Sunday, 1 March 2015

OUR MAN CLINT The Gunsmith Continues

The Gunsmith Continues
By Robert J. Randisi, aka J.R. Roberts

            It was a bloodbath, probably fitting, given how long adult westerns and mens adventure paperbacks have been spilling blood within their pages.  But in one fell swoop publishers, with seeming disregard for the readers—or the readers that were left, anyway—cancelled all the Adult Western series—notably the long running Longarm and Gunsmith series—and mens adventure series—most notably, the Mack Bolan series.  This move, as of April of 2015, will not only rob loyal readers of the adventures of Custis Longarm and Mack Bolan, but will also put entire stables of writers out of work. Both series, along with many others, were written by multiple writers, having supplied work for many working writers for a good 40 years.  In fact, the Adult Western genre not only invigorated the western genre and kept it alive, but provided income for dozens of writers over the years. And now it’s the end of an era for all of them . . .
            . . . except The Gunsmith.
            Very simple answer. For the most part, the Gunsmith was created and written by one man. When Charter Books contacted me in 1981 and asked me if I could create an Adult Western series for them, I jumped at the chance.  I created a bible and, when it was approved, signed a two book contract.  Then a contract for a third.  And then they called me and said they wanted to go into the genre whole-heartedly, and could I write a book a month.  I was 30 years old, had no idea if I could write a book a month, but I said “Yes!”
            I started writing under the pseudonym J.R. Roberts.  When I attended my first Western convention I discovered what anomaly the Gunsmith and I were. There were several other monthly adult westerns running at the time, and they were being written by three or four writers under a single house name. A “house name” is a name used by many authors on one series.  My “J.R. Roberts” nom de-plume was a pseudonym used by one person, not a house name. (It was only after Berkley Books purchased Charter Books and wanted to keep the Gunsmith going that they asked if they could hire two more writers, just to build up an inventory. The writers were to be approved by me, and I was to own even those books which I did not write, and receive a royalty. It made me even more of an anomaly in the genre. Once we had built up a one year inventory, I went back to writing all the books.).
            And I have done so since then, for over 32 years.  Gunsmith #1: Macklin’s Women came out in January of 1982, and there has been a Gunsmith every month since then.  Berkley Books decided to end of the run in April of 2015 with #399, and I was given enough warning so that I was able to place the series elsewhere and assure that Gunsmith #400 would appear in May of 2015, with no break in the action.  They will appear with a new cover design in ebook for from Piccadilly Publishing, and in paperback from Western Trailblazers.   And Our Man Clint will go on appearing in a book a month for as long as my flying fingers can flex.
            So to those loyal Gunsmith readers who pick up up each and every month, you may continue to do so, with heartfelt thanks from me, and from Our Man Clint Adams.
            I should also thank Charter Books, where it all started, and then Berkley Books, which has kept the series going all these years, as we all move on to the next bend in the road.

Pre-Order from
Pre-Order from Smashwords/Barnes & Noble/ Kobo etc.

Check out the page on Piccadilly Publishing website for more.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015



The Gunsmith 400: THE LINCOLN RANSOM is now ready to pre-order from all eBook platforms. Publication date April 01, 2015.

The story: When Abraham Lincoln's body is stolen from his Tomb and held for ransom by men who can't admit that the South lost the Civil War, who else would the Government ask to pay the ransom and recover the body but The Gunsmith? Facing a small army led by a former Confederate Colonel and his sexy wife, Clint Adams turns to the only person he can to watch his back, his friend, private detective Talbot Roper. Together they fight to recover Lincoln's body and prove that the South is truly dead.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Sales of printed books fall ...

According the Guardian's article published on January 13, 2015, sales of printed adult fiction have declined by over £150m since 2009, new figures show, as ebooks take an increasingly large bite out of the market.
The adult fiction market was the worst-performing of all areas of the book business, down by 5.3% in 2014 to £321.3m, with volume sales down 7.8% to 50.7m. In 2009, printed adult fiction was worth £476.16m.
“The ebook has quite demonstrably hit the commercial end of the fiction market,” said the Bookseller’s editor Philip Jones. “Almost any drop in adult fiction sales can mainly be put down to the migration to digital, which is obviously still continuing. We think consumer ebooks this year will be worth £350m, with most big publishers reporting ebook growth of double digits – and almost all of that will be in fiction.”
And the piece of news that had me smiling was:
Within adult fiction, there was growth for three unexpected categories: short stories, westerns and graphic novels.
Now why am I not surprised that Westerns are in there?
Since PP began, we have added to our stable (okay bad pun) and the list of authors and series continue to grow. We've seen series with low sales and series with high sales and series I'd thought would bomb but had done the reverse. We've been a gnat whisker away from deals and gotten deals I'd thought would be neigh on impossible. But there is still a market out there for Westerns. And, boy, am I glad. We are now scheduling books into 2018, so there is much more to come for the Western fiction fan. And long may you read them.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The name's Brand, Jason Brand and I'm back!

How about this for a start to 2015?
We are VERY happy indeed to report that we have just managed to persuade Mike Linaker(Neil Hunter) to continue writing all-new adventures starring JASON BRAND and BODIE THE STALKER - including the long-awaited Brand/Bodie team-up, TWO GUNS NORTH!

The first of the new JASON BRAND westerns will appear in April, and is called HIGH KILL.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The Gunsmith - new titles revealed...

As you know, we are publishing J.R. Roberts' THE GUNSMITH series from number 400 onwards as of April 2015. Today, I received an email from the author with the first two titles - THE LINCOLN RANSOM and NEW MEXICO POWDER KEG.

The series covers will be illustrated by Tony Masero who has provided the covers to our CLINT ADAMS: THE GUNSMITH (aka Gunsmith Giants) series.

And a reminder if you ever needed one....

Can't wait .

Friday, 5 December 2014

Neil Hunter will give you the horrors....


Les Mason, reporter for the Long Point News, is close to finishing an expose on the Long Point Nuclear Plant. But before he can slot the final piece of the jigsaw into place, he dies an agonizing death as the result of some sort of sting. The doctors are baffled — and there are similar cases to follow ... Chris Lane, his girlfriend, and organizer of the Long Point Protestors, discovers Mason’s notes, and decides to find out for herself what the plant has to hide...

The Touch of Hell
The village of Shepthorne wasn’t being gripped, but strangled by winter’s blanket of snow and Arctic temperatures. The trouble began with a massive pile-up on frozen roads and a fireball of exploding petrol as a truck collided with a tanker in the garage forecourt. Then, from the sky, a huge military transport with its cargo of devastation crashed down towards the village. Hell was just beginning to touch Shepthorne . . .

Scorpion – Second Generation
The colony of deadly scorpions at Long Point Nuclear Plant was eradicated. Or so people thought . . . Over a year later, entomologist Miles Ranleigh receives a worrying telephone call. A man has been fatally poisoned by toxic venom, identical to the Long Point scorpions’ — but far more powerful. Miles and his companion Jill Ansty must race to destroy the fresh infestation. But this is a new strain of scorpion. Mutated and irradiated, they’re larger, more savage — and infected with a deadly virus fatal to humans. And they’re breeding . . .

for the fantastic price of $2.99 and exclusive to Kindle Amazon until the New Year.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Hold on to your hats - J.T. EDSON coming your way!

J.T. Edson copyright Getty Images
We have concluded a deal to bring the works of J. T. EDSON back into 'e-print'!! Beginning in February 2015, we'll start publishing the first ten FLOATING OUTFIT books (hopefully with the remainder to come), all thirteen books in the DUSTY FOG'S CIVIL WAR series, the three books featuring WAXAHACHIE SMITH and the five-book YOUNG OLE DEVIL series.

Watch this space for more details as we get 'em!