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Mine is not a rags to riches story or one borne out of hardship, the need to write to pay bills, or the result of a college course. I write because I love it and I always strive to make my work as enjoyable as possible. Writing in several genres allows me to weave all sorts of different stories, from Westerns to thrillers to historical fiction. Readers can slip into another world and come out feeling breathless, excited, desperate for more. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don't, but I try my best.
I'm blessed with a good imagination. I don't know where my stories come from and I can structure a novel because I read and, as Stephen King once said about the way he learned, I love movies. I see the novel I write as a movie played out in my head. The better I can do this, the better my book. There is no magic formula, no matter what you might read, and there is no easy route to success. It's just hard work and a determination not to give in. When I found my first publisher back in 2009 I thought my dreams had come true. My lifelong ambition to be a novelist. Well, I was wrong. My publisher was a crook and I got ripped off. I should have stuck it out for an agent, but I was impatient. I wrote my first novel at the age of sixteen, but despite many attempts, no one would publish me. The years were passing by far too quickly but when another publisher accepted my work 30 years after my first submission, I knew I was doing something right. But that elusive deal with one of the big boys, well, that's still to arrive and I continue to try and acquire a literary agent that will help me on my journey.
I've worked at a lot of jobs and now I'm a teacher. I love teaching, I truly do. The kids keep me young! Sometimes, they even buy my books. Or their parents do. Writing, however, will always be my passion.
I write stories which will appeal to those of you who like cracking good tales, with lots of mystery, thrills, suspense. Above all else, I write what I enjoy. I have a broad taste. It's reflected in what I create. But, whatever the genre, the main point is always the story!
Dip into my catalogue here on Amazon and try one for yourself.
Thank you for dropping by and happy reading.
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In the present day, two teenage boys explore an abandoned Tudor-style house. An eerie atmosphere fills the boys with a sense of dread, and they realize that something sinister is in the air.
As the past reaches the present, the boys must uncover the mystery of the house... and face the ancient evil only known as The Pawnbroker.
When they crossed Reuben Cole, they signed their death warrant.
Reuben Cole is not the sort of man they should have messed with, and breaking into his home proves a bad idea. After his friend, Sheriff Roose, hunts down the robbers who took everything of value, the reasons for the burglary are revealed and a crooked railroad magnate's ambitions exposed.
Cole's enemies are about to learn that the ways of the Old West, despite it being a new century, are not quite over yet.
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With the mad Byzantine emperor Michael The Fifth deposed, Harald turns his attention to the north. But General Maniakes has something different in mind for him.
Using Hardrada as an instrument of death, he's not the only one who seeks to rule Byzantium. Bishops lie, soldiers fight, assassins stalk the streets and lovers lament. And in the end, they all lose their lives.
Hardrada needs treasure to win his crown, and the new Empress Zoe has it. With few resources and even less time, Harald faces a difficult choice - and the specter of death is never far away.
Praise from readers:
★★★★★ - "Fast-paced and action-packed... Well developed characters with all of the intrigue and failings and triumphs of life. A recommended read."
★★★★★ - "The second installment of the Varangian series did not disappoint. The intrigue and tangled webs of Hardrada, Zoe, and Maniakes make for great storytelling and narrative brilliance."
Thirty years before the events of He Who Comes, Reuben Cole is a young man yet unforged in the blood of his enemies.
His ruthless determination to hunt down those who has broken the law is a force that drives him forward. An ex-army scout, his skills are valued and sought after whenever trouble arises. When evil men try to seize what others possess, Reuben is called in.
No one who crosses Reuben Cole is going to stay around for long. He is the hunter of those who break the unspoken creed of the Old West.
Reuben Cole and Sterling Roose are firm friends. Working for the United States Army as scouts, they are true professionals at what they do.
But when a bank robbery goes wrong and a young woman asks for help, Sterling cannot resist. Cole is there beside him, forever his friend and ally, but love has found its way into Sterling’s soul, and it just might be the most dangerous opponent he has ever come up against.
Can Cole thwart the bank robbers and protect Sterling from a broken heart?
Forced to return to his ancestral home in the shadows of the Scottish Highlands, such ideas are far from Andrew Lambert’s mind. His business has failed, his love life is a mess. When his friend invites him for a welcome-home drink, he accepts, and a car crash is the result.
From this moment, Andrew’s life is transformed. He locks himself away inside the confines of his family castle, shrouded in secrets and untold stories from the past, and discovers far more than he ever thought possible.
These stories seduce Lambert’s waking moments, control his dreams, and reveal to him the presence of a special, tantalizing woman: Lorna. Delving ever deeper into his family history, Lambert discovers the truth of what happened to his ancestors... and learns of the secret that has haunted the castle for centuries.
Real estate agent Ryan Chaise lives a quiet life in Southern Spain with his beautiful girlfriend. Everything in his life seems perfectly ordinary.
Except that Ryan has a secret.
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Who to trust, who to ignore, who to kill. Chaise has many choices, and he'll need to make the right ones to survive. It’s going to be a difficult balancing act.
But does he still have the tools to make it?
In the new Rome, duplicity and death reign supreme.
It's the mid-11th century, and the Byzantine Empire dominates the world. Within the walls of its great capital, Constantinople, treachery, debauchery and power politics are part of the lives of the ruling elite.
Thrust into this mix is the Viking adventurer, Harald Hardrada. In the court of the deranged emperor, Michael the Fifth, danger lurks at every turn, and Harald soon becomes a pawn in the various factions' thirst for power.
Can he survive this dangerous place, and turn his mind towards regaining what is rightfully his?
★★★★★ - "The author weaves a fascinating and compelling story that captures the reader instantly. A compelling, heroic tale."
★★★★★ - "Perfect blend of reality and fiction."
★★★★★ - "An excellent historical thriller."
In the unforgiving West, a lone Pinkerton detective is on the trail of two vicious killers.
When the daughter of a famous general is kidnapped, Detective Simms is assigned to bring her home. Forged in the Mexican War, this man of steel knows how to survive, and how to kill.
He will need all of his skill and guile to survive this dangerous land, and bring the general's daughter home. And then, it gets personal.
★★★★★ - "Unflinching was my first Stuart G. Yates book, but it won't be my last. A great read."
★★★★★ - "The West never felt so wild. I look forward to seeing what happens in the books that follow."
★★★★★ - "One of the best westerns I have read."
Someone is hell-bent on killing Detective Simms of the Pinkerton Detective Agency.
While investigating a clutch of brutal murders, Simms is dragged into a life-and-death struggle with a bunch of desperadoes, numerous Indians, a gunfighter and a double-crossing U.S. Marshall by the name of Dixon.
This will not be the easiest time of his life, nor the most peaceful. By the end of it, a lot of people will end up dead.
All Simms needs to do is make sure he isn't one of them.
A Reckoning is a standalone novel and can be enjoyed even if you haven't read other books in the series.
Praise for A Reckoning:
"Anyone who enjoys westerns will love this series." - T.D. Reavis, Amazon review
"Could not put it down... highly recommended." - Jim Rogers, Amazon review
After the murder of a U.S. Senator, Pinkerton Detective Simms is tasked with bringing the killer to justice.
This would be a simple case for someone as determined and experienced as Simms, but shadowing him is someone far more dangerous and deadly than mere hired murderers.
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Blood Rise is a standalone novel and can be enjoyed even if you haven't read other books in the series.
Praise from readers:
"Loved this entire series... I hope to read more of Detective Simms' adventures in the near future." - Marianne Spitzer, Amazon Review
"...continued the excellent story line and character development of the previous books. Great series." - Jim Rogers, Amazon Review
Three men ride into the town of Glory and by the look of them, they are not coming to enjoy themselves. After a brief meeting with the local law enforcement, the sheriff lies gunned down.
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Promises will be broken.
People will die.
And in the end, Simms will have to use all his guile and experience to survive.
To Die In Glory is a standalone novel, and can be enjoyed even if you haven't read other books in the series.
Praise from readers:
"If you like westerns, you will love this series." - Jim Rogers, Amazon Review
"Another outstanding Detective Simms story." - Amazon Customer