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Wayne Hughes


In retirement after a fifty-year career as a radio, TV and print journalist, and petroleum industry lobbyist, I turn to my first love: fiction writing. The books in the Jerrod Series reflect my memories of small-town life, where--if you're lucky--everyone knows and cares about you. And of course, if you're unlucky, everyone knows and cares about you.


I created the Jerrod Citizen, the weekly newspaper, as a backstory exercise while

writing Kilborn. As I developed the

second and third books in the Jerrod

series, it became an important

counterpoint, a way to chronicle the day-to-day lives of some people the reader will never know. They're "published" 


Click anywhere on the Citizen page 

at the right to read the first five

issues. More on the way soon. 


Kilborn is a story of small-town feuds, one man's slide into insanity and how it flows into the lives of the small cotton-farming community of Jerrod, TX. The climax comes with a dramatic car wreck and the antagonist's fatal encounter with wild hogs. 


There's a sample page from this book on the Jerrod Series page. 

The audio book will be available on ACX in October, 2022. Click the

arrow for a sample.

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Kilborn -- One Man's Spiral Into Madness
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Espinoza continues the story of the impact of Drake Kilborn's death on the people of Jerrod. It follows Texas Ranger Freddy Espinoza, who's looking into small-town fueds and the mysterious behavior of the Holden County Sheriff. And there's this poltergeist . . . 


There's a sample page from this book on the Jerrod Series page.

The audio version will be available in November, 2022

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McTague, the third in the Jerrod Series, is the story of a family harvesting wheat for farmers in three states. Scotty McTague must decide what's right for the business and best for his family. A dramatic encounter with a snake tips the balance.


There's a sample page from this book on the Jerrod Series page. 

The audio version will be available January 2023.

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Year Zero is the fourth book in the Jerrod series. The theme is the gut-punch the Pandemic delivers to the citizens of the cotton-farming town of Jerrod. The focus is on the beleaguered Jerrod Community Hospital, which becomes the place where many succumb to the ravages of the coronavirus.

This book will be available on Amazon and other Internet locations Oct. 15.  The audio version will be available the same time.

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"In Hughes’ quiet debut thriller, one of the townspeople in a small Texas community is becoming increasingly unhinged and, therefore, potentially dangerous. . . . An absorbing slow-burn approach and simpatico characters make this a standout novel."

Kirkus Reviews, 2019


"The author eschews the typical propulsive pace of a crime novel in favor of a more measured, almost literary speed. This works to the benefit of the characters, who emerge from the page fully formed and breathing."

Kirkus Reviews, 2019


"The plot unfolds naturally, with plausible yet unexpected complications. The novel uses dialogue well, relaying necessary information and keeping the suspense high. Readers looking for a well-told story with flawed, intriguing characters should enjoy McTague."

blueink, 2020

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Visit The Cardwell Ranch Stories, family-friendly books about life on a Texas Panhandle Ranch written and illustrated by Linda Dee Hughes.