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Last Week in Superhero Fiction (10/12/17)

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Karen Diem revealed the cover for Power, the third book in her Arca series, and it’s sooooo awesome.

Daily Camera has a detailed and great review of Transference by Kate Jonuska, if you’ve been thinking about checking that book out. The more reviews of it I read, the better it sounds.

C.B. Lee had a launch party on the 8th for her YA superhero novel, Not Your Villain, and I wish I could’ve gone, because it looks like it was so much fun. Fortunately, there are more upcoming events that you should attend if you’re in the area—if for no other reason than a chance to eat these adorable Not Your Villain cupcakes. (The book cover is edible!) And if the cupcakes don’t make you want to read Not Your Villain, then maybe The Illustrated Page’s interview with C.B. Lee will.

If you’re in the Southwest, Super Powered author Drew Hayes will be at Phoenix Fan Fest and Austin Comic Con in November. You can see his events schedule here.

Mad Scientist Journal has a good review of Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, which I’m about halfway through and am loving so far.

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

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New Superhero Fiction Releases for September

Obviously, my big news from September is that Almost Invincible finally came out, and my book is in good company, since September hosted the releases of a whole bunch of superhero novels. A few authors even put out two or more books during the month, (Seriously, how do you people write so fast? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.) giving you even more options. As always, I haven’t personally read every one of these books, so please check out the samples and reviews before purchasing.

The Rebellion (The Viral Superhero Series Book 6)

by Bryan Cohen and Casey Lane

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To end an inter-dimensional war, a superhero will need an army…

Ted Finley is back on Earth, but humanity has lost control of the place he called home. With a world rendered unrecognizable by the power-hungry General, Ted and Erica have no choice but to look for reinforcements. But will the other conquered civilizations left in the dark souls’ wake be enough to fight back?

As the General continues to spread his evil across the Earth, there may only be one person who can keep him from taking over. Powerless and inexplicably alive, Dhiraj Patel remains unharmed behind enemy lines. Can he use his surprising influence to gain the upper hand?

Ted and his team must rely on new friends and old enemies to gather the forces necessary in the battle for humanity…

The Rebellion is the sixth book in the action-packed Viral Superhero Series. If you like teenage heroes, bloodthirsty villains, and super-powered battles, then you’ll love Bryan Cohen & Casey Lane’s penultimate installment in the bestselling series.

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Lona Chang: A Superhero Detective Story

by AshleyRose Sullivan

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When one of the world’s greatest superheroes dies in her arms, Lona Chang takes it upon herself to investigate his murder. Armed only with a power she barely understands and a mysterious coded book, Lona begins a quest for answers that leads her down a dark rabbit hole of secrets—secrets the ancient organization known as the Guild is determined to keep hidden at all costs.

Meanwhile, when a new threat descends upon Arc City, Lona’s soulmate (and freshly minted superhero) Awesome Jones defies the Guild, dons the cape and cowl of his father and finds a group of unlikely allies. But can Awesome trust them—or himself? He’ll have to fight his own demons first if he has any hope of defending the town–and the people–he loves.

As tensions rise between the Guild, Lona, Awesome, his allies and Arc City’s criminal underground, Lona realizes that life, and the answers to its questions, are never as simple as they seem in comic books.

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The Secret Lives of Superhero Wives

by Joynell Schultz

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Nobody said being married was easy, but try being married to a superhero. Not only is there laundry, cooking, and a career to balance, but throw in a few supervillains and your day’s booked.

Ariana, Victoria, and Emma’s men spend more time saving the world than doing dishes. These wives want some semblance of a normal married life, but would settle for an uninterrupted meal together. Besides, how can they compete with saving the world?

When a catastrophic earthquake devastates Shadow Town and crime spirals out of control, it appears the city needs all the help they can get to clean it up. Everyone expected the resident superheroes to save the day, but nobody expected the wives’ help too…

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Supervillain High

by Gerhard Gehrke

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See the guy in the video wearing the purple tights and mask robbing that bank?

That’s my dad.

He’s a super villain. The law is after him. The internet loves him. I wish we weren’t related.

Fortunately, a scholarship fell into my lap to an exclusive private high school across the country in California. The chance of a lifetime. But Dutchman Springs Academy has its own mysteries.

A girl keeps showing up in my electronics lab who can vanish at will. The Headmaster of the school is conducting secret experiments on the students. And everyone just seems too nice.

It’s times like this I wish my dad had taught me something useful except how to be a bad guy.

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Turn Back the Pages: Runaways

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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With a TV series in the works and Marvel relaunching a new monthly comic written by Rainbow Rowell, now seems like a good time to talk about Runaways.

The comic’s premise is simple and fantastic: six kids learn their parents are in a supervillain cabal after spying them murder a girl in an occult sacrifice. The kids then make the very reasonable decision to run away from home.

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It’s definitely a high-concept premise, but what made the series so great was it’s relatable, complex characters. The six original Runaways are:

  • Alex Wilder: geeky gamer and teen genius, he’s the leader of the Runaways and the son of two mafia bosses.
  • Nico Minoru: goth girl and the daughter of two evil sorcerers. She comes to wield a magic staff that allows her to cast any spell, but only once.
  • Gertrude Yorkes: sarcastic, cynical daughter of sinister time travelers. Rocks purple hair and gets a pet raptor.
  • Karolina Dean: free-spirited vegetarian and lesbian who learns she’s an alien composed of rainbow light. Daughter of two other rainbow light aliens who are evil invaders.
  • Chase Stein: rule-breaking jock whose bad grades disappoint his mad scientist parents. Steals the Fistigons, a high-tech gauntlet, from his dad.
  • Molly Hayes: adorable preteen with super-strength and invulnerability, daughter of evil mutants. She wears cute hats and totally punched Wolverine through a wall once.

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New Superhero Fiction Releases for August

Hey, superhero fiction fans! August was a great month for the genre, and I’ve rounded up a ton of awesome new releases (though inevitably, I’m sure I’ve missed some). As usual, I haven’t read all these books personally, so be sure to read the samples and reviews before buying.

Transference

by Kate Jonuska

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Professionally ruined, morally bankrupt and reflexively snarky, psychiatrist Derek Verbenk is a f*ck-up by even his own measure. Ethical transgressions have sentenced the once ambitious doctor to a career handing out prescriptions to rich housewives from his home office in Cherry Creek — until a new patient with a newfound power turns Verbenk’s life upside down and his soul inside out. Romping through Denver, breaking through barriers of privacy, social isolation and even politics, Transference is an odd-couple quest toward redemption full of wicked humor and radical honesty.

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Masked (Superheros Undercover Book 1)

by J.D. Wright

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Vada’s To-Do List:

– Turn 18 (check!)

– Register super name

– Order supersuit

– Attend superhero indoctrination

– Graduate high school

– Start kicking criminal tail

Vada Lawson can’t wait to be a superhero. Born into a family with special powers, she’s been training to fight criminals and villains her whole life. But her indoctrination into the underground super community is derailed when normals start breaking out in superpowers themselves.

Not trained to control their new abilities, the normals are frightened and vulnerable. Then their mutilated corpses begin turning up all over town. What the heck?

Somehow, with the help—and hindrance—of an annoying newly-minted super named Orion, Vada has to stop the chaos before it destroys her and everything she holds dear…and ruins her superhero debut.

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The Fiasco In News

by Stephan Morse

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When you’ve seen as many catastrophes as I have, “disaster” becomes a relative term. But when disaster hits, feel free to do what I do—hang your head while waiting for the tight-wearing crowd to arrive. That only works if your super power is the same one I have though. I’m an immortal walking magnet for superpowered problems.

This new guy, Ted—a fake part-time villain who’s in it for the ratings and excitement—wants me to be a field correspondent for his news blog, and his offer sounds good. If I can’t beat ’em, expose ’em. The problem is he has no idea what my daily life is like.

No one really does—but they’ll learn.

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First Job (Minimum Wage Sidekick Book 1)

by Lucas Flint

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In a world where superheroes are a business, sixteen-year-old Alex Fry gets the dream job of teenagers everywhere when he is hired by the famous superhero Rubberman as his sidekick. As Rubberman’s sidekick, Alex hopes to not only learn how to use his powers, but also save up enough money to buy his first car before he heads off to college.

But Alex gets more than he bargains for when a powerful supervillain with mysterious connections to Rubberman’s past appears in his city with a dangerous agenda. Now Alex must master his powers in time to help Rubberman defeat this supervillain before he succeeds in his vile plans.

Yet when Alex learns about the darker side of the superhero industry, he finds himself unsure whether to keep working for Rubberman or to stand against him for the greater good. If Alex makes the wrong choice, it will change his life—and the fate of his hometown—forever.

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Modified: Volume 1

by Kat Stiles

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Kate has enough problems – a boss that’s a little too friendly, a sex life that’s non-existent, and a cat with zero tolerance for late meals. The last thing she needs is to be kidnapped, even if it is by a hot Brit.

Afterwards, she’s mysteriously returned and has no memory of what happened. She learns, with the help of an eccentric sexy woman, that she’s been modified – given a power unique to her talents. Sounds cool, right? It would be if she knew how to use it without killing everyone around her…

Modified is a funny, sexy, geeky romp about the trouble of acquiring an unexpected and inherently evil super power. With offbeat characters, profanity, and a healthy dose of salacious thoughts, it’s an entertaining short read, volume one of a serial type series.

Pick up your copy today and get Modified!

Reader Discretion is Advised: If you are offended by strong language or sexual situations, for the love of God don’t buy this book.

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Last Week in Superhero Fiction (8/24/17)

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There’s only a few weeks left to enter the Goodreads giveaway for J.D. Wright’s upper YA superhero novel, Masked.

Speaking of Goodreads giveaways, here’s another for The Phobia of Renegade X by Chelsea M. Campbell that’s still open to enter.

Stitch’s Media Mix has posted an incredibly thought-provoking and in-depth review of the bestselling Miles Morales: Spider-Man novel by Jason Reynolds.

You can now grab a free copy of Agent: Empowered by Dale Ivan Smith on Instafreebie.

Wonder Woman: Warbound by Leigh Bardugo comes out on August 29th. You can read a review at A Cupcake and a Latte and check out the author’s tour schedule to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.

Dave Higgins has posted a review of Friend or Foe: A Menopausal Superhero Short Story Collection by Samantha Bryant.

Lexie Dunne announced the fourth book in her Superhero Anonymous series, titled #HeroFail. You can read the full announcement and book blurb in her August newsletter.

 

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Last Week in Superhero Fiction (8/10/17)

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Fans of teen superhero fiction should note R.J. Ross released a new side story in her long-running Cape High series. Announcement here.

Fanbase Press has a thoughtful review of Russ Linton’s Motherland, book 2 in the Crimson Son series, if you’ve been thinking of checking that book out.

If you’re interested in the book cover design process, author Dale Ivan Smith recently shared the initial cover mock-up for his novel Empowered: Agent and compared it with the second mockup used for the final cover.

T. Ellery Hodges, author of the Never Chronicles, has launched the Never Store, an online market where you can purchase posters, mugs, and other merchandise from his popular superhero series.

I mentioned this on Twitter, but book blogger Christy Jane posted a video from San Diego Comic Con of her and Sarah Kuhn opening a FanMail box of really cool swag from Kuhn’s novel Heroine Worship.

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

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Last Week in Superhero Fiction (7/13/17)

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Samantha Bryant, author of the Menopausal Superhero Series (which has been on my to-read list forever), has an interview up at Mrs. Average Evaluates.

Heroine Worship, sequel to Sarah Kuhn’s YA superhero novel Heroine Complex, came out last week to phenomenal reviews. Here’s one at FANgirl Blog.

Superhero Novels has a review of Indigo, a book written as a collaboration between ten authors(!). I can’t imagine working with so many people on one book.

If you’re in the Lexington, KY area, Matt D. Wilson, author of Supreme Villainy: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Most (In)Famous Supervillain Memoir Never Published (which looks absolutely hilarious), will be doing a book signing on July 15th. (Via Twitter)

And in personal news, Almost Invincible, the third book in the White Knight & Black Valentine series, now has an official release date of September 30th. Stay tuned for a cover reveal and more info soon.

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

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This Book is Full of Ghosts

Ghost Machine Book CoverGhost Machine is available on Amazon now–and already a bestseller in the young adult steampunk category. Woot! Check it out here. Not sure if it’s a book you’d like? Here’s some of the stuff you’ll find inside:

  • A creepy Victorian asylum full of ghosts
  • Airship battles
  • Mad science
  • A logical heroine and Byronic hero
  • Giant killer iron automatons

Still not sure? Then read the excerpt below:

Chapter 1

The door shut behind me with a deep thud followed by a clink as the nurse locked it from the other side. A jingle of keys, a rustle of skirts, and then the nurse’s footsteps trailed off down the hallway, leaving me alone in silence.

The meat pie I’d eaten for lunch tried to make its way back up my throat. I swallowed firmly.

My new room was small and simple. The only pieces of furniture were a bed with white blankets and a battered wooden nightstand. There was a washing basin, bucket latrine, and… well, that was all. Night was approaching fast, but they hadn’t even left me a candle. The walls were gray and bare, and metal pipes ran across the ceiling. The window had cheerful yellow curtains at least, but the effect was ruined by the iron bars outside the glass.

Bars… locks… My knees shook, and the room swam dizzily before my eyes.

No. I pressed my hand against the door to steady myself. I refused to faint, no matter how ladylike and appropriate it might be in these circumstances. Continue reading

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Gothic Castles, Snowy Mountains, and Deadly Iron Automatons

So 2016 is almost over, and I haven’t put out a single new book all year. (Thank you, incredibly stressful and busy new job.) Although I haven’t had much time to write, I do have a book I wrote before Hero Status that has been sitting alone and unread on my harddrive.

Say hello to Ghost Machine:

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