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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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My new website is up at, and it includes blog capabilities. If you've bookmarked this blog site, please visit the new one and save that: This one will be disappearing soon. Thanks for reading it all these years! Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
First things first, I guess. Blood and Gold: The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta is out. I got copies today and it looks great (and big--it's a big, big book, a true historical epic). Here's what a box of 'em looks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Sleep is overrated, Cheryl. Or so I hear, anyway... Actually, though, I'm a big fan of afternoon naps.
Toggle Commented Oct 8, 2021 on So Much Going On! at Dispatches from the Flying M
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I've literally been so busy I haven't even had time to write a post about all the latest developments. But I'm pulling myself away from my novel-in-progress (Passage to Pedregosa, the third Cody Cavanaugh Western, for Wolfpack Publishing) to try... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
I've been a fan of police procedurals ever since I read my first Joseph Wambaugh novel, back in my twenties. Later in life I got to meet and spend time with Joe, and he's just as entertaining and pleasant as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Some people remember their first exposure to Tarzan. I'm not one of them. I'm pretty sure it was Johnny Weismuller movies on TV when I was a child in the late 1950s/early 60s. Later in that decade, I was a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
Be sure to check out Marcy's posting of her CoKoCon schedule! She'll be busier than me. Here's my CoKoCon schedule. It's virtual this year, so you can check in from anywhere in the world. Both of my panels are on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
A couple of notes regarding the Kindle Vella publication of my thriller Flesh of All Sorrows. I originally said I would post new episodes (what Kindle Vella calls chapters) weekly, but I've changed that to twice a week, on Tuesday... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
It's easy to see that we're currently living in a golden age of thriller writing. Any era in which James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Laura Lippman, T. Jefferson Parker, Megan Abbott, Don Winslow, Gillian Flynn, and John Connolly (and you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
A couple of years ago, my agent of 15+ years and I broke up. At that time, I decided to take what I knew about the book biz--from decades as a bookseller/bookstore owner, writer, and publishing exec--and handle my own... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2021 at Dispatches from the Flying M
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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