Wednesday 4 March 2009


Here's the blurb the publisher are going with. Cover image soon.



Arkansas Smith: the name was legend. Once he had been a Texas Ranger, but now he was something else entirely. Some said he was an outlaw, a killer of men and a fast draw. Others claimed he was a kind of special lawman, dispensing frontier justice across the West and bringing law to the lawless.

Arkansas Smith arrives in Red Rock looking for those who shot and left his friend for dead. He vows to leave no stone unturned in his quest to bring the gunmen to justice and, soon, those who go against him must face the legendary fast draw that helped tame the West.

UK Publication

31st March 2010




£12.25 (h/b)


186 x 123 mm


160 pp

BIC Code





I.J. Parnham said...

That's a brave move by Hale adding html code to blurbs!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

I do like the blurb though - only slightly edited from the way I wrote it.

I.J. Parnham said...

It is good, but seriously, and it might be my machine, but there's lots of odd looking things appearing in that item. Or at least I hope they're odd as I don't think I could write blurbs in html style:

Meta turned the table on font face when he aligned his image src in the centre. Strong and bold he was and he always ended with a body

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

It appears fine to me. I'll try it in a few different browsers - the only HTML should be the video. Let me know.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Am now in a different browser and it looks fine. Anyone else having any trouble with this post....strange, Ian.

I.J. Parnham said...

I just tried it in Mozilla (as opposed to IE) and it worked although the font changes between paragraphs.

In IE there lots of (if !supportEmptyParas) all over the place on my screen. Sorry to mess you around on this as it might just be me, but I thought it best to mention.

Jo Walpole said...

Very nice, moody blurb. It's doing weird things in my browser as well, but your posts sometimes do.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Is that IE'S fault then or can I do something about that myself? Oh and thanks Jo - I hope to continue doing weird things in your browser.

I.J. Parnham said...

Google he say:

If you see strange strings such as if !supportEmptyParas] while viewing a HTML message it's due to proprietary HTML tags created by Microsoft Word or another Microsoft application. Outlook hides these tags so somebody mainly using Microsoft software may not be aware of the problem they're causing.

You can avoid this problem by having the sender save the HTML file as filtered HTML in Microsoft Word. This removes the proprietary tags used by Microsoft Office programs. There are also programs you can run to strip those tags if you export the message.

Hope that makes sense!

I.J. Parnham said...

Having just read that again with the benefit of a sip of coffee I think it's saying you're writing your messages in Word and copying them to blogworld. You need to save them (I think) as html in word first and then copy them.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Yes very much. I checked in IE and it's odd looking for me too. It works OK in Firefox, safari and chrome. But thanks for the info - I'll resave the original document and try it again.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like it. I love all kinds of westerns but the gunfighter will always be a favorite trope for me.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Arkansas Slim - you are old Ark Smith have very smiliar tastes.

Ray said...

Love the blurb.

Don't love the page of funny digits everybody else is getting.

Loved the chrome bit, though, had a vision of you belting through the valleys on a Harley tapping away on a laptop - like a quick definition of speed writing.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Ray - the strange bits only show up on IE - Ian explained it and I think I know what he means. I'll try and change it later.

David Cranmer said...

Good blurb!... Btw air mail arrived from the UK today and I have TRAIL TO SONORA by Tom Hughes and MISFIT LIL RIDES IN by Chap O'KEEFE. Plenty of reading for the weekend.

G. B. Miller said...

I like the blurb. It'll definitely make me pick up the book to read the first few pages.

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

G. B - and hopefully those first few pages will make you read the next hundred or so pages.

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