Last Week in Superhero Fiction (4/26/18)

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If you have a Spotify account, check out this superhero-themed playlist made by Damien Benoit-Ledoux for his novel Guardians. Listen to it while reading—or if you ever find yourself actually saving the world and need a soundtrack. 😉

I’ve been seeing a lot of great buzz for Lee Blauersouth’s debut YA novel, Secondhand Origin Stories. You can read a review of it at Spines in a Line, which includes links to excerpts and other reviews on the book’s blog tour.

Nicholas Ahlhelm has the details on The Good Fight 4: Homefront, the latest anthology of superhero short stories from the authors of The Pen & Cape Society. I read the first volume of The Good Fight (which is FREE on Amazon) and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to seeing what these authors do next.

Superhero romance fans may find this review of Dusk by Jessica Florence of interest. Charli at Rad Babes Read says its her favorite in Florence’s Hero Society series yet.

ETA: I just saw this cover reveal of the awesome-sounding Superheroes Suck by Jamie Zakian. You can enter a giveaway at the bottom for a free copy of the book and a Starbucks gift card.

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

Turn Back the Pages: The Infinity Gauntlet

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.

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You may have heard about a little movie called Avengers: Infinity War. Or maybe not. There hasn’t been much advertisement or hype for it. 😉

As we endure the tortuous wait for opening night, let’s talk about the comic it’s based on: The Infinity Gauntlet. (No, not Infinity War, ironically enough. That’s the sequel comic.) Having read bits and pieces of the storyline, I finally got the chance to read the entire graphic novel from start to finish, and it’s fascinating.

It’s also nothing like the movie is going to be. Continue reading Turn Back the Pages: The Infinity Gauntlet

The White Knight & Black Valentine Series is EVERYWHERE

Good news, super readers! For years now, my superhero books have only been available on Amazon, but as of today, I’m sending them out into the big, wide world.

They’re still available on Amazon, of course. But if you prefer to buy ebooks somewhere else, you can chose from Kobo, Apple iBooks, and a variety of other stores. I hope offering more options will make it easier for you all to read and enjoy my novels.

Hero Status

Hero StatusA retired superhero marries his former nemesis, then has to prove her innocence when she’s framed for murder.

Click here to buy at your preferred online retailer

Continue reading The White Knight & Black Valentine Series is EVERYWHERE

Last Week in Superhero Fiction (4/13/18)

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Jason Reynolds, author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man, was interviewed on Late Night with Seth Meyers and spoke a little on the background of the book. The Mary Sue has the details.

Karen Diem has posted the first chapter of Power on her website! Book 3 in her Arca series, it’s coming out May 5th, and you can preorder it now.

Russ Linton, author of Crimson Son, was at Dallas FanExpo selling books recently and wrote a blog post on the experience. His booth looks awesome, which isn’t surprising, because his books have really cool covers.

Toren Chenault has posted a full short story titled God Killer that relates to his upcoming novel, Mystic Man. You can read it on his website, PeaceLoveAndComics.com.

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

Turn Back the Pages: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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.

Squirrel Girl Cover

Life is rough.

I get it. There are bills piling up, work deadlines to meet, and God only knows what’s going on in politics. Sometimes, you just need a break. Sometimes, you need something silly and fun to distract you. Sometimes, you need Squirrel Girl.

I feel like if Marvel had tried to make Squirrel Girl relevant a decade ago, they would have given her a grim and gritty reboot complete with a traumatic backstory and skimpy costume. But that’s not the case with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. It doesn’t just take the silliness of her premise and run with it—it straps on rocket-powered boots and blasts off with it at supersonic speeds. Continue reading Turn Back the Pages: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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. 🙂