Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Author Mike Pettit is in the SPOTLIGHT!


About Author Mike Pettit
Mike Pettit has been writing professionally for ten years. He is an award-winning best-selling indie novelist. He is the author of thirty novels that includes two indie author self-help books, several Action Thriller series, three classic westerns, and numerous short stories. His Jack Marsh Key West Series has been optioned as a television series, sold to overseas publishers, produced as audiobooks, and are available in print through Amazon's CreateSpace Publishing.
Several of Pettit's books have been #1 bestsellers on Kindle and were previously sold in bookstores across the nation before he established himself as an independent author and publisher. He attends writing and author conferences around the country throughout the year, and is available as a guest or featured speaker at major industry events.
After an adventurous thirty-year career in the China Trade, he settled in the Florida Keys and traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean Sea diving, treasure hunting, adventuring, and writing about his exploits. He presently resides along Florida's Emerald Coast where he occasionally slips away to a small cattle ranch in Central Texas for R&R, but still escapes to the Caribbean for adventures as often as possible.



Mike's "Key West Series" is a Best Seller on Amazon




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Other Books by Mike

RAISED BY WOLVES
GROWING UP POOR IN AMERICA

Recollection, Memories, and Other Travesties of My Childhood
This is the haunting story of my life growing up poor in Houston in the 1950’s. It is an unforgettable account of extraordinary love, rejection, joy, sorrow, and loss. At times, the story is laugh out loud funny, at others it is heart wrenching in its intensity It is an amazing recounting of unbearable loneliness and solitude of living in abject poverty, of being alive, but not living. It is about the shame and embarrassment of being seen as poor and how I overcame the humiliation of poverty and how I dealt with it.


I’m telling this story, not because it needs to be told or that I’m looking for anything out of it. I just want to tell it so someday someone will read it and smile knowing that there is more that binds us together than we like to admit. You’re born and you die, what happens in between is up to us and in the end usually makes for a good story. This is my story of growing up poor in 1950’s Houston. Everything in it is true as I recollect it. Being a storyteller, I embellished a little for entertainment purposes, but I tried to stay true to my experiences as much as possible. I have used place names and individual names where appropriate, other names I changed so as not to embarrass anyone. 
This is all true to the extent that I can tell the truth. It’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
MP



Aloha Burn: A Kimo Kanoa, P.I. Honolulu Suspense Thriller (A Kimo Kanoa Private Investigator Thriller Series Book 1) 
Aloha Burn isn’t about lazy days on sugary-sand beaches or idyllic tropical nights with old Hawaiian songs on the trade winds. Aloha Burn is about the people behind the scenes that are never seen by tourists and visitors. It is about Kimo Kanoa, a disgraced Honolulu cop that is relieved of duty and his hunt to find out who it was behind his firing, and why. He is immediately swept up in a power grab that could change the balance of power in the Pacific forever. Kimo is caught in the middle, he’s on everyone’s hit list and doesn’t know why. The word on the street is ‘Get Kanoa.’ Kimo does the only thing he knows how to do, he shoots back. The action rolls across Oahu pulling in the islands rich and powerful, hired killers, thugs, streetwalkers, Navy Intelligence hit teams, the F.B.I. …. And they all have one target….Kimo Kanoa.


HONORABLE REVENGE (John Locke series Book 1) 
Mike Pettit's writing has been compared to Robert Ludlum and Frederick Forsyth with a dash of Harold Robbins and a pinch of Ian Fleming.
HONORABLE REVENGE... This is a story of crime and the men that commit crime. The degree of criminality of a crime is determined by the person who commits it. There is murder, an offense so abhorrent to men that it requires the ultimate penalty, a life for a life. There are crimes of passion, of greed, insanity, recklessness, planned, and crimes of opportunity. Crime has no boundaries or rules, no age restrictions or ethnicity, no language barriers nor morality. It is said that there are no new crimes, just new ways to commit them. This is true in today’s world of technology. Millions of dollars can disappear from one place and a nano-second later reappear on the other side of the world. A man’s life can be changed forever with one stroke of a key, his identification stolen or changed. A human organ can be bought, sold, and shipped to anywhere in the world, the same for a human being. No, there are no new crimes, just different ways to commit them. In this story I have committed every type of crime by every type of criminal that I could plot. The subplots weave in and out of the main story like an artisan’s loom creating a priceless garment. Honorable Revenge pits good against evil, light fighting dark, dark winning at times. For isn’t that the reality of life? We each have an element of criminal in us. Some can control the dark urges, others cannot. Who determines where honor lies? Is it the criminal code of honor, or the code of the evangelist? Who decides what is a crime and what punishment is to be meted out? In a world where the powerful make the rules, they also set the punishment. What chance does an honest man have, unless he himself becomes evil?
When John Locke sees danger screaming down on him like a banshee from hell: He not only grabs on and comes out shooting; he’s caught on an adrenaline ride that doesn’t stop until he is the last man standing. Locke’s world is filled with cruel and ruthless men that will kill and steal just for the rush it brings them: Dark places that normal people never go unless they are dragged in screaming, and never come out. Drug Cartel’s, that mutilate, then fast-freeze their competitors; secret Chinese Triads that think crime and business are one in the same, and murder is used to close a deal. Street Mutts caught unaware of the treachery going down around them, only to be cut down in the running gun battle that surrounds them. 

John Locke spends his days in L.A., working the courthouse hallways and holding-cells, trying to catch a few clients that need to lawyer-up. His ten years inside a bottle left him with a marriage he vaguely remembers, a promising legal career in the sewer, and the fear that life is passing him by. He’s barely back among the human race, living in a three-room apartment over a Chinese Take-out, chasing bottom-feeder cases to keep him in the legal game, and brings in a few extra bucks doing part-time work as a sleuth and muscle for a bail bond friend. He makes his rent, pays his bills and keeps looking for a way out.
When John’s way out comes, it’s from a darkened window overlooking the alley that runs behind his apartment. Locke witnesses a murder that sucks him into black evil places where a man’s soul is sold for a kilo of cocaine. He’s caught in a diabolical criminal plot by the Chinese Triads to corner the world’s diamond market and trips up a double cross that brings down a billion dollar Mexican drug cartel. To survive, he makes a harrowing escape in the night piling up dead men, splashing blood trails through the streets of China Town and back alleys of L.A.’s underbelly. When the cordite stink from the gunfire clears, John walks away with a lot more than a brand on his back and a bullet in his side: He’s found that honor and revenge are the same; enemies in life, brothers in death.



THE BODY BROKER (John Locke series Book 2)
The devastating news that a human organ is needed urgently can be a terrifying experience. What does one do? Where does one go? Do you add your name to a national wait-list, and hope you don’t die in the year or so of waiting? Whom do you call for help? Where do you go when every minute counts? 
Don’t worry, help may be closer than you think.. Under the shadows of darkness, and hidden from sight, is the Body Broker, from whom anything can be purchased, if the money is right: A heart here, a kidney there, a young woman, a child, twins perhaps? All are available for the asking. Business is good, demand is high, and it’s a seller’s market. The risk is only to those unsuspecting donors, or those stolen and sold for their body parts.
The Broker deals his wares across the globe: Hawking organs like a faceless crone in ancient bazaars, hunting his victims in the night like a primal carrion eater, closing deals as professionally as any junk bond king, reveling in the wealth from others …donations.
When John Locke agrees to find his ex-wife’s missing stepson, he plunges into a world of danger and murder that his legal training never prepared him for. His only way to survive such evil is to come out shooting. He quickly discovers himself immersed in the unbelievable world of black market organ trading and human trafficking. When the hunt throws him on the trail of the man known on the street as The Organ Player, it leads him on a bloody chase through L.A.’s underbelly, to huge wealth stashed in the Cayman Islands, to Macau’s brothels and organ markets, then back to L.A. for a showdown never imagined. The Body Broker’s world includes harvesting clinics, hidden offshore bank accounts, political pay-offs, power players, Hollywood’s elite, unwitting organ recipients. His victims are the homeless, runaways, prisoners, veterans, the unwary, the poor, the unsuspecting. John’s hit and run tactics expose an international network of murder and death that sets off seismic shock waves through the halls of power, and leaves sane men questioning the selfishness of our fellow man, and the lengths he will go for just a little more time to live.
The Body Broker leaves you breathless.



LITTLE TOKYO (John Locke series Book 3) 

LITTLE TOKYO….BEHIND THE SCENES AND SETS OF THE PORN INDUSTRY LURKS DEATH AND MURDER.
John Locke takes an assignment for a friend whose daughter was brutally killed in a snuff film and accidently stumbles onto the Japanese Yakuza’s plan to seize the International Porn Industry’s hundred billion dollar annual business. As Locke fights his way through the film sets and studios looking for the master mind behind the snuff films he is also hunted by the Yakuza who want him dead. Locke is one jump away from uncovering the Yakuza’s ambitious plans to launder drug money disguised as porn film profits.
Locke is outnumbered and outmaneuvered at every turn, someone within the LAPD, ATF or the FBI is giving his movements away to the Yakuza hit squads. Among his enemies is a ruthless studio executive who finds herself the target of both Locke and the Yakuza as she tries to hide a double cross.
The action builds at a relentless pace: ritual seppuku killings, missing Hollywood starlets, deception, murder, torture, and mortal combat…John Locke at his best.















THE NINE MONKEYS (John Locke series Book 4)
New York Times, April 25, 1975 “SAIGON FALLS”
As the North Vietnamese barreled down Highway 1 towards Saigon in the spring of 1975 the American’s were on a fast track to get out and leave no one behind. Secret operations were shut down, alliances shattered, people and materials disappeared without a trace. A top secret CIA program that ran the most successful operation in its clandestine history was targeted to disappear.

Stars and Stripes, May 1, 1975“AMERICANS MISSING PRESUMED DEAD.”

On the night that the NVA entered into its final assault on Saigon, members of the top secret project pulled a double cross on their CIA masters, and vanished into thin air, disappearing with millions in gold and drugs. The team resurfaced in Thailand after the war and continued to run the operation into the Golden Triangle of Laos, Burma, and Thailand for the next forty-five years with their old CIA masters secretly taking their share of the profits.

Bangkok Post, April 15, 2010“AMERICAN DIPLOMATS MISSING PRESUMED DEAD.”
John Locke is hired to find the murderer of a man that records show never existed. The deeper Locke digs, the more he is pulled into a mystery that goes back almost fifty years that involves a secret held so close by the CIA that less than ten men in the country know of it.
The murdered man made plans to ‘Out” the secret operation and turned up dead, only to pop up very much alive in a horrific shoot out in Pattaya Thailand.

JOHN LOCKE AMBUSHED AT EVERY TWIST OF THE TRAIL
Lives are at stake, a fortune in gold disappears, treachery at every turn. No one is safe; Unless John Locke can find the man behind the Nine Monkeys.
The Action rolls from Saigon to Thailand, Hawaii, to L.A. and San Fransisco then back to Ho Chi Minh City, with a culmination in Pattaya Thailand that shatters the criminal ring once and for all. 


DIRTY MONEY (John Locke series) 
The world’s carrion eaters are conspiring to bring America down to her knees through economic terror and internal collapse. The country is bankrupt, debt is in the trillions of dollars, a tsunami of spending on unsustainable programs, and political greed is feasting like a cancer upon the country. The enemies of democracy are using every opportunity to hurry things along. Several countries are busy printing and flooding the world with undetectable counterfeit U.S. currency by the billions of dollars.
If the U.S. collapses, China will go down with her, and a domino plunge by every other industrialized nation will follow close behind.

John Locke accidentally stumbles into the middle of the distribution system of the bogus money while in Hong Kong, and finds himself on a chase that brings him gun-sight to gun-sight with the Chinese Triads, the Russian Mafia, Castro’s Soldante De Cuba Brigade, dirty politicians, and federal agencies dragging ten steps behind Locke. Good money, bad money, it’s all the same, no one can tell the difference. The action is smoking hot, guns blazing, fists punching, injured and dead piling up on all sides.
The running gun battle rolls from Hong Kong to Cam Ranh Bay, across the Pacific to L.A., New York, D.C. Miami, and Bimini. When the last bullet is fired, and the cordite and smoke clear, John Locke has leveled the playing field with dead men, failed plans, and a treasure trove of dirty money.






JUNGLE RULES (John Locke series) 
TROUBLE IN PARADISE
An unexpected discovery of an oil-gas aerosol field is found in the Caribbean Sea, China and the U.S., both starving for a sustainable source of energy, form an alliance that will bring control of the discovery under their sphere of influence. The Caribbean Island Nations are included in the forming of a Cartel, which soon jeopardizes the world’s oil based economy. The balance of world power is swiftly shifting, Central American countries are aligning with the highest bidder, Chinese troops are on the move, greedy oil companies are jockeying for drilling rights, sides are being drawn.
Island criminal gangs are fighting among themselves for the riches the Field will bring to their countries, using every weapon at their disposal: Voodoo spells, an Ebola pandemic, murder, kidnappings, reaching out to Key West, Miami, then rolling down to Kingston where the Cartel Summit is about to explode into an International power struggle.
JOHN LOCKE COMES OUT SHOOTING
John Locke, sobering up in Key West, is pulled into the maelstrom by agreeing to help a friend out of the jam he’s caught in by being the one that discovered the Field. Both men are way over their head, as the political maneuvering and scheming starts, soon Locke is on an assassin’s hit list along with the Vice President of the United States.
An armada of warships are in a stand-off, waiting for the other side to blink, Cartel Leaders are meeting in Kingston, among threats of violence and assassination, John Locke is searching for the killer, determined that only one of them will walk away alive.
An explosive climax that will leave you begging for more.




North of Mulholland (Mulholland Studio Thriller Book 1) 
NORTH OF MULHOLLAND, A roller coaster of a read that rivals Sidney Sheldon and Harold Robbins in its emotional intensity. A focused work of love, greed, power, lust, and money in today’s entertainment industry. Tightly written, the characters come alive, each a story within a story. Pettit paints a masterpiece filled with glitz and glamour, of ruthlessness and cruelty, of love and passion. The suspense builds to a nerve shattering unexpected ending that will leave you breathless.

Dan West plays every trick he knows to keep Mulholland Studios going long enough to finish a picture that could bring him back from the brink of bankruptcy. As he fights for survival, he is being double-crossed and betrayed from within his own ranks. His financial consultant, his longtime friend, is siphoning money off the top of every penny that comes in to feed his gambling, partying, and blow habit. Dan’s wife is killed in a tragic auto accident in Cabo San Lucas with another man only to find out that it wasn’t an accident at all but a devious plot to take the Studio away from him. The sharks come out of the water when the word spreads that Dan West is going down for the count. The Vegas mob want control of the Studio to launder money through, Chicago entrepreneurs want the film properties for investments, peers want him destroyed out of jealousy and greed. To come out alive he has to fight back using the same tactics as his opponents. Emotionally sapped, he comes back with a vengeance. 
Sure to be a major International hit.







MURDER ON THE ROW, a Sam Nash Suspense Mystery, f
Baldacci, Connelly, Patterson move over. There’s a new gun in town and he’s reinventing Hard Boiled Gritty Mysteries
MURDER ON THE ROW has all the criminal elements that make Hard Boiled hard ...Love, Sex, Murder, Movies Stars, Psychopaths and Sociopaths, Sexual Perverts, Corrupt and Opportunistic Public Officials. 
MURDER ON THE ROW drops down quickly into L.A.’s underbelly where young men are being stalked and murdered by a tortured predator. The Row never sleeps, the noise never stops, the smell hangs over the Row like a rotting human landfill. The food chain is well defined with predators cruising the streets and alleys in search of prey. The prey hangs together like bait, always alert, quick to scream, the slow quickly devoured. No one on the Row is innocent, they are there for reasons of their own making. Once there, most never leave.

Just a few miles away, the mega rich movie stars are living in a wonderland of Hollywood dreams by day and secret lives of decadence and destruction by night. Once the sun drops down over the Pacific, the rich come out to play. Drugs, debauchery, excess, there are no boundaries, no one ever tells them no. … who would dare?
(originally published as The Skid Row Murders ©2010 Mike Pettit)










Panama Takedown. (A Damian Wolf, Assassin Series Book 1) 
NOIR CRIME DRAMA. DAMION WOLF, ASSASSIN. There are men among us that lead lives of quiet desperation sitting on the sidelines watching their lives speed by. There are others that are adventurers, fearless and seek danger, powerful athletes, intellectuals, soldiers, and statesmen. Then there are the men that live moment to moment, in the shadows, moving silently, striking, and melting back into the night. Men that are incapable of feeling remorse, guilt, or contrition. These are the men best qualified to solicit when a needed service is required and a final notice given. They answer only to those that pay the asking price, and to men in power that need their services for political gain or enrichment.
Damian Wolf is one of those men, not by choice, but by deception. He is framed for the brutal murder of his new bride, sentenced to death. After six months on death row, he is offered freedom in return for performing dark work for an obscure government agency. If he agrees, then he will not only gain his freedom, but will be told who the real killer is…. eventually.
Panama Takedown is the first in the Damian Wolf , Assassin, Short Novel Series. Wolf is in Panama waiting for the details of his next assignment. When his handler contacts him, he is immediately distrustful and suspicious of the plan. He sees it as a suicide mission with no way out. Within hours, bodies start to pile up, a double-cross and betrayal are tripped up, and a final showdown that leaves the target alive and Wolf on the run.







Shoot First: Damian Wolf, Assassin (Damian Wolf, Assassin Seies Book 2) 

SHOOT FIRST.
“Mike Pettit’s new series, ‘Damian Wolf, Assassin’ is a welcome member to the shadow world of the hit and run genre.” Bob Sanford, Screen Writer.

“FIVE STARS for Panama Takedown. One of the best reads of the year.” Candace Reed, Reed’s Reads, and Reviews.

“I have to give Mike Pettit’s new Damian Wolf Thriller ‘Shoot First’ thumbs up for all around great read. The suspense and action are nonstop.’ Bill Price, Editor at Large

Killing time in Puerto Vallarta, Wolf is taking a much-needed rest to heal and recuperate from his last assignment. Two months had passed since he had made his way out of Panama one jump ahead of the Panamanian police after a botched assassination and coup d'├ętat attempt on the country’s President. 
Just when he is succeeding in pulling his life back together, he is pulled into a power play between a maniacal Mexican drug lord and a crooked U.S. Senator. Wolf links up with a fellow assassin assigned to kill the senator and is sucked into a running gun battle through the idyllic resort town. The action is fast and rounds are hitting their targets as the two agents fight side-by-side in an explosive ending that will leave you breathless.

DAMION WOLF, ASSASSIN. There are men among us that lead lives of quiet desperation sitting on the sidelines watching their lives speed by. There are others that are adventurers, fearless and seek danger, powerful athletes, intellectuals, soldiers, and diplomats. Then there are the men that live moment to moment, in the shadows, moving silently, striking, and melting back into the night. Men that are incapable of feeling remorse, guilt, or contrition. These are the men best qualified to solicit, when a needed service is required, and a final notice given. They answer only to those that pay the asking price, and to men in power that need their services for political gain or enrichment.
Damian Wolf is one of those men, not by choice, but by deception. He is framed for the brutal murder of his new bride, sentenced to death. After six months on death row, he is offered freedom in return for performing dark work for an obscure government agency. If he agrees, then he will not only gain his freedom, but will be told who the real killer is…. eventually.













Yankee Guns: A Travis Ford Classic Western Featuring Kid Cotton (3 Book 1)

Yankee Gold: Travis Ford Action Western

Yankee Horses: A Travis Ford Western Featuring Kid Cotton




Indie Author Boot Camp - Marketing 101: How to Market Yourself and Your Book For Increased Sales

PROVEN SALES METHOD TO GENERATE MEGA SALES.
SALES EXECUTIVES HAVE USED THIS SYSTEM FOR DECADES.
MARKETING AND SALES METHODS THAT WORKS.
DOMINATE YOUR GENRE.
Indie Author Boot Camp - Marketing 101
The Number One Method in how to become a a Best Seller Author.
A must How-To book for Indie Authors. This book will teach you everything you will need to know about marketing yourself and your book. Most fiction Indie Authors concentrate on writing their book, often spending months in the process. However, once they are finished writing they don't have a clue on how to market and sell their work. Indie Author Boot Camp will show you in very simple to understand steps how to market and sell your book, what you must understand about the business of selling your book, and how to keep sales coming in.
This is an excellent source in learning how to become a Best Selling author. This Marketing Strategy and planning is based on thirty years of brand management, marketing, and sales skills learned the hard way. 



The Nails of Golgotha (The Archangel Chronicles Book 1)
The Archangel Chronicles
Mysteries within mysteries, unknowns hidden by time and distance, of rumors, and lies, ancient lore, forgotten names and places: all as current as today. Tales of murders and kidnappings, duplicity, betrayals, and deaths that have never been explained. Are the Chronicles true or just old stories told around ancient fires and smoky caves, later to be only partially written about?

The Nails of Golgotha brings to life the mysteries surrounding that fateful afternoon on the hill known as the place of skulls. Did events on the mount just stop that day; did the Romans on crucifixion duty just go back to their barracks? Did the thunderous winds and storm just quiet and blow away? 
The truth is that man was suddenly face to face with something unimaginable, something that would change their lives forever. The power struggle between good and evil erupted before their eyes sending ripples of things to come out across millennia.








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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Will Mayo and His Tales from The Mind of a Muse



My Most Incredible Writing Machine
by
Will Mayo
What's the secret to my turning out all these little stories and poems? Well, it's simple. I have a most incredible writing machine. It sits where the bed in the back room used to go (my cat and I now sleep together on the sofa instead in the front room) and it rattles and cranks and roars and turns out the best entertainment for the masses that I ask of it each and every night.
Every now and then, it'll stop composing tales and will billow out enormous clouds of black smoke and my trusty black cat with six toes on each of its paws will climb on top of this strange device and flick a switch with her long furry tail and immediately my machine will begin composing again. It's just that way. Some writers have their favorite ballpoint pen. Some, a typewriter or a computer. And Charles Bukowski, you may recall, in his poem, "The Secret Of My Endurance," claimed that he kept a boy in a cage with a typewriter and that he fed him steaks and whores to come up with new poetry. And then there's me, you see. I have my most incredible writing machine and my six-toed black cat with her long furry tail. Long may they write.


The Night They Brought The Mayor Down
by
Will Mayo
And then it was all of the summer of 1992 and we guys were standing to the rear of Rehab Central smoking our cigarettes and watching the cars go by on the street in front of us.
Suddenly,. there was a blare of sirens and we saw a whole parade of police cars proceed in front of us as helicopters filled the air.
"The mayor of Lincoln Township is going down," said Jack, the leader of our group who knew the way of things, referring to the drug kingpin who headed up the ghetto across the street from us.
And in between the blinding lights and the roar of the guns and the choppers we saw little, young Mikey of our little group come forward up to us, facing Jack.
"Hey, you guys want some sodas?" Mikey asked. "I've got some change."
"Sure, go ahead," Jack said. "You know the ropes."
And off Mikey disappeared across the street into the roar of sirens and guns in search of a soda machine where no one else would go.
Presently, the guns died down to a staccato whisper and the choppers disappeared from the sky and we saw the cops drag the mayor of Lincoln Township, all wrapped in chains and as pale as a sheet with his wide blue eyes staring in our direction. 

"Good evening, Mr. Mayor," said Jack, strolling forward. And calmly proceeded to spit in the kingpin's face.
The mayor was taken way to his destination which after several bouts of court would end up being any number of life sentences in prison for 1,800 counts of drug racketeering and 8 counts of murder all of which he was found guilty.
As for Mikey, he came back to Rehab Central right after the cops dragged Mr. Mayor away, his arms all wrapped around any number of soda cans.
"Whatcha see?" Jack asked him.
"Some fancy shooting, that's all I know," said Mikey.
We sipped our sodas in peace and watched the night go by. There was no telling what would happen next. It could be anything at all for all we knew.



There Are Limits
by
Will Mayo
We all try to be as tolerant as we can be but there are limits. I had a good friend years ago who promised all the world to her very own daughter. She said she didn't care what her daughter did in life, she could make any career she liked, marry anybody she liked, black, white, yellow, brown or red. Even, if her child turned out to be gay, my friend asserted, she would have no problem with that. It wouldn't matter in all the world, she said, what her child did as long as that child was happy. She was a good liberal, my friend, none like her at all.
But, Lord help her, that child grew up and up and became a woman all her own. And what did that child then do? Why, she went and married a redneck!

My friend, of course, then immediately disowned her daughter on the spot. Some things cannot be stood for. No sirree. She put a stop to that business right off.
So much for anything in all this world...







A Select Group
by
Will Mayo
There was then this woman that I met at the old madhouse who was a curious affair. Though her dress was long and covered the most part of her shapely legs her persistent five o'clock clock shadow gave away her other nature as did that strange bulge poking its way out between her legs.
After a few perfunctory therapy sessions and another few rounds with the doctor she was left unceremoniously out at the bus stop all ready to go just before I was. To this day, she remains heralded as am I as one of that select group Those Who Would Not Be Kept. The hallways hear the whispering of her dress and her high heel shoes still.






Something Ugly. Something Beautiful.
by
Will Mayo
And then I think of Gilles des Riis, the soldier who fought bravely to free all of France from the yoke of the English and was the greatest of all patriots. 
Yet was found guilty years afterwards of torturing and murdering all those little boys and was executed for their deaths. Inside of everything beautiful, you see, is something rotten. And inside of everything ugly is something beautiful just waiting to be discovered. It's just that way.












It All Turns Round
by
Will Mayo
And I think it was Neil Gaiman who said that the gods too die when they have no one left to believe in them. 

Just as many a man has died when no one could yet imagine such a one as him. Regardless, all returns to ashes, to dust, to the stars. And we begin again.