Novel Ideas http://nickwale.org Presented by Nick Wale Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:05:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.12 46874583 The Triumphant Return of Western Bestseller Mike Hundley: “Riders of the Peacemaker Trail” Is Now Available! http://nickwale.org/2019/11/14/the-triumphant-return-of-western-bestseller-mike-hundley-riders-of-the-peacemaker-trail-is-now-available/ http://nickwale.org/2019/11/14/the-triumphant-return-of-western-bestseller-mike-hundley-riders-of-the-peacemaker-trail-is-now-available/#respond Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:05:27 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47984

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He’s back! This is Western writing superpower Mike Hundley with his latest, greatest, larger-than-life, cowboy-filled, goodness, gracious me… bestseller! This is “Riders of the Peacemaker Trail.”

The Western Your Kindle Has Been Asking For!

 

Colorado 1887, the Garrison boys, now young brave and honorable men, saddled their big horses and took up the trail south to Mexico. They had promised her to visit, that day as she rode off in a wagon, her murdered husband’s coffin riding beside her to his final resting place. That little Spanish mission was only six days ride. She had raised them and they had promised. A rider had summoned them. Madeira only had days to live. They loaded their Winchesters and Colts and set out onto a long and dangerous trail. They longed to see her and to say goodbye.

Danger and death confronted them every step they took in Mexico. Ransom grew overnight into a man as he met the woman who far surpassed any dreams he ever had of women. The black veil she wore fell away to show her face. They fell in love at first glance, staring across an open grave as an angry man pulled her away.

Then Ransom, instantly in love had to free her from her family, out to kill all Gringos to avenge a death of twenty years earlier. Many Gringo cowboys had died along the hot dusty trails they rode and the Garrison boys vowed not to be among the dead. They fought back and corpses littered the long trail home, running from El Citcatrizar, ‘Scar,’ the worse kind of enemy.

Scar, vengeful and angry, drove his gang to track them, shooting every day at any target. Their blood dripped onto the parched earth yet they kept on coming, all the way back to the border.

Shielding the new love in his life, Ransom becomes a match for every threat with his silver pistol. Fearing his little brother was becoming a gunfighter Gabe rides along taking risks to protect him and his new found love. The gate to death was opened wide and many rode through it on the Peacemaker Trail.

The trail of honor they had taken to pay final respects to the woman who had raised them, turned into a trail of challenges blood and death. Dead bodies paved the way back across the border in this wonderful tale of honor, love, revenge, death, happiness and sorrow. As with all books written by Mike Hundley, he keeps his promise in Riders of the Peacemaker trail that no bullet will be left unfired and no emotion will be left untouched. This is a full storied novel, in the style of old Western novels written by the masters of yesterday. Ride the Peacemaker Trail with Mike Hundley and see why his name is on the lips of readers of his very realistic Western stories.

 

 

 

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The Brand New Western Adventure From William H. Joiner, Jr: “Angel Jacobs: Deputy U.S. Marshal” http://nickwale.org/2019/11/12/the-brand-new-western-adventure-from-william-h-joiner-jr-angel-jacobs-deputy-u-s-marshal/ http://nickwale.org/2019/11/12/the-brand-new-western-adventure-from-william-h-joiner-jr-angel-jacobs-deputy-u-s-marshal/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:49:03 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47981

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The first Western in a brand-new series from William H. Joiner, Jr. This is action, adventure and gunplay as only Joiner can write it! Ride with the author who gave you “The Legend of Jake Jackson” and “Morgan Porter.” You won’t regret it!

When she was 7 years old, Angel saw her father brutally murder her mother. She was adopted by U.S. Marshal Caleb Jacobs and his wife Bonnie. Angel didn’t want to be a schoolteacher like her new Ma. Angel wanted to be a lawman like her new Pa.

Outlaws and renegades didn’t believe Deputy U.S. Marshal Angel Jacobs was for real. They learned the truth the hard way at the end of her smoking Colt.

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The Brand New Western Hit From Outlaws Publishing: “Tyler Purdom – Silver Eagle: A Classic Western Adventure” From James Scott! http://nickwale.org/2019/11/08/the-brand-new-western-hit-from-outlaws-publishing-tyler-purdom-silver-eagle-a-classic-western-adventure-from-james-scott/ http://nickwale.org/2019/11/08/the-brand-new-western-hit-from-outlaws-publishing-tyler-purdom-silver-eagle-a-classic-western-adventure-from-james-scott/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:13:23 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47965

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Tyler Purdom is a young man headed west with no destination in mind and no plans for what he was going to do when he got there.  He had two Kentucky horses, a Winchester rifle, Sam Colt’s .45 and wasn’t thinking of anything else, until a chance encounter with an Indian attack on a wagon train with a beautiful young woman changed everything.

Ty grew up shooting, squirrels, turkeys, deer and of late, men. Grant’s Pass was headed for trouble, gun trouble and Ty couldn’t stand by and watch Big Ben and his men murder, rob and run rough shod over honest citizens. Pa always said, “If a man knows right from wrong, then he just needs to do what’s right.” That’s what he intended to do, it wasn’t going to be easy and it wasn’t going to be pretty. Grab your copy today!

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“Brock Clemons Westerns: Coyote Courage” Is Now Available From Scott Harris! http://nickwale.org/2019/11/04/brock-clemons-westerns-coyote-courage-is-now-available-from-scott-harris/ http://nickwale.org/2019/11/04/brock-clemons-westerns-coyote-courage-is-now-available-from-scott-harris/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 15:15:42 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47954

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A brand-new special edition reissue of the first, and most famous, series of Western novels from Scott Harris. These special editions include updated forewords, added content and much, much more!

The story of Brock Clemons is a tale of bravery, adventure and romance, and will transport readers back to a time when chivalry, courage and gun fights ruled the days in the West. In the first two books of the series, “Coyote Courage” and “Coyote Creek,” readers are introduced to Brock Clemons and the small town of Dry Springs, where Brock meets a young boy named Huck, falls for a beautiful young woman named Sophie and faces a band of hardened outlaws. Brock decides to stay beyond the one night he had planned, and readers follow his adventures in town and journey in the aftermath of his visit to Dry Springs.

Brock Clemons rides into the small town of Dry Springs simply looking for a place to grab a cigar and a good night’s sleep. Instead, he finds a town being strangled by a band of hardened outlaws, a young boy named Huck who is bravely facing challenges far beyond his years, and Sophie, a woman of captivating strength and beauty.

Brock decides to stay beyond the one night he had planned, but will his intelligence, courage and unmatched skill with a gun be enough to save the town, help Huck and win Sophie’s heart?

 

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Back To The Number One Position For C. Wayne Winkle And The Fifth Book In His “Searcher” Western Series! http://nickwale.org/2019/11/01/back-to-the-number-one-position-for-c-wayne-winkle-and-the-fifth-book-in-his-searcher-western-series/ http://nickwale.org/2019/11/01/back-to-the-number-one-position-for-c-wayne-winkle-and-the-fifth-book-in-his-searcher-western-series/#respond Fri, 01 Nov 2019 16:15:35 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47942

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The fifth book in the “Searcher” series from C. Wayne Winkle has hit the top!

What’s the book about?

Building a ranch in new country is a chancy thing. There are problems galore; some of those problems can turn deadly. Ten, Lolotea, and his pa, Wes, find this to be true in Wyoming. After settling on great land for raising cattle and horses, they are hit with obstacles that take a disastrous turn. Betrayal and death are two of them.

What do the reviewers say?

“As always with Ten St. John stories, this one is another five star masterpiece, and is somewhat heartbreaking from time to time, as the good people are besieged by the bad guys. Ten and his comrades in arms finally get the situation in hand, but not before he loses his beloved wife. The storylines successfully portrays compassionate camaraderie as the good guys definitely adjusts to the tragedies and comes out with guns blazing. Mr. Winkle is a master when it comes to character selections, and he even outdid himself with this compassionate masterpiece of heartwarming entertainment. The bad guys were perfectly selected for their assignments and they all ended the way we like to see them end dead!

Definitely recommend this compassionately outstanding portrayal of realistic old western folklore , to all readers, but definitely to you died in the wool western enthusiasts, as there is plenty of action, some very intense situations, and plenty of tragedies to really grab your undivided attention throughout this compelling western masterpiece. Even you non-western enthusiasts will find this compelling western story entertaining and definitely has enough firefights to fulfill your desire.

Great story from beginning to end.”

 

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“The Broken Halo of Hobe Lett: A Western Adventure” Is Now Available From Jim Burnett! http://nickwale.org/2019/10/30/the-broken-halo-of-hobe-lett-a-western-adventure-is-now-available-from-jim-burnett/ http://nickwale.org/2019/10/30/the-broken-halo-of-hobe-lett-a-western-adventure-is-now-available-from-jim-burnett/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:31:06 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47937

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Come ride along with the pistol-shooting, Bible-quoting brothers who bring their own brand of twisted justice across the West. Albert and Hobe Lett were raised in a minister’s home, but when their father dies prematurely of a heart attack, they become mad at the world, especially church folks who they feel are the real culprits in their father’s death.

Taking up the gun and the devil’s ways, these brothers proudly earn the moniker “The Missionaries” as they administer their own form of justice on those who are causing others harm in each town they visit, often quoting Scripture to justify their actions. It’s not until Albert is forced to kill a man who is about to shoot Hobe in a bank robbery gone bad that the brothers begin to realize the wrong path they are on. But before they can set things right, a bounty hunter kills Albert.

The Broken Halo of Hobe Lett will have you laughing one moment and wiping tears from your face in the next. It is a powerful story of religion gone bad.

 

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Misunderstandings, Misconceptions And The Western Book Business: The Truth Behind Some Of Those Publishing Myths http://nickwale.org/2019/10/22/misunderstandings-misconceptions-and-the-western-book-business-the-truth-behind-some-of-those-publishing-myths/ http://nickwale.org/2019/10/22/misunderstandings-misconceptions-and-the-western-book-business-the-truth-behind-some-of-those-publishing-myths/#respond Tue, 22 Oct 2019 14:21:37 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47921

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I was talking to William H. Joiner, Jr. a few days ago. His race to success has become one of the benchmarks or blueprints for Western success in 2019. He wanted to know what I felt the most commonly misunderstood parts of the Western book industry are.

The first of these misunderstandings in my opinion is when the author finds their own book and cover irresistible. This is marvellous for the author—but what will the reader think? If the reader isn’t caught in the web of book desire, they won’t purchase or read the book. I believe each author must ask themselves what the reader wants. What does the reader expect? What does the reader yearn for? It’s only when you start thinking about the reader that the reader will start thinking about you.

The other thing many don’t understand is that a book, series of books, (or publishing company, for that matter) can’t be judged and structured in the traditional corporate way. The book business doesn’t lend itself to that; it’s too mercurial and up-and-down. You can’t count on a book, series or even a publishing company to give you a predictable level of earnings every year. It just doesn’t work that way.

The third thing is that one hit book doesn’t necessarily mean a series of hits. Randall Dale, one of the most astounding sellers with nearly ten million pages read over the last few months, tried long and hard with many false starts and splutters before finding himself one of the most popular Western authors of today. A nibble doesn’t necessarily translate into huge success. It takes a series of nibbles, hard work, and reader-friendly books among other things to create wild success.

Content is the fourth thing. There are those who believe one book will make them enough to retire and die happy. This might be true for some authors out there— but for the majority that’s not the case. It takes constant content to keep the brand moving forward. Take a publishing company like Dusty Saddle or Outlaws Publishing. A high percentage of their authors are profitable, but those authors are “ABW.” What’s that? It’s the rule at those companies—ALWAYS BE WORKING. Authors are expected to create and release books on a regular schedule. There’s no five-year gap between works. No, sir.

One of the big sticking points that holds back many authors is self-thinking. I think there’s a misconception that it’s dog-eat-dog and authors must only work as singular units, running down their fellow creatives, thinking only of what that author as an individual wants without care or regard for other authors, readers, and others working within our industry. The selfish author is a friend to no one. That’s why authors I work with are encouraged to work with their brother and sister authors. From forewords through to multi-author projects, we are cutting out the self-thought and bringing together talent. When looking for long term success, there is no singular author. There’s a genre filled with many different authors, pulling together in one direction.

I’m sure there are many more misconceptions about our genre— but these are just a few to get your teeth into. As always, you can contact me via the form below.

 

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The “Bass Reeves Trilogy” From Fred Staff Will Be Reissued With Brand New Covers To Celebrate Staffs Success! http://nickwale.org/2019/10/11/the-bass-reeves-trilogy-from-fred-staff-will-be-reissued-with-brand-new-covers-to-celebrate-staffs-success/ http://nickwale.org/2019/10/11/the-bass-reeves-trilogy-from-fred-staff-will-be-reissued-with-brand-new-covers-to-celebrate-staffs-success/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 13:13:41 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47898

Continue reading »]]> To celebrate years of success for Fred Staff… the “Bass Reeves Trilogy” will be made available with new special edition covers. These covers, designed by Kevin Diamond, should prove popular with readers around the world.

 

This is a fast-moving, action-packed Western, based on the true life of the legendary United States Marshal Bass Reeves. A man who rose from slavery and escaped into Indian Territory during the Civil War to become the most feared lawman of his time. He served for over thirty years and brought more than three thousand violent men to justice before the famous Hanging Judge Issac Parker in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His amazing story is full of adventure and courage. His place in history is now reassessed, and his gun will bring justice to your neighborhood.

The reader will follow his never-ending contacts with murderers, robbers, horse thieves and whiskey runners.
His remarkable life should be an inspiration for any reader. They will be impressed and astonished by his fearlessness, dedication to honor, commitment to the law and his impact on history.

Bass Reeves Lawman is the second of a trilogy based on the true life of Bass Reeves, the first black U.S. marshal west of the Mississippi. You will follow him from as he meets famous people of the time. Pistol Pete, Belle Starr, Judge Isaac Parker, Heck Thomas and Sam Six killer were just some of the famous and infamous who crossed paths with this amazing man.

This is the third book of Bass Reeves Trilogy,. It takes Bass Reeves from about 60 up until his death in 1910, at the age of 73, he is buried in Muskogee, Oklahoma. During his 32 years as a US Marshal he captured over 3000 lawbreakers. His length of service and his bravery is unmatched by any man, in the history of Indian Territory.

 

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How Did Paul L. Thompson Set Himself Up To Have Western Success After Success After Success? http://nickwale.org/2019/10/10/how-did-paul-l-thompson-set-himself-up-to-have-western-success-after-success-after-success/ http://nickwale.org/2019/10/10/how-did-paul-l-thompson-set-himself-up-to-have-western-success-after-success-after-success/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:35:54 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47893

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Seventy-six books later and Paul L. Thompson is still burning up the charts. What is it that creates hot, hot, hot success like Thompson’s? I get asked that question all the time. What makes a Paul L. Thompson? What is that magic ingredient? The answer is—are you ready? The answer is… I repeat: Are you ready?

That’s the answer. Thompson was ready for his success. Did you know that he had been writing for years before he had his first taste of success? That’s right! He had over twenty Western novels completed by the time he was signed to Outlaws Publishing, and it took a further dozen to make him a success. Each new book gained him a few new fans until “Revenge of the Bullet” caught on in a big way and created his monster success, a success that is still ongoing with the recent release of his 76th Western hit.

Advertising, keywords, categories, mailers and covers all played a huge part in his success. Reissuing and repromotion of old titles has also been integral, and yes, having “Revenge of the Bullet” on the bestseller charts to get him kickstarted sure did create a desire within readers to go back and buy his other novels. But something else was important. What was it? He was ready for his success.

Not only did he follow the three C’s, he also did his job. He kept writing more and more Shorty Thompson Western adventures. He was ready for his success and worked hard to keep it. He never took his success for granted. He just kept on doing his job.

When a Western writer is ready for their success, you can tell. They always have a new project on the way, always have a new idea, always have that way of calling you at 3am to share their idea with a sleepy publisher or publicist. They are always on the move. It’s a joy to see a Western writer who is ready for their success.

And where did the three C’s come from? They came from watching successful Western authors and their habits. You know, I think we should take a look at those three C’s once again…

The first C is Consistency. This is something all authors have to practice. Consistency in book promotion is the only way a book will move. You can’t do one, or two, or three things. You have to consistently promote your book. You always have to be doing something. Always looking to get more attention for your book, always running little ads, or trying to get more reviews. You have to be consistent on your journey towards success. You can’t get caught up in the little things—you have to keep the program running.

The second C is Commitment. We all have commitments in our lives, and those commitments sometimes seem like a problem. But in reality, a commitment is just achievement in process. As an author, you have to commit to your book and commit to its success. If you don’t commit to your book, you won’t be able to be consistent (the first C), and you will find it harder to be successful. Commitment gives you the grit needed to get the job done. I ask all my clients to be committed to the promotion of their book. I ask them to answer interviewers, to write blog articles, to be involved, because unless you love your own baby, how can you expect anyone else to?

The third C is a very special one. One that a very, very talented author mentioned to me. This C stands for “cool,” and it’s true—you have to be cool to be successful. You have to keep a level head and not become depressed when your book isn’t discovered on day one. You have to be cool when you are interviewed, and cool when you are reading a bad review. You have to keep cool, and… be committed… and be consistent.

So, if you’re a Western writer, and you think you’re ready—ask yourself: Am I ready for the grind of being a successful Western author? Am I ready to push myself harder than I’ve ever been pushed before? Am I ready? Well… are you? It’s down to you.

 

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Brand New Releases From Dusty Saddle Publishing Mark The Beginning Of A Brand New Wave Of Hitmakers http://nickwale.org/2019/10/10/brand-new-releases-from-dusty-saddle-publishing-mark-the-beginning-of-a-brand-new-wave-of-hitmakers/ http://nickwale.org/2019/10/10/brand-new-releases-from-dusty-saddle-publishing-mark-the-beginning-of-a-brand-new-wave-of-hitmakers/#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 17:04:09 +0000 http://nickwale.org/?p=47889

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With a record sales year underway, Dusty Saddle Publishing is moving into the fourth quarter of the year with a brand new roster of hitmakers that should please Western readers throughout the winter months.

One of these recent signings is Malcolm Hotzman—his first Dusty Saddle Publishing release will be called “Meet Indigo Jones” and will hit the market during October. This exciting new adventure will pit one small town marshal against the crime in his town.

A brand new “C-Bar” smash from Mark Baugher will be released in October. This will be the eleventh book in his series—and promises to be his most exciting. The previous ten books in this series have all been top one hundred successes.

New releases from GP Hutchinson, Gene Turney, D.M. Haggard, and Cherokee Parks will also be released in October and November. These successes will follow on from the record number of hits calculated by Western publishers throughout the year. These successes include Mike Mackessy (Broken Dog Ranch), Gary Church (Good Man—Bad Enemy), Paul L. Thompson (Kill Every Witness), Jim Burnett (Persistent Justice), Scott Harris (Stagecoach Willy: 600 Bloody Miles), C. Wayne Winkle (The Searcher), William H. Joiner, Jr. (The Legend of Jake Jackson), Gene Turney (The Little Ranch in Texas), C. Emerson Law (The Legend of Badger Grabt), Robert Hanlon (Timber: United States Marshal), John D. Fie, Jr. (Marshal of the Old West) and many others already at, or heading toward, bestseller status.

“These new Dusty Saddle Publishing hits will follow on from the hitmaking formula we have already established,” Dusty Saddle Publishing Chairman Bruce Bennett explained. “We hope to keep bringing the best of the modern West to readers’ doors.”

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