:Being an Account from the Lost Papers of The Winters Family Ranch
For eight years the Winters family has worked hard to live down the nightmare of a bloody range war. Theirs is now a promising ranch on hard-won land in Wyoming's rugged Rockies. But on the eve of the season's first snowstorm a stranger slips in, ripping open old wounds, and devolving their lives into a brutal struggle for survival.
Niall Winters returns from selling his fall herd to find his ranch a burned ruin, his Uncle Drift dead, his wife missing, and the blizzard covering any clues with a whole lot of snow. He heads into the raging maw of the storm determined to confront this demon from his past and salvage the remains of their shattered lives -- or die trying. But he has no idea of the horrors that await him.
Matthew P. Mayo is a Western Writers of America Spur Award Finalist and a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award Finalist. His short stories have appeared in a number of publications including Moonstone Books' and DAW Books' anthologies, and many others. Mayo's novels include the Westerns Winters' War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; Dead Man's Ranch; Tucker’s Reckoning, and he contributes to several popular series of Western and adventure novels. His non-fiction books include Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Bootleggers, Lobstermen & Lumberjacks; Sourdoughs, Claim Jumpers & Dry Gulchers; and Haunted Old West. He has also collaborated with his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, on a series of hardcover coffee table books: Maine Icons, New Hampshire Icons, and Vermont Icons. Visit him on the Web at www.matthewmayo.com.