Underwood and Flinch: Disturbing the Devil

Hello Listeners! Sorry about the long silence since my last posting. I've been busy though, and the proof of my busy-ness is Disturbing the Devil - a brand new stand-alone U&F story set in the newly opened London Underground of 1863. It features a new member of the Flinch family, Ben, and a new adversary for Underwood (but I'll say no more of that as it'd be a spolier). And while the story takes place long after the events of Blood and Smoke and long before the events of Underwood and Flinch, it does play a significant part in the overall world of Underwood and Flinch.

Note that it's not a free podcast. It's a pay download. Right now, the only site it's available from is Payhip.com. The reason I've gone with them is because they allow me to set my own price (£2.50 Sterling / $4.11 U.S.D.). Audible - from which I hope to make it available soon - will charge between $7 and $10, so if you're an Audible user and you don't mind spending a bit more, that might be the best way for you to go.

Early reports suggest that you can't download from Payhip straight to your iPhone (that I know of). Payhip requires you to pay using Paypal. They then send you a link and you download from that. If it won't go straight to your phone, download it to your computer and drag and drop it to your mobile device using whatever software goes with that device. I don't have a smartphone, so for me it's just download to computer, drop into iTunes and thence onto iPod (I know, I'm soooo old-tech). Samsung users say it does download straight to their phones.

If you don't have Paypal, my first advice would be to get it; it's damn useful for all sorts of things. But if you don't want it, then bear with me, as I will get it onto Audible soon (if they'll have it, they can be pernickity blighters) and other sites soon that will hopefully take credit cards or whatever.

Here's the artwork, done as ever by the fabulous M.J. Hahn and taken from an authentic illustration from a London newspaper of the 1870s (I know, because I had to buy it to have the right to use it as artwork). Click this link to go straight to the Payhip site and download, Underwood and Flinch: Disturbing the Devil.


The Hardback and Paperback of U&F Complete, Now on Sale.

OK, here it is, for everyone who doesn't want the two individual ebook volumes of U&F at $2.99 each, I present the paperback and hardback all-in-one volumes.

The hardback is the high-end luxury product, with the paperback as the more affordable option. Yes, they aren't as cheap as stuff you see on Amazon, but remember, there are two novels in one volume, and that's a lot of paper. If U&F were in the hands of a "real" publisher, the books would be edited down to a fraction of the size.

The hardback is priced as it is so I can make a modest profit from any Amazon sales (because Amazon want their cut, too). The paperback is priced as it is because I've kept it OFF Amazon in order to keep the cost down. For this reason, only the hardback has an ISBN (international standard book number, which is what retailers need to sell it in their stores). For both books, discounts exist ONLY at Lulu, and that's where I urge you to buy.

Here are the links ...

Hardback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-bennett/underwood-and-flinch/hardcover/product-21742664.html

Paperback: http://www.lulu.com/shop/mike-bennett/underwood-and-flinch/paperback/product-21746569.html

Once again, my huge thanks to all the U&F Fundraisers for helping to make this happen. Your names adorn the dedication pages!

NB: There's a printing and delivery time of over a week - I know, not ideal, but that's self-publishing companies for you.

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


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.

Ship image by Gleads

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.



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.

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