Dark Realm

Satan has given his people a Messiah! While he rules the netherworld, his daughter, Ara, oversees his worldly realm. She’s the keeper of the faith. Her concert tours and sermons overflow with true believers, but the clergy loathe her. They think she’s a fanatic who riles up the rabble with her talk of salvation. She’s a radical who preaches against cruelty and depravity! She’s got to be stopped!

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Satan has given the people a savior, a Messiah! While he rules the netherworld, his daughter, Ara, oversees his worldly realm. She’s the keeper of the faith. Her frenzied followers worship her with as much zeal as they do the King of Demons. Her concert tours and sermons overflow with true believers, willing to burn themselves alive to show their devotion to her. The clergy and aristocracy loathe her. They think she’s a fanatic who riles up lowborns and slaves with her foolish talk of salvation. Her ideas are radical! She preaches against priestly greed, and the debauchery and cruelty of the world. In a place where all Satan’s children bear his mark, coal-black eyes, her blue eyes are seen as an abomination by the clerics. They’ve never trusted Ara. The high priests tried to kill her the day she was born; but she was Satan’s spawn and he protected her. As Ara grew, so did her position, power, and control. The high priests may hate her, but they’re afraid to openly defy or plot against her…until the rumors start. They say something’s wrong with Ara. She’s acting irrationally! Hearing voices! Seeing things that aren’t there! She’s become unhinged and must be stopped before her delusions and rantings upend the world!

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Mary Vigliante Szydlowski writes across several genres using this and other pseudonyms. Her published Science Fiction/Fantasy works include novels: The Ark, The Colony, The Land, and Source of Evil, and novella The Hand of My Enemy. She’s also the author of Worship the Night, a tale of horror and the occult, mainstream novel Silent Song, and four children’s books: A Puddle for Poo, Kia’s Manatee, The Duck in the Hole, and I Can’t Talk, I’ve Got Farbles In My Mouth.

Using the pen name Mia Frances, she is the author of the erotic romance murder mystery thriller series In His Keeping: Taken, Banished, and Claimed.

Her short stories, articles, children’s stories, essays, and poems have appeared in anthologies, books, magazines, newspapers, and on the web.

She is a member of the Authors Guild, RWA (Romance Writers of America), SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), and SFWA (Science Fiction Fantasy Writers of America).