The Best of the Rest

Welcome to a new semi-regular spotlight on my other projects, which will run every fifth Thursday of the month (assuming their is one).

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!

The Final Summons is the first anthology from the New England Speculative Writers. This collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories includes The Going Rate for Penance by me, a fantasy short set in the world of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot. Available in hardcover, paperback, and for the Kindle.

Cheap Thrills Digest is a bargain-priced short story collection featuring tales from Action Figures and The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, the original horror short Lost Souls, and the essay Critiquing Critiques – How to Leave a Review.

Cheap Thrills Digest – Now On Kindle!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00056]Due to popular demand, my short story collection Cheap Thrills Digest is now available as an e-book — just in time for holiday gift-giving as a nice little (virtual) stocking stuffer at just 99 cents!

This book began as available only in print and only at shows and book signings but I’ve had several requests to make it available in an e-book format, so now you can get it from Amazon for the Kindle, or directly from me in epub or mobi format.

What’s it about? Here’s the official synopsis:

Innsmouth Look Publishing invites you to explore the worlds of author Michael Bailey in this collection of short stories and a previously unreleased novelette-length story.

Action Figures – An Adventure in Babysitting

Protecting the innocent? That’s easy. Taking down crazed super-villains? No problem. Babysitting the youngest member of the super-team the Quantum Quintet, a little boy whose temper tantrums can level a city block? That could prove the toughest challenge yet for the teen superhero known as Lightstorm.

(Previously published on author’s website and in Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect)

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Ill Fortune, Undeserved

Track down a small band of Hruk raiders, recover the valuable family heirloom they stole, and bring it back in one piece.

It sounded like an easy enough job for the hard-luck adventuring team of Derek Strongarm and Felix Lightfoot, but as always, nothing is ever as easy as it first seems, and it doesn’t take long for their find-and-recover mission to turn into a hack-and-slash fight for survival.

(Previously published in The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich)

Lost Souls

An innocent day trip takes a bizarre turn when former reporter Max Jeffers discovers a second-rate tourist attraction’s secret star: an allegedly real vampire. Fascinated by the strange woman, Max sets out to discover the truth about her — but will the truth set either of them free, or will it condemn them both to prisons of their own making?

(Previously unpublished, exclusive to Cheap Thrills Digest)

From Hell’s Heart – Sneak Peek!

Next week the official ramp-up to the release of Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect beings in earnest with the release of From Hell’s Heart, a new short story that takes place immediately following the events of Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women. Dr. Enigma takes center stage for this one, and here’s the illustration of the good doctor that will accompany the short, courtesy of my cover artist Tricia Lupien, who once again took my boring idea and turned it into something awesome.

From Hell’s Heart debuts on Wednesday, September 3.

Can’t wait that long for some new reading material? Then click the link above and check out the first two chapters of book three!

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An Adventure In Babysitting 2.0

If you pop on over to the page featuring Action Figures – An Adventure in Babysitting, the short story that takes place after Action Figures – Issue Two: Black Magic Women, you’ll notice a new little touch:

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I was looking at the page one day and realized how dull it looked, so I gave my ever-reliable cover artists Tricia Lupien a shout and asked her to whip up a spot illustration to add to the short. Since this story features Farley Quentin (a.k.a. Final Boss of the Quantum Quintet), I asked her to use him for the image. As usual, I gave her a general description and she perfectly interpreted what I’d envisioned.

Now I’m chomping at the bit to see what she comes up with to go along with the upcoming second AF short, From Hell’s Heart featuring Dr. Enigma. That will be be out as soon as Tricia finished working her magic. Consider that something to keep you all occupied until Action Figures – Issue Three: Pasts Imperfect drops — which will be next month!

Hello (Hello, Hello)…Is There Anybody Out There?

Today’s a writing day, and I’ll be tackling draft two of book two, and perhaps draft one of an Action Figures short story that I’m planning to post on this site after the second book reaches the public — as in, post in its entirety, for free.

“Free” seems to be the big selling point for fellow indie authors on a number of Facebook groups I joined, all of them geared toward helping authors spread the word of their work. Freebies are the big selling point, which would be all well and good if I thought the pages were reaching potential readers. Really, the pages seem to be echo chambers, in which authors pitch their product to other authors, who are too busy pitching themselves to pay attention to what others have to offer.

Not that many of the offers are all that enticing. It seems like half the books getting pushed on these pages are erotic fiction, vampire stories, or erotic vampire stories. Apparently, everyone’s hoping to become the next Stephanie Meyer (and I’ll let you make the smart-ass cracks on that point; I’m not going to publicly trash another author). Originality is passe.