Monday, August 15, 2016



Front Cover.
Down and Out Books has released the new anthology, MAMA TRIED — Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw Country Music today.

MAMA TRIED by James R. Tuck, editor 
Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw Country Music 
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.
Back Cover.
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.
MAMA TRIED — Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw Country Music is now available for pre-order in paperback and ebook at the following:
Amazon (paperback)
Amazon (Kindle)
Amazon UK (paperback)
Amazon UK (Kindle)
KOBO (ebook)
Amazon CA (Kindle)
Smashwords (ebook)
More links to come.

MAMA TRIED — Crime Fiction Inspired by Outlaw Country Music includes "Ain't Living Long Like This" by Bobby Nash. In this story, Private Investigator Jamie Southern takes on a high society blackmail case that leads to murder.

The title for my story was taken from the song "Ain't Living Long Like This" by Waylon Jennings, which you can listen to below or here. Only the title was used in the short story.

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

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