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Friday, December 22, 2017

Purchase any of the Jim Buchanan Novels at reduced prices while they last!


On Saturday, November 4th, my first novel, Montana Harvest was selected as an Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) 2017 Mystery/Suspense Book Award winner. In addition, my novels, Montana Harvest, Mystery at Little Bitterroot, and The Killing Zone reached the 5,000 sales mark on Monday, November 6th.

To celebrate those two milestones, the paperback and Kindle versions of my three novels are priced at $11.99 and $.99 through December 31st, 2017. You save $3 on the paperback version and $2 on the Kindle edition.

There are only 9 days left until the prices revert to $14.99 for paperback and $2.99 for Kindle. 

Get yours now!


Monday, December 4, 2017

25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards - The Killing Zone








Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Thank you for participating!

Entry Title: The Killing Zone
Author: Felix F. Giordano
Judge Number: 25
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

 A few quick notes~
  • Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
  • The 1-5 scale is strictly to provide a point of reference; the scores are meant only to be a gauge, and are not a cumulative score, nor are they tallied or used in ranking. 
  • A "0" is not a negative score. Our online review system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations.As a result, we've substituted a “0” in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry, a cookbook, or a travel guide would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal, and may therefore receive a “0” - indicating that the rating was not applicable.
  • If you wish to reference this review on your website, we ask that you cite it as such: “Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.” You may cite portions of your review, if you wish, but please make sure that the passage you select is appropriate, and reflective of the review as a whole.
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 4
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary*:
This book was hard, gritty and intense. The characters weren't cookie cutter - Videl is as vicious as they come, yet you explain why. I relish the Native American mysticism, especially when it comes to Alma Rose's abilities. I couldn't put the book down as you kept the intensity of the pacing going throughout. This is one of those stories where you cheer when the 'bad guys' get their comeuppance, though I have a feeling this isn't the last time we'll be meeting Videl Tanas. This was certainly a terrific page turner.

25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards - Montana Harvest










Below is a brief commentary for your entry in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Thank you for participating!

Entry Title: Montana Harvest
Author: Felix F. Giordano
Judge Number: 25
Entry Category: Genre Fiction

A few quick notes~
  • Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
  • The 1-5 scale is strictly to provide a point of reference; the scores are meant only to be a gauge, and are not a cumulative score, nor are they tallied or used in ranking. 
  • A "0" is not a negative score. Our online review system only recognizes numerals during this portion of logging evaluations.As a result, we've substituted a “0” in place of “N/A” when the particular portion of the evaluation simply does not apply to the particular entry, based on the entry genre. For example, a book of poetry, a cookbook, or a travel guide would not necessarily have a “Plot and Story Appeal, and may therefore receive a “0” - indicating that the rating was not applicable.
  • If you wish to reference this review on your website, we ask that you cite it as such: “Judge, 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.” You may cite portions of your review, if you wish, but please make sure that the passage you select is appropriate, and reflective of the review as a whole.
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 4
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 3
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style:

Judge’s Commentary*:
I enjoyed the setting of this novel and I especially enjoyed the Native American shamanism and language sprinkled throughout. The writing was very good, the characters are so likeable that, as a murder mystery series,it could really take off if there are more 'red herrings' to throw off the reader.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Jim Buchanan Novels Special News

On Saturday, November 4th, Montana Harvest was selected as an Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) 2017 Mystery/Suspense Book Award winner.

In addition, my novels, Montana Harvest, Mystery at Little Bitterroot, and The Killing Zone reached the 5,000 sales mark on Monday, November 6th.

To celebrate those two milestones, the paperback and Kindle versions of my three novels will be priced at $11.99 and $.99 through December 31st, 2017 (my birthday!). 😊


Friday, April 14, 2017

The Jim Buchanan Novels














Montana Harvest (Murder for profit meets Native American justice) - a 2016 IPNE Book Award Finalist in the Mystery/Suspense category

Mystery at Little Bitterroot (They say dead men tell no tales but do their spirits?) - a 2016 Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Native American Literature

Starting Monday, April 17th and running through April 24th, the paperback and Kindle versions of these first two novels in the Jim Buchanan Series are discounted on Amazon.com to mark the 2017 publication of The Killing Zone (A gritty tale of revenge, mayhem, murder, and miracles).

The Killing Zone is available on Amazon.com in both paperback and Kindle versions.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

BEFORE THE FLOOD

Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future.

Before the Flood - Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Fisher Stevens, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes occurring around the world due to climate change.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

DAPL Crackdown

DAPL Crackdown Continues With Rubber Bullets and Mace As Water Protectors Form New Front Line

BOOK SIGNING

Book Signing at Lord & Taylor at Westfarms Mall, West Hartford, CT - today, October 29th 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Indie Author Day, October 8, 2016 - Nationwide Inaugural Of Indie Authors

Felix Giordano is the author of several novels in the mystery, suspense, and detective genre. He calls his books the Jim Buchanan Series and they are named after his uncle Carl "Buck" Buchanan, who had a career as a Maine State Police officer. The first book in the series is titled, Montana Harvest.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Indigenous Peoples Still Fighting to Protect ‘Living Forests’ and Way of Life


Patricia Gualinga, Director of International Relations for the Kichwa Community of Sarayaku in Ecuador - Maria Clara Valencia

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Coming This Fall: The Killing Zone, a Jim Buchanan Novel - The day revenge, mayhem, & murder overwhelms Montana



















Sneak peak: 
Chapter 1



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F
ather Peter Bongiorno, drove his black Ford sedan south along Montana State Highway 56 toward Taylor. It was Friday, June 13, 1997 one day after a Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena meeting with Cardinal Sanchez. An overnight stop in Libby to give moral support to an old friend coping with substance abuse gave the priest great joy. Admiring the peaks of the Cabinet Mountains and engrossed in reciting the rosary, he nearly failed to notice the naked and bloodied teenager staggering alongside the two-lane, coniferous-lined road.
Father Bongiorno’s head swiveled as he drove past the young woman. Slamming on the brakes he came to a stop on the narrow shoulder. Grabbing his olive army blanket from the backseat, he jumped out. As he advanced, she fell and disappeared into the high grass that populated the space between the road and the trees.
He waded into the grass and stumbled upon her. “Lynn, is that you… my dear child, what happened?” The priest spotted the imprints on her bloody ankles and wrists screaming of metal restraints. Her knees and feet were covered in cuts and abrasions and her filthy body was drenched in blood, sweat, and grease. He covered the trembling young girl with the blanket and led her to his car.
After Father Bongiorno buckled her in the passenger seat, she said, “RAPED!” Then she sputtered through swollen and bloodied lips, “BIKERS!”
Father Bongiorno recognized the sound of revving engines from the direction of Keeler Mountain. Not the screams of dirt bikes but the throaty howl of big bore Harleys. The girl screamed, unbuckled the seatbelt and dropped to the floor.
The priest slammed shut the passenger door. “I’ll bring you to the hospital.”
He ran to the driver’s side, jumped in the car, pulled onto the road and drove off. Father Bongiorno watched his speedometer inch its way past 80 mph as he speed-dialed the familiar number on his cellphone.
“Martha, is Sheriff Buchanan there? Then call him and explain that I found Lynn Corbett naked and injured on Route 56. I’m bringing her to Taylor University Medical Center. Better call her parents. She says she was raped... a patrol car to accompany us… thank you.”
Father Bongiorno squinted in the rearview mirror and spotted five motorcycles rushing toward them. A teenage dirt track driver before he left for the seminary, Father Bongiorno stomped on the gas pedal. Reflective roadside posts and mile markers flashed by in a blur. Glancing down at his passenger he noticed her left eye sealed shut and swollen a deep shade of purple. Visible bruises and welts populated her face, neck, and shoulders.
“Do you know who did this to you?”
He watched Lynn look up at him. She moved her lips as if to speak but only a few trickles of blood dribbled from one side of her mouth and tears flowed from her eyes.
Realizing that she was in shock aggravated by the bikers’ pursuit, Father Bongiorno drove his car at breakneck speeds and threw on his emergency flashers. He passed three cars, one of which blasted their horn at him. The relentless bikers raced past the clutter. One approaching car in the other lane swerved to his left as the priest veered around the vehicle. He skirted the shoulder of the road kicking up dust and debris and flushing an Eastern Kingbird from a roadside tree. The bikers continued their pursuit.
A shot rang out, then another as they passed the eastern shore of Bull Lake. A bullet tore through the back window and ricocheted out the side window just above Lynn, still huddled on the floor of the car. A second bullet shattered the rear window and exited through the windshield. A third bullet grazed Father Borngiorno in the right shoulder and embedded itself in the dashboard. The priest held onto the steering wheel with his left hand as his right arm, weakened by the gunshot wound, slid to the bench seat and settled on his rosary beads. He feebly grasped them and spied Lynn clutching the blanket close to her face and shrieking aloud as they zoomed toward the city of Taylor.
He then heard the wail of a siren and sighted the flashing blue and red lights of an approaching Cedar County Sheriff’s Office patrol car. He again stared in the rearview mirror and saw the motorcycles break off the chase and pull a 180 in what seemed an instant. Father Bongiorno slowed his sedan and allowed the patrol car to make a U-turn and then slip in alongside him. Undersheriff Rocky Salentino waved for him to follow and the two-car detail rushed to the hospital nearly 25 miles away.