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Cover art by Chris Meyer

First Place in Women’s Fiction - 2019 Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards

Silver Medal - General Fiction Florida Authors and Publishers Association 


Bec Robertson is starting over. She's broke, recovering from breast cancer, and lives in a rundown cabin in northern New Mexico. Her husband is deployed in Afghanistan as a chaplain, and can't stand to touch her. The people she meets, her villagers, are batty if not wacko, and her hawk Amelia can't keep up with the mice. She lives next door to a dubious veterans' center. As if she hasn't invented enough problems for herself, she has a love/hate connection with an unstable Marine. Being Bec is tough, but survival is in her bones – and she lives under the numinous skies of New Mexico.

About the Author

Scott Archer Jones is currently living and working on his sixth novel and first novella in northern New Mexico, after stints in the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway plus less exotic locations. He’s worked for a power company, grocers, a lumberyard, an energy company (for a very long time), and a winery. He has launched three books. Jupiter and Gilgamesh, a Novel of Sumeria and Texas; The Big Wheel; and A Rising Tide of People Swept Away.


And Throw Away the Skins is a fearless and savvy tale of love and loss set in a starkly beautiful landscape of northern New Mexico. Here is a story that is many stories, a drama of shattered lives and broken people in which a courageous woman gets one last chance to live a genuine life. Scott Archer Jones gives me all I want from a story: compassion, insight, and provocation.

— John Dufresne, author of I Don’t Like Where This Is Going

One of the best books I’ve read this year. Scott A. Jones tells this hopeful and heartbreaking story of love and scars and fresh starts with graceful prose and a beautiful appreciation for the complication of both place and the human condition.

—Anne Hillerman, best selling author of A Cave Of Bones