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SOME OLD FAVORITES MAKE A WELCOME RETURN ... AND THERE'S EVEN A NEW AUDIO BOOK COMING!!!

Gunsmoke is Grey Audio Book

F. A. Thorpe, the popular large print publisher, recently purchased the rights to issue a large print edition of Flame and Thunder, and also decided to bring some other western classics back into print this year! Although we have no release dates yet for Flame and Thunder, Squaw Man and Cold Steel, Ben's first published book, makes a very welcome return when The Silver Trail comes out in an all-new edition in September. Another all-new edition of the Judge & Dury western, Riding for Justice follows in October. In the meantime, Michael Bower is narrating the audio book edition of Flame and Thunder, so keep watching this space!

AT LAST -- THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN OF CARTER O'BRIEN!!!

Flame and Thunder by Ben Bridges

A decade after his last appearance in Draw Down the Lightning, Ben's most enduring character, freelance fighting man Carter O'Brien, is back in the long-awaited Flame and Thunder ... and doesn't disappoint!

It stood to be the biggest oil well in the territory ... provided wildcatter Bud Bishop could bring it in before his lease ran out. But the Irishman wanted to make sure he didn't. Then he figured to move in, take ownership and keep all the spoils of Bishop's hard labor for himself. So Bishop's backers hired freelance fighting man Carter O'Brien to keep Hugh Quillan's bully boys off his back long enough to get the job done. But the closer it came to the deadline, the harder Quillan started to play. Finally, with the odds stacked against him and the threat of a full-scale war about to bust wide open, O'Brien -- himself still healing from a previous assignment -- did the only thing he could. He made sure his guns were loaded, and then set about fighting back.

The ebook is available worldwide via Amazon, and you can order the paperback edition here.

NEW CHILLS FOR NOVEMBER!!

Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein by David Whitehead

Ben's novelization of the forthcoming movieSherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein is coming out in Large Print from F. A. Thorpe in November. For those who missed it the first time, here's the blurb again:

Only the most intriguing mystery could lure Sherlock Holmes from the comfort of Baker Street in the winter of 1898 ... and it came with the ghastly murder of a gravedigger in the most bizarre of circumstances. Thus it was that Holmes and Watson traveled to the tiny German village of Darmstadt to unmask a callous killer with an even more terrifying motive ... and all within the long, ominous shadow of Castle Frankenstein ...

THE JUDGE AND DURY SERIES GETS A MAKEOVER!!!

Hang 'em All by Ben Bridges Riding for Justice by Ben Bridges Law of the Gun by Ben Bridges
Trial by Fire by Ben Bridges Barbed Wire Noose by Ben Bridges Judgment Day by Ben Bridges

We hope you like the new-look Judge and Dury design. We've completely revised the books themselves, as well, to eliminate any of those pesky typos that can sometimes distract from your reading experience!

PRODUCTION BEGINS ON THE PLAINSMAN AUDIO BOOK!!!

The Plainsman Audio Book

The audio book edition of The Plainsman goes into production this week, with narration provided by Chaz Allen, who previously worked on The Oklahombres and a number of Ben's other westerns.

THE LONG-AWAITED SECOND BOOK IN THE WESTERN LEGENDS SERIES NOW AVAILABLE!!!

The Plainsman by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

The long-awaited second volume in the Western Legends series by Ben and Steve Hayes is now live exclusively through Amazon as a digital download, with paperback editions in large and standard print, as well as an audio version, to follow. To whet your appetite, here's the blurb:

After he saw his father set upon and stabbed, nothing was ever the same for the boy who would grow up to become Buffalo Bill Cody. The hatred and bigotry his family suffered in Kansas led him to kill his first man when he was just ten years old. And in the years that followed, he would face one battle after another -- against marauding Cheyenne, against the elements and against the Great Plains themselves. But there was no quit in Will Cody. He was, as his friend Wild Bill Hickok had said, "all spit and grit." He'd need grit, too, to survive the Pony Express, the Civil War and merciless guerrilla fighters like William Clarke Quantrill and the James Boys. For Will Cody, however, the greatest challenge of his life was still to come. And even he didn't think he could survive it."

ANOTHER MOVIE NOVELIZATION IN THE WORKS!!!

Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws by Ben Bridges

Ben has been asked to novelize Dan Searles' charming screenplay for the forthcoming western movie Bill Tilghman and the Outlaws. The film is being made by the same team who gave us last year's Day of the Gun, so we know it's going to be good. Here's the first promotional trailer for the movie, just to give you an idea of what's in store:

ANOTHER O'BRIEN AUDIO BOOK GOES INTO PRODUCTION!!!

Gunsmoke is Grey Audio Book

We're delighted to announce that the 'voice' of O'Brien, narrator Michael Bower, has now started work on his fifth O'Brien audio book. Based on what we've heard so far, we think Gunsmoke Is Grey will be one of his best performances so far. More news on a release date when we get it.

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS FRANKENSTEIN MOVIE CONTINUES TO TAKE SHAPE!!!!

Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein Credit Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein Credit

We've just seen footage from Gautier Cazenave's Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein, and it really does look fantastic! Of course, the footage is still classified as Above Top Secret right now, but we can at least show you screen captures of Ben's credits (under his real name), as they appear in the opening titles. More news as we get it!

MORE STILLS FROM 'VERMIJO'!!!

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Vermijo, Paul Vernon has finished shooting Ben's first western screenplay, and is now editing the movie. A great, productive time was had by all, and we're told that some of the performances are nothing short of exceptional. More news on the movie ... and maybe even a clip or two ... as we get it!

MORE GERMAN TRANSLATIONS NOW BEING PREPARED!!

Trail in Die Apacheria by Ben Bridges Lockwoods Gesetz by Ben Bridges

Two more westerns, Apacheria and Lockwood's Law are presently being translated for the German market, with more to follow.

GERMAN EDITIONS OF HIT 'EM HARD! NOW AVAILABLE!!

Marschbefehl fur Kompanie C by Ben Bridges Marschbefehl fur Kompanie C by Ben Bridges

Edition Barenklau has now issued the first of its ongoing series of German translations of Ben's westerns, beginning with the Company C novel Hit 'em Hard!. The Edition Barenklau edition is available as a download -- there is also an attractive paperback edition for those who still prefer the feel of a 'real' book! More titles to come.

BEN'S WESTERN SCREENPLAY NOW IN PRODUCTION!!!

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Vermijo, Ben's first western screenplay, is now shooting in Arizona ... weather permitting! We thought you'd like to see some stills of the cast and crew hard at work bringing the story to life. Director Paul Vernon is doing a great job, and the second week of shooting sees the unit moving to western town Gammons Gulch, where the remainder of the movie will be shot. More news as we get it! Ben will be collaborating with Mike Stotter on a low-priced movie tie-in.

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS FRANKENSTEIN GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH!!

Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein by David Whitehead Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein Edition by David Whitehead

The Creative Texts high-quality paperback edition of Sherlock Holmes vs Frankenstein is now available from all good booksellers (ISBN 978-0-692-5685-4), and the audio book is expected shortly, with our friend Quintin W. Allen once again providing a chilling narration. In the meantime, the Large Print rights in the book have just sold to F. A. Thorpe, and principal photography on the movie itself is now underway!

OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE LARGE PRINT EDITION OF FIVE SHOTS LET!!!

Five Shots Left by Ben Bridges

Our chums at F. A. Thorpe have just sent us the cover for their edition of Five Shots Left, which is due out in January 2016.

SHERLOCK HOLMES VS FRANKENSTEIN NOW AVAILABLE!!

Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein by David Whitehead

Ben's novelization of Gautier Cazenave's forthcoming movie, Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein is now on sale as a digital download exclusively from Amazon. The film itself starts shooting in November 2015, and in addition to being one of the associate producers, Ben (under his own name) will also get a screen credit for supplying additional material not in the original screenplay. Here's the synopsis:

Only the most intriguing mystery could lure Sherlock Holmes from the comfort of Baker Street in the winter of 1898 ... and it came with the ghastly murder of a gravedigger in the most bizarre of circumstances. Thus it was that Holmes and Watson traveled to the tiny German village of Darmstadt to unmask a callous killer with an even more terrifying motive ... and all within the long, ominous shadow of Castle Frankenstein ...

A paperback edition is to be published by Creative Texts within the next couple of months.

BEN'S WESTERN SCREENPLAY FINALLY GOES INTO PRODUCTION!!!

Vermijo

Principal photography on Paul Vernon's new western, Vermijo (Vengeance is the Spur) is expected to begin early in 2016, from a screenplay written by Ben. Ben and Paul have worked closely to produce a fast-moving tale of violence and revenge that brings a new spin to the traditional western. Ben will also be writing a low-priced novella based on the screenplay for publication sometime in the not-too-distant future.

TWO MORE AUDIO BOOKS NOW ON SALE!!

Feral by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Draw Down the Lightning by Ben Bridges

The immensely talented Michael Bower continues to be the voice of O'Brien in the new audio book edition of Draw Down the Lightning, while our old pal Chaz Allen provides the chills for his narration of Feral. Check our Kindle and Audio Book Collection page to see what else is out there!!

OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE LARGE PRINT EDITION OF THE OKLAHOMBRES!!!

The Oklahombres by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Our friends at F. A. Thorpe have just sent us the cover for their edition of The Oklahombres, which is due out in November 2015.

OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE CREATIVE TEXTS PAPERBACK EDITION OF THE DOOMSDAY CONSPIRACY!!

The Armageddon Cult by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Creative Texts has just published paperback and ebook editions of The Doomsday Conspiracy under the new title of The Armageddon Cult with a splendid cover design by Laura Roth. You can find out more about Ben's involvement with Creative Texts by clicking here.

BEN GETS HIS OWN IMDb PAGE!!

Ben's IMDb page

Ben has just been awarded his own page on IMDb, to reflect his growing involvement in movies and television. You can check it out here.

THE AUDIO BOOK LIBRARY CONTINUES TO GROW!

Draw Down the Lightning Audio Edition by Ben Bridges

As August 2015 gets underway, Ben has once again teamed up with narrator Michael Bower for another O'Brien audio book. "Michael really loves this series," says Ben. "And that's very lucky for me, because as far as I'm concerned, Michael really is the voice of O'Brien." As usual, details of all our audio books can be found on our Audio Book Collection page!

OUR FIRST LOOK AT THE CREATIVE TEXTS PAPERBACK EDITIONS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES!!

Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Creative Texts is now poised to release paperback editions of the first three Sherlock Holmes by Ben (David) and Steve Hayes. For copyright reasons, these will only be available in America and Canada, but we think you'll agree that they make a great, uniform set!

ANOTHER MOVIE NOVELIZATION IN THE WORKS!

Sherlock Holmes Vs. Frankenstein by David Whitehead

Under his own name, Ben is presently writing a novel based on the forthcoming Gautier Cazenave movie, Sherlock Holmes vs. Frankenstein. An imaginative blending of traditional Hammer horror and traditional Holmesian mystery, Ben is also serving as one of the film's associate producers. More details as we get them, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on the glorious cover by acclaimed artist Gil Jouin!

BEN SIGNS WITH CREATIVE TEXTS FOR PAPERBACK EDITIONS!!

Three Rode Together by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Ben and collaborator Steve Hayes are pleased to announce that they have entered in a definitive agreement with Creative Texts Publishers to publish select works, including the Three Guns West and Sherlock Holmes series. You can find out more by clicking here.

FIRST LOOK AT THE NEXT SHERLOCK HOLMES LARGE PRINT EDITION!!

Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

We've just had our first look at the forthcoming Large Print edition of Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs, which is being published by Ulverscroft in August 2015. Steve and Dave are still busily plotting their fourth Holmes mystery. Here's the blurb for King of Clubs:

A brazen daylight robbery at Christie's becomes the talk of London, but Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are no longer in the business of solving crime. Holmes has retired to Sussex, to keep bees, and Watson, recently widowed, has returned to general practice. But when Watson, desperate for distraction, agrees to accompany his old friend to Vienna, to visit eminent neurologist, Sigmund Freud, it is not long before the pair are pulled back into the murky world of ruthless criminals bent on abduction, intimidation and murder. A shadowy terrorist group, The Black Hand, is plaguing the city, and when the tentacles of a crime committed in England reach across to Vienna to coil around Harry Houdini, the famous American escapologist, the Great Detective and his Boswell relish the chance of solving yet another puzzle.

MORE LARGE PRINT ON THE WAY IN AUGUST!!

Day of the Gun by Ben Bridges

Ulverscroft will be issuing a Large Print edition of Ben's novelization of Day of the Gun in August, and we've just been given our first look at the cover! We like!!

MORE TITLES FOR THE AUDIO BOOK LIBRARY!

Blood Canyon Audio Edition by Ben Bridges Thunder Gorge Audio Edition by Ben Bridges

Dead End Audio Edition by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead The Spurlock Gun Audio Edition by Ben Bridges

As May 2015 heads toward June, four more titles join our ongoing Audio Book library. Details can be found on our Kindle and Audio Book Collection page!

BEN'S FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR SEVEN YEARS IN THE WORKS!

The Medicine of Takes Many Horses by Ben Bridges and Alfred Wallon

Ben has recently been collaborating with internationally-renowned artist and good friend Tony Masero on a new graphic novel for Plugged Nickel Comics. It's an expanded adaptation of The Medicine of Takes Many Horses, one of the stories that appeared in the recent collection Five Shots Left. For Ben, it's the first artist's script he's written since the 2008 Commando yarn The Buccaneers!. We're hoping it will be the first of many collaborations between Ben and Tony.

HELL ON EARTH AND ALL GUNS BLAZING GET THE AUDIO BOOK TREATMENT!!!

Hell on Earth Audio Edition by David Whitehead All Guns Blazing by Ben Bridges and Alfred Wallon

The latest titles to get the audio book treatment went into production today (April 21 2015). Quintin W. Allen, who did such a great job on The Fluttering, Scare Tactics and Dead Ringers is presently bringing his own distinctive sound to Hell on Earth. Quintin is the professional's professional, so we know it's going to be good ... but we can't help wondering right now whether or not he's going to stumble over any of the genuine Latin spells the story contains! Meanwhile, our old friend Chaz Allen, who has previously recorded a number of Ben's westerns, starts work on All Guns Blazing ... and we can't help wondering if Chaz is going to have any trouble with the Comanche dialogue in Chapter One!

A GREAT NEW LOOK FOR ALL GUNS BLAZING!!

All Guns Blazing by Ben Bridges and Alfred Wallon

Ben has always considered ALL GUNS BLAZING, his first collaboration with Alfred Wallon, to be an excellent western based on historical fact. But for some reason it's never really gotten the exposure or readership it deserves. Maybe a new cover and a complete revision of the manuscript will change its fortunes!

Anyway, here's the blurb: "Cal Hennessy was on his way to meet up with old friend Billy Dixon at Adobe Walls. The plan was to catch up on each other's news over a beer or three. But before he got there he ran into two dead men and a bunch of blood-hungry Comanches. Trouble was brewing on the Staked Plains of Texas and Hennessy, who was no stranger to it, quickly found himself in the middle of a full-scale Indian war. He was a tough hombre. But was he tough enough to survive the killing to come?"

2015 UPDATE!!!

Flame and Thunder by Ben Bridges Send for Morgan Starr by Ben Bridges

2015 is already shaping up to be a busy year. Ben is presently working on his fifteenth O'BRIEN western, Flame and Thunder, which is set in the Oklahoma-Kansas border country and takes place a month or so following the dramatic events described at the end of Draw Down the Lightning. This time everyone's favorite professional fighting man finds himself caught in the middle of a savage war to claim what might just turn out to be the biggest oilfield in history! He hopes to follow this with a stand-alone western called Send for Morgan Starr and then Sherlock Holmes and the Ace of Spades, which will once again be written in collaboration with Steve Hayes, and published under Ben's real name. The Large Print rights have been sold in Five Shots Left and other Large Print editions scheduled for this year include the novelization of Day of the Gun and Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs, both in August, and The Oklahombres in November.

FIVE SHOTS LEFT -- A BESTSELLER!!

Five Shots Left by Ben Bridges

The popularity of Ben's collection of western short stories, Five Shots Left, has exceeded our wildest expectations. Since publication in February, it has hit the Number One spot on Amazon's list of the Top 100 Short Story Collections on no less than three separate occasions! Reviews have also been very favorable, with one reviewer stating that it is "Close, oh so close, to Louis L'Amour." High praise indeed!.

DAY OF THE GUN -- DVD RELEASED!

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Wayne Shipley's movie, Day of the Gun, has finally been released on DVD by Monarch Home Entertainment, and is now available in stores and online. So you finally get the chance to see the movie and then compare it to Ben's adaptation of the screenplay!

Of the adaptation, Wayne Shipley said: "I could not be happier. I certainly didn't expect Ben merely to put meat on the bones of a shooting script; but he went above and beyond in breathing new life and energy into those bones. My hat's off to him. I'm most impressed no only with his skill as a wordsmith, but also with the instincts and insight he brought to taking the characters beyond their 'two hours traffic' on the screen. I found that I could -- early on -- divorce myself from the characters I had lived with for the better part of three years and almost effortlessly follow as Ben weaved in and out of the source to create a fabric that was both familiar and brand new. Reading the novel became, quite simply, fun."

BEN'S NEW COLLECTION OF WESTERN SHORT STORIES HIT THE E-SHELVES!!

Five Shots Left by Ben Bridges

Five Shots Left, Ben's new collection of western short stories, is now available exclusively through Amazon, in digital format. It takes the three stories that originally appeared in Three for the Trail and adds two completely new ones, The Medicine of Takes Many Horses and The Hanging Gun. Here's the blurb:

When you've only got five shots left, you have to make each one count. Like the outlaw whose quest for revenge didn't quite go according to plan. Or the cowboy who ended up using a most unusual weapon to defeat his Cheyenne enemy. Then there was the storekeeper who has to face his worst fear; the down-at-heel sheepherder who had to set past hatreds aside when a bunch of renegade Comanches went on the warpath; and the elderly couple who struggled to keep a secret that threatened to tear them apart.

AN EXCITING NEW-LOOK FOR THE THREE GUNS WEST SERIES!!

Three Rode Together by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges Three Ride Again by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges Hang Shadow Horse! by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

The bestselling Three Guns West series has just been given an exciting makeover.

A STAR IS BORN -- WELL, ALMOST!!

Under his real name, Ben recently made a cameo appearance in Season Two of Richard Cutting's astonishing noir soap opera about UFOs, Milgram and the Fastwalkers, upon which he also acted as an Associate Producer. Season One very quickly achieved audience figures of more than two million per episode, and has since won a whole slew of awards.

Milgram and the Fastwalkers tells the story of Sally Lemm, a highly-stressed hotshot corporate litigator, who begins to experience strange dreams that apparently stem from anxiety and sleep loss. At her wit's end, Sally eventually consults prominent clinician Dr. Daniel Milgram (played to perfection by the show's creator, Richard Cutting). Challenged by the difficulty of Sally's case, Dr. Milgram reluctantly becomes a psychiatric detective in an increasingly non-rational world. Both Sally's and Dr. Milgram's personal lives and successful careers evolve into a turbulent hall of mirrors once the dark and secret world of alien presence and abduction intrudes.

Ben plays a British UFO expert -- thankfully briefly! -- in Episode 6, which can be found here.

BEN'S WORK GIVEN THE AUDIO BOOK TREATMENT!

Demonic by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Dead Ringers by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead The Doomsday Conspiracy by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Five Shots Left by Ben Bridges Judgment Day by Ben Bridges Coffin Creek by Ben Bridges

A number of Ben's books are presently being recorded as audio books. More are being added to the line-up almost daily. Watch this space for updates, or check out our Kindle and Audio Book Collection page to see what's already out there!!

BEN'S NEW WESTERN WITH STEVE HAYES NOW AVAILABLE!!!

The Oklahombres by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Ben's latest collaboration with Steve Hayes is now available, and furthermore, The Oklahombres is based on real-life events!

It didn't matter a damn that Bill Doolin had never killed another man, that he was a loving husband and a devoted father with a young son. No -- Bill became a target for every Deputy U.S. Marshal in Oklahoma Territory because the people hailed him as "The King of the Outlaws." That alone meant he had to die -- so his fate would set an example to anyone who thought of following his in his footsteps. While Bill and his gang, the Oklahombres, raised hell throughout the Twin Territories of Oklahoma and the Indian Nations, U.S. Marshal E. D. Nix sent three hundred of his best men out with orders to catch or kill them. And that army of badge-packers were led by Nix's 'Three Guardsmen' -- the living legends that were Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas and Chris Madsen. But that was the thing about the Oklahombres -- they were going to be living legends too ... or die trying!

The ebook is available throughout the world exclusively from Amazon. The paperback can be purchased here.

LARGE PRINT COVER FOR THREE RIDE AGAIN REVEALED!

Three Ride Again by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Our friends in the UK, F. A. Thorpe, will be publishing a large print edition of Three Ride Again in December, and we've just gotten our first look at the cover. Steve is very well represented in the Ulverscroft catalog over the next few months, with large print editions of Drifter coming in January 2015, Shadow Horse in February, Latigo in April and She Wore A Badge in June.

MORE SUCCESS FOR SHERLOCK!!

We just got word from Ben's UK publisher that the Large Print rights in Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs have been sold to F. A Thorpe. Meanwhile, a Turkish publisher has just purchased the Turkish-language rights in all three presently-available books! Small wonder that Ben and collaborator Steve Hayes are already plotting their fourth outing for Holmes and Watson, Sherlock Holmes and the Ace of Spades, in which our intrepid duo come face to face with ... ah, but that would be telling! Let's just say Ben and Steve hope to raise a few eyebrows with the next book!

HANG SHADOW HORSE HEADED FOR LARGE PRINT EDITION!!

Hang Shadow Horse! by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

The third installment of the Three Guns West saga, Hang Shadow Horse! looks set to enjoy the same level of success as its two humber-one bestselling predecessors, Three Rode Together and Three Ride Again. Large Print rights in the book have just been snapped up by F. A. Thorpe, with the large print paperback edition expected sometime in 2015

DAVE'S NEW WESTERN NOW AVAILABLE!!

Hang Shadow Horse! by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Dave's new western with long-time collaborator Steve Hayes, Hang Shadow Horse!, has just been published in ebook (as always, exclusively through Amazon) and HEAVILY-DISCOUNTED paperback, available here. To whet your appetites, here's the synopsis:

"The Portuguese slavers called him Sam because they couldn't pronounce his real name. They tore him away from his homeland and put him to work picking cotton in the Tennessee Valley. But the big, fleet-footed Zulu was nobody's slave, and to prove it he escaped and headed west. Throwing in with a medicine show conman named Doc Jonah, Sam started entering county footraces to earn enough money to go back to Africa. But then his trail crossed that of Major Lawrence Devlin, and nothing was going to stop the ruthless rancher's man from winning the Fort Stockton Carnival Week race. From that moment forward Sam was cheated, beaten, shot and hunted like an animal. Worse, they took his beautiful grullo mare, U-Shee-nah, away from him. But that was Devlin's biggest mistake, because it only made Sam more determined to get his revenge ... and as Shadow Horse he became Devlin's worst nightmare."

CHINESE EDITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE KNAVE OF HEARTS JUST PUBLISHED!!

Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

We've just received copies of the Chinese-language edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts, and a very handsome volume it is, too! Great care has gone into the production of this large-format paperback, which also comes with a dustcover. The cover painting displays three of the major elements of the story -- Watson's hat, Holmes's pipe and ... raindrops. What significance to these have? You'll just have to read the book to find out!

FIRST LOOK AT THE LATEST SHERLOCK HOLMES LARGE PRINT EDITION!!

Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

We've just had our first look at the forthcoming Large Print edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts, which is being published by Ulverscroft in February 2014. Steve and Dave are still busily plotting their fourth Holmes mystery. Here's the blurb for Knave of Hearts:

Following a prolonged cocaine binge, Sherlock Holmes is closer to death than Dr Watson has ever seen him before. Fearing for his friend's wellbeing, the pair repair to France, there to enjoy a leisurely convalescence at the home of Holmes's old friend, Henri Gillet. But even before they reach Paris they become embroiled in a perilous mystery of the like even they have never encountered before. Who, for example, is the strange man with the peculiar fascination for raindrops? And why does someone want one of France's most beloved novelists dead? Before the final explosive confrontation, Holmes and Watson must tangle with a cold and calculating brotherhood for which no crime is too ghastly, especially if it helps to further their own sinister ends ...

FIRST LOOK AT THE LARGE PRINT EDITION OF THREE RODE TOGETHER!!

Three Rode Together by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Our friends at www.morevisual.me have just sent us the cover for Dave's latest large print edition -- Three Rode Together, co-written with Steve Hayes. It features a cover by one of Spain's premier cover artists, Salvador Faba. The book itself is coming out in March 2014.

DAVE TURNS MOVIE PRODUCER!!!

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Dave writes: "Last night I had the great privilege to watch Wayne Shipley's new western, Day of the Gun. Although I'm connected to this project as a producer and am also presently novelizing the screenplay, nothing could have prepared me for what Wayne, his cast and crew, have achieved. With many stunning visuals and a stirring musical score that is easily the equal to Hollywood's finest, Day of the Gun is a very special movie indeed -- a class act all the way. This is a traditional western about ordinary folks caught up in extraordinary times. The locations are eye-catching, Wayne's direction and the photography of his cameramen exceptional. The period is evoked well and the acting is uniformly impressive. Eric Roberts plays gunman Abraham Tanner with subtlety and nuance. My pal Richard Cutting makes a supremely oily villain. John C. Bailey as rustler Caleb Bateman is superb. But for me the show is stolen by the performance of Sam Lukowski as young Ned Carter. Sam is able to bring a real sense of pathos to his role that is not easily forgotten. Moving, exciting, compelling, thoughtful, this is truly a movie to watch out for, and I urge you to support it when it becomes available. As you can tell, I'm proud indeed to have been even a small part in this wonderful production. For more information, click here.

FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES COVER!!!

Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

We've just had our first look at Derek Colligan's fine painting for Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs, which is being published by Hale in April 2014. Steve and Dave are presently plotting their fourth Holmes mystery. Here's the blurb for King of Clubs:

A brazen daylight robbery at Christie's becomes the talk of London. But Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are no longer in the business of crime. Holmes has retired to Sussex to keep bees, while Watson, recently widowed, has returned to general practice. When their paths cross again, however, Holmes invites his old friend to accompany him on holiday to Austria, where he plans to visit the eminent neurologist, Sigmund Freud. Grateful for the distraction, Watson agrees. But for the Great Detective and his Boswell, intrigue is never far away. For ruthless criminals are at work in Vienna, and their business includes abduction, intimidation ... and murder. With Vienna a hotbed of intrigue, there is no shortage of suspects, chief among them a shadowy terrorist group called The Black Hand. But although the crooks are playing for high stakes, their objective remains shrouded in mystery. How can a crime committed in England relate to the puzzling events in Vienna? And what bearing does it all have on a visiting American by the name of Erik Weisz ... better-known as escapologist Harry Houdini?

DAVE SCORES HIS TENTH NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER!!

Three Rode Together by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges Three Ride Again by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Dave and collaborator Steve Hayes recently hit the coveted Number One spot on Amazon UK yet again with their latest western, Three Ride Again. A few days later Three Ride Again dropped to a still-respectable Number Four ... but the boys weren't too disappointed. Three Rode Together, the first book in the series, experienced another surge in sales that powered it straight to the Number Three spot! And then Three Ride Again, reclaimed the Number One place.

A NEW LOOK FOR DAVE'S HORROR AND THRILLER NOVELS!

Dead Ringers by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Dead End by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Feral by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Demonic by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Four of Dave's horror-mystery novels, written in collaboration with Steve Hayes, have just been given a makeover. They are Dead Ringers (formerly published as Under the Knife), Dead End (formerly published as Vampires vs Aliens and Vampire Wars), Feral (formerly published as House of the Dead) and Demonic (formerly published as Night Creatures and Night of the Demons).

MORE HORROR COMING IN OCTOBER!!!

Bad Things Happen at Night by David Whitehead

Bad Things Happen at Night, the large print paperback edition of Hell on Earth comes out in October ... just in time for Hallowe'en!

AT LAST -- THE E-BOOK BACK CATALOGUE IS COMPLETE!!!

The Wilde Boys by Ben Bridges Wilde Fire by Ben Bridges Wilde's Law by Ben Bridges Aces Wilde by Ben Bridges

With the publication of Wilde's Law and Aces Wilde, Dave's entire back catalogue has finally been transferred to ebook! And to celebrate the occasion, we've given The Wilde Boys a whole new look and re-released newly-formatted editions of the first two books in the series. In other news, Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs has just been accepted for publication, with publisher Robert Hale Limited describing the book as "impressive". Our friends overseas must think so, too, because the Chinese Language rights in Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts have just been sold for a four-figure advance!

NOW ASH COLTER GETS A FACELIFT!!

Gunsmoke Legend by Ben Bridges Ride the High Lines by Ben Bridges Storm in the Saddle by Ben Bridges

April 2013 has been a great month for us. Large Print rights have been sold in both Three Rode Together and Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts, work on the new Sherlock pastiche, Sherlock Holmes and the King of Clubs, is now complete, and Dave has hit Kindle's coveted Number One spot for the SEVENTH time. As if that wasn't enough, we've just reissued the Ash Colter series with all-new formatting and proofing, and magnificent cover art by Andy Thomas. The next series for the makeover treatment will be The Wilde Boys, so keep watching this space!

THE JIM ALLISON SERIES GETS A FACELIFT!!

Rattler Creek by Ben Bridges Blood Canyon by Ben Bridges Thunder Gorge by Ben Bridges

We thought it was about time we gave the digital editions of Dave's book a new look, one that offers more uniformity. To coincide with the long-awaited ebook release of Dave's first published book, The Silver Trail, we plan to repackage all the books over the next couple of months. Watch this space for developments!

THREE MORE WESTERNS READY FOR DOWNLOAD!!

North of the Border by Ben Bridges Montana Gunsmoke by Ben Bridges and Link Hullar Judgment Day by Ben Bridges

It's been a remarkable year so far, with Dave clinching Amazon Kindle's coveted Number One spot for the SIXTH time. According to these figures, we've been able to estimate that up to a quarter of all westerns purchased in the UK were written by Dave! To celebrate, we've just added another three westerns to our Kindle Library, including one that was co-written with Dave's pal Link Hullar way back in 1999. More details can be found on our Kindle Collection page.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!!

Our good friend and die-hard western fan Ethel Curley has now started a Ben Bridges group on Facebook. To follow us and get access to all the latest news, click HERE.

THREE RODE TOGETHER NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD!!

Three Rode Together by Steve Hayes and Ben Bridges

Three Rode Together, Dave's western co-written with Steve Hayes, has finally made its debut as an e-book, and as usual is available exclusively from Amazon. Full details can be found on our Kindle Collection page.

TWO MORE O'BRIEN WESTERNS GO LIVE EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON!!!

Gunsmoke is Grey by Ben Bridges The Deadly Dollars by Ben Bridges

Available now!! Full details on out Kindle Collection page!!

A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA FOR THE LADIES!!!

Yours for Eternity by Janet Whitehead Patterns in the Snow by Janet Whitehead

Princess in Peril by Janet Whitehead Far Eastern Promise by Janet Whitehead

We've just added another four of Dave's 'Janet Whitehead' romances to our Kindle catalogue. As usual, check out Amazon's Kindle pages in the UK, America, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, Canada or Brazil for more details ... or if you're feeling lazy just go to our own Kindle Collection page.

THINGS GET HOT FOR JUDGE AND DURY!!

Trial by Fire by Ben Bridges

November 2012 also sees the exclusive-to-Amazon ebook release of our fifth Judge and Dury western, Trial by Fire. As always, we're keeping prices low -- hopefully in the "It's an absolute bargain!" category. Full details can be found on our Kindle Collection page.

A DOUBLE-DOSE OF 'HELL' FROM O'BRIEN THIS NOVEMBER!!!

Mean as Hell by Ben Bridges Hell for Leather by Ben Bridges

Available now!! Full details on out Kindle Collection page!!

TWO MORE JUDGE AND DURY WESTERNS RELEASED IN DIGITAL FORMAT!!

Law of the Gun by Ben Bridges Barbed Wire Noose by Ben Bridges

Available for download right now!! Full details on out Kindle Collection page!!

A NEW 'JANET WHITEHEAD' FANTASY ROMANCE HITS THE E-SHELVES!!

Home is the Hero by Janet Whitehead

Dave has contributed a new romance, Home is the Hero to a new fantasy series entitled Mrs. Catt's Curiosities. Each story revolves around a seemingly 'chance' purchase made at a quaint little curiosity shop, and how the object in question affects the purchaser. Full details can be found on our Kindle Collection page.

FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW SHERLOCK HOLMES COVER!!!

Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

We've just had our first sneaky peek at Derek Colligan's fine painting for Sherlock Holmes and the Knave of Hearts, which is being published by Hale next February. Here's the blurb, so you know what to look forward to:

Following a prolonged cocaine binge, Sherlock Holmes is closer to death than Dr Watson has ever seen him before. Fearing for his friend's wellbeing, the pair repair to France, there to enjoy a leisurely convalescence at the home of Holmes's old friend, Henri Gillet. But even before they reach Paris they become embroiled in a perilous mystery of the like even they have never encountered before. Who, for example, is the strange man with the peculiar fascination for raindrops? And why does someone want one of France's most beloved novelists dead? Before the final explosive confrontation, Holmes and Watson must tangle with a cold and calculating brotherhood for which no crime is too ghastly, especially if it helps to further their own sinister ends ...

THREE MORE WESTERN E-BOOKS NOW ON SALE!!

The Spurlock Gun by Ben Bridges Cougar Valley by Ben Bridges Gunsmoke Legend by Ben Bridges

Full details on out Kindle Collection page!!

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR!

Light of My Life by Janet Whitehead

Here's our first look at the Large Print edition of Dave's "Janet Whitehead" romance Light of My Life. You can find a brief synopsis of the story on our Kindle Collection page. The Large Print edition comes out in March 2013.

NEW LARGE PRINT EDITIONS!!

Blackout! by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Night Creatures by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Our good friends at F A Thorpe have just sent us the covers for the next two Large Print reissues of Cast a Deadly Shadow, which is out in November 2012, and Night Creatures, which follows in February 2013. Hope you like 'em!

FIRST LOOK AT THE LARGE PRINT EDITION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE QUEEN OF DIAMONDS

Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Our friends at Ulverscroft have just sent us the cover for the Large Print edition of Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds, which is being published in February 2013. Looks good!!

THREE MORE WESTERN E-BOOKS RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER!!

Storm in the Saddle by Ben Bridges Riding for Justice by Ben Bridges Cold Steel by Ben Bridges

The continuing popularity of our digital editions has encouraged us to release not one, not even two, but three more titles in September. They are the Ash Colter range-war story Storm in the Saddle, the second book in the continuing adventures of Sam Judge and Matt Dury, Riding for Justice and perhaps the best of all the O'Brien westerns, Cold Steel. As always, full details can be found on our Kindle Collection page.

SPECIAL LOW-PRICE KINDLE VERSION OF BACK WITH A VENGEANCE NOW AVAILABLE!!

Back With a Vengeance by Ben Bridges

Dave's highly-regarded 2002 stand-alone western, Back With a Vengeance is the latest addition to our ongoing e-book library. Originally published under the name 'Glenn Lockwood', it's an emotionally-charged western with a difference. More details can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

TWO MORE WESTERN E-BOOKS GET A NEW-LOOK!!!!!

Lockwood's Law by Ben Bridges Wilde Fire by Ben Bridges

The digital editions of two more of Dave's westerns have now been given new covers. We hope you like the new-look Lockwood's Law and Wilde Fire as much as we do!

DEMON-SLAYER GETS COMPLETE REWRITE, NEW COVER AND NEW TITLE!!

Starpacker by Ben Bridges

A new edition of Dave's e-book novella Demon-Slayer has just been issued under the new title Hell on Earth. The story has been expanded by some 8500 words and is now, in Dave's own words, "more of a novel and less of a short story." As always, more details can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

HELLER GETS A MAKEOVER!

Heller by Ben Bridges Heller in the Rockies by Ben Bridges

The digital editions of Dave's two HELLER westerns have been given a vibrant new look.

SPECIAL LOW-PRICE KINDLE VERSION OF STARPACKER NOW AVAILABLE!!

Starpacker by Ben Bridges

Dave's highly-regarded 1990 stand-alone western, Starpacker is the latest addition to our ongoing e-book library. Originally published under Dave's own name, it's the tough story of one man's struggle to clear his name -- at almost any cost! More details can be found on our Kindle Collection page! And yes -- thanks to visual trickery of Malcolm Davey's West World Designs, that is Dave as the central character!

DAVE'S ALL-NEW WESTERN SERIES NOW AVAILABLE!!

Hit 'em Hard Kindle edition by Ben Bridges Hit 'em Hard paperback edition by Ben Bridges

The first book in Dave's all-new, never-before-published western series, Hit 'em Hard! is now available in paperback from www.lulu.com and also as a Kindle download from Amazon's sites in the US, UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy, complete with two different covers to choose from! The book introduces the men of the hard-riding, harder-fighting Company C. Here's the blurb:

Arizona Territory, 1882. The Apaches were riding rings around the army, raiding, robbing and killing pretty much wherever they liked. To beat them, Captain Nathan Kelso knew he had to fight them on their own terms, hitting fast and hitting hard. But who was going to listen to a washed-up, borderline drunk? As it turned out, he received support from a surprising quarter, and was ordered to form Company C, a light, mobile unit dedicated to bracing the Apaches wherever they found them. To prove themselves, the men of Company C were given a mission that took them deep into the very heart of Indian country. After that? Hell, after that, things just got even tougher for Kelso and Company C ...

To buy a copy of the paperback edition, just follow this link: Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

DAVE THANKS HIS READERS WITH A SPECIAL, LOW-PRICED KINDLE WESTERN!!

Blaze of Glory by Ben Bridges

May 2012 has been a remarkable month for our e-books. At one point Dave had no less than eleven books in Kindle's Top 100 westerns. Sales on Hangman's Noose were so impressive that they pushed him all the way to the Number Two spot (curse you, Zane Grey!). To show his appreciation, Dave has just released his stand-alone western, Blaze of Glory, at a special low price to say thank you to his readers. Check it out -- you won't regret it!

LATEST KINDLE RELEASES NOW AVAILABLE!!

Ride the High Lines by Ben Bridges Lockwood's Law by Ben Bridges

Two more e-book reissues are now available exclusively through Amazon Kindle. Ride the High Lines features reluctant gunfighter Ash Colter on a manhunt that eventually takes him from the wild and woolly west to the equally wild pampas country of far-off Argentina. The action in Lockwood's Law remains firmly set in the desert wastes of Apacheria, as Major Sam Lockwood and his Galvanized Yankees fight an assortment of enemies, some known, some masquerading as friends ... Blurbs can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

TWO MORE WESTERN REISSUES FOR APRIL 2012!!

Hard as Nails by Ben Bridges Coffin Creek by Ben Bridges

As we head towards May 2012 two more Kindle e-book reissues hit the Amazon stores. This time out we present Dave's second published book, Hard as Nails, a tight and tense O'Brien yarn from 1987, which sees O'Brien join forces with another of Dave's 'professional fighting man' characters, the one-eyed, cigar-chewing Logan Tyree. We're especially thrilled with this book because it features an exclusive cover by the legendary Tony Masero. The second of the two reissues is Coffin Creek, the first book in a projected series set in and around a Texas railroad town. This one was originally published as a Black Horse Western in 1992, under the 'Matt Logan' pseudonym. Blurbs can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

TWO NEW WESTERN REISSUES FOR APRIL 2012!!

Apacheria by Ben Bridges Marked for Death by Ben Bridges

April 2012 sees the appearance of two more e-book reissues, 2000's Apacheria and Marked for Death, which dates all the way back to 1993. Apacheria introduces Major Sam Lockwood and his Galvanized Yankees as they fight not only to survive one of the harshest environments on the planet but also to maintain law and order in an increasingly lawless land. Marked for Death gives professional fighting man Carter O'Brien an unusual mission indeed when he is hired to ride shotgun on ... ah, but that would be telling! You'll just have to go to Amazon's sites in America, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany and snap up a copy! Blurbs can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

LATEST REISSUES NOW AVAILABLE ON KINDLE!!

Ride for the Rio! by Ben Bridges Thunder Gorge by Ben Bridges

Our latest e-book reissues provide another welcome opportunity for newer readers to enjoy two of Dave's earlier westerns. Ride for the Rio! is a taut, stand-alone western that takes a fresh look at an old theme (that of revenge), while Thunder Gorge sends lawman-turned-rancher Jim Allison south of the border to rescue a mismatched band of gringos -- and ten pure-bred Arabian horses -- from revolution-torn Sonora. As usual, both books feature hard, fast-paced action and more than a few plot-twists along the way, and as always can be downloaded AT BARGAIN PRICES from Amazon's sites in America, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Blurbs can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

NEW HISTORICAL ROMANCE FROM DAVE!!!

Light of My Life by Janet Whitehead Light of My Life by Janet Whitehead

Dave's long-awaited historical romance Light of My Life is now available in paperback from www.lulu.com (click the button below to order), or you can dowload it as a Kindle edition direct from Amazon. The synopsis can be found on our Kindle Collection page.

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

MARCH 2012 UPDATE!!

Less than two weeks after publication on 29 February, the Large Print rights in Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds were snapped up by F.A. Thorpe ... who is also publishing Blackout! in November 2012. Critic Rachel A. Hyde reviewed the Holmes book very favourably on MyShelf and that review is reprinted here on our Critics Rave page. Steve and Dave were also interviewed about the book, and you can read their comments here. And Dave scored a particular triumph when no less than ELEVEN of his books appeared in Amazon UK's list of top 100 bestselling ebook westerns! Highest-ranked was Hangman's Noose, which reached the Number Four spot. As always, this was only made possible by you, the readers, and we continue to be very, very grateful for your continued support!!

TWO NEW KINDLE REISSUES!!

Blood Canyon by Ben Bridges Squaw Man by Ben Bridges

Our latest e-book reissues provide a welcome opportunity for newer readers to enjoy two of Dave's best-loved characters in action. Blood Canyon sees lawman-turned-rancher Jim Allison risking his own life trying to save that of a woman he's never even met, while Squaw Man sends professional fighting man Carter O'Brien on a dangerous mission to avert a full-scale Apache uprising. As usual, both books feature hard, fast-paced action and more than a few plot-twists along the way, and as always can be downloaded AT BARGAIN PRICES from Amazon's sites in America, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Blurbs can be found on our Kindle Collection page!

NEW HORROR FROM DAVE!!!

Demon-Slayer by David Whitehead

Dave's new 17,000-word horror novelette, Demon-Slayer has just been published in Kindle e-book format only. Here's the blurb:

Older almost than time itself, the demonic Council of Thirteen had only one goal -- to bring the full terror of Hell to Earth. There was only one thing stopping them -- Archer, the young man who had been raised from birth to fight the Council and its minions every step of the way.

Now, after years of training, Archer is finally sent out into the world with orders to hunt down and slay a demon that's terrorizing Paris. But along the way he also learns a secret his masters have always kept from him -- a secret that will put his eternal crusade in a chilling new light.

The story has the potential to run as a continuing series, but that decision will be based on how well the book sells. As usual, check out Amazon's Kindle pages in the UK, America, France, Germany, Spain and Italy for more details ... or just go to our own Kindle Collection page.

ALL THANKS TO YOU!!!

The first week of February 2012 brought with it some very positive news when no less than SIX of Dave's books appeared in Amazon UK's list of top 100 bestselling ebook westerns! These were Shoot to Kill, Hangman's Noose, Hang 'em All, Heller, Heller in the Rockies and Three for the Trail. As the month has progressed, Hangman's Noose climbed highest, reaching the number nineteen spot, while three further books, including The Wilde Boys, made their first appearance in Amazon UK's overall western bestseller charts. This was only made possible by you, the readers, and we are truly grateful for your continued support!!

NEW LARGE PRINT EDITIONS!!

Cast a Deadly Shadow by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead Tomorrow, Utopia by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Our good friends at F A Thorpe have just sent us the covers for the next two Large Print reissues of Cast a Deadly Shadow, which is out in February 2012, and Tomorrow, Utopia, which follows in April. Lookin' good!!

THREE RODE TOGETHER COVER JUST RELEASED!!!

Three Rode Together by Steve Hayes and David Whitehead

Here's the first look at the Prieto Muriana cover for Steve and Dave's forthcoming Black Horse Western, Three Rode Together, due to be published in June 2012.

TWO MORE WESTERNS AVAILABLE ON KINDLE!!

Draw Down the Lightning by Ben Bridges All Guns Blazing by Doug Thorne

Black Horse Western publisher Robert Hale has just released the Kindle e-book edition of All Guns Blazing and under our own Bookends imprint we've just issued the long-awaited e-book version of Dave's fiftieth book, Draw Down the Lightning. Check them out on Amazon right now!