Saturday, November 12, 2011

ROUGH EDGES REVIEWS FELONY FISTS!

ROUGH EDGES REVIEWS FELONY FISTS!

THANKS TO JAMES REASONER OVER AT HIS ROUGH EDGES BLOG FOR THE FIRST REVIEW OF FELONY FISTS . . .

The eagerly-awaited Fight Card series makes its debut with the novel Felony Fists, written by Paul Bishop under the house-name Jack Tunney. Set in 1954, an era that really resonates with me, it's the story of Patrick "Felony" Flynn, a Los Angeles cop who's also an amateur boxer. Flynn gets a chance to combine those two parts of his life when he's offered a promotion to Detective that involves him taking down a fighter owned by gangster Mickey Cohen, thereby thwarting Cohen's attempt to take over the boxing game in LA.

As if that's not enough for Flynn to deal with, Bishop also includes counterfeiting, kidnapping, and a beautiful redheaded torch singer, as well as setting up the back-story for the rest of the series, which will be written by assorted top-notch hardboiled authors. He does a great job of capturing the time period with its swanky nightclubs, sweaty boxing gyms, and seedy back alleys. The story races along at a fine pace, culminating in an epic battle in the ring between Flynn and Cohen's fighter.

Boxing scenes are harder to write than you might think, but Bishop makes the action easy to follow for the reader, as well as skillfully mixing the fisticuffs with the hardboiled crime angle. I haven't read a lot of boxing fiction – Robert E. Howard's boxing stories are some of my favorites among his work, and the Battlin' Jack Murdock scenes in Daredevil #1 by Stan Lee and Bill Everett are still etched in my mind more than forty years later – but Bishop's efforts here are right up there with those yarns. Felony Fists is a great debut for what promises to be a highly entertaining series.

And next up is The Cutman, by Mel Odom writing as Jack Tunney.

FIGHT CARD ~ AVAILABLE NOW!

FIGHT CARD ~ AVAILABLE NOW!

THE NEW PULPTASTIC SERIES FIGHT CARD, CREATED BY MYSELF AND FELLOW WRITER MEL ODOM (UNDER THE PSEUDONYM JACK TUNNEY), IS INSPIRED BY THE FIGHT PULPS OF THE '30s AND '40s, SUCH AS FIGHT STORIES MAGAZINE AND THE SAILOR STEVE COSTIGAN TALES WRITTEN BY ROBERT E. HOWARD . . .

THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE SERIES, FELONY FISTS (PAUL BISHOP) AND THE CUTMAN (MEL ODOM) ARE AVAILABLE NOW . . .

FIGHT CARD: FELONY FISTS

JACK TUNNEY

Los Angeles 1954

Patrick “Felony” Flynn has been fighting all his life. Learning the “sweet science” from Father Tim the fighting priest at St. Vincent’s, the Chicago orphanage where Pat and his older brother Mickey were raised, Pat has battled his way around the world – first with the Navy and now with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Legendary LAPD chief William Parker is on a rampage to clean up both the department and the city. His elite crew of detectives known as The Hat Squad is his blunt instrument – dedicated, honest, and fearless. Promotion from patrol to detective is Pat’s goal, but he also yearns to be one of the elite.

And his fists are going to give him the chance.

Gangster Mickey Cohen runs LA’s rackets, and murderous heavyweight Solomon King is Cohen’s key to taking over the fight game. Chief Parker wants wants Patrick “Felony” Flynn to stop him – a tall order for middleweight ship’s champion with no professional record.

Leading with his chin, and with his partner, LA’s first black detective Tombstone Jones, covering his back, Patrick Flynn and his Felony Fists are about to fight for his future, the future of the department, and the future of Los Angeles.


FIGHT CARD: THE CUTMAN

JACK TUNNEY

Havana, Cuba. 1954.

Mickey Flynn is an ex-Korean War vet turned merchant marine. He was born in the ghettos of Chicago and raised in an orphanage with his younger brother, Patrick. He was one of several young men who received an education from the nuns at St. Vincent’s.

But he was also taught the "sweet science" by Father Tim, a Golden Gloves boxer and retired police officer who only knew one way to bring a troubled boy to manhood. Father Tim worked with his young charges, taught them how to jab and punch and throw a hook that seemed to come out of nowhere. When the young men left St. Vincent's (Our Lady of the Glass Jaw), they were changed, fit and ready to take on the troubles the encountered around the world, no matter where they found them.

Now Mick's in Havana, working on WIDE BERTHA, his ship. After surviving a fierce storm at sea, the last thing Mick and the crew need to do is get crossways with the Italian organized crime flooding Havana, but it doesn't take much to put him in the cross hairs of a vengeful mob boss working for Lucky Luciano.

Unable to get free of bad luck and unfortunate circumstance, Mick ends up in the ring in an illegal boxing match fighting a human killing machine.

PULP NOW: FIGHT PULPS COVER CAVALCADE!

JASON STATHAM ~ SAFE!

JASON STATHAM ~ SAFE!

THE NEW JASON STATHAM ACTIONEER, SAFE, DUE IN MARCH 2012 ... I'M THERE ...

A former elite agent (Statham) takes on a two-tier mission: rescue a Chinese girl who has been abducted by the Triads, then use a highly desired safe combination to outwit the Russian Mafia, corrupt NYC officials, and the Triads themselves.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

PULP NOW: FIGHT PULPS COVER CAVALCADE!

BOXING FICTION: MANHATTAN NIGHTS!

BOXING FICTION: MANHATTAN NIGHTS!

FAITH BALDWIN ~ 1937

A high society beauty falls in love with a boxer who crashed his way into her glittering world.
A society beauty falls in love with a boxer who crashed his way into her glittering world.

FIGHT COMICS: FLOAT AND STING!

FIGHT COMICS: FLOAT AND STING!

DAVIS WORTH MILLER

A GRAPHIC NOVEL BASED ON THE AUTHOR'S MEMOIR, THE TAO OF MUHAMMAD ALI . . .

Davis Miller is a puny, little mouse at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At least that's what the other students call the 4' 7" senior. After years of being depressed, the sickly teen decides to take on an impossible dream. He decides to become a boxer. Then one day in 1975, Miller gets a chance to spar with Muhammad Ali, a bout that will change his life.

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COCKTAIL NATION #195 ~ KOOP KOOPER’S COCKTAIL NATION-THE INTERVIEWS BOOK!

COCKTAIL NATION #195 ~ KOOP KOOPER’S COCKTAIL NATION-THE INTERVIEWS BOOK!

Well, after a year of working on my book, it has finally been released. Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation the Interviews is out on Amazon right now priced at just 9.99. Search in the Amazon store by punching in Cocktail Nation and the book is available as a Kindle download . . . Whilst it took a long time and a lot of work, it’s a pleasure to have it done and dusted and it’s cool to have some literature out there that contributes to the lounge and exotica story.

So, this week, I thought I would play all the artists involved in the book. Randy Wong from Waitiki 7 also joins us on the show to talk about a special gig in December in Idaho, plus in Swank advice ,we talk about creating a good impression with your smell!

PLAYLIST:

Combustible Edison ~ Millionare’s Holiday
Martini Kings ~ Days Of Wine and Roses
Waitiki 7 ~ Adventures in Paradise
Tiki Joes Ocean ~ Baxters Pad
Royal Crown Revue ~ Port Au Prince
Jimmy Vargas ~ Blue Negligee
HB Radke ~ I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
Don Tiki ~ Bla Bla Cha Cha
Frank Bennett ~ Money
Sally Street ~ Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You
Jack Costanzo ~ Latin Fever

THIS SHOW WILL BE UPLOADED SATURDAY

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

PULP NOW: DEAD MAN #6 ~ KILL THEM ALL!

PULP NOW: DEAD MAN #6 ~ KILL THEM ALL!

HARRY SHANNON'S KILL THEM ALL, THE SIXTH BOOK IN THE DEAD MAN SERIES, IS BARGAIN PRICED AT 99 CENTS FOR A VERY LIMITED TIME. AND IF YOU VISIT THE PRODUCT PAGE FOR THE BOOK, YOU'LL FIND A TERRIFIC INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR . . .

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HARDBOILED CORNER: HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE!

HARDBOILED CORNER: HUGH MONN, PRIVATE DETECTIVE!

LEE HOUSTON, JR.

NOW AVAILABLE!

Someday, Humanity will finally reach the stars.

Upon that day, mankind will ironically discover that the rest of the universe has much of the same foibles and problems they do. Missing people, greed, theft, bigotry, and other failings are not limited to just Old Earth. Thankfully, there are beings like Hugh Monn, Private Detective to help resolve those issues.

The debut collection from author/creator Lee Houston, Junior is a New Pulp mash up of two classic genres: the hard boiled detective and science fiction! Join Hugh on eight thrilling cases as he walks the glittering, yet dark streets of Galveston 2 and finds as much mayhem and corruption in the future as there's ever been!

184 PAGES

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IN PURSUIT OF SPENSER!

IN PURSUIT OF SPENSER!

THE KINDLE TAPROOM GIVES US THE LOWDOWN ON AN UPCOMING PARKER/SPENCER CENTRIC COLLECTION, IN PURSUIT OF SPENSER: MYSTERY WRITERS ON ROBERT B. PARKER AND THE CREATION OF THE AMERICAN HERO (QUITE THE MOUTHFUL) . . .

New Spenser! Well, no, not exactly (sorry, Bish). But it is a new book about Spenser, the late Robert B. Parker's most famous detective hero. Edited by frequent mystery anthology editor Otto Penzler (who also runs the incredible Mysterious Bookshop in New York City), In Pursuit of Spenser: Mystery Writers on Robert B. Parker and the creation of an American Hero will be out on April 3, 2012.

Contributors to the book include Ace Atkins, Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Matthew Clemens, Loren D. Estleman, Dennis Lehane, S.J. Rozan, and other notable mystery writers. Ace Atkins, of course, is the writer who's been selected by the Parker estate to continue Spenser's adventures . . .

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

THE TROUBLE WITH BLONDES!

JOE PALOOKA TURNS MMA FIGHTER!

JOE PALOOKA TURNS MMA FIGHTER!

Joe Palooka creator Joe Antonacci today announced the exciting news that MMA comic book fans have been waiting for: The comic series will finally make its world premiere with its first issue.

Beginning October 3rd, “Joe Palooka” issues #1 & #2 will become available for purchase for the first time anywhere. Fans can get their hands on the comic by clicking on the link below and hard copies of the issue will follow in early 2012.

The story for the series comes from Antonacci and Mike Bullock. The writers are Bullock and Matt Triano. Pencils and inks are done by Fernando Peniche, the coloring is done by Bob Pedroza, and the letters are done by Josh Aitken.

“It’s finally here…‘Joe Palooka’ is finally going to make its worldwide debut today!” exclaimed Antonacci. “I guarantee that fight fans, comic book fans, and action-adventure fans who download the comic are not going to be disappointed. The storylines, the characters, the art…it’s going to be awesome!”

Antonacci announced that a special 13-page FREE-VIEW will also be available Monday simply for signing up with an email address at:

http://www.Palooka.com/

And fans can also take advantage of a unique offer on “Joe Palooka” issues #1 and #2, which will be available together for the low price of only $1.99.

“Not only will fans get the chance to purchase ‘Joe Palooka’ for the first time, but they will also get the opportunity to check out a FREE-VIEW, and sign up for email updates and alerts. Fans, you aren’t going to want to miss this!”

The “Joe Palooka” comic series tells the story of Joe Palooka, an MMA fighter who competes in “Legion of Combat,” which is a sister comic publication. “Legion of Combat” will feature Joe Palooka and top MMA stars including “Suga” Rashad Evans, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, the Blackzilians, Brendan Schaub, and the Miller brothers in team matches between fighters representing countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Russia, Japan, China, and other nations.

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FIGHT FILMS: WARRIOR!

FIGHT FILMS: WARRIOR!

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for a mixed martial arts tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family.

Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.

FIGHT FICTION: SUCKERPUNCH!

FIGHT FICTION: SUCKERPUNCH!

JEREMY BROWN

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FICTION . . . I STILL PREFER BOXING, BUT I CAME TO APPRECIATE MMA FIGHTING AFTER SEEING THE RECENT FEATUR FILM WARRIOR AND THEN READING SAM SHERIDAN'S NON-FICTION WORK HEART OF A FIGHTER . . .

No head butts, groin strikes, eye gouges, or fishhooks. He’d go along with it, but heavyweight mixed martial artist Aaron “Woodshed” Wallace thinks they’re taking all the fun out of fighting.

Stuck on no-name cards for tiny organizations, Woody is trying to put his shady past behind him with help from his trainer and mentor, Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Gil Hobbes. When Banzai Eddie Takanori—president of MMA’s largest organization, Warrior Inc.—offers Woody a short-notice fight against a highly favored poster boy, Woody sees his shot at salvation. By the time Woody figures out he’s just a pawn in a high-stakes game between psychopaths, he’s in way too deep.

Good thing he knows how to take a punch.

And give a few back . . .

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Monday, November 7, 2011

SPY TUNES: HAWAII FIVE-0!

SPY TUNES: HAWAII FIVE-0!

ORIGINAL SONGS FROM THE TELEVISION SERIES

INCLUDING THE INCREDIBLE UKULELE FIVE-0 FROM JAKE SHIMABUKURO

TRACKLIST:

1. Hawaii Five-0 Main Title Theme ~ Brian Tyler
2. World Upside Down ~ Jimmy Cliff
3. The Best of Me ~ Goo Goo Dolls
4. Out of Control ~ Switchfoot
5. Should We Believe ~ Train
6. Closer ~ Corinne Bailey Rae
7. Don't Ever Take Yourself Away ~ Bob Dylan
8. Ukulele Five-0 ~ Jake Shimabukuro
9. Love That's Bigger ~ The Swell Season
10. Pass It On ~ Ziggy Marley
11. Hi'ilawe ~ John Cruz
12. Book 'Em, Danno ~ Brian Tyler / Keith Power

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THE WOLVERINES OF JUSTICE STRIKE AGAIN...EVRYBODY BLURTS!

VINTAGE COVERS: TO RICH TO DIE!

PULP NOW: CHALLENGER STORM!

PULP NOW: CHALLENGER STORM!

Move over Doc Savage and Captain Hazzard, here comes America’s newest pulp hero - Challenger Storm

Airship 27 Productions and Cornerstone Book Publishers present another new pulp hero crafted in the mold of the classic 1930s adventurers. The sole survivor of a senseless tragedy, the heir to a massive fortune devotes himself to a life protecting the innocent and punishing the guilty. From his base of operations at the Miami Aerodrome Research & Development Laboratories, he and his colorful associates brave any danger to bring justice to those in need.

His name is Clifton Storm ... the world will call him "Challenger". . .

THE ISLE OF BLOOD

When a wealthy aviation tycoon asks Storm to help return his kidnapped daughter, the MARDL crew is plunged into a rescue-mission on the tiny island-nation of La Isla de Sangre. From the sunny streets of Miami to the assault on a guerrilla enclave & the ruins of a lost-city deep in the jungle, the action is non-stop in this debut pulp thriller. Can Storm rid La Isla de Sangre from the vicious warlords known as the Villalobos Brothers and defeat the mysterious Goddess of Death?

Join Challenger Storm and his loyal band of adventurers as they fly off on this, the first of a brand new series of pulp thrillers. Writer Don Gates and legendary graphic artist, Michael Kaluta join forces to unleash this exciting and original new pulp hero guaranteed to provide pulp fans with explosive thrill-a-minute entertainment. All brought to you by the always ground-breaking crew of Airship 27 Productions; Pulp Fiction for a New Generation!

Release date: 11/15/2011
Retail Price: $16.

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LOUNGE CENTRAL: COCKTAIL NATION ~ THE INTERVIEWS!

LOUNGE CENTRAL: COCKTAIL NATION ~ THE INTERVIEWS!

KOOP KOOPER

THE SWINGIN’ KOOP KOOPER GIVES US A COOL ADDITION TO OUR LOUNGE LIBRARY . . .

Koop Kooper, the cocktail universe's high priest of all things hep swingin and swank, and cyber disc jockey of his radio show the 'Cocktail Nation', has unleashed the definitive guide to the Lounge universe, with his new eponymous tome now available as an eBook.

Replete with gassin interviews and cool pixeramas, Koop Kooper reveals the incredible diorama of Cocktail culture, lifestyle and music.

Koop mixes it up with cool luminaries and pioneers of the Cocktail soundtrack, such as hepster Jack Constanzo, the bongo player of the 50s…shakes a martini with the leaders of the revival Combustible Edison; trades smart lip with comedian satirist Shelley Berman and twenty first century hit makers Martini Kings; heads down the dark streets of Cocktail noir, muscling it up with croonoir Jimmy Vargas; then it's off to the Vegas pool, where he conducts an underwater interview with gorgeous fire eating mermaid Marina.

Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation book is a glorious panorama of all things Lounge, created by the swank meister of uber cool himself.

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