‘Iron Shinto’ Wins Two Mom’s Choice Awards: ‘Young Adult’ and ‘Young Contributor Illustrations’

‘Iron Shinto’ Wins Mom’s Choice Award in the ‘Young Adult’ Category.

Iron Shinto

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families.
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Los Angeles, CA – ‘Iron Shinto’ a Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Mystical Adventure Series by author Tricia Stewart Shiu, was just awarded a Mom’s Choice Award in the Young Adult Category as well as a Young Contributor in illustrations. Daughter, Sydney Shiu, 10 years old, is the recipient of the Young Contributor in Illustrations award. 

Iron Shinto is book three in the MOA series. The first book was MOA, the second Statue of Ku, those too are averaging nearly 5 Stars for each of the more than four dozen reviews on Amazon

Iron Shinto has earned numerous awards and honors at several national and international book festivals and was recently awarded ‘Honorable Mention’ in the New York Book Festival in the Young Adult category and ‘Runner Up’ at the renownedBeach Book Festival.  The book was also ‘Runner Up’ at The Great Southeast Book Festival, ‘Honorable Mention’ in the San Francisco and The Los Angeles Book Festival in the Young Adult category and in Portland Oregon’s Great Northwest Book Festival. All three books in the series chronicle a fanciful flight through time and space in a multi-dimensional universe of interplanetary spirits.

‘Iron Shinto’ has also earned 17 reviews on Amazon averaging 4.5 stars.

In 2013 Shiu completed a successful Kickstarter campaign which helped raise funds for the costs of editing, publishing and publicity for “Iron Shinto,” as well as the audio books for all three books in the Moa series.  “The series is designed to appeal to the fans of Young Adult, Metaphysical Fantasy Fiction and others who just love books,” says Shiu.

Of the many FIVE STAR reviews of Iron Shinto one is by an Amazon Hall of Fame (Top 50) Reviewer Grady Harp who writes:

‘What exactly is real? Your thoughts make whatever you perceive to be real. Beyond that, what exists?’  Tricia Stewart Shiu has stepped into territory that few contemporary writers of novels have journeyed – concepts of many permutations of the spirit world as experienced and acted out by contemporary characters. Reading Shiu’s book IRON SHINTO (the third volume of her series of books entitled The Moa Books) is not only immensely entertaining as a story, but also illuminating as to the concepts of the levels of existence that bond the corporeal world with the spirit world.

Each chapter opens with a ritual that the reader can actually follow and perform, moments of enlightenment that heighten the meaning of the novel but also serve to open the reader’s mind to the seemingly endless possibilities of realms of existence – call it reincarnation or alternative levels of being or whatever connects the reader with a willingness to think along different lines. Though Shiu writes her books for a Teen or Young Adult audience, her commitment to expand the mind is so well centered that her audience could comfortably and satisfyingly include adult readers, especially those curious about universal levels of being.  –Grady Harp, Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer

As one reviewer said: “If you are a fan of spiritualism, the power of meditation and a believer in extrasensory powers” you’ll love this book. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/MoaBook

Another reviewer said, “Dramatic Twisted! I’m left with a WONDERFUL Book Hangover!

The author, in addition to being an award-winning playwright, is also a metaphysical adept who actually met Moa, the ancient Hawaiian spirit at the heart of the series. “When I was five,” Ms. Shiu explained, “I was visited by a vision. I’ll never forget it, I was running down the stairs and the entity, a girl with dark hair, stopped me in my tracks. The spirit said that I would go through a deeply challenging time in my life, but would resurface, later in life, with unimaginable joy and fulfillment. That vision stayed with me.”

Many years later, taking a nap during a visit to her husband’s family home in Honolulu, that dark-haired girl came back. “In my mind’s eye, I saw a beautiful young woman with dark hair, who said her name was Moaahuulikkiaaakea’o Haanaapeekuluueehuehakipuunahe’e—Moa for short.”

Ms. Shiu’s experience with this benevolent spirit launched her into a personal journey of spiritual exploration which included studies in mediumship, pagan and Huna rituals as well as an energy healing technique called “Crystalline Consciousness Technique.” She also studied a variety of shamanic clearing methods and healing rituals.

The result of the author’s unique background is that each chapter of the book begins with a meditative ritual that pertains to that chapter. Some of the rituals, oils or meditations are even mentioned in the plot of the book. All of these rituals are easily done by the reader and have remarkably soothing and healing properties.

The author sums it all up this way; “Whatever your belief or understanding of the metaphysical world, I believe that if one person is transformed through learning, then we are all transformed. I truly believe the Moa I met came through in this work and, just as I connected with her as I wrote, those who read the book will experience her as well.”

Iron Shinto (ISBN: 978-0-9840020-8-5, 2013 Human Being Publishing, 208 Pages, Available on Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle 978-0-9840020-6-1 or on the author’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MoaBook 

About The Mom’s Choice Awards®

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children and families. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 40 countries.http://www.momschoiceawards.com


About Tricia Stewart Shiu

Tricia Stewart Shiu is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright, but her passion lies in creating mystical stories. Her latest series, The Moa Books, which includes “Moa,” “The Statue of Ku” and “The Iron Shinto,” were, by far, her favorite to write.


View the Book Trailer here: http://youtu.be/Ou1MW2Y65jI


View a video of the quotes from the Moa Book Series here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCIocf3tjco&feature=share&list=UUiUbMnzAu77txNRqAk8LF3w


Find out more about Tricia Stewart Shiu on a recent Blog Tour here:


Media Contact: For a review copy of Iron Shinto, or to schedule an interview with Tricia Stewart Shiu, please contact Scott Lorenz, President of Westwind Communications Book Marketing734-667-2090 or scottlorenz@westwindcos.com orhttp://www.book-marketing-expert.com


Scott Lorenz
Westwind Communications
Plymouth, MI


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