Book Release: The Fury of Blacky Jaguar by Angel Luis Colón

We at One Eye Press are thrilled to announce our sixth Singles release with the publication of THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR by Angel Luis Colón. Available today from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

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About THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR

Blacky Jaguar ex-IRA hard man, devoted greaser, and overall hooligan, is furious. Someone’s made off with Polly, his 1959 Plymouth Fury, and there’s not much that can stop him from getting her back. It doesn t take him to long to get a name, Osito, the Little Bear. This career bastard has Polly in his clutches, and Blacky doesn’t have long until she’s a memory.

The sudden burst of righteous violence gets the attention of Special Agent Linda Chen, FBI pariah and Blacky’s former flame. Linda’s out to get her man before he burns down half the Bronx and her superiors get the collar.

All roads will lead our heroes to an unassuming house in one of the worst parts of the South Bronx, where fists and bullets will surely fly, but maybe, just maybe, Blacky will find a better reason to fight than a car. The Fury of Blacky Jaguar is the story of friends, enemies, and one sweet ass ride.

About Angel Luis Colón

Angel Luis Colón’s fiction has appeared in multiple print and web publications like All Due Respect, Thuglit, Big Pulp, and Spinetingler. He reviews mystery/suspense novels for My Bookish Ways, an award-winning book blogging and review site, and is an editor for Shotgun Honey, a flash-fiction website focused on publishing the best in noir, hard-boiled, and crime. He’s been nominated for the Derringer Award and has won a writing contest or two. Keep up with him at his site, angeluiscolon.com or follow him on Twitter @GoshDarnMyLife

Early Praise for THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR

“Angel Colon’s writing mixes brutal violence with dark humor, but he never forgets the emotional truth of his characters. Colon and THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR should be on everyone’s radar now. Readers are going to love this exciting new voice.” — Dave White, Shamus Award Nominated author of NOT EVEN PAST

THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR is a hardboiled Guy Ritchie-esque romp that clocks you in the jaw and leaves you eager for more the instant the credits roll. Angel Colón is only beginning what is sure to be a career to watch.” –Christopher Irvin, author of BURN CARD and FEDERALES

“I want a Black Jaguar TV series. And an action figure. And a lunchbox. And Blacky-branded brass knuckles. Until that day, I’ll settle for this razor-sharp, rattling buzzsaw of a novella.” –Rob Hart, author of NEW YORKED

“Don’t let the Heavenly name fool you, Angel Colon’s writing brings the heat. THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR is a darkly wry, bare-knuckle brawl of a book that’ll leave you seeing stars. Five star reviews that is. I sure as Hell hope Angel has more in store for Blacky Jaguar, because this character has more fight in him than can be contained in a single novella.” –Bracken MacLeod, author of MOUNTAIN HOME and WHITE KNIGHT

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The Fury of Blacky Jaguar Available for Pre-Order

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About Blacky Jaguar

Blacky Jaguar ex-IRA hard man, devoted greaser, and overall hooligan, is furious. Someone’s made off with Polly, his 1959 Plymouth Fury, and there’s not much that can stop him from getting her back. It doesn t take him to long to get a name, Osito, the Little Bear. This career bastard has Polly in his clutches, and Blacky doesn’t have long until she’s a memory.

The sudden burst of righteous violence gets the attention of Special Agent Linda Chen, FBI pariah and Blacky’s former flame. Linda’s out to get her man before he burns down half the Bronx and her superiors get the collar.

All roads will lead our heroes to an unassuming house in one of the worst parts of the South Bronx, where fists and bullets will surely fly, but maybe, just maybe, Blacky will find a better reason to fight than a car. The Fury of Blacky Jaguar is the story of friends, enemies, and one sweet ass ride.

About Angel Luis Colón

angelcolonAngel Luis Colon’s fiction has appeared in multiple print and web publications like All Due Respect, Thuglit, Big Pulp, and Spinetingler. He reviews mystery/suspense novels for My Bookish Ways, an award-winning book blogging and review site, and is an editor for Shotgun Honey, a flash-fiction website focused on publishing the best in noir, hard-boiled, and crime. He’s been nominated for the Derringer Award and has won a writing contest or two. Keep up with him at his site, angeluiscolon.com or follow him on Twitter @GoshDarnMyLife

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Tom Pitt takes over Do Some Damage

image001Coughs, comes up to podium, remembers sage advice: Open with a joke. Open with a joke!

Um … The novel walks into a bar, followed by the novella.

Bartender says, “What’s with the new guy?”

The novel says, “It’s a long story.”

(Stolen from @IsTheNovelDead on twitter)

A few years ago, when I tried to pen my first longer work—the piece that eventually became Knuckleball—a friend told me, “The novella is dead!”

image003I’m happy to say this friend (I’m looking at you, Joe Clifford!) was wrong.

Although, I’m not sure he was wrong at the time.

They’re always proclaiming something is dead. God is dead! Rock’n’Roll is dead! Or my personal favorite: Disco is dead!! But there was something a bit more sinister at work here. The publishing industry really did their best to kill off the novella—the brunch of literature, the Opie-size opuses, bite-sized book, the orphan of the epic.

It wasn’t really that reader’s appetites for shorter works had died off. Far from it. The reality of printing skinny little hardcopy books that had to be shipped, invoiced, and stored (thus keeping the price close to what a full-length novel would be) made it tough to rationalize keeping them in the game. If a customer saw a big fat book for 12.99 and a thin volume for 10.99, they’d most likely pick up the bigger tome to get more bang for their buck. Who could blame ‘em? The big houses saw their out and gave the novella the squeeze.

image006Enter the eBook—enter the era of the 99 cent book. Hate on ‘em if you must, but the eBook continues to eclipse their older, heavier brothers with ease, convenience, and price. Now it’s possible to crank out plenty of shorter works without the price-heavy network necessary to get novellas to the readers.

And the public responded. Turns out they dig novellas. In spades.

The publishers responded too. From Don Delillo’s Point Omega to Eric Beetner’s Dig Two Graves, the publishing world has been kicking out tiny tomes left and right.

johnsonI don’t know about y’all, but when I’m trying out a new author I often want to dip my toe in the water. Get a taste. When I first tried out Denis Johnson, I bought Nobody Move, his noir novella. (Loved it, by the way, although a lot of his hardcore fans didn’t. It did the trick. I’m now a fan. I went on to read Tree of Smoke and other longer works of his. Train Dreams, another tight little novella of his remains a personal favorite.)

I just finished, The Drop, Dennis Lehane’s superb novella. It’s perfectly balanced and great example of a shorter book packing a punch. Tough to argue with success via satisfaction.

In fact, when my own novella, Piggyback, was published by Snubnose in 2012, I felt like I was in the midst of a novella renaissance. A novella-lution. Okay, that phrase doesn’t work too well, but you know what I mean.

One Eye Press answered the call in a big way and decided to put out a series of novellas—their Singles series. There’re a few other publishers, both big and small, that have been doing the same thing.

You might say it’s the shorter attention span of readers these days, or the ease of e-publishing, or the aligning of the planets. Whatever the reason, there’s something nice and satisfying about a novella.

oeps-knuckleball-pitts-3dcover-bWhen I think about Steinbeck’s the Red Pony or Of Mice and Men, or even the goddamn Great Gatsby—which by most folk’s measurements would be classified as a novella—there’s direct and concise quality about a thin tome that gets lost inside of a 500-page doorstopper.

So … here’s to the novella.

Oh, by the way, my own novella, my first born, the piece that holds that special place in my heart, KNUCKLEBALL is out now and available from One Eye Press.

Bio: Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. His novel, HUSTLE, and his novella, Piggyback, are available from Snubnose Press. His new novella, Knuckleball, will be released by One Eye Press is out now. Find links to more of his work at: TomPittsAuthor.com

Book Launch: Knuckleball by Tom Pitts

0692370773One Eye Press is thrilled to kick off the 2015 Singles season with the launch of Knuckleball by Tom Pitts.

About Knuckleball

Hugh Patterson is an old-school cop and die-hard Giants fan rooted in the San Francisco Mission District. When he’s struck down in the line of duty, the whole city is aghast. But Oscar Flores, a 15-year old Latino boy obsessed with baseball, witnesses the gruesome crime and has a plan to assuage the city’s grief and satisfy his own vision of justice. Against the backdrop of a weekend long series with the Dodgers, the gripping crime story plays out against the city’s brightest monuments and darkest alleys.

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Early Praise for Knuckleball

“Knuckleball is a bruiser of a story that reads as fast as the title implies, and sits heavy in your mind long after you’ve read the last page. Pitts obviously knows the darkness of his city’s gangland and portrayed here against the light of America’s favorite pastime, while showing both sides their proper respect, is nothing short of remarkable. It’s classic good and evil, hope and despair, but with Pitts, nothing is ever that cut and dry, and rarely does anyone get away clean. Conversational prose, brilliant ensemble casts, ratcheting tension, and the hint of something unexpected right over the next page is the reason to read Tom Pitts in the first place, but with Knuckleball, I’d say he knocked it out of the park. Top notch.”

—Brian Panwich, Author of BULL MOUNTAIN

“In Knuckleball, Tom Pitts finds the beating heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, then reaches into its chest and rips that heart out. An ambitious and tightly-packed slice of modern crime fiction.”

—Jordan Harper, Author of LOVE AND OTHER WOUNDS

“A gut-punch of a story written at a blistering pace by a master of street noir. If you dig tales with wire-tight tension, stuffed with characters that massage the margins of life then pick up Mr. Pitts latest work.”

—Mike McCrary, Author of REMO WENT ROGUE and GETTING UGLY

 About Tom Pitts

Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. His new novel, HUSTLE, and his novella, PIGGYBACK, are available from Snubnose Press. Tom is an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books and editor of the Flash Fiction Offensive. Find links to more of his work at: TomPittsAuthor.com.

 

 

No Moral Center: Knuckleball by Tom Pitts

0692370773So I just finished reading Tom Pitts’ new novella, Knuckleball.  It’s a quick read that manages to pack a lot of information in its limited space. We are thoroughly introduced to a handful of characters whose lives will unfortunately intertwine as a result of a tragic shooting. The drama of solving the murder of a police officer unfolds and is then brought to what seems to be a satisfactory conclusion. Except, of course, this is not a glossy version of reality. This is the kind of fiction where truth intrudes more than it ever could in non-fiction. The novella ends on an ambiguous note appropriate to the tone of the entire story. Justice has many faces, and sometimes, those faces don’t fit so well within the parameters of the law. If you’re like me, if you can’t stand tidy endings where little birds land on a windowsill and sing zippety-fucking-doo-dah, you’ll enjoy Knuckleball.

Review by Alec Cizak
No Moral Center
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Knuckleball cover reveal, Pre-order goes live

We are just 2 months shy of our 2015 Singles season, kicking off with KNUCKLEBALL by Tom Pitts, formerly LIFE OF SERVICE.

We’ve been sitting on the cover art for a couple weeks, but we are thrilled to have another compilation by Dyer Wilk, providing the foundation art and the voodoo he do so well. Cover dress by Ron Earl Phillips, OEP’s man of many hats.

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We have launched a KNUCKLEBALL page, where you can get all the specifics on our newest novella from Tom Pitts, including an excerpt.

KNUCKLEBALL is a 96 page novella releasing in both print and digital format, and includes a two chapter excerpt from our next Singles release, THE GUNMEN by Timothy Friend. Releasing March 24, 215, KNUCKLEBALL is now available for pre-order from Amazon for both the paperback and Kindle editions. Nook, Kobo, and Smashwords to be available for order on the day of release.

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One Eye Press Adds More Singles

oepfaviconEarlier this fall we announced the acquisition of Tom Pitts’ novella, LIFE OF SERVICE, with a tentative release of March 2015. Pitts novella kicks off our second season of the Singles line, and while on schedule we have changed the title to KNUCKLEBALL and should have a cover reveal late January, early February.

Today we are happy to announce the three novellas following KNUCKLEBALL. Coming May 2015, One Eye Press returns to the western with a buddy shoot ’em up titled GUNMEN by Timothy Friend, followed by THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR by Angel Luis Colón in July, and  HURT HAWKS by Mike Miner in September.

About GUNMEN by Timothy Friend

Owen Ash and Charlie Brittle are the dead-broke owners of the least popular saloon in the desert town of Olvidados. So when a known bank robber with a bounty on his head is spotted in the vicinity, the pair see a way to quickly improve their fortunes. Capturing their man proves to be easy enough. But while attempting to collect the reward they find themselves at odds with the notorious Scault gang, a vicious outlaw family widely feared for their ruthlessness.

After a violent encounter leaves one of the family dead, the Scaults retaliate, leaving Owen and Charlie no choice but to track them to their lair in the heart of the desert. Each leg of the journey brings more brutality and death, and the reluctant bounty hunters are forced to embrace their own savage natures when they finally face the deadly Scaults in a showdown at the ends of the earth.

About Timothy Friend

Timothy Friend photoTimothy Friend is a writer and independent filmmaker whose fiction has been published in Crossed-Genres, Thuglit, and Needle: A Magazine of Noir. He is the writer and director of the feature film, “Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula,” distributed by Indican Pictures. He holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. For more information, visit http://www.timothyfriend.net/

About THE FURY OF BLACKY JAGUAR by Angel Luis Colón

Blacky Jaguar—ex-IRA hard man, devoted greaser, and overall hooligan—is furious. Someone’s made off with Polly—his 1959 Plymouth Fury—and there’s not much that can stop him from getting her back. It doesn’t take him to long to get a name, Osito—the Little Bear. This career bastard has Polly in his clutches, and Blacky doesn’t have long until she’s a memory.

The sudden burst of righteous violence gets the attention of Special Agent Linda Chen—FBI pariah and Blacky’s former flame. Linda’s out to get her man before he burns down half the Bronx and her superiors get the collar.

All roads will lead our heroes to an unassuming house in one of the worst parts of the South Bronx, where fists and bullets will surely fly, but maybe—just maybe—Blacky will find a better reason to fight than a car.

The Fury of Blacky Jaguar is the story of friends, enemies, and one sweet ass ride.

About Angel Luis Colón

angelcolonAngel Luis Colón‘s short fiction has appeared in All Due Respect, Out of The Gutter, Revolt Daily, Shotgun Honey, and Thuglit. He hails from The Bronx and works out of New York City, but has been exiled to live in the northern wastes of New Jersey with his family—thankfully; he has access to good beer and single malts. For more, visit angelluiscolon.com.

About HURT HAWKS by Mike Miner

Captain Patrick Donovan was once a real American hero. Used to run missions for special forces, for the CIA. Now he is a pirate, a mercenary making a handsome living in the Southwestern U.S. as a bag man for the cartels, a liaison between the suppliers and the buyers. He is haunted by the sins of his past, by a mission gone terribly wrong. He can’t stop thinking about the soldier who rescued him, Chris Rogers. The man who took a bullet in his spine to save Donovan and his men.

When Donovan learns that Chris was murdered by local thugs, guilt nags him. He and his men will tear Dorchester, Massachusetts apart to find the gangster responsible and avenge Chris’ death. But nothing in life is simple. When Chris’ young son takes matters into his own hands, the stakes are raised and Donovan faces a choice. Walk away or sacrifice himself for Chris’ wife and child.

Donovan is done with walking away.

About Mike Miner

miner b&wMike Miner lives and writes in Connecticut. He is the author of Prodigal Sons (All Due Respect Books), The Immortal Game (Gutter Books) and Everything She Knows (SolsticeLit Books). His stories can be found in the anthologies, Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT and Pulp Ink 2 as well as in places like Thuglit, Beat To a Pulp, All Due Respect, Burnt Bridge, Narrative, PANK, The Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey and others.

 

Join us in welcoming these new additions to the One Eye Press family. And for those who haven’t tried our books and collections, all One Eye Press Kindle editions are just 99¢ during the month of December. Happy Holidays.

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.

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Announcing LIFE OF SERVICE by Tom Pitts

Tom-Pitts-Photo-2One Eye Press is happy to welcome Tom Pitts and announce the acquisition of his novella LIFE OF SERVICE.

Tom Pitts is an exciting addition to our small cabal of authors who have contributed to the OEP Singles line. After reading just the first few pages of LIFE OF SERVICE, we knew that Tom’s book would be a perfect fit with our previous crime thrillers WHITE KNIGHT by Bracken MacLeod and FEDERALES by Christopher Irvin, and by the end we were thrilled to accept his novella.

About the Book:

Hugh Patterson is an old-school cop and die-hard Giants fan rooted in the San Francisco Mission District. When he’s struck down in the line of duty, the whole city is aghast. But Oscar Flores, a 15-year old Latino boy obsessed with baseball, witnesses the gruesome crime and has a plan to assuage the city’s grief and satisfy his own vision of justice. Against the backdrop of a weekend long series with the Dodgers, the gripping crime story plays out against the city’s brightest monuments and darkest alleys.

About Tom Pitts:

Tom Pitts received his education on the streets of San Francisco. He remains there, working, writing, and trying to survive. His new novel, HUSTLE, and his novella, PIGGYBACK, are available from Snubnose Press.

Tom is an acquisitions editor at Gutter Books and editor of the Flash Fiction Offensive.

Find links to more of his work at: TomPittsAuthor.com

LIFE OF SERVICE is expected to be released March 24, 2015 both in print and for the Kindle.

Gospel of the Bullet cover reveal.

GOTB-OEPS-LeeksOne Eye Press is excited as we hit the 6 week window to to the release of our first western novella, GOSPEL OF THE BULLET by Chris Leek.

As a tease, please enjoy the cover reveal with art by C D Regan. Chuck, as we know him, is a talented creator – designer, artist, writer – the whole enchilada. You can see some of his outstanding work in and on the many excellent Zelmer Pulp collections.

 

GOSPEL OF THE BULLET by Chris Leek

Release Date: September 30, 2014
Price: $7.95 print $3.50 digital

Mitchel McCann may have lost a war, but he never lost his belief. The preacher kept his faith throughout all the blood and the dying; trading his pulpit for a saddle and delivering his sermons with a brace of Walker Colts. McCann still believes in God, but he is no longer sure that God believes in him. Now fate has given him a chance at redemption; the opportunity to save a life instead of taking one.

Justice Simpson was only seven years old when she lost father. She has been losing steadily ever since. The Yankee ball that did for Dan Simpson also killed his wife, Rosalee, although it took another nine years to do it. Alone and destitute on the unforgiving streets of Saint Joseph, Missouri, Justice knows that the sooner or later the bullet will find her too.

In the winter of 1872 the war is long over, but on the Kansas—Missouri border old wounds are slow to heal and they leave ugly scars. The past is something that neither the preacher nor the girl can escape.

About Chris Leek

Chris Leek writes the kind of fiction that your mother probably wouldn’t like. He is part of the team behind the late night entertainment machine and genre fiction imprint, Zelmer Pulp and an editor at the western magazine, The Big Adios. His novella, “Nevada Thunder” will be out shortly from Snubnose Press. You can find out more at his blog: www.nevadaroadkill.blogspot.co.uk

 

White Knight by Bracken MacLeod Launches

whiteknight3dWe here at One Eye Press are ecstatic to release our second One Eye Press Singles, Bracken MacLeod’s WHITE KNIGHT.

What’s it about:

Once, he had imagined himself slaying dragons and making the monsters pay. But his armor was wearing thin as the women who drifted through his office haunted him with the same, hard-bought lie: “I want to drop the charges.” Every bruised face and split lip reminded the prosecutor of the broken home he’d escaped. So when Marisol Pierce appeared with an image of her son and a hint that she was willing to take a step away from the man abusing her, he made a promise he couldn’t keep.

A promise that could cost him everything.

Now, he’s in a race against time to find the boy, save the damsel, and free himself from a dragon no one can leash before everything in his world is burned to cinders. This is his last chance to be a White Knight.

Some men only know how to do hard things the hard way.

Some Advance Praise:

“I urge you to pick up WHITE KNIGHT by Bracken MacLeod at your soonest opportunity. If you enjoy noir that deposits you in the midst of a fevered nightmare and holds you fast with sweating palms and palpitating heart as street justice is sweetly measured out, this is the fiction you must read. This is a hugely masterful accomplishment and that is an understatement.”

–Les Edgerton, author of THE RAPIST, THE BITCH and (forthcoming) THE GENUINE, IMITATION, PLASTIC KIDNAPPING

“Bracken MacLoud s WHITE KNIGHT packs a novel s worth of action and emotion into a tightly spun novella; and it proves two of life s most enduring truths in the process: no good deed goes unpunished, and there is no stronger pull for the righteous than to rewrite the wrongs of the past. A powerhouse of a book.”

–Joe Clifford, author of JUNKIE LOVE and LAMENTATION

WHITE KNIGHT is a harrowing portrait of a man drowning in the riptide created by an imperfect legal system and his own best intentions. Bracken MacLeod packs a lot of story into this thoughtful, propulsive read.”

–Rob Hart, author of THE LAST SAFE PLACE: A ZOMBIE NOVELLA and the upcoming NEW YORKED

“Bracken MacLeod has outdone himself with WHITE KNIGHT, a bristling beast of a thriller that does what I would have thought impossible: it tops even his own brilliant debut, Mountain Home. I wouldn t advise missing this or any of MacLeod s stellar work.”

–Ed Kurtz, author of THE FORTY-TWO and A WIND OF KNIVES

“Bracken MacLeod has penned a brisk noir thriller that leaves you panting, with the icy fingers of street-raised psychopaths tickling the back of your neck. Dennis Lehane s sensibility with the pedal mashed to the floor and the key broken off in the ignition, WHITE KNIGHT is a heart-thumping ride with an inevitable outcome you can t see coming.”

–Thomas Pluck, author of BLADE OF DISHONOR

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