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Jeff Mariotte
Jeffrey J. Mariotte is an award-winning author, occasional editor, news junkie, photographer, reader, and dog owner.
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Nine out of 10 doctors agree that it's good to elevate your heart rate periodically. You could spend time on an exercise bike (boring) or go for a run (cold). Or you could read the books contained in the Pulse-Pounders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Last month I began this series by talking about my new Hopalong Cassidy short story, "Behind the Tonto Rim" (and yes, the title is a node to Zane Grey's great novel Under the Tonto Rim, and is set at one... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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My heroes, as the song says, have always been cowboys. In the beginning, those heroes were Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy. As proof, I offer Exhibit A--me, at 2 years and 3 months, wearing my brand-new Hopalong Cassidy outfit. (My... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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It's been a while since there's been any book news from me--which doesn't mean I haven't been working on stuff. I hope to have big news to share soon. Meanwhile, there's some smaller news that's still fun and worthy of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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My newest short story will be available in print and ebook on Thursday, October 1. It's called "The Midnight Train," and it's in the fine anthology Under Western Stars, from the Western Fictioneers organization. My novella "Byrd's Luck," published in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Another in a semi-regular series of posts about authors it's been my pleasure and honor to know, during a long career as a bookseller, publisher, and author. This one's about a friend whose name is known and beloved around the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2020 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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About a month ago I promised to write semi-regular posts about some of the authors it's been my privilege to know throughout a long career in the book biz, as bookseller, publisher, and writer. I intended to do one this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2020 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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As I mentioned the last time I posted here, what with Covid-19 and a massive book project, there hasn't been much news to talk about. While I'm waiting, I thought I'd share some stories of some of the many authors... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2020 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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We don't write here often anymore; the outrages of the Trump administration could fill the Encyclopedia Brittanica at this point, and we just don't have the time. But occasionally the words and actions of our congressional representative, the smarmy Andy Biggs of Arizona's 5th Congressional District, force us back to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2020 at This Week in America
So I glanced at my blog today, and realized that I hadn't posted anything since last November. Wow. The reason might be obvious--the whole world's been cancelled. Okay, not the whole world. But between Tucson Comic-Con and the holidays, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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This year's Tucson Comic-Con starts on Friday, the day after Halloween! Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and I have played it pretty low-key this year, because we weren't sure what her level of healing from surgery would be, so we didn't sign... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I got my author copies of COLD BLACK HEARTS the other day. That's always an exciting event, no matter how many books I've had published, because until I'm holding it in my hands, it's never really real. This is the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Former regular readers of TWiA will recall that we went on more-or-less permanent hiatus early in the Trump era, having foreseen that news would be flowing with the force and volume of a firehose, and no part-time, unpaid effort to keep up with it would be satisfactory. That hasn't changed;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at This Week in America
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A new Weird Western anthology called STRAIGHT OUTTA DEADWOOD was just released by Baen Books, and it contains stories by both Marsheila (Marcy) Rockwell and me! Marcy's story is "Dreamcatcher," and it explores--in a dark and twisted way, of course--the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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On the day that a new book is released, people often wish its author "Happy Book Birthday!" It is indeed an eventful moment--the culmination of months or years of effort. Whether sitting at a keyboard or scratching away in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I got copies of YEAR OF THE WICKED from my editor at Simon & Schuster this week, and it's just gorgeous. All four books (published originally as Witch Season in four volumes, then as Dark Vengeance in two volumes), are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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If you're anything like me, you love a gripping, can't-put-it-down book, one that keeps you reading late into the night even though you have to work in the morning. Because really, what's more fun, reading a page-turner or working while... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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RIVER RUNS RED has just been released by WordFire Press in hardcover, paperback, and ebook. This is another in my series of reissues (edited anew, and somewhat rewritten) celebrating my 20th year as a novelist, released in beautiful uniform editions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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A couple of weeks ago, Marcy and I had the pleasure of attending our first Western Writers of America annual convention. I'd hung out with some of the members before, at other events, but had never met so many at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Let's get right to the big news: today is the release day for the WordFire Press edition of supernatural thriller MISSING WHITE GIRL! Here's what's on the back cover: "Terror in the borderlands… "Lulu Lavender’s mixed-race family has been slaughtered,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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So much news today, it's hard to know where to begin. No, on second thought, I guess it's not. The biggest news of the day has to be the release of my novel The Slab. I wrote this one years... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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My first novel, GEN13: NETHERWAR--a horror novel written with my pal Christopher Golden--was a horror novel disguised as a superhero novel. It was released in 1999. In 2019, in celebration of my 20th year as a novelist, WordFire Press (publishers... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Sorry you didn't make it! I only saw Jeff Parker once, from a distance. He was on the move, and I was signing books for someone and couldn't chase him down. I usually manage to run into him at least once during the festival. Next year!
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It's mid-late-March now, or late-mid-March, but in the early part of the month, Marcy and I were at the Tucson Festival of Books (for the 11th year straight, for me). We had a great time, as always. We sold and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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Next weekend, March 2 & 3, is the 11th annual Tucson Festival of Books. This newspaper story (from the Tucson Daily Star, the festival's main sponsor) describes one of the important factors about this year: "Are you a faithful follower... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at Dispatches from the Flying M