Tony Masero

Biography

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.

Books

Final Debt
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,890. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
Simeon Norstrad is not a man to fool with, he is the disturbed leader of a tough work gang and he runs his backwoods lumberjack camp like a cruel dictator. The two Lapain brothers, just downriver at the Constantine sawmill, are drawn into Norstrad’s insane world when Joe Lapain discovers that his reckless younger brother Lesley has begun working as gun hand for the town’s devious casino owner.
The Law According to Court
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,630. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
A killer is loose in the West and nobody is more directly affected than Reuben Court, the one-time roustabout and gunman. Reuben has seen his fair share of trouble but this one hits home and hurts bad. His heartbreak is superseded by the determination to seek justice and he sets out determined to find those responsible. Why and by whom?
Dust Was The Day: Book Two
Series: Dust Was The Day. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,710. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jonah Cord takes up the story again as he follows the aged gunman Gabriel Brannigan on his wild ride through Western history. The handicapped veteran starts to put some order into Gabriel’s rambling Western memoire and discovers that Gabriel is once against pitted against his old foe, the demonic Lomas Chain.
Dust Was The Day: Book One
Series: Dust Was The Day. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,070. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
They said it was a tale told by a fool. But that’s not how young Jonah Cord figured it when he met up with Gabriel Brannigan. One of them had seen it all and the other was about to. And all it took was an apple pie, a bottle of whiskey and strong cigar for Jonah to hear about Gabriel’s legendary trials out West.
Dead Men Leave No Trail
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,900. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western
It was a strange killing for no apparent reason. Four dead men that leave town marshal Nate Cooley with a problem. Was it a hallmark murder or just plain random? Then there is the suspicious arrival of the renowned gunfighter Doc Blue Buckmeister, a man who is strangely eager to step in and take a hand.
The Pagan Mask
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,480. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Jason White is leading a quiet life as an art restorer and small time forger when an old friend from his East End days asks him to attend a strange ritual led by an underworld boss of the Japanese crime syndicate, the Yakuza. Jason is commissioned to take on an unusual mission of detection and for this he must use all his skills to track down a missing mask.
The Pardee Furlough
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,860. Language: American English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Wounded cavalry captain, Jason Pardee returns home on recovery furlough to find things have changed a great deal for people away from the front.. Times are hard with the war’s enforced stringency and plunderers are crippling the country. Partnering up with a backwoodsman, a loner who has his own reasons for tracking down the raiders, Jason sets out to bring some justice to the hungry land.
Bad Men Go To Hell
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,380. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Courage or cowardice can happen in the briefest moment of time. In the split second that Tag Donovan takes to face down the killer Scart Benjamin, events are set in motion that are bound to change the rest of his young life. It all begins with a bank raid that goes horrendously wrong and leaves a town destroyed and a heap of bodies lying in the street.
Stoneheart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,370. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western
‘Stoneheart’, that’s what the Cheyenne called him back in the old days. Caleb Barnes always went in hard that way, in fact the same way he had lived his whole life, on a knife-edge with the cold feel of a Colt .45 pistol and the blade of a Bowie knife not far from his reach.
Coffin Jack - Part 2: Gravedigger
Series: Coffin Jack. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,460. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western
The story continues as Coffin Jack and his partner Lowell Devereux trail through the darker side of the Old West. Factions differ and it is a new enemy they must face. Ska Venger might have been obliterated but the surviving members of his gang are arousing another kind of evil.
Coffin Jack - Part 1: Deathdealer
Series: Coffin Jack. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,310. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western
One-eyed Coffin Jack is a deadly man. A dark souled assassin that does not possess much; he lives alone with only feral cats for company in his isolated shack in the mountains and barely ventures down to civilization except when he gets the call.
The Deadlands
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,700. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Ben Garvey is a haunted man. Beckett is always there, standing at Ben’s shoulder, like a shadow on the wall. Ben Garvey took on the job at the swing station to get away and leave the tough life of a lawman by serving one of the few remaining stagecoach lines left running. With a skeleton crew, each of them damaged survivors, Ben thought himself safe in the obscurity of this isolated Texas outpost.
Blood on the Thorn
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,200. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Robert Rose, is a young Texan who one day loses the past he knew except for the one discovered in the weathered pages of his mother’s journal. Taken captive in a devastating raid on his hometown he is raised as kin to a ruthless killer who teaches him the way of the gun. Then he meets his patron’s estranged daughter and everything changes.
Nazareth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,390. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
They did truly terrible things to his lady. They tried to do terrible things to him too but the gunman Billy Lee LaBone was born with a will to survive and an unforgiving streak. It proves to be a long road back to Nazareth but he will do anything to exact revenge for what they did to him and the woman he loves.
Centroblis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,540. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Murder, crime and mystery surround the greatest and most dangerous discovery in modern times. Hidden fast for centuries and created by a genius, it holds the secret to a vast potential unknown since the world was created.
Borderline Gringo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,180. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Not many years before Ben Cade had been fighting with Teddy Roosevelt’s ‘Rough Riders’ in the Cuba campaign. Now he is back in Texas doing what he does best, riding cattle for Mister Delaware’s Double-D spread. He’s happy enough until an intriguing telegraph message sets off a chain of events that leads him across the border on a mission of mercy.
Babychain Blues
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,200. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
It was twenty-five years later and yet things were eerily turning in a full circle for Cole Junger. On the surface he was an ordinary guy, a simple man living a simple life in Rivers Bend but it had not always been that way for Cole. The random chance that brought him to young Caitlin May’s door was proving to be the lynch pin for a catastrophe.
The Bitter Stones of Intention
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,650. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
In the spring of 1882, British mining engineer James September, arrives with his young son in the port of Lisbon. Falsely blamed for a mining accident in England, the engineer is exiled to an isolated silica mine in the Portuguese mountains. He finds that life in the primitive mining village is more than he bargained for, a place where repressed lust and murder have found a home.
Black Eye
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,580. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Phil Black is a veteran who has left the Marine Corps and the Pacific battlefields behind expecting to find some peace and quiet back home now the war is over. Trouble comes knocking on his door when a beautiful neighbor appears with a lost husband to find. Things get a lot more complicated for Phil after that.
Blood Moon Trail
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,530. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Chief of Scouts, Tobe Miller has a hard time tracking down the elusive Apache killer, Natahey and back at the fort his drunken commanding officer doesn’t make life any the easier. It leaves Tobe with no option but to quit and go it alone. But nothing is ever that simple.
Misty Blue 6: End of the Road
Series: Misty Blue. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,630. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Misty Blue has made it. He finally arrives home but things have changed whilst he’s been up in the mountains and it is not the place he left twenty years ago. Whilst Misty intends seeking out what has happened to his dispersed family he comes across a young girl in distress and has to undertake a river trip for her safety. But there are mean folk on her trail.
The Thirty Six Hundreds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,170. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Sometimes events compel a man to do something he would much rather not. Needs must when the devil drives…. and the devil just arrived in The Thirty Six Hundreds.
Diehard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,010. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
He found them by accident. Six beautiful animals lost in the Arizona desert, each one of them of the finest bloodstock and a magnificent prize worth a small fortune. Diehard Charlie Wexford is the simple yet upright young cowpoke that catches and breaks the wild runaways to the saddle. Then all he has to do is hang onto them until he can complete the sale that will make him a wealthy man.
I Went Down to the Valley
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,170. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
It looked simple on the face of it – TV actor commits suicide, what more is there to say? You hear it every day. That’s when they call in troubleshooting PI Jack Stern to put a gloss on things but what Jack uncovers leads him down a complex avenue of sex and intrigue. It seems there will be a long trail of death and deceit before Jack can leave this particular valley of shadows.
The Rescuers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,300. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A savage Comanche war party raids across New Mexico territory leaving behind a shocking trail of bloody cruelty. When they capture the children it leaves the parents with a problem. They need a man who knows the Indians and their ways. They need Britt Marley. Trouble is, Britt is retired now.
Wintertime
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,940. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
It is time for the spring roundup in the mountain country of Wyoming. The small section of Columbine Winter’s homestead that sits between two big ranches holds a safe haven for the mavericks that the larger ranchers gather and divide between themselves come roundup time. Columbine collects a small dividend for the privilege but when the stranger arrives as a hired hand things start to change.
Gilded Rage
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 48,160. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
To all appearances when the stranger breezes into Tombstone he is a peaceable kind of guy not looking for any trouble and yet this is a tough silver town on the edge of a war. The friction between the Earp’s and the Clanton and McLaury gang is heating up. But the enigmatic stranger is on another kind of mission. One that takes him into the underworld environment of a very different culture.
Hunt for a Stone Killer
Series: Tears of Apache Stone. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,500. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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.
Gone Rogue
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 56,350. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Series: Tears of Apache Stone. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,440. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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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
Series: Tears of Apache Stone. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,060. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,690. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,350. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime 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.
Misty Blue 5: Down and Dirty
Series: Misty Blue, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,930. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,960. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » General
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
Series: Misty Blue, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,160. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
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
Series: Misty Blue, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,930. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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.
Blood Ridden
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 44,940. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,360. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 44,460. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
1870 Nebraska. 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.
The Raid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,920. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,610. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,480. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Arizona 1889. 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,180. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Tennessee 1836 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
Series: Misty Blue, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,320. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Wyoming 1868 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 43,880. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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.
Slashed Star
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,910. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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.
The Widowmaker
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,090. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,230. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
TEXAS 1840 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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,230. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Texas 1870 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.
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