Saturday, March 12, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: TOUGH COP!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . MYSTERY!

SINK OR SWIM ~ $2.99

STACY JUBA

When reality TV turns to murder, it's sink, swim or die. Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit reality game show set aboard a Tall Ship.

She hopes the prize money will help to launch her dream of owning a chain of fitness centers. Not only does she lose the competition and have to walk the plank in the finale, after the game show ends, the terror begins.

Upon returning to her small Massachusetts hometown, Cassidy discovers she has attracted a stalker masterminding his own twisted game. She struggles to focus on her health club job and celebrity endorsement opportunities, but her stalker has other plans. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by his bizarre rules.

She's also being shadowed by hunky photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for a spread in the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be the nice guy that he seems. With or without Zach's help, when the stalker forces a showdown by threatening her family, Cassidy must once again walk the plank - this time for her life.

VINTAGE COVERS: SPIN THE GLASS WEB!

I'M IN THE WINDY CITY AND 'ANOTHER BITES THE DUST!'

Friday, March 11, 2011

PULP NOW: BATTLE IN THE DAWN!

PULP NOW: BATTLE IN THE DAWN!

THE COMPLETE HOK THE MIGHTY

MANLY WADE WELLMAN

INTRODUCTION BY DAVID DRAKE

In the 1930s, a very unusual tale appeared in the influential Amazing Stories magazine. Unlike the usual yarns of robots and interstellar travel, this “Battle in the Dawn” featured the brutal exploits of Hok, the first hero of humanity, in his struggles against the savage Neanderthals. Written by rising pulpster Manly Wade Wellman (Who Fears the Devil?), who would later achieve fame for his American folktales of Silver John and beat out William Faulkner for a prestigious writing award, the story and its brave hero struck a chord with Amazing’s readers, and several additional adventures followed, taking Hok through the prehistory of mankind to battle unrelenting cavemen, explore the lost city of Atlantis, discover new technology, and chart a new destiny for humanity.

Now, for the first time ever, Planet Stories presents a complete authorized collection of all of Wellman’s rare Hok the Mighty tales, packed with unfinished story fragments, all-new illustrations, and a brand new introduction written by Wellman’s longtime friend, fantasy author David Drake!

FULL STORIES INCLUDE:

Battle in the Dawn
Hok Goes to Atlantis
Hok Draws the Bow
Hok and the Gift of Heaven
Hok Visits the Land of Legends
Day of the Conquerors

Also included are "The Love of Oloana," "The Day of the Conquerors" (which, while it doesn't star Hok, does feature Hok's tribe, the Flint People) and the untitled Hok the Mighty story fragment originally published in ECHOES OF VALOR II that Wellman was working on when he died.

352 PAGE ~ SOFTCOVER TRADE PAPERBACK ~ $15.99

PAIZO PUBLISHING - PLANET STORIES

PULP NOW: MARS MCCOY SPACE RANGER!

PULP NOW: MARS MCCOY SPACE RANGER!

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS - NOW AVAILABLE!

WHEN DANGER THREATENS THE GALAXY - It’s MARS McCOY TO THE RESCUE!

Move aside, Flash Gordon. Shove over, Buck Rogers. Here comes the newest space hero of them all, Captain Marshall “Mars” McCoy of the Space Rangers. Created by the writers of the Pulp Factory, this new rocket blasting hero and his Space Rangers blast off to new heights of action and adventure from Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers.

Working from their secret asteroid base known as the Black Hole, the Space Rangers are an elite band of men, women, robots and aliens, banded together to patrol the lawless and ever dangerous sections of the space known as the Frontier Worlds. Their daring and heroic exploits in their sleek, super fast Black Birds blaze a glorious path across the stars.

Here are three brand new stories of Mars and his gorgeous robotic co-pilot, Betty 12, as they face off against overwhelming odds to preserve the peace and defend the Galactic Empire. Writers John Bear Ross, Greg Gick and Andrew Salmon have whipped up kidnapping pirate aliens, body snatching spores and a giant, invading space behemoth to challenge Mars and his allies. From page one, the action blasts-off and goes into orbit. Featuring a stunning cover by ace artist Chad Hardin, with a dozen marvelous illustrations by Michael Youngblood.

MARS McCOY – Space Ranger is a bold new trip into the reaches of the imagination. So, buckle up pulp fans, for star-spanning thrills and excitement as only Airship 27 Productions can deliver.

$21.95

PULP FICTION FOR A NEW GENERATION!

AIRSHIP 27 PRODUCTIONS

PULP NOW: HIGH ADVENTURE #117!

PULP NOW: HIGH ADVENTURE #117!

DEATH FOR CHARITY / THE MURDER PROPHET ~ BLACK BAT DOUBLE NOVEL

NOW AVAILABLE!

DEATH FOR CHARITY

Hiding under the cloak of mercy, a murderous band of ruthless, evil conspirators plans a sinister monumental swindle that challenges the sleuthing powers of the Black Bat!

THE MURDER PROPHET

When the strange death predictions of a jittery little man prove uncannily accurate, Tony Quinn begins an investigation which pits him against a diabolical, elusive master of crime! A doctor of deviltry is among the suspects in a grim case!

7X10 ~ 110 PAGES,
COVER: RUDOLPH BELARSKI

ADVENTURE HOUSE

VINTAGE COVERS: LA PANTHERE!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

TIGERSHARK: ON THE PROWL!

VINTAGE COVERS: RUNNING TARGET!

I’M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES . . .!

I’M FOREVER BLOWING BUBBLES . . .!

GET YOURSELF OVER TO BUKOWSKI’S BASEMENT AND MEET BUBBLES MCCOY (AND LISTEN TO A COOL LITTLE GUITAR DITTY WHILE YOU DO) IN A NICE PIECE OF FLASH FICTION FROM ANTHONY VENUTOLO . . .

She was supposed to arrive at 8. At least that's what Mitchell told Brian.

Mitchell had an "in" with some of the guys at the Fillmore Hotel who often dealt with these ladies of ill repute and seventy-five beans was all it took. Actually, it was five for Mitchell, ten for his "in" (his bellhop brother) and sixty more for the chick. Any way you slice it, Brian was going to get it done.

Tonight . . .

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ESPIONAGE CENTRAL: ALEX RIDER'S FINAL MISSION!



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Y/A CORNER: STEEL!

Y/A CORNER: STEEL!

CARRIE VAUGHN

It was a slender length of rusted steel, tapered to a point at one end and jagged at the other, as if it had broken. A thousand people would step over it and think it trash, but not her.

This was the tip of a rapier.

Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.


VINTAGE COVERS: CAVALIER OF THE NIGHT!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: BROKEN!

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: BROKEN!

KARIN FOSSUM

A writer wakes one night to find a strange man in her bedroom. He is a character she has invented, but not yet used, and so desperate is he to have his story told that he has resorted to breaking into her house.

She creates Alvar Eide, a quiet, middle-aged man whose life is carefully designed to avoid surprise, but when a young heroin addict comes into the gallery where he works, Alvar’s life is changed forever and his inventor realises that she cannot control the character she has created.

The result is a superb novel that plays with the boundaries of fact and fiction.

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GOOD ADVICE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: ROGUE MALE!

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: ROGUE MALE!

GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD

Often discussed as the link between John Buchan (The 39 steps) style adventures and the japes of James Bond, Rouge Male by Geoffrey Household is a rip roaring tale of a man for whom principle has more meaning than patriotism. Like Eric Ambler, Household moved beyond the simplistic good versus evil and marched the thriller squarely into the gray areas where LeCarre and others would make their future stomping grounds.

ROGUE MALE

The narrator takes it upon himself to stalk - in the manner of a big game hunt - a human prey, a man guarded by the best in the land, a man with a vested interest in keeping himself out of the sights of any assassin. With the dictator in his sights our hero is apprehended and tortured almost to the point of death. Left to fall from a cliff to an apparently accidentally death he cheats fate by landing in a bog.

Here begins his flight to freedom. But what kind of freedom? Even back in his native England he is hunted down by the agents of the dictator - forced to become an outlaw now wanted for actual murder after he finishes off one of his foreign pursuers in the bowels of the London Underground.

In Rogue Male, Geoffrey Household has written an adventure thriller which has yet to be bettered . . .

Rouge Male brings meaning back to the term nail-biter. It’s storyline is simple yet filled with imaginative set pieces. The 1939 novel, published a few scant months before WWII, was first made into a 1941 Fritz Lang film called Man Hunt, and later into a terrific BBC tele-movie starring Peter O’Toole.

Described by Household himself as a “bastard offspring of Stevenson and Conrad,” Rogue Male is a classic thriller and a triumph of suspense – exploring the lure of violence, the psychology of survival, and the call of the wild.

JOHNNY FLETCHER COVER CAVALCADE!

MYSTERY CORNER: MURDER IN WAIKIKI!

MYSTERY CORNER: MURDER IN WAIKIKI!

FRED ZACKEL

Murder comes to sun-drenched Waikiki Beach and it arrives with a van filled with tourists from the Mainland.

Honolulu Homicide Detective Steve Ke’aloha Shaw is a little too attractive, a little too tall, broad-shouldered and muscular. Half-Hawaiian and an eight year veteran of the force with a file jammed with citations and solid convictions, Steve, along with his Samoan partner, seventeen year veteran Aaron Tusitala, track down a bloody murderer from the cliffs of Pali to the beach at Waikiki and through the hotels and exotic clubs of one of the most beautiful cities of the world.

From the author of Cocaine And Blue Eyes and Cinderella After Midnight.


TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

TAKE A CHANCE E-BOOKS!

AN ONGOING SERIES HIGHLIGHTING POSSIBLY DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH E-BOOKS BY RELATIVELY UNKNOWN AUTHORS, FOUND WHILE CRUISING THE E-BOOK SHELVES ON AMAZON WITH PRICES THAT MAKE THEM WORTH TAKING A CHANCE ON . . . SOME MAY BE CRAP, SOME COULD SHOW POTENTIAL, OTHERS (I SUSPECT VERY, VERY, FEW) MIGHT BE GREAT – TAKE A CHANCE . . .

TODAY’S FIND . . . HORROR ANTHOLOGY!

HUNGRY FOR YOU ~ $.99

A . M. HARTE

There is no greater drug than relationships; there is no sweeter death than love.

Love is horrible. It’s ruthless, messy, mind-altering, and raw. It takes no prisoners. It chews you up and spits you out and leaves you for dead. Love is, you could say, very much like a zombie.

In this haunting short story collection, anything is possible – a dying musician turns to tea for inspiration; a police sergeant struggles with a very unusual victim; a young wife is trapped in a house hiding unimaginable evil . . .

With Hungry For You, A.M. Harte explores the disturbing and delightful in an anthology that unearths the thin boundary between love and death.


E-BOOK OF THE DAY: BEAT TO A PULP ~ ROUND 1!

E-BOOK OF THE DAY: BEAT TO A PULP ~ ROUND 1!

DAVID CRAMNER/ELAINE ASH ~ EDITORS

THIS GREAT ANTHOLOGY, WHICH FIRST APPEARED IN PRINT AT THE END OF 2010, IS NOW AVAILABLE AS AN E-BOOK FOR YOUR KINDLE PRRICED AT $5.99 . . .

BEAT TO A PULP: ROUND 1 CONTAINS STORIES BY ED GORMAN, CHARLES ARDAI, ROBERT J. RANDISI, SOPHIE LITTLEFIELD, JAMES REASONER, HILARY DAVIDSON, FRANK BILL, AND A FORWARD BY BILL CRIDER . . . 


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

VINTAGE COVERS: LUNGE WIRE!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: YEAR ONE #2!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: YEAR ONE #2!

As a series of brutal and inscrutable murders grips London in fear, Dr. John Watson realizes that the one man capable of stopping the slayings may just be the young sleuth Sherlock Holmes!

But Watson's suspicions of the daring detective perhaps as mysterious as the mysteries he solves must wait for now as the unlikely partners race to catch the killer as "The Twelve Caesars" begins a new and untold tale from Sherlock Holmes' casebook!

COMICS CORNER: WARLORD OF MARS ~ DEJAH THORIS #1!

COMICS CORNER: WARLORD OF MARS ~ DEJAH THORIS #1!

Martians live forever -- everyone knows that. So what was Dejah Thoris doing all those hundreds of years before John Carter arrived?

Four hundred years before the events of Warlord of Mars took place, Dejah's nation of Helium was divided into two warring city-states.

An unscrupulous overlord from afar encouraged that rivalry to his own advantage, until he discovered a terrible secret from Mars's ancient past beneath Dejah Thoris' capital. A secret to kill for!

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COMICS CORNER: JENNIFER BLOOD #2!

COMICS CORNER: JENNIFER BLOOD #2!

Meet Jen. She's married with two kids, seemingly living a fine suburban life. But her life is far from normal now that she is a ruthless vigilante by night; calling herself Jennifer Blood!

Issue #2 contains more mayhem as Jennifer Blood continues to make her presence known in the criminal underworld. Also, watch as Jen and her family meets her new neighbors!

Written by Garth (The Boys, Punisher) Ennis with covers by Tim (Punisher) Bradstreet, enjoy the continuing adventures of Jennifer Blood!

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CARTER BROWN COVER CAVALCADE!

CARTER BROWN COVER CAVALCADE!

PULP INTERNATIONAL GIVES A GREAT LOOK TODAY AT A WINNING TEAM . . .

From opposite sides of the world they produced some of the most dynamic work in their fields. Novelist Carter Brown was from Australia and illustrator Robert McGinnis was from the U.S., so it’s unclear whether the two ever met, but that didn’t stop them from becoming a dream team . . . 

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JOHNNY LIDDELL COVER CAVALCADE!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: DEVIL-DEVIL!

SOMETHING DIFFERENT: DEVIL-DEVIL!

INTRODUCING THE SERGEANT KELLA AND SISTER CONCHITA SERIES SET IN THE SOLOMON ISLANDS

GRAEME KENT

THIS SOUNDS EXCELLENT . . .

It's not easy being Ben Kella. As a sergeant in the Solomon Islands Police Force, as well as an aofia, a hereditary spiritual peacekeeper of the Lau people, he is viewed with distrust by both the indigenous islanders and the British colonial authorities.

In the past few days he has been cursed by a magic man, stumbled across evidence of a cargo cult uprising, and failed to find an American anthropologist who had been scouring the mountains for a priceless pornographic icon.

Then, at a mission station, Kella discovers an independent and rebellious young American nun, Sister Conchita, secretly trying to bury a skeleton. The unlikely pair of Kella and Conchita are forced to team up to solve a series of murders that tie into all these other strange goingson.

Set in the 60's in one of the most beautiful and dangerous areas of the South Pacific, Devil-Devil launches an exciting new series.

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ON THE BEAT!

ON THE BEAT!

THE BEAT MAY BE A LITTLE QUIET FOR A FEW DAYS AS I'M OFF ON ANOTHER TOP SECRET ASSIGNMENT . . . ALL WILL BECOME CLEAR IN JUNE OR JULY . . .

PULP NOW: BATMAN 1935!

PULP NOW: BATMAN 1935!

VIA THE PEN AND INK OF ILLUSTRATOR FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA . . .

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YOU ARE LISTENING TO LOS ANGELES!

YOU ARE LISTENING TO LOS ANGELES!

LAPD LIVE SCANNER FEED PLAYED OVER A SOOTHING SOUNDTRACK OF AMBIENT MUSIC . . . KIND OF COOL, BUT I WANT TO LEAVE THIS KIND OF THING BEHIND WHEN I'M DONE FOR THE DAY . . .

TO CHECK IT OUT CLICK HERE

VINTAGE COVERS: KILL ONE, KILL TWO!

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

MYSTERY CORNER: DRAWING CONCLUSIONS!

MYSTERY CORNER: DRAWING CONCLUSIONS!

A COMMISSARIO GUIDO BRUNETTI MYSTERY

DONNA LEON

I WILL BE RETURNING TO VENICE LATER THIS YEAR AND I WILL BE SAVING THIS LATEST OFFERING FROM LEON TO TAKE WITH ME . . .

Nearly twenty years ago, when a conductor was poisoned and the Questura sent a man to investigate, readers first met Commissario Guido Brunetti. Since 1992’s Death at La Fenice, Donna Leon and her shrewd, sophisticated, and compassionate investigator have been delighting readers around the world. For her millions of fans, Leon’s novels have opened a window into the private Venice of her citizens, a world of incomparable beauty, family intimacy, shocking crime, and insidious corruption.

This internationally acclaimed, bestselling series is widely considered one of the best ever written, and Atlantic Monthly Press is thrilled to be publishing the twentieth installment, Drawing Conclusions, this spring.

Late one night, Brunetti is called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow in her modest apartment. Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that she died of a heart attack. It seems there is nothing for Brunetti to investigate. But he can’t shake the feeling that something or someone may have triggered her heart attack, that perhaps the woman was threatened.

Conversations with the woman’s son, her upstairs neighbor, and the nun in charge of the old-age home where she volunteered, do little to satisfy Brunetti’s nagging curiosity. With the help of Inspector Vianello and the ever-resourceful Signorina Elettra, perhaps Brunetti can get to the truth and find some measure of justice.

Insightful and emotionally powerful, Drawing Conclusions reaffirms Donna Leon’s status as one of the masters of literary crime fiction.

COMFORT READS: MINDING FRANKIE!

COMFORT READS: MINDING FRANKIE!

MAEVE BINCHY

A NEW MAEVE BINCHEY NOVEL IS ALWAYS AN EVENT WITH ME, AND THIS TIME IS NO EXCEPTION AS WE RETURN TO MANY OF THE WELL LOVED CHARACTERS FROM BINCHY’S MOST RECENT NOVELS . . .

Maeve Binchy is back with a tale of joy, heartbreak and hope, about a motherless girl collectively raised by a close-knit Dublin community.

When Noel learns that his terminally ill former flame is pregnant with his child, he agrees to take guardianship of the baby girl once she’s born. But as a single father battling demons of his own, Noel can’t do it alone.

Fortunately, he has a competent, caring network of friends, family and neighbors: Lisa, his unlucky-in-love classmate, who moves in with him to help him care for little Frankie around the clock; his American cousin, Emily, always there with a pep talk; the newly retired Dr. Hat, with more time on his hands than he knows what to do with; Dr. Declan and Fiona and their baby son, Frankie’s first friend; and many eager babysitters, including old friends Signora and Aidan and Frankie’s doting grandparents, Josie and Charles.

But not everyone is pleased with the unconventional arrangement, especially a nosy social worker, Moira, who is convinced that Frankie would be better off in a foster home. Now it’s up to Noel to persuade her that everyone in town has something special to offer when it comes to minding Frankie.

VINTAGE COVERS: SHE SHARK!

FREE E-BOOK: MURDER IN PASSY!

FREE E-BOOK: MURDER IN PASSY!

AN AIMEE LEDUC INVESTIGATION SET IN PARIS

CARA BLACK

AMAZON IS CURRENTLY OFFERING THE LATEST AIMEE LEDUC NOVEL FROM AUTHOR CARA BLACK AS A FREE E-BOOK FOR YOUR KINDLE . . . IF YOU HAVEN’T READ CARA BLACK, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET IN ON A GREAT SERIES . . . THESE OFFERS ARE USUALLY FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY . . .

The village-like neighborhood of Passy, home to many of Paris’s wealthiest residents, is the last place one would expect a murder. But when Aimée Leduc’s godfather, Morbier, a police commissaire, asks her to check on his girlfriend at her home there, that’s exactly what Aimée finds.

Xavierre, a haut bourgeois matron of Basque origin, is strangled in her garden while Aimée waits inside. Circumstantial evidence makes Morbier the prime suspect, and to vindicate him, Aimée must identify the real killer.

Her investigation leads her to police corruption; the radical Basque terrorist group, ETA; and a kidnapped Spanish princess.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cara Black is the author of ten previous books in the bestselling Aimée Leduc series, all of which are available from the Soho Crime imprint. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

VINTAGE COVERS: