R Lawson Gamble offer (Facebook friends and Blogsite readers): purchase Zaca now as a pre-published Kindle, send an Email to rlawsongamble@gmail.com to confirm it, when the paperback is released (June 20) you’ll be sent one (signed) for free. To recap: Sign up for Zaca (pre-sale @ $2.99), receive free Zaca paperback ($12.99 value) signed by author (infinite value).


Read about the FIVE BEST MARKETING STRATEGIES for Indie authors, my  most recent blog series. Number One, you’ve got to write a great book, says Mark Coker. I talk about it.

Next blog? Forget about Social Media, it won’t help you sell books. Or will it?



Special Offer

Special coupon price for THE OTHER and MESTACLOCAN through Smashword Distribution (Apple, B&N, Kobo, etc.) For Mestaclocan use coupon code HMS4N. For THE OTHER use code BK87W, both for 30% off!


New! ZACA, R Lawson Gamble’s new novel in the Zack Tolliver FBI series is available at Amazon.com for Pre-order. Publication date June 12. Kindle only, at this point.


New! Los Alamos Valley published by Arcadia Publishing in Images of America is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Go to Amazon.com, use their search engine for R Lawson Gamble books. View the front cover picture and the back cover description.






I’m a history buff and fiction writer living in writer’s paradise, the Central Coast of California. Beyond writing novels, I write newspaperMr. G II and magazine articles on subjects ranging from travel and events to leadership training. I’m currently working on two history book projects, both about this region I call home.

I self-publish and write under contract and I will share with you what I’ve learned as I go along. You will occasionally find guest bloggers in this space writing about most subjects, but often about writing, publishing, history, or the Old West.

My research for histories and novels alike is extensive. I introduce fictional characters but my settings are real and the times and issues are historically accurate. I like to solve history mysteries. I like to share what I have learned with talks and articles.

Thanks for visiting.


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What’s New?

R Lawson Gamble books now carried by THE BOOKSTORE in Lompoc, California.

The January Issue of the on-line magazine Mysterical-E includes an interview with author R Lawson Gamble. Take a peek.

Listen to this interview of R Lawson Gamble with Barbara Hodges on Red River Radio. Be patient or advance to the second half hour. Another guest is first.

R Lawson Gamble books now available locally at: CovenTree Olde World Market, E.Main Street and The BookWorm, E. Betteravia Street, both in Santa Maria.




Publication of ZACA, the third novel in the Zack Tolliver, FBI, series is scheduled for June 12 2015 on Amazon.com as a Kindle book.

Publication is set for R Lawson Gamble’s local history LOS ALAMOS VALLEY, Images of America, by Arcadia Press. It will be…drum roll, please…July 27, 2015.

Over & Done

The panel discussion with the Santa Maria Word Wizards on “Getting Published In The Electronic Age” at CovenTree Olde World Market went very well. We all learned a lot, the panel included.

We presented a slide show of historic Los Alamos People and Places Saturday January 10 at 7 PM in the Senior Center on Bell Street. We received some great input and ideas for the Arcadia Press series book Images of America: Los Alamos Valley. Thanks to all who attended!

We were judges for the Solvang Julefest Parade last Saturday and had a ball. Free Danish cookies (100% butter!) great seats and lively company. Many entrieimage001s bribed us with candy, always a good ploy.




This past year I attended the Tony Hillerman Conference WordHarvest in Santa Fe. Writers conferences are always rejuvenating, and this one was particularly so. Day 1 revolved around the craft of writing and Day 2 the business of writing, including marketing, blogging, and such pursuits. The core of the event,however, was the opportunity to meet and learn from one another, exchange books and Emails, and otherwise connect. It was an opportunity to listen to such luminaries as Melinda Snodgrass (screen writer), John Sandford (serial thrillers and Pulitzer Prize winner), Luci Tapahonso (Navajo Nation Poet Laureate), and David Morrell (First Blood (Rambo), Brothers Of The Rose), and many more, including Anne Hillerman herself. Would I go back another year? You betcha!

Lots of fun (and wine) were the name of the game on November 1 when we gathered at Zaca Mesa Winery for a book signing. The SLO NightWriters Bulletin tells all:

On Saturday, November 1, NightWriters Barbara M. Hodges, Tony Piazza, R. Lawson Gamble and Susan Tuttle—all also members of the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime (SinC)—congregated as part of SinC with their books at the Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos for a book signing event. This successful event was a first step in exploring alternative ways to let our community know about the wonderful writers who live in SLO and northern Santa Barbara counties. Zaca Mesa Winery was so pleased with the event and the attention it drew, that they are considering a more inclusive future event that will include readings as well as book signings.

We enjoyed a great chat with Barbara M Hodges on her Red River Radio blog talk show NO LIMITS. Listen to it  here.


The third book in the Zack Tolliver Series moves ever closer to completion.

We attended the Western Writers of America Conference in Sacramento this June, joining Anne Hillerman, Dusty Richard, Thomas Cobb, Johnny D. Boggs and a host of great writers, not to mention characters like Pony Express rider Quackgrass Sally. It was a great experience.


For Western writing and excitement, go to stagecoachpublishing.com.

Characters pic of Rich

Author News

THE OTHER and MESTACLOCAN have reverted to their original price of $2.99. Stay tuned for the next sale. You’ll see it here first. Don’t miss out.

Check out this photo of R. Lawson Gamble’s in Jeffrey Bloom’s latest book of photographs titled Characters IV.


R. Lawson Gamble recently contracted with Arcadia Press to author a book for their series Images of America. The book, which will be about Los Alamos and Los Alamos Valley will be available late in 2015. More information later on this page.

The Other is available through Amazon, Smashword Publishing, and all of their retailers. Paperback versions of The Other are available at all the usual retailers, on or off-line, and additionally direct from RLawsonGamble.com.


THE OTHER receives review award from READERS FAVORITE. Read Five Star review of THE OTHER HERE. 5star-flat-web

 Brenda Castro for Readers Favorite:

The Other takes its readers on a suspense-filled mystery that really had me torn between the idea that the killer might be human or supernatural. The plot pulled me in and kept me riveted as each twist made me feel like I knew what would transpire next, only to be led in a different direction. Descriptive writing sets the scene, providing a visually stimulating picture of the setting, while also creating interesting, realistic characters. I enjoyed the relationship that developed between Zack and Libby, and Blue the bloodhound provided a few laughs! Mr. Gamble has the ability to express emotion with his choice of words, providing a real glimpse of the friendship between Zack and Eagle Feather! I loved the paranormal aspects and it was obvious that Mr. Gamble did his research where Navajo legends and lore are concerned. I found myself fascinated by the idea of the mythological creature the Navajo call the Skinwalker. A fast-paced, suspense-filled mystery, with a blending of Native American lore, made this a fascinating read that kept its momentum until the shocking end!

From SYV News Lifestyle  Editor Pamela Dozios About THE OTHER:


“I read your book a couple of weeks ago and have been meaning to write you to say what a terrific read it was. I normally don’t read fiction, but it grabbed me in the first couple of paragraphs and I couldn’t put it down. It was well written, interesting subject matter, great characters – it just kept moving right along and I just loved it.”



“I loved it. It kept me on the edge of my seat every lunch hour – I couldn’t wait to get back to it. Super job.”





THE OTHER is available in PAPERBACK for your book shelf!  Available for $11.99 at Amazon,  Tower Books, and CreateSpace.


Mestaclocan is also available at Oyster and Flipkart through Smashword.

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