Hey, folks. In case you somehow missed the announcement back in January, one of my absolute all-time favorite indie publishers, purveyors of books and ‘zines about all things masked Mexican wrestling, From Parts Unknown, announced I’ve signed on to do an all-new novella series with them. It’s called Rencor, and it’s a far-out buddy cop supernatural action/adventure comedy saga about two generations-old enmascarado rivals, a tecnico (good guy) and rudo (bad guy), forced to team up to combat evil in their beloved border city and center of the most legendary grudge matches in lucha history.
The first book, RENCOR: LIFE IN GRUDGE CITY, drops July 15th. FPU recently revealed the amazing cover for Life in Grudge City designed by Keith Rainville and illustrated by Jesse Justice and launched pre-orders for the Kindle edition of the book (the print edition will go on sale in August).
Yesterday, FPU posted the first chapter of the book, “Midnight,” on their website as an exclusive free preview. I’m jazzed because it features two of my favorite characters in the whole series and will give you a great flavor of the world and the story and what we’re going for with this whole deal.
I’m more excited about this whole project than I can express. Having been a lifelong lucha libre fan, a professional wrestler for 10 years who worked extensively in Mexico and with some of the most talented luchadores of the day, Rencor means a lot more to me than just a wildly fun masked wrestler buddy cop romp (even though it definitely delivers as such). It’s a lot of fun, has a lot of heart and surprises, and I think y’all will really dig it.
The other thing I want to say, or at least remind you about, is this book is thoroughly indie. We don’t have a big promotional machine behind it. We won’t have big mainstream outlets covering it/reviewing it. What we have is you, the readers. It’s vitally important you show your support by pre-ordering the book, and, equally as important, talking about the book and the series in your social media spaces, on your blogs, to your friends, all of that. Word-of-mouth is absolutely everything here, and it’s the only way a weird, wonderful project like this gains the traction it needs to be successful.
So, please, read the sample chapter. If it moves you to, pre-order the Kindle edition. And before and after the book comes out, tell other people about it, as often as possible. It makes all the difference.
We’ll see you with the rest of LIFE IN GRUDGE CITY on July 15th.