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Bard Constantine's Articles (10)

The Troubleshooter: The Most Dangerous Dame Giveaway

This gorgeous piece of art was already revealed by Stefan months ago, but here it is again for your viewing pleasure. I'm officially dubbing next month Mick Trubble Month. The sequel to New Haven Blues drops May 18, and there will be contests and giveaways in the time counting down to the release date. 

Get the full details at the blog post: …


Added by Bard Constantine on April 16, 2015 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Dieselpunk: A Personal Interpretation

The Troubleshooter: as dieselpunk as it gets.


As I get back into dieselpunk writing, I thought I’d reflect on what dieselpunk means to me. The definition found at the Dieselpunk…


Added by Bard Constantine on September 27, 2013 at 9:20pm — 6 Comments

Silent Empire is Here

Silent Empire is here.

Available right now at for Kindle at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Empire-ebook/dp/B00DQ0F5EC/

Versions for Nook, iPad, and other e-readers available at Smashwords:…


Added by Bard Constantine on July 1, 2013 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

Silent Empire

I don’t collaborate often. But when I do, I prefer Stefan.


Stefan is no stranger to Dieselpunks. His work is often paired with the very idea of dieselpunk, the artistic standard bearer for the culture. I’ve had the honor of working with him on my Troubleshooter novels. His iconic images have created a visual reality to the world of Mick Trubble and New…


Added by Bard Constantine on June 20, 2013 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Book Giveaway

Got the holiday shopping blues? Well I got just the thing to cheer you up. It's called The Red-Eyed Killer, and it's free at Smashwords. Get it for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, or e-reader.

Offer good until the end of the year, or I get itchy and suddenly pull it. Better hurry…


Added by Bard Constantine on December 27, 2012 at 7:29am — 2 Comments

Mick Trubble Returns in Red-Eyed Killer

First of all, I want to thank my peers here at 'Punks who have gone out of their way to support this series. The feedback from the readers has been fantastic, and truly appreciated.

So I'm pretty excited to release the next installment in the Troubleshooter series: Red-Eyed Killer


Details: In the prequel to New Haven Blues, Mick Trubble is a partial amnesiac who barters favors in…


Added by Bard Constantine on November 25, 2012 at 4:25pm — 5 Comments

The Troubleshooter Giveaway

A Stefan/Mark Krajnak production

Ok 'punks, so if you've been following my recent series of articles, then you know that I've been yadda yadda all about my recently published novel The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues. Looking for a shot of noir, a dash of dieselpunk and sci fi shaken well and poured over a dystopian future? You got it.

"So what?" you say. "Self-published books are a dime a dozen. Why should I be…


Added by Bard Constantine on September 17, 2012 at 7:13pm — 3 Comments

Firearms Of the Retro Future

When writing The Troubleshooter, I had to come up with the types of firearms that would exist in the retro-futuristic world of New Haven. Mick Trubble carries two main guns. His first choice is the Mean Ol' Broad, a heavy duty piece that fires explosive tipped slugs. I had a mental picture in mind when I wrote it: the pistol that Harrison Ford packed in the classic sci fi film Blade Runner. Recently I…


Added by Bard Constantine on August 21, 2012 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

We Got it Covered: Evolution of the Troubleshooter Cover

The cover of a novel has to be special. The image has to catch the eye, fire the imagination, impel the potential reader to pluck it off the shelf  -or in this modern world, click on it with their mouse. The font has to be readable and attractive. And it all has to look good in thumbnail size so that book browsers can see it online. Because that whole thing about not judging a book by its cover?

A lie.

I’m not an artist, photographer, or graphic designer. Creating a cover is…


Added by Bard Constantine on August 10, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Stacatto (A Troubleshooter Short)

With the release of The Troubleshooter: New Haven Blues, I thought I'd share a short story featuring the protagonist Mick Trubble...

I heard the staccato of her heels down the hall…

Smoggy days, rainy nights.  The windshield weeps under the glow of tacky neon lights.

The good thing about being depressed in New Haven is that you can always…


Added by Bard Constantine on July 6, 2012 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

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