, still wearing the grey uniform of the defeated Confederates, there was no point in returning home, for his family had been forced to quit their land by carpetbaggers from the east. So now he was riding west. Crossing a desert he encountered a man who had been left for dead. But Jeb Dawson still lived, and when Seth saved the wounded man's life - driving off his returning attackers - the old man confided in him. Dawson had to reach Condor Peaks soon to validate his claim on valuable land, but was now unfit to travel. Vested interests wanted him dead. In agreeing to act as Dawson's proxy, Seth had put himself in the firing line!

Gunhawk by John Long
Jeff Rand, a feared and vengeful gunslinger since his family were murdered, is persuaded by Jim Miller to give up his gunning and join him in peaceful gold-mining. All goes well until one day Jeff returns to camp to find Miller murdered and the gold stolen. Jeff rides off in a black mood of revenge. But after a saloon fracas, he is forced by gunmen to take part in a bank raid. Then the raiders are ambushed, and though Jeff escapes with half the gang, they accuse him of informing and beat him up. Can Jeff extricate himself? Can he clear his name and can he bring the murderers to justice? Lead must fly before he can find the answers.

Gun Fury by Walt Keene
Veteran gunfighter Tom Dix and his pal Dan Shaw get a telegraph message from the remote border town of Gun Fury. Both men know that it must be serious for their friend Wild Bill Hickok to contact them. They saddle up and ride knowing that something perilous is brewing. Death awaits and greets them as soon as they reach Gun Fury. Within hours bodies start to pile up. And the curious thing is that the infamous Hickok claims he never sent for them. Trapped, Dix and Shaw have to fight for their lives in Gun Fury.

Gannon's Law by Peter Wilson
When Sheriff Jim Gannon's wife-to-be Kate is gunned down by a sniper it triggers off a chain of events that brings the lawman into a bitter conflict with bullying Jack Clayton and his sons. Gannon is drawn into a web of treachery, robbery and murder involving stolen Union gold and a mysterious renegade Confederate soldier - Clay McIntire. Only after tracking down the outlaw gang and learning of their secret past does Gannon realize that his life is in danger from friend and foe alike. But does the knowledge come too late?

Dragonfire Trail by Hank J. Kirby
You could call them 'blood brothers': they had shed plenty of their own blood during the savage battles of the War. And it had mingled more than once. Afterwards, they rode together, getting into and out of scrapes, watching each other's back, sidekicks and friends. Then that old enemy and infamous disrupter struck gold. Lots of it already tainted with blood. The only way it could be settled was over blazing guns.

Arizona Pay-off by Duke Patterson
When Tex Scarron, six foot of whipcord and steel, rode home to the Bar X in Arizona, he found Parson Dean and his gang working a lucrative 'protection' racket. Any rancher who failed to pay up had his cattle rustled, his homestead burnt about his ears and his cowhands shot in the back. Tex's earlier experience fighting hoodlums came in handy, and the gunplay was fast and furious before he rid the territory of the Parson, solved the mystery that lay behind the racket, and incidentally found happiness with the mysterious outlaw girl whose trail had so often crossed his own.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Monday, 24 August 2009

Bestsellers at Amazon - 24 August

1. The Frontiersmen by Elliot Conway (Oct 2004)

2. Bowie of the Alamo by John Glasby (Dec 2002)

3. The Tarnished Star by Jack Martin (Jun 2009)

4. Trail of the Burned Man by Thomas McNulty (Nov 2009)

5. Bad Men Die Hard by Dave Hooker (Mar 1994)

6. Gun Law by Lee Walker (Dec 2009)

7. Lobo and Hawk by Jake Douglas (Feb 2004)

8. Deadly Gold by John Blaze (Aug 2000)

9. Ruben's Ruse by Ben Coady (Jul 2001)

10. Three Men to Kill by Bill Williams (Dec 2001)

Friday, 21 August 2009

Linford Westerns - August 2009

The Killer's Brand by Terrell L. Bowers
Dace Kelly is released from prison on the condition that he helps the warden's sister save her ranch outside Tolerance, Colorado. He and the Professor, who is also being released, ride there together. But Dace faces problems aplenty: the warden's sister doesn't want Dace there, a gunman is after him and a powerful rancher is after the lady's ranch. Then there's someone intent on seeing the Professor dead... Maybe Dace would have been a whole lot safer staying in prison!

Lawmen by Jack Giles
Tom Ford, the sheriff of Stanton, was gunned down while trying to keep the peace between the hands of rival ranches. News of Tom Ford's death reaches his son, Chris, and Marshal Sam Ward while they are hunting down a killer. Chris returns home to face his past and to find his father's killer and for this he must take up his father's badge - only to discover that not everything is as it seems...

Blood Creek by Lance Howard
Fifteen years earlier five unruly sons had committed a heinous crime against a young Ute woman, and walked away unpunished. But now a ruthless killer is stalking those boys. Bent on revenge he's murdering their wives and, piece by piece, destroying their lives. After man-hunter Calin Travers is attacked, then lured to Sundown, Colorado, he discovers himself face to face with guilt from the past and a vengeful killer who has marked him for death.

Riders From Hell by Lee Lejeune
It is the 1880s. Tom and Marie Flint have moved to New Mexico and run a thriving cattle business. Then, in El Jango, two fleeing bank robbers murder Flint's elder son when they hold up the Santa Fe stage. The killers, intent on revenge for past events, call themselves The Regulators. They want to destroy the Flint family. Up against the so-called Regulators, Tom and his younger son Jason fight a desperate battle to the death. But whose death?

Last Chance Saloon by Ross Morton
The Bethesda Falls stage is robbed and Ruth Monroe, the stage depot owner, is being coerced into selling up by local tycoon, Zachary Smith. Meanwhile Daniel McAlister arrives to wed Virginia, the saloon's wheel-of-fortune operator. Daniel hits a winning streak but is bushwhacked and robbed. Virginia is determined to stand by Daniel - ducking flying bullets if necessary as she and Daniel side with Ruth against Smith and his gunslingers. A deadly showdown will end it, one way or another...

Kill Or Be Killed by Corba Sunman
Chet Walker returns to Kansas when his brother Burt faces trouble at the Flying W. Chet, after five years in Montana, accepts that Burt won the girl they both love, but he's unprepared for the trouble awaiting him. He becomes the target of gunfire as soon as he arrives. It seems that every man's hand is against him as he fights back. He must survive the mayhem and confront the crooks behind the plot to take over the range.

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Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Don't Tarnish the Brand

Lance Howard discusses his current project and the western at Dark Bits

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

New Chuck Tyrell cover

Charlie reveals the cover to his latest: Guns of Ponderosa at Tokyo West

Monday, 17 August 2009

Bestsellers at The Book Depository - 17 August

1. The Tarnished Star by Jack Martin (Jun 2009)

2. The $300 Man by Ross Morton (May 2009)

3. All Guns Blazing by Douglas Thorne (Nov 2008)

4. Long Shadows by Terry James (May 2009)

5. Nightmare Pass by Lance Howard (Dec 2006)

6. Draw Down the Lightning by Ben Bridges (Apr 2007)

7. Last Chance Saloon by Ross Morton (May 2008)

8. Death at Bethesda Falls by Ross Morton (Jul 2007)

9. Misfit Lil Robs the Bank by Chap O'Keefe (Sep 2009)

10. More Blood on the Sky by Elliot Long (Aug 2008)

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Friday, 14 August 2009

Dales Westerns - August 2009

Wayman's Ford by Jim Bowden
Wayman's Ford, the easiest crossing of the Brazos River for the cattle herds trailing north to the Kansas railheads, is controlled by the Pickering brothers. When they try to exert too high a toll for the use of the ford, trouble comes from the Broken U outfit. Killing leads to killing and Dan McCoy, Sheriff of Red Springs, moves in to prevent a full-scale war between the two outfits, but arson, rustling and kidnapping sweep the Brazos country around Red Springs, before Dan, aided by his deputy Clint Schofield, and the Collins family, finally brings the criminals to justice.

The Death Trail by M. Duggan
When Noah Swan headed west he thought he was leaving trouble behind him, but trouble was waiting as soon as he set foot in Hawk's Head. Pretty soon, through no fault of his own, there were plenty of folk in Hawk's Head who wanted to see him dead. He had no choice: to stay alive he must kill those who were out to get him. When he thought the worst was over, he could not know that trouble in the form of Judge Elmore Standish and his son Nathaniel was headed his way, but no matter what, Noah was determined to survive.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Vampires on the Range

Lance Howard discusses horror and the western at Dark Bits

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Bestsellers on Amazon - 10 August

1. The Tarnished Star by Jack Martin (Jun 2009)

2. The Last Water-hole by Jack Sheriff (Sep 2006)

3. Trail of the Burned Man by Thomas McNulty (Nov 2009)

4. Morgan's War by John Dyson (Jun 2007)

5. Bowie of the Alamo by John Glasby (Dec 2002)

6. Bender's Boot by Mark Bannerman (Jun 2004)

7. Mark Counter's Kin by J.T. Edson (Nov 1991)

8. Long Shadows by Terry James (May 2009)

9. Battle at Broken Knee by Gordon Landsborough (May 2004)

10. Lobo and Hawk by Jake Douglas (Feb 2004)

Monday, 10 August 2009

James C. Work writes about Black Horse Westerns

On-line version of the printed magazine article at True West Magazine

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Last Chance Saloon by Ross Morton

Nik reports on the publication of his latest Linford Western at Writealot

Monday, 3 August 2009

Bestsellers on Amazon - 3 August

1. The Tarnished Star by Jack Martin (Jun 2009)

2. Trail of the Burned Man by Thomas McNulty (Nov 2009)

3. Morgan's War by John Dyson (30 Jun 2007)

4. Bowie of the Alamo by John Glasby (Dec 2002)

5. Bender's Boot by Mark Bannerman (Jun 2004)

6. Long Shadows by Terry James (May 2009)

7. Battle at Broken Knee by Gordon Landsborough (May 2004)

8. Lobo and Hawk by Jake Douglas (Feb 2004)

9. A Man Called Abe by Jim Bowden (Feb 1993)

10. The Hidden Apache by Mike Stall (Jul 2004)