NEW FICTION: Bourbon & Blondes has arrived!

From the bus stations of Rt. 66 to the smoky, neon-tinged jazz dives of the big cities, these wanton tales of longing introduce us to vixens on the fringe and those shifty men that drove them there.

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In this new social media landscape, the question becomes: Is blogging dead? It just may be...

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

THANKS FOR A HALF MILLION PAGE VIEWS!


Where does the time go?

Seven years ago I jumped into this thing called the Blogosphere with a crude little blog which, admittedly, I knew nothing about running. I was flying blind and pretty much found my way in the dark when it came to HTML, search engine optimization and content curation.It was the Wild West. Everyone recorded their every thought and some lucky early adopters were fortunate enough to get noticed and parlay their blogging success into healthy and vibrant writing careers. Oh, to be that lucky.

For the first year on that crapified blog, I drudged along but eventually would feel that the content was lacking. At the time, I aggregated to the the same pop culture and geek news that every one did - and better. I added nothing new and it showed.

Initially, I had a few popular posts namely about Heath Ledger and his leaked shots as The Joker in "The Dark Knight" as well as Robert Downey's first images as Tony Stark in "Iron Man." The Internet and their geeks were abuzz. And I fed into it. Still, though, it didn't feel right.

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While the blog was racking up thousands of page views, there was no real return traffic. At the time, I was quietly diving into the works of Charles Bukowski. A longtime fan, I remember that Buk first plopped on my radar when I reviewed the film 'Barfly' in college a million years ago. Mickey Rourke's performance as Hank Chinaski (Buk's fictional alter-ego) was magical and ever since the '80s, I decided to learn more about the guy that created him. It became an awakening period and after seeing the documentary film 'Born into This,' I knew that I found another scribe to be enshrined in my stable of literary kindred spirits. The group included such creative masters as Tom Waits, Rod Serling, Bruce Springsteen, Papa H., Kerouac and, of course, the minimalist master - Raymond Carver.

Ever since my days as a Barnes & Noble stock boy, I was sucked into the world of Ray Carver. Initially, the Vintage book cover for 'Cathedral' lured me into the author's alcoholic world of the men and women that made up the fabric of this country. But the prose kept me there. He said so much with so little. Reading Carver, you felt as if you were eavesdropping on conversations you had no business listening to.

But Bukowski? He was raw and a bit feral. Perhaps it was his mystique. The drunken L.A. scribe; the go fuck yourself poet; It was mesmerizing. He, too, was a bit of a minimalist and the work didn't come off as 'written' but instead real.

So that's what I loved about the concept of blogs circa 2007. You had the chance to be real. Do whatever the hell you wanted. I envisioned blogs of that day as the "little magazines" in which Buk wrote for. Those personal underground publications (like Open City) in which NOTES OF A DIRTY OLD MAN were created. I always said that if Buk were alive and coming up today, he'd have a blog and write the shit out of it. So that's why I wanted to start BUKOWSKI'S BASEMENT and kill that wretched excuse of my first blog where I was writing about such bullshit as Batman and Green Lantern. Wasn't me.

That creative pivot was one of the best decisions that I ever made creatively. I began to post my flash fiction, poems, audio recordings and have met some wonderful people along the way. Bukowski's Basement was personal to me. It was and still is an extension of my creativity and personality. It was something to brag about and show off.

Six years, 582 posts, 2843 comments, 2 books and half a million page views later and I can thankfully say that I feel the same way.

I want to thank everyone who's popped by, read some stories and left a comment or two. It's much appreciated.

Here's to the next half-million...

~ Ant

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF MARK WISNIEWSKI'S NOIR NOVEL 'WATCH ME GO'


Win a copy of what noted scribe Salman Rushdie calls "Pure, muscular storytelling ... irresistible."

Every now and again a scribe comes along that grabs the industry by the short and curlys. Mark Wisniewski is THAT kind of scribe. In fact, 'Watch Me Go,' was one of the most-anticipated books of the year, receiving advance praise not only from Rushdie but Daniel Woodrell, Ben Fountain, Rebecca Makkai, Dan Chaon, Christine Sneed, Tim Johnston, and Ru Freeman.

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The book is the candid and insightful storytelling of love stories turned tragic by racism, sexism, and economic injustice. Two narrators, black and white, male and female, risk their lives by admitting how their pursuits of the American Dream soon fated their futures to betrayal, double-dealing, and proximity to horrific death.

Via publisher Putnam: Douglas “Deesh” Sharp has managed to stay out of trouble living in the Bronx, paying his rent by hauling junk for cash. But on the morning Deesh and two pals head upstate to dispose of a sealed oil drum whose contents smell and weigh enough to contain a human corpse, he becomes mixed up in a serious crime. When his plans for escape spiral terribly out of control, Deesh quickly finds himself a victim of betrayal—and the prime suspect in the murders of three white men.

When Jan, a young jockey from the gritty underworld of the Finger Lakes racetrack breaks her silence about gambling and organized crime, Deesh learns how the story of her past might, against all odds, free him from a life behind bars.

Interweaving Deesh’s and Jan’s gripping narratives, Watch Me Go is a wonderfully insightful work that examines how we love, leave, lose, redeem, and strive for justice. At once compulsively readable, thought-provoking, and complex, it is a suspenseful, compassionate meditation on the power of love and the injustices of hate.


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

'BLOODLINE' REVIEW: THIS SOUTHERN NOIR FROM NETFLIX SMOLDERS


'We're not bad people, we just did a bad thing ...'

I wasn't expecting to like 'Bloodline,' the new sweeping Netflix family drama that debuted March 20. After all, the last thing any of us needs is another show to clog our queue and I seriously wanted to hate it.

Boy, was I wrong.

Netflix clearly hits a homerun when it comes to this new drippy Southern noir. Granted it may not have the water-cooler chatter of an "Orange is the New Black" or the formal gravitas of the flagship "House of Cards," but, if anything, this welcome addition to the streaming service's stable will definitely leave you craving more. And more. And more.

"Bloodline" is about the family dynamic; it's about our figurative demons; it's about achieving and being comfortable with our place at the table. It centers on the Rayburns, the defacto pillars of their community in the sticky Florida keys. So what's it about? When the black sheep and eldest son returns home for the 45th anniversary of the family-run hotel, dark secrets begin to emerge from their shameful past. As a result, the Rayburn siblings question everything they know about loyalty and themselves.

Believe me, I know... The genre and 'noir' label gets bandied about a bit too much. And it's easy to see why. There are several shows on TV these days that get slapped with the 'noir' moniker but probably aren't. Take Showtime's awesome "Ray Donovan," for example. As gritty and dark as the show tends to be, it's probably not a noir. That said, I'm sure there are those who would disagree.

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There are many blog posts, albeit all with different characteristics, of what truly constitutes a noir. The late Roger Ebert has a pretty nifty list of ten.

Here's one of my favorites from him: "[Noir is] The most American film genre, because no society could have created a world so filled with doom, fate, fear and betrayal, unless it were essentially naive and optimistic." This is "Bloodline" in a nutshell because, at times, the Rayburn clan are all of those and then some.

WHAT WORKS

BADDA-BING WITH HUMIDITY. "Bloodline" comes from "Damages" creators Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman. If some of the family angst feels like familiar territory, you may be onto something. Kessler wrote and produced the second and third seasons of HBO's "The Sopranos."

THE BREAKOUT STAR. It's refreshing to see the family black sheep as the eldest of the tribe instead of the baby. And man, does actor Ben Mendelsohn hijack every scene he's in. The Australian thesp smolders and pivots every time you think you know what's happening. If Mendelsohn looks familiar he should. Acting since the 80s, he's been in a slew of TV shows and films. Notably, he also lit up the screen in the neo-noir "Killing Them Softly," with Brad Pitt and "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Here, however, he'll easily win you over as the guy that you know you probably shouldn't root for but do anyway - a doomed drifter - a sad lowlife who feels more comfortable in bus depots and coffee shops. Yeah, THAT'S noir.

A SOLID CAST. Where to begin? It's top-notch from top to bottom. Need proof? Sam Shepard as Poppa Rayburn, the patriarch of the family who just may hold some secrets; Sissy Spacek as the mom who loves that black sheep a bit too much; Linda Cardellini, the attorney daughter, who to me, looks like Ellen Page's hot Milfy mom (Cardellini, by the way, had a stupendous run on 'Mad Men' as the upstairs neighbor that was able to penetrate that Don Draper armor) and, finally, New Jersey's own Norbert Leo Butz, the young son with that Sonny Corleone temper. This leads us to...

WHAT SHOULD WORK BETTER

THE STAR. What's that you say?? Kyle Chandler stars as John Rayburn, the stoic second son and county sheriff. Now, before everyone goes all sorts of bonkers on me, I'm not suggesting that the Emmy-winner is bad. Quite the contrary. He does a fine job as the strong and silent Rayburn who has a soft spot for his eft up of a sibling. For me, his star gets lost in this eclectic mix of personalities. Granted, I've only seen the first few and he solidly delivers on every level, but again, when he's matched up against Mendelsohn, it might as well be John Candy acting and, I would expect that a star on the level of Chandler to stand out a bit more. Is it the writing? The performance? Still too tough to say. I will re-evaluate by the season's finale and amend if necessary.

VERDICT

Should you give it a try? Absolutely. A family drama that feels neither soapy nor melodramatic, this Netflix show can easily rise above the streaming service's higher profile flagships. At its core, this is a drama that smolders just like the slow burn of Mendelsohn's cigarette and take it from me, THAT'S noir.



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

'AMERICAN CRIME' KEEPS THE FERGUSON FLAMES BURNING

'American Crime' follows four different subplots unified by a central crime: The murder of a veteran and the vicious attack and rape of his wife.
EDITORIAL NOTE: The following review is from guest blogger Spencer Blohm, a freelance entertainment and culture writer from the Midwest. His taste for crime shows started as a young child watching Law & Order when he probably shouldn’t have been and has only grown from there. He lives and works in Chicago and is desperately campaigning for an extra role on 'Chicago P.D.'  

Even from the commercials, it was clear that ABC’s latest drama American Crime was going to stand apart from the rest.

Now, two episodes in, it’s safe to say those assumptions were correct. Of course, what would one expect for a series created, written, and directed by the talented screenwriter of 12 Years a SlaveJohn Ridley? If you haven’t managed to tune into it on TV yet, click over to platforms like ABC Go or DTV and catch up before you read on - this post will contain spoilers!

The series follows four different subplots unified by a central crime: the murder of a veteran and the vicious attack and rape of his beauty queen wife. We’re first introduced to the victim’s bitterly divorced parents Russ and Barb (Timothy Hutton and Felicity Huffman). It’s here the first elements of racial tension are introduced, when the police reveal the suspect in question to be Latino. Barb dismissively declares, “It just figures. My son goes off to another country to fight, then he comes home to be killed by someone from another country.”

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On the flipside of her biases are the Gutierrez family, led by single father Alonzo. His straight laced and naive son Tony is drawn into the murder drama after it’s revealed he had been (uncharacteristically) renting out one of the cars from his father’s body shop to the gang member accused of committing the murder. By the end of episode two Tony is already locked up in juvenile detention, even though he did nothing wrong himself.
           
The crime for which Tony has taken part of the fall is generally attributed to “Hector”, a heavily tattooed Latino man, whom we first meet as he uses the victim's credit card. Thrown into the mix is Carter, an African-American drug addict whose vices include his love for girlfriend and fellow drug addict/sometimes-prostitute Aubry. While viewers aren’t nearly as privy to their stories as they are those of the Gutierrez’s and central characters Russ and Barb, it’s not immediately obvious who has committed the crime in question. Granted, there are many signs pointing to Hector and Carter, but by choosing to withhold scenes from the murder itself, Ridley leaves a lot unanswered.
        
As Ridley jumps from story to story, the viewer must keep pace and connect the dots.

He flashes quickly from one character to the next, going scene by scene in a style reminiscent of other race and crime-fuelled dramas like Crash and Traffic. It’s shot in such a way that it  appears gritty, visceral and “real” in a similar fashion to the aforementioned films as well as the short-lived FX drama The Bridge. The end result is a program that poses questions to the viewer without blatantly asking them.

These questions concern the state of contemporary America, concentrating on current race relations and perceived inequalities within the judicial system. These issues couldn’t be timelier, considering the ongoing state of upheaval following the death of Mike Brown last August and ongoing conversations surrounding racial biases. The show approaches crime in such a way that hasn’t been seen before on a major network, but their risk has paid back in dividends with 8 million viewers tuning into the premiere followed by 5.7 million following up the next week. Ratings aside, critics have been raving about the series as well with the L.A. Times declaring it “must-see TV” and the New York Times perhaps giving the best description of the show yet, calling it “a depressing story told so skillfully that it’s almost impossible not to be happy to see it unfold.”



It’s clear that American Crime didn’t start the fire, but in its clear choice to stoke the flame we can expect to see more than just “entertainment.” For those willing to be shaken from their slumber, this series is a must.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DYLAN NOIR? THE BARD DOES FRANK SINATRA ON NEW DISC; CHANNELS TCM IN NEW VIDEO



Note: The following is a piece I wrote for my web site NJ.com. I'm embedding it here with two new pieces of information or assets - a film noir video above for the tune "The Night We Called It A Day" with Sinatra's recording below.

Three days before Frank Sinatra's 99th birthday on Dec. 12, Columbia Records announced that Bob Dylan's 36th studio disc "Shadows in the Night" will be a selection of tunes culled from The Chairman's "Great American Songbook." Set to be released Feb. 3, the set will boast 10 tracks and were conceived with a different vision than…

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ENTER TO WIN A COPY OF RICHARD PRICE'S NEW CRIME NOVEL 'THE WHITES'


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Crime writer Richard Price ("Clockers, "Lush Life") has long been the poet laureate of the gritty, rain-swept streets of urban America and neo-noir. And now he's giving us a new voice in crime fiction with the pen name Harry Brandt and the new novel "The Whites."

VIA PUBLISHER HENRY HOLT: The electrifying debut of a new master of American crime fiction, Harry Brandt—the pen name of novelist Richard Price

Back in the run-and-gun days of the mid-90s, when Billy Graves worked in the South Bronx as part of an anti-crime unit known as the Wild Geese, he made headlines by accidentally shooting a 10-year-old boy while stopping an angel-dusted berserker in the street. Branded as a cowboy by his higher-ups, for the next eighteen years Billy endured one dead-end posting after another. Now in his early forties, he has somehow survived and become a sergeant in Manhattan Night Watch, a small team of detectives charged with responding to all night-time felonies from Wall Street to Harlem.

Night Watch usually acts a set-up crew for the day shift, but when Billy is called to a 4:00 a.m. fatal slashing of a man in Penn Station, his investigation of the crime moves beyond the usual handoff. And when he discovers that the victim was once a suspect in the unsolved murder of a 12-year-old boy—a brutal case with connections to the former members of the Wild Geese — the bad old days are back in Billy's life with a vengeance, tearing apart enduring friendships forged in the urban trenches and even threatening the safety of his family.

Richard Price, one of America’s most gifted novelists, has always written brilliantly about cops, criminals, and New York City. Now, writing as Harry Brandt, he is poised to win a huge following among all those who hunger for first-rate crime fiction.


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Monday, February 23, 2015

7 QUICK & EASY WAYS TO FIX THE OSCARS

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© 2009 The Oscars are in need of a major reboot and guess what? It's not that hard to figure out., Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

The Oscars came last night but they didn't conquer. In fact, it was the first ceremony ever to put me into a DVR-rewinding coma. The Oscars, like most of the film franchises in the movie biz, are in serious need of a reboot. And guess what? It's not that hard. Even implementing a few of the suggestions below would make for a show svelter than the new Zach Galifianakis.

MAKE THEM SHORTER

I know it's three hours earlier on the West Coast and all but yadda yadda yadda. Quite frankly, the rest of the TV-watching world is on a different clock. Start the telecast at 8 p.m. Eastern (no more of that ridiculous 8:30 p.m. jazz) and cut it off at 11 p.m. sharp. If the Golden Globes can do it, so can The Academy.

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COURT A LEGACY HOST

Doogie was just ... Meh. Ellen and her star-studded selfie was more in tune with what the show needs. The Acedemy needs to find a great comical host and groom him or her to be with the telecast for at least a decade. Sign a multi-deal contract with said performer and allow them to build a rapport with the audience through the years. It's the only way people will stop talking about Billy Crystal and Johnny Carson (no disrespect to either of those excellent masters of ceremonies)

DITCH THE ACCOUNTANTS

Seriously... Who gives a shit?

MAKE IT ABOUT MOVIES

I know we need music and (even dancing) interludes from time to time but something about seeing Maroon 5's Adam Levine crooning makes me think I stumbled onto the MTV Music Awards.

ONLY FILM INDUSTRY TYPES

Why am I seeing TV people presenting the most esteemed showbiz award on the planet? Again, I want this night to be about Hollywood and the film industry glamour that the rest of us in the Rat Race never gets to experience. I don't want my entertainment worlds colliding. STOP!

DUMP THE TECH AWARDS

No disrespect to the sound guy on "American Sniper" but I couldn't give a rat's patootie about sound mixing or sound editing. And I'm guessing the rest of the waking world doesn't either. Sorry, bro. Nothing personal.

CHANNEL THE GLOBES

Yes, that OTHER awards show knows how to let its hair down and it more than shows. The remedy? Booze and food. Make the goddamned show a party.



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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

THE TURBULENT GENIUS OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE


DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
Note: I will wholeheartedly admit that, while I may not have been the biggest fan of David Foster Wallace, his indelible talent cannot be denied. This fabulous in-depth piece, reprinted with permission, explores the sad and tragic genius of the troubled scribe. 


~Enjoy.

Read what follows with a stern caveat emptor in mind, for it has been written by an unabashed David Foster Wallace fanboy, one of those forlorn, bespectacled young men covertly handed a copy of Infinite Jest in his formative years, and who subsequently recited passages from the novel the way early Christians, hiding in dim catacombs,…

Thursday, February 5, 2015

THE MUSE AND THE BOOZE: WRITERS & DRINKING


"I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy." This quote from Dorothy Parker is typical of her sense of humor but also sums up the attitude of a lot of writers who, over the years have hit the bottle hard. Alcohol and writers; somehow in the public imagination they just seem…

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BOOZERS REJOICE! WOODFORD RESERVE TO RELEASE A RYE


Latest Release and Third Product Extension Demonstrates Brand's Continued Commitment to Flavor LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Woodford Reserve today announces the release of its latest permanent product extension, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, which will be available for purchase in select markets throughout the country beginning in February. The latest release showcases…

IN A WORLD OF SOCIAL MEDIA NOISE, CAN WE HACK THE NOVEL?

Hacking the Novel

The house where the novel lives today had its foundation laid about 1,000 years ago by Lady Murasaki, with a little help from Homer and the ancient Babylonian scribes who punched The Epic of Gilgamesh into clay tablets. Henry Fielding helped with the walls, Cervantes added the windows, warped glass and all. The great 19th century…

Monday, December 8, 2014

HOW I MOVED 700 KINDLE E-BOOKS ON AMAZON IN 3 DAYS


After languishing in KDP purgatory, I decided to run my first free promo on Kindle. The result? I'm happy to report that I was able to get as high as No. 9 on the free chart in the below subset of the Kindle Store.

Kindle Store -> Kindle eBooks -> Mystery, Thriller -> Suspense -> Mystery -> Hard-Boiled -> No. 9

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It wasn't as easy as turning on the free Kindle Select promotion, though. That certainly was the first step. What followed was massive exercise in pimping which, for some writers, may be a soul-crushing act (not so much for me). You really have to embrace your inner-huckster (but more on that in a sec).

Importantly, though, my goal was to not spend a lot in promotion and, since it was my first time out of the free gate, I wanted to see the organic power of what a free book could really do.

So ... A few days before the promotion kicked in, I spent the day signing up my book BOURBON  & BLONDES to be on several daily e-mail blasts. You'll be shocked to learn that there are dozens upon dozens of web sites that offer this service for free. That said, you get what you pay for and there ARE paid services (ala BookBub) with robust e-mail lists and a proven track record that writers can easily explore but often they are extremely selective and very very expensive.

I was going to do this on the cheap. My budget was going to be only $21. I would pay BK KNIGHTS (DBS Publishing) to promote my book on their web site and Facebook page as well for as inclusion in their daily newsletter. I found them on the site Fiverr, an online service where users can get all sorts of tasks done ridiculously cheap. After some mild research, they seemed to be very honest and on the up and up.

Once I booked BK Knights, I concentrated on the the freebie sites. They included:

AwesomeGang

Book Goodies

Free Booksy

Book Praiser

Ebook Lister

Indie Book of the Day

Jungle Deals and Steals

Free and Discounted Books

Choosy Bookworm

100 Free Books

Kindle Book Review

Reading Deals

Ebookasaurus

Digital Book Today

The E-Reader Cafe

It's Write Now

Kindle Book Promos

These free sites make no guarantees that your book will be included. Some offer a definite spot on their list for a small fee (usually around $5). I didn't want to pay extra so I took my chances.

That was the first half of this two-pronged approach. The social media onslaught was next as I designed roughly 3 different ads to post each day on several Facebook groups and Google+ Community pages.

FACEBOOK

I'll admit, it can feel icky pimping your own wares by link dumping to your Amazon book page, but most of these Facebook pages are set up for that exact reason. And really, who else will do it for you. That said, my share/post went something along these lines:

DAY 1

☛ CYBER MONDAY FREEBIE ☚ : Snag a FREE copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes' for a limited time. Read the 5★ rated collection that's a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, risky romance and hard-boiled double-crosses. ~ Bottoms up http://amzn.to/12dY5h2

DAY 2

☛ STILL FREE! ☚ : ❝The Cyber Monday deal has been extended. Snag your FREE Kindle copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes.' If your bag is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, risky romance and hard-boiled double-crosses, be sure to read the 5★ rated collection that splatters onto the page at 90 proof.❞ ~ Bottoms up! http://amzn.to/12dY5h2

and finally, DAY 3:

☛ LAST DAY AT FREE! ☚ : ❝Today is the final day to snag your FREE Kindle copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes.' If your bag is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, risky romance and hard-boiled double-crosses, be sure to read the 5★ rated collection that splatters onto the page at 90 proof.❞ ~ Bottoms up! http://amzn.to/12dY5h2

Scattered throughout each day (for three days), I would share the post on my own Facebook wall as well as in the following Facebook Groups with my designed piece of art and the link, as shown above:

Books,Readers and Authors
Crime, Thriller & Mystery Reader's Cafe
Pulp,Pulp Everywhere, and lots and lots to read.
KindelMojo
Book Place
The Kindle Hub
Amazon Book Clubs
Authors, Reviewers, & Book Lovers
Amazon Kindle GoodReads
The Book Nest
All About Books
Authors Promoting Authors
Book Promotion
E Books Rock
Creative Designers and Writers
Authors and Book Lovers Discussion Group
Film noir
Online Book Publicity Group
Writers who believe in supporting Writers
Indie Author Book Promotion Page
Books, Books and more Books!!!
Passion for Books
Amazon Books, Likes and Rankings
Indie Author Group
Book Promotions
Film Noir
Passion for Books
Awesome Free Kindle Books Here
Reader Writer Reviewer Co-op
Indie Author Book Promotion page

Since my book was heavily inspired by film noir as well as bourbon, it was also shared on the FB page of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, The Jazz Age, Turner Classic Movies, The Bourbon Review, Maker's Mark, Jack Daniels and Evan Williams Whiskey.

Google+

In addition to a public share on my Google Plus profile, the same was shared in the following Google Plus Communities. I still maintain that Google+ is here to stay and will become even more important as Google's algorithm skews more social in nature. Here are the communities:

Google Plus Books Club
Writer's Discussion Group
Book Club
Book Reviewers
Indie Authors and Readers
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PINTEREST

I also shared each of my banners on various Pinterest pinboards that I created.

TWITTER

I have two Twitter accounts and tweeted the announcement at various points of the day.

GOODREADS

I set up a rather unsuccessful GoodReads event announcing the price drop of the book.

MAIL CHIMP

I sent an announcement to my rather small subscriber list. If you're an author and do not have a a mailing list set up, DO IT NOW.

REDDIT

I also posted the announcement in a free book subreddit.

LINKED IN

The post was also shared publicly across my Linked In network.

KBOARDS

I also created a message on Kboards announcing the book as free. By the way, the Writer's Cafe area on K Boards is one of the best and informative communities for scribes anywhere online.

RESULTS:

DAY 1: 342
DAY 2: 250
DAY 3: 105


697 in total

Was that good number? Not sure. I'm happy with it. Only time can tell if it was a good campaign. I would say so, however, if even a fraction of those who downloaded B&B returned to review the book, thus helping to boost it the Amazon algorithm. Another bonus would be if I saw an eventual uptick in my other book 'Front Page Palooka.'

So there you have it ... That's how I moved almost 700 books in three days. Lots of work, but hopefully worth it in the long run.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

'BOURBON & BLONDES' FREE FOR CYBER MONDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY


Through Wednesday, Dec. 3, snag a FREE copy of 'Bourbon & Blondes,' the first volume of the Ladies of Liquor series.

Minimalist in approach but long on mood and atmosphere, the first entry in The Ladies of Liquor series is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir and hard-boiled double-crosses.

Included in the collection are nearly 50 flash fictions and short stories that splatter onto the page at 90 proof. From the deserted bus stations of Route 66 to the smoky, neon-tinged jazz dives of the big cities, these wanton tales of longing introduce us to desperate vixens on the fringe and those shifty men that drove them there.

Get your shot glass ready because in this retro world, showgirls, drifters, barmaids and thieves have one thing in common -- they're all painted on a seedy canvas drenched in a hearty barrel of Kentucky's finest nectar.

~ Bottoms up...

GET YOUR FREE KINDLE COPY FROM AMAZON



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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

NOIR COMES TO THE SHORE (ASBURY, THAT IS)


Mark your calendars...

This newbie will be doing his very first reading at the New Jersey Noir At The Bar on Dec. 2. And the coolest part? The event is pegged to a bit of Jerrseyana, specifically Bruce Springsteen.

The event will feature some of lit's top noir scribes reading work from the cool new tome 'Trouble in the Heartland.' Featuring stories by Dennis Lehane, James Grady, Hilary Davidson, tales in the book are inspired by the songs of Bruce Springsteen.

In addition to this humble scribe, the hit list of writers scheduled to read includes: Erik Arneson, Jamez Chang, Jen Conley, Thomas Pluck, Chuck Regan, Joe Samuel Starnes, Kieran Shea, Wallace Stroby and Dennis Tafoya.

Door open at 7 p.m. at The Saint in Asbury Park. Readings start at 8 till 10ish, music to follow.


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