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Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night Gets Her Makeover

Think Rocky meets the Untouchables…

Yep, I can’t believe that’s it’s been five years since I launched my contribution to the Fight Card series of books written in the old pulp-fiction style.

I’ve given Ladies Night a much-needed make over from the size of the book to the interior. I’ve given the story a close look-see and played hatched man on some first-published author’s issues. What’s left is a clean, lean, and mean—the best version of Ladies Night.

Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night is set to re-launch on October 15, 2018. Be one of the first to get your new copy of my 4- and 5- Star Rated book, and jump in the ring with a winner.

Jimmy and Lindy Doherty are thrilled to tell their story of love, boxing, and murder set in the hoppin’ ’50s..

Los Angeles, 1954 … Gangsters, crime, boxing—and romance …

Jimmy Doherty, hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the Sweet Science by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys. Jimmy’s fists were good enough to take him to LA where he’s rising up the local fight-cards. He plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy—his trainer’s only daughter, who’s sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist.

When Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective—who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs—in a desperate search for the real killer.

Love can be murder—in the ring and out…

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On October 15, you’ll be able to grab your copy and see if Jimmy and Lindy can fight their way out from behind the eight ball and not end up face-first on the canvas.



 

 

 

Lindy’s Dynamite One-Two Punch Gratitude Giveaway …

Lindy, the heroine of my novel, “Ladies Night,” wanted me to tell the readers of her and Jimmy’s love story, that’s she’s hosting a giveaway sponsored by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Because of the trials she had to endure, she wants to inspire women everywhere to keep fighting for their dreams, their passion – be it their health, their way of life, or their man. Lindy also wanted to express her gratitude for supporting her and Jimmy on the fight of their lives.

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The Grand Prize is a $25 Gift Certificate from Amazon and a autographed paperback copy of Lindy and Jimmy’s Story, “Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night.”  Lindy wanted me to emphasis that you don’t have to buy anything to be apart of this give-a-way. Of course, she would appreciate it if you would read about her struggles after being arrested for killing a boxer with ties to the mob. But she’s not going to say anything more about that right now.

In order to sign-up for the contest that will run from November 15th through November 30th, please leave your comment and enter. You can also subscribe to my newsletter by leaving your name and email on the side bar, and at the bottom of the website, there are the appropriate buttons to follow me.

Both Lindy and I express our appreciation for your support and hope you’ll win the Grand Prize and keep punchin’ away at your dreams and follow where your passion leads you.

 CLICK below to sign up for Lindy’s Gratitude Giveaway:

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Old Genre Made New Again . . .

00FightCardBanner1SMThe Fight Card Book Series has restored the old Noir sports-themed novels from the past…

Boxing is an ancient sport dating back to the Greek days of the early Olympics. Writing about it and its hard-hitting angles became a legend in Noir pieces in the 40s to 50s America. These are timeless tales of men struggling against other men – one on one. Paul Bishop and Mel Odom have freshened up the genre and involved a lot of talented authors to jump in the ring and pen stories of yesteryear for today’s sharp, intense, and discerning readers who want a blood-pumping match that delivers hard punches and memorable characters.

THE FIGHT CARD PUBLISHING PARADIGM

AS THE START OF A FIGHT CARD PUBLICITY BLITZ, THE BOOK LIFE NOW BLOG HAS PUBLISHED PUBLISHED A POST ON THE FIGHT CARD AUTHOR COOPERATIVE PUBLISHING PARADIGM …

Part of the [Fight Card] appeal was the new publishing paradigm Mel and I had established … Fight Card was not a publishing company, but something different – an author’s cooperative.

Using the shared open pseudonym of Jack Tunney (to maintain series cohesiveness on Amazon) for the e-books, and the author’s own name for the cover of the paperback versions (via CreateSpace), each author would launch the books from their own individual KDP platform. This ensures the royalties from each Fight Card title go directly to each individual writer – not to a company.

In return, each writer brings back to the cooperative whatever skills they can offer – cover art, editing, blurb writing, website design and maintenance, publicity contacts, podcasting, e-formatting, blog tours, advertising, creation of our free quarterly Fight Fictioneers Magazine, social networking, etc. – all as part of the Fight Card team. Fight Card became, first and foremost, a dynamic for the writers and of the writers.

Read about it here:

What is the Fight Card Series, and what does it mean for it’s many talented author’s who have poured their heart and soul into their blood-rushin’ tales? Come by the Fight Fiction page and see the article on Booklife’s webpage.

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What is a Fight Card Romance?

Before I answer that question, I’d like to explain what the Fight Card series is all about.

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A dear friend of mine,  mentor and author, Paul Bishop, who wrote Felony Fists, one of the first Fight Card stories, along with his pal, Mel Odom, started writing a series of books dedicated to the Noir period of sports, dealing with the pulse-pounding world of the fight game. After the 20’s, boxing started coming into its own attracting the minorities, the Irish, the Italians, the Jews. Later the blacks and Latin boxers – all to prove their metal in the toughest arena of all – in the boxing ring, man-to-man.

If Mel and Paul approach a writer with the opportunity to write a Fight Card story, they are given certain guidelines to follow. These stories take place in the 1950’s, though some have occurred in earlier times, and feature settings from anywhere in the world. They must not rate higher than PG-13 for language, violence and sex. The main character does not have to be a fighter – they could be a reporter, a sailor, a manager, a soldier, or in the case of my novel, Ladies Night, the lady-love of the boxer. But the story must feature boxing at its heart and resolution – which is usually the BIG fight scene at the conclusion. These characters don’t have to be contenders, a lot aren’t, but most of them are facing extremely high stakes, if not certain destruction if they don’t man-up.

FelonyFistsPaulBishopThe boxer in each story has to have a connection to St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys, an orphanage in Chicago. Under the bighearted, tough-love dished out generously by the much beloved Fighting Priest, Father Tim, also know as, “Tornado” Tim Brophy, a Golden Gloves champion himself as a youth, each boy under his care grows up believing he’s something special. Although cursed by some nuns and loved by others, the good sisters of the orphanage pray for Father Tim who manages to keep his ruffians in check by teaching them the “Sweet Science” of boxing. Boys who come to him with no food in their bellies, no love in their hearts, and no hope for a future, find Father Tim filling up those holes. Each story is written for Kindle under the pseudonym of Jack Tunney for cohesiveness. I wrote Ladies Night under the name of Jill Tunney.

When Paul asked my husband, Tim – an end-of-the-world scifi writer – to create one of the Fight Card stories, Tim declined. He’s not into sports – but I am. Raised with four older brothers, sports was an obsession. When I was in high school, I started reading and writing romance, and have since then writing numerous manuscripts. So I decided to take the dare without Paul’s knowledge. I didn’t start to write a romance, but the main characters dictated their story, I simply jotted it down. A year later, voilà – Ladies Night.

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In Ladies Night, Jimmy Doherty is dropped at Father’s Tim’s doorstep, all alone in the world after tragedy takes his pa in WWII, his ma to her grief, and his only other living relative, Aunt Alice to heart failure. Angry with God, furious with his own grief and fear of abandonment, what Jimmy craves most is a family of his own. Through an uncanny ability to recognize boxing talent, Father Tim knows Jimmy’s heart beats boxing, and gives him a shot at being a contender. Since all orphans must leave the orphanage at the age of eighteen, Father Tim wisely puts Jimmy on a train to L.A. to box for an old friend.

Jimmy meets Pops Dominic, his new manager and trainer – and Pops’ beautiful daughter, Lindy, who’s sweeter than apple pie. Jimmy can’t resist Lindy’s charms. She offers him acceptance, fierce loyalty, and love. Sneaking off to marrying Lindy raises Pops’ blood pressure, but having Lindy in his corner gives Jimmy what he hasn’t had in his life for nine years – a family.

When Lindy is arrested for murdering a boxer with ties to a gangster, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective – who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs – in a desperate search for the real killer. Ladies Night – boxing, suspense and romance. Love can be murder – in and out of the ring.

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