C. M. MAYO, AWARD-WINNING LITERARY JOURNALIST & NOVELIST. MAINLY MEXICO, SOMETIMES TEXAS & WELL YONDER. => NEWSLETTER
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For Book Clubs: I'm delighted to chat with book clubs anywhere in English or en español by previous appointment via telephone or Skype.

If your book club has access to a speaker phone or Skype, simply click on the envelope to send your request. Please be sure to tell me about your book group and any questions you might have.

If I know you personally or we have a mutual acquaintance, I may be available to visit your book group in person. I don't ask for payment as long as I don't have to travel out of my way and most of the members buy the book.

Where to find my books?
My books are all in-print and available in paperback editions. Some are also available in Kindle.
If you do not find the book on the shelf, your bookstore can order it for you. All my books are in print and carried by major book distributors. You can also order my books from amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers via my website's shop.


Some fun things for book groups:

Haunted Historical Fiction: The Curious Coincidences Concerning Senator Claiborne Pell's Mansion
How thin is the veil between our world and the next? I have no doubt that sometimes, if only for a whisper of a moment, it lifts enough that we can hear, smell, glimpse, even touch those on the other side. . . READ MORE Or... listen to the podcast.

The Top 5 of the Tussie-Mussie
A "tussie-mussie" is a bouquet of flowers and herbs
(and just the thing for a Washington DC belle to press to her nose as she walks through the markets of 19th century Mexico City…) READ MORE

What Connects You to the 1860s?
My novel is based on the true, strange, and heart-breaking story of, as the title says, “The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire.” If you’ve never heard of Mexico’s little half-American prince, not to worry: even many beautifully educated Mexicans have not. Mexico’s 19th-century history is, to make an understatement, labyrinthically labyrinthical. (I like to say, if you’ve heard of Santa Anna and you know that Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, you’re doing OK.) . . . READ MORE

A Book Group Meeting Menu
Apart from controversy, there's nothing better than some yummy cake and jolt of coffee to get a book group going. For The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, my novel based on the true story of 19th century Mexico, I beg you, skip those gloppy nachos and so very twentieth-century-American-tourist "margaritas"; they would not only put everyone to sleep, but they would be no more appropriate than, say, hamburgers and Pepsi for Gone with the Wind. May I suggest some café de olla and Mrs. Yorke's raisin cakes? Recipes follow. Who is Mrs. Yorke, and what is she doing in a novel about Mexico? . . . READ MORE..

Download the Reading Group Guide
For The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire

From the publisher, Unbridled Books. Includes background and discussion about the book, as well as an author interview and suggested reading list.


If you do not find the book on the shelf,
your bookstore can order it for you.
All my books are in print
and carried by major book distributors.
Links to buy on-line are in my website shop: