Sep 202014
 

Blood Trail to Tall Pine by Matthew P. MayoI have the pleasure to announce that Five Star/Wheeler Publishing’s Large Print line will bring out one of my previous novels, WRONG TOWN, in a new and improved version, retitled and repackaged. This time out the book’s called BLOOD TRAIL TO TALL PINE (A ROAMER WESTERN). Yep, it’s the first in a series of Roamer novels. The second is in the works and should ride on out of the canyon, lead buzzing overhead, in 2015.

The bold new large print version of BLOOD TRAIL TO TALL PINE (formerly WRONG TOWN) is up for sale at the usual online outlets. And best of all, it’s the first of three rereleases of some of my older books that Five Star plans on bringing out over the next few months. The second, due out in December, is a reworked, repackaged version of my novel, WINTERS’ WAR. This time out it’s called HIGH ROCKS REVENGE (A WINTERS FAMILY RANCH NOVEL), the first in a series about the Winters family and their ranching triumphs and travails in the shadow of Wyoming’s Teton Range in the 1870s.

The third book to come out as a new, spiffed large-print version will be my novel, HOT LEAD, COLD HEART. The new version, MASON THE MANKILLER, is, for those who’ve not (yet) read it, an adventure from the end of Mason the Mankiller’s long career as the famous “killer of killers.” That book is also set up to be the first in a series of stories from Mason’s long career.

I only hope I have enough time to write them all! In the meantime, I’m pleased as punch to see these books given new duds and access to a whole slice of readers they might not otherwise have reached. Ride ‘em, boys!

 

Aug 152014
 

TERRIBLE TESSYo-ho-ho, buccaneers! Gritty Press has just released my short story, TERRIBLE TESS — a story of positively piratical proportions! (Sorry, slipped into Stan Lee mode there for a moment!)

Scurvy-ridden marauders have wrested control of the Tess, locked the captain, crew, and young runaway, Corbin, in the hold to wither and die. The captain’s wife? They keep her above decks.

What the ill-bred raiders don’t know is that an unseen evil will soon turn the Tess into a floating hell….

Click below to pillage your very own copy today!

Available: Kindle | NOOK | KOBO (coming soon!)

Jul 292014
 

FUR FANG and SHADOWHoly dripping fang, flying furball, and shadowy imp! Gritty Press has just released FUR, FANG & SHADOW, a Triple-Shot of my Creepy Creature Short Stories (with yet another excellent cover, I might add). I’m a big fan of B-movie monsters, twist endings, and pulpy tales, and these stories teem with freakish beasts and the havoc they wreak….

KIN, in which a viperous attack leads to a death-race like no other….

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME, in which a shade-creature watches in silence from a backyard tree….

ROADSIDE ATTRACTION, in which a carny and his caged man-beast work the circuit—until the beast wises up….

In FUR, FANG & SHADOW, I broke the lock and rummaged in a forgotten trunk filled with snarling varmints and disturbing moments. Oh dear, I should have left the trunk locked.

If you insist on poking your head in, don’t blame me if you end up needing rabies shots, stitches, transfusions, and therapy. But if you really insist, here’s where you can find your very own copy of FUR, FANG & SHADOW….

Available now: Kindle | NOOK | KOBO

Jul 222014
 

OUT OF THE FOGHoly chain mail, broadsword, and brimmin’ flagon! Gritty Press has released another of my short stories! This time, it’s OUT OF THE FOG (A Tale of Flench and the Freebooter), a barbarian story in which I do my best to channel the juju of Robert E. Howard in his wonderful Conan adventures.

OUT OF THE FOG is a subtle story, in that it’s about what happens just before something happens. It’s intended as an introduction to my barbaric trio: Flench, the crippled stable hand; the freebooter himself, and his eternally steamed warhorse. I can’t wait to send the three of them on more adventures! Hoist a tankard … or get outta the way, ’cause it’s barbarian time! And stay tuned to Channel Gritty….

Available now: Kindle | NOOK | KOBO

Jul 142014
 

The Witch Hole Cover

Gritty Press is in the midst of releasing revamped, revised versions of a number of my older short stories, many of which are no longer in print. I’m giving them all a good going over, tightening, loosening, expanding, contracting, scrubbing, and polishing them as needed. They run the range from Western to sci-fi, fantasy to horror, hardboiled crime to straight-up action, and they’re jam-packed with barbarians, time travelers, pirates, cowboys, drug addicts, and other such curious creatures.

It’s been fun and enlightening for me to revisit these stories, and gratifying to see them once again out  and about in the world, in freshly spiffed, readily available e-book versions. And speaking of … these Gritty Press releases also sport some of my favorite covers ever. Turns out uber-photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo is also one heck of a graphic designer (but we knew that).

But wait! It gets better: They’re priced right—a mere 99 cents a pop! Ideal for a slice of distractive entertainment on the bus, train, plane, or auto (passengers only!).

Been a Long Time Cover

Over the next many weeks and months, Gritty Press will continue to release a veritable slew of my stories and novellas—some revised, some new-and-never-published. The first two offerings are already available: A dangerous horror short story, THE WITCH HOLE, that has apparently creeped out a number of readers (excellent, I say!), and BEEN A  LONG TIME, a Western sci-fi time-travel story that makes the argument that vacations should be avoided at all costs….

Buy your copies soon! And hurry! I need more coffee, I tell ya! I’m runnin’ low on the jitter juice and I’ve left an intrepid jungle explorer in a right terrible situation….

THE WITCH HOLE
Available: Kindle | NOOK | KOBO

BEEN A LONG TIME
Available: Kindle | NOOK | KOBO

May 062014
 

Double Cross Ranch by Matthew P. Mayo

Yep, another one of my books hits the shelves, but this time it’s a Western novel called DOUBLE CROSS RANCH. And it’s up for sale today, May 6—in Kindle and paperback versions! Giddy-up, pards….

Here’s a bit about the book:

LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD.

Rancher Ty Farraday’s hunt for stray cattle takes a turn for the worse when he discovers a shallow grave and the body of wealthy Alton Winstead, the owner of the Double-Cross Ranch. Ty’s first frantic thoughts are of Winstead’s widow, Sue-Ellen, who picked Alton over him. Unfortunately, she chose poorly.

Alton masterminded a crime and left his helpers to swing for it. Hungry for revenge, the murderous headcases have overrun the Double-Cross and are holding Sue-Ellen prisoner. They believe she’s harboring some very important information. Ty boldly rescues her from the ranch—to find their troubles are only beginning….

Click here for your very own copy!

Apr 252014
 

Myths and Mysteries of New HampshireThis time out we’re poking and prodding, flipping over rocks and exploring what’s hissing and clawing around beneath…. And all in the Granite State! Most exciting of all, though, is the book’s righteous cover image. It was shot by my beautiful, talented, and lovely photographer wife, Jennifer Smith-Mayo.

Myths and Mysteries of New Hampshire reveals the dark and ominous cloud of mysteries and myths that hovers over the Granite State. This book offers residents, travelers, history buffs, and ghost hunters a refreshingingly lively collection of stories about New Hampshire’s unsolved murders, legendary villains, lingering ghosts, terrifying myths, and haunted places.

Buy your copy now … or I’ll starve! (Myth or mystery?)

Mar 172014
 

Jerks in New England History

I was recently interviewed by Vermont Public Radio about my book, JERKS IN NEW ENGLAND HISTORY. The brief interview aired last week and is now posted online. This one focused mostly on a few nefarious knuckleheads from Vermont’s past, but offers a good idea of what the rest of the book contains.

So for anyone interested in learning a wee bit about a handful of New England’s old-school scoundrels, here’s your chance….

http://digital.vpr.net/post/book-looks-history-neer-do-wells-and-jerks

Mar 032014
 

Somewhere, Sometime ...I’ve just been told that big machines are, this very minute, slapping down the ink on Lowestoft Chronicle Press’s 2014 print anthology, SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME…. The release date of this collection is March 15, 2014. I’m excited to be included among the many fine contributors, in part because the antho contains an interview with me plus a previously unpublished short story of mine. SOMEWHERE, SOMETIME…. is up for preorder now….

But wait, there’s more!

Also, in Lowestoft-related news, the Spring issue of Lowestoft Chronicle, the excellent online magazine, is now live. Among many promising pieces I’m looking forward to reading is a choice story from one of the finest writers of my acquaintance, Allister Timms. Click on over for good reading.