Put Up Yer Dukes!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on November 15, 2013 by nikkorpon

ImageVery excited to say that Punching Paradise, my entry in the Fight Card pulp boxing series, is now alive in the world, and honored that it’s launching the Fight Card Now! line of novellas. If you haven’t checked out the other novellas, you’re missing out. Paul Bishop, Eric Beetner, Terrence McCauley, Gerard Brennan. The list goes and goes. Digital copies are up now and paperbacks will be coming in a month or so.

SYNOPSIS
Baltimore, 2013 … Christopher ‘Neckbone’ Martin is nothing if not a proud fighter. He’ll take a fix if it gives him some extra scratch to help fund the thespian ambitions of his much younger girlfriend, Allison, or buy a six-pack for his ex-con best friend, Rollo. But there isn’t a man or a reason that’ll knock him down if he doesn’t want to go down – and he makes sure everyone knows it.

When Neckbone loses his temper and knocks another fighter down early, he inadvertently throws a young boy into the crosshairs of Bill Stokes, a scheming promoter and aspiring gangster. Now, with everything on the line, Neckbone is in the fight of his life against mobsters, killers, bruisers, and the toughest opponent of all – himself …

Punching Paradise is the first novel in the Fight Card spin-off brand Fight Card Now, featuring contemporary, two-fisted, fight tales with a punch.

Joe Strummer says, ‘The contest is over! Hooray for free books!’

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2013 by nikkorpon

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Or something like that. I doubt he’d use exclamation points like that.

Anyway. Thank you to everyone who participated in the free-books-in-exchange-for-reviews contest I ran last month. I appreciate it greatly.

So, without prattling on, Rory Costello, Adam Autin, Benoit Lelievre and Gordon Highland, you win! I’ll be contacting everyone individually to get orders and addresses.

Thank you again for the reviews and I hope the money I paid you was sufficient you enjoy the other books.

I’ll be running one more Goodreads giveaway in the next few weeks to complete cleaning my office closet of all my books.

Godspeed
Nik

Morrissey says, ‘A Few Days Left to Win Some Books’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2013 by nikkorpon

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First, I’d like to thank everyone who has taken part in this little Amazon-reviews-for-free-books contest of mine, thereby making me feel less like I’m shlepping mason jars full of snake oil around in my trunk. I really do appreciate it. 

Second, I’d like to remind anyone else who has read any of my books that there are still a couple days left in the contest. What contest, you ask. Well, if you’d be so kind as to leave a review of any of my books on Amazon (because Amazon review really do matter, I’ve been told by people like Caleb Ross who understand marketing and math way better than I do) I will put your name in a hat, then draw four names at the end of the month and send those four lucky people (or unlucky, depending on your position) a free book. Reviews can be good, bad, bored or whatever. All I ask is that they’re honest.

Third, I’d like to say Morrissey has a cat on his head. That doesn’t mean much, other than I’d appreciate it if I could give away some more books because tons of people left reviews.

Godspeed
Nik

A Million (or three) in Prizes and some other stuff

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 14, 2013 by nikkorpon

ImageThe free book contest is running for another two weeks! Big thanks to Adam Autin, Benoit Lelievre, Richard Thomas and Gordon Highland for leaving reviews so far.

To rehash the contest, in an effort to be sort of proactive in promoting, I’m giving away some books in order to garner some Amazon reviews. They can be good, bad, lukewarm or whatever. All I ask is that they’re honest. At the end of the month I’ll draw names from a hat and give away some stuff.

In sort-of related news, there’s still a day or two left to grab some awesome Hoods, Hotrods and Hellcats swag through the Indiegogo campaign. Prizes include switchblade combs, signed prints and pin-up girls (well, pictures of them.) Head over to the site and check out all the great stuff.

Hopefully more news coming soon. Until then…

Godspeed
Nik

 

Want a Free Book?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2013 by nikkorpon

womanchaser1Over the past year I’ve seen a lot of press about how important Amazon reviews are to authors. Essentially, more reviews triggers something in the Amazon algorithm and the books show up on more screens, recommended reads and all that stuff.  I don’t pretend to really understand; I only passed high school math because I’d taken it three times and my teacher felt bad for me.

Anyway, my books have sold decently but don’t really have any reviews, and I found a few remaining hard copies of By the Nails of the Warpriest and Stay God when cleaning up my office the other day (read: My toddler went F-5 on the place and I was clearing the debris so I could work.) I thought I’d take a page from Joe Clifford‘s playbook and do some creative marketing by throwing a little giveaway contest in the time-honored indie-lit tradition of trading free books for reviews (as coined by Gordon Highland.)

Here’s the rub:

1) You post a review of Bar Scars, By the Nails of the Warpriest or Old Ghosts on Amazon.
2) I write down your name.
3) At the end of the month, I randomly draw four names and send those people books.
4) Take car, go round Mum’s, kill Phil
4) I love you long time.

Easy, yeah? The review can be good, bad, lukewarm, bored, whatever. As long as it’s honest, I’m happy. The only thing I’d ask is that you have some interest in crime fiction, otherwise you’ll be sorely let down. Don’t worry, you can commiserate with my wife on that account.

At the moment I have one hardcover of Stay God and one paperback of Old Ghosts (the other copy will be for Goodreads giveaway in July.) I’ll also throw in a digital copy of Bar Scars and Warpriest, because I don’t have any physical copies of them.

As ever, any kind of retweeting, sharing, social-media whatever is massively appreciated.

Godspeed
Nik

Hoods, Hot Rods and Hellcats!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 20, 2013 by nikkorpon

HHH-Digital-coverAin’t she purty?

Hoods, Hot Rods, And Hellcats is an anthology of original crime fiction set in Postwar America, the era that gave birth to our consumer driven culture. For the emergent superpower, a good consumer was a patriot. Dollars bought “happiness” and undermined the diabolical Red menace. Even more than that, a good consumer was a homogenized suburbanite—making Draper’s job cake.

However, for the men and women changed by the war, accepting the lockstep didn’t come easy—if at all. If you throw in the “teen-ager” and a bunch of hillbillies singing rock’n’roll, you’ve got trouble…

“…the world of Hoods, Hot Rods, and Hellcats is a dirty cocktail of fact, fable, fears, and fantasies. The 1950s are recreated one more time but here it’s with a savage, razor-honed edge you’ll never find in Grease, Happy Days, or American Graffitti.” From the Introduction by Mick Farren.

There’s murder and robbery, shootouts and knife fights, car chases and drag races, good girls and bad girls, and a lot of troubled men. Hoods opens with a brilliant introduction from counterculture icon Mick Farren, then busts you in the mush with eight lengthy tales from Eric Beetner, Chad Eagleton, Matthew Funk, Christopher Grant, Heath Lowrance, David James Keaton, Thomas Pluck. Oh, and I managed to sneak my way in somehow.

So what’s inside?

-A young woman constructs her murderous identity from her father’s stash of lurid paperbacks.

-A hot rod mechanic’s relationship with his troubled wife redlines when his brother returns home from the War.

-Passing through a small town, a former Marine finds his girl and a whole lot of trouble.

-A pair of brothers on a robbery spree cut a bloody swath through the Southwest until they encounter a little girl with a stuffed rabbit.

-A young boy discovers just how far he’ll go for rock ‘n’ roll.

-A lonely girl and an emotionally scarred vet face a beachside showdown with a violent motorcycle gang.

-A teenager follows the girl of his dreams into a high-octane nightmare.

-Two generations of men named Jake obsess over a girl named Cherry.

 

There’s an indiegogo campaign going to fund this anthology and a ton of great perks available (can you say switchblade comb?) If you’re short on cash, we appreciate a tweet or link just as much!

Godspeed
Nik

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Anatomy of Archetypes Workshop at LitReactor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by nikkorpon

omar-indeedI’m very excited (and lagging behind) to say that I’m teaching a class over at LitReactor called ANATOMY OF ARCHETYPES. The class runs from 13-27 June. We’ll be looking as classical archetypes in stories and ways to undermine and subvert those archetypes to create new and compelling characters. Things we discuss will include Omar Little, Darth Vader, The Odyssey, hardboiled novels, Rooster Cogburn and more. This class will deal mainly in genre, but go across genre-bnoundaries, so no worries if you have one particular one you’re fond of. The class synopsis is below. You should make like the Deadites and join us. It’ll be fun.

It doesn’t matter if you’re writing hardboiled crime or urban fantasy, space operas or western ballads: The most inventive plot will crack and disintegrate if there aren’t real and compelling characters supporting it. 

These characters, though, are not just arbitrary attributes housed inside a shell. From Luke Skywalker to Phineas Poe to Hamlet, the most memorable figures in literature can be aligned with a character archetype. By studying these archetypes—their characteristics and their place within a plot—we can create characters that readers are able to identify with.

But, will this make the reader follow the characters into Hell? We need to make these characters real, living, bleeding people, and by exploiting the archetypes, by subverting and humanizing them with concise, evocative details, we can create the type of characters that a reader will follow into whatever shadowed alley, extraplanetary prison or damned castle in which their dark fate lies.

This class will focus on genre fiction, which has long been ghettoized by the literati for being formulaic and poorly written. There are several reasons for choosing genre, the least of which is showing why this notion is not accurate.

First, there are as many genres as there are ways to dispose of a body. This is important because each genre has their own tropes and expectations, ones that we will learn to subvert and combine with other genres to create surprising and original tales in a variety of settings.

Second, genre fiction tends to have the most obvious character archetypes, for better or worse, and this will allow us to analyze, deconstruct and rebuild them into more fully-realized people that will work as easily in a noir melodrama as a dystopian western.

Finally, many stories in these genres are fueled by the desire for power or love, an impulse that impacts almost every action in every aspect of society. 

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