Novel Ideas Presented by Nick Wale Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:21:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 46874583 Spring Has Arrived! Isn’t It Time For You To Get Your Western Novel Selling? Wed, 20 Mar 2019 16:14:40 +0000

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In the past—this past January, I was thinking about the day Spring would arrive. What would I like to see from the beginning of Spring? “I’d like a bunch of bestselling Western novels on the sales charts,” I said to myself. “A bunch of big, hit books for readers to enjoy. This would be the perfect way to bring in Spring.”

So, we all got to work. Writers wrote the books, editors edited the books, and we promoted the books. As of this blog article, those hits are springing up all over like flowers in the warming sun. We have Gary Church with “Fate Rides A Tall Horse” and “Trouble on the Shawnee Trail.” We have Mike Hundley with “Gunsight Justice” and “Guns Along The Lost Canyon.” We have Robert Hanlon with his latest “Timber” smash. We have two, three, four, five new hit releases from Scott Harris, a new “C-Bar” from Mark Baugher, four brand new smashes from GP Hutchinson—“Cimarron’s Law” is his big Western hit of the moment. We have new books from Paul L. Thompson, new books from C. Wayne Winkle, we have a brand new Mike Mackessy box set. We have “Whiskey Trail” from Tracy T. Thurman, the “Gunfighter” trilogy from John D. Fie, Jr. Charles Ray, you’ll like him, he has a brand new series called “Jacob Blade: Vigilante,” and all of those books are moving, grooving and riding their way up the bestseller chart. We have new hits from John Buzzard, John Sammon, Sketch Fargo, and pleasingly we have two new big sellers from the mighty Cherokee Parks. Heck, the list goes on, and on and on. Frankly I could reel the hits off forever—and ever—and ever. There’s so much happening right now.

As dismal as things were in those dark January days with the rain, snow, sleet and misery—this bright, shining Spring was in my head, and we all worked together to make sure that come Spring we had new flowers growing and new wonders to behold.

And now I ask you—you’re a Western writer—you’ve got a book to get onto the charts. What are you doing to make sure your book grows into a mighty fine hit? Are you trimming your keywords? Are you making sure you have those ads working for you? Are you getting forewords from other writers to help promote your book? Are you developing new cover designs? What are you doing to make sure those readers have something to read? After Spring comes Summer—and as we all know, summer is a time when folks want Westerns to read.

If you’re doing the above—that’s wonderful. I think you’ll see success. If you’re not, or you don’t know how to make your book spring into a seller, feel free to drop a line below and ask questions. You can’t do nothing. If you don’t know how to do it, I’m happy to help.

Remember—folks seem to think that Westerns are a solitary business. Every Western author is on his own. Ain’t true! There’s nothing solitary about the business of selling Westerns. If your books sell—his books have a chance of getting read by your readers; If his books sell, your book has a chance of getting read by his readers. It’s a work-together-kind-of-thing.

Now, that said—go play with your keywords, get yourself some ads, get yourself some forewords and get your book on the bestseller charts for the summer. But tell me—what are you currently reading? I’m currently reading “Death By Grit” from A.T. Butler. This is one of the books that make up his “Jacob Payne, Bounty Hunter” series— and it’s great. You should be seeing these books on the chart sometime soon I’d say. Never met the guy, but really enjoying his book, so go get it.

Now back to work! We’ve got more books to move, more Westerns a-coming! Maybe yours will be the next hit in the stack.


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Two New Special Releases Coming Soon For Western Readers Around The World! Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:13:44 +0000

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The fifteen edition of “Six Bullets To Sundown” is on the way. This special release will contain NEW Western stories from John D. Fie, Jr., Michael D. Abbott, Robert Hanlon, Randall Dale, Scott Harris and Jim Burnett. You won’t want to miss this one! 

The sixteenth edition of “Six Bullets To Sundown” will contain stories from W.M. Montague, William H. Joiner, Jr., Scott Harris, Fred Staff, Douglas R. Cobb and Arl Farris. This unforgettable collection will be heading to market in April!


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The Sixth Western Novel In The “Caz: Vigilante Hunter Series” From Scott Harris Is Now Available For Pre-Order On Kindle! Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:48:33 +0000

Continue reading »]]> This is the sixth, and most action-packed adventure yet, in a brand new Western series from Western adventure bestseller Scott Harris! With gun in hand—Caz blasts his way through the bad guys to bring peace and justice to the Old West!

A whore’s life is never easy, and it’s even harder when you’re a slave in San Francisco’s Barbary Coast. Good people are being killed and tortured, and that’s where Caz comes in.

With lawmen afraid to help, Caz, along with his friends, Grizzly and Rockhouse, look to free those who need freeing and kill those who need killing. Doesn’t take long before both are happening.

Slave traders, sailors and loggers are all part of the three-day battle, and there is danger at every turn. Caz, as he always does, leaves a long trail of justice in his wake. It’s an easy trail to follow—just look for the dead men.

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The Western Fiction ‘New Wave’ Delivers Two More Solid Gold, Action-Packed Releases… Fri, 08 Mar 2019 16:04:44 +0000

Continue reading »]]> 2019 has been a time of change– even for Western readers. Part of that change has been the choices Western publishers have been making. Dusty Saddle Publishing, in particular, has been putting together a ‘New Wave’ of releases from great talent– talent like Arl Farris, Gary Church, Tracy Thurman, and several others. These are the #Westerns readers should be excited about this year. Hard-hitting, action-packed fiction for the Western reading audience. Two more of these fabulous ‘New Wave’ releases have now been made available…




The first Gary Church release “Fate Rides A Tall Horse” was a top one hundred, five-star rated release. Heck– it’s still on the bestseller charts months later! This second book promises more, more more…

In 1869, Johnny Black finds himself in a lawless, danger-filled settlement located on the Texas frontier, where Indians, criminals and nature all provide an opportunity for death as he relentlessly pursues the man who murdered his only brother. Obsessed with finding his brother’s killer, Johnny makes himself very visible in a place where people often assume new identities and don’t want to be found. It will require all of Johnny’s experience and skills to stay alive. His man-hunt results in action, adventure and romance, which all combine to reflect life on the Texas frontier and a number of people find their fate is altered; by not only their decisions but by chance meetings with strangers, including one who rides a tall horse. Click here to grab your copy!




You remember Tracy Thurman? He was a huge success last year. This year he signed on with Dusty Saddle Publishing to release “Whiskey Trail.” This exciting Western novel may just prove to be his biggest hit yet… It’s certainly got the makings of a great success!

Deputy U.S. Marshal Jim Weston brought in one of the most evil men to ever curse the Oklahoma Indian Territory—a job that should have brought him praise and accolades. In his desire to exact personal revenge, however, Jim deliberately botched the execution. His actions angered Judge Parker. The good judge, by way of assigning punishment, sent Deputy Weston directly back to the Territory with orders to break an illicit whiskey ring that was running bad booze in from Missouri. Partnering with Cherokee Deputy Marshal Isaac Wolf, they uncover a plot run by a man to force all moonshiners and saloons to do business with only him and his company. A syndicated whiskey network enforced by blood and fear.

Many others, the innocent and not so innocent, are forced to suffer and be involved by means of threat and violence in a battle of the law versus the lawless, in a place and time where lawlessness reigned supreme.

This is a story of courage and pain, determination and sacrifice. The loss of freedom, and freedom restored. A glimmer of hope can become a beacon, evil men receive their due, and even a broken life can find a future. Click here add this book to your collection!

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A Round Of Applause For Western Hitmaker Mike Hundley: “Gunsight Justice” Rises To Number One In Australia! Tue, 05 Mar 2019 14:57:03 +0000

Continue reading »]]> The BIG WESTERN NEWS of the day… Mike Hundley, author of “Gunsight Justice” and several other novels has scored his first NUMBER ONE bestseller in Australia. Hundley, who reissued his books earlier this year, is now officially the owner of a bestseller badge. Congratulations, Mike! We all applaud your success!

On the western frontier there are times when he must holster a gun and ride out to right a wrong—at times, a man has to demand GUNSIGHT JUSTICE! This is the new action-packed acclaimed Western saga, a full storied novel from Mike Hundley.

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.

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A Brand New Special Release From Dusty Saddle Publishing: The Crime Novel Cover Reveal Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:36:15 +0000

Continue reading »]]> In the old west, you could always tell the good guys from the bad guys by the color of their hats.

But what if they changed hats mid-story? What if the good guys were being framed, their reputations at stake and their only recourse were to become lawbreakers themselves?

This is the story of five inner city cops who, after becoming the targets of a particularly devious and scheming lawyer, turn the tables on him and set him up to take the fall for a crime of their own making.

When the trail leads to a shooting club of old west types in hats, spurs, and blazing six guns, our group goes full cowboy to plant the goods on their mark.

As their scheme unravels and investigators tighten the noose, our boys use all the tricks they know to avoid capture till the final showdown with their nemesis.

Sometimes funny, but always serious business. This is an adventure seen through the windshield of a police car and over the ears of a galloping quarter horse!


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The Sales Drought Is Over: John D. Fie, Jr. Is Rising Back To The Top Of The Charts For A Bonanza 2019! Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:56:22 +0000

Continue reading »]]> There’s no doubt about it. Western author John D. Fie, Jr. is back on the map. With the first two books in his “Gunfighter” series currently riding side by side in the top one hundred, Fie—a name you may recognise as one of the first Western authors to break through with the New Wave of Western Authors—has been racking up the hits so far in 2019.

“2018 was a cold, cold year,” he explained recently. “We were releasing books, but they weren’t catching on fire. We must have released five or six books that only just managed to tickle the charts— they’d slip in for a few hours, then drift right on away. It was one of those situations where you wondered where the Western readers were. Then my publicist suggested we work on a series of books all based on one theme. One character. The thing started to go through the roof from day one.”

And it’s true—Fie, who has his third book in the “Gunfighter” series ready to roll, has been seeing an extraordinary turnaround in his fortunes. “It’s tough to keep writing when folks aren’t buying your books,” he explained. “But, gee whiz, you’ve just got to keep doing it.”

Back in 2016-17, Fie scored hit after hit with his “Luke Pressor” series. The success led him to leave the larger Outlaws Publishing and move to the smaller hit factory, Dusty Saddle Publishing. “They knew that I would write my ass off for them—and I did,” Fie explained. “But we just weren’t connecting with the readers as we had at Outlaws—we needed something big to get the fire burning down the house.”

That all changed when Fie, a resident of Florida, started to put together his “Gunfighter” series. He has seventeen books planned in that series, and there’s even talk of a TV series. “By golly,” Fie says, “I can just see Sam Elliot playing my character. He’s such an acting gem.”

When asked about his advice for writers who are currently looking for success, Fie said, “I’d tell ’em to keep doing it—and keep doing it—and keep doing it. You never know what is going to turn you into a rave success. Whatever you write, readers will read later, but keep your eyes on the hit. That’s the thing that is going to change your fortunes… And let me tell you! The hit ain’t what you think it’ll be—it’s what the guy down the street wants to read.”



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Coming Soon From Western Superpower Scott Harris: ‘Caz: Vigilante Hunter: Book Five’ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:14:51 +0000

Continue reading »]]> There’s a new kind-of Western excitement heading to town. Yes! The latest book in the “Caz: Vigilante Hunter” series will be available for you to purchase soon! 

This is the fifth novel in a brand new Western series from Western adventure bestseller Scott Harris! With gun in hand—Caz blasts his way through the bad guys to bring peace and justice to the Old West!

Caz is the self-appointed judge and jury, operating outside the law, tracking down those law can’t—or won’t—find. And when he does find them, which he always does, there is only one sentence.





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A Brand New Exciting Release From Sketch Fargo: Ride Through Hell’s Run: A Classic Western Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:06:27 +0000

Continue reading »]]> The brand new action-western from acclaimed author Sketch Fargo!

Cyrus “Shotgun” Coulter and his friend Sam “Whip” Bendix had driven stagecoaches together for some time. As they embark on their first journey for West-ward Stage Lines on a new route to San Francisco, however, the trail becomes perilous after finding a stranger at the way station and learning the family that runs the way station “Dream’s End” has been murdered and robbed as well as the special passenger the owner of the stage line wants them to pick up is missing. Now it’s up to Cyrus, Sam, and the stranger, to get their three passengers through the longest and most hostile stretch of prairie before they can reach the next town and do so without a fresh team of horses.

Who is this stranger? What happened to the family? Who did this? What perils lie ahead? Can the horses last or will they succumb in the end and leave them stranded? Who or what is this special passenger the owner sent to be picked up? Answers to these and other questions await for you to discover their secrets as you…



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The Ninth ‘Timber: United States Marshal” From Million-Mover Robert Hanlon Is Now Available! Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:34:40 +0000

Continue reading »]]> The ninth explosive book in the “Timber: United States Marshal” Western Series!

Jake Timber is a tortured man, repaying his debt to society for avenging the brutal murders of his wife and daughter. In his work as a special agent, tasked with ridding the territory of criminals, he takes no prisoners, and gives no mercy. His job is to hunt down wanted men, asking no questions before delivering his own brand of justice through the barrel of a gun.

Marshal Jake Timber wasn’t a man who made friends. Plenty of men wanted to do him harm, but there was one above all others. When Romeo Platt hires five of the most ruthless gunslingers he can find to kill Timber, he thought he had a foolproof plan. Little did he realize that Timber, whether through his own skill with a gun or just plain luck, often comes out on top. He wants Timber dead, but is there enough money in the world to hire enough gunslingers to do the job? 

Grab your copy of this exciting new Western adventure today!

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