Friday, March 21, 2014

Free - Hear Bill Mills Sing All 5 Classic Cowboy Songs from New Secret Files Book - "Trail Riders"

Five old-time cowboy songs that Slim Rafferty sings in Charles Lee Jackson II's newest entry in the Emperor's Secret Files series, Trail Riders:  "Streets of Laredo," "Home on the Range," "Foggy Foggy Dew," "The Old Chisholm Trail," and "Sweet Betsy from Pike".

Of these CLJII writes that: "Streets of Laredo" is a traditional US folk song derived from
the English folk ballad "The Unfortunate Lad"; "Home on the Range" was written by Brewster M. Higley and Daniel E. Kelley, and arranged by David W. Guion; "Foggy Foggy Dew" is a traditional English Folk Song; "The Old Chisholm Trail" is a traditional US folk song; "Sweet Betsy from Pike" was written by John A. Stone."
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Now Bill Mills, the real-life singer/performer who also appears as a character in  The Emperor's Gambit and other Emperor adventures, has recorded all five songs and you can hear them free.

The Emperor says: "Join in the extra fun of Trail Riders with this special bonus feature. Yuh kin hear Slim Rafferty's songs, performed by my own sidekick, Bill Mills (yuh 'member him from The Emperor's Gambit and The Emperor Marked for Death, right?). Yuh kin kick up yuhr heels and dance, or jest sing along with these traditional Western tunes."

Click here to go to Bill Mills' Trail Riders Songs page.  

And to celebrate the opening of this blog
 you can get Trail Riders in Kindle for only $0.99.

99 Cents - for Fans of B-Westerns - "Trail Riders" - Newest Emperor's Secret Files Out in eBook

The Emperor reaches into his Secret Files and pulls out old-fashioned Western Adventure with a added bushel of belly-laughs!

If your heart beats to old-fashioned westerns, Saturday afternoon movie serials, the early TV adventures of Kit Carson, the Cisco Kid, and Annie Oakley, or the novels of Louis L'Amour, "Trail Riders" is what you've been lookin' for.

It ain't just the Emperor and his pals who fought crime. Their grandpaws and grandmaws was a'fightin' crime in the olden days, afore 'em. A while ago the Emperor's sometime gal-pal, "Kit" Cassiday, donated a yellowing journal to the Secret Files. That there document was the memoirs of her granddad, who had been a certified gun-tottin', horse-ridin', automobile-drivin' U.S. Marshal out West back in the 1920s, when a new kinduh firepower, a new kinduh crime and a new kinduh criminal was bringing back that Old West feel. All a marshal could count on was his horse, his shootin' iron and his saddle pals. Along with his sidekicks Slim Rafferty and Alibi Jones, and their faithful steeds, Gent, Duster, and Unk, Marshal Cassiday rode the range in the closing days of the Old West. They were lonesome cowpokes, and the lyrics of the trail songs they sang - like "Streets of Laredo," "Home on the Range," and "Sweet Betsy from Pike" - spice these pages.

Here, released for the first time from "The Emperor's Secret Files", are four rootin’-tootin’, rip-snortin’, gun-slingin’ adventures in the California desert, with the boys out-ridin’, out-shootin’, and out-thinkin’ train robbers, cattle rustlers, claim jumpers, and more. Kit and Slim come to the aid of their old pal Alibi when he’s accused of robbery and murder, and end up in deadly danger as they discover “The Secret of Cibola”. Slim and Alibi are in plenty of trouble when they lose an entire locomotive and cars, but still help Kit as he seeks the “Train to Los Padres”. The boys work to solve the mystery of cattle that seem to have vanished into thin air, victims of a gang of “Phantom Rustlers”. A missing US Mail driver and a pretty girl draw the boys into a trap, but you can bet they’ll find a way out, to become “Cowboy Couriers”.

More exciting adventures from the Emperorverse, by Charles Lee Jackson, II. Pull up a chair and download a copy right now.

Only 99 cents. What are you waiting for?
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And to celebrate the opening of this blog, FuturesPast Editions, official publisher for the Emperorverse, is dropping the price of the first Emperor book, The Emperor's Gambit at Amazon to $2.99.
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Blonde Bombshells Newest in The Emperor's Secret Files to be Released in Paperback - Only $8.09 at Amazon

"Blonde Bombshells *IS* fun. It reminds me a lot of early pulp fiction."
        -J. D. Crayne, author of The Invisible Encounter and Saturn Stolen!

When the going gets tough - the good guys call in two tough superheroines!

In this installment of underground comic book and pulp magazine sensation Charles Lee Jackson II's adventures of "The Emperor," two women join The Emperor's battle for justice and peace. Newly released from the Emperor's Secret Files, this book tells the stories of the... Blonde Bombshells!

One woman has amazing powers beyond ordinary men, the other is a school girl just learning that her father was a costumed crime-fighter of the past. Former astronaut Helia Laurel has a secret identity so secret she herself doesn't know that she is also the fantastic Solara, while young Alison Carlsonn tries to earn the right to become a new hero, Shooting Star.

When young Alison Carlsonn discovers that her father had been a costumed crime-fighter of a generation ago, she thinks she’s found herself a career. But when she learns her father is being held hostage by a master criminal, she must become a “Phoenix from Santa Fe”. Helia Laurel wakes to find herself confined in a hospital bed, uncertain of her own identity, and terrorized by the very people who should be helping her, one of whom is about to bring about “The Return of Solara”. Released from hospital, Helia Laurel find she has much of her life to recover, but that it must wait, because Continent-Eight, the Executive of Crime, is plotting evil once again, the blonde bombshell must hurtle into action, as “Solara Strikes Back”. Hoping to win approval of her plan to become a modern-day Swashbuckler, Alison Carlsonn visits The Emperor but finds herself in a life-and-death situation in a bank hold-up, as “Allie Goes to Hollywood”.

Welcome to the Emperorverse, a creation of comic book and pulp magazine creator Charles Lee Jackson II. His Emperorverse is a world born of international spies, space aliens, mad scientists, colorful villains, costumed heroes, secret agents, spacemen, and even the cowboys of yesteryear, all engaged in the wildest and woolliest adventures you’ve ever read. It's an amazing and unequaled creative tapestry, woven into a complex, interrelated web that snares the imagination.

Already available as an ebook, Blonde Bombshells is now available in paperback from Amazon, and to celebrate we are lowering its already low price of $9.99 by almost two dollars - to $8.09.

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And to celebrate the opening of this blog, we are dropping the price of the Kindle edition of the first Emperor novel, The Emperor's Gambit at Amazon to $2.99.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Welcome to The Emperorverse! Heroes, Superheroes, Superheroines & Spies - With Style!

Who is the Emperor?  What is The Emperor?

It's the question on everyone's lips. Or at least on those of the evil masterminds of crime known as

The Emperor is the central figure in a series of underground pulp magazine novels FuturesPast Editions and Deerstalker Editions are reprinting, written by Charles Lee Jackson II and featuring the exploits of The Emperor, a debonair 1960s-style adventurer with a team of agents who help him out on his cases.

A bit of Doc Savage, a bit of James Bond and a dash of The Saint, The Emperor will face many perils and the world's deadliest villains during his career, but few as dangerous as those of Continent-Eight, the dread Executive of Crime.

What is Continent-Eight? Next you will be asking, Who is Varan Haruchi, or the Gila,  or Victoria Poten, or Warhead, or Madame von Teufel.

Maybe you should read what follows. The first draft of our Pocket Guide to Charles Lee Jackson II's Emperorverse - and then read for yourself the underground pulp action sensation – first time ever in book form!

Are you a fan of Jason Bourne and Cotton Malone? Of “Maverick” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”? Of Modesty Blaise and Catwoman? Of Spiderman and Green Lantern? Of Doc Savage or the Spider?

Then prepare to enter a world of adventure and danger, of a hero unequaled since the days of the movie serial, of the comic book, and of the pulp magazine -- a world of memorable characters, good and evil. Welcome to the Emperorverse!

For over four decades, in dozens of privately published comic books and pulp magazines, Charles Lee Jackson II has produced a unique body of work set in what his fans hail as the "Emperorverse". Its central figure is The Emperor, an adventurer and crusader for good right out of the 1960s, whose other identity is the harassed head of a minor Hollywood movie studio. The Emperor is smart, swift, capable of amazing feats, all but indestructible, well-dressed, able to charm beautiful women with a single smile. He leads the fight for law and justice against all odds.

In his war against evil, The Emperor is aided by as memorable a group of allies in crime-busting as Doc Savage's fabled companions. His supporting cast includes Bill Mills, musician, stuntman, and
adventurer who joined The Emperor to make motion pictures and stayed to fight crime; Max Decker, Federal Intelligence agent who met The Emperor in the field and worked for many years as a crime-fighter while masquerading as a criminal gang-leader, the Gila; the amazing Shanghai Lil, red-headed woman as skilled with a blade as her wits; Ed Green, who works with The Emperor and the US Army. Plus a host of costumed crime-busters, super and otherwise, among them Shooting Star, Solara, Nemesis, Cat's-Eye, Fireball, and the robot Titan.

Opposing The Emperor is Continent-Eight, the international Executive of Crime and its creator, Varan Haruchi, AKA The Black Dragon, whose exposure to arcane experimental chemicals has resulted in his long-lived youthful appearance. The Emperor also encounters a host of other evil-doers in his war against crime and destruction: Dr. Yalta, doctor and dentist once recruited by US intelligence for his resemblance to warlord Adolf Hitler, kept young by the same accident, who now supervises medical and scientific crimes for Continent-Eight. Their colleague Maskman, a mysterious helmeted figure, whose true identity is unknown even to his partners in crime. Victoria Poten, The Jade Dragon, third generation Eurasian crime boss whose personal goals of crime often place her at odds with her Continent-Eight partners. Horst Sterling Rosefeld, the mysterious and powerful leader of the Church of Nihilism, dedicated to the destruction of the human race and ruthless enough to succeed. And a rogue's gallery of sinister figures, notable among them Johnny Rainbow, the Steel Skull, Xavier Xavier AKA Dr. Double X, the Eye, Alain Sarnov, the Dragon, Warhead, and Madame von Teufel.

(Their solo adventures, usually involving a walk-on by The Emperor, are told in a series of novels titled "The Emperor's Secret Files". The Emperor's own exploits are recounted in a separate series called "The Amazing Adventures of The Emperor". Both series are available in paperback and ebook formats.)

They are all part of the Emperorverse, an incredible assembly of international spies, space aliens, mad scientists, colorful villains, costumed heroes, secret agents, spacemen, and even the cowboys of yesteryear, all engaged in the wildest and wooliest adventures you’ve ever read.

It's an amazing and unequaled creative tapestry, woven into a complex, interrelated web that snares the imagination. Brought to you by its creator, Charles Lee Jackson II, and Deerstalker Editions.

If you are a fan of David Leadbetter, James Rollins, Lester Dent, Leslie Charteris and/or Maxwell Grant, you won't want to miss The Emperor books.

Click HERE to Buy book #1, The Emperor's Gambit, for only $0.99 on Kindle at Amazon, and begin the adventure now!

From FuturesPast Editions.

Now in Paperback only $8.09 - the Book that Started the Emperorverse: The Emperor's Gambit

Here is what Joe Vadalma, author of The Chronicles of Morgaine the Witch says about The Emperor's Gambit: "Nonstop action as  'The Emperor' helps the FBI determine who has caused a worldwide communication blackout. Action thriller fans will love it."

For a limited time only Amazon has the trade paperback edition of this first book in underground pulp writer Charles Lee Jackson II's celebrated The Emperor series on sale for $8.09.

CODE NAME: The Emperor. Head of a secret network of agents, he fights evil whereever it may arise. Able to pass unsuspected through any security or fortification, he has outwitted and out-fought the cleverest and most deadly enemies. The Emperor’s exploits put those of Doc Savage, The Shadow, Batman, James Bond, and even those two guys from UNCLE to shame. Includes four amazing adventures of The Emperor and his able corps of agents versus international criminals, foreign terrorists, space aliens, and a madman with the gloves that Thor used to wield Mjolnir, his magic hammer!

An Underground Pulp and Comic Sensation!

For forty years, Charles Lee Jackson II has been producing a body of work unprecedented in the annals of pulp magazines and comics. He has garnered a fanatic body of followers and admirers - but his work has never been made available to a mass audience before! Begin the adventure here, with the first volume of stories featuring Jackson's legendary cliffhanger hero, in his fight against the forces of evil.

And to celebrate the opening of this blog, we are dropping the price of the ebook at Amazon to $2.99.

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