Friday, 1 March 2013

Reviews for my books

These are some of the reviews for my first Western "THE GHOSTS OF POYNTER" I finally found out how to post them on to here, I hope you enjoy reading them. Thanks for dropping by.
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The Ghosts of Poynter (Black Horse Western) by Amos Carr
This book took me back to the days when I sat in a movie theatre watching a western before the main movie. I loved those movies and also TV shows such as Bonanza (sighing over Little Joe!) For some reason I had never thought of reading westerns but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There is plenty of action and gunfire but also some smouldering romantic fire in the heart of the hero, Chase Tyler. By the way, I am looking forward to calling someone 'a sack of entrails' Amos Carr is a unique western writer; the book has a strong, multi-layered storyline and will appeal to both men and women.
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise 21 Jun 2012
By Sara Camber

I call it a pleasant surprise as I am not someone particularly fond of western films, and had never read one as I felt it didn't interest me. However, this particular story had been recommended to me, so I relented.. and was very glad I did. It was an interesting, pacey story with believable characters, who you could really relate to and feel for. The central character, Chase, was an excellent protagonist without being too 'good'. The story was riveting and a real page turner so that I always wanted to find out 'what happens next'.
There were one or two places where I felt that the story was slightly predictable, however I was also surprised when the tale took me in a completely unexpected direction. I was hooked and nearly missed an appointment because I couldn't put it down!
Being a relatively short novel, I fineshed within a couple of days, and felt satisfied with the ending, although it left me wanting more.
I don't want to go into great detail about the plot here, for fear of spoiling it for other readers.
I read the book in record time and look forward to reading more from this interesting author.
Read and enjoy!
Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase
The Ghosts of Poynter has one of the most atmospheric openings that I have ever read. I was hooked from the beginning by the exciting story, the colourful and very believable characters (described brilliantly) and the dark, handsome, and moody protagonist, Chase Tyler.

Chase, the central character, is a combination of charm and aggression, understanding and intolerance. He is an honest and fair man who is essentially good, but would kill in an instant if his life, or the life of someone he loves, is threatened.

After years of being a loner, searching for something he believes is lost to him forever, Chase goes home to Poynter. After an argument where his sister tells him some home truths, Chase is forced to acknowledge is faults and face his demons, and he eventually finds what he has been looking for.

The story has its fair share of surprises and tension, it moves at a pace and at times I couldn't put it down. I loved the ending as much as the beginning, because although it is fraught with difficulties, they are overcome and the story ends happily - with a small question mark. So, has the door been left open for a second book about the charismatic, Chase Tyler? I'd like to think so.

This was my first Western; it won't be be my last.
5.0 out of 5 stars A cowboy story with heart 2 Oct 2012
I haven't read many western books, though I do like to watch a good western. The Black Horse westerns from Hale are akin to watching a western on Sunday afternoon televison. They're short and sweet, and just right as a form of escapism. This particular story had all the right elements. A wise-cracking bounty hunter, someone who is trying to kill him, a cute kid, and the ghost of an old love.
Chase Tyler is a real western hero, with a great sense of humour. He's also a man with a past and that past catches up with him when he returns to his hometown of Poynter. I particularly like that he was forced to come to terms with the man he had become since his childhood sweetheart died in a fire. He wasn't perfect, as shown with his feud with his brother-in-law, and that made him very real. But he was likeable, and that's important for any western hero.
Once the scene had been set, the story moved on at a cracking pace, so that each page seemed to turn itself. There are enough shootouts to please any western fan, and enough romance to make this story appeal to women too.
If you're looking for escapism, this book is for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Taken back to The Good Old Days of Cowboys, 24 Sep 2012
This review is from: The Ghosts of Poynter (Black Horse Western) (Hardcover)
I am relatively new to the joys of reading so any book that I read needs to grab my attention from the first page...I can't "stick" with a book in the hope of it developing into something interesting. This book certainly "grabbed" me from the start and didn't let go.
It has an excellent story line with well described much so that I was transported back to my days of youth when every night a "cowboy" was on the TV.
This book will appeal to both lovers of Westerns and to the "newcomers" who don't even know that they could be interested in them.
Looking forward to the next book.
And the following are reviews for my second "CRAZY MAN CADE"  Enjoy!
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this adventure 2 Nov 2012
By G. M. Dobbs VINE™ VOICE
Of course I'm a seasoned western reader as well as an author and this novel comes from my own publisher, and so I was eager to see what my fellow scribes were up to. I spent an enjoyable evening reading this book and before I knew it several hours had gone by and I was turning the last page. It's a great well paced adventure and should be accessible to readers who don't usually read westerns since the themes and motifs are universal. A great book.
5.0 out of 5 stars My first western - and not my last! 17 Oct 2012
By Troutie
Format:Hardcover|Amazon Verified Purchase
I have never read a western before, but Crazy Man Cade has left me wanting more! This is a pacey story, with a fabulous protagonist in the form of moody, anger-fuelled, Jed Cade.

The story is a real page turner, and I read it in two sittings. I was instantly smitten by Jed, and really cared what happened to him. A brilliant cocktail of adventure, bad guys, tension, and romance. I am hoping for a prequel!

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Tempus Fugit.

Time does indeed fly!  I've just noticed how long it has been since I posted on here! Heck!  I last posted two weeks ago!
But then there hasn't been much to tell really, I've had no more writing talks booked lately. My Kindle book 'Saint or Sinner' is selling, slowly, but it's going, just need more people to want to read a rootin' tootin' Western! Any ideas how I can drive more folks to buy? Do let me know.

Meantime, my dear friend, actress and author Madalyn Morgan had a 'virtual launch' party for her first self-published book, 'Foxden Acres' (she has another three in the series to finish writing) the party went well, she organised a raffle, with prizes of books, donated by writerly friends, and some real life friends actually turned up to help her celebrate with flowers and wine!  How lovely.

Here is a picture of the book, on a shelf along with my two, and others by more of our writer friends. 'Foxden Acres' isthe tall one in the centre, sandwhiched between Jane Wenham-Jones' 'Wanna be a Writer we've Heard of', and my (Amos Carr's) two Westerns. Thanks for the picture Maddie! It feels great to be seen alongside such good company!!


                 Madalyn's  blog adress is-

Also, another writer friend of ours, Pauline Connoly, who lives in Australia, has her first book out now, it is called 'The Water Doctor's Daughters' and is about the doctor who declared that the waters of Malvern were a cure for all sorts of ills. She spent a very long time researching it, and has followed it, almost immediately, with another one entitled 'All Along The River' which is about the River Thames, and the connections with certain parts of the river to specific foodstuffs or dishes.  I have her first one on order, eagerly awaiting the arrival, then I can tell you more about it!  It should be here this week.
She too, has a very interesting web site. Go to - And she even has her own in-house editor, a little Teddy Bear named Desmond! He's cute!

 Pauline is actually in the UK right now, promoting her first book, by doing signings in some of the places mentioned in the book. I'm a foodiemyself, so I am looking forward to the next one coming out Pauline!!

Do please take a look at these blogs, and buy my friend's books won't you?

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

New workshop piccie!

Hi, just adding another, better, picture of the workshop at the Oswaldtwistle Library last week. It's a good one. And I'm the one with the long skirt, and long hair, at the centre! One had left early for an appointment, the other was taking the photo!

Writing now, and on Friday, I attended a new writing group which has been set up at our local library, small attendance, but enthusiastic. Set for every fortnight now, so we will see who carries on coming. Our subject to write about for the next meet was INHERITANCE, in 1000 words.

I wrote two pieces that same evening! One fiction, one memoir. So it is a good way to give the writing a push in different directions.  I'll keep you posted.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Library talks.

Howdy folks! I have been giving workshops and talks this last couple of weeks, to Libraries in the area. The attendance has been ragged, to say the least, 2 at one venue, 12 at another!

I am going to attempt to put a picture in here from the last workshop which was at Oswaldtwistle Library, where 11 people turned up. One has had a POD book published, others had some pieces in magazines, and there were two complete beginners, so it was a nicely mixed bag. It was a very good afternoon, and everyone reacted enthusiastically to the excercises I set them. I even got asked back. And I thought I was a hard task master! I do believe in giving real 'constructive criticism' but wouldn't say anything to scare away complete beginners, honest!

OK, here goes, if this picture won't come on for whatever reason, and you'd like to see it, or just to find out a little more about me, my life, and my writing, please take a peek at my website, and don't forget to leave a comment! Thanks.  Go to -  -


Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Talk to Ladies Group.

Howdy. Last night, (Monday 28th January) I had the pleasure of giving a talk to the Business and Professional Women's Guild, aka Red Rose Ladies Social Group.What a nice lot of ladies they were! Having been told to expect between 12 and 20, imagine my surprise, as I watched nearer 50 roll in! It went really well, with a talk, and Q and A session, and I was told at the end, that they had never had such good interaction with a speaker before.
I read a short section from my first book, 'The Ghosts of Poynter' and you could hear a pin drop.One or two said they'd never read Westerns before, but would certainly give it a try now. Success!!! I was able to tell them about my getting the world wide large print rights for 'Ghosts', and the fact that the National Library of Wales, has two copies of both of my books in!
I enjoy public speaking, although my main enjoyment comes from teaching workshops. These ladies all have connections with other groups and organizations, and by the end of the night, they had all but cleaned me out of flyers and cards, so I'm hoping for more engagements to come from this.
I do have a couple of Library writing groups to attend this week also, but watch this space for what might come my way after this
See ya'all soon!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


Following on from my publishing my latest Western Romance  "SAINT OR SINNER"  on Kindle. 

Today, Wednesday 23/1/13, Robert Hale, who have published my other two 'regular' Westerns, in hard back format, sent me a letter saying they had managed to get the world wide, large print rights for my first book 'The Ghost Of Poynter"  Who's had the cream today then?
I'm hoping they will be able to get the same for the second one also now.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Kindle Book finally done!

Howdy All!.  Well, at last My promised Western Romance - 'SAINT OR SINNER?' is on Kindle.

It took me absolutely ages to sort out all the formatting and such, so if you do read it please forgive me, it's a first attempt. Any others I do will be done slightly differently. But what a palaver! When you have finished uploading the book, and it shows as being finally 'published' if you see a mistake and want to alter it, that also takes hours to do. But I couldn't get that to work, no way, so I'm sorry but the few mistakes which are there will have to stay.

So, if you do have a Kindle, please go and take a look. At least it's a fair bit cheaper than the Black Horse hard backs! And if you do read it, please tell me what you think, good or bad, won't you?

Thanks a lot friends. Catch you later!.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

New Year, New Book!

Hello again all.

Been a bit quiet here lately, due to old man being in hospital with pneumonia (again). As he's had two strokes, he has various problems with his health, and swallowing etc, so sometimes he gets chest infections, which can easily turn into other problems. I had to wait with him in the hospital for 11 hours whilst they sorted out a bad for him!!  11 hours! Can you believe it? I was just about ready for a bed next to him after that long on a hospital chair I can tell you! And because they were so short staffed, they'd had to bring in theatre staff to do the booking in of patients, and other work which, one of the theatre staff said she hadn't done for over 5 years! Chaos, complete and utter. That's the NHS for you. But hey, at least we have one, in other countries we'd have to pay through the nose for the treatment. (Which, because of that, would probably be better. Hey ho!)

Right, off the soapbox now! Not long now until I go to do my talks, and workshops, for the libraries and groups around here. Robert Hale are sending me some nice big publicity posters, with stands, to put on a table, so, as I used to be a window dresser, there should be some nice displays for people to look at when they tire of me yapping on!

Johnny Depp hasn't contacted me yet about starring in a film of my book! Never mind, there's time.

My third book will be on Kindle in the next few weeks. It's another Western, which was rejected by Hale, as not having enough 'action', but I've bumped up the Romance a fair bit. I finished designing the cover this week, and am now tidying up the last couple of chapters (for about the third time, I have three alternative endings, and can't decide which way to go). Once that's done, I will be putting it on. I will let you all know as soon as I start, and keep you posted on the progress and how easy (or hard) it is to do, especially for a non-techie like myself! And as soon as I can figure out how to bring my new cover pic into this blog I will post it for you all to see.
Oh. Well at least I've managed to add the picture to the side of the page, so please check it out. And while you are at it, why not come and join my page? It's free!

Bye for now, keep warm.
'Till next time. X

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Talks to Libraries.

A little in advance, but I want to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and New Year!

Talking of the New Year, I have a fair few talks to Library groups and even to business groups. Fingers crossed that they all go well!  I hope you all have a good New Year also, and good luck in all you do.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Talking to audiences

Well folks, I have some dates for the New Year, to talk to writing groups at various Libraries in the area, as well as to a group of business and professional ladies. A bit nervous, but I guess I shouldn't be, I used to be a tutor at the local College, teaching Creative Writing, among other things, so standing up and talking in front of rooms full of people really doesn't worry me. I just hope they don't heckle me!  My second book 'Crazy Man Cade' is doing well and getting good reviews on Amazon. I am going to put my third Western straight on to Kindle next year. I am also working on another for Robert Hale, and my Romance is coming along well. Maybe next year will be even better than this!!
Here's hoping eh? See you all soon. X