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Land of the Free
Mystical Slayers Book 1
by Michael W. Huard
Genre: Dystopian SciFi Fantasy
LIVE FREE OR DIE in this Sci-Fi & Fantasy Adventure of a Lifetime! All
hope lies with a SISTERHOOD of amazing Martial Arts Masters. It’s a
31st Century battle of ROBOTS VS. GIRLS. One thing is for sure; the
women have learned that LIBERTY is not given; it is TAKEN!
In the year 3016, the United States of America has fallen into great
despair. The advent of advanced technology, AI, robotics, and a
power-hungry corporation rule the nation. However, there is hope. A
WONDER WOMAN like sisterhood of enhanced, highly intelligent,
patriotic ladies are out to make the country free again.
THE HORROR STORY SO FAR
Your friendly leaders of the 31st century are now a boys club of rich
aging men. This greedy Corporation now controls all gas, oil,
healthcare and everyone’s standard of living. They govern with
ruthless robots, droids, clones, and cyborgs; all with top-notch
artificial intelligence; many with terminator programming.
NO ONE CAN STOP THEM
The USA needs a real-life super-hero,
but in reality there is no Captain America. The country will have to
settle for one amazing group of beautiful, God loving, spiritual,
freedom fighting women; heroines whom have learned that JUSTICE is
not FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
Raise your sword and laser guns up high. The Mystical Slayers have arrived!
Hope Bringers
Mystical Slayers Book 2
The BATTLE for Liberty & Justice continues. The strong women of The
Sisterhood have struck a serious blow to the Y-Wood Corporation; but
the Tyranny remains.
Our heroes are now branded as complete outlaws and to speak of God in any
such manner will result in certain death; yet for these women, faith
has chosen them. To be a true patriot one must fight to the bitter
end, and the time has come once more to send waves of “Hope”
throughout the land.
However, a powerful robotic army led by an overzealous general and two of the
most highly regarded super robot specimens now stand in their way;
but these are the Mystical Slayers, and they will not stop until
America is free.
THE HORROR STORY SO FAR
Your friendly leaders of the 31st century are now a boys club of rich
aging men. This greedy Corporation now controls all gas, oil,
healthcare and everyone’s standard of living. They govern with
ruthless robots, droids, clones, and cyborgs; all with top-notch
artificial intelligence; many with terminator programming. NO ONE CAN
STOP THEM The USA needs a real-life super-hero, but in reality there
is no Captain America.
The country will have to settle for one amazing group of beautiful, God
loving, spiritual, freedom fighting women; heroines whom have learned
that LIBERTY is not given; it is TAKEN! Raise your sword and laser
guns up high.
The Mystical Slayers have arrived!
Freedom
Mystical Slayers Book 3
STRONG – SPIRITUAL – PATRIOTIC – WOMEN
All hail this secret sisterhood of kick-butt women!
This is it, the EPIC CONCLUSION in the Mystical Slayers fight against tyranny.
The sisters and their allies have decided to take the fight right to the
powerful, 31st century, robotics, Y-Wood Corporation; their sights
now set on liberating the nation’s one-time, historic, capital
region, Washington D.C.
GET READY FOR SOME BIG SURPRISES
It’s going to be one crazy, tough battle, and our fearless leader Raegan
and her companions will not stop until old glory waves again.
A Dystopian Masterpiece (5 stars)
– Amazon Reviewer
In the year 3016, the United States of America has fallen into great
despair. The advent of advanced technology, AI, robotics, and a
power-hungry corporation rule the nation. However, there is hope. A
WONDER WOMAN like sisterhood of enhanced, highly intelligent,
patriotic martial arts masters are out to make the country free again.
THE HORROR STORY SO FAR
Your friendly leaders of the 31st century are now a boys club of rich
aging men. This greedy Corporation now controls all gas, oil,
healthcare and everyone’s standard of living. They govern with
ruthless robots, droids, clones, and cyborgs;
all with top-notch artificial intelligence; many with terminator
programming.
NO ONE CAN STOP THEM
The USA needs a real-life super-hero, but in reality there is no Captain
America. The country will have to settle for one amazing group of
beautiful, God loving, spiritual, freedom fighting women; heroines
whom have learned that LIBERTY is not given; it is TAKEN!
Raise your sword and laser guns up high. The Mystical Slayers have arrived!
Michael W. Huard is a second generation martial artist, dungeons &
dragons fanatic, sci-fi, and fantasy nerd, and simply a human being
on a voyage in time. Make sure to check out his Gothic Fairy Tales
series of bewitching fantasy stories. Also, Michael’s 31st century,
fantasy and science fiction books “The Mystical Slayers”are
a female empowering, kick butt, dystopian series gathering rave
reviews all over the world.
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Drone Strike

Book Details:

Book Title: Drone Strike: An Anthony Provati Thriller by Joe Giordano
Category: Adult Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Thriller
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Release date: April 15, 2019
Format available for review: ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)
Tour dates: April 15 to 26, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for graphic violent terrorist scenes, no sex, no f-words.)

Book Description:

Karim’s family is killed by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, collateral damage. The Islamic State in the Levant exploits his rage, recruiting him for a terrorist attack on the U.S., and only Anthony Provati can stop him. Drone Strike takes you on a fast-paced adventure across the Mediterranean, into Mexico, finally arriving in the States. Drone Strike explores the psychological realities that seduce Karim to commit an act of terror, includes a love story between Moslem Karim and Miriam, a Christian woman he defends in Turkey and highlights the plight of Middle Eastern and Central American refugees.

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Meet the Author:

As a former International Executive Vice President of 3M, Joe Giordano’s experience included running a business in the Middle East out of Athens, Greece. Born in New York, he’s had first-hand experience with the cultures and most of the locations in Drone Strike.

Joe’s stories have appeared in more than one hundred magazines including The Saturday Evening Post and Shenandoah. His novels, Birds of Passage: An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story (2015) and Appointment with ISIL: An Anthony Provati Thriller (2017) were published by Harvard Square Editions. Read the first chapters and sign up for his blog at http://joe-giordano.com/

Joe was among one hundred Italian-American authors honored by Barnes & Noble Chairman Len Riggio to march in the 2017 Manhattan, Columbus Day Parade.

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You’ve had three novels published. Please talk about the publication process. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Major publishers can only be approached through agents. Landing an agent is more difficult than attracting an independent publisher, which is more difficult than writing a novel.

Kirkus Reviews called my first novel Birds of Passage, An Italian Immigrant Coming of Age Story, a “riveting debut novel” that was “a refreshing rethink of the archetypal mafia novel.” The agency that represents Mario Puzo’s estate, one of many literary representatives I approached, said that anything in the genre without Puzo or Corleone attached was a tough sell. Agents will read a chapter or two before rejecting or requesting the manuscript. Writers must compose an opening section that sings on the page. Invest in professional editing. You’ll only get one shot to impress.

Kirkus Reviews featured my second novel, Appointment with ISIL, An Anthony Provati Thriller in their January 2017 newsletter calling the novel “a roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch.” I approached another slew of literary agents. Half never responded.

For Drone Strike, I changed tactics, attending Thrillerfest in New York and pitching agents face-to-face. For many of my fellow attending authors, they found this a nerve-racking experience. A few agents requested the manuscript and although none accepted my work, the personal approach proved to be my best shot, and I’ll pitch at Thrillerfest again when my fourth book is ready.

Birds of Passage required two years from start to publication in October 2015. Following a professional critique and multiple rewrites, Harvard Square Editions expressed interest but requested another edit and rewrite before they accepted the novel. Both Appointment with ISIL, and Drone Strike, my just-published second book in the Anthony Provati series, went through a similar process.

While many writers pursue the self-publish route, I prefer to run the independent publishing gauntlet both to confirm the quality of my work and for the prestige of being published.

My advice for writers is to read a lot and write a lot. Criticism comes by the barrelful. Self-doubt is your enemy. Don’t be deterred. Use rejection to incentivize improvement. Persistence is an underappreciated success factor. Recognize that most writers take an unintended vow of poverty, you’ll spend hours isolated, reading and writing, and you’ll pray that your work will be appreciated and accepted. These life-style descriptors also apply to cloistered nuns and monks.

 

My Review
5 stars

Karim loves his family and is doing everything to keep them safe in Iraq. But an American drone strike kills them and he if full of hatred. The Islamic State in the Levant convince him that the best way to get revenge is to perform a terrorist attack on American soil. This begins a long journey for Karim to revenge for the loss of his family.

Karim then meets Miriam, a woman that has lost her family to the same men encouraging him to attack the Americans. He does doubt his mission since his shared pain and loss brings him closer to Miriam. But he is still going through with the plan. Anthony Provati is called in to stop Karim which starts a chase that will cross the globe.

This is an action packed thriller that makes you think. Karim is not your typical bad guy. He has lost his family and consumed by grief. Then someone comes along and sounds like they care but all they are doing is twisting his pain into their agenda. I liked his relationship with Miriam and thought this was a great addition to this story.

I did read Appointment with ISIL and really liked Anthony. Unfortunately he doesn’t really make much of an appearance until the middle of the story then things really take off. It makes the beginning of the book not really feel like an Anthony Provati story.

Now, having said that this is a great book and one that I recommend checking out. It makes a great point that not all bad guys are your classic movie bad guy. There are shades of grey in this world and people that are not really your friend but just using you for their gains.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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Moon Games

Moon Games by Shelly FromeMoon Games by Shelly Frome

Publisher:  Milford House Press (August 4, 2018)
Category: Cozy Mystery, Amateur Female Sleuth, Murder Mystery, Supernatural, Small-town Police Procedural
Tour dates: Mar-Apr, 2019
ISBN: 978-1620061848
Available in Print and ebook, 264 pages
Moon Games

Description Moon Games by Shelly Frome

At the outset, Miranda Davis has nothing much going for her. The tourists are long gone by October in the quaint Carolina town of Black Mountain, her realty business is at a standstill, and her weekend stint managing the local tavern offers little to pull her out of the doldrums. When prominent church lady Cloris Raintree offers a stipend to look into the whereabouts of a missing coed, Miranda, along with her partner Harry (an unemployed features writer) agree.

But then it all backfires. A burly figure shambles down a mountain slope with a semi-conscious girl draped over his shoulder. Miranda’s attempts to uncover Cloris Raintree’s true motives become near impossible.  The local police keep stonewalling and Harry is of little help.

Tarot cards left on Cloris’ doorstep only exacerbate the situation. Growing more desperate over the captive girl’s fate, Miranda comes across a link to a cold case of arson and murder. With the advent of the dark of the moon, she is summoned to “Tower Time” as this twisty tale continues to unravel.

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Praise Moon Games by Shelly Frome

“’Moon Games’ is an exceptional novel that will introduce the reader to the protagonist of the book, Miranda Davis who lives in a quaint town in Carolina, and it is here that she has a business. The reader will follow Miranda as she is approached by Cloris Raintree, a church leader who offers Miranda help in exchange for her help in finding a girl who went missing. As Miranda investigate the strange disappearance, more shocking truths are revealed and this book lovers is the premise of the sensational Moon Games.

The themes combined and laced throughout Moon Games perfectly compliment the atmosphere of the book and story.  As I read Moon Games, I found myself racing through it, turning the pages with haste thanks to the addictive nature. The story is unique and has the perfect combination of crime, suspense, and mystery which are all perfectly weaved together by the exceptional author.

Every event, character, and setting is well thought out and planned. Shelly Frome’s writing is detailed in the most immaculate of ways. It is beautifully written so that the reader will be able to immerse themselves in the story from beginning to end without difficulty.

Miranda is a character every reader will be able to root for, her grit and determination to not give up on the case is inspiring and will have many readers care about her. Being able to accompany Miranda on her journey was incredible, it was remarkable to witness her growth along the way and extraordinary to observe how she goes about solving the mystery and troubling situations she was faced with

Frome is an exceptional writer because he grabs his readers attention from the start very quickly and keeps them engrossed until the end. There are no long build-ups that drag in Moon Games; instead, the reader will be thrown into the thick of the story quickly, and the result of this is exciting (and slightly terrifying!).

Overall Moon Games is a superb novel that has everything a reader would want in a story; it has a thrilling narrative, magnificent plot development and excellent characterization that will thrill and excite its readers so of course, I have to award this impressive piece of literature five stars!”-  Aimee Ann, Red Headed Book Lover

“’Moongames’, the eighth mystery by respected author, Shelly Frome, covers a week around Halloween where a coed from a local college goes missing during a hike along the historic Southern Railway tracks that climb the Blue Ridge Escarpment over the Eastern Continental Divide, and the only one who seems to care is a frustrated real estate saleswoman, who must become her own detective agency if this girl is to be found alive.
Frome creates a series of colorful characters who are drawn into this quest, most against their wills, but who, never-the-less, contribute their own special talents to what would ultimately prove to be a race to the finish, with more hairpin turns along the way than the drive along the Amalfi Coast. The famous “Malecon” drive along Havana’s Atlantic shore even plays an important role in the ultimate outcome of this complicated, yet gripping tale of revenge, regret, and greed, with a dash of the Zodiac (thus the Moon) thrown in for good measure.”-       R. V. Helms, Amazon Review

Praise Secluded Village Murders by Shelly Frome

“ In this cozy murder, Emily Ryder, a tour guide turned amateur sleuth, attempts to solve the murder of her mentor, Chris Cooper. His death has been ruled accidental. Murder just couldn’t happen in the small town of Lydfield, Connecticut, but Emily believes that Chris was murdered.

So why does Emily believe that Chris has been murdered? There are too many things that don’t make sense. And Chris had been standing in the way of a development company that wants to build an apartment and entertainment complex in their quaint little town.

The cover of this book shows what looks like a beautiful and peaceful place to live, but looks can be deceiving. Lies, bribery, and deceit are running rampant in this little town. Is there anyone that Emily can trust? Twists and turns are around every corner. If you read carefully enough, you might even be able to figure out who the guilty party is. If you don’t read carefully enough, there is a chance that you will lose track of what is going on.

The town of Lydfield has been twinned with Lydfield-in-the-Moor in England. Twin villages or sister towns was something that I wasn’t familiar with. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a twin town is a town or city that shares planned activities and visits with a similar town in another country. The following article might help you gain a better understanding of twinned towns – Odd couples: 16 weird and wonderful twinned towns.

When Emily visits Lydfield’s sister town in England, she discovers that she has not left behind the danger. Well written mystery”-Lisa, Lisa’s Writopia

“An entertaining story that has enough quirky characters, intrigue, suspense, humor, and drama that easily draws the reader into Emily’s amateur sleuth adventure. This cozy mystery is full of devious plot twists and turns that will easily keep you guessing. The Secluded Village Murders is an intriguing whodunit tale that cozy mystery fans will want to add to their reading list.”- Kathleen Higgins-Anderson, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

About Shelly FromeMoon Games by Shelly Frome

Shelly Frome is a member of Mystery Writers of America, a professor of dramatic arts emeritus at the University of Connecticut, a former professional actor, and a writer of crime novels and books on theater and film. He is also the film columnist for Southern Writers Magazine and writes monthly profiles for Gannett Media.

His fiction includes Sun Dance for Andy Horn, Lilac Moon, Twilight of the Drifter, The Twinning Murders, Tinseltown Riff, and Murder Run. Among his works of nonfiction are The Actors Studio and texts on the art and craft of screenwriting and writing for the stage. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

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My Review

4 Stars

Miranda Davis is a realtor and manager of a bar in the little town of Black Mountain. It’s the off season and not much is happening until Cloris Raintree asks her to look into the disappearance of a missing female hiker. She asks her partner and writer Harry to help her. But things go sideways and Miranda starts having trouble with Cloris and finds that there is a lot more happening than just a missing hiker.

This is a great mystery that had me guessing at what was really happening. Part of that was because Miranda is a bumbling and scattered detective so I had a bit of a hard time getting into the story and figuring out what was going on. But once things got on a roll I was sucked in and held tight until the reveal. A couple great twists and turns had me thrown off balance and guessing the whole time.

This is the first book from Shelly Frome that I have read but I am curious at his other books. This is a great mystery and one I recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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