Welcome to New Mexico

It’s the 1870s, and things are weird in the Wild West. Follow Modestus McDoon, wannabe Bandit King, as he tears across the desert, stealing money, fighting phantoms, and ultimately earning the title of Bandit King of the West.

Die Standing Up is a collection of short stories intended for adult readers.

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Road to Cimarron

Modestus McDoon has just been expunged from his gang. After a fellow gang member, Smiley, nearly stabbed him to death in the night, he’s on his own and alone in Cimarron, New Mexico.

A rancher has taken him in, but McDoon knows he soon must leave before his gang, the law, or worse finds him.

Sheep in the Flock

Modestus McDoon returns to Cimarron, despite being told to stay away. He reunites with his old ex-gang friends, Rosita and Maurice, only to be hired to help save their inn.

Things turn sour as McDoon pretends to be a priest, he dodges old enemies, and, worst of all, a head turns up on a pike in the middle of town.

KING OF DUST – A BRAND NEW FREE TO READ BOOK

KING OF DUST – A BRAND NEW FREE TO READ BOOK

“Hey, friends, we can talk about this, ya? C-Come, now. Pull this noose from off my neck so we can speak civilly.” “You had your chance to talk, Starbán. Shut your gob or we’ll stuff it with tar.” A man whose hands smelled strongly of garlic placed a wreath of the...

Road to Cimarron – A Modestus McDoon Story

Road to Cimarron – A Modestus McDoon Story

My father used to say that at the end of it all, we were all dead. I took that as a token of wisdom; a blessin’ to live my own life and chase my own dreams. Now that I think on it more, I reckon he was hopin’ I would just drop down and die at his feet, so he wouldn’t...

Why should I build my own world for my fantasy novel?

Why should I build my own world for my fantasy novel?

In order to avoid appropriating cultures, repeating the same things that fantasy authors that have come before you, and writing huge cliches, you need to develop your own fantasy world. This will not only make your book stand out, but you as an author will have a greater understanding of your world’s residents, economy, architecture, and government.

How do I write realistic kids?

How do I write realistic kids?

The best way to write kids is to spend time with kids. If you don’t have physical access to a kid in the age range you need, turn to the internet. By watching how kids interact with each other and with adults, you’ll pick up on their mannerisms, their speech patterns, and any slang that they use.

Why should I include adult themes in my children’s books?

Why should I include adult themes in my children’s books?

Middle Grade readers are incredibly smart and are also growing and learning, trying to process the world around them. By including formative themes like divorce, death, ethical dilemmas, abuse, and other “dark” themes, you can help kids learn through fiction how to cope with those things.

How do I use dialogue tags?

How do I use dialogue tags?

Grab a thesaurus, use creative dialogue tags, get rid of your adverbs, and use tags only when necessary. Dialogue tags are your best friend, but can easily become redundant.

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