Thanks to 13th Dimension for adding “Silent City” by Alex Segura to its 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide! Check out the link for the full story!
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Here at Codorus Press, we’re always looking for the best and brightest – in any genre. Be it memoir, poetry, sci-fi, humor or mystery. Today, we’re happy to formally announce the latest addition to the Codorus library: Silent City, by Alex Segura.
Silent City gives readers a tour of the seedier side of Miami through the lens of washed up journalist Pete Fernandez, back in his hometown of Miami after the sudden death of his father. Pete’s a mess, slowly drinking himself to death, on the brink of losing his middle-management newspaper job and his fiancée just left him.
But when a co-worker he barely knows asks Pete to locate a missing daughter, Pete finds himself dragged into a tale of murder, drugs, double-crosses and memories bursting from the black heart of the Miami underworld – and his father’s past.
Alex Segura is a Miami native now residing in New York City. This is his first novel. Alex also plays guitar and sings in the New York indie rock band Faulkner Detectives. To learn more about Alex, visit his website at http://www.alexsegura.com.
“Codorus Press has a special place in its heart for writers who take risks with characterization and can bend genre rules,” said Codorus Press Publisher Wayne Lockwood. “Alex Segura is one of those writers, and Silent City is one of those books. We’re happy to be its home.”
Silent City will be available in bookstores and all major online vendors on Oct. 29. It is the first in a series.
To request a review copy or for more info on Silent City, please contact Liv Lansdale at email@example.com
We’re certainly not opposed to heavy reading around here, but let’s face it – Fourth of July week is not the time to be diving into some deep tome about man’s place in the universe or the long, thankless slog of birth, school and work that most people endure before succumbing to an unremarkable and wholly unforgettable death. That kind of stuff will get you hauled off the beach by the Summer Beach Reading Patrol in a skinny minute.
Instead, it’s a time for reveling in the things that make America the amazing place it is – wacky religious movements, Elvis impersonators, Dumpster diving, badass gay Marines (and their crossdresser friends), Nirvana, sultry redheads, law student strippers and diets consisting mainly of fast food!
And where can you find all those things? Why, right where you found this – with us good folks at Codorus Press. So when you’re tempted to tote that 500-page biography of Hubert Humphrey out onto the sand, think again and go for a fine Codorus Press title instead – all of which, incidentally, are available in the very beach-friendly Kindle format.
Oh, and don’t forget – not long after the extended holiday weekend we’ll be adding more fun to the mix with the release of Tom Joyce’s debut novel The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report, full of con artists, carnies, pagan idolaters, faerie folk and other all-American literary elements.
Lots of Elvis in the news these days – mainly thanks to those guys down in Tupelo (one of whom is an Elvis impersonator) who were being eyed as part of some weird plot to poison President Obama and a couple of other officials with ricin.
Weird? Yes. But as we all know, that’s nowhere near the extent of the weirdness that surrounds the late King of Rock n’ Roll.
Alien abduction plots? Check.
But this whole business with assassination plots is as weird as it gets, right?
Not really. Codorus Press author Mike Argento speculates in his novel Don’t Be Cruel that the King would make the perfect basis of a fake church. Too bad the lawyers for the real Elvis (Inc.) came down on the low-rent mobster who had the idea that all the potential profits were sucked away.
Want to see just how weird? Well, along with the First Church of Elvis, Scientist, you’ll also find a couple of pitifully unqualified hit men, a law student stripper (who works at a club called The Happy Beaver) and a not-very-motivated police detective who’s assigned the case.
So if you like your Elvis-based conspiracies hilarious and improbable – just like in real life! – then you really need to give Don’t Be Cruel a spin in your literary jukebox.
The holidays are hopping around the Codorus Press offices as our band of elves looks ahead to 2013 (assuming we don’t all die in a flaming apocalyptic ball later this week … if so: Waiter? Another pint, please?).
But we’re not really focusing on the end of the world. We’ve got too much going on to waste our time on silly things like extinction.
Want to get an idea of how busy we’ve been? Just take a poke around the Interwebs, my friend. There’s plenty of Codorus Press treasure to be found.
That’s the happy situation our founder, musical director and shaman, Wayne Lockwood, has found himself in this month. Andrew Andrews, publisher and editor of the blog True Review, gave Wayne an extensive shout-out, referencing our great and glorious leader’s essay collection, Acid Indigestion Eyes: Collected Essays and Musings on Generation X, in his column Tyranny of the Same.
In it, Andrews riffs on personal damage the devastation of Superstorm Sandy wrought and notes Wayne’s assertion that the Internet has made it possible for all things from all periods of culture to exist at once. We’re nothing if not deep around here.
Earlier in the fall, Mike Argento, author of Don’t Be Cruel, announced the release of the novel’s e-book version through our friends at Crossroad Press. That means the novel is now available for nearly every electronic reader device out there.
But Mike isn’t just an author of gut-bustingly hilarious crime fiction – he’s also a full-time (and highly regarded) newspaper columnist with some prestigious awards under his belt. You can always keep up on his latest work at the sight for his newspaper (and former employer of much of the Codorus crew), The York Daily Record.
We’re excited about the spring 2013 release of longtime Codorus Press team member Tom Joyce’s first novel, The Freak Foundation Operative’s Report. This multi-layered satirical occult thriller promises to appeal to fans of everything from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to the Marx Brothers.
Over at Tom Joyce’s Chamber of the Bizarre, he’s been working away perpetrating his usual lunacy and taking some time out to post a favorable review of the new novel Pins by Jessica McHugh, a frequent flyer at many of the book festivals the Codorus crew attends and a valued friend of the press. Oh, and in case that isn’t incentive enough, her book is about strippers. Now, doesn’t that … Hey, where’d you go? Ah, never mind.
Those of you who haven’t abandoned us to go page through Pins looking for the good parts might also like to know that Scott B. Pruden, author of debut Codorus title Immaculate Deception, had a nice essay on his former boss Ray Daub published in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 12. He followed that up with a blog posting relating how Ray influenced a particular character from his novel.
It turns out Ray, who Scott worked for as he designed, built and installed a 3/4-scale walk through display of Charles Dickens‘ A Christmas Carol in the mid-1980s, served as the physical inspiration for William Z. Robert, a low-rent, chain smoking demon featured as a major secondary character in Scott’s novel.
One of the big reasons we have so much faith in the success of Codorus Press is that we have always embraced the potential of books in electronic form without being concerned that the hard-copy book will collapse and die in the process.
We highly recommend that if you, too, decide to publish your own e-book, that you get on board with all the promotional opportunities available to you to get the word out.