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)

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: 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

9 Superheroines who don’t have Superpowers (and don’t need them)

Wonder Woman has the power of the gods. Captain Marvel can punch a hole in a spaceship. The Scarlet Witch…can sometimes do magic, or probability manipulation, or telekinesis/telepathy. It’s confusing.

In my current novel, I’m writing a main character who takes on magic and monsters with no powers of her own, so today, I want to look at the heroines who face supervillain, aliens, and gods with nothing but their wits and years of training. Some of them are super popular, but I want to spotlight a few lesser-known characters, too, so let’s get started. Continue reading 9 Superheroines who don’t have Superpowers (and don’t need them)

New Superhero Fiction (Jan and Feb 2020)

It’s my first superhero fiction roundup of the year! We’ve got a lot of cool books to check out, but before we do, I have a couple superhero novel-related links to share.

One is this article by Percival Constantine entitled “A Genre Hidden from Readers,” which is about how the superhero fiction bestseller list on certain popular website has very few actual superhero books in it. (Superhero fiction being hard to find is one reason I do these roundups.) The article is definitely interesting, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Second, I want to make sure you know about Superhero-Fiction.com. As the name implies, it’s a website dedicated to superhero novels and has a newsletter you can sign up for to get updated on new releases. There are currently 240 books listed on the website, which is amazing.

Now, onto the new releases. As usual, I haven’t read all of these novels personally, so check out the previews and reviews before purchasing. And happy reading!

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Ruthless (Boundless Book 4)

by Damien Boyes

Ruthless Cover

My name is Jasmin Parker, and I’m a superhero. Or I would be, if I wasn’t locked in a cell with my powers stripped away.

Everything’s gone to crap. I’ve been a prisoner for months, betrayed by the people I thought were my friends–and that’s not the worst of it. Between ancient gods and intelligent, universe-devouring entities, I’ve learned no matter how bad things get, there’s always something more horrible waiting around the corner, some new terrible way everything could end.

I’ve seen just how fragile the chronoverse is, and how helpless even the most powerful beings can become. I know there’s a blackness out there, ready to consume us all, and I know if it gets free, there’s nothing I could do to stop it.

Another thing I’ve learned, for better or worse, is that change is always coming. Whether you want it to or not. I may be locked up now but when change finally comes, I plan on being ready to take advantage of it. I’ll to do everything I can to protect the chronoverse and the people in it.

Whatever it takes, no matter who tries to stop me. Continue reading New Superhero Fiction (Jan and Feb 2020)

Flash Fiction: The Lunch Date

The glass case over the pastry display was shattered, a masked goon moaning on the floor in front of it. Half the tables in the small cafe were overturned, broken plates and smashed sandwiches scattered across the tile. The rest of the customers had fled, and a terrified barista peeked out from behind the counter.

Oh, and the salad bar was still on fire.

Surveying the destruction, Dave would have sighed if he wasn’t still catching his breath. He glanced at Val, who was checking her reflection in a handheld mirror, another masked goon lying at her feet.

“Sorry about that,” Dave said. Continue reading Flash Fiction: The Lunch Date