Samuel A. Mayo
Author & Game Designer
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.

by Sam on March 13th, 2018

Hello, All! Long time no chat. Down to business.

Don't be fooled by the lack of news posts. I currently have several irons in the fire including one very exciting book draft in work as we speak. I am just over 42,000 words with an end goal of 65,000 words (though the book may be a bit longer). I won't go into too much detail about the book just yet except this: Victorian. Demons.

I am genuinely excited about this book and the potential for an ongoing series. Stay tuned for more news on this front in the coming months.

Other things in the pipeline include another, different novel draft and a novella, both within their own, distinct universes.

2018 Cons
This year, we'll make our third appearance at Wichita's ICT ComicCon. The event will be held March 24 and 25 at the Century II building downtown (bigger digs this year!). Adults (+12yr) are $10/day or $15 for the weekend. 12yr and under are free.

We've enjoyed this convention immensely. It's been fun to watch the con grow over the years. 

We will also attend Smallville ComicCon in Hutchinson, KS June 23-24. Last year, we had a booth there for the first time and really enjoyed everyone we met.

I'll be signing and selling hard copies of pretty much everything I have in print at both conventions. We hope to see you guys at either one or even both!

by Sam on September 20th, 2017

Episode 1 Release
It's been a crazy couple of months. I've stayed busy writing. I'm super-excited to announce the first episode of World of Heroes, my new superhero series, now has a release date and a title:
A Foe Returns?
Saturday, September 23
Kip Burland is the heroic vigilante Black Hood. Called away in the middle of a date, he encounters what at first appears to be the return of one of his deadliest foes: the Laughing Puppeteer. However, he quickly discovers clues inconsistent with his twisted nemesis. Will Black Hood overcome thi--dpkfg)*adfzxz@#)--*vxbnoh+efhe&^%$Iou3e0 

Hello, Lana Clark. The world you live in is wrong. It should not exist. Events in history have been altered, changed to accommodate the whims of a madman. As you’ve seen, the tale is real. In a world built on lies, it is truth. I wouldn’t blame you if you took this to the furnace at the library tomorrow, but know that if you do, we lose our best chance at setting everything right.
Mysteries abound! So many mysteries. Those of you that have already preordered it, you don't need to do anything else. You will receive the PDF on that day.

If you haven't yet purchased it yet, you can click here to make a preorder at a discounted price. On release, the price for the novelette goes up to $3.

by Sam on June 15th, 2017

At long last, the second edition of The Thief and The Red Mandolin has arrived. A lot of hard work and love has gone into this book and the second edition is now the definitive version of the story. In working the second edition, my hope has always been to infuse higher quality writing while maintaining the charm and fun that were so integral to the tale. In the back of my mind, I kept telling myself to not "George Lucas" the thing (Han shot first!).

Along the way, I've encountered delays, doubts and re-adjustments as I tried to figure just what the heck I was doing. Even during the 11th hour, we ran into some technical problems that will delay the wide distribution of the ebook. There's also an issue where Amazon is using the old cover for a thumbnail on the Kindle version. Luckily, we have work-arounds!

Until we get all the ebook issues worked out, you can snag a PDF copy of the book through this very website by heading over to the Books section and clicking on the "ebook on Gumroad" button.
​The paperback can be ordered through or from the Book section where you can snag a nifty autographed copy. 

The book will make its official signing debut at Smallville ComicCon in Hutchinson, KS, June 24-25. We will be there both days, so if you're in the area, stop on in and get a signed copy!

On this day of celebration, I want to show my genuine gratitude for my fans. So, I've discounted the autographed versions of both Pentinium and Project R! Now is a great time to dive into these stories. You can snag both books, again, in the Book Section of the website and use the promo code 'mandolin' during checkout.

Thanks everyone for stopping by! I truly appreciate the fans. You guys make it worthwhile.