Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Review of The Badman's Daughter

Steve M at Western Fiction Review has kindly reviewed my latest release The Badman's Daughter. Here's what he had to say...

It's been five years since the last Terry James Black Horse Western appeared, so the question is has it been worth the wait?

To find out, read Steve's review here.

Books I read in March

Here are the books I read in March. I've decided I read too many westerns and from now on I intend to include at least one other genre each month. As usual, I've included comments that are just my opinion.


A Man Called Crow - Chris Adam Smith (also writes as Harry Jay Thorn)
Comment: I really enjoyed this. Unusually, it's written in first and third person point of view but this didn't bother me as the transitions were smooth. With lots of characters all adding to the story and plenty of action, I finished this in a few days and am looking forward to reading something else by this author.

The Guns of Skeleton Ridge: Laramie Davies no. 5 by BS Dunn
Comment: I love the Laramie Davies books and this one didn't disappoint. He's a no-nonsense gunslinger and that leads to action and excitement in bucketloads. By far my favourite character from this author.

Riding The Line - Will DuRey
Comment: I really enjoyed this. Good guys, bad guys, Indians, senseless shootings, injustices, wrongs righted. It had it all and I was on tenter hooks until the end wondering what the outcome was going to be.


Frenchman's Creek - Daphne DuMaurier
Comment: I'm no stranger to DuMaurier, having read several over the years. I enjoyed it, although the ending was bittersweet and I find the style a bit slow. I love the depth of her characters though and that's very important to me.

See you for another update at the end of April.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Books I read in February

Here are the westerns I read this month. I've included links to those that I've already reviewed and comments to those I haven't.

The Enforcer (A Bannerman the Enforcer Western Book 1) – Kirk Hamilton
Comment: My first time reading a Bannerman book and I enjoyed it.

A Gun is Waiting (A Clay Nash western) – Brett Waring
Comment: I'm working my way through the Clay Nash books and finding them all equally enjoyable.

Long Ride To Serenity – Harry Jay Thorn
Comment: Unfinished - it just wasn't for me.

See you for another update at the end of March.

Read and Reviewed: Valley of Thunder by Sam Clancy

Josh Ford was the best man the Marshal Service had, so when the Governor of Montana needed someone to look into the disappearance of wagon trains in the Bitterroots, Ford was the man they chose. What he found was a brutal autocrat who ruled with such terror, the like of which had never been seen by Ford. From Helena, Montana, to the Bitterroot Mountains, then on to Seattle, Ford fights for his life and the lives of others against a maniac and his small army. When a final twist puts it all in jeopardy, Ford realizes that the badge he wears may be the difference between law and justice.

I've given this book 5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads and deservedly so, in my opinion. It's a rich story, well told and nicely written. From the outset I found it difficult to put down and, unusually for me, I finished it in three easy sittings. I enjoyed the short, pacy chapters and the way each one left me breathless to read the next. The descriptive writing is superb and I saw each landscape and action sequence in full technicolour as though it were playing out on a cinema screen. Each character was drawn with enough detail to substantiate their part in this fast moving tale. I believed I was there. I felt the pain. In my opinion, there was no fat in this story, no padding. It promised sweeping adventure and it delivered in spades.

I know this author quite well, we chat regularly, he's a nice guy and I like him and it could be argued I'm biased. It's true I've read and enjoyed everything he's written (barring the very latest, which I have to catch up on soon) but in his own words to me '...5 stars.You must have enjoyed it...you don't give them up without a fight'. I have been a fairly harsh critic of his writing in the past, never his storytelling which is always fantastic, more a lack of attention to typos, grammar and the like, but for what it's worth I believe the author writing as Sam Clancy, BS Dunn and Jake Henry has done what we should all be doing as writers and honed his craft so that he can now take his place among the best known and well loved western authors out there.

If you only read one book this month, read this one.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Offer: Free on Amazon: Life and Laughter by Joanne Walpole

Around 2003,  I picked up writing again after a clean break of about 15 years. I didn't get straight back into westerns and used to write about anything and everything.

This is a collection of the short stories I wrote for fun. Over the years they've given friends, family and peers a lot of laughs. With the advent of Kindle Direct Publishing I've been able to extend them to a wider audience.

Here's what one reviewer had to say -

I love a good short story and that is exactly what Joanne Walpole writes. This collection is a series of light observations tinged with drama and tragedy that range from the dangers of smoking to the consequences of not paying attention when driving a truck. After a couple of stories I found myself wanting to find out what Joanne Walpole could come up with next - an unusual kind of page turner. 5 stars on Amazon.

Now, for a limited time between 6-10 February you can download my non-western book of contemporary shorts with a twist for free on Kindle. UK or US and the rest of the world.

If you're looking for something quick and light to read, something you can dip into at random, why not give it a look?

Here's the lowdown...

Short stories of everyday life with a twist in the tale. From the annoying husband to the embarrassing fall in public, if you sometimes wonder 'why me' or 'what if' you'll find a kindred spirit somewhere in these pages. Some are nice, some are naughty. So enjoy a titter or a belly laugh over a nice cup of tea and be glad your day's not quite as bad as you thought it was.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Books I read in January

Here are the westerns I read this month. I've included links to those that I've already reviewed and comments to those I haven't.

Undercover Gun (A Clay Nash western) – Brett Waring

Rimrock Renegade – Ned Oaks

High Hell (A Bodie the Stalker Western Book 3) – Neil Hunter
Comment: I'm enjoying the Bodie books and only wish I had more time to read them.

Arizona Wild-Cat (A Larry and Stretch Western Book 2) – Marshall Grover
Comment: A partnership made in heaven, a tight plot, fist fights, gun fights and humour. What's not to like?

Showdown In Badlands - Shorty Gunn
Comment: I bought this book by accident but I'm happy to say it was a fortunate slip of the finger. Once the story got going I couldn't wait to read on. The bad guys are as mean as mean can be. The good guys are...I leave you to decide. All I will say is that everyone seemed to get their just desserts in the end and I didn't feel any remorse over the outcomes. I'll be reading more by Shorty Gunn.

See you in February.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Terry James - news

A NICE START to the year with The Crowood Press accepting my latest story for publication under their Black Horse Western line. I've really enjoyed writing this one and I'm confident that it will go down well with my regular readers. It's called Legacy Of A Gunfighter and here's the preliminary back cover teaser to whet your appetite.

Following his release from prison, all gunfighter Luke Nicholls wants is revenge against William Grant the man who almost killed him. Unfortunately, when the two meet, things don’t go the way Luke had imagined. Struck down by a mysterious malady, his confidence is shaken. More complications arise when Kate Portillo, a woman out to avenge the murder of her husband, tries to enlist his help. He refuses, determined not to lose sight of his own ambition, but Grant has other ideas. Dragged into a fight for survival, the odds are suddenly stacked even higher against Luke. As outside forces emerge and the game starts to take shape, Luke realises that his part in it was never in doubt.  This is the legacy of a gunfighter and he will have to dig deep to claim his reward.

I'M ALSO HAPPY to report that my previous release The Badman's Daughter has been receiving good reviews. It's been given 4 and 5 stars on Goodreads and fellow author Jack Giles (aka Ray Foster) gave it 5 stars and a nice review on Amazon..If you have not read a Terry James western then this is a good place to start. Full characters and a taut plot puts this book into the unputdownable category. It's also spent quite some time in the top 100 Kindle downloads on Amazon UK (Westerns genre) reaching no.11 at its peak, so thank you to all those who have been kind enough to buy it.

I'M NOW GEARING up to get started on a new story tentatively titled The Crooked Brand about cattle rustling and revenge - with a twist of course.

That's all for now. Keep reading.