Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Down and Out Books has released a press release for the upcoming Mama Tried crime anthology that includes a story by me. The title of each story in this collection comes from an outlaw country music song. 

Mama Tried will be released on Monday, August 15, 2016. 

Press Release:
Coming in August from Down and Out Books…
Title: MAMA TRIED — Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw Country Music
Format: Trade Paperback and eBook
Publication date: August 15, 2016

Synopsis: Outlaws … 

It's what makes the best of country music and crime fiction. Sometimes it's hardened criminals: murders, thieves, and convicts, sometimes it's just a poor fool driven to the edge by hard times, hard drinking, or a hard lover.

In this collection you will find stories from the best voices in crime fiction inspired by the best voices in outlaw country music. Stories with:

• An off-books mercenary trying to save a trucker's delivery from a beautiful thief.
• An ex-con dealing with small town prejudice...and armed robbery.
• Outlaw newlyweds running from a tri-county drug lord.
• A young girl seeking solace in the company of dogs bred to fight that she never found in family.
• A wife discovering the other woman is not what she thought.
• A writer finding out what prison is really like.

Stories by J.L. Abramo, Trey R. Barker, Eric Beetner, Levi Black, Michael Bunker, Delilah Dawson, Les Edgerton, Christa Faust, Tommy Hancock, Grant Jerkins, Ken Lizzi, Riley Miller, James A. Moore, Bobby Nash, Mel Odom, Eryk Pruitt, Jay Requard, Charles R. Rutledge and Ryan Sayles.

Meet the Editor: Born and raised in Georgia, James R. Tuck grew up drawing and reading from a wee lad. A steady helping of Robert E. Howard stories, Golden Age comics, and books he was far too young to have been reading combined with a very Southern involvement in church and watching horror movies became the bedrock of his creativity. He grew up, became a tattoo artist, and is now a writer of dark fantasy and, as Levi Black, crime fiction. He co-hosts the "Fanboy and Geek Girl Power Hour" podcast with his wife. Visit his website at

Down and Out Books, an indie-publisher based in Tampa, FL, has been serving up the best crime fiction since 2011. To obtain an eARC (PDF, mobi, epub) for review, to coordinate an interview with the editor, or to find out more information about this book, contact Find out more about Down & Out Books at