Wednesday, 23 August 2017

It's by me but meaner, much meaner: Days of Evil (Maggie O'Bannen Bk1) by Joe Slade

Meet Maggie O'Bannen

Kidnapped at the age of sixteen, Maggie survived the fickle temper of notorious outlaw Mad Dog Frank O’Bannen for seven years. Now he's dead, and she's about to find out that there are worse ways to live and die than as the wife of a wanted man.
Frank had prepared her as best he could for what would follow and when she left her prison in the hills she had the blood of three men on her hands and knows the feel of hot lead. Soon her hard-won freedom is in doubt and she finds herself pursued by Frank’s old partner, a man with a vicious reputation and more than one score to settle.
Maggie has Frank’s gun, her keen wits and new friends to help her, but will they be enough to save her from the brutality of a maniac bent on revenge?
A new direction
Not long ago, I approached Piccadilly Publishing with an idea for a series. I wanted the freedom to 'go large', as I put it, and break away from the mainstream type westerns I had previously written. They were happy to let me run with it and off I went.

What happened?
Recently, I submitted the first book in the series - Days Of Evil (Maggie O'Bannen Book 1). It only took me 2 months to write from start to finish, which was a record for me and proves how much I enjoyed doing it. I'd go so far as to say it's my favourite book out of the 7 that I have had published since 2005. Piccadilly seem to agree.

Why the new name?
I decided to use a different pseudonym for this one as it's more violent than anything I've written before and I wanted to draw a line of distinction between Terry James and this new version of me.

The cover art
I'm very lucky to have had Tony Masero design the cover. I admit I was a little nervous as the women I'd seen on some of the Piccadilly covers tended towards overtly sexy and Maggie isn't that. I provided an overview of how I saw her and I think Tony Masero has done a really good job with her. I very much like the simplicity of the cover art overall.

What can you expect?
Trouble with a capital T. Maggie is a leader and as such people are drawn to her. She isn't afraid to tackle anything. As with all my characters, loyalty is non-negotiable and runs both ways.

When will it be available?
Piccadilly have given me a date of 6 November 2017.

What next for Maggie?
Book 2 is already under way with a working title - Wanted: Dead. I'm still very excited about Maggie and her band of misfits and am very much hoping that readers will take to them as much as I have.

Look out for more news coming soon.


  1. Very much looking forward to reading this Jo, and I agree, Tony's cover art for it is excellent.