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Where Heroes reside. Where Good always triumphs over Evil. As a twenty-year Army veteran, I served on the Korean DMZ under fire, as well as Vietnam. I have always been a voracious reader of many genres, and review books for numerous publishers. The main goal of PULP DEN is not only to showcase my books, but also to promote other writers and their books. I review Mystery, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure – and most everything Pulp. I do not read, review, or promote erotica, alternative lifestyle books, horror, vampire, zombies, or werewolves. Warning, if your idea of good writing is an over use of profanity, you will not get a good rating from me. Please keep that in mind. I do not join groups like Linkedin, Grouply, Grammarly, or other communities, so please, no invitations. As a pulp magazine collector, I have complete runs of the major character pulps, and have read them all. I have been in pulp fandom since 1970, though a fan much longer. I publish my reviews on this Blog, Amazon, and in a print magazine I also write for. If anyone would be interested in reviewing any of my books, most can be found on Amazon – see the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. And contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Monday, January 26, 2015

Nashville Mercy

Nashville Mercy (Medical Mystery)
By M. Maitland DeLand, M.D.
DeLand Media Group, LLC www.delandbooks.com
ISBN #978-0986224110
274 Pages
$16.95 (Paperback)
Rating 5-Stars

“An Easy Read, Good Plot, And Interesting Characters.”

Reporter Kate Katelinson, with the Nashville Herald, is sent to Nashville Mercy Hospital on a human-interest story when she discovers something more frightening. Country Music superstar, Gwendolyn Cartwright is only one of many unnecessary angioplasty surgeries being done at the hospital. Deciding to investigate, she encounters heavy resistance from the hospital staff, then people start dying, and her sister is run over by a hit & run driver, giving her a message to back off.

The more she pushes, the deeper the case gets, and she discovers a lot of money is being moved into private accounts. There’s enough money moving into someone’s account to make killing a necessity for someone.

Ms. DeLand is a medical doctor, and children’s book author already. This is her first entrance into the mystery field, and she brings her knowledge of the medical scene with her. A good plot, with good characters, and interesting setting makes the tale an exciting read, and I think we will see more of Kate Katelinson in the future. There is a bit of mild profanity, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story, and is used when needed, not for shock value. Sex is kept off scene also, so the reader is never distracted from the mystery. Although the mystery really unravels on its own, Kate’s digging pulls the culprits out into the open. This is a topnotch first mystery novel for the author, and highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

Q&A With M. Maitland DeLand
Q: After writing so many successful children’s stories, what drew you to writing an adult novel, and a mystery in particular?

A: This was something different. It was edgy and I could play around with some more adult themes. It was also fun to think of how I could take my intense, technical medical knowledge and use it to create a story that every reader could enjoy. Not everyone wants to read medical texts, but everyone does want to read and find out how a murder can happen.

Q: How different was it writing an adult novel from a children’s book?

A: Well, it was very different. I could really have a little more freedom with my writing. I could make ideas a little more complex, a little more technical, but with the children’s books – as fun as they are to write, you have to keep in mind that you are writing to a much younger audience.

Q: You uniquely tie your professional experiences as an oncologist into your writing. Why is that important to you?

A: If I went to school for it…might as well use it!! Seriously – we spend so much time building up our knowledge on marketing, sales, business development, biology, whatever it is, and we spend so much money to get these degrees. Why not find ways to utilize all your interests and everything you learn over the years? This is a fun release for me. It’s applying all my experiences and knowledge, but with a creative outlet.

Q: Why did you choose to set this series in Nashville?

A: It’s the hub of the music industry. I wanted to center my books around things happening in the music industry. And personally, I just love the city. It’s such a diverse culture, everybody there is so friendly, and I love being there!

Q: Are you like your main character at all?

A: Not at all! But I think that’s what makes creating her so fun! I wish I could solve a mystery as fast as Kate!

Q: Can you explain your writing process and how you shaped Nashville Mercy?

A: Writing Nashville Mercy was an intuitive process. I knew I wanted to create a strong, intelligent female protagonist with great instincts. I put myself in Kate Katelinson’s shoes when writing, and always asked myself how she would react to the events unfolding in the plot. It was actually very fun.
            When shaping the idea for the plot, I chose to focus on a corrupt aspect of the United State’s medical system that many don’t know exists. I ultimately wanted to make the plot informative and engaging, while opening the opportunity to have a dialogue and create change around the issues addressed in the book.

Q: Without any spoilers, can you give us a sneak peak into the second installment of the Kate Katelinson series, Nashville Rap?

A: Kate Katelinson comes up against the greatest challenge of her career and personal life in this murder mystery, which is set in the heart of Nashville’s music scene. When a famous music producer suddenly dies in what appears to be an accident, Kate’s instincts tell her there’s more to the story. She embarks on a personal investigation and quickly finds herself surrounded by colorful suspects and odd clues that must be pieced together before the killer discovers her true agenda. Kate must also trust her instincts when a handsome record executive pursues her. This book is a bold investigation into race, power, jealousy, and betrayal. Readers will learn some more interesting medical facts as well!




Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fight Card: Blood Freud


FIGHT CARD MMA: BLOOD FEUD

Greetings!

I realize I have been delayed in getting out this email announcing our latest Fight Card MMA title, Blood Feud, with Tim Tresslar masquerading as Jack Tunney.
         Tim has a strong background writing men’s action adventure novels and, in Blood Feud, he gives us a wonderful idea of what a Mack Bolan/ Fight Card mash up might look like.

Dubai, 2015…David Garrett never could walk away from a fight. Even when a covert mission to nab a terrorist went wrong, leaving fellow CIA agents dead and Garrett holding the bag, he had to be forced to stand down.
Angry and disillusioned, he returned to his native Chicago where he engaged in off-the-books bouts for money, settled scores and made new enemies. Still, the unfinished business eats at him. Then Melissa, his former lover and fellow CIA agent, surfaces. She tells him one of the men responsible for the debacle in Iraq has surfaced. Like Garrett, the man is a fighter and on the card for an exhibition bout in Dubai. Would Garrett come back for one last mission? Garrett never could walk away from a fight. Even one that could kill him…
        "This one-two punch from Tim Tresslar has a power not seen since Ali beat Frazier. Blood Feud is a smoking-hot thriller guaranteed to hit so hard you'll see stars the next day still. Go get it – and prepare to stay up all night reading. Yeah, it's that good." Bestselling author Shane Gericke, The Fury


A copy of the manuscript and the cover by David Foster are attached for your perusal.  Any mention on you blogs or social networking sites is appreciated.
         As Fight Card enters 2015 our schedule, due to books on hand, will more than likely be changing to publication every two months. We do have a third Fight Card Sherlock Holmes coming from Andrew Salmon, Job Girl – the sequel to Monster Man – from Jason Chirevas, a yet to be titled outing from J. Walt Lang, and several other irons heating in the fire.
         Thanks to everyone for all you do for Fight Card …
         Till next time … Keep punching …

 Paul

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I Will Have Vengeance

I Will Have Vengeance (Mystery)
By Maurizio De Giovanni
ISBN #978-1609450946
Europa Editions www.europaeditions.com
Price $12.60
216 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“A Page Turner!”

It’s 1931 in Naples, Italy, and the great opera tenor, Arnaldo Vezzi is murdered in his dressing room minutes before performing. Luigi Alfredo Ricciardi, Commissario of Public Safety in the Mobile Squad, Royal Police Headquarters, and his partner, Brigadier Raffaele Maione are assigned the investigation. The murderer could have been anyone in the cast or stage crew, and it’s up to the investigators to unravel the mystery. Ricciardi is cursed with second sight, and sees the ghost of victims at the point of their death, and hears their final words. Usually misleading, but he must figure out what it means. In this case it is an aria the victim sings.

This is actually the first in the series about Commissario Ricciardi, so I am already familiar with the main characters.  But the mystery is topnotch, and the characters come alive. The reader doesn’t want to put the book down, and it is a page-turner. Basically, the story introduces the main characters we will be seeing more of in future stories. One is mentioned, but we don’t meet him/her yet; we will in the second novel. There are no exciting action scenes, but they are not needed in this brilliant new mystery series. Highly recommended for readers who love a good plot, and interesting characters.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

Friday, January 23, 2015

G-Man Companion

“G-Man Companion” by Tom Johnson. For nearly 20 years, Dan Fowler and his G-men battled crimedom in the pages of G-Men Detective. One of the last remaining pulp heroes, ending in 1953. Now, author Tom Johnson has indexed each issue, listing everything you need to know about the series. Also included are complete reprints of the two best Dan Fowler stories as chosen by Johnson and pulp historian Will Murray: "Give 'Em Hell" by Norvell W. Page and "Bullet Justice" by Charles Greenberg. And reprinted in its entirety for the first time: "I Cover the Murder Front," the lost, rejected Dan Fowler story. Featuring additional articles by Johnson and Murray, this is the ultimate history of the series. Available from Altus Press www.altuspress.com and Amazon for $31.46 http://www.amazon.com/Dan-Fowler-Companion-Tom-Johnson/dp/1461063183/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three Go Back


“Three Go Back” by Tom Johnson. YA fiction. Great cover by Teresa Tunaley. When their teleport vehicle malfunctions, becoming a time machine, it sends three young girls back in time on a journey of discovery they never expected. From the Ice Age through the Cretaceous, Permian, Carboniferous, and finally to the beginning of the Earth's evolution of life, they experience their world's prehistoric past in all its splendor and terror, coming away with the joy of knowledge and adventure! Tom introduces us to the 24th century, where people travel by teleportation vehicles. The wealthy live in bubbles floating thousands of feet above ground. The story opens with three young girls leaving for school in their teleport vehicle. Because of a massive magnetic storm, their vehicle accidentally becomes a time machine, taking them thousands of years into the past. Despite repeated attempts to return to the 24th century, they travel farther and farther back millions of years into prehistoric times, experiencing adventure and danger in the age of giant reptiles. The girls wonder if they will ever return to their familiar world. Available in hardback for 24.26 http://www.lulu.com/shop/tom-johnson/three-go-back/hardcover/product-20654639.html Paperback for 11.66 here http://www.amazon.com/Three-Go-Back-Tom-Johnson/dp/1937769232/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359475719&sr=1-1&keywords=Three+Go+back Kindle for $3.99, or order hardback and paperbacks from Tom.