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Saturday, January 20, 2018

WOLFPACK’S WILD WEST

WOLFPACK’S WILD WEST
ROUND THE CAMPFIRE WITH
WOLFPACK PUBLISHING’S
MIKE BRAY

Wolfpack Publishing is rapidly becoming the top publisher of Western series and is now branching out to embrace the men’s adventure genre. Founded in June 2013, by Mike Bray and L.J. Martin, Wolfpack found immediate success by with an impressive list of western authors and their release ready back-list. In three years, Wolfpack sold two million books and went on to sell another million in 2017. Publisher Mike Bray assumed almost complete responsibility for Wolfpack when L.J. Martin retired in 2016. Hard working and with a strong crew behind him, Mike is a busy guy, but I was able to get him to sit down around the virtual prairie campfire for a few minutes to discuss some of the reasons behind Wolfpack’s success…
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If the Texas Rangers pinned a wanted poster for Mike Bray on the sheriff’s office wall, what pertinent information would it contain?

I’ve been in search engine marketing and search engine optimization for the last 25 years. And I love it. I love reverse engineering algorithms, competitor’s websites and marketing campaigns. SEO/SEM is like playing a game or solving a puzzle for me. Confucius got it right when he said, “Choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

What are your first memories of reading? 

My Grandfather caught me running a horse on the pavement (trying to kick up sparks) when I was around ten. His punishment was to send me into his library to grab a book. I was then restrict to the house until I finished the book, or my parents came to pick me up.  The smallest book in his library was The Perfect Tribute by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews. I was still reading when my parents came to gather me up.

I shocked the hell out of everyone (including myself) when I asked if I could take the book home to finish. A few weeks later, The Wonderful World of Disney featured the movie, and I remember thinking the book was better. And just like that, I was hooked on reading. A couple years ago Wolfpack published The Perfect Tribute. It is our only public domain title and doesn’t make much money, but it makes me smile every time I see a sale come through.

When did you first begin to read widely in the Western field?

The same Grandfather was an avid western fan. He would read 3 or 4 books a week. After he found out I could read, he kept me stocked with books. As a kid I would much rather spend my evenings with Grey or L’Amour than wrestling with three brothers and my parents over which re-run we were going watch from the three network channels on our little black and white television.

Can you tell us a little about the history of Wolfpack Publishing and your friendship with L.J. Martin?

L.J. and his wife, Kat Martin, and I go back thirty years. We were in the real estate game together. I even dated Kat’s sister for a few years. I was around when both L.J. and Kat Martin sold their first books and have thoroughly enjoyed following their careers over the years.

In 2009, L.J. and Kat asked me for some help with their backlist titles, which L.J.  had self-published. So, there I was with a backlist from a New York Times bestselling romance author and a mid-list western author to play with—almost eighty titles all together—a big enough sample with which to do some serious testing. 

When it came to Kat’s titles it was white horse/white hat all the way. But anybody in internet marketing knows that if you aren’t pushing the envelope hard enough to get an occasional spanking, you’re potentially leaving a boatload of money on the table. 

With L.J.’s titles, I was able to get a little frisky. Nothing too scandalous—though I might have changed a few publication dates, reinvented a couple sub-genres and exchanged a few reviews. We did a lot of testing with L. J.’s titles, and through our testing we came away with a pretty good picture of how to work with Amazons algorithms. 

Is there a story behind the Wolfpack name?

L.J. and Kat Martin built a gorgeous little ranch outside of Missoula, Montana they call Wolfpack Ranch. L.J. is a ready, fire, aim kind of guy and a confident salesman. He purchased the domain name wolfpackpublishing.com before he even pitched me on the publishing venture. If he hadn’t sold me on publishing, he would have found another marketing company to try to duplicate our success for additional authors.

What was it that made you believe you could make Wolfpack Publishing a success in a time when many small publishers are struggling?

We had a proven and tested model with L.J.’s backlist. I took the following screenshot in June 2013. We were damn sure holding our own against the biggest names and biggest publishers in the industry and doing it with a backlist that was old enough to vote. 

You have said Wolfpack is not so much a publishing company as it is a marketing company. Can you explain your philosophy?

Our Managing Editor, Rachel Del Grosso, and her team, kick out two to six new titles per week. I have very little involvement in the production side of the business, so of course I think that’s the easy part.

But we are competing against 5.8 million titles on Amazon and visibility is the key to sales on Amazon. Our marketing gives our titles the visibility needed to walk up a bestsellers list and is by far our biggest expense.

I wish I could say I was a publishing guru, but honestly, our success is based on solid internet marketing. You think genres and sub-genres, I’m thinking niche’s and categories. If I wasn’t selling books, it could just as easily be toasters out of Taiwan—though I’m obviously not as passionate about toasters as I am books.  

What do you look for when deciding on a new Wolfpack title?

Once we find a title we like, we look at the genre to see if we can compete. Then we look at the author. We are looking for long term partners who can deliver product on a consistent basis, whether it’s backlist titles, frontlist titles or a combination of the two.  

Finally, we look at how brandable the author is. Do they have a following, a social platform, existing internet properties? And/or does the author have an interesting story we can utilize in building up their brand.

As an example, an author with control of a 15-book backlist who is willing to crank out an additional four titles per year, had a high profile 35-year career as a LAPD detective and has reality TV experience, would have a pretty good shot.

Are there any authors who you would like to publish, but for whatever reason haven’t been able to pin down?

I’d love to work with Courtney Joyner and Max Collins so I could pick their brains. I recently started reading Robert Randisi’s mysteries. I hope he remembers Wolfpack as his existing contracts mature. James Reasoner also deserves much more recognition then he receives.

Johnny Boggs, Larry Sweazy, Brett Cogburn’s wife and even Brett have been friends since the first day we met. They are great ambassadors for the genre and the kind of people I’d like even if I was selling toasters. But, I have to remind myself that there are only twenty slots on the first page of Amazon’s bestsellers list for each genre. 

Do you have any personal favorites among your Wolfpack titles?

LOL, that’s like asking which one of my kids is my favorite.

Any particular acquisition coups among the books you’ve published?

We’ve won some awards and have received a little recognition from the industry. Linell Jeppsen’s Far West won the Peacemaker award for best novel last year from Western Fictioneers, making Linell the first female to win the award and the first person to win Best Novel with a western romance.

The movie rights for Pistole Pete: The Guns of Frank Eaton by David Althouse were sold last year. The movie will go into production this year with Joe Don Rooney from Rascal Flatts playing the lead.

But I think our biggest coup has been the stable of authors we have assembled under the Wolfpack banner. Not just the established authors like Robert Vaughan and Frank Roderus, but also our new authors Like B.N. Rundell and Lane R. Warenski. 

You’ve brought a number of Western authors back into availability in print and e-books. Why do you feel it is important to keep these writers and their books available?

I’m not going to try to pull one over on a world class interrogator! I was simply at the right place at the right time. Before we opened Wolfpack, I was having fun with L.J.’s titles, and because of the skinny margins in digital publishing, wasn’t interested in additional authors. But L.J. was determined to open a publishing company and leaned on our friendship to drag me into it. The funny part is. L.J.’s motivation wasn’t money—he simply wanted to help some old friends monetize their backlists.

How have advances in the technical side of publishing been advantageous to Wolfpack?

Desktop publishing and Amazon changed the whole industry. Each new generation of desktop publishing software is more affordable and user friendly. The quality and pricing for print on demand is constantly improving. 

How has Wolfpack exploited the ebook market and is there an average split between the ebook sales and the sales of a paperback for individual titles?

Exploited is kind of a big word, officer. All we’ve done is learn how to work with Amazon’s algorithms. The paperbacks were only 12% of our income last year. With our current print on demand solutions, we are at a disadvantage on pricing when competing against mass market books. Fortunately, we think we have a solution in the works that will allow us to become more competitive.

How important is your website and mailing list to the success of Wolfpack?

The websites, mailing lists and our social media platform are all important tools in our tool belt, but pale in comparison to Amazon’s marketing machine. 

Wolfpack authors consistently speak highly of how Wolfpack treats writers. How has this come to be part of your reputation?

Thank you. The truth is. it is very rewarding work and the 70 or 80 authors we work with have all become friends.

How do you make Amazon work for you and how important are Amazon reviews for Wolfpack titles?

Currently, we are Amazon exclusive with our digital books. This makes our titles available to Amazon’s subscription platforms, Unlimited and Prime. Kindle Unlimited readers are the 2nd largest group of digital readers, second only to Amazon, and larger than all the digital readers on the competing platforms combined. In today’s world of fake and easily manipulated news, social proof (reviews) are extremely important.

How do you perceive the current status of the Western genre?

We are extremely bullish on the Western genre. It’s one of the fastest growing genres on Amazon and we’re very proud of the fact Wolfpack Publishing has played a significant role in the new-found popularity of the genre.

Wolfpack has begun expanding into the men’s adventure field. What prompted this decision and what do you look for in a men’s adventure series? 

The consolidation of legacy publishing companies left some genres under represented. Westerns are only one example; Men’s Adventure is another. Regardless of genre, we are high on series as they are more cost effective to market.

 
What can we look for in the next few months from Wolfpack Publishing?

Our focus going into the first quarter is on increasing our return from our existing catalog. You will see more of our titles in libraries and on brick and mortar shelves in the coming months. We are producing audio books as fast as we can find good narrators. We are also in talks regarding foreign rights.

Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but everyone knows westerns are relatively inexpensive movies to produce. With both Netflix and Amazon actively searching for scripts, we are devoting more time presenting our titles to decision makers in the film industry.  

What are your future goals for Wolfpack Publishing?

The traditional legacy publishing model doesn’t make sense to me. For example: 

Except for the top tier of authors, the author is expected to do the bulk of their own marketing. If I were to talk to someone like Max Evans about click through rates, conversions and retargeting, he’d punch me in the face. The guy is still banging away on a typewriter.

Any eight-year-old with three or four days of lemonade stand experience knows the more times you sell something to someone the easier it gets. Except for Harlequin, the brand isn’t the publisher; it’s the author. After the initial investment in an author, how does a publisher let an author slip away? It sure makes more sense to me to continue investing in an author’s career rather than letting them slip away to the competition and then chasing a new horse.

And why is New York the publishing mecca? We have great strip clubs in Las Vegas. 80% of traditionally published books lose money. Why not reduce that Madison Avenue overhead and invest the savings into authors and marketing their entire catalog? 

Our future plan for Wolfpack is to continue filling the void in the softer genres and sub genres the big five publishers don’t think are cost effective to pursue.

Welcome to Wolfpack Publishing, Paul. I can’t promise you that you’ll earn what you’re worth, but I can promise you that your ride with Wolfpack Publishing won’t be boring.

 
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Thanks to Mike for sharing so much information and for being a publisher who champions writers...

TROUBLE MAN

TROUBLE MAN

Caught this 1972, Shaft inspired, blaxploitation flick earlier this week when it premiered on TNT. Starring the cool and stylin’ Robert Hooks as a West Coast private eye taking on double crossing mobsters, it was directed by Ivan Dixon (Hogan’s Heroes) with music by Marvin Gaye (call it Isaac Hayes lite).

Leaving out the awful misstep of casting Ralph Waite as a honky crime king, it was very watchable. Production quality was reasonable, Dixon’s direction crisp, and the plot actually made some sense—unlike many films in the gene. It’s definitely derivative and very ‘70s, but worth checking out for Shaft and blaxploitation fans...

Sunday, January 7, 2018

RIDING THE RANGE WITH BEN BOULDEN

 
RIDING THE RANGE
WITH BEN BOULDEN

Ben Boulden is one of the newest wordslingers on the Western scene having written two entries in the current Adult Western series Blaze! and introducing an original Western tough guy in his latest work, Merrick. Ben, however, is no neophyte writer having written over 300 reviews for various literary outlets, conducted numerous interviews for publication, and produces a constant stream of genre related posts on his blog, Gravetapping.

I recently shook out my lasso, tossed it around Ben’s shoulders, and hauled him into the sheriff’s office for a few questions...
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If the Texas Rangers pinned a wanted poster for Ben Boulden on the sheriff’s office wall, what pertinent information would it contain? 

I’ve been told everyone loves to talk about themselves, and I’m no different, but whenever I’m confronted with a request for self-talk, I get a wild look in my eyes, stutter, and basically get scared. So, here are the facts, broad and bare—I live and work in the Salt Lake Valley, in the foothills of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. I’m a trained accountant and have spent my career as an auditor. I’m married to the finest woman anywhere. We have a beautiful and intelligent daughter. A dog, a one-eyed cat, and a fish. I spend as much time in the mountains and deserts surrounding Salt Lake City as I can and still pay the mortgage. 

I write the Short and Sweet: Short Stories Considered column, book reviews and author interviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. Down & Out: The Magazine published my noir crime story, A Calculated Risk, in its most recent issue, but I seem to get more rejections than acceptances.

What was your introduction to Westerns—movies, TV, or books?

My father watched John Wayne films on television during my adolescence, and I have fond memories of movies like Chisum, True Grit, Rooster Cogburn, The Shootist and the most powerful to my pre-teen soul, The Cowboys. And while these films were technically my introduction to the western genre, I didn’t see the artistry of the genre—films and books both—until watching the films with adult eyes and understanding their grand themes. The mad desire to settle the great western deserts, the outsiders place in society, community and religion, greed, love and hate, and the power of faith and hope. The Searchers is a film—based on a novel by Alan Le May—that captures the western story at its best with a deeply flawed protagonist, violence, and an unceasing desire to achieve a seemingly impossible task.

What was the first Western you read?

This question is harder to answer than it should be. The first western writer I read was Louis L’Amour and there is some argument—in my head at least—as to the first novel of his I read. It was either Under the Sweetwater Rim, or Taggart. I do know whichever title I read first, both came from a large box of books in my grandfather’s basement. A box I would very much like to see again.

What was it about the genre you found compelling enough for you to want to write a Western?

The landscape of the west has always intrigued me and the seeming madness of the men and women who uprooted their families to make a new future in such a rugged, lonely, and unforgiving place.

How did your long-running Gravetapping blog come into existence, and what is the entomology behind the name?

I started Gravetapping on a whim back in 2006. I wanted to improve my writing and a public forum, even if I was the only reader, would force me to develop as a writer for the simple reason that anyone, anywhere, would be able to see my writing and the idea of producing a poor product—that people could actually read—made me work harder. It made me learn how to write and re-write and re-write again, which is a process I’m still learning and (hopefully) improving every day.

The name is purely made up. When I started Gravetapping, I was in the midst of an extended love affair with horror and the blog was intended to primarily be a place for horror fiction and I thought the name sounded a little Poe-like. My reading tastes strayed away from horror not long after I started the blog, and when I jumped to a new blog with what I thought would have broader name appeal—Dark City Underground—my three readers refused to follow and so I came back to Gravetapping.

You wrote your debut novel for the Blaze! Western series. How did you get the opportunity and how did you find the experience of writing to novel length?

Everything comes back to Gravetapping, including the opportunity to write my first novel, Blaze! Red Rock Rampage. I had been in contact with Stephen Mertz, the creator of Blaze!, for many years, reviewed several of his novels—which are all absolutely terrific and books everyone should read—and interviewed him at the blog back in the Spring of 2016. 

When the interview was completed, Steve asked if I would like to try my hand at writing a Blaze! book. I hesitated for about three minutes, said yes, wrote the first two chapters of RRR, and both Steve and James Reasoner, editor and publisher at Rough Edges Press, told me to keep going. I did, and amazingly it was published. It still feels unreal, and to be honest damn lucky. I love looking at the book sitting on my bookshelf, and even better holding it in my hands. 

I know you read in many different genres, but do you have one or two favorite Western writers?

Ed Gorman is my favorite western writer. He wrote western noir, with heavy crime influences, that delve into the human experience while never allowing the story to become stale or boring. His characters are flawed, complicated, and act like people we know and interact with daily. My favorites of Ed’s westerns are: Death Ground, Wolf Moon, Backshot: 1902, Trouble Man, Night of Shadows—I could go on and on.

Ed was a marvelous writer and his work should garner a larger audience than it has. In my thinking, there are a few of his novels people will be reading decades from now for two reasons. The first is the accuracy of his portrait of human suffering and human morality in the late 1900s and early 2000s. The second reason is to admire the near perfect craft Ed used writing his fiction.

I also enjoy the westerns Elmore Leonard wrote at the beginning of his career with their lean dialogue, clean style, and hard plots. For all of Leonard’s success as a crime writer, I think his westerns are his best work. H. A. DeRosso wrote some of most brutal western short stories I’ve read, and his use of landscape—particularly in his Shadowlands tales—is as good as anything out there. Brian Garfield is another favorite, as is Harry Whittington, Louis L’Amour, and Donald Hamilton. I’m probably missing several others, but…

Do you read any current Western wordslingers?

My reading of current Western writers is more limited than it should be. I review mystery, crime and suspense novels and short stories for Mystery Scene Magazine and that commitment takes a significant amount of my reading time. But, I very much enjoy reading Richard S. Wheeler’s work, especially his biographical novels—An Obituary for Major Reno and Snowbound are two favorites—along with his mining town novels. Although, due to age and health issues, it’s my understanding Mr. Wheeler is no longer writing.

I also enjoy, and have recently read, Johnny D. Boggs, Brent Towns (who writes under a few pseudonyms), James Reasoner (the most prolific and highest quality writer whose name most readers are unfamiliar with, but have probably read), Loren D. Estleman, and Max McCoy.

How do you perceive the current status of the Western genre?

This question, for me, has two distinct elements. The first is the quality and vitality of the work being produced in the genre, which I think is very high. There are a number of writers—see the names I’ve listed above, along with a bunch of other writers like Joseph A. West and Dusty Richards—that are producing work at high levels. The Westerns being written today are as good or better than they have ever been. 

The second element is the genre’s commercial vitality, which is a poor reflection of the superb stories being written. Ebooks have provided a bump and a new market for the genre and its writers, which is a great thing, but from my view it hasn’t been enough to keep the genre healthy long-term. Publishers need to figure out how to market Western novels to a larger audience than is currently purchasing and reading the stories or the best writers will move into other genres—crime, thriller, etc.—where there is a higher potential for financial gain.

Do you have a writing mentor?

I’ve been lucky. I’ve had two mentors—Ed Gorman and Stephen Mertz. Ed introduced me to the idea I could write. He helped me break into the pages of Mystery Scene Magazine as a critic and allowed me to write an Introduction for an omnibus of his private eye novels, The Autumn Dead and The Night Remembers, published by Stark House. Ed passed away in October 2016, and for a guy I never met in person, I miss his presence in my life more than I can say. And my mentioning him here would keep Ed embarrassed for weeks.

And Steve Mertz has been a guide for me as I’ve tried to figure out what I want to write, how I want to write, and how I should write. His generosity and patience, and cool optimism, are remarkable and very much appreciated. Not to mention, he used his influence to help me get those two Blaze! contracts.

When you start writing a new Western, do you pick a standard Western plot (I think there are about six) and look for a way to turn it on its head, or do you look to history or some other source for inspiration?

I start with the characters and the story’s place. The place for me, in this context, is more about landscape and its impact on the characters than it is about the broader implication of setting. The rising red rock country of Southern Utah. The high, rugged and unforgiving mountain landscapes. These locations or landscapes impact the characters in how they survive and see the world, as well as the type of story or plot that would fit that landscape and (ultimately) setting.

I tend to see the characters, at first, in snippets. A man walking down a boardwalk, his steps echoing across a deserted street. Then I ask a few questions. Who is he? Where is he? What is he doing? The answers develop both the character and place, which I then use to build the story or plot frame by frame.

An example of this is my story, Merrick. The genesis was an image of a man riding a paint hard across a gray stained alkaline desert. Smoky pale dust in a line behind him. Once I determined where he was—Utah’s West desert—and who he was—an outlaw—the story developed for me.

In your latest Western, you’ve introduced a new character, Merrick, into the Wild West. What was the genesis of the character and where do you see him riding the range in the future?

Merrick is the sort of guy who gets things done. While he is an outlaw, he has high personal ethics and a sense of right and wrong—you take only what is yours, you never betray your partners, and you kill only when necessary. He lives and works in the closed environment of 1890s Utah, when the Mormon Church held almost absolute power over the region, and there exists (purely fictional on my part) an organized crime syndicate called The Elders. The syndicate controls the crime across most of the territory. Merrick is an outsider, non-Mormon, and an independent operator who roams the desert southwest looking for his next job. 

I have big plans for Merrick as a character. I’m working on a novel now, which is mostly plotted and a handful of scenes written, with its action a direct result of what happens in the currently available story, MerrickWe’ll see what happens, but I hope something good comes from Merrick’s criminal ways.
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Thx to Ben for stepping down from the saddle and sitting around the campfire with me. I’m definitely looking forward to the next six-gun adventure from his blazing typewriter...

TO VISIT BEN’S BLOG CLICK HERE
 
MERRICK
 
Merrick is hard, tough, and when he needs to be, mean as hell. When Merrick is called in as a late-replacement for a payroll heist his first inclination is greed. His second is hesitation, since anyone who says a job will be easy is a liar, but this job has been planned by an old partner, Clarence Tilley, who has masterminded more than a few successful heists...It’s a four man job with a payout worth $15,000, and Merrick’s share would keep him in whiskey and satin for a year. But it may also get him killed...
 
BLAZE! #15:
RED ROCK RAMPAGE
 
J.D. and Kate Blaze ride into the settlement of Small Basin, Utah, on the trail of train robbers but soon discover that the town and the surrounding area are ruled by the iron fist of a renegade Mormon patriarch—and he has his eye on two beautiful young women he intends to make unwilling brides. Hired killers, corrupt lawmen, and brutal kidnappers mean a heap of trouble for the Old West's only husband-and-wife gunfighters. Forced to split up, Kate and J.D. have to battle their way back to each other to survive…Red Rock Rampage is another fast-action gem in the Blaze! series, full of intriguing characters, gritty violence, and vividly realized settings...
 
BLAZE! #18:
SPANISH GOLD
 
The only thing Kate and J.D. Blaze had in mind when they rode into the settlement of Unity, Utah, was celebrating their wedding anniversary. But then J.D. is forced to kill a corrupt deputy in order to save a woman’s life, and suddenly the Old West’s only husband-and-wife gunfighters are plunged into a deadly mystery involving a sinister albino, missing men, and a lost treasure in Spanish gold…It’s action all the way as critically acclaimed author Ben Boulden returns with another exciting installment in today’s top Western series...
 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

AND THEN…

AND THEN…
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF
AWESOME ADVENTURE TALES
VOLUME 2

I’ve been fortunate to have an advanced look at the first big release of 2018—And Then...The Great Big Book of Awesome Adventure Tales Volume 2. I enjoyed the first volume of this compendium of Aussie/Kiwi tinged adventure stories, but this time around I have three dogs in the fight. Among these tales, from some of the best Down Under authors, are entries from my good friends and pulp mavens James Hopwood (aka: David Foster) and Andrew Nette, along with Kerry Greenwood, whose Phryne Fisher mysteries are among my favorites. This one is well worth your attention...

Thirteen boundary-defying, genre-bending, adrenaline-charged stories of intrigue, bravery, mystery and peril by fifteen Australian genre writers. Once upon a time, in an inspired fit of lunacy, Clan Destine Press invited some of the best genre writers in Australia and New Zealand to join us in a grand adventure.

The challenge was to write cliff-hanging, action-packed adventure stories starting from a premise of What If, What Now, or And Then…The request was for rollicking stories of cliff-hanging quests or mysteries, page-turning deeds and escapades, with two heroes, set in any time or place, but with a touch of something Aussie or Kiwi.

The stunning response was enough stories for two volumes and a must-read anthology of tales, which will transport you to worlds both familiar and fantastic. As stated in the Introduction, “Some of these visions are dark indeed, but And Then… remains a wondrously strange collection of exotic and exciting tales encompassing a huge sweep of possibilities—past, present and future. Enjoy!”

AND THEN…
THE GREAT BIG BOOK OF
AWESOME ADVENTURE TALES
VOLUME 2

Once upon a time, in a land Down Under, from the depths of the Clan cave, Clan Destine Press issued a challenge to Australian and Kiwi authors to write cliff-hanging, Australian-flavored, action-packed adventure stories for two protagonists; stories of the What If, What Now, And Then... kind. This was a catnip call, an irresistible lure, a kid-in-a-candy-store kind of a challenge: what writer wouldn’t want to take a crack at that?

To make it that little bit more intriguing, the editors decreed the stories could be contemporary, historical, realistic, far-out, spec-fic, horror, SF, or urban fantasy; and, in a spirit of mischief, that at least one of the two protagonists must be human. You'd think that would cover all bases.

But writers are a contrary bunch: they pushed these very broad boundaries even further. The result is not one, but two volumes of kick-arse, action-packed stories: And Then... The Great Big Book of Adventure Tales.

Volume 2 is another fascinating collection of genre-bending adventure stories garnered from a mix of sf, fantasy and crime writers, happily encroaching upon each other's territories, and then some.

~ FEATURING ~
Janeen Webb
Introduction
Alison Goodman
A High Possibility of Peril
Andrew Nette
Save a Last Kiss for Satan
Cameron Ashley
Dogs Leave Home to Die
Fin J. Ross
Genemesis
Mary Borsellino
The Australian Gang
Kerry Greenwood / David Greagg
Cruel Sister
Kelly Gardiner
Boots and the Bushranger
Amanda Pillar
It
Michael Pryor
Cross Purposes
James Hopwood
The Lost Loot of Lima
Sarah Evans
Plumbing the Depths
Jack Dann / Steven Paulsen
Harold the Hero and the Talking Sword
Maria Lewis
The Bushwalker Butcher

Edited by Ruth Wykes and Kylie Fox, with title-page illustrations by Vicky Pratt and cover art by Sarah Pain, AND THEN... VOL 2 is now available as an eBook direct from Clan Destine Press (CLICK HERE) or from Amazon and iTunes.

AND THEN... VOL 2 the paperback is available for a special pre-order savings of 24% off the regular price (CLICK HERE). The book will be released in mid-February.