Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Caleb Johnson: Mountain Man:
Menace In The Mountain Mist

Caleb Johnson’s second adventure finds him settling into married life back in Bear Creek. But as we find out, this is no honeymoon, for events conspire to disrupt the idyllic tranquility that would make life perfect:



Caleb’s new wife, Spring Flower, who now calls herself Flora in order to fit into Bear Creek society, finds a bear cub whose mother’s been killed by wolves. She takes it home and nurses it back to health, something that Caleb, uneasy about at first, comes to accept. They even give the cub the name Snuffy, and delight in how it becomes close with Dog.

Later, while shopping in Bear Creek, Flora is accosted by three ruffians, and Caleb gives them a drubbing. The incident is forgotten for months until one day, as the spring mist is enshrouding their peaceful mountain home, the past comes calling. Events combine in a bloody confrontation that will leave you breathless.



Yes, a settled married routine is no guarantee of peace, especially when you live in the wilds, and there are no-good layabouts determined to create, and then settle none existent scores.

The thing is, a previous good deed by Caleb and Flora comes back to show, karma’s an absolute b***h if you’re on the wrong side of it!

Another great little story that rolls along at a comfortable pace; is a delight to read; and has a most satisfying ending. And better still, it’s presented in such a way that it’s entirely believable, allowing you to connect to the characters in a personal way.

Kudos to Charles Ray for that.

Monday, November 20, 2023


Bloodshed In The San Juans:

A John Tailer Bishop Western Adventure 


Bloodshed In The San Juans: 

In Bloodshed in the San Juans, Wayne Winkle takes John Tailer Bishop story along an entirely different track. Bishop is vulnerable. He’s still recovering from an injury that almost took his life. You’d think he’d relax and take life easy, especially with the news his wife, Angelina, gives him.
Alas it seems that fate has other things in store for John Tailer Bishop. . .
As the blurb highlights:

John Bishop has just about recovered from the severe wound suffered when he helped rescue Marcy Richmond, Senator Richmond’s daughter. Angelina tells him she is pregnant.

Ramon, Angelina’s cousin, has given a vigilante posse the slip, along with three of his men. They head to Colorado after visiting Bishop and Angelina in Santa Fe.

Days later, Bishop finds out Ramon is being hunted by a rich rancher’s hands in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Then the rancher comes to him and asks him to find Ramon so he can be put on trial. Knowing that wouldn’t happen, Bishop refuses.

Can Bishop and Cruz find Ramon and rescue him before the rancher’s men or the hired killer the rancher found?

Will the unthinkable happen to Bishop and Angelina?

You’ll like this story. A lot!
We head in a slightly different direction than in previous stories, which is a wise move on C. Wayne Winkle’s part as it keeps John Bishop’s story fresh and inviting.
And you can’t get fresher than a killer man hunter on the loose in Colorado when the snow’s falling.
Man hunter? Oh yes. It seems a rancher with an ego the size of the state he lives in – and someone who is far too used to getting his own way – has a bone to pick with certain members of Bishop’s family. A family who are gradually entwined, and drawn ever deeper in into trouble the longer things are allowed to go on.
So, how does Bishop react? Remember, he’s far from his best. And even worse, there’s a snake in the grass just waiting to bite!

You’ll see what I mean as you saddle up and ride in. This is an adventure you won’t want to miss.

Amazon Review

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

 Do YOU Like To Mix It Up?

Cowboy Justice: A Western Adventure (Tales of Tom Mix Book 3)

Scott McCrea hits the nail on the head with this series. And of course it helps that Tom Mix was a real life AND movie character who inspired many a western adventure that set the bar for others to follow. And this latest outing doesn’t disappoint.

Here's the blurb:


Tom Mix is working as marshal in Dewey, Oklahoma, when he comes across three bad men, murderous Jack Carlino and his two sons. Tom knows their reputation, but there is nothing to hold them on, and he reluctantly allows them to go free.

Soon, the train depot is held up with many casualties, including women and children. Tom Mix is savaged by an inquest looking for a scapegoat, leading Tom to go on a grim rampage of revenge.


So, what did I think?

Awesome. That’s what. This story has a darker vibe than the previous ones. Tom Mix is a marshal now. He’s got people to look after. His duty to the law is important, and he thoroughly believes in what he’s doing and how he has to set an example in upholding that law.
The trouble is, the world isn’t as black and white as he would like. And when following the letter of the law leads to tragedy? Ah . . . he begins to realize that perhaps, there are those who are more deserving of rough – frontier-style-justice than he realized.

Unfortunately, by that time, other lives have been affected, and there’s a knock-on domino effect that ripples throughout the community and beyond which Tom Mix now has to counter.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s dark. It’s moody. The suspense is gripping and involves you from the outside. And most of all, it gets you rooting for the good guys.
A great story in a much larger series you really need to read. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

 One Last Review?

(I don't think so)

One Last Hanging


In One Last Hanging, Jeff Crawford steers Noah’s journey toward a conclusion that you know will be a nigh-on certainty. However, that takes nothing away from the story, because it’s how he arrives there that matters.
As the blurb highlights:


All the enemies of his past had been laid low, all the ends had been gathered and tied. Now was the time he was supposed to be enjoying his life, his work, his advancing years. But on a drunken afternoon, a man of no worth and no redeemable qualities made a grievous error in judgment. One that would completely upend Noah Weyland’s life. Upon hearing the news, Noah knew that there was One Last Hanging that he would have to carry out before his days were through. Elise Weyland was promised the vengeance that was owed to her, and Noah would bring it to her feet. It was the very least that he could do for his wife.

The man, still in a drunken haze, had been arrested immediately after causing the accident that cost Elise her life. A short time later, he was tried and sentenced to hang. Now all that remained for Noah’s long-time friend Rhoden, the local sheriff, was keeping Silas Jacoby alive long enough to be executed. Fearful of the destruction that Noah was sure to bring down upon the town just to get to the man Rhoden had in custody, Rhoden secrets his prisoner out of town until the time for the sentence to be carried out.

With Jilley, his ranch foreman, by his side, Noah scours southwest Texas for Rhoden and the man he is keeping hidden away. Not generational storms, not cages made of steel, not highway men with plans and motives of their own will keep Noah Weyland from doing what he promised his wife. With each rising of the sun, with each determined stride from his horse, the time of reckoning draws ever closer. But at journey’s end there is a choice to be made between what he should do and what he said that he would do. How much will Noah allow the past to influence the future? Will doing as he has been asked force him to break the promise that he made?



Yes, Noah’s soul mate is dead. Killed by a fool in a drunken haze who now knows he’ll never live to see old age. And as I mentioned at the beginning, there’s an inevitability about this story that that takes nothing away from the narrative. Because it’s HOW Noah ensures he honors his wife’s name and memory that just so darn entertaining.

Yes, the man responsible has been sentenced to death. And yes, he’s going to hang for his crimes. But Noah’s sense of justice sees only one way to bring those events about in a way that will douse the flames of his ire . . . if only for a short while, at any rate.

And no one, not the judge; not Sherriff Rhoden; not his deputy, Lands; not even the reprobates who try to intervene will stand in Noah’s way.


I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It’s immersive. It’s personal. It calls to your darker side. Most of all, it’s profoundly satisfying, and will stay with you long after you’ve read the last word.

Monday, October 16, 2023

 Caleb Johnson: Mountain Man: 
Back To Bear Creek: A Frontier Western Adventure

Lately, I’ve found myself enjoying mountain man adventures, so when I came across this series by respected western author Charles Ray, I just had to check it out. Especially after reading the blurb, which immediately appealed to my sense of adventure. . .
As you can see:


After saving former Confederate officer Ben Winthrop from a lynch mob, black mountain man, Caleb Johnson is talked into guiding him from Colorado to Oregon. He then lets himself be talked into spending two years there helping Ben get his ranch started. But he wants to get back to his little cabin near Bear Creek, Colorado, even though he’ll miss Ben’s wife, Wenona, the Shoshone princess, and her two sons.

Finally, though, Caleb puts his foot down. He saddles his horse, named Horse, and calls his dog, named Dog, and sets off for home, a journey that is anything but routine—or peaceful. It’s just normal chaos, though, until he gets to Wenona’s tribal village in Utah, and finds his Shoshone friend being threatened by a greedy rancher and land poacher who is moving to take over their traditional hunting ground. Now, Caleb’s a peace-loving man, but you just don’t threaten his friends. He’d planned to spend the winter with the Shoshone, and get rested up to resume his journey after the spring thaw.

But things have a way of changing.



And I’m pleased to say, this story does exactly as expected: It entertained from start to finish.

Caleb is a likeable, dependable sort of fellow. And exactly the right kind of man you want around. Either as a neighbor, friend, or someone you can turn to in times of trouble. Because of this, there’s an easy flow to the story, a natural progression from chapter to chapter that helps you relate to Caleb, and helps you immerse yourself in his daily life. And what a life it is. (You’ll see). All delivered up with a ‘double homecoming,’ that will set you up for what’s to come.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and look forward to the next chapter of Caleb’s life.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Betrayal in Apache Country

Betrayal in Apache Country

In Betrayal in Apache Country, Wayne Winkle delivers his best John Tailer Bishop story yet. And it all begins when Bishop and Angelina decide to go and visit her relatives. . .
As the blurb highlights:


John Tailer Bishop and his wife, Angelina, find themselves in the middle of a political conspiracy to prevent Senator Willis Richmond from running for president.

When the senator’s daughter, Marcy, and her fiancĂ©, Wesley Dowd, are kidnapped as part of the conspiracy, Bishop has to get involved.

But the man who does the kidnapping and the Apaches in southwestern Arizona Territory try to kill him.
And they almost succeed.

Angelina has to lead Marcy and two surviving soldiers along with a severely wounded Bishop through Apache country and to Ft. Bowie.

Can she do it? Will Bishop survive?


Yes, a simple trip to visit the in-laws turns into a fight for survival against outlaws, Apaches, and the wilderness itself, as event combine to reveal just how far a narcissist with political ambition is willing to go to achieve his goals.

In this outing, the story skips between the open expanse of the desert and the crowded streets of Washington. Both of them, deadly arenas in a game of cat-and-mouse where Bishop has to juggle betrayal, rookie officers with chips on the shoulders, and old enemies with a score to settle, with simply staying alive.
Blood spills freely – as do the secrets – but who lives and who dies?

Ah, you’ll have to find out for yourselves in an action-packed adventure that will keep you riveted, and turning the pages until the very end. Thoroughly recommended to all those who love Dusty Saddle’s – and C. Wayne Winkle’s – winning recipe. 

Amazon Review

Saturday, October 7, 2023

 An Outstanding Review of 

Trouble on the Smoky Hill Trail

I'm absolutely delighted to be able to post a review of my debut western - 

Trouble on the Smoky Hill Trail - A Pearl Brothers Western Adventure

by none other than respected Western author Scott McCrea


A Terrific Western

Trouble on the Smoky Hill Trail is the first of the Pearl Brothers series of westerns, and it’s a honey.

The trouble begins in the idyllic town of Elder Grove, Kansas, where a group of renegade Indians abduct two teenage girls. The renegades are soon tracked by a delegation from the town, led by Noah and Jacob Pearl, two incredibly capable men. One black, the other white, the Pearls were raised together and are as close as brothers.

This book is filled with fast-paced thrills, and author Andrew Weston makes the Pearl brothers come to life. He is equally adroit in his characterization of Astrid, one of the kidnapped girls, and Raging Bear, her nemesis. This is great stuff and comes highly recommended!


Needless to say, I'm absolutely delighted to get a review like that. And, if you'd like to see that review on Scott's Site, then by all means, follow the link below.

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