Dodging Bullets: Fortitude and Publishing

Last year television was introduced to a new network called PIVOT, and well there wasn’t a lot good with the channel save for one series starring Stanley Tucci as an American investigator sent to Fortitude to conduct an investigation of the death of a noted scientist. Fortitude is an isolated community in Arctic Norway, which is an amalgamation of nations, yet is under the rule of no particular country. The eponymous series was collaborated and produced by PIVOT and Sky Atlantic. The series starred, along with Tucci, Michael Gambon (Harry Potter series), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who (9th), Cracker), Sofie Gråbøl (Night Watch, The Killing (original)), and Richard Dormer.

FORTITUDE, as I said, was pretty much the only good thing about PIVOT, in less than a year the network shut its doors and hopes for a second season. The series is part mystery, part science fiction, and season one was some of the best acting on television. But, has Stanley Tucci ever not deliver? Earlier this year, I was happy to learn that FORTITUDE would be back with Dennis Quaid in the lead and Sky Atlantic now partnering with Amazon to produce. Available today free to Amazon Prime member, you can start streaming FORTITUDE season two. And if you missed season one, it is also available, so make it a long weekend.

Before you dive into the television series, Shotgun Honey has started its own the road to second lives. Today, I am excited to reissue through the Shotgun Honey imprint the second printing of FEDERALES by Christopher Irvin. All the books hold places in my heart, but I still vividly remember reading FEDERALES for the first time with utmost dread and by the time I finished I was excited. The dread came from having worked with Chris via Shotgun Honey, who was a second generation editor taking over for Chad Rohrbacher, and I was fearful that the story would be publishable,  even for a press as inexperienced as One Eye Press. But I was excited because the book initially had remnants of one of my favorite movies, Man on Fire starring Denzel Washington. I often tell people that there are no new ideas, the uniqueness in stories comes from how the ideas are worked and presented. So yes, FEDERALES is a book about personal redemption and the responsibility to others, but Chris made FEDERALES all his own.

Expect to see other One Eye Press books see second printings under the Shotgun Honey imprint in the coming weeks.

Synopsis

Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town–until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.

Inspired by true events, Federales is a story of survivors’ compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever-darkening circumstances.

Where to Buy

FEDERALES will soon be available in paperback from Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com, or ebook from Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Apple, Kobo, and Smashwords.

Praise

“Christopher Irvin s FEDERALES is an absolute gut-punch of a novella. The story of one man s search for redemption and justice within a Mexican system that has long-forgotten the meaning of either will haunt you long after the last page is turned.”

Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce

FEDERALES is a sweaty, feverish sojourn into a fetid limb of the Mexican drug war, where sentiment, principles and fellow feeling have no place. Christopher Irvin’s read will carry you swiftly through to the fitting end.”

Sam Hawken, author of The Dead Women of Juárez

“In his debut novella, Christopher Irvin deftly captures the frustration and futility of the Mexican Drug War. Part character study, part thriller, FEDERALES reads as a brutally human parable that tells a story that is sadly all too real.”

Johnny Shaw, Anthony Award winning author of Big Maria and Dove Season

In Case You Missed It

The Scientist by M. G. Juelle

The Miami skyline dangled over lavender clouds like stalactites made of pink light and shadows.

“I could die right now,” she said.

“It would take at least eight—”

“It’s an expression, silly.” She laughed. “Means I’m happy.”

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We are always open to submissions. So if you want to be like one of the folks mentioned above, hit us up at the Submissions Manager.

Until next time, all the best.

Holiday 99¢ Sale

One Eye Press wants to wish everyone a happy holidays, and to help you fill your virtual stockings. All One Eye Press Kindle editions are reduced to 99¢ for the month of December.

Don’t be a Grinch, be a Saint… Nick with these holiday deals.

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If you want to fill those physical stockings and your own virtual stocking, ever Kindle edition has a paperback companion and with the purchase of the paperback you get the Kindle version free.

Enjoy the gift of reading.

Happy Holidays!

Christopher Irvin’s FEDERALES Now on Sale

federales-3dWe at One Eye Press are happy to announce the release of Federales by Christopher Irvin, the first in our One Eye Press Singles line of novellas. This consumable novella is available in print, Kindle and Nook releases starting at $2.99.

 

The Story

Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.

Advanced Praise for Federales

“In his debut novella, Christopher Irvin deftly captures the frustration and futility of the Mexican Drug War. Part character study, part thriller, Federales reads as a brutally human parable that tells a story that is sadly all too real.”

— Johnny Shaw, Anthony Award winning  author of Big Maria and Dove Season

Federales is stripped lean as a body dropped in the desert, as unrelenting as the sun that beats down on it. In here, there’s no concern for what’s right or what’s moral, only what’s inevitable.”

— Nik Korpon, author of Stay God and Sweet Angel

“Christopher Irvin’s Federales is an absolute gut-punch of a novella. The story of one man s search for redemption and justice within a Mexican system that has long-forgotten the meaning of either will haunt you long after the last page is turned.”

— Todd Robinson, author of The Hard Bounce

“Federales is a sweaty, feverish sojourn into a fetid limb of the Mexican drug war, where sentiment, principles and fellow feeling have no place. Christopher Irvin’s read will carry you swiftly through to the fitting end.”

— Sam Hawken, author of The Dead Women of Juárez

“Chris Irvin displays a rare gift for creating atmosphere in this slow burn noir thriller. Federales is sneaky good. A few pages in and you’re hooked. A few more and you can’t breathe. Essential reading from an outstanding new talent.”

— John Mantooth, author of The Year of the Storm  and Shoebox Train Wreck

“Sleek and fast as a bullet, Federales brings the seamy and deadly Mexican underworld to life—and signals the arrival of a major new talent.”

— Nate Kenyon, award-winning author of Day One

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And Naughty They Were – Winners

federales-3dOh the stories they tell, when you allow people the chance to open their souls.

We asked for stories of naughty childhoods which we would choose three (3) of the naughtiest or funniest responses. Chris, I and Mr. Hat got to choose the winners.

Bill Baber

I usually toed the line around Christmas. I wasn’t worried too much about Santa, it was my old man I had to look out for. When he had a little to much Early Times, the holiday spirit got the hell out of house in a hurry.

When I was nine, there was a new football under the tree. Intending to punt it in the direction of my bedroom, I instead shanked it off the side of my foot. The ball took out part of the upper portion of the tree as well as a living room window.

My father was assessed no penalty for roughing the kicker.

April Hawks

Showed my sister what a snow storm looked like. (I was 4 she was 2) I poured baby powder all over our bedroom…EVERYWHERE. Then I realized that it wasn’t sticking to anything so I spread vaseline on EVERYTHING and did it again. It stuck that time.

Laurie

When I was 12, I created a fake elf license in September (complete with photo and well placed glitter). Sure it wasn’t good enough to get me into any bars, but it was good enough to enslave my four year old sister for the three months preceding Christmas…for the next two years.

Now that you’ve shared, be sure to claim your prize by dropping us a note with your address to [email protected]. You’ll hopefully get it before the new year.

Have a Happy Holidays!

Naughty or Nice? Get a copy of FEDERALES for your stocking.

This is the time of the season where old Kris Kringle assesses who’s been naughty or nice, and if we know our readers like we think, you’ve been kind of naughty. Right?

We don’t like to judge. Really, who are we to do such things? We’d rather just give out gifts or free books.

As it happens, we got a fat stack of Advance Reader Copies of FEDERALES by Christopher Irvin for review purposes. Most are allocated, but there are a few extra, and three (3) to be precise that one of you will own this Holiday Season.

The question is how do we decide who the winners are? Well, partly random, but here’s your challenge:

In the Comments below we want you to confess to one naughty thing you did as a child around the Holidays. Funnier the better. Nothing gross, please.

One winner will be chosen by the author, Chris Irvin, one winner by the publisher, Ron Earl Phillips, and the last will be random.

You have 24 hours. They say confession is good for the soul, but in this case good for your bookshelf. Start talking.

OEP Announces Singles and FEDERALES

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We are please to announce a new novella series we are calling One Eye Press Singles and its flagship title FEDERALES by Christopher Irvin. Singles will have a quarterly release starting with Irvin’s FEDERALES on March 4th, 2014, and followed with June, September and December releases for titles to be announced in the coming months. FEDERALES will release in both digital (Kindle, Nook) and print (Amazon, Limited Pre-Order).

FEDERALES

Mexican Federal Agent Marcos Camarena dedicated his life to the job. But in a country where white knights die meaningless deaths, martyred in a hole with fifty other headless bodies in the desert, corruption is not an attribute but a scale; no longer a stigma but the status quo.

When Marcos’s life is threatened, he leaves law enforcement and his life in Mexico City behind for a coastal resort town—until an old friend asks him to look after an outspoken politician, a woman who knows cartel violence all too well. Despite his best efforts, Marcos can’t find it in his heart to refuse, and soon finds himself isolated on the political front lines of the war on drugs.

Inspired by true events, Federales is a story of survivors’ compulsive devotion to a cause in the face of ever-darkening circumstances.

About the Author

Christopher Irvin has traded all hope of a good night’s rest for the chance to spend his mornings writing dark and noir fiction. His short stories have appeared in several publications, including Thuglit, Noir Nation, and Shotgun Honey. He lives with his wife and son in Boston, Massachusetts. For more, visit christopherirvin.net.