Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: Darkness Falls

Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: Darkness Falls, the continuing saga of the lady rebels from Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: First Chronicle, is set against the stunning collapse of the Afghan Army in early August, 2021 and takes the reader on a harrowing, roller coaster ride of love, war and international intrigue.

In the opening scenes, Clayton Dorn, the CIA operative and male protagonist from First Chronicle, finds his efforts to save Afghanistan hamstrung by an administration that is at once selectively bombing the Taliban, attempting to negotiate a peace settlement with them and not so secretly backing its way out the door. When Clayton learns that Saarah Khalil, the female protagonist and love interest from First Chronicle, has been captured by a Taliban warlord, he and his team of maverick CIA operatives once again go completely off the reservation in an attempt to rescue her. From the high valleys of the Hindu Kush to the barren red desert plains of Herat and Kandahar, they crisscross Afghanistan, teaming up with various allies, capturing Taliban leaders and suffering no silence in their efforts to find Saarah and free her from bondage.

By the time Clayton is ready to launch his rescue op, he is on the wrong side of everyone, from the president of the United States on down to his own CIA chief, and with only one clue to guide him, what a young Taliban deserter has told Clayton of Saarah’s possible whereabouts. With Kabul surrounded, the American government fleeing for the exits and one secret bargaining chip in his back pocket ─ a supreme Taliban religious leader being held by the Northern Alliance ─ Clayton and his fellow operators team up with what’s left of the Lipstick Warriors on a life and death mission to save Saarah.

If you enjoy sweeping adventures with rogue warriors and colorful characters, look no further than Afghan’s Lipstick Warriors: Darkness Falls, a tale that will keep you riveted until the very last page is turned.

A fantastic read. Corcoran and Williams have created an indelible portrait of the warrior experience in Afghanistan. From the absurd to the tragic, from the comic and to the just plain dumb ass things soldiers do to keep from going mad amidst the crucible of war, the adventures herein are all too real for those of us who did our time in country. An important book, if for no other reason than to remind us of how long and hard we fought for the freedom of the Afghan people, only to have it blown away with the wind.

Command Sergeant Major Joe Hill, Retired


Meet Gary Paul Corcoran

The product of an Irish/Italian family, Mr. Corcoran was transplanted from the clapboard New England of his youth to the cookie cutter, stucco subdivisions that increasingly littered the old ranches and disappearing orange groves south of Los Angeles in the 1960s. Ever rebellious, and true to the folk music/coffee house idealism that helped shape his early worldview, he chose to resist the Vietnam War, was a man without a country for several years and can count incarceration in a Mexican prison as one of his many colorful experiences from that era.

Having pursued a love of reading and writing in various forms all his life, Mr. Corcoran finally took that passion seriously around the turn of the millennium and has dedicated the remainder of his days to authorship. In completing the circle of destiny, he has returned to the New England of his youth and presently resides along the shore of Rhode Island.

Independence

THE IDEALS OF A NATION. Five hundred and fifty years before the war against Thrakoth, the land of Fiea is in chaos. Years of civil unrest have forced the burgeoning colonies into a state of open rebellion against their overlords in the Avelingian Empire. While the public remains bitterly divided, the Avelingian government initiates a crackdown on the growing desire for civil liberties, culminating in the arrest and impending execution of Amelhir Vilistani. The sudden condemnation of the beloved scientist inflames the growing resistance to Imperial rule. In the city of Olmonin, rebel politicians gather in a secret assembly to keep the growing conflict from spiraling out of control. Yet as the clock ticks down to Amelhir’s doom, the resistance will soon find that the only way to save their people will be to set off a chain of events that lead to the sundering of an empire… and the rise of a new republic.

Meet Eric Mrozek

Eric Mrozek is the author of the Maereath series of novels and an ardent pop culture junkie who currently resides in Michigan. When he is not busy plotting out his next story, he can typically be found in the great outdoors, at a microbrewery, or shouting about whatever catches his fancy on his soulless corporate website: www.ericmrozek.com.

Three For The Clouds

Captain Masters is on the move, September 1942, in the Pacific deep in enemy territory. These were desperate times needing desperate measures. Men were cast in the throes of battle against a very well trained and formidable opponent, hoping to come out alive. After an arduous bombing raid that dealt heavy losses, Masters and his two other pilots were on their way home. They found they had no place to go: their carrier was sunk. Thinking quickly, Captain Masters devises a plan to make a 1500 mile trek through enemy territory to Australia.

Meet Robert Marquiss

I have been a rock drummer, rifle instructor, civil air rescuer, US Navy sailor, fine art painter, movie producer-director-editor-actor, animator and script writer. I’ve even been a starship captain (in movies). Now that I’m officially retired, I have more time to pursue my creative endeavors. Why read my books? I write upbeat adventures with unique ideas, twists, humor and a touch of romance. While I’m just getting started you can check out my reviews on Amazon or the book pages in this site. Or read the sample pages on Amazon to decide for yourself. Digital copies are a great value at $4.95 or less. Paperbacks are available if you prefer books you can hold. My current most successful book, ‘The Kingdoms of Magic Book 1: The King Is Dying And War Threatens. . . . ‘, is available FREE at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and http://www.robertmarquiss.work/freebook.htm I’m currently working on several books and paintings. Email me at [email protected] to request my latest updates.

The Kingdoms of Magic Book 1: The King is Dying and War Threatens. . . .

On a planet called Utopia, an aging wizard named Loden created an island he called Nor for the safe keeping of various entities that he cherished. They were all magical in different ways and were forbidden in other worlds. The King that he left to rule these kingdoms is dying. In secret, another wizard created a realm for entities he liked. They came to be called the Underworlders. When word got around that Loden’s King was dying, the Underworlders saw the opportunity to take over the Kingdoms for themselves. . . .

Meet Robert Marquiss

I have been a rock drummer, rifle instructor, civil air rescuer, US Navy sailor, fine art painter, movie producer-director-editor-actor, animator and script writer. I’ve even been a starship captain (in movies). Now that I’m officially retired, I have more time to pursue my creative endeavors. Why read my books? I write upbeat adventures with unique ideas, twists, humor and a touch of romance. While I’m just getting started you can check out my reviews on Amazon or the book pages in this site. Or read the sample pages on Amazon to decide for yourself. Digital copies are a great value at $4.95 or less. Paperbacks are available if you prefer books you can hold. My current most successful book, ‘The Kingdoms of Magic Book 1: The King Is Dying And War Threatens. . . . ‘, is available FREE at Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and http://www.robertmarquiss.work/freebook.htm I’m currently working on several books and paintings. Email me at [email protected] to request my latest updates.

I Need Ammunition, Not a Ride

Do you want to learn about President Zelensky of Ukraine? This is a biography written through the lens of leadership. Zelensky captured the world’s imagination when he defied Russia and stood his ground on February 22, 2022 and you will learn how, and more importantly, why he did it.

Meet Darin Gerdes

Dr. Gerdes is a leadersmith (a craftsman who builds leaders). His ambition is to “help you become the kind of leader that you would want to follow.” He is a Professor of Management in the Hans A. Nielson College of Business, and the Coordinator of Strack Center Leadership Program at Charleston Southern University. He has developed a masters degree in Organizational Leadership and two minors in Leadership Studies. He is the recipient of the 2018 CBFA Teaching Award and two-time Winner of SECRA’s Best Case Award. He has an interdisciplinary background that includes undergraduate degrees in Government and Psychology from Liberty University, and a MBA, a MA in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He has taught at a half dozen Christian colleges and universities including Columbia International University, Colorado Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Geneva college, LCC International University (in Lithuania), Liberty University, and Regent University. He has given lectures internationally in four Eastern European countries. Dr. Gerdes served as a member of his local public school board for three years and he served as a past president of the South Carolina Home Educators Association (SCHEA). He presently serves on the board of the Southeast Case Research Association (SECRA). He is a member of Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA). Dr. Gerdes is a member of Psi Chi (ΨΧ), the National Honor Society for Psychology and Sigma Beta Delta (ΣΒΔ), the International Honor Society for Business. Dr. Gerdes is also the host of the Leadersmith Podcast: https://leadersmith.podbean.com/

Rhythms of the Eternal Uprising

Author of “The Slums of Nightfall,” William Wright, Jr. has penned another accomplished book of prose. ‘Rhythms of the Eternal Uprising,’ is a deeply reflective collection; the subject matter very relevant and timely. The reader will be carried away by the artful way in which the pieces flow from one to the next; however, it is the content which is compelling and reminiscent of what it is to live in precarious times.The poet speaks of lessons unlearned and revisiting the same subject matter as a society, referencing the darkest of times, when his people were, “swinging from a noose.” Making the analogy of black banners and the call to action re-awakened. “A true peddler of panic, with an arsenal of lies, home crumbles before your eyes,” draws our attention to an apathetic society, with deep seated fears, prepared to do battle and are beating their drums to this rhetoric.Throughout this book are threads of hope, springing eternal. William Wright, Jr. spars within himself to believe in the overall goodness of humanity, trying to maintain a balance between idealism and the reality of the present day. It is a call to all of us to reflect, become our better selves and harken to positive change, finding the eternal hope within us. I am moved by the moments of clarity and beauty in his method of juxtaposition between dark times and confidence that we shall at long last, learn our lesson. This is not a book to be taken lightly, for it is too precious a message to disregard.Brenda-Lee Ranta, author of Myriad of Perceptions

Meet William Wright Jr

William Wright, Jr. is an author who hails from Southeast San Diego and currently resides in Riverside, California. He is the son of two Navy veterans, Margo Wright and William Wright, Sr. He is also the youngest and the only boy among his two siblings, China Wright and Casaundra Camille Robinson, nee Wright. William has had the honor of being featured in various poetry anthologies and e-magazines. Many of his poems were published under the indie publishing houses: ‘Poets with Voices Strong’ and ‘Creative Talents Unleashed.’ Under the latter publication, he released two books of poetry. ‘The Slums of Nightfall’ in 2016 and ‘Rhythms of the Eternal Uprising’ in 2017. Today, William Wright is already hard at work on yet another collection, as well as a work of historical fiction.

Omega: The Heart and Soul of a War Criminal

The Young Captain Carter leads Omega Squad, a band of British, Special Forces soldiers who are known to teeter between legal and illegal warfare. Omega Squad come face to face with the eccentric and mad, Tarmo Skenev, an arms dealer who has taken former Omega Squad member, turned undercover operative, Riley, prisoner. Just when they believe their mission is over, Omega realise it is only the beginning. As the fight gets bloodier and enemy ties deepen, each member of Omega must face their own demons, coming face to face with their mental health. Who should read this book? Fans of gripping action, heroes to back to the very end and villains to despise. Junkies of thriller, who have no clue what to expect next, the twist in this tale is harsh and lethal. The story is not just another epic action series, it comes with an embedded message of mental health. One of our heroes from Omega Squad, Reed, is an amazing soldier, his skill eclipses all others, yet he is haunted by his past, a tragic accident is relived over and over. Shift, another member of the squad, battles his dissociative identity disorder. In the story, we find out how one particular song turns him into an unhinged, animalistic mad man. Romance is also a key part of this story, a story of love, its trials and tribulations. How even in a world of war and terror, love flourishes and its stubbornness to die. We see both sides of it. A beautiful moment when two souls, destined for one another, finally come face to face, against all odds. Also, the darker side of love. The obsessiveness of it. How an infatuation can blind you and lead you down a path you would not willingly choose to follow. This story will beg its reader to ask themselves, ‘what would I have done in that situation?’. Omega: The Heart and Soul of a War Criminal is an epic story that features, thought-provoking dialogue, a promise of realism and shines a light on the delicate nature of mental health.

Meet Jax Bowman

A twenty-something-year-old relentlessly chasing the dream to create a piece of fiction that does more than tell a story. I first discovered my love for writing during my last year of college, where I studied Creative Media Production, a course I had fallen out of love with. Until I found screenwriting. It was my saving grace and gave me a new-found desire to continue with my college education. I have written a mockumentary/comedy script and an action screenplay. ‘Omega: The Heart and Soul of a War Criminal’ is an adaptation of that same action screenplay. I have spent over a year transforming this humble screenplay into an epic story, which features, thought-provoking dialogue. Characters to fall in love with, and those to despise. A promise of realism. And a shining light on mental health.

The Game of War

Standalone, full-size prequel to the Gold Medal Winner of the 2021 Readers’ Favorite Award for YA Epic Fantasy. Never meet your heroes—especially if they’re dead. Dantess wants to follow in the footsteps of his dead grandfather—a legendary priest of War—but his father forbids it. In fact, his father’s hatred of War lands him in a cell within the god’s temple. The only way to free him is from the inside, so Dantess must choose: let his father die or defy his upbringing, become a priest, and win his father’s freedom in the temple’s deadly Game of War. Torn between the legacies of his father and grandfather, Dantess finds that both paths hide secrets that threaten to destroy everything he cares about, including his sanity. Percy Jackson enters the Game of Thrones in what reviewers are calling, “one hell of an action-packed thrill ride.” It’s a don’t-miss page-turner full of mysterious magic, crafty competitions, and plenty of pirates! “Riveting and compelling, a must-read for any fan of fantasy literature.” —Barbara Blackburn, Knights of the Dinner Table

Meet Glen Dahlgren

Glen Dahlgren is the award-winning author of the acclaimed book series, the Chronicles of Chaos, which fantasy legend Piers Anthony called “what fantasy fiction should be”. His debut novel, the Child of Chaos, was the Gold Medal Winner of the 2021 Readers’ Favorite Award for YA Epic Fantasy. Glen has also written, designed, directed, and produced critically-acclaimed, narrative-driven computer games for the last three decades. What’s more, he had the honor of creating original fantasy and science-fiction storylines that took established, world-class literary properties into interactive experiences. He collaborated with celebrated authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (The Death Gate Cycle), Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time – now a TV series from Amazon), Frederik Pohl (Heechee saga), Terry Brooks (Shannara), and Piers Anthony (Xanth) to bring their creations to the small screens. In addition, he crafted licensor-approved fiction for the Star Trek franchise as well as Stan Sakai’s epic graphic novel series, Usagi Yojimbo.

War Hero

This is a story of an air force pilot who was assigned with the job of attacking the enemy territory to destroy their war potential. He did the job well, but while returning the tail of the plane was hit and he was compelled to bail out. From the jungle where he landed, he was caught by the enemies, but his presence of mind made him escape. With continuous struggles, he could cross over the border and had to face numerous problems before joining the family.

Meet M K Devidasan

Writing has always been a hobby for M K Devidasan. However, it was not always something he thought he could make a living with. After retiring from the Indian Air Force as a Wing Commander serving 32 years, he realized he has something valuable to share with the world and turned to writing full time. Since turning his passion into a profession, M K Devidasan has written prolifically and is constantly exploring new themes, genres and ideas. It’s incredibly hard work, but he is never happier than when he sits down at his desk putting the opening words to a new book or story on paper.

Captain Correa: The Guardian of Arecibo

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It’s 1702. Dreaming of glory, a Spanish officer prays England will attack. When the attack comes, he won’t be ready.

Spain and England are at war—again. 

Far from the European centers of power, the Spanish port of Arecibo, in the Caribbean Sea, becomes a target of the powerful English fleet. The defense of the port falls to Lieutenant Antonio de los Reyes Correa. The lieutenant is a proud and ambitious officer and a loving husband and father, but his men are inexperienced, and they are armed only with pikes and machetes. The battle-hardened English troops bring swords and firearms. They also have a man inside Correa’s camp.

The defenders are outnumbered and outgunned.

When the reinforcements he needs fail to arrive, Correa realizes the English may massacre the whole town, including his parents, his wife and his child. Only a miracle can save them now, and time is running out.

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