Cruel Summer – Draft One Is Done!

After four months of work, I’m happy to report that draft one of Action Figures – Issue Four: Cruel Summer is done!

The first draft stand at approximately 93,600 words, which brings the length in slightly under the word court for Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins, the longest book in the series.

This was a tough story to get through at points because it’s emotionally much weightier than any of the first three books. Draft two will be about tightening up the text, fixing errors, and shoring up the weak spots, as usual, but it’ll also involve trying to find the right tone. I don’t want to sacrifice the series’ sense of fun, so I need to find opportunities to lighten to mood without undermining the story I’m trying to tell.

I know: writer stuff, blah blah blah…

So, what is Cruel Summer about? Here’s the official blurb…

His name is uttered in terrified whispers. He’s the bad guy the good guys fear.

He is the King of Pain, and he’s come to Kingsport to put another hero in the ground.

The Hero Squad faces their deadliest foe yet, a mysterious killer that hunts within the superhuman community, leaving dead bodies and broken minds in his wake. The Squad is next on his hit list, and the King of Pain will push the young heroes to their absolute limit — and one of them might not survive the experience.

Get ready for the darkest chapter in the Action Figures saga as the Hero Squad prepares for the greatest fight of their lives — a fight in which there are no winners…only survivors.

I’ll be tackling draft two soon enough — this Sunday, in fact, as soon as I get through my appearance at the OtherWhere Market in Lowell, MA this Saturday (hint hint).

Preview! Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women

Benchmark time, and it’s a great point in the process of putting a new novel together!

I finished work on the second Action Figures novel last month and sent it off to my editor, who last night sent back her first batch of notes. That means it’s time to roll out the first two chapters of Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women!

Here’s the cover blurb, which gives you a taste of the story:

The world is full of magic…and it wants the Hero Squad dead.
 
Winter in Kingsport heats up when the necromancer Black Betty comes to town, on the hunt for the Libris Infernalis, a legendary book of dark magic with the power to raise hell on Earth…literally.
 
Facing power beyond their understanding, the Hero Squad turns to the Protectorate’s resident sorceress for help, but the mysterious Dr. Enigma seems to have an agenda of her own. Is she on the side of angels, or is she a devil in disguise?
What are you waiting for? Go read the sample chapters now!

Of course, if you haven’t even read Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins, you might be a little lost. Easy fix! Go to this page and click on the cover image to jump to Amazon.com to buy book one.

FYI, that specific link comes courtesy of Amazon’s Affiliate Program, to which this website now belongs.