The Waiting is Over. Episode 6 is Live!

Big, Hard, and Totally Awesome! The U&F Hardback Arrives!!

It arrived early this afternoon. Four years in the writing and another two in the editing, formatting and publishing. Finally, the single biggest achievement of my life lands on my desk - and it's gorgeous! Thanks to M.J. Hahn for the cover artwork, Jason Oh for the author photograph, my wife for her help with proof-reading and formatting, and the gallant contributors to the U&F fundraiser! Huzzah!! Underwood and Flinch rises!!

 

Blood and Smoke 4 Now Online

Blood and Smoke, Episode 4 is now online! In this episode we meet a new character - no two! - just not in the same time zone.

Listen live / download here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/mikebennett/UFBS_04.mp3

Get it from itunes here: U&F at iTunes

Get it straight to your android with the Android App.

Get it for Stitcher Radio here: U&F at Stitcher Radio


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U&F Blood and Smoke 3 Now Online

Episode 3 is now live. Underwood and Matthias reach Kingston, Jamaica. Underwood sets out to hire a ship and finds there's a more in the shadowy alleys than just doxies and nightsoil.

Here's a direct download link: Blood and Smoke Episode Three

One Among the Sleepless in The Guardian and FREE ebook!

One Among the Sleepless (my first novel) is included on this list of Guardian readers' recommended self-published fiction ebooks. It's in alphabetical order, so Sleepless is towards the bottom. 


And, to celebrate, I'm making the ebook free for a limited period at Amazon, so grab your free copy today! Here are the links for Amazon.com  / Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.au - which needs some reviews. Hey, they all need reviews!! So please leave a few kinds in your wake. I thank you :-)

Oh, and don't forget, the podcast audiobook is also back online at Podiobooks after a year away, so help yourself to some of that action too. NICE ONE!!

Blood and Smoke: Episode Two

After a lot of bother with my podcasting host, I can now happily announce that U&F Blood and Smoke, Episode Two, is now live in my main feed. In this episode, Underwood begins the tale of what happened to him and Matthias once they left the vampire's island.

Chapter One: The Journey to Jamaica.


However, as a result of the situation with my podcast host, I've started releasing Blood and Smoke in my Vault of Bennett feed. So as a back-up, it might be an idea to subscribe to that feed too. As a bonus, it also includes all the original Hall of Mirrors episodes without the lengthy intros and old, out of date news ... Which is nice :-)

The Vault of Bennett links are: Podcast Site and iTunes feed.

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Blood and Smoke Begins!

Happy Halloween, Listeners!
Underwood and Flinch: Blood and Smoke - Volume 3 of The Underwood and Flinch Chronicles - has now begun!


The first episode, "Prologue", is now live, and you can download it directly from this link: Blood and Smoke Episode One. Tempting though it is, I'm not going to say anything about it - you'll just have to listen and hear for yourself :-)

The podcast will be a monthly event, and like the original U&F podcast, episodes will be 30 minutes to an hour long.

It'll be in my usual iTunes feed, so if your subscription to that has dried up, you can refresh it here: Underwood@iTunes

And if you're an Android user, you can get it using the U&F Android App

So, what are you waiting for? Download it right now, and give your Halloween night a touch of Underwood and Flinch! Huzzah!!!!

U&F 3: Blood and Smoke

And so, that day that many of you were probably thinking might never actually come, has come ... almost. Volume 3 of the Underwood and Flinch Chronicles will be called "Blood and Smoke" and it will be a podcast before it's sold as an ebook. This isn't how I wanted to do it - I wanted to write it and sell it as a book before I podcast it (makes sense, no?). However, I have a problem, and that's finding the time to write. I have a day job, and when I get home from work I'm often too pooped to write anything. At the weekends, my wife and I get to do all the things we can't do in the week (which, since moving into our new apartment, is mostly D.I.Y. - putting up shelves and painting and whatnot). All this means that the year is slipping away without that new U&F book I promised you last year - and how can we have a year go by without new U&F? Really? I mean, how?? No, it must happen, and it will happen.

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After a few false starts, I wrote most of what currently exists of Blood and Smoke (20,000+ words) on holiday back in February. I've chipped away at it since, but I haven't been able to get into a regular writing habit. So I've done two things: I've cut my hours at work to make time for writing, and I've decided that I'm going to write-to-podcast again, just as I did with the first U&F podcast. Yes, that way of working is difficult, but it makes me work; having thousands of people waiting for the next episode is a massive incentive to write. And I don't doubt that if I hadn't been podcasting the first U&F, I never would have written it - and I certainly wouldn't have finished it. And so, this October (exact date uncertain), the podcasting of Underwood and Flinch: Blood and Smoke will commence.

M.J. Hahn has once again provided some beautiful cover art for the podcast and the ebook (when it comes out - hopefully before the podcast concludes). Massive thanks to M.J. for that, and my thanks to you too, gentle listener, for your patience in waiting for this adventure to begin. Once it starts, podcast episodes will be monthly. I know you'd like 'em faster, but alas that's how long they take to write and record. If you want them faster, buy a thousand or so copies of each of my existing ebooks so I can give up the day job.

And, not only will there be a new podcast, but UnderwoodAndFlinch.com, will also be re-launched, with a new look and in a format that can be accessed easily by mobile phones and other portable devices. My thanks to Jason Andrews for all his work on the new U&F.com, it's slick, cool and will be the must-have mobile phone accessory of the autumn. The site will be launched just ahead of the podcast, so watch this space Smile

But for now, until the Moon rises over Blood and Smoke next month, farewell.

Underwood and Flinch - Ebooks Launch!

One podcast becomes two ebooks

Happy Underwood and Flinch Day! Yes, Underwood and Flinch, the 45-episode podcast, becomes 2 separate ebooks as today I launch The Underwood and Flinch Chronicles. Volume One is called "Resurrection" and contains the text of the podcast episodes from Night Crossing to Episode 21. Then the story continues in Volume Two, "Bonded in Blood", which is episodes 22 to 45.
These books are on sale now from Amazon stores worldwide (DRM-free, so you can share them with friends and family) and if you use Nook, Kobo, or iBooks, you can get epubs from my page at Smashwords.

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Why two books? Well, multiple reasons, actually. But most importantly, it's because they actually are two books; I'm made aware of thisevery time I try and write a plot synopsis. It's like two seasons of a TV show - describing the events of one doesn't cover the events of the other. Also, we're now in the age of the saga - the ongoing series of books. And since the sequel to U&F is, in fact, the first of three sequels (at least), I realized I was at the helm of just such a segmented century-spanning literary adventure (however, the word "saga" calls to mind "Twilight", and I don't feel comfy there, so I went with "Chronicles" instead).
The book I'm currently writing, the first sequel to the podcast story, is called Volume Three "Blood and Smoke". More than that, I cannot say, but I can say it's set in the Caribbean and Colonial America, and features Underwood and Matthias Flinch. The ebook will be out (hopefully) by the end of the year.

But for now, please help support The Underwood and Flinch Chronicles by buying a copy - or copies - of the ebooks and (if you'd be so kind) leaving a few positive words in your wake. My hope is that if enough people buy the books on Sunday they might propel them to a chart position where they'll be noticed by newbies in the ever-teeming marketplace that is the ebook-o-sphere.

There's a Facebook event today (Sunday), so if you're on the Book, please join us. You can also follow my tweets on the day by following me on Twitter @TheMikeBennett.

And so for now, all I can say is, Hip-Hip for Underwood and Flinch! May today be a cracker among days for the gentleman vampire and his trusty servant(s). Huzzah!

 

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