Free ebook Friday: Balanced on the Blade’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Being a bookworm ain’t cheap. Fortunately, there’s a ton of free ebooks out there. Unfortunately, sorting through them to find one you like can feel as tedious as searching through receipts during tax season.

Free ebook Friday spotlights a free ebook I’ve personally read and enjoyed, and hopefully, it’ll help you find a good read. The posts come out on random Fridays, not weekly, and the books featured will probably be speculative fiction.

This week’s pick is:

Balanced on the Blade's Edge

Book Description

Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism—he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship—but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives… Continue reading Free ebook Friday: Balanced on the Blade’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

New Superhero Fiction of 2019 (Part 2)

Hey, super-readers. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a new superhero fiction roundup, so here’s a giant mega-post with twelve thirteen new books! I’m tempted to call it “New Supervillain Fiction,” since the villains almost outnumber the heroes. But I love a compelling, complex supervillain, so bring on the bad guys.

As usual, I haven’t personally read all of these books, so check out the samples and review before purchasing. And happy reading!

(And here’s Part 1, if you missed it.)

How to Become a Henchman, A Novel: The Henchman’s Survival Guide

by J Bennett

How to Become a Henchman

Welcome to Big Little City, a semi-reality town where everyone who isn’t already a hero or a villain wants to become one.

Well, almost everyone… Alice just needs to keep her head down, earn her college degree, and then she’ll finally be able to escape this crazy place and find a real job. Too bad a super scary villain just blew up the restaurant where she works and her paycheck along with it!

Now Alice finds herself running low on funds and employment options. Her tuition bill is due, and the university doesn’t take promises or tales of woe.

As luck would have it, one of the town’s most famous villains is holding henchmen auditions. The gig would earn Alice the money she needs; all she has to do is betray every instinct and play the “Fame Game” she despises.

Oh, and she’s also got to beat out the other competitors who might just kill for the limited henchmen spots. Continue reading New Superhero Fiction of 2019 (Part 2)

Book Spotlight: The Vigilantes: Books 1 – 3 by Trish Heinrich

I forgot if I’ve raved about Serpent’s Sacrifice, the first book in the Vigilantes Series by Trish Heinrich, on this site before. (I really ought to write a proper review of it at some point.) If you bought the Heroes & Villains boxed set that Hero Status was a part of over the summer, it was the first novel there.

It’s a great retro superhero story set in the 60s, and if you liked the canceled-before-its-time TV show Agent Carter, this series might help fill the hole in your heart. The main character, Alice, AKA the Serpent, kicks some serious @$$ despite being the only member of her team without superpowers. Her relationship with her intimidating old lady mentor, the previous Serpent, reminds me a bit of the Bruce/Terry dynamic in Batman Beyond–which is a big compliment, if you’ve never watched that cartoon. Continue reading Book Spotlight: The Vigilantes: Books 1 – 3 by Trish Heinrich

Kill Them All is Live!

Today’s the day! Kill Them All, the fourth and penultimate book in The White Knight and Black Valentine Series, has been released into the world.

If you enjoy:

  • villain protagonists
  • roaring rampages of revenge
  • fierce and classy older heroines
  • strong mother/daughter relationships
  • action scenes with a frenzy of superpowers

Then you’ll probably like this book. To the readers who’ve been with this series for a while, I hope you like the new places I take the story and don’t hate me too much for the torment I heap upon your favorite characters. 😉 New readers, I design every book to be new reader-friendly, so give Kill Them All a try or check out the other books in the series first.

And thank you all for your support! I never would have made it to Book 4 without you. Continue reading Kill Them All is Live!

New Superhero Fiction (August 2018)

What time is it? Time to showcase some awesome new books from the superhero genre! I think the cover art this month is particularly great. I love the smirk on the woman’s face on the front of Red and Black, and the art for Modified has always been fantastic. (And it’s a boxed set now! No need to suffer through the cruel cliffhangers as you wait for the next episode.) Plus, how cool is that armor on the cover of Hero Hunter?

As usual, I haven’t read all of these books personally, so check out the samples and reviews before you hit the buy button. And happy reading!

Hero Hunter: A Superhero Gamelit Saga: (The Heroes Rising Series: Book 1)

by Darren Hultberg Jr.

Hero Hunter Cover

“In a world of heroes, one man lives to watch them fall.”

Terrax Prime is one of the safest places in the galaxy, a world-spanning metropolis built on the foundations of order, justice and law. Terrax also happens to be a birthplace of heroes; humans born with powerful, world-altering super-powers. In service to the prime government, these heroes work to keep the streets of Terrax safe, acting as the world’s super-hero police force… or so it seems. Terrible secrets lie deep within the core of Terrax Prime’s hero program, and one man will do whatever he can to bring those secrets to the surface…

Enter Aiden Grant, the Hero Hunter. Continue reading New Superhero Fiction (August 2018)

New Superhero Fiction (June 2018)

This is a little late due to my vacation, but here are some of last month’s new superhero books. I’ve got short reads if you’re pressed for time, and the latest installments in multi-book series if you want something long and epic. As usual, I haven’t read all of these personally, so please check out the samples and reviews before buying. And if you’ve read any of these, let me know what you think in the comments!

Empowered: Rebel (The Empowered Book 4)

by Dale Ivan Smith

Empowered Rebel Cover

What do you do when a conspiracy suppresses super powers?

Mathilda Brandt fights to keep her fellow Empowered friends and the Imbued refugees from Sanctuary alive and safe. Environmental disasters are ravaging the world. Her former master, the secretive government agency known as Support, hunts her and the other rogue Empowered and Imbued across the world, seeking to capture or kill them. Only the strange Dark-Net, an extra-dimensional road, keeps Mat and her friends free.

Mat is also desperate to find her mother, who until a few months ago Mat thought was dead. Her mother’s fate is somehow intertwined with the people hunting her, and Mat wants to learn how. Continue reading New Superhero Fiction (June 2018)

Announcing the Heroes & Villains Boxed Set

UPDATE: This boxed set has expired. Click here to find my individual superhero novels, or follow my blog for monthly roundups of new superhero fiction.

Like reading about superheroes? Well, how about ten superheroes for the price of one?

I’m excited to announce that Hero Status is part of Heroes & Villains: A Superhero Collection. This boxed set contains ten full-length superhero novels. Ten! You’ll really get to see the full spectrum of what superhero prose fiction has to offer, from teenage heroes-in-training to retired ones, retro 60s vigilantes to super-powered teams in the near future. If you’re a fan of the genre, you need to check this out!
Continue reading Announcing the Heroes & Villains Boxed Set