Bart Cline


Bart Cline was born in California, USA.

After finishing school he studied film making, before abruptly leaving the country to travel. His experiences on the road form the basis for many scenes from his first novel, Wanderlove.

Instead of returning to the USA as he had planned to do, he stayed in Europe for another year, and then another, before finally meeting his wife and settling in northern England.

When she passed away due to cancer, he re-thought his life and turned to writing as a career. He is currently hard at work on his next book, Monster School.

Mr Cline has two children and recently remarried.

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I like the nook, because it can be read in the daylight, it was on a very cheap promotion, and it can be easily modified to run other Android apps. Thus my nook is also my Kindle.

Other than the nook, it's the Kindle app on my phone, because I always have it with me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I remembered the stories that classmates had written in English classes in school. Someone gets into some terrible dire situation, near to death, with no way out, and then… he wakes up. It was all just a dream.

Everybody loves dreams, or at least I do, but it's a terrible way to resolve a story. And even some classic stories do it: for example, the Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. What I wanted to write was a story that uses dreams, but not as a cop out ending. That brings a couple of rules to the dreams in my book: the dreamer must solve the problem in his dream before waking up; and the dreams must help him solve his real life problems.

Another thing I really wanted to do was to write in multiple genres. The dream format is of course perfect for that. My character experiences space opera, knights of the round table, western, film noir detective, war, and spy genres.

Lastly, I wanted to combine a happy ending with a sad one, which would be fully satisfying and bring complete closure.

Copout was originally written as a project in a screenwriting class. I never envisioned it as a novel, but it translates beautifully to the printed, or e-book, page.
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Where to find Bart Cline online


Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,390. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Donovan Stone loves three things: movies, police work, and his best friend Jessica. But despite being a hero in a terror siege, his abrasive attitude gets him fired from the force. And Jessica won't have him. And his movie posters are gathering dust. But in his dreams Stone processes the clues, and they're coming together. Can he get the police to listen to him before the terrorists strike again?
The Treasure of Sirius Major
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,730. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » General
A pair of tramps between jobs meet a vagrant who has a treasure map. Joining forces, they raise the money to buy a ship and treasure-hunting gear, and cross light-years of space to the planet of Sirius Major. But first they must deal with the bandits who want to kill them for nothing more than the second-hand junk they possess. Only then can they "dig" for the fabled riches hidden for millenia…
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,290. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A knight and his squire, on their way home to Camelot, encounter an advance party of ruthless and deadly dark knights. While rescuing fair maidens from the evil warriors, the heroes uncover a plot to plunge the kingdom into darkness. But they have precious little time to save Britannia, and for the squire to prove he can be a knight – the enemy forces are already at the King's gates!
Business of Blood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,440. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Horror » Undead
A woman under threat from her jilted fiancé hires a down-on-his-luck detective to help. She seems like an ordinary client, but the case gets dangerous as it becomes clear she is acting strangely, hiding something. But the detective's penchant for whiskey and wisecracking are minor issues compared to his nocturnal lifestyle. What bloody secret does he harbor? A story after Chandler and Stoker.
20,000 Yards Across the Frontier
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,840. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A lone gunfighter crosses the plains looking for a mysterious force which has been destroying farms and driving men insane, indians and settlers alike. But when he catches up to his quarry he finds himself at its mercy, and its creator at his throat. The Spaghetti Western meets 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,270. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A naïve backpacker falls in love with an experienced traveller who encourages her to do something she should not. They become separated. Carrying a load of guilt, she sets out to find him. With all of Europe to search, she realises she does not really know that much about him. But having learned some uncomfortable truths about herself, will she still love him? Will she ever love anyone again?

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