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COMING SOON: THE FIGHT THAT STARTED THE MOVIES 

August 31, 2016

Coming from Conquistador Press is proud to announce the forthcoming release of Samuel Hawley's narrative history of sports, entertainment and technology history, The Fight That Started the Movies: The World Heavyweight Championship, the Birth of Cinema and the First Feature Film. Watch for it on October 1, 2016!


The Fight That Started the Movies Samuel HawleyOn March 17, 1897, in an open-air arena in Carson City, Nevada, Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons fought for the heavyweight championship of the world. The contest was recorded  by film pioneer Enoch Rector from inside a huge, human-powered  camera called the “Veriscope.” Rector’s movie of the contest premiered two months later. Known today as “The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight,” it was the world’s first feature-length film.

The Fight That Started the Movies is the  story of Corbett’s and Fitz's journey to that ring in Nevada and how the film of their battle came to be made. It reveals how boxing played a key role in the birth of the movies, spurring the development of motion picture technology, and pushing the concept of “film” from a twenty-second peephole show to a feature attraction projected on a screen.


THE FIGHT THAT STARTED THE MOVIES: The World Heavyweight Championship, the Birth of Cinema and the First Feature Film
by Samuel Hawley
Conquistador Press, Oct. 2016
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9920786-8-3
ISBN (eBook): 978-0-9920786-9-0

371 pages + 32 pages of illustrations

HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN "ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST CRIME NOVELS"

September 1, 2015

The website BestThrillers.com has called Samuel Hawley's Homeowner With a Gun "one of the year's best crime novels." The full review is here.

A few other recent reviews:

“Definitely a page turner.” (Bookie-Monster.com)

“Terrifying...One I recommend.” (TheMusingsOfaBookAddict.com)

“The writing is solid, the characters vivid.” (MasqueradeCrew.com)

“A very deep story about so much more than simply the suspense that Hawley provides.”(Pure Jonel: Confessions of a Bibliophile)

THE IMJIN WAR: CHINESE TRANSLATION RIGHTS SOLD

June 15, 2015

Conquistador Press is proud to announce the sale of Chinese translation rights for Samuel Hawley's The Imjin War to Post Wave Publishing in Beijing. There was considerable interest in China in the book, with three publishers submitting bids.

HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN NOMINATED FOR 2015 READERS' CHOICE AWARD

March 14, 2015

Samuel Hawley's  Homeowner With a Gun has been nominated for a Readers' Choice Award in the "Thriller" category on the book review website Big Al's Books and Pals,

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SKIN FOR SKIN by LLEWELYN POWYS

November 16, 2014

Skin For Skin, Llewelyn PowysFirst published in 1925, Skin For Skin is a deeply personal account of Llewelyn Powys’ encounter with tuberculosis, which he contracted in 1909 at the age of twenty-five. In those days, prior to the discovery of antibiotics, TB - or consumption as it was then called - was a leading cause of death; for Powys, the bubbling sensation in his lungs and the blood in his mouth amounted to a sentence of death. In the pages of this uncompromising memoir we accompany him to a Swiss sanitarium to recover his health, then back to the south of England for a period of convalescence, hoping that the symptoms of the “hideous complaint” do not return.

Hoping - but not praying. For Powys, an atheist, there is no comfort in a belief in God and an immortal soul, and so he finds himself staring into the abyss. The experience, as so much else in the book, is recounted in powerfully vivid, lyrical prose: “I would wake in the small hours of the morning swaddled in fear. With scared eyes I would peer into the darkness of my room, and into the unknown days before me, and come to realize, during those tense, suspended moments, how completely unattended, how intolerably alone we are, each one of us, like cattle herded into a merciless stockyard, to be driven into the shambles, separately, when our turn comes.”
 
And yet, despite the soulless darkness, there is reason for existence. As we see in Skin For Skin, Powys finds it in enjoying life to the fullest, in feasting upon it while he has it, in squeezing the last drop of joy from each day. As the Brooklyn Daily Eagle concluded in its review in 1925, "Rugged, rutal and yet, in spots, tender, Skin For Skin makes life worth living after all."
Llewelyn Powys portrait



SKIN FOR SKIN

by Llewelyn Powys
Conquistador Press, Nov. 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9920786-7-6
146 pages
PRINT EDITION: $9.95
(eBook edition forthcoming)

THE EARTHQUAKE IS HERE!

November 6, 2014

Conquistador Press is proud to announce the publication of a sci-fi classic from the age of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard and Edgar Rce Burroughs:

THE EARTHQUAKE by William Holt-Whitescience fiction alt history  classic

In the early hours of September 8, 1907, an earthquake of unprecedented power strikes London. Nelson’s Column topples over. St. Paul’s Cathedral is shaken to pieces. The Houses of Parliament subside into a great heap of rubble. Westminster Abbey partly collapses. Bridges across the Thames tumble into the river. And the Thames itself is blocked below Gravesend, cutting off shipping and threatening England with starvation.

So begins The Earthquake, a work of Edwardian alt history and natural disaster fiction by William Holt-White from the early years of science fiction.

With appalling death, destruction and chaos in every direction, Britain’s Prime Minister Blair declares martial law and begins restoring order. But the situation is worse than he can imagine. For evil forces in the person of Baron Von Prosen of Saxony are at work, plotting to permanently cripple England and bring the Empire down. Standing against Von Prosen is Blair’s nephew, the Earl of Wilmers, and the woman Wilmers loves, American heiress Virginia Newcombe. After discovering the enormity of the scheme, Wilmers and Virginia must race against time and Von Prosen’s henchmen to save England from violent uprising and economic collapse before it’s too late.

Inspired by news reports of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, William Holt-White’s The Earthquake moves with breakneck speed through the broken streets and perilous back alleys of London across the Atlantic to a breathtaking denouement in the United States. A popular disaster thriller in its day, it was the first of ten novels in the science-fiction, fantasy and mystery genres that Holt-White would write between 1906 and 1916, earning for himself a place alongside contemporaries H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. G. Wells as a successor to Jules Verne.

THE EARTHQUAKE
by William Holt-White
Conquistador Press, Nov. 2014
ISBN: 978-0-9920786-5-2
276 pages
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100 FREE E-BOOK COPIES AVAILABLE OF BAD ELEPHANT FAR STREAM

November 1, 2014

There is a giveaway underway at Librarything of 100 free ebook copies of Samuel Hawley's novel Bad Elephant Far Stream. Click on the link, scroll down the page and click on "Request It!"

bad elephant far stream

Librarything Giveaway

COMING SOON FROM CONQUISTADOR: WILLIAM HOLT-WHITE'S THE EARTHQUAKE

October 6, 2014

In production from Conquistador Press is William Holt-White's science fiction classic from 1906, The Earthquake. Holt-White, a contemporary of H. G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs, spins a thrilling "what-if" tale of England in the aftermath of a huge, San Francisco-style earthquake!

William Holt-White The EarthquakeTHE EARTHQUAKE
by William Holt-White
Conquistador Press
(forthcoming, Fall 2014)

ISBN: 978-0-9920786-5-2


HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN IS HERE!

September 5, 2014

Samuel Hawley's suspense thriller Homeowner With a Gun is now available in print and eBook editions.

HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN print edition

HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN eBook

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IMJIN WAR E-BOOK NOW AVAILABLE!

September 4, 2014

Samuel Hawley's The Imjin War is now available as an eBook.

IMJIN WAR eBook

THE IMJIN WAR: NEW IN PAPERBACK FROM CONQUISTADOR PRESS

August 14, 2014

Conquistador Press is proud to announce the pubication of a new paperback edition of Samuel Hawley's monumental work THE IMJIN WAR.

The Imjin War, Samuel Hawley

SAMUEL HAWLEY ON "THE G ZONE"

July 23, 2014

Blog Talk Radio host Giovanni Gelati had author Samuel Hawley back for another guest appearance on his book chat show "The G Zone." They talk about Hawley's forthcoming thriller Homeowner With a Gun, his 2013 novel Bad Elephant Far Stream, his nonfiction book Speed Duel and a whole lot more. Click to listen.

Samuel Hawley interview

COMING IN SEPTEMBER: THE IMJIN WAR

July 22, 2014

Coming this September, a new paperback edition of Samuel Hawley's monumental work The Imjin War: Japan's Sixteenth-Century Invasion of Korea and Attempt to Conquer China.
The Imjin War
"Magnificent!" (South China Morning Post)
"A wonderful read!"(JoongAng Daily News)
"The scope is truly vast!" (Seoul Magazine)
"A feast!" (Shogun-ki)
"Like a prelude to Shogun!" (Strategy Page)

In May of 1592, Japanese dictator Toyotomi Hideyoshi sent a 158,800-man army of invasion from Kyushu to Pusan on Korea’s southern tip. His objective: to conquer Korea, then China, then the whole of Asia. The resulting seven years of fighting, known in Korea as imjin waeran, the “Imjin invasion,” after the year of the water dragon in which it began, dwarfed contemporary conflicts in Europe and was one of the most devastating wars to grip East Asia in the past thousand years.

The Imjin War is the most comprehensive account ever published in English of this cataclysmic event, so little known in the West. It begins with the political and cultural background of Korea, Japan and China, explores the diplomatic impasse that led to the war, describes every major incident and battle from 1592 to 1598 and introduces a fascinating cast of characters along the way. There is Hideyoshi, hosting garden parties as his armies march toward Beijing; Korean admiral Yi Sun-sin, emerging from a prison cell to take on the Japanese navy with just thirteen ships; Chinese commander Zhao Chengxun, suffering defeat after promising to “scatter the Japanese to the four winds”; the courtesan Chu Non-gae, luring a samurai warrior into her arms and jumping into the Nam River with him locked in her embrace.

One nation fighting to expand, another to survive. Shockwaves extending across China and beyond. The Imjin War is an epic tale of grand perspective and intimate detail of an upheaval that would shape East Asia for centuries to come.

HOMEOWNER WITH A GUN: COMING THIS FALL

June 9, 2014

Over 2 million burglaries are reported in the United States every year. Another 2 million go unreported. In an estimated 162,000 of these cases, the intruder is confronted or scared off with a gun.


It’s the middle of the night. You’re awakened by a noise. Someone is in your house.
Homeowner With a Gun suspense thriller What do you do?

When it happens at 148 Maple Drive, homeowner
Jeff Shaw goes downstairs with a gun. He finds two young men in the kitchen and shoots them both. Dead.

The incident puts a great strain on Jeff and his family. He reassures them that they just need to carry on with their lives and everything will return to normal. But it’s not that easy. The dead intruders belonged to a gang, ANG, “Ain’t No Game,” that now wants revenge. And one of the gang, a prison parolee known as I-Man, knows more about the break-in than he’s letting on.

It starts with a threatening phone call. Then it gets worse. The police urge the Shaws to move away for a while. But Jeff isn’t going to be intimidated from his home. Homeowner With a Gun takes the reader on a white-knuckle thrill ride as this everyman fights to save himself and his family, while something a detective said plays in the back of his mind: Maybe the intruders broke into the wrong house. It happens all the time...

THE EVOLUTION OF A BOOK COVER

April 11, 2014

Here's a guest post by author Samuel Hawley on The Book Designer website about the creative process he went through to design the cover for his novel Bad Elephant Far Stream.

The Evolution of a Book Cover: "Bad Elephant Far Stream"

BAD ELEPHANT FAR STREAM AUTHOR ON "THE WRITERS LOUNGE"

  Mar. 3, 2014

Samuel Hawley was on the BlogTalkRadio show "The Writers Lounge" with hosts Tom Riddell and Lisa Lea to talk about his latest book, Bad Elephant Far Stream.

circus elephant story

BAD ELEPHANT AUTHOR ON "BACK PORCH WRITER" WITH KORI MILLER

Jan. 21, 2014

Bad Elephant Far Stream author Samuel Hawley was on the BlogTalkRadio show "Back Porch Writer" with host Kori Miller. Click on the image to listen:

samuel hawley bad elephant interview

AUTHOR SAMUEL HAWLEY ON "INDIE BOOKS" WITH WILL WILSON

Jan. 17, 2014

Samuel Hawley appeared on the BlogTalkRadio show "Indie Books" with host Will Wilson to talk about Bad Elephant Far Stream:

samuel hawley interview blogtalkradio indie books

AUTHOR SAMUEL HAWLEY ON "THE G-ZONE"

Jan. 14, 2014

Author Samuel Hawley discusses Bad Elephant Far Stream on the BlogTalkRadio show "The G-Zone" with host Giovanni Gelati:


Samuel Hawley Bad Elephant Far Stream BlogTalkRadio The G-Zone


AVAILABLE NOW!

BAD ELEPHANT FAR STREAM

bad elephant far stream novel
Conquistador Press presents Samuel Hawley's unique novel Bad Elephant Far Stream, taking the reader inside a circus elephant's mind.


Bad Elephant Far Stream is an elephant's harrowing life story, told from her own perspective, through her own eyes. Inspired by the life of a real elephant known as Topsy, it follows Far Stream from her birth and her capture in the forests of Ceylon in the late 1860s through her transportation to America and thirty years of travel and adventure with the circus, which ultimately led to her being labeled as "bad." It's an unusual and uncompromising novel that explores the questions: What is it like to be an elephant trained for human amusement? What does such a creature think? What does it feel? What does it yearn for? Bad Elephant Far Stream takes the reader on a voyage of discovery to find out.

Samuel Hawley is the author of I Just Ran: Percy Williams, World's Fastest Human, a biography of one of Canada's greatest Olympic athletes; the land speed story Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties, about the epic jet car rivalry on the Bonneville Salt Flats between Art Arfons and Craig Breedlove; and The Imjin War, the most comprehensive account in English of Japan's sixteenth-century invasion of Korea and attempted conquest of China. He lives in Kingston, Ontario. Bad Elephant Far Stream is his first novel.


BAD ELEPHANT FAR STREAM by SAMUEL HAWLEY
Published by Conquistador Press (November 2013)
Historical fiction; 263 pages
ISBN 978-0-9920786-0-7

available in Paperback and eBook





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