Sunday, 31 July 2011

Black Horse Westerns - July 2011

No Quarter at Devil's Fork by Terrell L. Bowers

When a crazed outlaw named Chilly Lloyd instigates a heinous crime, it seals the fate of seven other men. Now two friends, Brett Jackson and Reggie Satterfield, put aside their journey to a peaceful life and set out to bring the killers to justice. Stella Burdette has never had much luck but hopes for better things when she agrees to run a chuck wagon for eight hunters, including Chilly Lloyd. Soon, though, she must run for her life. And then Brett and Reggie fall into a deadly trap and are doomed to discover there is No Quarter at Devil's Fork.

Count the Dead by Rick Dalmas

Dawson is thrown off a freight train, half-dead. Then, when he finally finds himself riding into a nearby town, he is on a stranger's horse with a dead man roped behind the cantle. Against all odds he finds himself a riding job with decent sidekicks. It looked good but trouble awaited him. Instead of tallying round-up steers he was forced to fight for his very life.

The Drummond Brand by William DuRey

Luther Drummond, owner of the Diamond-D ranch, the largest cattle spread around the Montana township of Bridger Butte, is buying up land vacated by settlers who have been forced out by a ruinous winter. Rumours abound, however, that many of the misfortunes suffered by the settlers are not the result of nature but are directly attributable to Luther's son, Dagg. Ethan Brodie, a Pinkerton detective, becomes embroiled in the affairs at Bridger Butte when he is accused of murder and stagecoach robbery. Teaming up with Claire Dumbril, the daughter of the dead stagecoach driver, Ethan vows to track down her father's killers. How will the brave duo fare and what perils await them along the way?

Outlaw Queen by Ethan Flagg

An outlaw gang known as the Starrbreakers has been causing mayhem in the territory of Wyoming. After each robbery, the bandits quickly vanish into the stronghold of the Big Horn Mountains through a mysterious gap known as Hole-in-the-Wall. The usual law authorities have been rendered powerless to hunt the Starrbreakers down so Special Agent Drew Henry has been hired to infiltrate the gang in the guise of an escaped convict. Bullets are set to fly when Drew Henry comes to town. Can he take on the Outlaw Queen and break the Starrbreakers' stranglehold?

The Ballad of Delta Rose by Jack Martin

After more than twenty years of living a life on the road, Delta Rose returns to the ranch he once owned with his fiancee, Etta James. A bullet wedged close to his heart has dealt Delta the dead man's hand. He soon discovers Etta has a secret: they have a son who, by now a young man, is in trouble. He is charged with both robbery and murder. Can Delta redeem himself for a past ill spent and save the life of the son he never knew he had?

Showdown at Snakebite Creek by Thomas McNulty

Seven years earlier Cole Tibb's father had been murdered alongside Rattlesnake Creek and now Cole wants justice. He returns to Raven Flats looking to settle the old grudge. But settling a grudge and surviving are two very different things. Soon he finds himself opposing a greedy landowner named Carleton Usher, his ruthless sons, and a merciless group of killers. The arrival of enigmatic US Marshal Maxfield Knight raises the stakes in a deadly game of survival. As the bodies begin stacking up like firewood Cole realises he has only two things in his favour - his ruthless determination to set things right and his ability with a gun.

Crooked Foot's Gold by Greg Mitchell

Jim and Barney are hot on the trail of a thief when they arrive at White Rock but they soon find themselves drawn into the mysterious community, which is claimed by white gold-seekers and restless tribes alike. Then, a dying renegade tells them the story of Crooked Foot's gold and the pair find themselves being hunted down without knowing why. Now they must venture into dangerous territory seeking answers - and who knows what perils await them?

Revenge for a Hanging by Richard Smith

Bush Creek's hardened Marshal Mason finds his life under threat in his own jail, but he is saved by a young fugitive he had arrested on charges of abduction, horse theft and murder. When the youngster confesses that he knifed an uncle who had brutally lynched his father, the marshal realizes that he also has a personal interest in settling the long-standing feud that was behind the hanging. Together, the marshal and his young rescuer seek retribution - but final justice can only come after further violence and more deaths.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Review of No Quarter at Devil's Fork by Terrell L. Bowers

This book is packed with incident, all told in an easy to read style that sees the author telling his story through the eyes of a number of different characters, such as those mentioned in the blurb. The action is first rate and the dialogue crackles, there’s plenty of humour too, often combined with the tall-tales Satterfield delights in telling whenever possible...

Read more at Western Fiction Review.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Review of The Ballad of Delta Rose by Jack Martin

Delta Rose and his partner, Etta James, built up a small ranch together but the urge of wanderlust and the lure of making quick money to give them a life of luxury drew Delta away. Twenty years later and he returns. The ranch is now prosperous and foreman Steve Carter is firmly in a precarious driving seat. He has high hopes for something to happen between him and Etta but Delta's arrival seems to be about to dash his hopes. But not all is as it seems...

Read More at Broken Trails.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Linford Westerns - July 2011

Raiders Of The Mission San Juan by Scott Connor

ISBN: 9781444807325
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 232 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 8.99

On the trail of the Shannon gang, Marshal Lincoln Hawk learns that they have already been killed. Believing that the dead outlaws have been incorrectly identified he continues on the owlhoot trail. He finds the gang still very much alive at the Mission San Juan, preparing to claim a stash of Mexican gold. Whilst the gang fiercely protect their alibi, no help is forthcoming from the peaceful mission padres. As Lincoln confronts an army of gun-toting raiders can he hold his own?

Packing Iron by Steve Hayes

ISBN: 9781444807332
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 280 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 8.99

Rebellious teenager Raven Bjorkman and her widowed mother, Ingrid, save the life of Gabriel Moonlight, an outlaw dying from gunshot wounds. They learn that he was shot by his enemy's son, Stadtlander, a ruthless rancher. Gabriel rides off, leaving Raven and Ingrid caring deeply for him. Then, when they move to Old Calico in California, they are unexpectedly reunited with Gabriel who finds himself in a perilous situation where only his gun-skills will save the day.

Ransom by Owen G. Irons

ISBN: 9781444807349
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 200 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 8.99

In Crater, Arizona, Amos Fillmore is the town's banker. His life is shattered when a gang led by the notorious gunman, Earl Weathers, kidnaps his daughter, Anita. Duplicity and violence rage while Anita languishes in a cave deep into the hills of the desert wilderness. Her safety is compromised by greed - that of the kidnappers and those tasked with upholding justice. It's only when the territory's top gun, Laredo, arrives that Anita and her ransom can ever be recovered.

By The Gun They Died by Matt James

ISBN: 9781444807356
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 224 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 8.99

With seven killers camped on his trail, big Blaze Morgan rides south into Weeping Woman Valley. With his superior gun skills and horsemanship, Morgan expects that he will soon shake off his pursuers. But it's a dark and a stormy night and when he's violently thrown from his horse he finds that he will be lucky to survive the next twenty-four hours... Can he ever hope to overcome the obstacles in his way?

Liberty And A Law Badge by Chap O'Keefe

ISBN: 9781444807363
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 248 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 8.99

Crazy Bob McGill, spying on Sheriff Dan Vickers, is saddened to discover his own daughter, Liberty, sharing the isolation of Vickers' fishing retreat... However, unknown to Bob, Liberty is being blackmailed and trying to protect her sorry marriage to spineless rancher and cattle thief, Tom Tolliver. Meanwhile, ex-Pinkerton agent, Joshua Dillard, comes to Montana working undercover for Vickers' boss, cattle baron Barnaby Lant. The lynching and gunplay begin, but can Joshua bring justice to the range and save Liberty?

Gone To Texas by J.D. Ryder

ISBN: 9781444807370
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 288 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 8.99

Andy and Cletus, wounded late in the Civil War, flee the battlefield and head for home...but Yankee carpetbaggers have taken over. Andy's family has been evicted from their ranch, so he turns to what he learned in the war: how to kill. The enemies now are Yankee politicians who came south to loot and plunder. When 'Wanted' posters circulate, however, the two friends join a cattle drive going to Texas, but the brutal past finally catches up with them.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Bestsellers on Amazon - 25 July

1. The Shadow of Iron Eyes by Rory Black (Hardcover - 31 Oct 2011)
Buy new: £13.25

2. Drive to Redemption by Mike Deane (Hardcover - 31 May 2011)
From £8.62

3. Durango Gunhawk by Tyler Hatch (Hardcover - 31 Jan 2007)
From £0.01

4. All Guns Blazing by Douglas Thorne (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2008)
From £0.01

5. Stampede at Rattlesnake Pass by Clay More (Hardcover - 30 Jun 2007)
From £0.01

6. Scar County Showdown by Elliot Long (Hardcover - 28 Feb 2011)
From £9.12

7. Iron Eyes is Dead by Rory Black (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2010)
From £9.12

8. Ace High in Wilderness by Rob Hill (Hardcover - 30 Jun 2011)
From £9.12

9. The Skull of Iron Eyes by Rory Black (Hardcover - 31 Mar 2011)
From £8.67

10. Last Chance Saloon by Ross Morton (Hardcover - 30 May 2008)
From £0.01

Sunday, 24 July 2011

New website for BH writer Josh Lockwood

The new website, including an extract of Josh's forthcoming Death on the Devil's Highway, is to be found at

Saturday, 23 July 2011

The Traditional West

Hey, Black Horse Westerns lovers. There's a new anthology by Western Fictioners called The Traditional West that includes stories by lots of BHW authors. Take time to watch the trailer. It'll whet your appetite for more western stories, sure thing. THE TRADITIONAL WEST

Friday, 22 July 2011

Review of Revenge for a Hanging by Richard Smith

This is the first BHW by Richard Smith and what a debut it is. The book moves forwards at tremendous pace after hooking the reader straight away by beginning in the middle of a brutal beating. This act of violence needing an explanation, and one the reader will only get by reading more.

Richard Smith doesn’t believe in making life easy for his young hero. Rory Rimmer finding himself accused and arrested for crimes he didn’t commit on more than one occasion. This leads to a number of well-written court scenes.

Read more at Western Fiction Review.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

A western set for the big screen...

A POPULAR author who has written several best-selling Western novels is teaming up with a Merthyr studio to turn his creation into a feature-length film. Gary Dobbs, who writes under the name Jack Martin in memory of his late grandfather, signed a lucrative deal with Burn Hand Films to produce a film of his 2009 book, The Tarnished Star, under the title LawMaster.

The 45-year-old father-of-six, who has also had small roles in Doctor Who, Torchwood, Lark Rise to Candleford and Bond film Casino Royale, hopes to begin work on the production early next year and has already lined up a household name to play the lead role...

Read more at Pontypridd Observer

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

An interview with Chap O'Keefe

Free Book Reviews: What do you think readers will find most notable about this book?

Chap O'Keefe: Hangrope stands head and shoulders above the current crop of competitors! It has a fabulous story with Рto this reader, at least Рa completely unforeseen d̩nouement, vivid, lively characters and regular bursts of action which Рand here's the important bit РSTEM NATURALLY FROM THE PLOT and aren't just shoehorned in to beef things up a bit. I have, of course, read Chap O'Keefe for a long while now, but genuinely feel that this is his best to date!

Read More at Free Book Reviews

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Dales Westerns - July 2011

Bordertown Wheeler by Link Hullar

ISBN: 9781842627747
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 208 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 11.99

The small bordertown of Grandview, Texas, was in the grip of Big Jake Hollister. The locals were helpless against his army of gunmen and the hired fast-gun that had been appointed marshal. Finally a young girl's appeal for help found a receptive champion in the young sheriff of Croly County. Wheeler McKay could not sit idly by while a small town lived in fear and a killer enforced a tyrant's law. Strapping on his Colt .45 and Bowie, the lawman saddled his stallion and set off for Grandview. The time had come for a showdown on the Texas border.

The Sandhills Shootings by Chap O'Keefe

ISBN: 9781842627884
Large Print (Soft Cover) - 240 Pages
Published - 01-07-2011
Price - £ 11.99

Joshua Dillard was a gun for hire. He was also a man given to doing what he had a mind to do. So he refused the presumptuous Omaha financier Fergus O'Callaghan's money, but rode the trouble-busting trail to the Sandhills region of Nebraska anyhow. In that country were his dead wife's brother Tom Holley, a tenderfoot deputy unversed in frontier life's wicked ways, and beautiful Ruth Swain, gutsy widow of a murdered homesteader. The odds were stacked against Joshua and a bullet nearly brought him to the end of the trail, but he was a mighty hard man to kill.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Bestsellers on Amazon - 18 July

1. Stampede at Rattlesnake Pass by Clay More (Hardcover - 30 Jun 2007)
From £0.01

2. Iron Eyes is Dead by Rory Black (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2010)
From £9.12

3. The Skull of Iron Eyes by Rory Black (Hardcover - 31 Mar 2011)
From £8.71

4. Ace High in Wilderness by Rob Hill (Hardcover - 30 Jun 2011)
From £9.12

5. Last Chance Saloon by Ross Morton (Hardcover - 30 May 2008)
From £0.01

6. The Ballad of Delta Rose by Jack Martin (Hardcover - 29 Jul 2011)
From £11.93

7. Jake Rains by Tony Masero (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2011)
From £9.94

8. Drive to Redemption by Mike Deane (Hardcover - 31 May 2011)
From £8.94

9. The Hired Ace by Clay Starmer (Hardcover - 31 Oct 2011)
From £12.59

10. The Black Horse Westerns: Collection No. 1 by Abe Dancer, Dean Edwards, Tyler Hatch and Scott Connor (Kindle Edition - 1 Jan 2011) - Kindle eBook
Buy: £7.50

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Review of Crooked Foot's Gold by Greg Mitchell

This book starts in the thick of the action, an Indian attack on a surveying party which results in there only being one survivor. The man Jim and Barney are hunting could be one of the dead. Although their quest may now be over leaving White Rock could be difficult as the Sioux are killing everyone who attempts to do so. Yet something doesn’t seem quite right, and it’s these puzzles that grab the readers’ attention and won’t let go until these mysteries are solved...

Read more at Western Fiction Review.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

An interview with BH writer Peter Taylor

Teacher and prison lecturer Peter Taylor enjoyed western films when he was younger. So when he decided to switch from writing poetry to fiction, going way out west seemed the obvious answer. His first western was accepted and triggered a run of cowboy stories published on the Black Horse Western label.

That Sedgefield-born Taylor, 63, should write westerns is an odd thought. Even stranger is where some of the inspiration for his novels came – his teaching days in the Midlands...

Read More at Darlington & Stockton Times.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Review of Lonesome Range by Tyler Hatch

The story is extremely fast paced and packed with action that is quite brutal at times. The odds against the survival of the man makes for gripping reading and you have to wonder if this is one anti-hero that won’t be alive by the books end...

Read more at Western Fiction Review.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

An interview with Chuck Tyrell

My first Western novel was Vulture Gold. I wrote it in 1979 and entered it in a Louis L’Amour write-alike contest. Didn’t win. Decided I wasn’t cut out to write fiction and continued as a journalist, magazine feature writer, copywriter, and corporate literature writer. I don’t remember why I dusted the manuscript off and input it (it was written on an IBM Selectric). But I sold it to Black Horse Westerns in 2004. It was published in 2005, and republished in 2011. It is now available in several eBook formats and in print. Originally, the book was about 70,000 words long. Now it is 45,000 or so...

Read more at Western Fictioneers.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Bestsellers on Amazon - 11 July

1. The Skull of Iron Eyes by Rory Black (Hardcover - 31 Mar 2011)
From £8.58

2. The Ballad of Delta Rose by Jack Martin (Hardcover - 29 Jul 2011)
From £11.93

3. Jake Rains by Tony Masero (Hardcover - 30 Nov 2011)
From £9.94

4. Ace High in Wilderness by Rob Hill (Hardcover - 30 Jun 2011)
From £11.93

5. The Hired Ace by Clay Starmer (Hardcover - 31 Oct 2011)
From £12.59

6. Drive to Redemption by Mike Deane (Hardcover - 31 May 2011)
From £9.15

7. Scar County Showdown by Elliot Long (Hardcover - 28 Feb 2011)
From £11.93

8. The Black Horse Westerns: Collection No. 1 by Abe Dancer, Dean Edwards, Tyler Hatch and Scott Connor (Kindle Edition - 1 Jan 2011)
Buy: £7.50

9. Iron Eyes Makes War by Rory Black (Hardcover - 30 Oct 2009)
From £1.83

10. Revenge for a Hanging by Richard Smith (Hardcover - 29 Jul 2011)
From £11.93

Friday, 8 July 2011

Good offers at Book Depository

Two Chuck Tyrell books are on preorder. The Killing Trail, which will soon be out in large print and is on sale at 25% off ($10.85). Remember. Book Depository ships worldwide free of charge.

Black Horse Westerns have announced my latest book for Hale, A Man Called Breed, and it is on pre-order at Book Depository. Free shipping worldwide. Why not pick up a copy or two?

Review of The Scattergun Gang by Hank J. Kirby

The Scattergun Gang were the worst bunch of killers that Texas had ever seen and they had Josh McCall's wife as a hostage. There were no definite clues, only a relentless trail through the Indian Territory, a place infested with outlaws on the run - all with an eye for a fast buck and all willing to put a bullet in your back if that was what it took. But McCall was ready to take them all on, even if he had to use his bare hands - Nothing would stop him getting Rosa back. Nothing.

Excellent western with just the right amount of bravado and recklessness that help you to identify with the hero, McCall, as he takes on the most notorious gang in Texas. Plenty of action and really sharp dialogue in the terrific yarn.

Review appeared originally in Books Monthly.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Review of Wyoming Double-Cross by J.D. Kincaid

This is the latest adventure in J.D. Kincaid’s popular series featuring gunfighter Jack Stone. I’m not sure if all the books put out under the J.D. Kincaid pseudonym are Stone stories, but the majority are...

Read more at Western Fiction Review.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Review of Trail of the Burned Man by Thomas McNulty

This Black Horse Western, Trail Of The Burned Man, is the first piece of western fiction that I have read in a couple of decades. I didn't realize how much I had been missing. Author Thomas McNulty has just reminded me of how much I enjoyed reading about the Wild West, watching the old television shows when I was a kid, and fantasizing about living in that bygone era...

Read more at Squidoo.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

A brief interview with BH author Colin Bainbridge

A retired careers advisor is making his name in the Wild West. Colin Bainbridge, aged 63, of Cottingham Drive, Moulton, Northampton, has had three Western novels published and has had another 10 accepted for publication.

Read More at Northampton Chronicle.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Bestsellers on - 4 July

As it's the 4th of July, this week's chart is for

1. Big Trouble at Flat Rock by Elliot Long (Jun 4, 2010)
From $0.24

2. Arkansas Smith by Jack Martin (Apr 13, 2010)
From $13.57

3. Wind Rider by Thomas McNulty (May 6, 2010)
From $2.31

4. The Black Mountain Dutchman by Steve Ritchie (Jan 1, 2011)
From $18.67

5. Ace High in Wilderness by Rob Hill (Jun 30, 2011)
From $32.35

6. Across the Rio Grande by Edwin Derek (Oct 29, 2010)
From 13.77

7. Always the Guns by Matt James (Nov 30, 2009)
From $18.11

8. Ambush at Lokota Crossing by Terrell L. Bowers (Jan 2011)
From $19.05

9. Apache Rifles by Ethan Flagg (Sep 30, 2010)
From $20.83

10. Avengers of San Pedro by Edwin Derek (Dec 31, 2008)
From $14.98

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Review of Shotgun Messenger by Colin Bainbridge

If it’s a book packed with action you want then you need look no further than Colin Bainbridge’s third Black Horse Western. The story seems to be pretty much one exchange of gunfire, or fists, after another. This is all interspersed with the good guys attempting to second-guess the next moves of the bad guys, including trying to work out their motives...

Read more at Western Fiction Review.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Extract from The Ballad of Delta Rose by Jack Martin

Shouting followed by gunfire.

The sound of gunfire can be quite distinct. The roar of a Colt, for instance, is nothing like the crack of a Remington. Similarly a Henry sounds nothing like a Derringer, and whilst it is true that to the untrained ear, a gunshot is a gunshot with no variations in cadence, Delta knew that he was being awakened by the very fierce shout of a Colt...

Read More at The Tainted Archive.