Leverett Butts teaches composition and literature at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia. His poetry and fiction have appeared in Eclectic and The Georgia State University Review. He is the recipient of several fiction prizes offered by the University of West Georgia and TAG Publishing. His first collection of short fiction, Emily's Stitches: The Confessions of Thomas Calloway and Other Stories, was nominated for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Short Fiction. The first volume of Guns of the Waste Land received the 2010 Great American Novel Award on fiction from TAG Publishing. He lives in Temple, Georgia, with his wife, son, their Jack Russell terrier, and two cats (one is antisocial, but the other's just dead).

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Guns of the Waste Land recasts the legends of King Arthur as an American Western. Set in the late 19th century outside the West Texas town of Bretton, this first volume tells the story of four men wandering the American desert: Percy Murratt leaves his home to find Sheriff Ardiss Drake and learn more about the kind of man his father was. Meanwhile, two of Ardiss' deputies, Gary Wayne Orkney and his best friend Boris Bennick, scour the wilderness in pursuit of vengeance and justice while the object of their search, Lancaster O'Loch flees for his life and that of his mistress (and Ardiss' wife), Guernica. Together these three tales begin an adventure of chivalry and honor as exciting as it is timeless. This new edition by Hold Fast Press includes a new Prologue: "What the Women Saw." Set twenty years before the time present of the series, this prologue both sets up the background and foreshadows the end of the series.

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The second volume of the Guns of the Waste Land series continues the story of four men devoted in their own ways to Sheriff Ardiss Drake: Percy Murratt awakens to find himself safely in Bretton under Drake's protection and able to learn of his absentee father. Gary Wayne Orkney and Boris Bennick have caught up with the traitor Lancaster O'Loch and can now exact their revenge for his kidnapping of Drake's wife, Guernica, and the death of Gary Wayne's brother. Meanwhile, Reverend Merle Tallison struggles to find God in the midst a world seemingly devoid of decency and goodwill.

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In this standalone prologue to the Guns of the Waste Land series, we learn the secrets of the three strange women who intersect Gary Wayne's story as well as the truth of Ardiss' parentage, the cause of Merle's spiritual estrangement, and the story of Red Marten's birth and future.

While this story is part of our paperback edition, we wanted to make it available if you purchased the ebook version from Venture Press or if you wanted to sample the series first.


Tony Daniel lives in Newnan, Georgia. He has been writing stories since the day he learned how to hold a pencil. He loves classic movies, horror films (especially anything Vincent Price is in) and is anxiously awaiting the Zombie Apocalypse, so he can finally use his swords. 

He is a freelance writer and is also the artistic director of Newnan Theatre Company. Return to Sender is his first, but definitely not his last, novel.

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Every town has its ghost stories, and Atlanta is no exception. Crockett and Memphis Pete are just two ordinary guys caught up in them. The only thing is Crockett has become an unwitting medium who smokes too much and Pete is the reanimated mummy of a priest of Osiris obsessed with Elvis Presley. Together they help the various spirits of Atlanta and its environs find their way home. When a legendary lost Confederate shipment of gold becomes the target of a voodoo master and a delusional historian, it's up to the two hapless paranormal investigators to do whatever they can to make sure the good guys win. It's a race against the clock, and time is almost up.


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Mick Haven graduated with BUD/S Class 150 and was assigned to SEAL Team 4. He was a mediocre SEAL but served with some great ones. He writes and teaches writing. His stories have appeared in Playboy and Inked as well as newspapers and literary journals, and he's a staff writer for an alternative paper. He's also got a story in an anthology on Los Angeles published by Red Hen Press available on Amazon right now: LA Fiction Anthology: Southland Stories by Southland Writers. The collection features T.C. Boyle and Percival Everett too, so that ain’t bad. 

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If you liked American Sniper then the short story "Operation Road Warrior: A Real SEAL Story" is for you. SEALs are more like Vikings, pirates or bikers than Knights of the Round Table or Boy Scouts with guns. But meet some for yourself in "Operation Road Warrior" as the SEALs of Bravo Platoon kick off their deployment to Afghanistan by springing a Trojan Horse ambush on a Taliban warlord and his crew of hijackers.  "Operation Road Warrior" is the first installment of The Real SEAL Stories about a SEAL platoon sent to Afghanistan as part of the Surge. Not romanticized or anti-war, they're just war stories: stark and unrelenting. 

If you liked American Sniper then the short story "Operation Road Warrior: A Real SEAL Story" is for you. SEALs are more like Vikings, pirates or bikers than Knights of the Round Table or Boy Scouts with guns. But meet some for yourself in "Operation Road Warrior" as the SEALs of Bravo Platoon kick off their deployment to Afghanistan by springing a Trojan Horse ambush on a Taliban warlord and his crew of hijackers. 

"Operation Road Warrior" is the first installment of The Real SEAL Stories about a SEAL platoon sent to Afghanistan as part of the Surge. Not romanticized or anti-war, they're just war stories: stark and unrelenting. 

If you liked American Sniper then the short story "Operation Road Warrior: A Real SEAL Story" is for you. SEALs are more like Vikings, pirates or bikers than Knights of the Round Table or Boy Scouts with guns. But meet some for yourself in "Operation Road Warrior" as the SEALs of Bravo Platoon kick off their deployment to Afghanistan by springing a Trojan Horse ambush on a Taliban warlord and his crew of hijackers. 

"Operation Road Warrior" is the first installment of The Real SEAL Stories about a SEAL platoon sent to Afghanistan as part of the Surge. Not romanticized or anti-war, they're just war stories: stark and unrelenting. 

"Operation Bear Claw" picks up where “Operation Road Warrior” left off.

“Mick Haven is the real deal. Like Phil Klay and Kevin Powers, he has both the real-world experience and the finely honed writing skills required to capture the boots-on-the-ground reality of men sent into harm’s way. ‘Operation Road Warrior’ crackles with power and authenticity. Don’t miss it.” -Tyler Dilts author of A Cold and Broken Hallelujah

"Mick Haven's 'Operation Road Warrior' is bang-bang, edge of your chair kind of prose. Saddle up. This is good stuff.” -Dan Fante, author of Point Doom and Chump Change


Reb MacRath is the Stoker Award-winning author of thirteen novels, including the Boss MacTavin mysteries. Under the name Kelley Wilde, Reb wrote several horror novels for Tor and Dell including The Suiting and Monster Time, now available in revised kindle editions.  A former journalist and copywriter, he lives in Seattle, Washington. Hold Fast is proud to be the new home of his Boss MacTavin mysteries.

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Pete McGregor, a flamed-out Scot in Atlanta, is beaten half to death one night when he's mistaken for a slippery con man. Five years later, he returns as the wealthy Boss MacTavin, head of Boss Corrections...and the world's first Southern Scot. Boss has a specific Correction in mind for the con man who cost him an eye. But the con man, he learns, had been set up in turn. And now both of them want to know why. The trail leads them back to Atlanta and a sinfully handsome and dangerous foe.

   

 

 

Boss MacTavin's new case in San Francisco should have been a breeze. And a chance to spend time with his lady, Mai Lin. But when his rich, ditsy client is killed before he can even begin, he's in a quandary--because he's been paid. The Scot in him says Take the money and go, but his Southern sense of honor insists that her death be Corrected. He finds a link between her death and the murders of two elderly men months apart, a trail that leads to Alcatraz. The great escape of '62, he learns, was only the start of a tale of revenge spanning fifty years. And Boss finds himself with just three days to help an unknown killer find the final escapee--or Mai Lin will die.

“The radio in the big, sleek vintage Dodge Charger plays Eat a Peach by the Allman Brothers as Boss MacTavin and his hapless, grifter hostage drive through the night, headed for Atlanta and a little Southern payback. This is crime fiction noir at its very best: Chandler, Hammett, Spillane -- all fused into a terrific tough-guy tale worthy of the telling. Its gritty characters compete with a carefully crafted plot line to hold you spellbound for hours.” -Publishers Daily Reviews

“Vicious violence, black humor, quirky characters, a style that races along--MacRath's novels takes the reader into a murky world of crime and retribution...and a Boss who deals out what he calls Corrections. The author has written intriguing speculative fiction, and this is a new direction. If you like thrillers hard as nails, cool as ice, and smooth as Scotch, give this one a try.” -Brad Strickland, author of the Jim Dallas mysteries