Mylea: The Journey Begins by Philip C. Elrod

MyleaMylea: The Journey Begins is a fast-paced and exciting science fiction novel by Philip C. Elrod. It is the prequel to the Mylean Universe Chronicles. It was published in June 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Synopsis:
Mylea tells the story of a civilization that has achieved incredible technical and scientific marvels. Yet, now, they appear to be helpless to save themselves from the total destruction of their planet by an approaching black hole.
The only apparent solution to their problem appeared to be here, on Earth. Their arrival could cause a sensation on Earth if it were widely known. The mission must be accomplished with the least possible contact with Earthlings. Can they trust the Earthlings they contact? Can the Earthlings trust them? Will they succeed or will Mylea be forever lost in the dark reaches of outer space?

 

Prologue: 
Long ago, in a galaxy far away…. Oops, wrong story!
About twenty thousand years ago in a small globular galaxy that was in the process of merging with the nearby great spiral galaxy, our Milky Way, there existed a small blue planet much like Earth. The planet was called Mylea. It was much like our Earth, but very different in one significant way: almost all of the land mass of Mylea was contiguous around the middle of the planet, with a huge ocean dominating the lower hemisphere and another somewhat smaller ocean dominating the upper hemisphere.
Mylea was inhabited by an advanced civilization of beings that were remarkably like humans in appearance and shared physical traits. But, mentally and emotionally, there were many significant differences.
As the civilization advanced and matured, the Myleans managed to control warlike tendencies and live in harmony. Early in their civilization, warfare became an alien concept. That alone would set them apart from humans.
Myleans were technologically advanced compared to earthlings. Their scientists even conquered physics at the sub-atomic level, enabling them to generate electricity directly from several forms of matter. Even more importantly, they had been able to conquer the mysteries of gravity and used it extensively, particularly in their transpiration systems.
Life on Mylea was very close to utopian for several millennia and might have remained so for many more. But a disaster suddenly threatened to completely destroy them and their planet. When it looked as though they surely were doomed, their most famous scientist stepped forward and proposed a plan to save the planet and all its inhabitants.
His plan, however, was beyond anything ever conceived before. It was beyond audacious!
But it could be their only hope for survival.
The big question they had to answer was, “Is it possible?”

 

Author Philip C. Elrod
About the Author:
Philip C. Elrod was born and raised in a small town atop Sand Mountain in Northeast Alabama. After serving with the military in Germany, he returned to the United States and continued his education at the University of Florida and Florida Southern College, majoring in Industrial Engineering and Economics.
Phil is a computer system analyst/designer and securities trader. He resides in Richardson, Texas with his wife and his two “bosses”, a Japanese Chin and a miniature Shih Tzu. His interests include writing, reading, astronomy, photography, outdoor cooking, and travel.
Phil enjoys writing science fiction thrillers. His debut novel Mylea: The Journey Begins is the prequel to the Mylean Universe Chronicles. It tells the story of a technologically advanced civilization and their desperate fight to survive a cosmic cataclysm. Ultimately, their epic journey brings them to Earth seeking the assistance of a unique earthling. The second book in the series, The Krakow Klub, deals with what the earthling does with his Mylean legacy. To learn more, go to http://www.pcelrod.com/
Readers can connect with Phil on Twitter and Goodreads.
For more information, to request a review copy of Mylea, or to interview Philip C. Elrod, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.
 

 

Rainbow Games (Lou Malloy Crime Series) by J. Frank James

Rainbow Games Book CoverRainbow Games, by J. Frank James, is an action packed crime thriller. This is the fourth book in the Lou Malloy Crime Series. It is available for sale on Amazon.

 

Synopsis:
Lou Malloy never expected to hear from his brother Sam Malloy. The only reason he would contact him is if he was in trouble and needed help… Sam had bought a sea food fishing operation in a place called Unalaska, and the acquisition was made under illegitimate means.
While in Unalaska, Lou had been given, as long as he was there, a small job to do by Max Reynolds at Homeland Security. Russia was working to get Alaska back from the United States because there was a possibility that they never paid for it and Malloy and Kelly had to find proof that they did. In addition, there was another shipment of gold sent by the United States to back up the payment fiasco, and that had been lost as well. All these events had taken place between 1868 and 1870 and had been lost in the events that soon shaped Russia’s future with the execution of Nicholas II and his family and the Bolshevik Revolution resulting in a failure to follow up on the transaction’s completion. To make things interesting an heir to the great Mongol leader, Genghis Khan who is called Sala Khan, now wants to restore the lands of eastern Russia to its prominence on the world political stage by starting World War Three. To do this he needs to find a log book that contains program coordinates for a satellite that will render nuclear weapons obsolete throughout the world. Because of Malloy’s skills in the area of finding things, he is enlisted by the Department of Homeland Security to find the missing gold and proof that Alaska was in fact purchased in an arm’s length deal. To do that Malloy and Kelly have to battle a climate of frozen land, the Bering Sea, a crazed old sea captain who only wants money and will do anything to get it, a delusional heir to a Mongol War Lord who puts absolutely no value on life and will stop at nothing, even starting World War Three, if need be to get what he wants, and a Russian criminal who seeks his slice of the deal. But Malloy and Kelly, along with the Crime Bandit team of Crusher, Blue, Jeremy and a host of new additions to the team, strike out aboard a land vehicle known as the Snow Cruiser, part Snow Cat and par tank, to put a stop to what was planned for the world by this Sala Khan. In the process Hilary and Blue are kidnapped and Malloy and his team seek to rescue them from Khan’s mountain fortress only for Malloy to find that his brother, Sam Malloy, is a prisoner as well.
Once inside Khan’s fortress, Crusher, doing only what Crusher can do best, wipes out ninety percent of Khan’s weapons and armament by driving a tank known as a German Panzer VIII Mouse in Khan’s weapons storage area crushing everything in its path. Weighing a hundred and eighty-eight tons, it is the largest tank in the world.
When Khan learns of the damage that Malloy has done to his plans for the world, Khan is furious and decides to take even more drastic steps. He kidnaps Hilary again and threatens to cut off a finger for each day Malloy fails to bring him the log book with the codes he needs. In the meantime, Max Reynolds, with the help of the U.S. Navy has assembled the Seventh Fleet based in Japan to assist on a standby basis. The clock is ticking and Malloy is running out of time. He then comes up with the idea to have Jeremy to wipeout the programs fed into Khan’s satellite thereby rending it useless. Malloy is now bent on vengeance more now than ever and is determined to bring Khan down permanently for Khan has now made things personal.

 

Chapter 1:
Looking at me over the top of her cup, Hilary said, “This letter came for you yesterday. It looks personal.”
Taking the envelope from Hilary, the envelope looked to be handmade. The corners were uneven and the flap had been taped shut with masking tape.
“From the envelope’s condition, if I didn’t know they already put him in jail, I would have guessed it was from the Unabomber,” quipped Hilary.
“One way to find out,” I said. “Let’s open it.”
When I did, I got the shock of my life. Hilary probably thought I had lost a family member instead of finding one.
Noticing the look on my face, Hilary sat her cup down.
“Lou, Honey. What’s up?”
“It’s a letter from my brother, Sam.”
“Sam! Who’s Sam?” exclaimed Hilary. “I didn’t know you had a brother.”
“I guess I never told you. Sam left home the day before I did. At the time, he said he was going to California to get into the movie business. After I got out of prison, I had so many things going on Sam sort of slipped my mind.”
“How did he find you, I wonder?”
“Good question,” I said. “I can only guess, but Sam was always clever at finding things.”
Sam’s tone in the letter surprised me.
“What does he want, besides money?” asked Hilary. “Here, I’ll read it and you tell me,
‘Dear Lou, I guess you have to be surprised to hear from me after all these years. I made it to California, as I said I would, but Hollywood was not for me. People in California give a whole new meaning to living in the fast lane. You are not going to believe this, but I own and operate a fishing operation in Northern Alaska in a place called Unalaska. However, it sounds bigger than it really is.
‘I owe you an apology for not getting in touch with you sooner, but I honestly didn’t have a clue on how to find you. I knew you had gotten out of prison, but the Federal Bureau of Prisons wouldn’t give me the time of day.
‘Anyway, Henry Lowe’s daughter, Angie, is out here with me and sends her regards…’
“Well I’ll be,” said Hilary. “Isn’t Henry Lowe one of the gang members you were hanging around with when you became involved with that casino deal?”
“It is,” I said. “I wonder how Angie found Sam.”
“Is that all he said in the letter?”
“No, there is more, but I can’t read it anymore. Here, you read it to me.”
“Why can’t you read it?”
“I’m getting tired of reading out loud.”
Reaching across the porch, I handed the letter to Hilary to finish reading it.
‘By the way, she doesn’t care about the money.’
“That’s good news,” said Hilary.
“Are you going to read it or paraphrase it?”
‘She knew her dad was heading for trouble when he left her and her mother. At the time, Angie lived in California and went to school for accounting. She runs my office here. That’s how we met. She was looking for a job and answered an ad I put in the L.A. Times. Small world.’
“You can say that again,” said Hilary.
‘Anyway, now to get to the real reason for my letter.’
“About damn time.”
“Hilary, just read the letter.”
“Okay, okay. Keep your shirt on.”
‘I don’t know if you have been following any of the news lately about what has been happening here in Alaska, but it seems the Russians are trying to make a case that they are entitled to get Alaska back and there are some people in Alaska who want it to happen. One in particular is a gang that wants to take over my business. I heard that you were in some sort of recovery business, kind of like a soldier of fortune.’
“To say the least,” said Hilary. “If he only knew.”
“Okay, let’s make sure he doesn’t,” I said.
“There’s more…”
‘I need someone to help me fight off these people. A month ago we started having trouble with things happening to the boats. Lines got cut. Nets slashed and things like that. Two weeks ago someone took a shot at me while I was heading out of Dutch Harbor in one of the boats. ‘I realize I probably don’t have the right to ask, but I don’t have anywhere else to go on this.
‘The local police are just a couple of Eskimos with shotguns. They are good with the locals when they drink too much liquor, but this stuff is way beyond their pay grade.
‘If you decide to come, call me, and leave a message that you are coming. Delta has a direct flight to Anchorage. From there, you take a bus (we don’t have cabs up here to speak of) to the Talkeetna State Airport. Ask the ground service there for Ronnie Willis. He runs a charter service and he will have instructions to fly you and whoever you bring with you to the Island.
‘I know you don’t like to travel alone.’
“Since when did that happen?” asked Hilary.
“Never,” I said. “I haven’t seen Sam in eighteen years so I have no idea what he’s talking about.”
‘When you arrive, just ask someone in town to direct you to the Sea Moon Fleet. That’s me. My phone number is eight six seven-two two one-TUNA.
Your brother and only blood relative, Sam Malloy
P.S. Sorry about Susan. I miss her too.’
After Hilary finished reading the letter, neither of us said anything for a few minutes. At first I thought it was a joke, but then who would write a letter like that and post mark it from the Aleutian Islands?
“Are you going to go?” asked Hilary.
“I don’t know. It’s like I said, I haven’t seen or talked to Sam in eighteen years. I don’t even think I could recognize him if I saw him.”
“He must be a real bleeding heart. He waited until the end of his letter to mention the death of your sister and then it was a, ‘by the way’ affair.”
“Sam never was a person to show a lot of emotion. He would have made a great assassin.”
“How do you know he isn’t one now?” Hilary asked.
“I don’t, but if he was, I would suspect he could solve his own problems.”
“I never have been to Alaska,” said Hilary.
“You want to go?” I asked.
“Sure.”
“What about the cats?”
“What about them? No one takes care of them now. They pretty much do what they want around here anyway. Besides, Bowler has Mojo eating out of his hand.”
“As long as Mojo doesn’t eat the hand that feeds him, we probably are free to go,” I said. “There is just one thing I want you to know,” I said.
“What’s that?”
“I never have been to Alaska either.”

 

J. Frank JamesAbout the Author:
J. Frank James is the author of crime thriller novels. His books are gripping and suspenseful.
Jim’s novels have the elements necessary of good crime novels that keep readers glued to the pages from start to finish. Although Jim’s crime novels are fiction works, they are exciting to read because of their authentic nature. They are written with the backing of Jim’s experience in law, so they are believable situations that have the readers wanting to find out what happens next just like they would in any crime situation.
They offer the readers just enough information to keep them guessing and trying to solve the crimes until the end of the books when they are actually revealed. Jim’s books are also fresh and unique takes on crime as well, though. They are not the same whodunit type books that have been done over and over again. By infusing his personal travels into his books, Jim creates characters and atmospheres based on just enough truth to be relatable.
Plus, Jim’s books have everything in them from robbery to prison to family. They have hard and soft elements simultaneously to really capture the life of a hardened criminal who is still very human and struggles with the same human emotions as the rest of society. At the same time, Jim gives the reader perspectives from private investigators to balance out the story.
Jim’s books even have a hit of romance when his characters come to care for each other as more than just friends. Then, crime and love mixes to create a dynamic atmosphere that is even more complicated than ever before since characters care not only for each other but for their other family members as well. Jim has an amazing way of incorporating various elements into his latest crime novels to create thrillers that readers cannot get enough of, which is perhaps why all four of his books so far carry on one from the other to continue the same story concerning the hardened criminal who did 15 years in prison, Lou Malloy and who comes to be his partner, private investigator, Hilary Kelly. The two of them go it together to create gripping stories that keep readers coming back for more.
Jim is an artist and creates all of his own book covers.
To learn more, go to http://www.jfrankjamesbooks.com/
Connect with J. Frank James on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.
For further information, to request a review copy, or to interview J. Frank James, please contact Kelsey McBride at Book Publicity Services at info@bookpublicityservices.com or 805.807.9027.

BookPublicityServices.com is Now Offering 20% Off Book Promotion Services for Authors

author in bookstoreMay 7, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) – Book Publicity Services, a leading public relations agency that specializes in promoting authors, is excited to announce a new special that will allow authors to save money on their public relations campaign. For a limited time, authors can get 20% off the first 3 months of their PR campaign.
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Lola Smirnova’s Novel ‘Twisted’ Is Free On Kindle For A Limited Time

Twisted by Lola SmirnovaLOS ANGELES, CA (May 7, 2015) – Author Lola Smirnova announced today that her latest novel Twisted will be listed for free on Amazon from May 7th through May 8th, 2015.
Twisted is a suspenseful new-adult novel. It tells the story of a young Ukrainian girl named Julia, whose family is struck with poverty after the fall of the Soviet Union. Her two older sisters leave home and become sex workers, glossing over the more distasteful aspects of their occupation, planting the seeds of both curiosity and greed in young Julia. She eventually finds the lure of easy money too beguiling and begins her journey into the darker aspects of drug abuse, drunken stupors, and the horrid and loveless life of a sex-for-sale prostitute. Julia quickly learns the money comes with a price.
Twisted is a work of fiction, but it is inspired by the author’s real life experiences making a living in the sex trade.
A gripping and mature story deftly woven by Lola Smirnova, “Twisted” is the kind of suspense novel that will linger in the mind and imagination long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf… “Twisted” introduces an extraordinarily gifted author to an appreciative readership looking eagerly toward her next literary effort.” – Midwest Book Review
Charged with some disturbing sexual scenes (including rape), the book manages a steady, readable flow as it shines a light on the multifaceted world of the European sex trade.“
 – Kirkus Reviews
Smirnova takes us on a philosophical and pseudo-psychological pilgrimage through the sexual underworld as Julia, in first person narrative, describes her struggling introduction into a profession where she can ply the only skills currently marketable.” – 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite
I highly recommend ‘Twisted’ to open-minded readers who aren’t afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen. It’s sure to shock and surprise you, with both its storyline and its literary value.” – 5 star review from Red City Review
In the meantime, Smirnova hopes that Twisted will raise awareness to the problems of the sex industry… Kudos to Smirnova for an outstanding job achieving that goal!” – 5 star review from Pacific Book Review
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The Secret to Success With a Self-Published Book on Amazon: You Need Reviews

Listing Books for FreeGetting a book on Amazon isn’t difficult anymore. If you can’t find a publisher for your book today, you can easily self-publish for very little money and put it up on Amazon. While it’s very easy to bring a book to market today, it’s more difficult than ever to get in front of readers. Bowker is the exclusive issuer of ISBN book identification numbers in the US.  The company’s figures reveal that authors publish thousands of new titles every single day in the US. As a writer with a self-published book out on Amazon, how are you supposed to stand out in a crowd this size? The idea should be to get as many Amazon reviews as possible on your product page. But how do you do this when you are a new author?
When you are an unknown, only existing readers who write honest and convincing reviews can get you new readers. There’s no other way that potential readers can know what you’re like. The Amazon Algorithm pays attention to positive user reviews. The more reviews you have, the higher up in Amazon’s search results you go.
How do you get book reviews? A variety of reviewers exist:
Media Outlets: There are book reviewers at every major media outlet… The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, etc. They all have writers on staff that cover books. If you hire a PR firm to promote your book they will reach out to media contacts nationwide that cover books or your specific genre to see if they would be interested in reviewing your book. Book reviews in newspapers, magazines, or online are a great way to get the word out about your book. And most media contacts will be willing to publish a review for your book on Amazon as well, just make sure your publicist asks.
Amazon Top Reviewers: Thousands of customers on Amazon are very dedicated to writing good, honest reviews. It’s their way of giving something back to the world and earning the respect of the community. Many of them write 3 or 4 full reviews each day on every manner of product, books included. While it can be hard to get the attention of these reviewers, you may succeed if you are persistent.
To find these reviewers, you should head to Amazon.com/review/top-reviewers. This page offers a full listing of all the top Amazon reviewers. Once you find a reviewer who reviews books in your genre, you should click on their nickname to view their Amazon profile. They usually have contact information displayed. If you can’t find any address, you should try looking them up on Facebook or Google+. When you establish contact, you can ask them if they might be willing to review your book if you send them a copy.
Reader reviewers on Amazon: Amazon has many dedicated reader reviewers. Unlike the Top Reviewers reader reviewers only review books. Often, they stick to the genres that they know. They tend to write thoughtful, well-researched reviews that reach many potential buyers. GoodReads is another book website that has such dedicated reader reviewers.
Regular book buyers: Regular readers don’t tend to write many reviews. Usually, only 1% ever end up writing a proper one. If you make a point to include a heartfelt request for a review at the end of your book, you will usually get a few people to respond. They are not all likely to be five-star reviews, though. Getting plenty of honest reviews, though, can win people’s respect. The very fact that many readers would bother to review your book makes you look worthwhile.
Each time a reader writes a review, you should reply to it by clicking on the Add a comment button. You should thank them for their review and perhaps try to discuss something they’ve said. Reader engagement is a valuable public relations tool in the book business. It can attract many new reviews.
Book blogs: Many people who are passionate about books run blogs about the genres that they like. They tend to have thousands of fans who turn to them for advice. You should search on Google for bloggers in your genre and then write to them, asking them to review your book.
Many of these bloggers write reviews on their own blogs and then posts extracts from their reviews on Amazon. If you’re interested in filling your Amazon product page with such good reviews, you need to find bloggers who write on Amazon in this way.
Bloggers tend to be busy people. Usually, the best way to get a blogger’s attention is to write a personalized pitch. You need to go to the blog, learn the blogger’s name, read some of the reviews, gather information and use it all to tell them why exactly you feel they would be just right for your book. You need to look like you’ve done your homework.   
Amazon gives you a great deal of power
It can take time to build a following on Amazon. The retailing giant, though, gives you powerful tools. When you decide to learn to use them and stay the course, success as an author turns out to not be as hard to come by as it first appears.