Monday, April 29, 2019

Will's Review of The Chicken Coop by Mike Pettit

Will Mayo's Reviews > The Chicken Coop

The Chicken Coop by Mike Pettit

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Will Mayo's review
Apr 28, 2019


This was a nice thriller for me to follow up the read of a disappointing 200- year old classic that I won't mention here except to say that Mike Pettit excels with such lines as "Rita was exhausted, in the last 48 hours dead people had piled around her like a ghetto party drive-by" and then further down that same page there is the following dream sequence -

"...The louder the church bells tolled the faster Rita ran, the beautiful flower garden suddenly turned into an ancient gothic cemetery with time-eaten headstones askew...the bell's gong shook and split the ground, skeletal hands were reaching for her and calling her name..."

Simply wonderful eloquent language here in a novel in which absolutely no one, neither private eye nor cop nor killer, is in the right and everyone is in the wrong and then it moves to a satisfying finish in which (I give away no trade secrets here) in which the private eye moves on with business as usual save that the Russian mafia is now on her tail. Really, I think I would recommend this book to anyone. It was a pleasure.



Saturday, April 27, 2019

Author Will Mayo has some new dreams and stories to share with us.

Down From The Beatle Upstairs
by
Will Mayo
I dreamed that I was living downstairs from Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, and as I heard the music drift my way from his flat to mine I thought that it'd be a nice idea to give him a copy of one of my books only to find that my roommate (who turned out to be none other than Fabs Quitales, my pen-pal) had rearranged all the books in our apartment and that made matters rather difficult. As Sir Paul belted out song after song I looked in vain for a book to give him. Finally, I found an old battered copy of my Roadmaps Of The Mind to give the man above. I rushed upstairs and Macca put his arm around me, accepted my book and after a few verses of "Paperback Writer," I was free to go. It was another night.


All Havoc Reigns In The Grocery Aisle
by
Will Mayo
And then once while shopping with mother in the grocery store not so terribly many years ago I was reminded of those old lines from that series "The Streets Of The City" and I told her that fresh meat was surely on the way but to watch out for the fruits and vegetables section. All kinds of things lurked there.

She just looked up at me and smiled and said, "Oh, my!"
We were well on the way for our latest dining pleasure.




Strange That Our World May Be
by
Will Mayo
In the fabled East, there are many strange wonders to be beheld. Yogis there can go into a trance for days on end with no need of food or water. Many wonders abound there in the land of the lotus flower.
Oh, and in the West too there are many strange things from a rocket-ship that circles the earth with multimillionaires on board to solitary scientists that figure out the nature of the universe. And in the North and South as well there are many strange sights to be seen from penguins that waddle about on the polar wastes to the naked flesh found in Rio. But I tell you, I would shove all these strange things aside just to see your face one more time before me...





This One's For Nancy
by
Will Mayo
For Nancy, my sister-in-law,
my friend and patron.
Nancy, who says this story is good
and so is that one
but don't bother with the rascals
over there.
Nancy, who tells me of her Christ
with childlike wonder
and then ventures forth into
a tale of darkness.
For Nancy, I have the highest praise.
She set me free.



The Destruction Of John Speke
by
Will Mayo
And after John Speke, discoverer of the source of the Nile River in Africa killed himself at home in England historians reasoned that the reason for the act was that all that awful anger Speke had against the Geographical Society and Richard Francis Burton,
the man they had wrongly given credit for the discovery, had turned itself inward and so blackened his heart that he felt that he had no choice but to destroy himself. When credit was rightfully given to Speke after his death it was too late, much too late and many a man turned and wept...








Something Holy
by
Will Mayo

The day I discovered the praying mantis,
the day the neighbor's kid
told me what it was
was the day I discovered some wonder in me
long absent in my life.
I looked at the creature there in my hand,
long and green and strange to my eyes,
and knew that I had found something holy.
I let it go then to scamper
through the grass
and let loose a sigh.
God, it was a wonderful thing then
just to be alive with the green grass
and the wild creatures of the world.
I have known nothing like it since.
No, not even you there
reading this from afar.
The wild wonder in all things alive then.
I sigh at it still.


The Dream Back
by
Will Mayo
So I walked there among the rocks and flowers in the park at the end of the street where we then lived, just a kid really, and I was surprised by my mother suddenly driving beside me in her long white Oldsmobile.
"How did you know that I was here?" I asked.
"I just knew," she said.
"Can I hop a ride with you?" I asked.
"Oh, sure," she said. "Hop in."
I hopped in the car and we drove down the street toward our house and it was then that I woke and realized that I hadn't actually seen my mother in several years. She was still down at that nursing home and likely still picturing me as the young boy that I was then wandering among the rocks and flowers down south just I had then myself. Funny how dreams are. They take you back.




Playing It All By Ear
by
Will Mayo
So the aide was taking me from one doctor to another to check out the symptoms of a stroke and as she turned the dial to the Fab Four singing "Twist And Shout" she turned to me amid the rising chorus and asked me, "Who's your favorite Beatle? Mine's John. I can't stand Paul."
"Oh, I have to say it's George," I said. "He writes the best songs."
"George?!" she said with a squeal as she turned the stereo to play "All Things Must Pass."
"You got it, babe," I said.
We were off to see that other doc. Suddenly, it didn't all seem so bad. These things would pass as all things do after all. That was what George said.


Blood In The Deep
by
Will Mayo
One story my father did tell of his experiences in the Navy in World War Two was about an island in the South Pacific just one mile long. By the time the guns got done firing there was not a single tree left standing on that island or a single man left alive on it.
By now, several decades later, that island is a tourist's mecca. Men and women pay a lot of money to lay naked out in the sun there. But back then, for those scant minutes that guns fired on all sides it was sheer horror all around. All that bloodshed. It makes a man think.



Oscar's Best Talk
by
Will Mayo
And then Oscar Wilde gave by all accounts his best lecture in a coal mine out West in the United States under pain of being shot if he didn't deliver up the goods. He spoke of how to dress up an old miser's messiest shack. He spoke of how to write just the right letter to win over one of those mail order brides to come out their way. And he spoke of how liquor should be kept just right in the cabinet for a man's needs. All this and more he spoke of in the name of Art with a capital "A" for those dirt poor coal miners who had somehow scrounged up the spare change from their winning bets for his lecture.

Then he calmly stated, "Well, gentlemen, I am done. At your mercy."
Hesitantly, one coal miner after another came out from the dark and said, "Mind you, sir, that was the best talk we've ever heard. We're not supposing you would want some of our whiskey, would you? It's fresh from our still."
There among the coal shafts Oscar drank among the men and pronounced it good. Hard times were still ahead of him with the lover boys who would one day betray him but for the time being he could just taste that whiskey and, damn, if it didn't taste awfully fine. The men around him smiled and laughed and life was good.

Will Mayo's Reviews > Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages

Reading the OED by Ammon Shea

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Will Mayo's review
Mar 22, 2019

Here is an interesting tale of a man who spent a whole year reading the Oxford English Dictionary, the world's finest English dictionary, yes, every single volume of it wandering from apartment to apartment and on to parks and libraries, warding off all distraction by telling bystanders, "There are rats about, don't you know?" (there are, of course, no rats whatsoever) while coming across such marvelous words as "gymnologize," meaning to dispute in the nude (my own favorite way of disputing), "misandry," meaning "hatred of men" (I can't stand those men, can you?) and "sarcast," meaning "a sarcastic writer" ("Guilty!, your honor! I plead guilty") and then puts down the last and twentieth volume with a sigh and then returns to the letter "A" to begin reading it all over again. A fun read, I would say. You just find it worth your while.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Western Adventure with Author John D. Fie Jr.


Howdy Partners today we will be featuring an bestselling author on Amazon.

JOHN D. FIE JR.


John D. Fie Jr., is a military veteran who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1948. He has held many different jobs, and developed many skills during his life. One of those skills is his ability to pen stories. He started writing short stories at an early age, and soon discovered that he loved telling his stories to others.

It was while he was sharing his stories of the Old West, that he noticed his listeners were getting involved in the story, and enjoying themselves.

John decided to bring the same stories to a larger audience in the form of books, with the hope of being able to transport his readers away from their worries in todays world.

John D. Fie. Jr is published exclusively by Dusty Saddles Publishing. The publishing home of Alex Cord, Cliff Roberts, Robert Hanlon, Chimp Robertson and Bruce G. Bennett.
 


Here is the book that put John in front of his readers.

Blood on the Plains: A Western Adventure: Inspiration For "Timber: United States Marshal" 
An exciting new Western in the style of Robert J. Thomas, WL Cox, and Duane Boehm filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as C. K. Crigger, Robert Vaughan, and Robert Hanlon! This is a book that is filled with the bodies of those who stand again law, order and patriotism!

Matt Hutchins, the lone survivor of a wagon train massacre takes on the world to do what is right, and must use guts, guns and glory to bring peace to his people. 

Found and raised by the Sioux, Matt not only learns the ways of the Sioux, but his survival skills are keenly honed with his tracking abilities used by both the Army and later by the sheriff of a town named Buffalo Flats

Matt lives alone on the open plains with his trusted friend and horse ‘Ole Friend, a gift given to him by the Chief Buffalo Robes, the one who taught him how to survive.

If you love great Western writing—and you love classic Western movies—you will LOVE “Blood on the Plains!”

United States Marshal Luke Pressor: 
The Western Adventures Books 1 - 3: New Edition 
From John D. Fie Jr. comes “United States Marshal: Luke Pressor.” The first, second and third popular Fie Western novels in his “The United States Marshal Western Series” together in one collection for readers who want the whole adventure! This exciting series of adventures brings back a Western in the style of C. Wayne Winkle, Robert Hanlon, and D.L. Bittick that is filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as Cherokee Parks, Paul L. Thompson, and Dave Sebeslav! This is a book that is filled with crime, corruption and a lot of crime to clean up! 

Luke Pressor United States Marshal: Book One:

Marshal Luke Pressor is investigating cattle rustling and the death of the farmers who live on the outskirts of the town of Solution. Intrigue, bushwhackers, hired guns and a lot of men with warrants on them find their way in front of his gun. This investigation will be a turning point in his life...

Pressor’s Hunt: Book Two:

Newly retired from the Marshal service and newly married Luke Pressor and his bride settle in the town of Solution where Luke is elected Sheriff. His mentor, Liam Garret Kelleher a former US Marshal, is pardoned by Judge Clarkson from being wrongfully imprisoned joins Luke with two of his Deputies. With a lot of new characters added to this mix it is going to be a very exciting adventure.

Sudden Justice: Book Three:

Judge Clarkson has a problem. Border raiders crossed over the line into his territory, burning and looting towns. He has no choice but to send the most notorious Marshal Kelleher to bring back law and order.

So saddle up!

This exciting new Western collection from John D. Fie Jr. takes the reader on a one-man rampage as a Marshal cuts through a deadly crime wave to bring a town back into the boundaries of law and order. The criminals will pay for what they’ve done in this territory! 



INTRODUCING HIS GUNFIGHTER SERIES

Gunfighter: Morgan Deerfield: The Quest For Peace: A New Western Adventure From The Author of "Blood on the Plains" And "Guns Along The Weary River" (The Morgan Deerfield Western Saga Book 1)
The Old West. A time of man’s bravery and fears. A place where a man needed every ounce of his strength to survive. A barbaric time. A better time. It is a place we call the Old West. This is an exciting adventure in that dangerous, yet, dramatic and exciting place.

A powerful new series from John D. Fie, Jr. begins when Morgan Deerfield wants to put his old life behind him and start anew. He gets hired at a local ranch and sets about doing his job and keeping a low profile. Amongst new friends, he unexpectedly finds love and a new life. However, trouble arises and he’s asked to don his gun once again.

This is the latest action-action adventure from the #1 bestselling Western author John D. Fie, Jr. Saddle up and ride with a true Western bestseller through that wild and dangerous place called the Old West. This adventure will take guns, guts and glory…





Gunfighter: Morgan Deerfield: Turbulent Times: A New Western Adventure From The Author of "Blood on the Plains" And "Guns Along The Weary River" (The Morgan Deerfield Western Saga Book 2) 
The Old West. A time of man’s bravery and fears. A place where a man needed every ounce of his strength to survive. A barbaric time. A better time. It is a place we call the Old West. This is an exciting adventure in that dangerous, yet, dramatic and exciting place.


A powerful new series from John D. Fie, Jr. continues! The homesteaders have a terrible crop, and with winter on its way, Morgan knows what could happen. He had seen it all before on the Kansas plains and comes up with a great idea. Sheriff Farley has his own problems mounting—as he sobers up one town drunk, another one comes along. Only this time, it's a violent one, and he blames all his problems on Morgan and Miss Betty. With the night air turning chilly and the sagebrush turning brown, Sheriff Farley, Morgan, and Miss Betty all know that Turbulent Times are on the horizon.

This is the latest action-action adventure from the #1 bestselling Western author John D. Fie, Jr. Saddle up and ride with a true Western bestseller through that wild and dangerous place called the Old West. This adventure will take guns, guts and glory… 







Gunfighter: Morgan Deerfield: Hitman With A Grudge: The Exciting Third Western Adventure In The "Gunfighter: Morgan Deerfield" Series! (The Morgan Deerfield Western Saga Book 3)

The Old West. A time of man’s bravery and fears. A place where a man needed every ounce of his strength to survive. A barbaric time. A better time. It is a place we call the Old West. This is an exciting adventure in that dangerous, yet, dramatic and exciting place.

A powerful new series from John D. Fie, Jr. continues! Morgan Streeter was tired. He and Betty decided to take a day for themselves and headed out for a picnic. They weren’t alone. Someone began shooting, and Morgan was shot in the leg. As he was laid up in bed, Sheriff Farley and a posse tried to find out who was trying to kill Morgan, but the shooter was proving elusive. Was the peaceful life Morgan had made for himself at the ranch with Miss Betty coming to an end? 



New Release

Gunfighter: Morgan Deerfield: Rustlers On The Range: The Exciting Fourth Western Adventure In The "Gunfighter: Morgan Deerfield" Series! (The Morgan Deerfield Western Saga Book 4)

The Old West. A time of man’s bravery and fears. A place where a man needed every ounce of his strength to survive. A barbaric time. A better time. It is a place we call the Old West. This is an exciting adventure in that dangerous, yet, dramatic and exciting place.

A powerful new series from John D. Fie, Jr. continues! The Trail's End Ranch is under the threat of rustlers, who have been sneakily stealing cattle from the surrounding territory. Sheriff Seth Farley, with the help of his deputies and the wily Morgan Streeter, think they know who's the ringmaster of the rustling operation. Can they get the goods and bring this man to justice? Join the gang at the Trail's End for another exciting adventure! 




This one is for the Cowgirls in all of us!
Cattle Queen of the Pecos: A Western Adventure From The Author of "Liam Kelleher: United States Marshal" (The Pecos Cattle Queen Western Series Book 1)

This exciting new adventure novel brings you a Western in the style of C. Wayne Winkle, R.G. Yoho, and Scott Harris that is filled with action, adventure and plot twists such as C. K. Crigger, Chet Cunningham, and A.H Holt!
Blanche Kelsey was nine when Indian renegades murdered her family. She was found by two trailhands, Jim Bob and Tully, who took her under their wing. Tasked with taking her back to Pecos, Texas, they faced a long trail ahead of them, filled with danger. Meanwhile, back in Pecos, the ranch owned by Blanche’s grandfather was in decline. Rustlers had stolen cattle, and most of the ranch hands had deserted when old man Kelsey took ill. Sarah Kelsey, next-in-line, took over the reins. With the help of Blanche, Jim Bob and Tully, they restored the ranch to its former glory. 



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