Weekly Update – May 5, 2020

Cinco de Mayo falling on a Taco Tuesday, huh? Hey, I recognize a sign from the universe I should have Tex-Mex for dinner, so who am I to say no?

I am currently in one of my least favorite phases of the novel creation process: the “holding pattern.” This is when a project is this close to being ready for release, I just need one of my team to finish up their work first before I can finalize things. Right now, The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs is waiting on my editor to finish her final pass, and my narrator for the audiobook version of Blades of Glory is working on her final round of corrections.

I have stuff to keep me busy in the meantime, but I’m itching to release these projects onto the reading (and listening) public.

In other news, if you missed last Tuesday’s Superhero Stories panel from Quarancon 2020, a virtual pop culture convention, you can watch the whole thing here!

Some of the same folks on that panel are working on lining up similar panel discussions specifically on superhero fiction, so I’ll let you know when that’s locked and loaded.

Finally, I’m taking part in a group promotion later this month, during which Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins will be available for the Kindle for 99 cents.

 

If you still haven’t read the book that started it all, now’s your chance to get it for a great price — along with many other excellent superhero novels!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook recording continues with narrator Jennifer McPherson. Tentatively set for late spring/early summer release.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: First draft underway, tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One: This collection of books one through three — Secret Origins, Black Magic Women, and Pasts Imperfect — with new cover art by Tricia Lupien, is set for a mid-2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Blades of Glory: The audiobook version is nearing completion. Should be ready for a late spring/early summer 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Manuscript in final editing, cover art in process. Tentatively set for an early 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Book five is in the plotting stages. Tentatively scheduled for a late 2020 release.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing currently scheduled.

MISC.

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.

Freedom Winds – A Mini-Comic

Copyright 2018 Tessa Beatrice/Underdog Comics

Freedom Winds is a mini-comic written by me, illustrated by Tessa Beatrice, and distributed by Underdog Comics and artist Tessa Beatrice. The comic follows the adventures of a crew of renegade pirate women fighting the Triangle Trade.

You can go read it on Underdog Comics’ Facebook page now, as well as on TapasWebToonBecomics and Tumblr. Please support this small press by liking the comic and sharing the link!

Weekly Update – April 28, 2020

Copyright 2020 Patricia Lupien

Cover art reveal time! Behold, the finished front cover art for the next Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot novel, Sworded Affairs! Thanks as always to my awesome cover artist, Tricia Lupien!

I’m still waiting for my editor’s notes, but once I get those, it should only take a few weeks to do the final draft and get this baby ready for release, so stay tuned.

And what’s the story about? Here’s the draft back cover text:

When Derek Strongarm, Felix Lightfoot, and their friends are hired to transport a powerful and potentially dangerous magical artifact, they can’t help but foresee disaster ahead. They have a rather bad track record, after all. Why should this job prove easier than any other?

It doesn’t.

Their pessimism is rewarded in spades when they become trapped for the winter in Além, a fortified city under siege by howlers — savage beasts living in the surrounding forest and hungry for human flesh. Unhappy with the prospect of getting eaten alive by the ravenous monsters, the company offers its services to the city guard and its commander, Briana Dohnington, to help safeguard Além.

When Erika finds an unexpected source of warmth in the arms of Commander Dohnington — much to the dismay of her brother, Lord Gregor Dohnington — she winds up in the middle of a political scandal that could throw Além into chaos for generations to come.

But that proves the least of Erika’s worries when the howlers come knocking on the city’s front gate in search of a hot meal — and the people of Além are on the menu.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs is the fourth book in the award-winning* fantasy series by Michael C. Bailey (Action Figures, Well-Behaved Women). Get ready for another rollicking tale filled with action, drama, humor, love, sex, violence, magic, monsters, intrigue, betrayal, more sex, more violence, and snow. Lots of snow.

(* = The 2016 Bella Online Ebook Awards, gold medal in fantasy fiction)

In other news, today is the final day of Quarancon 2020, a virtual pop culture convention for those craving a con fix from the safety of their homes, and I’ll be sitting on the Superhero Stories discussion panel, moderated by my fellow superhero fiction author and general cool person Trish Heinrich.

The discussion begins at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time and you can watch it here!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook recording continues with narrator Jennifer McPherson. Tentatively set for late spring/early summer release.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: First draft underway, tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One: This collection of books one through three — Secret Origins, Black Magic Women, and Pasts Imperfect — with new cover art by Tricia Lupien, is set for a mid-2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Manuscript in final editing, cover art in process. Tentatively set for an early 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Book five is in the plotting stages. Tentatively scheduled for a late 2020 release.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

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.

All three titles are available as audiobooks.

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 – April 21, 2020

Cover art reveal time!

The “first draft” of the audiobook version of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Blades of Glory: by Heather Auden is all done, so now it’s a matter of doing the pickups, conducting my final review, and pulling the trigger. The final processing usually takes a while, so look for this on Audible in early May.

In other cool news, I’ll be participating in the upcoming Quarancon 2020, a virtual pop culture convention for those craving a con fix from the safety of their homes. I’ll be sitting on the Superhero Stories discussion panel, moderated by my fellow superhero fiction author and general cool person Trish Heinrich. The panel is scheduled for April 28, time TBA, so stay on top of the website for details on how to sit on on the discussion.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook recording continues with narrator Jennifer McPherson. Tentatively set for late spring/early summer release.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: First draft underway, tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One: This collection of books one through three — Secret Origins, Black Magic Women, and Pasts Imperfect — with new cover art by Tricia Lupien, is set for a mid-2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: Manuscript in final editing, cover art in process. Tentatively set for an early 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Book five is in the plotting stages. Tentatively scheduled for a late 2020 release.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

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.

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. Early 2020 release.

Elfish Motives: Tentative late 2020 release.

How Long Will the Series Run?

Unknown, but tentatively ten books.

Are They Available As Audiobooks?

Scratching a Lich and Assassins Brawl are currently available on Audible. Blades of Glory and Sworded Affairs will be available in early 2020.

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

Weekly Update – April 14, 2020

I wish I could tell everyone that I had a great week last week and got a lot of writing done, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.

My wife and I lost our cat Panther on Wednesday. He was an old man, but was in good health, or so we thought until he started having bad seizures last Tuesday night. Long story short, he’d developed a brain tumor. The cost of treatment was beyond our means, and would have been dangerous on a cat his age, so we made the hard choice to let him go.

We got Panther as a wedding present, so losing him hit us especially hard and took all the wind out of my creative sails for the week. Hopefully this week will be better.

Sorry to be such a downer.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Secret Origins: Audiobook recording continues with narrator Jennifer McPherson. Tentatively set for late spring/early summer release.

Action Figures – Issue Ten: Unintended Consequences: First draft underway, tentatively set for a winter/spring 2021 release.

The Action Figures Omnibus – Volume One: This collection of books one through three — Secret Origins, Black Magic Women, and Pasts Imperfect — with new cover art by Tricia Lupien, is set for a mid-2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Blades of Glory: Recording of the audiobook edition has begun, with Heather Auden returning to narrator duties.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Sworded Affairs: The manuscript is with my editor, and my cover artist is hard at work and the early drafts look pretty cool! Tentatively set for an early 2020 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Elfish Motives: Book five is in the plotting stages. Tentatively scheduled for a late 2020 release.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • None scheduled.

MISC.

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.