Flash Fiction: Marigold and Saffron

Marigold pushed the blankets off herself, careful not to make a sound. Slowly, she sat up in bed and put her bare feet on the rough wooden floor. Then she stood, wincing as the floorboard creaked under her weight. She froze, and her heart pounded as she waited to see if the sound had woken her stepsister sleeping in the bed next to hers.

Nothing. All Marigold heard was the hooting of an owl and the sound of the wind rustling the trees outside. Her stepsister, Saffron, hadn’t stirred.

Relaxing, Marigold dressed clumsily in the darkness and groped under her bed until she found the bag she’d packed earlier in the day. Food, water, matches, rope—she hoped she hadn’t forgotten anything, but she didn’t have the first clue what was needed to rescue a prince from an evil wizard. Probably, she’d fail no matter she brought.

But she had to try. She couldn’t forget him and move on, no matter what anyone else said.

She crept to the window and was about to climb out when she heard the squeak of a mattress. “What do you think you’re doing?” Continue reading Flash Fiction: Marigold and Saffron

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

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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)

New Superhero Fiction of 2019 (Year-End Megapost)

2019 is almost over, and it was a good year for superhero fiction. You can check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my wrap-ups throughout the year to find any books you missed. Below, I’ve got a mix of books that came out in the last couple months and releases from earlier in the year that I overlooked. Hopefully, you can find something that catches your interest.

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

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Supernova

by Marissa Meyer

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All’s fair in love and anarchy in Supernova, the epic conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy

This volume sees Nova and Adrian struggling to keep their secret identities concealed while the battle rages on between their alter egos, their allies, and their greatest fears come to life. Secrets, lies, and betrayals are revealed as anarchy once again threatens to reclaim Gatlon City.

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A Christmas Carol (Wearing the Cape)

by Marion G. Harmon

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Continue reading New Superhero Fiction of 2019 (Year-End Megapost)

Free Ebook Friday: The Freedom Game by J.E. Brand

Free ebooks are the best. They’re a great way for readers to try new series risk-free, and they help authors reach new audiences. But there’s just so many of them that it can be hard to find one you like.

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:

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Book Description:

Three years ago, the impossible happened: Ethlynn’s role in life changed from an ordinary slave to an all-powerful sorcerer. Now, she’s seeking to become the apprentice of the very person whom she used to call ‘master’. Why? Her brother and sister’s lives are still on the line. Continue reading Free Ebook Friday: The Freedom Game by J.E. Brand

Short Story: Around the old Hawthorn Tree

Addison found the box one Sunday afternoon when her mom asked her to clean out the closet in the guest bedroom. It was a dusty old cardboard thing, and inside, she found a few notebooks with her late grandma’s name on the front and a beautiful silver necklace with a jeweled rose pendant.

“Look what I found,” she said, bringing the box to her mom.

Her mom turned from her computer, and her eyes widened. “I remember that. I kept it just in case…”

“In case what?”

“Nothing.”

Addison pestered (She was good at pestering) until her mom heaved a sigh and sat her down for a Serious Talk.

“I guess you’re old enough now to know that your grandma… She just disappeared one day. I always hoped she’d come back, but… We never found out what happened.” Continue reading Short Story: Around the old Hawthorn Tree

What to read if you liked The Ghost Machine

Paperback and hardcover editions of The Ghost Machine have popped up on Amazon, which is super exciting. Clockmaker hasn’t been re-released yet, though, so what should you read while you’re waiting for another gothic steampunk novel?

Here are a few similar books I’ve enjoyed that you might like, too. Continue reading What to read if you liked The Ghost Machine

Older Characters in Superhero Media

Readers of The White Knight & Black Valentine Series sometimes ask me why I chose to make my heroes “older.” The superhero genre doesn’t have an age limit: it includes heroes from children to seniors. Just look at the Power Pack or the Justice Society of America. Like most media, though, I’d say it skews young, and the genre has its roots in teen heroes and superpowers as a metaphor for puberty.

With the explosion of live-action superhero films and television starring actors who are human rather than ink on page and therefore age, we’re seeing a few more characters on the older half of the spectrum. Except when CGI makes them look younger. Oh, and those aging actors are rarely women.

But we’re all growing older (unless you’re reading this from a Lazarus Pit), so let’s take a look at those awesome elders of superhero media who don’t let age stop them from saving (or destroying) the world. Continue reading Older Characters in Superhero Media