Damn The Carnations Full Speed Ahead! 

In a previous book by the author, Pirate Night Before Christmas, Sammie Mays revealed a rare warmth and family orientation within her that belies her extreme journalistic background and experience. Opposite, this recent creation titled 'Damn The Carnations Full Speed Ahead!' is a memoir with a pedigree that is not just fun and revealing, in part, it can be aggressive and subversive making us laugh even though we may have wanted to cry.

Damn The Carnations Full Speed Ahead! 

is as entertaining, humorous and unique as we would expect a Sammie Mays book to be, but it's much more than that: it shows artistic growth and a more sure-handed control of the material by a writer who, through desperation, once seemed willing to do literally anything for a story, and ultimately a payday. It's more confident and opens a backdoor view into the abnormal mind behind her own personal journalistic anarchy – and that's partly because the very genre she's satirizing gives her a strong narrative where she can bring to light a world of secret, closed-door, page-one meetings where schemes are concocted to get the story at all costs – and the inside backstory on how to pull off journalistic miracles and masterpieces.

Damn The Carnations Full Speed Ahead!

is a send-up of a style and not just of the material. Its natural flow and progression reads right which makes it all the more entertaining, and the more difficult to put down. And then, paradoxically, it works on a couple of levels: as a weirdly touching true story and as a comedy (albeit offbeat) in its own right. For this, a lot of the credit goes to a writing skill born of necessity, a need to simply survive, and an obvious mastery of a writing style some have come to define as "Gonzo Journalism."

 
 
 

Pirate Night Before Christmas 

“This book is precious!” –Paula Deen, Celebrity Chef, Author

Pirate Night Before Christmas 

Shiver me timbers and a Yo ho, ho, ho! There's a little something you might not know about Ol' Saint Nick, so best ye move over Red Beard, Black Beard, and Blue Beard, 'cause there's a pirate known as Ol' White Beard and when it comes to getting pirates their holiday loot n' booty, aboard his sloop the Yuletide, he sails the seven seas with a fantastic team of endangered, unleashed, beluga white whales, that, upon ocean waves are a miraculous sight to behold.

Incensed by the fragile state and precipitous decline of a struggling pod of three-hundred critically endangered Alaskan Cook Inlet Beluga whales, Sammie Mays wrote (under the nom de plume Mayor Gonzo Mays) the popular holiday family storybook ‘Pirate Night Before Christmas’ in an effort to draw attention to the plight of the waning white whales.

An 8 x 10 fully illustrated, 46-page collectable work of art, Pirate Night Before Christmas (brilliantly illustrated by the artist Ron Thomas) offers an authentic, yet playful, pirate experience for the entire family and adds a buccaneering twist to the old classic that nary a reader won’t enjoy reading­—and reciting! 

So go ahead, stow away, mates, there’s merry to make!

ISBN-13 978-1451516425

ISBN-10 1451516428

LCCN: 2010902961