It’s not such a big step from pictures to writing.
And that’s how it started out for me. I’ve illustrated more Western book covers than I care to mention and been doing it for a long time. No hardship, I hasten to add, I love the genre and have since a kid, although originally I made my name painting the cover art for other people, now at least, I manage to create covers for my own books.
A long-term closet writer, only comparatively recently, with a family grown and the availability of self-publishing have I managed to be able to write and get my stories out there.
As I did when illustrating, research counts a lot and has inspired many of my Westerns and Thrillers to have a basis in historical fact or at least weave their tale around the seeds of factual content.
Having such a visual background, mostly it’s a matter of describing the pictures I see in my head and translating them to the written page. I guess that’s why one of my early four-star reviewers described the book like a ‘Western movie, fast paced and full of action.’
I enjoy writing them; I hope folks enjoy reading the results.
Hunt for a Stone Killer
In the aftermath of the bloody events recounted in the Time of Apache Tears, John Stone, the white man with the soul of an Apache warrior, continues his journey into the Arizona badlands. His path leads him to an isolated mountain town where a bloodthirsty killer with a bizarre taste for taking heads is loose. Using his Apache tracking skills, Stone takes up the trail of the murderer.
Joe Calumet’s upbringing was fashioned from two different and violent worlds.
His mother was a full blood Jicarilla Apache and his father one tough old hombre wearing a lawman’s badge.
With such a start Joe was not a man prone to backing down easy.
This time though he’s going in without the law at his back.
This time he’s going it alone.
Joe Calumet has gone rogue!
Time of Apache Tears
The great grandson of the Apache warrior known as SJ66 takes on a task that will lead him up against a vengeful gang of villains sworn to destroy not only Stone but the whole town along with him. It will call on all of Stone’s abilities in the white man’s world and the deadly skills he has learnt from his Apache kin to survive and find justice.
Season of the Killing Moon
Geronimo is dead.
But there is one who still remains.
A rambling, beaten down Apache Indian, a bum that works the streets of the frontier town looking for a handout and some humanity…. and finding none.
He is a man that has fallen far.
Then he receives news that is to bring him back from the edge.
Something precious of his has gone – something that means more to him than his own life.
The Gardener: A Thriller
John Chayne is a hard man.
Trained by the best in the military, he has lost the woman he loves and is due for some solitude in his life. The ad offers just such employment. It reads, gardener-stroke-gamekeeper on a lonely estate in the wild Scottish Highlands. What could be more tranquil?
But his boss is an arms dealer with a beautiful wife and marital problems.
Dead Fall Back: A Thriller
He thought it was going to be an easy life.
When ex-DC cop Paul Stoeffel first took over as police chief in the quiet West Virginian resort town, he believed he was in for a gentle ride into retirement.
Things change radically when they find a child cruelly murdered in the gloomy woods alongside Dead Fall Back, a place already tainted with a sad history.
The Left-Eye Gang
Smoke Tallen started out with a rough deal in life.
It’s difficult making a break with the past and with success other pains follow. A mysterious near-death shooting brings a confusing mess of murder and trouble with it and before long Smoke must turn again back to the old ways he has left behind.
Misty Blue 5: Down and Dirty
Misty Blue, the famed Mountain Man makes his way north across the border into the newly formed Dominion of Canada. He has a special mission to fulfill and as a man of his word he intends to see the deed done whatever the cost. The intended delivery is to lead him into more danger than the hardened Mountain Man has a right to expect. It’ll be a long bloody haul before that parcel gets delivered.
The Dead Cut
Sam Trask left off the war and headed into the wild southwest, down where the stench of death and destruction wasn’t so prevalent – or so it seemed. With a dead horse under him and time on his hands, Sam takes respite at the Carter Ranch.
Not only are the Kiowa taking an unseemly interest in the cattle there but also when the lady's gentleman returns from the war things really start hotting up.
Misty Blue 4: Wild in the Woods
Misty Blue heads back to the woods for some peace and tranquility on his journey home but all he finds amongst the soft valleys, high mountains and timberland is an unholy trip into the jaws of an evil more perilous than hell itself.
Misty Blue 3: A Dog called Kill
Misty Blue takes to the road again in search of the kin he left behind twenty years before. Along the way he picks up a travelling companion who is just as tough and mean as he is. A feral mongrel of the lowest order and of a most malicious temperament. They make an odd couple as they head into the town of Cholera in search of supplies.
The Biggest Winner in the West
YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU….
BUT YOU CAN DAMN WELL TRY!
It’s a sentiment offered to Joe Alberplas, a simple cowhand who minds his business and one night discovers there is a sight more to life than punching cows.
It is more than a surprise, it is downright awesome!
A hard-bitten Western tale of harsh revenge.
Marshal Arnwood Deal is a lawman man equipped with both decency and honor but when he receives word that his much loved and respected family have been cruelly murdered, he lays aside his star and follows a trail of reprisal that takes him beyond the borderlines of any code.
The Heart of Dark Passage
Drifting cowhand Wick Hailey asks directions from rancher Callie Barnes and his visit stirs something in the young widow as she points the way to her neighbors spread. At the sprawling JM Ranch, Wick finds himself in the middle of a tense marital dilemma and forced into a dark and dangerous journey which only a six gun can resolve.
Mister D'Eath and the Judge
Sam D’Eath and Judge Aldermire make an unlikely team.
Their task is to dispense tough frontier justice and the Judge likes to keep things simple in his circuit court, which means that most cases end in a terminal way. But bad news travels fast and when it reaches Sam he has to leave off stretching necks to take time out for some personal justice.
1864 – Virginia. Amidst the hell of The Wilderness battleground, Jesse Bob Blue performs a deed of memorable courage. In reward he is granted home leave.
Jesse Bob gets back to find a danger awaiting him and his loved ones far greater than those he found on the hard fought and bloody battlegrounds of the war.
Kiowa, Comanche and Cheyenne Dog Soldiers have joined forces and are about to raid.
The Killing Desert
1888 - Mojave Desert. A simmering hundred and forty degrees in a dry waterless wasteland. So unbelievably hot you could fry eggs on a flat rock.
The man who stumbles out of the desert and into ex-Cavalry scout Cody Hartford’s campsite, drinks his canteen dry and then leaves behind a lot more than either of them bargain for.
Cross Border Killers
Carter Tiles is an unbending town marshal and it was a simple transportation job, at least it appeared that way at first. To take a captured outlaw to Yuma Penitentiary. But somewhere along the way Carter runs into the Cole brood, a band of hairy mountain men out for trouble. That’s where Carter partners up with Jason Zac, a man as sharp and deadly as one of the knives he carries.
Fullblood Boyd: Overmountain Man
It is a brutal mountain feud between the Gemmel’s and the Boyd’s that rages, and in the smoldering ashes, Fullblood Boyd is set on a path of bloody and violent revenge. Sworn to avenge a massacre of innocents, Fullblood must confront the fearsome Blackman Gemmel.
What follows is an orgy of bloodletting as the Overmountain Man wreaks havoc amongst the forests of Appalachia.
Misty Blue 2: Loaded for Bear
Misty Blue will buckle for no man and is back again and cutting up rough on a deadly rescue mission.
He and his buckskin buddies travel into a heart of darkness as they battle with a damnably persistent foe bent on revenge and three hard cases that won’t take no for an answer.
Bad Don't Mean Wrong
1880 - Idaho Territory. It’s a cold night in the town of Calm Springs, where ex-gunman Cable Bodeen, keeps guard in the town’s Assay Office. But there are other eyes watching the gold depository. It isn’t long before a series of violent disasters leave Cable fighting on two fronts.
Blood Legacy from Rat Hell
Boston attorney Zack Endeavor seems set for life. He has a beautiful heiress as his fiancé and a blossoming new law practice in the growing prosperity of the city.
It all changes when a mysterious armed visitor comes calling with reminders of his time in the hellhole of Libby Prison.
Arizona 1880. It should have been a happy start, a ferocious range war finally settled by a marriage contract. There was certainly some love in the offing but it was only of a forbidden kind.
A callous murder and a madman with a machete sets off a chain of bloody death that Pedro Delrey must follow to its deadly end.
Shiloh Trayne is a stone cold killer.
Born under a bad sign he proves it with a Zodiac scorpion tattooed on his fist.
Quick with a Colt and striking with the same stinging speed, rightly, he is known as – The Widowmaker.
They have a sweet deal going, he and his partner, Caleb. A man who saw action in a Civil War battle that cost him half a life.
Now he wants back a sight more.
Mose Goes West
Mose O’Shay is a terrible man indeed, born into that cesspit of iniquity named the Five Points in New York City, he is a giant of a man prone to bloody acts of violence that even exceed the hard times of the day, for he is mighty indeed in body and spirit.
On the run and with an unexpected windfall Mose is called away to the new Republic of Texas.
Go Lightly Rider
Eight years hard time leaves the world a whole new place when Cairns gets out.
And it’s not just the world that’s changed; there are parts of Cairns that are missing as well. What happened to his estranged wife, Adele, for instance? It means a ride back into a life he would rather forget, one that resurrects all the bloody aspects of Cairns’ old past.
Dirty Shirt Blues
It is 1874 and during the bloody Indian war that rages through southern Texas, Lieutenant Carson McCullough leads a unique band of Indian fighters out of Fort Clark. The Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts are the ablest mixed-race band of trackers in the US army. Just men in dirty shirt blue, disrespected and undervalued but they are still the best damned scouts the army has ever seen.
Peace at War
He walks out of the battle a hero but the war isn’t over for Jubal Peace.
A vengeful party by the name of Cleveland Metz runs things in Atchison and despite the surrender he still thinks the South and all its supporters should be made cruel example of.
Dakota Territory 1878
It is an eerie mountain range that encloses the isolated religious community of Catastrophe. Hidden deep amongst the forested slopes a monstrous threat is at large that brings horror and death in its wake.
Lone gunman Wade Tulane, in whose Irish blood an uncanny hero’s inheritance runs, is called on the find the lost daughter of one of the community’s leaders.
In The Devil's Grip
As the World goes to War - the West is as Wild as ever.
Clelland Fellows rides back across the Mexican border with blood on his hands and a promise to keep.
Leaving one war behind he finds another one waiting. There’s a killer on the loose and ex-soldier Clelland must take up arms and return again to the chaos that still reigns across the Rio Grande.
Misty Blue: The Last Mountain Man
Misty Blue came down after twenty years in the mountains to find he never knew they’d even had a war on down there in what posed as civilization. The war was over now but that didn’t trouble Misty, he was about to start another one all of his own.
Damn Fool's Gold
Dakota Territory 1876
Denver Wildfire is an ugly looking thief whose physical appearance may not amount to much but he’s smart, literate and ex-military.... and he has a plan.
The prize is a fortune; the price is in bullets and blood.
Deep Water Rising
Cob Trask started life as harpooner on a whaler out of Nantucket but when his sweetheart is torn from him, a broken hearted Cob enlists in the army as volunteers are called to the flag on the eve of the Civil War.
Hard Rain Must Fall
Rain. It never stops.
It just keeps coming, until it seems the whole of Yoma County will flood. One man rides out of that downpour. A man carrying a Colt on his hip and a mission in his heart. He is to find no warm welcome awaiting him at his destination.
Death Rides on the Heels of Trouble
For Sheriff Bo Austin it is a moment of sexual congress that starts it all.
The act may have been a feverish encounter of casual passion but even whilst he is adulterously engaged with Cally Gantz, circumstances are about to change in the sleepy farming community of Partner Springs.
The Last Hunt
Ranger Asa Feathers has served his time as a frontier warrior and is ready to call it quits. His life has been one long hard battle of battling Indians and outlaws. Now he is ready for some porch-time spent watching the flowers grow.
But Jealous Cane sees it differently.
The Vengeance of Ender Smith
1886 Arizona Territory
They shouldn’t have done what they did.
To pick a fight with him was a bad move for when it comes to payback Ender Smith has a heart as cold as the grave and mercy isn’t a word engraved there.
The Civil War is over and Ahlen Best comes home after seven long years of war and wandering. The isolated island of Mistake, the place he has dreamt about during all his battles, is a quiet place free of strife. But things have changed in his absence and it’s not the peaceful homecoming Ahlen expects.
There are three violent ways to clean up a dirty town .... and he knows them all
1844 - The Alamo is not forgotten and America and Mexico are on the brink of war.
A troop of forty hardened mountain men surge through the dust of the Mojave Desert on a vital mission.
To Gringo Wade and the mountain men, a face-off is inevitable. Not only with the Mexican military but also with the roused southern tribes.... all of them willing to fight and die for the prize.
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