Spectacular Steampunk Short Stories

Interested in traveling back in time and across dimensions? Good, because I’ve got a collection of steampunk short fiction to transport you to other worlds. The steam and clockwork-powered robots in these stories range from evil to enchanting, from sentient beings to human-piloted machines of mass destruction. The one thing they all have in common is being highly entertaining.

The Mark V Eleganté by Nelson Stanley

The Mark V Eleganté is a fantastic audio short over at Gallery of Curiosities. It’s set around an insanely dangerous race of massive steampunk contraptions where the only rule is that anything goes, and stuff gets smashed up worse than when the Hulk comes to town. The main character has a memorable voice, and the narrator fits him so perfectly that I can’t imagine anyone else reading it. The story manages to be both super fun and really tragic at the same time, and you should definitely give it a listen.

If you like podcasts and steampunk in general, Gallery of Curiosities is a delightful little corner of the internet, and you won’t regret checking out the other stories they’ve published. Continue reading Spectacular Steampunk Short Stories

New Superhero Fiction Releases (March 2018)

Hey, super readers! March is almost over, and hopefully that means an end to the harsh winter weather for those of you up north. But if you’re still stuck inside, don’t worry–we’ve got a great selection of new superhero novels this month. As usual, I haven’t read all of these books yet, so check out the samples and reviews before purchasing. And if you have read any of them, share your thoughts with us in the comments. Happy reading!

Shadow Dreams

by Trish Heinrich

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He fights crime. She was born into it. When the city’s in danger, superheroes can come from both sides of the law.

Before Marco returned to Jet City, he had abandoned his superhero duties to search for an antidote for his friend’s uncontrollable fits of rage. When the only man who knows the cure dies in his arms, Marco must puzzle his dying words alone in a crime-ridden metropolis. Without any solid clues, he has no choice but to trust a sexy stranger who offers her help… for a price.

The granddaughter of a crime-lord, Colleen would burn down the city to find her missing brother. She’d even work as a secretary for Shadow Master, the legendary crime fighter. As she pieces together clues of her brother’s whereabouts, Colleen and Marco uncover a top-secret program that would change the lives of a new generation of superhumans.

When old allegiances threaten to tear them apart, Marcus and Colleen must summon the courage to forge a new future before all their superpowered friends are locked away for good.

Shadow Dreams is the third book in The Vigilantes, a high-octane urban fantasy superhero series. If you like fast-paced action, pulse-pounding mysteries, and Cold War era settings, then you’ll love Trish Heinrich’s superpowered tale.

Buy Shadow Dreams to go undercover in a superhero story with a noir twist today!

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A Superhero’s Legacy

by Lucas Flint

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On his sixteenth birthday, Jack McDonald receives a mysterious watch from his long-lost grandfather. He discovers that his watch can turn him into the superhero Trickshot, whose powers he uses to save his classmates from a gang of drug dealers.

It turns out that Jack’s grandfather sent him the Watch so Jack could become the superhero Trickshot and defend the city from a dangerous threat. But Jack has other purposes for the Watch in mind, such as avenging the death of his older brother at the hands of the evil Injector drug cartel.

Now Jack must learn how to use the powers the Watch gives him in order to defeat the Injectors and avenge his brother.

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I, Superhero

by David Atchison

I, Superhero CvoerNo one said the job would be easy. But after his latest brush with death, aging superhero and father of two Ernest Smith is confronted with an entirely new foe – retirement.

However, plans to hand over superhero duties backfire in spectacular fashion, leaving a desperate Ernest with only one person to whom he can turn: his headstrong teenage son. And as the duo lock wits with the city’s newest criminal mastermind, Ernest’s very survival relies on his ability to pass on something more important than a mere superpower.

This debut novel (and first in a series) from Iowa Writers Workshop alum David Atchison is an action-adventure featuring love, friendship, sacrifice, and heroic deeds pitted against criminal masterminds, awkward job interviews, and perhaps worst of all, grumpy teenagers.

You should give it a read today. Unless, that is, you’ve been sent here at the behest of the Legion of Darkness, and ignoring this book is part of your master plan to dominate the universe. Continue reading New Superhero Fiction Releases (March 2018)

Book 4 Title and Update

I may have been promoting my Gothic Steampunk books lately, but don’t think I’ve forgotten about The White Knight & Black Valentine Series. I may be a slow writer, but Dave and Val’s story isn’t over, and I’m determined to finish it. So attention superhero fiction fans, because I’m pleased to announce the title of the fourth book in the series:

Kill Them All

We’re going back to Val’s POV for book 4, and while I won’t give away plot details yet, it’s basically a supervillain revenge thriller. As long as I stay on schedule, it should come out this summer, and I plan to reveal the cover and blurb within a month or two.

So follow my blog if you haven’t already, because I’ll post news about the book here first. I hope you guys are as excited as I am. 🙂

Last Week in Superhero Fiction (3/23/18)

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The cover for Heroine’s Journey, the third book in Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex series, has been revealed at SyFy.com, and it might just be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Am I exaggerating? Check it out and decide for yourself!

You can get a free copy of Fuse: Origin by David Neth at Instafreebie by signing up for his newsletter. I haven’t read this one yet and would love to hear opinions from those of you who have.

The first chapter of Arena, the latest book in Ian Thomas Healy’s long-running Just Cause Universe, is up for preview at Local Hero Press.

If you don’t follow Sean Stansell on Twitter, you missed the first ever excerpt from Killing Andromeda, the second book in his Mr. Wonder series. I love the cover and think the title is super intriguing.

For you CW superhero show fans out there, SuperheroNovels.com has a review of Arrow: Fatal Legacies. Sara Lance AKA White Canary is their favorite character, so they definitely know what they’re talking about 😉

Any news I missed? What superhero fiction are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

Free Short Story: The Braden Banshee

Mirror Dance CoverYou know the feeling of finishing a good book? You loved it but end up depressed that it’s over, longing to spend more time with the characters.

If I did my job right, that’s the feeling you got at the end of The Ghost Machine. And do I have good news for you.

The Braden Banshee, a short story set after the end of The Ghost Machine, is available for free in the latest issues of Mirror Dance Fantasy Magazine. You can read the whole thing online here.

The basic premise is that Ella, working as a spirit medium after everything that happened in The Ghost Machine, is hired not to do a seance but to banish a banshee to prevent the death its wail foretells. There are plot twists, steampunk machinery, and ghosts, of course. I hope those of you who liked The Ghost Machine will enjoy another gothic adventure with Ella Rosenfeld. Continue reading Free Short Story: The Braden Banshee

Turn Back the Pages: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Turn Back the Pages is a biweekly 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.

Delilah Dirk Cover

I seem to be reading and writing a lot about ladies with swords lately. That’s not a problem, just an observation.

The latest swordswoman I want to share with you is Delilah Dirk, early 19th century adventurer and troublemaker. She’s been traveling the world from a young age, learning all sorts of useful skills like archery, acrobatics, and no less than 47 sword-fighting techniques. When our story begins, she finds herself in Constantinople, and that’s where she meets the Turkish lieutenant, Erdemoglu Selim: Continue reading Turn Back the Pages: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

If I were in charge of the DCEU…

…I’d probably lose the company a lot of money, because I’m terrible at predicting what will be popular. Seriously, I’m the worst. But every nerd likes to dream, so if I somehow became a Hollywood executive, scriptwriter, or [insert name of important job here], these are the DC movies I’d push to make. And sure, one reason is because I’d hope they’d be popular moneymakers, but I’d also just really, really want to watch them.

Batman Beyond

Batman Beyond

At one point, another Batman movie was on the list of upcoming DC projects, though I’m not seeing it on more recent forecasts. But we’ve had seven Batman movies already, so I think DC should accept they peaked at The Dark Knight and move on… to Gotham’s cyberpunk future.

If you never watched the Batman Beyond cartoon back in the day, then friend, you are missing out. Actually, stop reading this blog post and go get the DVDs to binge watch. I won’t be offended.

In an old ‘Ask Chris’ column, Chris Sims once described the show as “What If Batman Was Spider-Man,” which I think is perfect. It takes all the high school drama and teenage shenanigans that made Spider-Man: Homecoming fun and puts it in the gothic and twisted setting of Gotham that we all know and love.

Grumpy old man Bruce Wayne is just the best, and Terry McGinnis, the new younger Batman, is relatable and very much his own character rather than being Bruce 2.0. Their multifaceted mentor/mentee relationship is the core of the show and full of just so much snark. Continue reading If I were in charge of the DCEU…