• 2018 Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Western Novel by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

• 2018 Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Fiction Novel by the Western Writers of America

• 2018 Peacemaker Award for Best Young Adult Western Novel by Western Fictioneers

• 2018 Willa Award for Best Historical Fiction by Women Writing the West

• 2018 High Plains Book Award for Young Adult Book

• 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Young Readers

• 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Young Adult Historical Fiction

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The Outfit: Outlawed!

Talbot Timmons climbed aboard the westbound train thirty minutes before it pulled out of the station at Santa Fe. He smiled, puffed with pride at his life’s recent twists. Not only was he warden of Yuma Territorial Prison, but after the War of Northern Aggression, he’d managed to revive and ride point on the Brotherhood of the Phoenix, the mightiest group of die-hard Confederates the world had yet seen. And soon, he thought, soon I will be a governor, then a senator, then—and why the hell not?— President of the United States….

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To mark the official release on November 23 of my collected short Western/frontier tales, Half a Pig and Other Frontier Stories, here’s a dandy review, in full, from Booklist: Half a Pig and Other Frontier Stories by Matthew P. Mayo   November 23, 2022. 304 pages,...

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Dandy News….

I recently found out that my trail-drive novel, The Too-Late Trail, (A Ralph Compton Western), was chosen as a 2022 Spur Award Finalist by Western Writers of America in the Best Western Mass Market Paperback Novel category. I’m pleased, to be sure, and even more so to...

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Unleash the Wolves!

Looks like I forgot to mention the November 2021 release of my latest Roamer novel, Winter Wolves! This time out, Roamer and Maple Jack go deep into the high mountains in the jaws of a merciless blizzard to rescue a stolen healer. What they find is something else...

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Great news for DILLY….

I just learned that my novel, DILLY, is a 2021 Will Rogers Medallion Award finalist in the Young Readers category.  All the best to my fellow finalists, and … Go, DILLY! Here’s a link to the full list:

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I recently found out that my novel, DILLY, has been selected as a finalist in the High Plains Book Awards, Young Adult category. What a grand surprise and a great honor. Winners are announced in September in Billings, Montana…. Here’s a link to the full skinny:...

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