underwood & flinch

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

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!!!!

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.

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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