Turn Back the Pages: Bandette

Turn Back the Pages is a feature where I spotlight a comic that is not fresh and new. It may have come out a few months ago or even a few years ago. Maybe it was hyped and popular, or maybe it was an underappreciated gem. Whatever the case, it’ll be a great comic that’s well worth a read.

I’ve been craving comfort reads lately, probably to offset the rush of anxiety and depression I feel whenever I look at the news. Bandette is everything I could ask for when it comes to making me feel better. It’s cute and charmingly campy, and I was all smiles the whole time I was reading it.

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I mentioned Volume 1 of Bandette in my Netflix Book Tag post. Since then, I’ve finished Volume 2 and have Volume 3 on hold at my local library. It’s just that much fun.

So what’s the premise? Continue reading Turn Back the Pages: Bandette

Book Spotlight: The Persistence of Memory by Karen Janowsky

It’s no secret around here that I love superhero romance novels, so I was happy when author Karen Janowsky reached out to me about her series, The Persistence of Memory. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m definitely intrigued by the description. It gives me a Captain America vibe, which I am 100% here for.

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The Persistence of Memory CoverBook Description

When superheroes fall in love, anything can happen. Continue reading Book Spotlight: The Persistence of Memory by Karen Janowsky

Cover Reveal: Poison and Honey

I am in love with this cover, you guys. I’ve saved a copy of it on my phone, and sometimes I just stare at it and sigh happily. It fits the atmosphere of the story perfectly, and I hope you think it’s as great as I do.

Poison and Honey is an urban fantasy novella about a woman infiltrating Otherworld to free the humans held captive there, and it’s release date is July 15th. The full book description is below along with the cover.

Are you ready?

Prepare your eyeballs for something amazing.

Continue reading Cover Reveal: Poison and Honey

Why the Queen of Fables is the most Underrated DC Supervillain

Quick—what’s the best superpower for a villain? Energy blasts? Super-strength? Mind-control?

How about the power of fairytales?

It may sound weird, but fairytales are the power source of DC supervillain Queen of Fables, and they make her such a crazy strong threat that it usually takes the entire Justice League to stop her.

So how does that work, exactly? Continue reading Why the Queen of Fables is the most Underrated DC Supervillain

New Superhero Fiction (Mar and Apr 2020)

Tuesday was National Superhero Day, and personally, I feel like we’re all heroes just for getting through another day of Covid-19. I hope everyone reading this is staying safe. If you’re looking for some superhero-themed escapism, here are a few of the latest novels I’ve discovered while searching the internet.

It’s a slightly shorter post than usual, but my wrists are still bothering me, so I’m trying to stay off the computer as much as possible. (But I’ve ordered a new ergonomic mouse and keyboard and have started dictating my current novel, so hopefully, things are looking up.) As usual, I haven’t read all these books personally, so check out the samples and reviews before purchasing.

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Super Adjacent

by Crystal Cestari

Super Adjacent Cover
Claire has always wanted to work with superheroes, from collecting Warrior Nation cards as a kid to drafting “What to Say to a Hero” speeches in her diary. Now that she’s landed a coveted internship with the Chicago branch of Warrior Nation, Claire is ready to prove she belongs, super or not. But complicating plans is the newest WarNat hero, Girl Power (aka Joy), who happens to be egotistical and self-important . . . and pretty adorable.
 
Bridgette, meanwhile, wants out of WarNat. After years of dating the famous Vaporizer (aka Matt), she’s sick of playing second, or third, or five-hundredth fiddle to all the people-in-peril in the city of Chicago. Of course, once Bridgette meets Claire-who’s clearly in need of a mentor and wingman-giving up WarNat becomes slightly more complicated. It becomes a lot morecomplicated when Joy, Matt, and the rest of the heroes go missing, leaving only Claire and Bridgette to save the day.
 
In this fresh and funny take on the world of supers, author Crystal Cestari spotlights what it’s like to be the seemingly non-super half of a dynamic duo with banter-filled romance and bold rescues perfect for readers seeking a great escape.

Continue reading New Superhero Fiction (Mar and Apr 2020)

Flash Fiction: Marigold and Saffron

Marigold pushed the blankets off herself, careful not to make a sound. Slowly, she sat up in bed and put her bare feet on the rough wooden floor. Then she stood, wincing as the floorboard creaked under her weight. She froze, and her heart pounded as she waited to see if the sound had woken her stepsister sleeping in the bed next to hers.

Nothing. All Marigold heard was the hooting of an owl and the sound of the wind rustling the trees outside. Her stepsister, Saffron, hadn’t stirred.

Relaxing, Marigold dressed clumsily in the darkness and groped under her bed until she found the bag she’d packed earlier in the day. Food, water, matches, rope—she hoped she hadn’t forgotten anything, but she didn’t have the first clue what was needed to rescue a prince from an evil wizard. Probably, she’d fail no matter she brought.

But she had to try. She couldn’t forget him and move on, no matter what anyone else said.

She crept to the window and was about to climb out when she heard the squeak of a mattress. “What do you think you’re doing?” Continue reading Flash Fiction: Marigold and Saffron

Book Spotlight: Red and Black by Nancy O’Toole Meservier

We can all probably use something good to read right now, so you may see a few more book spotlights from me in the coming weeks. Escaping into fiction while supporting authors is a win-win for everyone–especially when there are superheroes involved.

This week, I’m spotlighting Red and Black. I featured it in a new superhero fiction roundup when it first debuted and hosted a blog tour stop for the sequel, Black and Blue, but I only got around to reading it within the last couple weeks.

Too many books, too little time. It’s the eternal struggle.

Red and Black Cover

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Book Description

Dawn Takahashai knows all about superheroes.

She’s been a fan of them for years. So when she’s granted an impressive powerset of her own, she dives right in, eager to prove herself as Bailey City’s first superhero: Miss Red and Black.

Her first challenge is Faultline. He’s powerful, smart and, as a henchman for Bailey City’s first supervillain, standing right in her way. But that’s not the real problem. The real problem is that under the mask, Faultline is Alex Gage, a working-class guy trying to scrounge together enough money to help support his younger sisters.

Dawn has no idea that the charming and seemingly straightforward Alex is Faultline. Alex has no idea that the adorably awkward Dawn is the superhero he clashes with at night.

And Dawn and Alex have a date next week. Continue reading Book Spotlight: Red and Black by Nancy O’Toole Meservier

Bookish Travel Guide: Poison and Honey

Want to take a vacation? How about a trip to an untamed wilderness that’s home to skittish sprites and ancient monsters? Visit a dark, decadent palace where lavish balls and hidden assassinations are weekly occurrences. Take a stroll by the misty seashore, and stay on the lookout for scaly creatures from the depths.

I’m planning to release my next book, Poison and Honey, this summer. It’s an urban fantasy, and most of the story is set in a faerie-like Otherworld, which I’d like to take you to today.

Don’t worry. You’ll probably make it back in one piece. Continue reading Bookish Travel Guide: Poison and Honey

Bookish Travel Guide: Hero Status

We’re going into Week Three of social distancing, and I hope everybody who’s reading this is staying safe. I want to send my thanks to the nurses, doctors, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, and everybody else going out there to help others. I also want to send my thoughts to everyone who’s been affected by the virus.

If you, like me, have been hunkered down in your house for the past weeks, you’re probably getting tired of staring at the same old place everyday. That’s why I’m starting Bookish Travel Guide.

The goal is to take you on a fictional vacation to a destination from a book. I’ll be using my own novels, but I encourage book bloggers to post about their favorite bookish escapes and other authors to spotlight the settings of their works–whether published or still in progress. Feel free to use the graphic at the top of this page, and if you use the hashtag #BookishTravelGuide, I’ll do my best retweet and share! Continue reading Bookish Travel Guide: Hero Status