FEATURED EXCERPT …
My eyes snapped open in the strange gray light of early morning as a grizzly grunted hot breath in my face. It stank of death and rancid meat. I heard Jake, my buckskin stallion, neighing and thrashing in the undergrowth, hobbled and unable to run from this certain death.
I lay on my side, my Bowie knife just under my fingertips, the handle laced down with a rawhide strip. That’s me to a T—safe at all costs. Only this time my caution could cost me my life…. [read more]
THIS JUST IN …
The prestigious Historical Novel Society has delivered a glowing review of my soon-to-be-released novel, Stranded, in its May, 2017, issue 80 of its print and web publication, The Historical Novels Review. Here’s a link:...read more
My talented wife, photographer/videographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, created this amazing trailer to promote my upcoming book, STRANDED: A Story of Frontier Survival, due out May 17, 2017. (Content Warning: If you think the world should be filled with rainbows, unicorns,...read more
Friday, April 7, 2017, mid-afternoon: For a while it was perfect. But then that’s the way it often is with ideal moments. Low, gray clouds parted, offering a too-tempting, vast patch of unstained blue with the sun pinned bold and warming in the center of it. What...read more