A FOREWORD Indies Book of the Year Finalist (Horror)
Included in IndieReaders Best Books of 2016 list for Horror
The Last Sunset brings a close to the tale of Lizzie, Tucker and the rest of the gang with a finale that will leave you begging for more. Equal parts love story, high adventure and gory thriller, The Last Sunset also has just enough campy humor that you even pity the bad guys in an "Ooh, that's gonna hurt" sort of way. It's sexy, it's funny, it's scary, and it will get your heart jumping like a pickup truck on an old county road. - East Oregonian, Renee Struthers
In this fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, Lizzie, Tucker, and the others will have to put aside their differences when an ancient enemy emerges from the shadows. Bullet-riddled and blood-soaked, this installment smartly weaves a narrative between the threads left loose at the end of the last book while sprinting through its action-propelled plot. The writing team of Hays and McFall keeps getting better and better...provocatively sensual, and even existential; a thrilling page-turner that will satiate its readers' desire for compelling action conveyed through a saga of undying love. The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining series. - Kirkus Reviews
A rollicking ride, passionate, powerfully compelling. As blood flows and bullets fly, immortality and love are put to the test. Fans of westerns, Gothics, romance and thrillers alike will find a gripping story line that's unpredictable and hard to put down. Hays and McFall do such a fine job of integrating setting, characters, and past events into the bigger finale's picture that even those with no prior familiarity with the series will find it easy to become thoroughly engrossed in this last episode. - D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
The Last Sunset grabs readers from the first page and never lets go. The story is captivating, the characters are vibrant, the world lived-in, and the mythology uniquely engaging. In a refreshing twist on the standard vampire lore, vampires experience death every dawn and are separated from their bodies until nightfall brings their spiritual form back to the corporeal. The fun story, the amazing characterization, strong world building, and polished writing keep adding layer upon layer of polish on an already shining paranormal western gem. The Last Sunset is a stellar conclusion to a fantastic series. - John Murray, IndieReader (5/5 stars)
Reviews for The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection
Deliciously dark, witty. - Booklist
A Zany Grey Romance! As a vampire novel, The Cowboy and the Vampire is sure to satisfy Dracula fans' expectations. However, this book has a little something extra to offer readers. A little something that harkens back to the days when man fought against the wild in the name of civilization. Hays and McFall have succeeded in mixing the Western genre tropes with the Gothic conventions to create a zany grey romance. - Writastic Thoughts from the Thinking Realm
Rawhide romance with bloody fangs.While mashing up all the stereotypical plot elements of paranormal vampire and contemporary western romance, The Cowboy and the Vampire delivers unremitting fun, and a damn good read - Fresh Fiction
The Cowboy and the Vampire is one of the funniest and most engaging series I have read in a long time. Jam-packed with adventure, vampires, true love, and a cast of characters you will not soon forget, you find yourself turning the pages thinking, "What more could possibly happen to these two?" And then, you find out. I never imagined the melding of a contemporary western and a paranormal romance could be so seamless or so much fun. - Bitten by Books
From the Author
Western Gothic exists in the negative space between dark and light. Gothic fiction uses the darkness--the creepy atmosphere, curious, obsessive behavior and morbid thoughts--to focus on the light, providing the perfect backdrop to illuminate the best in people: the desire to overcome death, to hope and to love.Westerns, ironically, use the light to set off the dark, weaving stories of good men pushed to the limits by the cruelty and avarice of others (usually tyrannical land owners) or the blind apathy of nature. Western Gothic lives in the borderlands between the two worlds, a forever twilight of gray nights and last sunsets. To put it in contemporary terms, it's Longmire meets Preacher.
It differs from "Weird Westerns" in that the latter genre transplants occult elements to the Old West--the genre has existed for decades, and is most often associated with the golden age of pulp paperbacks. Weird Westerns reached their apogee (in our opinion) with the cool and spooky Jonah Hex comics of the 70s. Western Steampunk is a more recent energetic offspring and heir to the crown.