• 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 Finalist for Young Adult Book

• 2018 Will Rogers Medallion Award Finalist

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(A Roamer Western)

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I never expected to see a monkey that morning at the Williwaw train station. It being the middle of October made the discovery all the odder. Seems to me monkeys shouldn’t be in the fickle climate of northern Oregon. They should be in tropical places, enjoying fruit and squabbling with other monkeys high up in the treetops. Of course, none of this stopped me and the dozen or so other folks waiting on the rain-sogged loading platform from staring at the little creature….

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That’s right, chums, that bar-brawling, wrong-righting, cigar-chomping gang of malcontents I introduced in October, 2016, in THE OUTFIT (Book 1): TO HELL AND BACK are riding hard and taking chances in the sequel, THE OUTFIT (Book 2): BLOOD AND ASHES, which releases on...

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High-Mountain Love for STRANDED!

Two new rave reviews of STRANDED are stomping all over the finest newsstands now. The first, from Big Sky Journal: “… puts the reader in Riker’s well-worn shoes. Her story … has an authentic and moving voice … meticulous research and matter-of-fact reporting … a...

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Great new review of STRANDED!

A circulation librarian (with discerning taste!) in Peoria, Illinois, posted a rave review of my new novel, STRANDED, as part of Fondulac District Library’s “FDL Reads” program. Here’s the link:...

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Countdown … Over! STRANDED is Officially Released Today

It is, May 17, 2017, official release day of my new novel, STRANDED: A STORY OF FRONTIER SURVIVAL. As with so many things in life, the lead-up has threatened to eclipse the moment. In STRANDED’s case, momentum has built steadily and I am quite pleased by early reviews...

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Booklist Digs STRANDED

Booklist reviews gives my new novel, STRANDED, a jim-dandy assessment: “Mayo, an accomplished and award-winning author, has taken a small historical incident and developed a readable tale of frontier challenge and survival. The Riker family— father, daughter, and two...

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