The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – A Series Overview

What’s it About?

Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot are a pair of hard-luck adventurers for hire with an unfortunate knack for landing jobs that pay too little and threaten their lives too much. Erika Racewind is a hardened elven warrior who doesn’t like people, except maybe when she’s killing them. Winifred Graceword is a kindhearted elven priestess skilled in the healing arts. David is a young sorcerer on a path to discover who he really is – and whether that person has a last name, because going by just David is getting old fast.

Together these companions travel across the land of Asaches looking for adventure and the glory and riches that come with it. Mostly the riches, though, because you can’t buy food and beer with glory.

Who is this Series For?

Sword-and-sorcery fantasy fans looking for something a little lighter than most of the fare currently on the shelves. If you want heavy, dark, serious stories with lots of death, destruction, torture, rape, and political intrigue, go read something else because you won’t find it here.

What you will find is a fast-paced adventure filled with colorful characters, rip-roaring action, humor, and gentle jabs at the classic elements of fantasy fiction.

Which is not to say this series is a comedy or parody. There is still drama aplenty, but as a rule I don’t take things too seriously. You can read these books and not feel like you need a hug and a room full of puppies afterward.

Is it Suitable for Young Readers?

Not really. The series is a hard PG-13/light R for violence, language, and sexual content. It is suitable for older teens, but not for the YA crowd.

What are the Books in the Series?

Scratching a Lich: Derek and Felix find themselves entangled in an urgent quest to slay a legendary lich before he can trigger a world-ending apocalypse – as insane undead sorcerers are wont to do. Together with Erika Racewind, bodyguard for a mysterious young wizard named David, and Winifred Graceword, they head out to discover lost cities, recover long lost magical artifacts, and slay great evils in order to fulfill curiously specific prophecies – as mismatched, ragtag groups of adventurers are wont to do.

Assassins Brawl: The companions are hired to safeguard a spoiled brat of a princess targeted for death by the assassin Ruined Isys, but as is often the case, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. Now all they have to do is determine who is behind the plot before they get caught in the crossfire.

Blades of Glory: Derek, Felix, and company are up for a job that seems a little too simple for a payday that seems a little too generous – but unfortunately, so are the famed adventurers of fortune known as the Noble Blades. Which of them will be the first to find a stolen ceremonial mask that is absolutely positively completely normal and not at all some lost artifact possessed of dark power?

Sworded Affairs: The heroes take a job to dispose of a potentially dangerous magical artifact only to become snowbound in an isolated city besieged by flesh-hungry beasts — and under assault from within by a dark conspiracy.

How Long Will the Series Run?

Unknown, but tentatively ten books.

Where Can I Learn More?

Read can read sample chapters from Scratching a Lich, buy signed copies, connect with me through social media, and get regular updates at my website: innsmouthlook.com

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Weekly Update – October 15, 2019

Something strange has happened: for once, I don’t have a writing project.

Technically I have a few projects in process right now (see below) but I’m not doing any new writing at present. It’s unusual for me, but the timing is good, because over the next few weeks, my wife and I will be packing up and moving to a new home — a home with a writing office for me! Yay!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: Draft two is done! Time for beta readers to start chiming in!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Second draft is with my beta readers.

Well-Behaved Women – Endtimes: Audiobook is undergoing final review.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl: Recording of the audiobook version is underway.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Arisia 2020 – January 17 – 20, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Action Figures – A Series Overview

What’s it About?

The series focuses on Carrie Hauser, a 15-year-old girl who one summer experiences two life-changing events: her parents announce they’re getting divorced, and she gains superhuman abilities after encountering a dying extraterrestrial after he falls to Earth.

Her adventure begins after Carrie and her mother Christina move back to Christina’s childhood home town of Kingsport, Massachusetts, and Carrie meets four teens with powers of their own: superhero fanboy Matt Steiger, who owns a pair of magic gloves that can produce any object he can envision out of thin air, like a living cartoon character; Sara Danvers, a telepath and telekinetic who is afraid of her own abilities; the easygoing Stuart Lumley, who possesses superhuman strength; and Missy Hamill, an adorable motormouth with enhanced strength and reflexes.

The teens form a superhero team almost on a whim, but soon find themselves fighting for their lives against very real super-villains – much to the dismay of Kingsport’s hometown hero Concorde, leader of the super-team The Protectorate.

Who is this Series For?

Fans of superhero comics, TV shows, and movies in general, but particularly of titles featuring teen heroes such as Young Justice, Teen Titans, Young Avengers, and Champions.

The tone is generally lighter than a lot of YA books out there now. While there is drama and conflict, and some later stories deal with darker issues, I try to keep the series fun, upbeat, and optimistic.

Is it Suitable for Young Readers?

Action Figures is a PG-13 series that contains mild to moderate profanity, non-graphic violence, some mature themes, and later on in the series mild sexual content.

An added word about the violent content: while the violence is not graphic, the consequences are not downplayed. This isn’t sanitized Hollywood violence. People get hurt just as they would in real life and do not easily shrug off injuries, and in some cases the characters have to deal with the emotional trauma of their experiences.

What are the Books in the Series?

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret OriginsCarrie and her new friends in the Hero Squad (yes, they know their team name is awful) find themselves caught in the crossfire as the deadly mercenary Manticore comes to Kingsport, on the hunt for the rogue artificial intelligence known as Archimedes.

Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women – The sorceress Black Betty threatens to raise hell – maybe literally – as she pursues her vendetta against the Protectorate’s resident paranormal expert Dr. Enigma.

 

Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect – Missy’s life is turned upside-down when she learns the truth about the source of her powers, and her connection to the bloodthirsty killer Buzzkill Joy.

 

Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel SummerSara finds herself in the crosshairs of the mysterious hero killer the King of Pain, but to save herself, she might have to sacrifice everything she holds dear.

 

Action Figures – Issue Five: Team-UpsThe Hero Squad, still reeling from their devastating encounter with the King of Pain, get a little help picking up the pieces from their friends in the Protectorate and the Quantum Quintet.

 

Action Figures – Issue Six: Power Play – The Squad finds itself outnumbered and under-powered after one of their members goes missing – and at the worst possible time as foes from their past reappear, more dangerous than ever and ready to exact revenge.

Action Figures – Issue Seven: The Black End War – On Earth, Carrie Hauser is a hero, but on the far side of the galaxy, she’s just another soldier on the front lines of an interplanetary war against the terrorists in the Black End.

 

Action Figures – Issue Eight: Crawling from the Wreckage – Carrie returns to Earth to reclaim her life, but life has moved on without her. Does she have a place with her team, her friends, or her family anymore?

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury (winter/spring 2020) – Black Betty is back, and ready to literally unleash Hell.

How Long Will the Series Run?

The series is plotted out to ten books but might run one or two books longer. In any event, it will come to a firm end at some point and not run on indefinitely.

Where Can I Learn More?

Read can read sample chapters from Secret Origins, short stories set in the Action Figures world, buy signed copies, connect with me through social media, and get regular updates at my website: innsmouthlook.com

Weekly Update – October 8, 2019

The audiobook version of Well-Behaved Women – Awakening is part of a major promotion hosted by Emerald Dodge, so go check it out and maybe find yourself a new audiobook!

Now that I’ve gotten the blatant self-promotion out of the way…

I had my author day at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire last weekend, and I’d like to publicly praise my wife Veronica for being a selling machine. Because of her I topped last year’s sales figures handily, and she sold three of the four Well-Behaved Women trilogy/audiobook special packages I had. She even sold books I didn’t have on-hand because I ran out!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: Still working on draft two, but the cover art is nearly done, so look for an early reveal soon!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Second draft is with my beta readers.

Well-Behaved Women – Endtimes: Audiobook is undergoing final review.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl: Recording of the audiobook version is underway!

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Arisia 2020 – January 17 – 20, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – October 1, 2019

MY TIME IS NOW!

Well, it’s Saturday, technically, but close enough.

That’s right, my author day at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire is October 5, and in addition to having copies of all my books available,  I’ll have available an extremely limited special package: buy the entire Well-Behaved Women trilogy and you’ll receive a free code for the audiobook version on Audible for the low price of $32 — a $25 savings over the retail price of the three books and the audiobook!

And on Sunday, the faire will welcome Kim Headlee (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles).

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: Draft two is underway, and the cover art is coming along nicely! Will we see this book in late 2019 or early 2020? Stay tuned!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Second draft is with my beta readers.

Well-Behaved Women – Endtimes: Audiobook recording is DONE and audio files are undergoing final review. It should be available sometime next month!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Assassins Brawl: Recording of the audiobook version is underway!

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be there as part of the Local Authors Series. Here’s the full line-up for the final weekend of the season:

Saturday, October 12: A.L. Davroe (The Tricksters series)

Sunday, October 13: E.A. Rappaport (The Legend of the Four Races series)

Monday, October 14: Jo Kearney (The Adventures of Amelia the Astronaut)

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Well-Behaved Women – A Series Overview

What’s it About?

Rose Booker remembers how she died. Both times.

Rose’s pursuit of the truth behind those memories leads her to discover that she was in a past life the legendary pirate queen Mary Read — and that she’s not the only infamous historical figure who has returned from the dead.

Who is this Series For?

Well-Behaved Women is an urban fantasy trilogy featuring a predominantly female cast. I wrote it for everyone looking for an action-packed adventure tale driven by complex heroic (and villainous, and somewhere in-between) LGBTQ women.

Is it Suitable for Young Readers?

No. The series contains violence, language, and sexual content that make it inappropriate for younger readers.

What are the Books in the Series?

Awakening: Nearly a year after being shot and left for dead, Sergeant Rose Booker returns to active duty with the Worcester Police Department, hoping to put the past behind her — except she’s not sure it’s her past that’s haunting her.

When hard-drinking hellraiser Julie d’Aubigny enters Rose’s life, she promises to reveal the truth behind Rose’s nightmares — or are they memories? — of her death at the end of a hangman’s noose.

But first Rose must stop the mysterious madman waging a bloody campaign of vengeance that threatens to turn the city’s streets red. All she has to do is uncover his identity — and his own dark secret.

Transition: The adventure continues as Rose and her friends deal with the aftermath of the events in Awakening and face off against a new, deadlier enemy hellbent on revenge.

 

Endtimes: Rose, Anna, and Julie face the fight of their lives in the conclusion of the Well-Behaved Women trilogy.

Awakening and Transition are available as audiobooks. The audiobook version of Endtimes is tentatively scheduled for an October 2019 release.

Where Can I Learn More?

Read can read sample chapters from Awakening, buy signed copies, connect with me through social media, and get regular updates at my website: innsmouthlook.com

Weekly Update – September 24, 2019

The audiobook version of Well-Behaved Women – Transition is now available! Grab it now on Audible and soon on iTunes! If you’re an existing Audible customer, you can get it here or here, and if you’d like to sign up for Audible, go here.

And the audiobook version of Well-Behaved Women – Endtimes will be dropping before you know it, so catch up now!

If you’re planning to hit the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in a couple of weeks — specifically on October 5 — then I have a deal you might be interested in!

Next up! During my author day at CTRF, I’ll have available an extremely limited special package: buy the entire Well-Behaved Women trilogy and you’ll receive a free code for the audiobook version on Audible for the low price of $32 — a $25 savings over the retail price of the three books and the audiobook!

Now, here are this coming weekend’s guest authors:

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: Draft one is done, and work has already begun on the cover art!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Second draft underway and almost finished! I’ll be looking for beta readers very soon.

Well-Behaved Women – Endtimes – Audiobook recording underway. Three-quarters of the “first draft” are down!

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be there as part of the Local Authors Series. Here’s the full line-up for the rest of the season:

Saturday, October 5: Me!

Sunday, October 6: Kim Headlee (The Dragon’s Dove Chronicles)

Saturday, October 12: A.L. Davroe (The Tricksters series)

Sunday, October 13: E.A. Rappaport (The Legend of the Four Races series)

Monday, October 14: Jo Kearney (The Adventures of Amelia the Astronaut)

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.