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Read the latest edition of the serialized story the-blue-halls updated 1/2/2017.
We hope you enjoyed the Holidays! The Zack Tolliver ebook ZACA goes on countdown sale at Amazon.com beginning Tuesday 1/17 (34%), Wednesday 1/18 (68%) then back to $2.99 (still a discount!).
My Calendar:(Firm Dates So Far)
March 8: Selling & Signing at the Spring Boutique, Santa Maria
May 6: Talk about my books at CA Writers Club (Coastal Dunes Branch)
November 11: Talk on Salomon Pico at The Valley Speaks, Shepard Hall
PAYU’S JOURNEY is now available in paperback at Amazon, Apple, and through your local retail bookstore. At 8.5 by 11 inches, it is a beautiful book, including the illustrated map of the journey in color. Great Christmas gift for pre-teens. Get yours here.
The audio book version of CAT is now available at Amazon, narrated by Thomas Block. Riveting. Spooky. Right here. Soon to be available at iTunes.
Salomon Pico: The Real Zorro? was well received by the Santa Barbara Corral of The Westerners after a wonderful meal at the Santa Barbara Club in Santa Barbara last Thursday evening. See the publicity poster here: (link temporarily unavailable)
Don’t miss Payu’s Journey, the charming story of tragic loss and new discovery on the Great Sandy Desert of Australia. Soon to be available in paperback. Written from the perspective of animals trying to solve the puzzle of humans, Payu is the first book in the trilogy “Tales of Yawa“, about a baby boy taken from a camper’s tent in Australia and brought up among animals. In their search for the perfect place to raise the child, Payu the Dingo and her animal band encounter wildfire, a band of wild dogs, a crocodile infested river, and the greatest predator of all, Man. This story will engage big people, too.
Read article about the launch of CAT here.
Old New News
COSTCO, Santa Maria has re-ordered LOS ALAMOS VALLEY for this quarter. You’ll find it on the book table for $12.99, a super bargain.
CAT RECEIVES TOP HONORS FROM REVIEWER. CAT walked away with five stars and a perfect score in all five review categories from READERS FAVORITE. Read the review here. New and Hot, CAT is available at Amazon.com. Follow Zack Tolliver and Eagle Feather into new adventures!
The new Zack Tolliver, FBI novel:
ZACA the Audio Book is published. Bob Rundell turned in a fun, exciting reading of the novel (love his telephone voice!). The recording is available for purchase at Audible.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes.
Next Tolliver Tales (V) (R Lawson Gamble News Bulletin) coming October 2. If you are not receiving the bulletin, and wish to, Email me at RLawsonGamble@gmail.com.
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Blog Sites of Interest:
The Other and Zaca have consistently been within the top 100 books sold on Amazon in the category of United States>Native American.
Los Alamos Valley again on the shelves of COSTCO (best price!).
R Lawson Gamble interviewed by Santa Maria Sun. See below under interviews.
ZACA receives a Five Star review from Readers Favorite. (Read below under Reviews, link coming soon).
R Lawson Gamble books are available locally at: Coven Tree Olde World Market, E.Main Street, Santa Maria, California.
Author’s talk was well received at Santa Maria Library, Shepard Hall September 12, the presentation entitled Historic Los Alamos about the ArcadiaImages of America publication Los Alamos Valley. Author was presented with a beautiful plaque and signed the Santa Maria Historical Society Scroll.
CAT receives a Five Star review from Readers Favorite.
ZACA rated Five Stars from READERS FAVORITE. Read on.
Jack Magnus for Readers Favorite: ZACA is a murder mystery written R. Lawson Gamble. Zack is currently a supervisory agent for the FBI, but for over ten years he had been the FBI liaison for the Navajo nation in Tuba City, Arizona. He’s in California to participate in a lecture presentation given by his friend, Dr. Susan Apgar, on the possible existence of an undiscovered species that had evolved differently than homo sapiens. While he’s there, the body of an immigrant worker is found in a remote area of the San Rafael Wilderness. He had been shot in the head, but what was confounding the investigators was the large pool of blood they found nearby. Something or someone had killed the victim’s attacker, based on the amount of blood found, but there was neither a body nor a trail to be discovered. Zack’s afternoon spent assisting in the investigation becomes an open-ended assignment when the local authorities clear it with his boss.
R. Lawson Gamble’s paranormal mystery, ZACA is exciting, fast-paced and beautifully plotted. I loved following Zack and the investigators as they go off-road and hike through the California wilderness. Gamble’s descriptions of the surrounding environs are sharply defined and detailed, and they make you feel as if you are along for the adventure. This is the first Zack Tolliver story I’ve read, but I had no problems with reading it on its own. I also enjoyed reading about the local area Chumash history, mythology and tribal traditions that are entwined throughout the plot. Zack is a marvelous main character, and he and his sidekick, Eagle Feather, complement each other perfectly. This well-plotted and suspenseful story works on so many different levels. I’m quite pleased to have discovered Gamble’s Zack Tolliver, FBI mystery series and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. ZACA is most highly recommended.
THE OTHER receives review award from READERS FAVORITE. Read Five Star review of THE OTHER HERE.
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.”
And about MESTACLOCAN:
“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.”
I’m a history buff and fiction writer living in writer’s paradise, the Central Coast of California. Here are some of my interviews:
Joe Payne of the Santa Maria Sun interviewed me for the paper. You can find it on-line here.
We enjoyed a great chat with Barbara M Hodges on her Red River Radio blog talk show NO LIMITS. Listen to it here. Be patient or advance to the second half hour. Another guest is first.
The January Issue of the on-line magazine Mysterical-E includes an interview with author R Lawson Gamble. Punch Archives, January 2015. Take a peek.
New Old West Sites
Mestaclocan is also available at Oyster and Flipkart through Smashword.
Member SouthWest Writers, Western Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Word Wizards of Santa Maria, NightWriters of SLO.