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Hal McBride Announces New Title

Gatewood: Tales from the life and time of Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood and available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ibooks.

SUMMARY: It is a historical novel that traces Charles Gatewood and his Coyotero Apache scouts through the late stages of the Apaches Wars.  It includes pursuits of well-known Apache warriors such as Nana and Victorio.  It concludes after his excursion which secured the surrender of Geronimo deep in the Mexican wilderness.  The cognitive dissonance of his evolution from soldier into an advocate for Apache rights is intriguing.

The story of the grand romance between Charles and Georgia Gatewood is tightly woven through out the entire story.  The insight into the life of life of Cavalry wives on the military outposts of the Arizona and New Mexico Territories of the 1880's is mesmerizing.

Available o Amazon at this link.


Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry: One Woman's Unique Vision

She is an author, a teacher, a poet, a visionary. Shaun Perkins is the guiding force behind the most unusual and interesting museum in northeastern Oklahoma, and perhaps, the country.  ROMP! is the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry residing in a bright red barn in Locust Grove, Oklahoma.  Increasing numbers of school groups, tourists and locals are discovering this unique experience mixing literature, creativity, workshops, and life in a place dedicated to the "poetry of the people."   The museum is a member of the Oklahoma Museums Association.  Add it to your lit of day trip options this summer. 

Check out the website

Shaun is the author of several books, and one of her poetry books is Aware of Birds Missing. Shaun Perkins is a diversely gifted individuals: she is a storyteller, poet, teacher, and workshop facilitator.  She often conducts workshops and presentations at the regional and national levels with such organizations as the National Storytelling Network, National Association for Poetry Therapy, National Council for Teachers of English, and many more. She has taught creative writing classes for high schools and colleges, in addition to online and with various writing communities. 

Contact Info:

Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry

6619 S. 4382 Rd.

Locust Grove OK 74352


Author Marilyn A. Hudson Interviewed by Red Dirt Report

A history of storytelling in modern Oklahoma is the topic of an article in the Red Dirt Report.  Author Marilyn A. Hudson is interviewed and explains her motivation for writing the book.

Norman based author, Marilyn A. Hudson, crafts a basic introduction looking at the art of oral storytelling as seen in many community groups, explores the theory of storytelling, and presents a directory of some of the pioneer and recent state story artisans.

Hudson is author of Tales of Hell's Half Acre, When Death Rode the Rails, Madame Delaine, The Bones of Summer, Noel Brooks, Those Pesky Verses of Paul, In Her Own Words, The Mound, Murderous Marriages, and Off the Page!   She is currently at work completing a suspense novel due out in the fall.

Stories Center Stage is available in print and Kindle versions on   The author is available for interviews and some book signings, readings, and talks. 

See the article here.


Brian Young: The Sullen Queen (The Island of the Mighty) (Volume 1)

Enid based author, game designer, and scholar, Brian Young announces the release of an exciting new series, The Sullen Queen (2014).

Young Prince Rhun ap Maelgwn was restless and packed up his gear and left his home for adventure. What he sought was a faraway land in distress burdened by an ever-growing enchanted forest and its rumored shining queen from the Otherworld. What he got was quickly over his head in trouble and danger having no experience in either adventure, sword-play, or acting the hero. Now he must decide the fate of many kingdoms, people and somehow win the heart of one of the two princesses along the way while managing to survive in this 6th century tale set in a mythical yet slightly historical Celtic Britain. Strange enchantments, faery-folk, high action and adventure and memorable characters set the stage in this first of many tales in the Island of the Mighty Saga.

Brian Young's 'The Sullen Queen' is an enjoyable tale rich with mythic forms, setting and action.  The main character, young Prince Rhun ap Maelgwn, is well developed and suited to the role of the hero setting out on the journey that will test him to the core.  The pace is active and the plot often surprising making sure the reader is entertained and engaged.  At times, the writing takes on an almost epic and lyrical cadence.  As the last line is read and this volume concludes, there is a strong sense that one has returned from sitting at the feet of an ancient storyteller who shared some long forgotten saga.  Lovers of fantasy, of action, and all Celtophiles will enjoy this work and eagerly look forward to the next installment.  

Brian Young is an award winning (2013 Diehard GameFAN) game designer for Troll Lord Games, Secretary for the Celtic League, Educator (14 years), and an author with Damnation Books/Eternal Press with over half a dozen titles published already and more on the way. 

He was a local Horror Host on both TV and radio and creator and founder for a traditional Halloween event 'Scare on the Square' with a Bachelors in History from NWOSU (2002), and a Masters in Arthurian Studies from the University of Wales Lampeter (2007) , he is now beginning his PhD in Celtic Studies from Y Drindod Dewi Sant.

A sure to please addition to fantasy collections and for those who love an action packed and mythic rich story line.  Readers familiar with his unique tale of vampiric horror in early day Oklahoma, De Civitate Sanguino, and his other titles, will delight in this new work.

Availible on Amazon here.


Hell With Lid Blown Off: New Work by Oklahoma Native Donis Casey

Scottsdale, AZ – Poisoned Pen Press announces the release of Hell with the Lid Blown Off by Donis Casey. Hell with the Lid Blown Off will be available wherever fine books are sold in June.  It has been "hailed" in a Starred Publishers Weekly review and is available June 2014.

The latest mystery by award-winning novelist Donis Casey, Hell with the Lid Blown Off has generated high advance praise, including a Starred Publishers Weekly review which calls the novel “excellent” and adds “as the action builds to a surprising denouement, Casey provides an engaging portrait of the close-knit society that was commonly found in the rural Midwest at the time. Alafair Tucker, her large family, and their friends are a pleasure to spend time with.” 

About Hell with the Lid Blown Off:   In the summer of 1916, a big twister brings destruction to the land around Boynton, Oklahoma.  Alafair Tucker’s family and neighbors are not spared the ruin and grief spread by the storm.  But no one is going to mourn for Jubal Beldon, who made it his business to know the ugly secrets of everyone in town. It doesn’t matter if Jubal’s insinuations are true or not: in a small town like Boynton, rumor is as damaging as fact. But as Mr. Lee the undertaker does his grim duty for the storm victims, he discovers that even in death Jubal isn’t going to leave his neighbors in peace.  He was already dead when the tornado carried his body to the middle of a fallow field. Had he died in an accident or had he been murdered by someone whose secret he had threatened to expose? There are dozens of people who would have been happy to do the deed, including members of Jubal’s own family. As Sheriff Scott Tucker and his deputy Trenton Calder look into the circumstances surrounding Jubal’s demise, it begins to look like the prime suspect may be someone very dear to the widow Beckie MacKenzie, the beloved music teacher and mentor of Alafair’s daughter Ruth.  Ruth fears that the secrets exposed by the investigation are going to cause more damage to her friend’s life than the tornado. Alafair has her own suspicions about how Jubal Beldon came to die, and the reason may hit very close to home.

Donis Casey is the author of the Alafair Tucker Mysteries, including The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, Hornswoggled, The Drop Edge of Yonder, The Sky Took Him, Crying Blood, and The Wrong Hill to Die On.  Donis has twice won the Arizona Book Award and has been a finalist for the Willa Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. Her first novel, The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, was named an Oklahoma Centennial Book. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. Titles from Poisoned Pen Press are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, and are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

Hell with the Lid Blown Off will be published in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0298-8, $24.95) trade paper (ISBN:  978-1-4642-0300-8, $14.95) large print trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0299-5, $22.95) and eBook editions.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Donis Casey an advance review copy of Hell with the Lid Blown Off are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –