Western Trail Blazer

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Distinctive stories of the American West
** Under new management beginning January 1, 2014 **
~ Troy D and Robin Smith of Cane Hollow Press have successfully taken the reins of Western Trail Blazer ~

Adventure, Action, Romance, Historical, Suspense, Mystery,and all the varieties of Western reading you could wish for will be presented by our authors. We will also be bringing select Western Poetry, Non-Fiction, and a Western Recipe or two your way.

Several of the WTB authors have been writing Westerns since the 1970s and grew up during the days of such television series as Lancer, Maverick, The Rifleman, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Cheyenne, and lots more. These are authentic Western storytellers. But others are new, mixing modern ideas with a long enjoyed theme.

We sincerely hope you will join us on the trail, whether you choose the tried and true or the greenhorn author. Western Trail Blazer novels always offer an entertaining, affordable experience.

We appreciate your friendship, patronage, and continued support. Happy Reading!

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The Renegade
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,200. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
He strode through the shadowed thickets of the early American frontier, and into legend. Born to the forest, he cast his lot with the Senecas who raised him, and their British allies. His enemies would fear his name: Simon Girty.
Lancer: Hero of the West - The Los Angeles Affair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,770. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
With The Los Angeles Affair Bob Brill has captured the essence of a Los Angeles far from Hollywood and still steeped in its Mexican heritage. Lancer travels from his base in Tombstone to the Pacific Ocean in search of the bad guys. Unbeknownst to our hero there is much more at play. Lancer is the only man who can save what would become the Golden State from disaster.
No Small Tempest (Muleskinners #2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,080. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Elsie Parry aims to get this load of salt delivered to Kearney, Nebraska, come hell or high water. Or outlaws. Or Indians. Her other driver, Hank, and her former outlaw brother Zeb will help –but her eight draft mules (who think they are Greek gods) will make the difference. If she can keep them from being stolen –or eaten.
Escape to the Past
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,450. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When escaped prison inmates disappear without a trace with three teenaged hostages in the Arizona hills, police come to tracker Rod Gantry to find them. Now over sixty, Rod’s ability to trail prey is legendary. What most people don’t know, though, is that Rod Gantry has a special skill—he can trace people through time...
Lightning Strikes Twice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,830. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The night the boy was born, lightning knocked down the tree next to the wagon, but never touched the mother in labor. She named the boy Lightning of God. By the time he turned 12, he’d strapped on a gun and killed his own pa for beating his ma to death... Lightning’s just 18, but when he strikes, things explode.
Stephen Dennison
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,370. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Alamo is filled with ghosts. Stephen Dennison is only one of them… but today he is going to give a little boy a history lesson that no walking tour could equal…
A Damn Fool
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,160. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Tom Geary has traded with the Comanches before. But now he is on a special mission –smitten with the beauty of a Mexican captive in the Indians’ camp, he resolves to free her, one way or another, or die trying…
A Live Wire in Deadwood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
Tennesseans West: Beginning a new series of short stories about people from the Volunteer State who made an impact in the American West! In this first entry, by Tom Wood, a young reporter finds an unexpected story when he meets an elderly black man on a train who has a fascinating past: he is Nat Love, formerly known as Deadwood Dick…
Unlikely Partners
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,100. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Bounty hunter Judd Jacoby always works alone. That is, until a murderous bank robber escapes Judd’s grasp with the help of a girl named Faye –whom the robber then promptly and unceremoniously abandons, and worse. Now Judd and Faye must work together to track him down. Hell, they say, hath no fury…
The Unwelcome Kind of Tenants
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,420. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Buying an old home comes with its share of problems, but Aynon Drew wasn’t expecting this one: how do you get rid of a poltergeist? Aynon heads to the state library to find out, but his answer doesn’t come from a book. It comes in the form of a mysterious old woman…
Meryln Past and Present
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,400. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
You may have thought you knew Merlyn… but the full story is far more than you believed. Now he is free from his prison and ready to make the world feel his presence…and his plans include a little girl named Ivesia.
Dead Rednecks #3: Dead Rednecks on a Friday Night
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,580. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Hoss Qualls doesn't take it kindly when a couple of thugs lean on his little brother Howard – it seems Howard's investigations are hitting too close to home for someone. Can Hoss solve the case despite the interference of his old enemies in the sheriff's department... and the help of his bumbling brother?
Dead Rednecks #2: Dead Rednecks in the Holler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Hoss Qualls returns to his hometown after learning that his cousin Bucky has been shot dead in the woods, along with an old enemy from Hoss's criminal past. He's determined to get to the bottom of it – if his family doesn't drive him crazy first.
Dead Rednecks #1: Dead Rednecks Are My Specialty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,050. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Ex-con Hoss Qualls and his eccentric brother Howard (who has watched too many Bogart movies) set out to prove their cousin Ivory's innocence in a murder case – a task that is complicated by the fact Ivory has killed in just such a way before...
Now Spit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,810. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Horror » General
Jerry Carp is used to the fact that some people don't like the dentist. But as he sits chained in a dark waiting area, hearing the shrill whines and muffled screams, he is realizing that some people REALLY don't like the dentist...
The Infidels
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,830. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Murder and Intrigue in 5th century Ireland! Conor MacCormac, the new King of Connacht, had not wanted a Christian church in his territory, but the High-King – a new convert – had insisted. Now the priests have been slaughtered by raiders from the northlands – or so it seems. Conor must unravel the mystery, and he fears the truth may rock the Emerald Isle
All Great Neptune's Ocean
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,480. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
When Charles Weaver's investigative reporting got too close to mobster Albert Rossi, the gang leader ordered him killed. Weaver survived, but lost everything -including the love of his life. Now he plans to repay Rossi in kind -by destroying the one good, decent thing in the mobster's life, his daughter. But he may destroy his own soul in the process...
The King's Avenger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Murder and Intrigue in 5th century Ireland! Conor MacCormac is not only the most honored warrior of Connacht, he is the king’s closest friend. When his leader is murdered at the High-King’s Fair, it is up to Conor to find the killer. The king had no shortage of enemies – but which one is guilty? And what price must Conor pay to find the answer?
And Naked We Leave
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,930. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Lew Roycko is a lunar developer on a business trip to earth. On the streets of Denver he meets a fascinating old man who seems to know all there is to know about hobos, trains…and freedom.
Meet-Up with the Outlaw of Yester-Year?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2014 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Who is now the “Outlaw of Yester-Year” in our fantasies? Who are today’s Lewt McCanles (Gregory Peck) and Pearl Chavez (Jennifer Jones) of Duel in the Sun? (The story is also a play.)
Rider in Shadow
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2014 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The tales in this collection come from many different genres, often blurring the distinctions between one and another: horror, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, paranormal, suspense. Despite that, most are bound by a common thread –a certain… darkness. Any of these short stories, no matter their genre, could have appeared on either The Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents...
Blackwell Chronicles Volume 2
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,800. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2013 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
These six stories include "Blackwell Down Under" Caleb seeks gold in Australia; "Blackwell the Highwayman" Duke decides to get on the wrong side of the law; "The Blackwell Raid" Max meets up with brother Jake to fight Comanches; "The Blackwell Gang" Duke is wanted for murders he didn't commit; "Blackwell's Star," Caleb returns to America; & "Blackwell Unchained" Jake is a captured Union soldier.
Blackwell Chronicles Volume 1
Series: Blackwell Chronicles. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,160. Language: American English. Published: June 7, 2013 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
~ 6 exciting Blackwell stories ~ The Blackwell Claim introduces the four Blackwell brothers: Max, Duke, Caleb, & Jake. Blackwell's Run, 1864, tells of Max in the US Calvary fighting Indians. The Stealing Moon, 1855, has Jake meeting a boy who's struggling to become a man. In Blackwell's Stand, 1864, Caleb faces a grizzly & more. The Windigo is about Max's son Billy in the Klondike Gold Rush.
Red Trail
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,050. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
An intense and often violent story collection... These seventeen character driven short stories of the Old West and the American Frontier by award-winning author Troy D. Smith reveal the good and the bad in men and women as they fight to survive harsh circumstances and deadly situations. Includes the story "The Sin of Eli" 2011 Peacemaker Award Winner.
Cherokee Winter
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,380. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2012 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
15 Powerful stories from award-winning western author Troy D. Smith! "Troy Smith has a rare and wonderful gift. His words do more than take you to another time, more than allow you to live another person’s life … they also open that person’s heart and allow you to feel its beat. Smith is able to evoke the emotions that will touch your heart, using characters you will remember..." Frank Roderus
Good Rebel Soil
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,290. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » War
Rated R for violence and language. "To some he was a brutal thug, a heartless murderer – a monster. To others he was a protector, a beloved martyr to the Confederate cause – a hero. To a few he was a family man, a good old boy caught up in passions beyond his control – a man.He was all these things, and more. He was an American tragedy. He was Champ Ferguson." ~ Troy
Blackwell's Run
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,730. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
The Blackwell Series - Max Blackwell is a Sergeant in the US Calvary. Then Company C is assigned a new Lieutenant - one interested only in glory and following his personal vision. After watching many of his men die due to the commanding officer's disregard of rules and common sense, will Blackwell agree to a mutiny? And if so, what will the long-term results be?
Bound for the Promise-Land
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 136,040. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Historical » General
"Freedom is not a place you run to…Freedom is a place in your soul." These words sum up the life long quest of ex-slave Alfred Mann as he pursues the dream of equality. From fugitive to Medal of Honor winner, Mann carries on to rise above the ignorance and intolerance of those who seek to bring him down; somehow gaining strength from the unimaginable losses he suffers.
Caleb's Price
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,100. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
Cattle vs. Sheep...Grazers vs. Squatters...Life vs. Death... Joey, a nine-year-old orphan, leads a lonely existence. His uncle and aunt have an impending range war on their hands and don't take much notice of him. Then a mysterious stranger named Caleb enters his life. Caleb, a gunman who is in turn tender and brutal, has a deadly secret.. Will he save the downtrodden settlers, or destroy them?
The Galvanized Yankees of Company D
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Historical » General
Several Confederate POWs were offered a choice, prison or go West to fill ranks on the frontier. Joe Evans and several Rebs from his captured outfit opted for the frontier and became 'Galvanized Yankees'. Their duties should have been endless patrols and drills with very little real Indian fighting. Trouble was someone forgot to tell the Indians.
The Divided Prey
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,020. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
A posse of five men capture a bank robber in the wilds of the Apache Mountains. A Texas Ranger, Jake Blackwell, rides with them, staying to prevent a lynching. Then their horses are stolen and death visits the camp. The Indians are supposed to be on the reservation. But are the legends of the Apache Mountains true? Will any of them survive?
Riding to Sundown
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,480. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2011 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Historical » General
Retired lawman, Luke Temple, has seen it all, and become a living legend along the way. Now, he must come out of retirement to face his greatest challenge. With his oldest friends by his side, he trails the vicious Thaw gang to an outlaw stronghold where he almost died forty years before. Will the mountainous fortress called Sundown be Luke Temple's redemption, or his final defeat?
The Blackwell Claim
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Historical » General
GOLD... Seeking a fortune from a pile of rocks or out of a streambed. Men from all walks of life are digging and panning for gold in the West and the Blackwell brothers are no different. But along with gold mining comes rough towns like Grizzly Gulch, fighting the elements, and claim jumpers. Raised tough in the hills of Tennessee, are the Blackwell brothers up to the challenges of prospecting?
Blackwell's Stand
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
What happens when a tough cowboy meets an ill-tempered grizzly bear? After trailing an outlaw, Caleb Blackwell is deep in Ute territory when he finds out. Alone, injured, and without supplies, how could the situation get any worse? A second bear and a band of Utes show him just how bad life can get.
Brothers in Arms
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,900. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
The larger war over—the family war has only begun. Fate draws three brothers together again. A daring robbery, a bloody shootout, and a desperate trek through Indian Territory are just the beginning: Wade Qualls comes home—death and hell riding his coattails. Sam prepares to make his stand, his eye on a higher duty. Which brother will have the younger brother, Tim's loyalty, and Violet's love?
The People in Yonder
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,290. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Horror » General
Two mountain men, Harry and Joe, stand before a strange phenomenon they found on the grassy plains–an aperture, a jagged hole in the sky. Is it an opening into another, evil dimension? The strange opening swirls with wild colors, and there are shadowy, demonic figures inside. One man is frightened, but one is mesmerized. And what does this have to do with the Battle of the Little Big Horn?
The Windigo
Series: Blackwell Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,570. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2010 by Western Trail Blazer. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Horror » General
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Prospectors lost in the North woods during a cold, desolate winter are on the verge of starving. With no game, no supplies, and no idea of which way to travel, they are desperate. Two men leave to seek food and shelter to save the small group, but never return. Then an eerie howling that raises the hackles of even the bravest among them travels on the cold wind. Could it be the Windigo?


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