Jun 19

GP Hutchinson Scores His First Number One Bestselling Western For Dusty Saddle Publishing!

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A brand-new Western adventure from GP Hutchinson rides to NUMBER ONE on the bestseller charts! Congratulations to GP Hutchinson for scoring his first number one western bestseller for Dusty Saddle Publishing!

Fate having wreaked havoc on the end of his childhood, young Tom Hedgepeth rather likes his routine life in El Paso. But his dreams of predictable years to come are dashed when his closest living relative, Uncle Tobias Knox, escapes from the Texas State Penitentiary and tries to get Tom to start a new life with him in Mexico. Hoping it won’t end in his uncle’s death, Tom alerts the local law. Before he knows it, the gangly, inexperienced Hedgepeth is thrust into the middle of the manhunt for his uncle. And Uncle Tobias is not riding alone! Grab your copy by clicking here!

 

Jun 15

Western Author Jim Burnett Will Lead A Brand New ‘Inspirational’ Western Collection

This is the first look at the new “Guide My Hand, Precious Lord” collection from Dusty Saddle Publishing. The collection will pull together inspirational stories from authors including Fred Staff, GP Hutchinson, Michael Haden, Scott Harris and Douglas R. Cobb.

The collection will be introduced by bestselling Western author Jim Burnett. “Guide My Hand, Precious Lord” will be released toward the end of June 2018.

FROM THE STORY ‘HARD TIMES’ BY FRED STAFF:

“Darlin’ we’re facin’ some pretty hard times. I’ve never seen a winter like this, and I’m sorry I didn’t do a better job gettin’ us ready for it.”

“You shut that up right now! If we hadn’t had the baby, I’d been able to be more help to you, and we’d got in that big garden we wanted.”

“It looks like we’re in the hands of the Lord now, Molly. You go ahead and put those last three potatoes on to boil. After I get a little to eat, I’m gonna hit the trail. If the Lord is willin’, I’ll bring back some meat.”

Whimpers seeped from under the covers of the baby basket. Molly dropped the knife and pulled her shawl tight as she approached.

“You go ahead and take care of Caleb,” Joseph said. “I’ll do the potatoes.” He picked up the knife and started scraping the skin from the vegetables. “If there’s anything the army taught me, it’s how to do a spud.”

“Problem is, Joseph, it’s been so long since we’ve had substance to eat that I just can’t produce enough milk to keep the little fellow happy.”

Lifting the baby from under the heavy quilt, Molly patted him on the back, quickly thrust him under her shawl, and placed a breast in his mouth.  She pulled down the shawl over him, reached for the quilt, and threw it over her shoulder, draping it over the baby.

Looking up, she said, “I know we prayed for a child, but I wonder if he is goin’ to make it. In fact, I wonder if any of us is gonna make it.”

Jun 14

“The Return of Shorty Thompson” Released To Instant Western Success

Dusty Saddle Publishing released the second volume of it’s popular “Shorty U.S. Marshal” series yesterday. An outstanding achievement that pays tribute to one of the greatest Western authors of our time—Paul L. Thompson. From that book I republish with permission the introduction…

“How surprised we were! The first volume of “Shorty: U.S. Marshal” was such a success with readers that we quickly had to put together a second volume. Now, it says a lot for the writers involved in this set that they can put together quality stories so quickly. We had planned to release this second volume in the middle of July—but it just couldn’t happen. Readers wanted it now! So, it’s here, and we believe you will enjoy this set tremendously.

First up, there’s Jim Burnett—a new signing for Dusty Saddle Publishing. He’s an inspiration to work with and has a style of writing that readers should find to be very pleasing. We will be putting several stories from Mr. Burnett onto the market, and you will probably find him on your reading list.

Mark Baugher—the man who had a motion picture made of his first book. Yes, Mark climbed that high mountain and managed to come away with a top one hundred bestseller, a top twenty bestseller and… a movie adaptation of his first book, “C-Bar.” The world is definitely taking to his great writing style.

Scott Harris makes a classic appearance within the walls of this collection. Not only is Mr. Harris one of the biggest sellers at DSP, but he’s a fine, fine writer who has a million ideas. All of his releases with Dusty Saddle have been great successes. How do we know that? Well, when a writer racks up five consecutive top twenty hits, you know he’s got something going. Harris is supernatural when it comes to writing Westerns!

And then there’s David Watts—a top selling author who scored over one million pages read of each of his three Westerns. He has something new heading to market soon—and has a new series in mind. There’s talk that Mr. Watts may soon have one of his books turned into a big screen adaptation… so keep your eyes peeled for that event!

And now a word about Juliette Douglas—a great writer who wins awards and readers’ hearts around the world. Hers is a writing style that says everything you need to know about Westerns. It’s traditional, classy, intelligent writing from someone who understands the feel and touch of the Western novel. She’s destined for greatness, and Dusty Saddle Publishing hopes to bring you more great stories with her distinctive style! Let’s keep asking Juliette for more stories, and maybe she will supply us with one or two.

And now the main feature has arrived. Five top stories that all concern one of the great Western writers of today. His name is Paul L. Thompson, and these are stories that pay tribute to his considerable talent.

This is Dusty Saddle Publishing wishing you an exciting reading adventure!

P.S.

We added two stories from the first volume to give readers who try this set first a taste of that first blockbuster collection.

P.P.S

We also added a taste of the latest M. Allen bestseller at the back to get you up to speed with one of the most popular Westerns of today.”

And where can you find this set? Just click the cover below to grab your copy for 99 cents! Great Western entertainment at a low, low price!

 

Jun 11

The Great Success of Western Hitmaker GP Hutchinson: An Interview and Profile

Have you been looking for a new Western novel to cherish? How about checking out one of the most successful Western authors of today… G.P. Hutchinson. Success, if you can get it, is something to be cherished. G.P. Hutchinson has been at the top of the Western tree for some time now. His first book, “Strong Convictions,” was one of the major Western hits of 2015. His following book, “Strong Suspicions,” climbed to the top of the bestseller listings and was one of the fastest selling Westerns of that year. His new western release “Just Shy of Mexico” is currently on the charts and climbing! You can grab it right here!

Now, G.P. is a very humble fella, and he writes because he loves to write, and that may be the very reason for his success. You can also add his consistent mindset towards promotion and his ability to please Western readers to that list of ingredients… But the biggest ingredient is that he has a talent for writing. That’s the key. If you put all of these ingredients together, you can’t help but find success. But let’s ask G.P. about his formula… He’s waiting!

Why was it important for you to write? What drove that ambition?

Sometimes stories are more effective than non-fiction in influencing the way people think. There’s a lot of madness in the world today. In spite of all the advantages of rapid change, 24/7 news cycles, and the ability to Google any subject on Earth, a lot of folks seem more confused than ever about how to live life. My hope is that, while entertaining readers, I’ll offer them something attractive to consider regarding how to live meaningful, purposeful lives based on enduring values in this complicated world.

How closely do you try to keep to historical fact?

History matters—a good deal. But if my story is better served by having a railroad run through a town in 1881 when in fact the railroad did not arrive until 1883, I don’t believe any great harm is done in most such cases. What shouldn’t be changed for the sake of story, in my humble opinion, are the prevailing social conventions and attitudes of the specific era in which the story takes place. Too much is already being expunged from history books these days in order to advance politically correct societal agendas.

What were the most influential movies on your writing?

Tombstone (1993), Broken Trail (2006), The Quick and the Dead (1995), and Appaloosa (2008) all had stylistic influence on my Western novels.

What first got you interested in the written word?

An active imagination and a thirst for adventure in other times and places.

Would you ever write a book about the Alamo or other historical events?

I’ve learned to never say ‘never.’

Do you believe in good and bad? Is that a concept that all who write books should keep in mind?

If by “good and bad” you are referring to how well or poorly done something is (stories, books, visual and performing arts), then of course I believe in good and bad. And I believe anyone who writes a book and sets out to sell it to the public has a moral imperative to give his readers the best work he can possibly produce under his current circumstances. Meanwhile, I think you’d really like to know whether I believe in good and evil, which is a slightly different question. A quick look at the world around us reveals abundant examples of both good and evil—the epic battle of the ages. With all due respect to the postmodernist antihero (a protagonist who is not only flawed, but who also leaves the reader or viewer questioning whether any moral absolute can be applied), I believe there are profound reasons why most readers want to see good heroes who eventually triumph and bad villains who eventual get what’s coming to them. We simply don’t seem to see enough justice in the world where we live out our everyday lives.

If you could go back to any time period—where would you go?

Scary idea—probably the American West of the later 1800s.

Can you describe all of your books in one easy-to-read answer?

In my books I strive to blend the best conventions of classic-style Westerns with the pacing and suspense of modern thrillers.

As an author, do you think it’s important to have a large publisher?

While landing a contract with a big publisher could boost an author’s career in a significant way, there’s no guarantee that that would be the case. From what I understand, traditionally published books have a fairly short window of opportunity in which to make a big splash. If they don’t live up to expectations within that window of time, they may very well end up being pulled from the market. There’s a lot of competition out there and limited promotional budgets. Even when published by one of the bigger publishing houses, authors still have a substantial responsibility to promote their own work. Self-publishing has a lot of advantages. There are pitfalls, to be sure. But well-written, well-edited stories, when targeted at the right audience, can remain on the market and gain fans over a long period of time. Either way—traditionally published through one of the larger publishing houses, or self-published—it seems to me that the key ingredient to the success of an author who writes good material is visibility.

Are you ever surprised by how many readers there are, still, in the world?

Not really. Life is—at the same time—tough and mundane. We often don’t see the fruits of our labors until much later, if ever. Reading offers a wonderful way to vicariously experience both excitement and the successful accomplishment of bold and daring deeds.

Is there any kind of book you wouldn’t write, or couldn’t write?

I wouldn’t write anything that, in my estimation, dishonors God or weakens the essential moral fiber of society.

Do you think writers read more books than the average reader—or is that just a myth?

Don’t get me wrong—you have to be a reader in order to be the best writer you can possibly be. On the other hand, while I’m busy writing for six or eight hours in a day, someone else may be devouring books I’ll never have time to get to. I’m amazed by (and a bit jealous of) how much some people read.

How have reviewers treated your books?

Overall, very well, I’m humbled to say. Every now and then, there’s a review that makes me cock my head and say, “What?!?” But as with anything, as much as we might like to, we can’t please 100 percent of the people 100 percent of the time.

And your luxury item to take to a secluded island is….?

Some means of staying connected to the internet.

Thank you, G.P. for stopping by. You can download “Just Shy of Mexico” by clicking here. You can also check out his website hereDon’t miss out on great books by one of the great Western authors of today.

Jun 06

The Terrifying, Haunted World of Paranormal Expert And Author G. Michael Vasey

When it comes to horror, creepy true stories and the truth behind the paranormal… you have to meet G. Michael Vasey. G. Michael has been the driving factor behind hit books, a popular website and many of the most haunting true tales you’d ever want to read. This interview should give you a good, strong introduction to one of the most interesting paranormal authorities in town.

G Michael Vasey

Who do you have in mind when you write?

Me. I write about my interests and things that I am passionate about. I trust that the end product is something of interest to others and that I have something unique to offer – my perspective and one that is entertaining and different.

How do you find “inspiration” and where does it live?

Inspiration often comes to me in a semi-meditative state. So listening to music of the right type can start the juices flowing, or sometimes I listen to meditation music on Youtube as I write. It seems to relax me and open a channel to the creative part of me. Other books can also give inspiration too, so when I am reading something it will trigger a series of questions or thoughts and an inner dialogue. I don’t find finding inspiration difficult to be honest. If you look around and pay attention to what is around you, how can you not be inspired? For example, until recently, I lived in Prague. Most people tramp to work, head down, worrying about the day ahead or wishing themselves miles away. As I walked through Prague to work, I looked up – at the glorious architecture and beauty, history and sheer wow of the city I lived in…. that inspires me.

Have you always aspired to be a writer?

No, but writing has always been a key part of what I do for a living, and I have always enjoyed writing. Being an author sort of sprung up on me when I realized what a body of work I had had published as articles, newsletters, book chapters and so on. Once I got comfortable with the idea, I thought – why not give it a proper go?

Tell me about how you became a writer. What was the first step for you?

Having to write so as a part of my job. I must have written well over 500 articles in newsletters and magazines professionally along with 100 white papers and reams of blog articles. So, it is something I do continually. The step you ask about is probably when I first sat down with the objective of writing a book, and I did that because I was told to in meditation…

Do you have a distinctive “voice” as a writer?

I don’t know to be honest, but in poetry I do try to play with words in certain evocative ways.

Do you think anyone can learn to be an effective writer, or is it an unnamed spiritual gift?

I think anyone who really wants to write can learn, but very few writers are true masters. That is a gift that you are born with.

Is there a book you’ve written that you’re most proud of?

No, as I tend to keep looking forward as opposed to backwards. That’s not to say there isn’t a book I am fond of. My novel, The Last Observer, though certainly not perfect, is my favourite book to date; and my last book of poetry – Moon Whispers – I think is my strongest effort yet. I pick the novel because it has the potential to appeal to a broader group of readers, I think.

On average, how long does it take for you to write your ideas down before you start writing a book?

I don’t follow this approach usually. I plan it in my head and then, after it’s going, I start to write down subplots and themes I wish to develop. In the end though, the books have a surprising talent for writing themselves and surprising even me. I suppose it’s because I write in a meditative state usually and it’s as if it’s not me doing the writing anyway.

What would you say is the “defining” factor in your writing? What makes it yours?

Ah, good question! I think it’s my passion for trying to understand the nature of reality and my practise of magic. You see, I think magic (or if you prefer, metaphysics) has already described the Universe, and science is gradually catching up. What fascinates me is how we create our own reality or our own perspective on reality and how imagination and will can make magic. This provides for a never-ending smorgasbord of ideas, plots, endings and concepts to play with.

How do you guard your time to do what’s most important?

I am a multi-tasker and am always engaged in fifteen things at once. I move my focus from one thing to another and that constant variety keeps me engaged and busy.

What are some of the more common distractions you struggle with, and what ways have you found to overcome them?

There are times when I simply do not want to write. So I don’t.

What kind of review do you take to heart?

Oh, I hate bad reviews and take them ever so personally. It seems to me that there are a few people out there that simply get a kick out of writing deeply negative reviews – like trolls on a discussion board. I can’t help being hurt by deeply negative criticism. On the other hand, we only get better through criticism. It is how that criticism is delivered that makes the difference between something we gain from or something we are hurt by.

How do you decide what your next book will be about?

Well, I decide probably in a moment of massive interest in something or an idea, but then I end up writing something else entirely! For example, on my bio it says I am writing a book about the Fool in magic. It’s a great idea, and I have written a few pages, but I keep finding other things to write about, and I make no progress at all on that idea. I keep it in the bio to remind me that I must/should/will write that book.

Was there a link between your childhood and your vocation as a writer?

Yes – imagination. I had and still do have a very well-developed imagination to the point I can really be where I imagine I am. It is this imagination that runs riot and is the creative seed within me.

As a writer, however, you have the opportunity to self-reflect, to revisit experiences. How does that feel?

Sometimes good but not always….often, the worst of life’s experiences are actually the best – at least for writing.

What motivates you to tackle the issues others may avoid, such as nature and spirituality?

I have been interested in such things since I was knee high to a grasshopper as I wrote in my first book – Inner Journeys. Back when I was 12, I was attending meetings of the church for psychical research and reading Blavatsky… So, I am well-grounded in this stuff and a practising magician to boot. As a result, I guess I see the world a bit differently and want to share the idea that the world looks like you want it to.

When you start a new book, do you know how a book will end as you’re writing it? Or does its direction unfold during the writing, research and/or creative process?

The Last Observer wrote itself, I swear. The ending surprised me and still does.

How do you see your role in impacting and influencing society?

I only hope that I can make people think a bit, wake up and look around and see that not everything is how they were taught. If they do that, then I have already succeeded.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you like to do?

Writing is so integral to everything I do, and it’s not possible to answer this question.

What are the things a writer “must not” do?

You know, I don’t like rules. Why should a writer not do anything? I do feel sometimes that we are constrained by success, but real art is breaking all the rules and having the product mean something. This is why I love poetry – there are NO rules. I hear some people criticising Indie writers as if the only people who should write are Shakespeare and his ilk; but this is literary snobbishness, isn’t it? Everyone should be able to write if they so choose, and if they break rules of grammar but people love their stuff, then great….

What are some pieces of advice that you would give someone on writing well?

I would never tell someone how to write – I think people should write as they wish, and some will deem it to be good and some bad.

Young writers often make foolish mistakes. What is a mistake to avoid?

Answering a bad review… don’t do it. Ever. I did and I learned.

What obstacles and opportunities do you see for writers in the years ahead?

The whole industry is in flux with eBooks, Amazon and so on. Trying to keep up with how to market what you write, how to make money, how to find an audience, whether to self-publish or not? It’s knowing how things will fall out that could present either an obstacle or opportunity.

Could you talk about one work of creative art that has powerfully impacted you as a person?

Yes – a CD by Blackfield called Blackfield II. The music on that CD inspires me to write, and it feeds my creative juices. Every single poem in Moon Whispers was written listening to that CD. In fact, music often is the work of creative art that sends me….

What relationship do you see between imagination and creativity, and the real world?

Imagination and creativity are intertwined like lovers – one needs the other, and together they make beautiful music.

For a writer, it is easy to become an elitist. Have you ever (or do you still) struggle with pride as an author?

Not really – I do what I do and lots of people do the same so there is nothing special about me. But let’s see how I behave if I ever have a real best seller, shall we?

With all your success, how do you stay humble?

Age. I am that sort of age where nothing much impresses me anymore, least of all myself.

Have you ever considered writing fiction full time?

I would love to… will you get me a contract?

Start your great Vasey adventure by grabbing a copy of “The Chilling True, Terror of The Black Eyed Kids.” 

The Chilling, True Terror of the Black-Eyed Kids: A Monster Compilation by [Vasey, G. Michael]

The Chilling, True Terror of the Black-Eyed Kids: A Monster Compilation by G. Michael Vasey

The definitive account of the mysterious and terrifying black-eyed kids from best selling paranormal and occult author – G. Michael Vasey

The Black-Eyed kids are an urban legend of vast proportions. The stories of small children turning up on people’s doorsteps asking to be ‘let in’ occur all across the world spreading fear and terror. This compilation of G. Michael Vasey’s best selling books on this scary phenomena includes new material and new true stories, as well as the complete texts of his hit books – The Black-Eyed Demons are Coming and The Black-Eyed Kids.

Supernatural expert, G. Michael Vasey, carefully investigates this truly terrifying phenomenon using real-life encounters with these scary supernatural beings. The result is an unsettling and sometimes terrifying book that will have you fearfully anticipating that knock at your door… late at night. Will you ever sleep again?

Who and what are these mysterious visitors to the doorstep?

Are they demons, aliens?
What do they want?
Why do they need to enter your home and what happens if they do?

Small kids that ask to use your phone or for a ride and yet those that encounter them are scared to death even before they notice their sinister black eyes……

This book will terrify you….. and have you afraid to answer your door late at night.

Other great Vasey books are also available by clicking here.

Jun 01

PRESS RELEASE: Baugher, Harris, Bennett, Allen, Parks and Fie Strike Gold for DSP

A copy of a new press release from Dusty Saddle Publishing. You can see the original here.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – June 1, 2018 – PRLog — Dusty Saddle Publishing announced earlier this week the release of new titles from some of their top selling Western authors. New novels from familiar and popular names Mark Baugher, Scott Harris, Bruce G. Bennett, M. Allen, Cherokee Parks and John D. Fie, Jr. will hit the market over the next few weeks.

Mark Baugher

Baugher had great success with the first three books in his “C-Bar” series. The fourth and fifth volumes will be released in June, alongside a brand-new box set of his work so far and inclusion in the highly anticipated tribute novel to super selling Western author Paul L. Thompson, entitled “Shorty: U.S. Marshal.” Baugher will also be featured in the Summer edition of Westerner magazine and will be featured in “Six Bullets to Sundown, Volume 14” in July.
Scott Harris

Harris has been having great success with his first four Westerns for Dusty Saddle Publishing. A brand new box set celebrating his success and featuring three of his most popular novels (Coyote Courage, Coyote Creek and Coyote Canyon) has just been released and is available on Amazon. New projects from Harris include the highly anticipated “Shorty: U.S. Marshal” and another, as of yet, untitled project that will please Western readers around the world.
Bruce G. Bennett

Dusty Saddle Publishing will be re-releasing all of Bennett’s Westerns for the company with brand new “signature” covers. Two new action novels from Bennett will be released late May, and Bennett will be working on a new Western for release early next year.
M. Allen

Allen will be releasing the first novel in her new Western romance series, “The Wild Hearts,” and the first book will be called “Breaking Magnolia.”

“When life gives you lemons… make pancake mix and dump it over your lying, cheating, soon-to-be-ex husband’s head.

Ten years ago, when Magnolia left her home town in Tennessee for a high life in New York City, she never thought she’d come back. Now faced with being a single mom, with no job prospects, and no money, her only choice is to return home and face who she’d left behind–the one man she thought she’d gotten over, the one man who could see right through her, and the one man who can save her from herself… Dax Everett

The day Magnolia Reed waltzed out of his life was the day Dax lost it all. Now that she’s back, he’s doing everything in his power to stay away from her. The past ten years haven’t been kind to him, and he struggles to hide his darkest secrets from Magnolia. The more complicated things get with her, the more he wants her. In her darkest hour, will he leave or will he give in to the overwhelming need he has for her? After all these years, will their love survive the demons of both their pasts?”

Allen, who had great success with her “Brotherhood of the Gun” series has high hopes for this new contemporary western romance novel.
Cherokee Parks

Western superpower Parks is currently riding high on the bestseller charts with his latest release, “Colt’s Justice.” This novel will be followed by an as yet untitled Western novel. A box set will be released later in the fall celebrating Parks’ time with Dusty Saddle Publishing. His great success with the company looks set to continue for a long time to come.

John D. Fie, Jr.

A brand-new release from Fie, entitled “Cattle Queen of the Pecos,” has already entered the top forty bestselling Westerns in America alongside five other Fie titles currently making sales waves. A brand new novel from Fie is scheduled to be released in June with several more set for release throughout the rest of the year. A collection of his 2018 novels is slated for a Christmas release, and Fie will be featured in the “Shorty: U.S. Marshal” tribute collection.

For more information on any of the above authors, contact the Dusty Saddle Publishing publicity department by emailing Nick@nickwale.org. You can purchase titles from any of the above authors by visiting Amazon.com.

May 31

King of the Western Frontier: Bestselling Western Author Robert Hanlon Explains All

Robert Hanlon– that’s a name many Western readers are familiar with. Why? Because he’s one of the biggest names in the Western book business. His first big western hit “Clint Cain – The Texan Avenger” has recently been reissued. Why the need for a reissue? “Well,” Hanlon explains. “I wanted to make some changes.” Let’s meet Mister Hanlon and find out how he became such a success.

*****

Robert Hanlon—what a pleasure!

What the hell? I thought I was meeting with Johnny Carson.

Carson couldn’t make it, so you’re stuck with me.

Well, how you doing?

Not bad—how is San Antonio?

Don’t know! I haven’t been there since 1965.

Where are you currently located?

Omaha. Need I say more?

Ha! So where do you fit into this crazy world?

I’m from New York City—worked in a few different industries—record industry, car industry. Now I’m working in the book industry. Always working.

How did you go from the record industry to the book industry?

I wasn’t anything special in the record industry. Just a session producer many, many years ago. I’ve always wanted to write books, Westerns in particular, and this was my opportunity. The problem I faced was that the book industry is so disorganized compared to the record industry. There’s little or no reward for authors. It wasn’t until I signed with Dusty Saddle Publishing that I realized the book industry could be fun— and profitable.

Do you consider profit important?

Ha! Trick question. I consider return on my time important.

Do you feel you’ve received that?

Yes. A thousand times over.

Why Dusty Saddle Publishing?

I looked at a ton of outfits—none of them could give me what I wanted. You either pay for everything up front,  or you sign with some literary brain and find yourself selling two copies a month. Then you can sign with a big company after a huge struggle with an agent or you find yourself a publishing company that is run like a record company—profit, profit, profit. Dusty Saddle was different and none of the above.

Is Robert Hanlon your real name?

How rude! Ha! No. I’m a kid from New York. I got named Robert Hanlon by the advertising heads over at Dusty Saddle Publishing. My real name is not American Western at all. However– I will say that I have fired a gun, ridden a horse, hunted, fished and lived like a cowboy for sometime.

“Texas Bounty Hunter” was one of the biggest selling Western novels of the Christmas period. How do you account for success like that?

I don’t. Readers across the country purchased that book—from New Orleans, Detroit, Dallas, Pittsburgh, New York City, Atlanta, Texas and Los Angeles. It was one of the big Westerns of the year, and I think that’s wonderful. But how do I account for a success like that? I just write Westerns and take all the boring bits out of my books. All that drivel that people skip over—I cut it out. I try to write entertaining stories that readers want to read. “Texas Bounty Hunter” was one of the most successful—but let’s not forget that “Pecos Bounty Hunter,” “Hangman’s Noose” and “The Texan Gold Renegades” were also huge hits. My publishing company, “Dusty Saddle Publishing,” call me—they want a new book—I knock one out. I live in a hard-working world, and I work to sell a lot of books. What more can I say?

You take all the boring bits out? What does that mean?

Well, my last editor and I discussed this. Why waste pages and pages on description? I lead with dialogue, I lead with action. Description, in my opinion, should be kept to a minimum—books are like dreams. We do with them what we wish.

I see—so how are your books produced?

I write them—then I meet with the cover designer and get a feel for the cover I want. Then the marketing department over at Dusty Saddle Publishing takes over and finds a way to make the books sell. I’m already working on the next book by the time the previous book hits the shelf. I like to keep up a steady release schedule. I am contracted to turn in a certain number of manuscripts per year, so I have to keep rolling.

How do you feel about Dusty Saddle Publishing?

I think they’ve got the right idea. They really control the content they sign, and they keep a strict release schedule—they promote well and keep on track when it comes to building an author. When I was working in the record industry as a session producer, I worked in much the same way. Dusty Saddle Publishing works like a record company, not like a publishing company. Content is created, edited, released, promoted and then the next release is readied, released, promoted and on it goes. I signed with them five months ago, and they’ve grown quickly—so quickly I signed a twenty-five-year contract with them. Why? Because it’s the place to be.

What do you think about editing?

I don’t. The girl over at Dusty Saddle Publishing thinks about it. I just smile, nod my head and wonder what the hell a semi-colon is. I write books—editors edit. What more do I have to say?

If you could write a book on any subject what would it be?

I’d love to write something about the Rosenbergs, H-Bombs, Brando, The King and I, The Catcher in the Rye, Liberace, Santayana and James Dean. What would I be writing about?

The 1950s?

Bingo. Give the kid a bone.

Isn’t that a bit of a stretch from the Westerns you’ve been writing?

Hey! You asked me what I would want to write about if I could write about anything. I told you. I never said it would happen—just that I’d like to pen something about the era of my youth.

What is your latest release called?

“Bounty For The Preacher”—it’s a really good book, and it’s rolling up the hit parade already. It might be the best book I’ve ever written. The story came to me in a dream. I woke up in the middle of the night and started it. Hey—before I knew it I had a Western story that even the hard-nosed editorial types liked. I reckon it’ll be the one I’ll be remembered for.

Thank you for your time, Bobby. It’s been a blast.

Thank you, Clyde. Did I get the job?

 

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From Robert Hanlon, the bestselling author of “Texas Bounty Hunter,” “Bounty For The Preacher” and “Pecos Bounty Hunter” comes his best Western… “Clint Cain – Texan Avenger.” Vengeance, repentance and justice come in many forms. For Clint Cain, it comes in the form of his gun—a gun he knows how to use better than almost anyone else.

Filled to the brim with action, adventure, plot twists and gunsight justice—Clint Cain is not a man to be crossed. This is a book filled with the dead, the dying and those who don’t get in his way—because those who do cross Clint Cain end up dead. Real dead.

If you like your Westerns written in the style of Cherokee Parks, Bruce G. Bennett and Paul L. Thompson—you will love “Clint Cain – Texan Avenger!” Download your copy today and start a read filled with action, adventure and drama—and the bodies of dead bad guys. 

May 21

Baugher Took His Western Book And Made Into A Movie: How Did He Do That?

Last month, I left off with a promise to tell you about the premiere of my movie, C-Bar. It took eight months to film the movie and another eight months to edit what we had. Believe me when I say this, editing is an art form. This was my first experience with making movies, and I soon figured out that anyone can be an actor, but very few can edit it all together and make it an experience worth watching. Weaving the story together and using music that tells the story at the same time is like speaking a romance language.

We were finally thinking we had the movie as good as the movie was going to be. Problem was, by that time, we were so familiar with all the scenes, we had lost our ability to feel what was going on. I decided to show it to people in my living room, and the response was what we wanted. Then you start thinking, what else are they going to say? We know each other. They don’t want to tell me it stinks. All we could do then was set up the Premiere at the Elks Theater in Prescott. It’s a beautiful early nineteen-hundreds theater. If you are older, like me, you can think back on those kinds of places. Very ornate and bigger than life. A place to draw people and take them away from the real world.

We worked the community for a month to make sure we filled the seats. Television and radio interviews. Posters downtown. The time came to open up the advance ticket sales. We sold out the first morning. Five hundred seats and then it was standing room only. The pressure was on to make it a big night. Talented people usually have several expressions of their art. We lined up people who were actors in the movie to sing before the movie started. I did a warm up on the crowd. Then the curtain went up and the movie started. I was so nervous, I could hardly sit still, so I went to the lobby. Ten minutes into the movie, six people walked out. They looked at me and told me I should go to church. Oh, boy, my heart sank. The movie was getting to the end, so Patrick Ball and I went backstage. We planned to walk out and take our bows. As the credits started to run, I looked at Patrick and we thought about running out the back door. I said to him, “Patrick, they just may throw tomatoes at us,” but then the crowd started clapping. We got brave enough then to walk out on the stage. The crowd was giving a standing ovation. I remember thinking that this was probably my fifteen minutes of fame. It was good to be us that evening.

Two days later, a check arrived for five thousand dollars. I called the donor to ask what it was for, and he said he just wanted to help. In total, we received fourteen thousand dollars from people. In my fantasies, I was hoping for C-Bar to be a hit, but I never thought people would give us money. We now had some money and big plans. Next month, I will tell you what happened in the next four theaters.

Homework assignment: Go to Amazon and watch our movie. That’s all, just watch it. I will be giving a test afterwards. If you want extra credit, watch it twice. Just click on the book cover to see the movie!

May 14

The Last Gunfighter: An Interview with Western Writer Mike Hundley

Western writers are some of the most undervalued writers in the world. Their books sell to millions of readers, their styles are honed, their stories are filled with nourishing history, dramatic climaxes and all the action of the Old West– and then there’s Mike Hundley– a writer in his own class, with a Western that stands above all competition. A writer who feels the Old West and makes his stories as refreshing as a drop of sweet Texan rain. “Pistol Canyon” includes his acclaimed first book, a book that is sure to win awards, and sure to win a place on your bookshelf. Readers across America right now are enjoying the writing of Hundley. They are riding along with him. Have you joined their happy throng? Are you ready to sign up for the read of your life? 

 

Which Westerns have most influenced your life? 

I would say it’s bits and pieces of many mostly old TV shows and movies. In my childhood, it was black and white TV at the country store a mile away. We had no electricity in our farmhouse for a few years. I think The Lone Ranger and Silver got in every young boy’s head in those days. He was my first superhero, a symbol of good in the West. I loved Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return. Her beauty stunned us. I couldn’t wait to see the next episode of Lonesome Dove and the strong parts played by Robert Duval and Tommy Lee Jones. The one liners like when Captain Woodrow Call beat the hell out of the rude man with a branding iron and then proclaimed, “I can’t tolerate rudeness in a man.” I like most Westerns if they have a real story. Not all shoot ’em ups are good watching or reading. I think Westerns ought to honor our history and present a meaningful story about very real people. They ought to have that bigger than life epic feel, like the West is bigger than life. I hope my books will be seen as an epic story about real people who just happen to live in those hard times in the Old West, with some romance bound to happen.

How did you research your Western? 

I asked my brother, Ran Hundley, who wrote “Blind Legacy,” questions about the War Between the States, timeframes and weaponry, etc. My buddy, Jim Haynes, answered my questions of horses and riding. I used the heck out of Google and Wikipedia. I have hunted in the mountains and canyons of the West many times. And I know some stuff! Like the movie “The Revenant,” I tried to capture the feel of the Rockies. I hope you will call me promptly Alejandro. We can work on this together.

Tell us about the series. What is the overall story of the series? 

The Confederate Garrison family moved from Virginia after Lee surrendered; it was too painful to stay after their loss of the war. They headed to California, hoping to claim land under the Homestead Act, but the beauty of the Rockies stopped them in southwest Colorado. Over the next two decades, despite family death and many challenges, the Garrisons built a big cattle ranch with constant fights against warring Indian tribes, encroaching railroads, injustices and bullies. The Garrison sons become warriors, and Gabe, the eldest, found the truest love while running for his life. It goes on from there—timeframe 1865-1885. And then on into the sequel– maybe.

Do you prefer writing about the heroes or the villains?

I get a feeling of anger and disgust writing the villain’s part. It’s why they turn out to be so bad. And writing about good people takes me back to how I was raised on a tobacco farm in Southside, Virginia. My mama and daddy brought us up to be humble, kind and respectful. I think it’s how I have always lived. I get a swollen heart writing with passion about goodness, love or grief. I am unafraid to feel or show it, and I think the reader will also feel it.

A good villain is hard to write. How did you approach writing your villains?

Like the whole book, they just came out of my heart and then my fingers. The bad things they did just seemed naturally to happen in the heat of the moment. Once maybe good men, they worked themselves into becoming evil. And I had to give the Garrisons someone worth shooting at.

What real-life inspirations did you draw from your book?

Are any of your character’s people you know? I think to do good in the face of evil is the inspiration, to be patriotic and fearless when bad-thinking people try to do you or your family or your country any harm, fight back, make them pay.

Ransom Garrison is a lot like my little brother, Ransom—tough and hot blooded. I’m a good shot and think boldly like Gabe but can only wish I was as tough and courageous. Lee Garrett is a bit like I was—a volunteer soldier in the Confederacy or Vietnam; our country needed us and we stepped forth, but thankfully I never lived his war experiences. May is like my mother, May—brave and beautiful. Without her many sacrifices, neither I nor Ran would have had much of a life.

Where do you think the Western is heading? Is it dying or growing? 

I sometimes feel like a dinosaur in America now. Many people live like nothing I know, heads stuck in the sand politically, faces buried in social media. I love the Old America I once knew. Schools don’t teach history like when I was a youngster. There is so much competition in entertainment today and not as many readers out there. I hope Westerns find their way into more homes, a new age of enlightenment—wouldn’t that be something?  Western history is the true story of America growing. Fiction embracing history enhances it. I think people will always embrace and love the adventure of that Western migration, the unforgiving journey of our forefathers, I hope so, anyway. We need more really good Western books to be written to keep that alive. And epic Western movies and high quality TV shows would really help. The audience is there. It would explode in size. That’s my 2 cents.

What was the hardest part of writing the first book? 

I think finding the courage to start was the hardest, and that came from a good friend, Galen Pederson, who after reading my lengthy emails and messages to friends over the years, said on a visit last year, “Mike, you need to write something. You have a way with words.” So I came home and began, and couldn’t stop my fingers. You’ve got to start, then find excitement in the writing to finish, I think. That’s how it happened for me, chapter after chapter. I will always be thankful to Galen. He saw the writer in me and called me out.

Can you see your series turned into a TV series or movie? 

It would be the fulfilment and validation of my life to see this on a screen. I think it’s written to fit a TV series over several weeks. Parts of it might make a grand movie, epic, a saga like the old Westerns. I guess it would have been easier and more realistic years ago to dream this big. But I have always dreamed big; no reason to stop now that I can see. Dream it, believe it, do it. Big dreams are free.

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? 

I found it to be a wonderfully amazing adventure just like I was living it real time—sad when the characters were sad. I felt all their moods. I think feelings were the driver, and the book is written from an array of feelings I had as I was writing, like watching a movie out of body. I seemed to have little control of the characters. I set them out into a scene, and they acted and I just took notes. A romance bloomed as I watched. I never expected it in all that blood, but it would not be denied. In my years, I never felt anything like it before. I like the feelings of living in that era of American history and hope to do it again soon. It was crazy wonderful. I hope it will grab onto the readers and have them feeling the same way. They will smell the sweat of the horses. I don’t feel this is your typical Western in some ways. Readers can decide. The ending is surprising to many readers, and I never saw it coming. I am not to blame.

Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp? 

First, I hope all the readers will feel the thrill of adventure, wild and unabated, as they read it. I think the message is to understand in the world there is good and evil. Understand the difference, fight the evil and defend the good. Love the good people you know while they are alive, and avoid the bad ones. And hold on tight. Life moves on. Learn to shoot straight like Gabe. Be a good Arch Angel—it’s inside you. Embrace goodness! Repay the good in the world. Help others.

What comes next?

I’m working on a sequel, hoping to build a series. It’s a way off but working toward that. Time is compressed. Inspiration fleeting.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? 

NASCAR driver, pro bass fisherman, pro golfer—I mean, if I could break 80! Or a superhero who could save America from itself. That would be the best job in the world, and I would have plenty of work to do. Lots of job security, too!

Where can readers reach you to send ideas for your books?

I have a Facebook page, and they can contact me there. It is the title of the book: “Gunsight Justice.” And to close, let me say many thanks to all who read my book and support me. It’s the thrill of my life when someone really enjoys the words I put on paper. Contact me, and by all means, if you loved “Gunsight Justice”, please leave a nice review on Amazon and on Goodreads.com. Thank you, Nick Wale, for promoting me, and thanks to all my friends old and new.

 

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Gunsight Justice: A Western Adventure: Book One

After the Civil War, Will Garrison takes his family west. Together they build a ranch and battle powerful Indian tribes who have hunted the lands for centuries. A peace feather is offered after a climactic battle. With the Indian tribes and the Garrisons now walking a path of peace, a new threat has emerged… the railroad. Greedy government-backed killers plan to annihilate everyone and claim the land they need to expand their rail lines north across Colorado and into Utah. Their vile, sinister plan is revealed after many fights.

Will Garrison’s son, Gabe, fights back and unleashes his pent-up vengeance against the railroad and kills one of their hired mercenaries. A destined meeting of chance leaves him rescuing a bloodied woman and falling hopelessly in love with the dark beauty. May is a brave woman who fights to guard a secret of her own. Together they flee to ancient trails, and as paid assassins track them, it becomes a long vengeance trail of dead men. When May reveals her deadly secret, Gabe finds himself at war with the railroad, an evil killer, and with everything he ever knew. He knows it’s time for GUNSIGHT JUSTICE!

This is the action-packed Western that will remind you that freedom is something you must always fight for. Good battles evil as epic conflicts become climatic love scenes, and you find yourself breathlessly riding a trail of danger, deceit and passion with Mike Hundley in this Western that leaves no bullet unfired, no emotion untouched, and no reader left behind.

The Guns of the Lost Canyon: A Western Adventure: Book Two

In 1886 Colorado rancher, Will Garrison gets a big bill. He owes years of taxes on his 100,000-acre Ranch, but he’s dead broke. Garrison sets up to mine silver on his ranch, it’s at 10,000 feet elevation and winter is setting in. As silver ore is blasted from a stone bluff a gang of gunmen close in and set up camp just miles from the mine. The leader known only as “Barrister” is determined to steal the mine and kill all of the Garrisons.

Evil deeds and bloody trails lead the Garrison sons to ride to Barrister’s hideout in The Lost Canyon. Gun battles leave the grounds strewn with bullet ridden corpses. Barrister hatches a deadly plan to divide the Garrison brothers and steal the mine. The plan works until Gabe and Ransom find the courage to take the fight deep into the canyon where a dozen gunmen await them. They have a bigger fight, to rescue a Doctor who can save one of their men critically injured at the “Devils Throat,” a gorge near the mine.

Barrister’s gunfighter brother shows off his silver pistol with hand carved notches in the grip. He challenges the brothers to fight or die, or to find peace or die. The depths of the dark canyon protect many secrets which the brothers and a new ally discover. The end comes as enemies, old and new shoot to kill all the Garrisons in a fight to the death. The new ally has a secret plan which opposes his friend, Gabe Garrison. The last fight determines who claims revenge on a mutually hated enemy, Barrister. Download your copy of these two great books today!

May 10

The Western Success of A Lone Wolf: An Interview with Weldon R. Shaw

weldon shaw imageThis interview is with one of the best Western writers of today. His name is Weldon Shaw, and his new book “Lone Wolf” has been a constant favorite with Western readers. “Lone Wolf” is the first book in a series– and what a series! Catch this new interview with Weldon– and get hooked! Hooked on a great story, by a great writer of today!

Which Westerns have most influenced your life? 

Anything written by Louis L’Amour.

How did you research your Western, Lone Wolf? 

I’m a history buff and I go on the internet to research the setting in which my story takes place. Things such as trees and bushes; I also research natural cures that may have been used during the Old West and the plants they came from.

Can you tell us about the series “Lone Wolf” has started. What is the overall story of the series? 

The overall story of the three-novel series is about a young white teen, Britt McCormick (Lone Wolf), who had to earn the respect and trust of the Cheyenne people who took him. It is about Lone Wolf earning status within the Cheyenne tribe. Lone Wolf is not only a Western, but it is a story about love and how it grew each day between him and Fawn, a beautiful young Cheyenne woman, which he later found out was the chief’s (Running Fox) daughter. The series is about his love for Fawn and his willingness to die to protect her. It is about the hardships the Cheyenne endured as two cultures were coming together and learning from each other.

It is about Fawn overcoming her distrust for Lone Wolf because he is a white man.

Do you prefer writing about the heroes or the villains of the Old West?

I always write about the heroes. I try to put myself into character and have the main character do and say the things that I would in that given situation.

A good villain is hard to write. How did you approach writing your villains?

In the case of this series, it was not hard. There were going to be those who did not approve of Lone Wolf being put in Fawn’s care. Fawn was a beautiful young woman who was very sought after by the other braves. I used history to create the villains from outside tribes that impacted the Cheyenne.

What real-life inspirations did you draw from for your book? Are any of your character’s people you know?

As far as real life goes, I believe men should protect women at all costs. I believe as a man you should be willing to sacrifice for those you love.

Where do you think the Western is heading? Is it dying or growing? 

Well, as far as Lone Wolf goes, it is growing. I believe in novel three you will see Lone Wolf stepping up into the position of authority, doing the things that are in the best interest of his people, the Cheyenne.

What was the hardest part of writing the first book? 

Getting people to believe in this series. Hoping people would not be critical about a misspelled word or a misused word, let’s say, as you know there is no such thing as a perfect book. There is going to be misspelled words or bad punctuation. The reader needs to key in on the story. A great storyline that is fresh is everything; it is either great or different than all other books written on the subject. If not, then it is just another Western telling the same old story told a hundred times before. So I guess what I am saying is, overlook some misspelled words and just enjoy a new and different story when you have the chance.

Can you see your series turned into a TV series or movie? 

Lone Wolf would make a great movie series. The three novels will be filled with adventure as well as love, which influences the complete storyline—the willingness to die for the one you love so they may see another day.

Did you learn anything from writing this book, and what was it? 

I learned a lot about myself since I breathed life into Lone Wolf by making him act as I would and think as I would.

Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp? 

The message is to be kind to other people. Treat women with ultimate respect, and take care of not only those you love, but take care of all women in a time of need.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be? 

Well, I retired from Law Enforcement after 25 years. I always wanted to be an oceanographer.

Where can readers reach you to send ideas for your books?

www.facebook.com/weldonshawauthor

amazon.com/author/weldonshaw

Web:weldonshawauthor.wordpress.com

Facebook:weldon.shaw.1@facebook.com

Twitter- weldonshaw3

 

 

Why don’t you catch a copy of “Lone Wolf” today from Amazon!

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