Samuel A. Mayo
by Sam on November 16th, 2020

Hey everyone! I know this space has been fairly silent for the last couple of years. There have a been a number of personal and professional issues that came up that needed sorting and took some time to work through. On top of that, 2020 has been a doozy for us all. 

But, we're back! What's more, I've done some re-configuring with my publishing approach.  Thanks to Draft2Digital, my books and short stories are now available more widely as ebooks than ever before. What's more, the rights to several of my short stories have reverted back to me and are now available individually for your consumption at a reasonable price.

With these two things in place, I've gone back through each piece (even my first book!), cleaning up text, re-doing interior layouts, and a bunch of new covers for many of them. All of this adds up to a refreshed and renewed approach to my writing. Going forward, I will keep my focus on self-publishing and finding ways to keep bringing my best stuff forward.

On top of that, I've started exploring other avenues to deliver content beyond just literary publication. Nothing concrete just yet, so stay tuned for more.

Thanks for hanging in there with me. Lets see where the future takes us.

by Sam on August 16th, 2018

What's up, gang? It's been a few weeks since I last updated everyone on what's happening (and there's been quite a bit). In March, I started writing my next novel, a supernatural mystery story set in Victorian England. It's a world I've had in my head for quite some time (though, once I think of it, there are seeds in this story that were planted in my childhood). It combines elements from a lot of different influences.

I just finished the second draft last week. Getting to that point within a 6-month period is a personal best for me. It's a great milestone, especially considering I haven't completed a novel manuscript from scratch since Project R in 2011 (plenty of trunk novels and false starts in the meantime).

What's more, thanks to my wonderful wife, Michelle, and my writer friend (and an all-around excellent dude), DJ Butler, I now have a cadre of beta readers for the book, something I had always hoped to have.

All this is shaping up to make for an awesome book.

by Sam on July 13th, 2018

I'm excited to announce that the second edition of The Island of Istburn is now available on Kindle. You can snag it here.

We ran into some delays and issues with the paperback version of the book with CreateSpace. Hopefully, we'll get these issues worked out promptly and I will let you know when it becomes available.

In the meantime, to celebrate the ebook release, you can snag copies of nearly all of my other books for super cheap or even free! Click here for the listing of all my books on Amazon.

by Sam on July 10th, 2018

That's right, folks! Just 3 days before the second edition of The Island of Istburn releases. I'll have some special sales for my other books going on starting the day of release, so it'll be a great time to catch up on the Black Armor Tales or to snag one of my other stories. Can't wait you guys!

by Sam on June 23rd, 2018

​Hey everybody! I'm excited to announce the release date for the second edition of the second book in the Black Armor Tales series, The Island of Istburn! And here it is:
July 13, 2018
I can't tell you how pumped I am to moving this series along. It's the one that started me down this path of writing and the books that have taught me the most.

Here is the blurb for the story:
The journey continues as Satchel and company explore the Armendr Sea aboard Sebastion's ship, Vagabond's Madness, searching for clues about the nefarious Order of Arx Niveus and the mystical spyglass. Amon is still after the red mandolin, only this time he's not alone. The elven bounty hunter has teamed up with a psychotic killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants: Satchel's magic armor. Hastiand the bard learns to survive after being stranded on a deserted island. When he ventures into the island's dark woods, he comes across an abandoned manor, one that holds secrets that go back hundreds of years. Secrets connected to the creation of the red mandolin. All paths lead to the island of Istburn where the actions of a few will change the lives of thousands.

If you haven't read book one yet, you can learn where to get it here.