Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Mike Blakely

Mike Blakely
Joan Dyer

A native of Texas, Mike Blakely grew up working on the family ranch.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is the former president of Western Writers of America and has taught fiction writing at numerous workshops nationwide.  His novel Summer of Pearls is the 2001 winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel.  Also a singer/songwriter, Blakely tours all over the U.S. and in Europe with his band and records his original songs on his own independent record label.  He currently lives on his horse ranch near Marble Falls, Texas.

A Sinister Splendor

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Pairing extensive research with a brilliance for reviving the past in gripping narrative, Spur Award-winning author Mike Blakely has penned an epic, historical novelization of the Mexican-American...

Available in:

eBook
Buy
Dead Reckoning and The Last Chance

Dead Reckoning and The Last Chance

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Dead Reckoning and The Last Chance are two historical novels of murder and revenge from Spur Award-winning author Mike Blakely, offered together at one low price

Dead...

Available in:

Physical Book
Buy
The Snowy Range Gang and Vendetta Gold

The Snowy Range Gang and Vendetta Gold

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

A retired detective pairs up with a sworn enemy to solve a series of countryside murders in The Snowy Range Gang, and an atoning criminal goes on a dangerous adventure seeking lost treasure...

Available in:

Physical Book
Buy

Summer of Pearls and Spanish Blood

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Two memorable novels from Spur Award-winning author Mike Blakely at one low price

Summer of Pearls

The coming of the railroad nearly spelled the end...

Available in:

Buy

A Song to Die For

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

A Song to Die For is a rousing tale mixing love, music, and mystery from Spur Award-winning author Mike Blakely.

It's 1975 and guitarist and singer/songwriter Creed Mason hopes to ride...

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy
What Are the Chances

What Are the Chances

Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Country music legend Kenny Rogers teams up with Spur Award–winning author Mike Blakely for a rousing tale set in the heyday of Nashville in What Are the Chances.
It's 1975, and Ronnie Breed's chart-topping rock band has just self-destructed in a recording studio fistfight. Ronnie makes a bold decision—return home to Texas and reinvent himself as a solo act.

Enter Dan Campbell, Ronnie's cousin, who recruits Ronnie for a new kind of venture. Dan, who always had a penchant for wild schemes, wants to televise a Texas Hold 'Em tournament…and Ronnie could never say no to his cousin Dan.

As celebrity spokesman for the poker tournament, Ronnie soon finds himself recruiting world-class gamblers in illegal card games while trying to put together a new country band and win a Nashville recording contract—not to mention trying to avoid falling head-over-heels in love with his new manager, Dorothy. But when things start to get weird—hidden cameras, secret high-stakes side-bets, a visit from the FBI—it seems that Dan's poker tournament may be a façade for something much bigger and much more dangerous.

Ronnie begins to wonder if he will end up with the girl of his dreams in the Country Music Hall of Fame, or broke and lonely in some prison cell. What are the chances?

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy

Summer of Pearls

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Ben Crowell remembers the Great Caddo Lake Pearl Rush of 1874 well. Ben would fall in love for the first time that summer during one of the last great rushes of the nineteenth century, a rush that...

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy

Come Sundown

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Reluctant hero, Honore Greenwood, has a knack for embroiling himself in the most violent conflicts of the Southern Plains. Known as Plenty Man to the Comanches, Honore serves as ransom negotiator...

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy

Moon Medicine

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

When Honoré Greenwood sits down to tell his tale, people listen. Friend of such stalwarts of the West as Kit Carson, Thomas Fitzpatrick, John Hatcher, and the Brent brothers, Charles and William,...

Available in:

eBook
Buy
Comanche Dawn

Comanche Dawn

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In Comanche Dawn Mike Blakely does for the Comanche nation what Ruth Bebe Hills did for the Sioux in Hanta Yo. This landmark novel is the first time the story has been told from the...

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy

Vendetta Gold

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

A bloody family feud sent Roy Huckaby to a dusty Texas prison for three years. Now he' out, vowing to follow the straight and narrow and to ride alone into a solid new life. But when a dying vaquero...

Available in:

eBook
Buy

Too Long at the Dance

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Mike Blakely again takes us on the trail with cowboy musician Caleb Holcomb. Caleb now becomes embroiled in Wyoming's Johnson County War, the Arapaho uprisings, the West's bloody cattle wars, the...

Available in:

eBook
Buy

Dead Reckoning

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

After a botched confidence scam, swindler Dee Hassard begins a killing spree that covers half of the Colorado Territory. His first victim is the brother of rustler-turned-preacher Carrol Moncrief....

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy

Spanish Blood

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

In 1870, Bart Young heads for the New Mexico Territory, where he's heard men were making fortunes overnight in land speculation on the old Spanish grants. He figures to be a rich land baron before...

Available in:

eBook
Buy

The Snowy Range Gang

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Claude Duval thought he was through with rustlers and killers when he left Texas for Wyoming. But the retired livestock detective soon finds ranch hands turning up dead and cattle missing. It looks...

Available in:

eBook
Buy
The Last Chance

The Last Chance

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

When Indians massacre an army troop, Ross Caldwell's wife fears he's among the victims. But Caldwell is on the run, pursued by bitter enemies from the Civil War.

Caldwell finds refuge in the...

Available in:

Physical Book eBook
Buy

Shortgrass Song

Mike Blakely
Tor/Forge
Forge Books

Shortgrass Song is the saga of young Caleb Holcomb as he makes his way through life in an epic as big as Texas itself. Caleb's adventures take him through Civil War battles, buffalo hunts,...

Available in:

eBook
Buy

VIEW MORE WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR