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J A Johnstone


(Jo S Smith)
Niece of William W Johnstone

Being the all around assistant, typist, researcher, and fact checker to one of the most popular western authors of all time, J.A. Johnstone learned from the master, Uncle William W. Johnstone.

Bill, as he preferred to be called, began tutoring J.A. at an early age. After-school hours were often spent retyping manuscripts or researching his massive American Western History library as well as the more modern wars and conflicts. J.A. worked hard—and learned.

“Every day with Bill was an adventure story in itself. Bill taught me all he could about the art of storytelling and creating believable characters. ‘Keep the historical facts accurate,’ he would say. ‘Remember the readers, and as your grandfather once told me, I am telling you now: be the best J.A. Johnstone you can be.’”
 

Genres: Western, Thriller
 
New and upcoming books
December 2023

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Killers Never Sleep
(Buck Trammel Western, book 6)
December 2023

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Preacher's Bloody Rampage
(First Mountain Man, book 30)
January 2024

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Montana
(Montana , book 1)
February 2024

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The Forty-Niners
(Forty-Niners, book 1)
February 2024

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Never Let Them See You Bleed
(Tinhorn Western, book 1)
March 2024

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Guns of the Vigilantes
(Guns of the Vigilantes, book 1)
March 2024

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Kill Me Tomorrow
(Old Cowboys Never Die, book 3)
April 2024

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The Angry Land
(Smoke Jensen, book 6)
April 2024

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The Man from Waco
(Man From Waco, book 1)
April 2024

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The Oregon Trail
(Go West, Young Man, book 2)
May 2024

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Dry Road to Nowhere
(Frontier Overland Company, book 2)
May 2024

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Not My Home
 
June 2024

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A Lamb to the Slaughter
(Tinhorn Western, book 2)
June 2024

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While the Town Slept
(Tim Colter Western, book 3)
June 2024

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The Whip Hand
(Hunter Buchanon, book 4)
August 2024

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Fort Buzzard
(Preacher & MacCallister Western, book 6)
August 2024

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On the Royle Range
(Forever Texas , book 3)
August 2024

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Some Die Young
(Man From Waco, book 2)
September 2024

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Hard Winter
(Montana , book 2)
October 2024

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The Edge of Nowhere
 
October 2024

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Heat Lightning
(Tinhorn Western)
October 2024

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The Last Wagon Train
 
October 2024

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The Man from Nowhere
 
Series
Death & Texas Western (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Death and Texas (2022)
   2. Dark Is the Night (2023)
   3. The Scavengers (2023)
   4. Marked for Death
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Eagles (with William W Johnstone)
   11. Pride of Eagles (2006)
   12. Crusade of Eagles (2007)
   13. Thunder of Eagles (2008)
   14. Bloodshed of Eagles (2009)
   15. Slaughter of Eagles (2010)
   16. Massacre of Eagles (2011)
   17. Carnage of Eagles (2012)
   18. Defiance of Eagles (2013)
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Last Gunfighter (with William W Johnstone)
   14. The Devil's Legion (2006)
   15. Avenger (2007)
   16. Hell Town (2007)
   17. Ambush Valley (2008)
   18. Killing Ground (2008)
   19. Slaughter (2009)
   20. Sudden Fury (2009)
   21. Winter Kill (2010)
   22. Dead Before Sundown (2011)
   23. Montana Gundown (2011)
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Town Called Fury (with William W Johnstone)
   1. A Town Called Fury (2006)
   2. Hard Country (2007)
   3. Judgment Day (2007)
   4. Redemption (2011)
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First Mountain Man (with William W Johnstone)
   13. Preacher's Quest (2007)
   14. Preacher's Showdown (2008)
   15. Preacher's Pursuit (2009)
   16. Preacher's Fire (2009)
   17. Preacher's Assault (2011)
   18. Preacher's Fury (2012)
   19. Preacher's Massacre (2012)
   20. Preacher's Blood Hunt (2014)
   21. Preacher's Slaughter (2014)
   22. Preacher's Bloodbath (2015)
   23. Preacher's Hell Storm (2016)
   24. Preacher's Kill (2017)
   25. Preacher's Rage (2018)
   26. Preacher's Frenzy (2019)
   27. Preacher's Carnage (2020)
   28. Preacher's Inferno (2021)
   29. Preacher's Purge (2022)
   30. Preacher's Bloody Rampage (2023)
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Blood Bond (with William W Johnstone)
   10. The Hanging Road (2007)
   11. Texas Gundown (2008)
   12. Ride for Vengeance (2008)
   13. Deadly Road to Yuma (2009)
   14. Moonshine Massacre (2010)
   15. Arizona Ambush (2011)
   16. A Hundred Ways to Kill (2011)
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Matt Jensen, The Last Mountain Man (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man (2007)
   2. Deadly Trail (2008)
   3. Purgatory (2008)
   4. Savage Territory (2009)
   5. Snake River Slaughter (2010)
   6. Dakota Ambush (2011)
   7. Massacre at Powder River (2011)
   8. The Eyes of Texas (2013)
   9. Torture Town (2014)
   10. The Great Train Massacre (2016)
   11. Die with the Outlaws (2020)
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Black Ops (with William W Johnstone)
   2. Remember the Alamo (2007)
   3. Jacknife (2008)
   4. Home Invasion (2010)
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Sidewinders (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Sidewinders (2008)
   2. Massacre At Whiskey Flats (2008)
   3. Cutthroat Canyon (2009)
   4. Mankiller, Colorado (2010)
   5. Deadwood Gulch (2011)
   6. Texas Bloodshed (2011)
   7. The Butcher of Bear Creek (2013)
   8. Bleeding Texas (2014)
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Loner
   1. The Loner (2009)
   2. The Devil's Badland (2009)
   3. Dead Man's Gold (2009)
   4. The Big Gundown (2010)
   5. Rattlesnake Valley (2010)
   6. Seven Days To Die (2010)
   7. The Bounty Killers (2010)
   8. Trail of Blood (2011)
   9. Killer Poker (2011)
   10. The Blood of Renegades (2011)
   11. Crossfire (2011)
   12. Inferno (2011)
   13. Brutal Vengeance (2011)
   14. Hard Luck Money (2011)
   15. Bullets Don't Die (2012)
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Family Jensen (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Family Jensen (2010)
   2. Helltown Massacre (2011)
   3. The Violent Land (2011)
   4. Hard Ride to Hell (2013)
   5. Massacre Canyon (2014)
   6. Brotherhood of Evil (2015)
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Duff MacCallister (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Eagles Legacy (2011)
   2. The Killing (2011)
   3. Dry Gulch Ambush (2012)
   4. Kill Crazy (2014)
   5. Kingdom Come (2015)
   6. Ten Guns from Texas (2016)
   7. Day of Reckoning (2017)
   8. The Stalking Death (2018)
   9. Stranglehold (2019)
   10. Killer Take All (2020)
   11. Savage Sunday (2021)
   12. Riding the Nightmare (2022)
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Savage Texas (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Savage Texas (2011)
   2. A Good Day to Die (2011)
   3. The Stampeders (2013)
   4. Rebel Yell (2014)
   5. Seven Days to Hell (2017)
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Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Bounty Hunter (2011)
   2. Dead Shot (2013)
   3. Bloody Sunday (2014)
   4. Bad Men Die (2015)
   5. Death Rides Alone (2016)
   6. Legion of Fire (2018)
   7. Burning Daylight (2019)
   8. Hired Guns (2019)
   9. Prairie Fire (2022)
   10. The Bullet Stops Here (2023)
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Phoenix Rising (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Phoenix Rising (2011)
   2. Firebase Freedom (2012)
   3. Day of Judgement (2013)
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Brothers O'Brien (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Brothers O'Brien (2012)
   2. Shadow of the Hangman (2012)
   3. Last Man Standing (2012)
   4. A Time to Slaughter (2012)
   5. The Killing Season (2013)
   6. The Law of Violence (2013)
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Sixkiller, US Marshal (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Sixkiller, US Marshal (2012)
   2. Day of Rage (2012)
   3. Eight Hours to Die (2012)
   4. The Hour of Death (2013)
   5. Blood for Blood (2013)
   6. Dead Man Walking (2013)
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Trail West (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Trail West (2012)
   2. Monahan's Massacre (2017)
   3. Hang Him Twice (2018)
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Flintlock (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Flintlock (2013)
   2. Gut-Shot (2014)
   3. Kill or Die (2015)
   4. A Time For Vultures (2016)
   5. Hell's Gate (2017)
   6. Pitchfork Pass (2018)
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Shawn O'Brien (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Town Tamer (2014)
   2. Manslaughter (2015)
   3. Better off Dead (2016)
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Kerrigans (with William W Johnstone)
   1. A Texas Dynasty (2014)
   2. The Lawless (2015)
   3. Journey into Violence (2016)
   4. Hate Thy Neighbor (2017)
   5. The Devil to Pay (2018)
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Smoke Jensen (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Smoke Jensen, the Beginning (2015)
   2. This Violent Land (2015)
   3. Outlaw Country (2021)
   4. When the Shooting Starts (2022)
   5. Desolation Creek (2023)
   6. The Angry Land (2024)
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Winchester (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Winchester 1886 (2015)
   2. Winchester 1887 (2015)
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Those Jensen Boys! (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Those Jensen Boys! (2015)
   2. Rimfire (2016)
   3. Twelve Dead Men (2017)
   4. Ride the Savage Land (2018)
   5. Rope Burn (2020)
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Frontiersman (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Frontiersman (2017)
   2. River of Blood (2015)
   3. The Darkest Winter (2017)
   4. Damnation Valley (2018)
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Buckhorn (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Buckhorn (2015)
   2. Paid in Blood (2016)
   3. Bloodthirsty (2019)
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Will Tanner (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Will Tanner (2016)
   2. A Stranger in Town (2016)
   3. Powder Burn (2017)
   4. Evil Never Sleeps (2018)
   5. Dig Your Own Grave (2019)
   6. Pray for Death (2020)
   7. The Violent Storm (2022)
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Jensen Brand (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Jensen Brand (2017)
   2. Too Soon to Die (2019)
   3. Rising Fire (2020)
   4. Gold Mine Massacre (2021)
   5. Dark Night in Big Rock (2022)
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Chuckwagon Trail (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Chuckwagon Trail (2017)
   2. Die by the Gun (2018)
   3. A Hill of Beans (2020)
   4. Biscuits and Gravy (2021)
   5. Settling His Hash (2022)
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Sawbones (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Sawbones (2017)
   2. Never Seen Deader (2017)
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Perley Gates Western (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Legend of Perley Gates (2018)
   2. A Reason to Die (2018)
   3. Bullets Don't Argue (2019)
   4. Shot to Hell (2020)
   5. Red River Vengeance (2021)
   6. Texarkana (2021)
   7. The Lonesome Gun (2023)
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Hunter Buchanon (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Black Hills (2018)
   2. Blood in the Dust (2020)
   3. Hunter's Moon (2021)
   4. The Whip Hand (2024)
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Hank Fallon Western (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Yuma Prison Crashout (2019)
   2. Behind the Iron (2018)
   3. Dead Time (2020)
   4. A Knife in the Heart (2020)
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Firestick (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Firestick (2018)
   2. Blood and Bullets (2021)
   3. Dead for a Dollar (2021)
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Red Ryan (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Riding Shotgun (2019)
   2. The Backstabbers (2020)
   3. Bullet for a Stranger (2020)
   4. A Quiet, Little Town (2021)
   5. Last Stage to El Paso (2021)
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Slash and Pecos (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Cutthroats (2019)
   2. A Good Day for a Massacre (2020)
   3. The Wicked Die Twice (2020)
   4. Hell for Breakfast (2021)
   5. Sons of Thunder (2022)
   6. Bad Hombres (2023)
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Jackals (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Jackals (2019)
   2. Stand Up and Die (2020)
   3. Every Mother's Son (2021)
   4. Dead River (2022)
   5. The Fires of Hell (2023)
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Texas Moonshiners (with William W Johnstone)
   1. The Texas Moonshiners (2019)
   2. White Lightning (2020)
   3. Firewater (2021)
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Buck Trammel Western (with William W Johnstone)
   1. North of Laramie (2020)
   2. Bury the Hatchet (2020)
   3. The Intruders (2021)
   4. The Fires of Blackstone (2022)
   5. This Man Must Die (2023)
   6. Killers Never Sleep (2023)
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Forever Texas (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Forever Texas (2022)
   2. Lone Star Legacy (2023)
   3. On the Royle Range (2024)
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Montana (with William W Johnstone)
   1. Montana (2024)
   2. Hard Winter (2024)
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