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March 1—The Whitehall Ledger gets the scoop on the origins of the "what-if" tale behind the Bonnie and Clyde series. (Dad's tall tales...) "During his childhood in Whitehall, Montana, Clark Hays would often hear quite the tales from his father who once convinced him that a car on their ranch had belonged to Bonnie and Clyde..." Read the story here.
Feb 28—Fresh Fiction publishes a review of Resurrection Road. "I absolutely loved Resurrection Road! If you are a history buff, you will want to read this book and imagine if it is really true." Check it out here.
Feb 24—Link for Kindle and paperback editions of Dam Nation are now live!
Feb 6—Kirkus Reviews weighs in with advance praise for Dam Nation, Book 2 in the Bonnie and Clyde series. "As in Resurrection Road, Hays and McFall evoke time and place well, and the story’s politics are fresh and timely. Readers will find Bonnie and Clyde to be great company, and the novel’s framing story (the widowed Bonnie’s 1984 recollections) gives their relationship an extra layer of poignancy. A crisply written, well-researched, and thoroughly entertaining romance/thriller/mystery." Check out the full review here.
Jan 18—Fighting about writing? The Independent Publisher magazine ran a writing tips article by Clark and Kathleen about epic arguments they've had writing together, disguised as ten tips for writing. Check it out here. The magazine invited the tongue-in-cheek article after the fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, The Last Sunset, won a 2017 IPPY medal for horror.
Jan 4—Breaking! Book 2 publication date set! Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation will be published March 24, 2018. Check back for details and join the mailing list for updates. And if you can correctly tell us why March 24 was selected as the pub date, you'll be entered you into a special release-day drawing to win signed copies of Books 1 and 2!
Jan 1, 2018—The reviews for Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road are piling up. "OMG! From the first page of a woman standing over a grave to the end page of her walking away from a grave this book was a pure, thrilling, adventure read for me," wrote a reader on Amazon. Check them out here!
Dec 3—Lone Star Literary Life reviews Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road, saying: This new take on the 1934 deaths of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow is a fast-moving action-thriller rich with mystery, socio-political commentary, and lingering questions that set up a path for a possible sequel; an absorbing, danger-rich thrill ride through some of the worst days of America’s Great Depression and troubled early months of FDR’s New Deal. Read the full review here.
Nov 10—And we're off! The second book in the Bonnie and Clyde series is powering forward, the ARC (advance readers copy) has just been shipped off to the line editor. Initial (killer!) design comps for the cover are in from TheBookDesigner. Publication date is early 2018. What's the title? Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation. Sign up for the Pumpjack Press newsletter for updates or shoot us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 15—Pumpjack Press is running a Giveaway of the four books of The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection on the Horror Writers Association blog as part of their #HWAHalloweenHaunts extravaganza! Falling in love: The second most terrifying thing to happen on Halloween tells the true story of how Clark and Kathleen decided both to get married and write books together twenty years ago on a dark and stormy night... #Horrorweek
Oct 9—The Reading Eagle, the hometown newspaper of Kathleen's family, features Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road. The article by Ron Devlin describes parts of the "cleverly written" book that take the notorious duo through the Reading, Pennsylvania area, and also describes Kathleen's links to the area. Read the full article here.
Sept 20—Excited by this wonderful coverage of Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road in the awesome Good DAY!, the print magazine of The National Grange. Here's an excerpt: "The nearly million-member strong National Grange takes on a starring role as a secret organization defending American democracy and the working class. Grange Halls serve as safe houses for Bonnie and Clyde, a hospitality reminiscent of what founder Oliver Hudson Kelley planned when proposing his new agricultural fraternity....fast-paced, authentic landscapes of rural America, readers who enjoy history or conspiracy will find their blood running faster." Read the full article here.
Sept 13—Bonnie and Clyde: Behind the Headlines. Bonnie and Clyde both walked with a limp but for different reasons: torture and fire. Read about it here.
Aug 10—Underground Book Reviews gives The Cowboy and the Vampire five stars in its featured review. "More than a romance and breaking the stereotypes of both cowboys and vampires, this is a must-read if you enjoy unique fiction and fast-paced plots." Read the full review here.
Aug 9—Author Erin Cole posts a review of Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road on her blog. "I’ll admit—if I could cross lives with Bonnie and Clyde, I just might. Given the right night, who’s watching the kids, and the proper planetary alignment, who wouldn’t want to go out guns-a-blazen with a life partner in crime? But wait, maybe that’s not how it happened at all...." Check it out here.
Aug 2—Jimmie Tramel of TulsaWorld publishes an interview with Clark and Kathleen about Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road, linking the new book to the 50th anniversary of the infamous Beatty-Dunaway film! "Pop culture: On 50th anniversary of 'Bonnie and Clyde' movie, here's a what-if tale."
July 18—Pumpjack Press's first reading period for submissions for book-length fiction submissions is now open! See About/Contact link for guidelines.
July 12—Historical-Fiction.com reviews Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road calling it imaginative and absorbing. Read the review here!
July 8—After USAToday network picks up The Shreveport Times video and excerpts, more than 35 (and climbing!) regional newspapers link to their Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road landing page.
June 3—What fun! A Blog-talk radio interview with Suspense Magazine's artful editor and interviewer John Raab. Listen here!
June 2—The Midwest Book Review calls Bonnie and Clyde "exceptional" and focuses on the theme of atonement in the novel. Read the full review here.
June 1—The Shreveport Times excerpts Bonnie and Clyde for Louisiana readers, the site of the gun battle that (allegedly) killed Bonnie and Clyde. Check out this amazing landing page their team put together. We could not be more excited!
May 23—News Release and Author Interview—Book release day! Breaking news! Bonnie and Clyde never died! Worked covertly in defense of democracy and the "forgotten man" for decades! Media Kit with author photos and high-res covers are at this link.
May 19: The Oregonian newspaper runs a review of Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road saying the book is a "taut, fast-paced, and fun read while still focusing on serious topics like income inequality." We are psyched!
May 9: The Shreveport Times produces and posts what may turn out to be the best short video of all time about Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road. Cannot get the haunting tune out of our heads. Wow. Check. It. Out.
May 2: "Hays uses Whitehall as inspiration" — an article in Clark's hometown Montana newspaper profiles the role of a rural upbringing on our books. Check out the Whitehall Ledger article here.
April 25: IndieReader runs a slightly embarassing and lengthy interview: Clark Hays + Kathleen McFall on their “opposites-attract love story forged in a fiery crucible of a passion that nearly burned us to the ground.”
April 17: East Oregonian runs first newspaper review of Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road. We like being called "cheeky." Read it here.
April 12: The Cowboy and the Vampire: The Last Sunset wins an "IPPY" Silver Medal in Horror category from the Independent Publishers. Read more here. We are bummed we can't make the award ceremony at the CoCoCabana in NYC.
March 24: The Cowboy and the Vampire: The Last Sunset is a finalist for FOREWORD Indie Book of the Year in the category of Horror. Check out the complete list of finalists here.
March 23: Kirkus Reviews gives a thumbs-up to Bonnie and Clyde Resurrection Road. “Hays and McFall make their Depression-era tale timely with reflections on wealthy fat cats and a rigged economic system that still ring true. More than that, the story is an exciting ride, with tight corners, narrow escapes, and real romantic heat between Bonnie and Clyde. Outlaws become patriots in this imaginative, suspenseful what-if story.”
Feb 12: Pumpjack Press launches a new website. For those of you who keep up with our news at the website for The Cowboy and the Vampire, stay tuned. We will redirect that website and much of its content here soon.
Jan 15, 2017: The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection: The Last Sunset is among the books recognized as the best of 2016 by IndieReader.