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Eighty-Seven Year Old Publishes First Book

Tom Mahoney is an eighty-seven year old retired teacher. “The Deer Yard and Other Stories” is his first book, eighty some years in the making.  

“The Deer Yard and Other Stories” is a collection of stories, anecdotes and observations about growing up in a farming family in northern New Brunswick in the years after the second world war. The stories are funny and charming, about bears and ghosts and log drives and wayward handymen and trips in Model Ts and collectively bring that bygone era to life in a way that only someone who lived through it can.  

Tom didn’t intend to create a book; it just came together organically after many years of writing his stories down, many of them based on stories told to him by his father. After years of enjoying their father’s tales, his son and daughters came together to package them up in a single volume and publish them independently. 

 “…reading these stories brought back memories of listening in on heartwarming reunions when the aunts and uncles gathered around the kitchen table out at the farm. Your stories have brought rural farm life from the last generation to life. Every family, every small community has a character or two that can be seen in your stories and like good storytelling, encourages more. I’ll put on the coffee pot…”

~Excerpt of review on Kobo.com

From the back cover:

Tom Mahoney grew up on a small family farm in Johnville, New Brunswick. Despite a lack of modern conveniences such as running water and electricity, he wouldn’t have had it any other way. Tom’s was a world of natural beauty; of soft and lonely quiet. Life was never dull. His active imagination was nourished by ghosts and demons, intrepid priests, drunken neighbours, redneck bullies, frightened deer, angry bears, wannabe circus dogs, and plenty of shenanigans. From these seeds great stories grew. Drawing on his own experiences and those of his family — his father was also a gifted storyteller — Tom’s humorous and touching tales, spanning decades, brim with colour and authenticity.

The Deer Yard and Other Stories is available via all major online book retailers including Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and more, in both e-book and print. Contact: Joe Mahoney 416-705-8843  ilanderz@gmail.com

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Cover art by Jeff Minkevics

Amazon #1 Bestseller in Time Travel

Fiction

Barnes & Noble Nook Bestseller

Kobo #1 in SF & Fantasy, Adventure SF

#16 Apple Books Bestseller List SF & F

A Time and a Place:

Barnabus’s nephew is behaving oddly.

Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful, because the good doctor’s diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front room couch agrees it’s preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disappeared? Barnabus knows their only chance of rescue is for Barnabus J. Wildebear himself to step up and go through that portal.

Thus begins an existential romp across space and time, trampling on Barnabus’ assumptions about causality, freewill, identity, good and evil. Can Barnabus save his nephew—and incidentally, all of humanity?

Mahoney’s work is great for those who like their speculative fiction thoughtful, eloquent, and messy. — Publisher’s Weekly

Joe Mahoney (is) also the narrator, I have to say with a voice like that I would listen to anything he narrated. I loved this mesmerising audiobook with its non stop action and adventure.

-Cheryl Whitty, Goodreads

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Additional Reviews of A Time and a Place:

“A brilliant, often hilarious, thoughtful and amazing read. Loved it. Surprised me in a few places that made me put the book down for a bit to savour it as I was getting close to the end. I really enjoyed this novel, and recommend it for those who like their science fiction stories to be quirky, human and compelling. A genuinely imaginative storyline. Five stars.”  Leesa Tea, Goodreads

“This book packs a surprising emotional punch.”
Jenny Dee, Amazon.com

“How often does one get to read a book involving time travel and aliens, set in Prince Edward Island? It’s a riotous read and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Timothy Neesam, Goodreads

“I greatly enjoyed the chapters in which our time and dimension travelling hero finds himself in the body of an alien, purple-furred cat with opposable thumbs and then a seagull.”
Nancy Kay Clark, Goodreads

“Dr. Who on Acid”
Bonnie Keck, Goodreads

“Joe Mahoney’s A Time and A Place is a meditation on deep philosophical questions disguised as a rollicking science fiction adventure.”
Frank Faulk, Amazon.ca

“…the author has a decided knack for humorous word play which brings some levity to otherwise serious situations.”
David A. Kilman, Amazon.com

“A great book… I really am a big fan of Time Travel written and done well.”
Neil A. Sinclair, Amazon.com


Cover art by Jeff Minkevics
Illustration by Erin Mahoney

Other Times and Places now available increasingly everywhere!

Other Times and Places:

What do a thief, wizards, a platypus, ghosts, soft drink salesmen, God, the devil, and a spaceman all have in common? Together they will make you laugh, think, sleep better, open your mind, spark your imagination, and quite possibly improve your complexion* as Joe Mahoney brings them all vividly to life in this humorous and thoughtful collection of seven tales of the fantastic.

*Individual results may vary

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Cover art by Valerie Bellamy Illustration by Erin Mahoney

The Deer Yard and Other Stories:

My father, Tom Mahoney, grew up on a small family farm in Johnville, New Brunswick. Despite a lack of modern conveniences such as running water and electricity, he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Dad’s was a world of natural beauty; of soft and lonely quiet. Life was never dull. His active imagination was nourished by ghosts and demons, intrepid priests, drunken neighbours, redneck bullies, frightened deer, angry bears, wannabe circus dogs, and plenty of shenanigans. From these seeds great stories grew.

Drawing on his own experiences and those of his family — his own father was also a gifted storyteller — my father’s humorous and touching tales, spanning decades, brim with colour and authenticity.

Read more about this book’s journey to publication.

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