Bio: Mark Mellon is a novelist who supports his family by working as an attorney for the FDIC. His checkered life includes past experience as a mover, lifeguard/swimming instructor, door-to-door salesman, carpenter's helper, Russian translator, soldier, phone solicitor, collections counselor, and teacher. Mark graduated from the University of Virginia in 1978 with a B.A. and in 1987 from the UVA School of Law. He is married with two children. His wife, Irene Williams, is a successful author in her own right with a number of works published under her own name and the nom de plume Treva Harte.
Mark?s short stories have been published in numerous magazines. In addition to The Pirooters, he has also written four other novels, The Empire of the Green, Hammer and Skull, Libertarian in Love, and Napoleon Concerto (respectively a science fiction novel, a historical novel about World War II, a contemporary satire, and a steam-punk alternative history), and a fantasy novella: Escape From Byzantium. A website featuring Mark?s writing may be found at www.mellonwritesagain.com
Roma, capital of the world, choked with summertime heat and filth, the sum and summit of earthly power and glory. This is the arena where the impoverished poet Martial struggles for money and fame. When Titus, the "Princeps" or first citizen of Roma, asks Martial to be his spy, the shameless poet willingly accepts. Yet what first seems like a trivial assignment grows increasingly dangerous and deadly when the evil witch, Canidia, and Sagana, her ogress sister, enter into a plot with Domitian, T... more info>>
"I leave it up to you to decide whether I told the truth or the biggest windy you ever heard in your life." San Antonio, Texas, 1916. Jim Ed's hot temper keeps him in constant trouble with his father, Leo Pargrew, a wealthy lawyer. After a long absence, the Pargrews are visited by Leo's father, Virge, an old cowman, come to reconcile Leo with his family. While staying with Leo, Virge tells Jim Ed a yarn of hair-raising exploits with his wild granduncle Heck in search of Jim Bowie's legendary sil... more info>>