Entries in sopranos (9)

Friday
Jun222012

Keep the Great Reviews Coming People

We love great reviews of our various titles, particularly glowing ones from fans of our releases who we haven't approached. Spontaneous reviews from folks who love what we put out and yearn for more is what keeps us going. And this recent review, from a reader calling himself "MattyV" deserves a major mention by us. He gushed about the first season of Mafiosi in a June 8 blog post and in his words, it's a hit (no pun intended). Some of what he said appears below:

I wasn’t exactly sure what I was in for, but let me tell you it was incredible. Following the tale of two up-and-coming mafiosi, Vin & Paul, we see them move up the ranks of one of the biggest crime familes in New York, the Paranzano family. I don’t want to go into detail because it ruins the story, what I can say is that even though there were some slow periods this serialized story kept me riveted. I will end up re-reading the collection later this summer in preparation for season two that is promised to be released in October.

If you liked the first half of “Goodfellas” that took place in the 1950′s-60′s, then you’ll like “Mafiosi – Season One” for sure.

For one, what he says about the show evoking Goodfellas is spot on. This is what we were going for initially, and we feel we've channeled that and other great films and TV shows that depict the mafia in its various stages of evolution. As to the "slow periods" he mentions, hey, the show can't be all guns and heists and schemes and war. You've got to break it up. That is the art of storytelling, else readers will be overwhelmed by all that and even risk becoming desensitized to it. Mafiosi is carefully plotted and paced, and its good to know that that paid off, since MattyV was, in his words, "riveted."

Mafiosi will indeed make its return on Monday, October 1, 2012, pop the Chianti and prepare for the drama. Till then, you can check out the first season here. And look for the season one omnibus in print and eBook format this September.

Monday
Apr022012

Rerun Week Begins with Mafia Madness!

For our fans who are familiar with our "Rerun Mondays" promotion, which offers one free TV Book episode per week, we've got exciting news. Rerun Mondays began with our YA TV series, Order of 5ive, and since the launch, we've received plenty of great feedback...and you'll be happy to know that we've listened to your comments.

As a gift to our fans, we've changed Rerun Mondays to the all new Rerun Week format. You'll no longer have to wait an entire week to receive the next episode of the first season of one of our TV Books. Now, you'll have access to the ENTIRE first season of a selected TV Book series, absolutely FREE for five whole days. Download the entire season and share this information with your friends and family.

To launch Rerun Week, we're kicking it off in the world of organized crime with Mafiosi Season One. In this exciting TV Book series, we follow the life of up and coming mafioso Vincenzo Abruzzi as he climbs the ladder of the powerful Paranzano family in 1950s New York. If you love films like The Godfather, Donnie Brascoe, Goodfellas and television shows like The Sopranos and Las Vegas, Mafiosi will fill your mind with enough crime and opulence to make you feel like you're in the book living the life of a thriving mobster. 

Check out Mafiosi here. To download your free Kindle copies, click on each Kindle link below an episode.

Rerun week will happen periodically throughout the year, so stay tuned for other fun-filled TV shows.

Monday
Jan022012

Can't Wait for the Hobbit? Check out Age of the Sigil

711 Press returns with a brand new TV Book Series, Age of the Sigil, a YA sci-fi fantasy adventure in the vein of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. Season One of this thirteen-book per season series follows four magical teens as they trek across the continent of Austrand using the power of the four ancient Sigils: the heart shaped necklace which allows the bearer to speak to animals, the knife which can cut through steel and stone, the bow which shoots arrows that are produced by mere thought, and the scroll which contains the knowledge of the first wizards.

Only the bearers of the Sigils can save their land from total destruction, but only if they can find the birthplace of each Sigil and unlock their true powers before time runs out. Confronted with evil and opposition at every turn, Reev Onid, Deloria Kildri, Estra Dane, and Pim the Knife face the most challenging journeys of their short-lived lives. Will Austrand be saved in time or will the evil tyrant, Lord Draeden Sifferus continue to reign in terror while the beast deep within the Urthe known only as the Void, secretly plans its escape to bring total destruction to Austrand? Find out in Age of the Sigil.

Learn more about Age of the Sigil here.

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Looking for more YA sci-fi teen adventures? Check out Order of Five. When the government can't get the job done, they send in the Order. Five teens with supernatural abilities track down supernatural beasts and villains to protect the United States from various potential perils. If you like X-Files, X-Men, and The Avengers,  this TV book series is right up your alley!

Learn more about Order of Five here.

Looking for a more adult-themed TV book series? Love movies like The Godfather, and TV dramas like The Sopranos? Welcome to Mafiosi, the TV book series which follows young Vincenzo Abruzzi, an eager street-runner who is recruited into a New York mob family by a made man looking for local Italian youths to do grunt work. Vinny's appetite to climb the crime-family ladder takes him up the rung into a world of money, murder, and deception. Live the life of a mafia soldier through this edge-of-your-seat page turner.

Learn more at about Mafiosi here.

Monday
Dec192011

Death Becomes Him

Now, I know what you're thinking. By the title, you're assuming Vincenzo bit the bullet. But I assure you, our young mafioso is still alive and kicking. But in this episode, Vinnie learns that death is a numbing fact of the mafia life, and he soon takes to it like a fish to water.

Vinnie has been ordered by the family to knock off his first enemy for many reasons. One, to send a message to the Detroit mob. Essentially when you mess with New York, you mess with death. Two, the only way to become a made man is by making your bones. That means you have to do an authorized hit. If you're a fan of Mafiosi, you might have picked up on the fact that Vincenzo has been climbing the ladder on his brains, not brawn, and though the thought of taking out a major crime boss has his stomach in knots, he knows it's the only way to make it in this family...and to stay alive. For all you Sopranos, Scarface, and Godfather fans, Don Paranzano says this one is for you!

Monday
Dec122011

Methods of Mayhem

Season One of Mafiosi is wrapping up with only three episodes left! Episode eleven is all-out anarchy as the five heads of the New York families vote in favor of ending Vincenzo and Paul's death threats by exterminating the Detroit mob's hitmen, which will send a message that Detroit is treading on thin ice. More mayhem than a Scarface movie ensues as blood spills, ending with Don Giuseppe making a decision that's never been made before—turning Paul and Vincenzo into made men well before their time. But there's a catch—to be a made man requires that Vincenzo take down the head of the Detroit crime family, Don Ottati. Considering he's never taken a life, this may prove the toughest challenge of all. . . .

Monday
Nov212011

Carlito's Way or Vincenzo's Way?

In Mafiosi Season one, episode eight, the Forbidden Playground sees a great first opening night, bringing in a wad of cash from the overflowing amount of liquor sold, not to mention the illegal gambling. In fact the take is so large, Vincenzo could swim in it. And it wouldn't have come together if the young mafioso didn't have the luck of the Irish. However, things are not as kosher as they may seem. Antoinette's girls went home near penniless, after meeting reluctance from their high-profile clients who've refused to pay for the services rendered from Antoinette's stable of high-class call girls. The kink in their operation leaves Antoinette distraught, but Vincenzo assures her, he will get his way in the end. Looks like it's time for some blackmail....

Check out the entire first season at the official Mafiosi page.

Monday
Nov142011

What Happens When Scarface Meets Showgirls?

Mafiosi Season 1, Episode 7: Groundwork is what. In this week's episode, Vincenzo and Paul are forced to come to terms with Tony Gallo over the planned gentleman's club. Meanwhile, Vincenzo sets things in motion by enlisting Denise's help, and Vin comes face to face with Antoinette again as he prepares to launch his high class strip-club/call girl service. Will the pieces all fall into place or will Antoinette have to fly back to Europe, a failed madam?

Whether you love crime dramas like the Sopranos, Casino, Scarface, or are a fan of Mafia Wars 2, Mafiosi is your ticket to living the life of a fast-rising gangster through the written word, textured in such a way that the words jump off the pages, casting vivid imagery. It's just like watching a TV show or movie. Get your gangster on at the official Mafiosi page.