Weekly Update – September 18, 2018

You only have until Friday to grab the Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set!

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Big announcement! Darci Cole has signed on to be the narrator for the audiobook version of Well-Behaved Women – Awakening. Darci has narrated the audiobook version of Coldness of Marek by Rachel O’Laughlin and she’s agreed to tackle the entire WBW trilogy.

The Going Rate for Penance – Editing phase complete, on-track for a February 2019 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a LichHeather S. Auden: And guess what? has agreed to narrate an audiobook version of the first S&L book! She auditioned for WBW but, after lengthy self-debate, didn’t feel like quite the right fit for that project, but having worked with her before at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire and witnessing her flair for ace comedic delivery, I thought she’d be a great fit for an S&L audiobook.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Arisia 2019 – I’ve been accepted into the dealers’ room, so I’ll be there selling books once again, and I hope to hear about any panel assignments soon.

MISC.

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Weekly Update – September 11, 2018

Got plans for this weekend? No?

Then come check out the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Lebanon, CT! It’s Fantasy & Romance Weekend this weekend, which will feature a wedding vow renewal ceremony on Saturday and a fantasy creature costume contest on Sunday, along with great shows throughout the day both days.

And, as if you needed another reason to go, I’m the featured guest author on Saturday! This will be the big debut for the print edition of Well-Behaved Women – Awakening, and I’ll of course have copies of Action Figures, The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot, and Cheap Thrills Digest available.

You can find the author nook in the shady lane area, which is to your right upon entering the faire site. It’s down on the left near the Shady Emporium. I’ll have a table set up all day, and between 1 and 2:30 PM I’ll be there to sign books and meet fans. Other than that, I’ll be running around portraying General Gaspard de Saulx as part of the show’s main scenario.

In other time-sensitive news, this is your final week to grab the Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set!

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Work on draft one of book three is moving along nicely, and I am creeping toward the climax. I’ve passed the 56,000 word mark, and I suspect I will be adding a lot of material to draft two to expand the story. I’ve also put the call out for narrators for an audiobook version of Awakening, which I plan to have out by the start of the holiday shopping season.

The Going Rate for Penance – Editing phase complete, on-track for a February 2019 release.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – August 28, 2018

The Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set is going away soon, so grab it while you still can!

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Last week was brutal — for the characters. I tackled a major action sequence which resulted in several casualties that will propel the climactic third act.

The Going Rate for Penance – The editing phase has wrapped up, so now the anthology is heading into its final phases. We’ve lined up a special mystery guest to handle blurb-writing responsibilities, and then it’s a matter of formatting the book, submitting our author bios, and prepping some promotional campaigns.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – August 21, 2018

Folks, you have just about a month left to grab the Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set before it goes away.

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Last week was a bust writing-wise, but I’m back to it this week. And the cover art process is entering its final phases, so I’m hoping to have a cover reveal announcement very soon!

The Going Rate for Penance – Second round of edits complete.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – August 14, 2018

Folks, you have just about a month left to grab the Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set before it goes away.

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Book three is on the cusp of a major, pivotal scene that will propel the third act, but it’s going to be complicated, involved, and draining to write.

The Going Rate for Penance – Second round of edits complete.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – July 24, 2018

I did another superhero box set-related interview last week, this time with fellow author and box set co-coordinator Trish Heinrich. It was a lot of fun and we’ve both promised to do it again soon. Here’s the link to the Facebook Live playback, but be warned, the feed is a little glitchy in spots.

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: I got another awesome week of writing in on book three last week, blasting through another 5,000 words. Let’s see if I can keep the trend going this week!

The Going Rate for Penance – Current draft with editor for second review.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written, and it’s gone out to some test-readers for scrutiny. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – July 17, 2018

Last week I did an interview with Gerhard Gehrke, one of my fellow authors in the new Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set. You can go read it here, then go snag the box set and check out Gerhard’s work.

The e-book set includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins and will be available through September. This collection also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: LOGO REVEAL! If you missed it on social media last week, here it is again, and I love it more every time I look at it. Next come the covers, and I can’t wait to see what Tricia has in store! In other WBW news, I had an awesome writing week last week and knocked out more than 5,000 words on draft one of book three. That’s a nice change of pace from the lengthy slog of book two.

The Going Rate for Penance – I received my first round of editor’s notes for my submission for The Final Summons, the New England Speculative Writers‘ upcoming anthology, made the changes, and sent it back for the next review. Things are progressing nicely!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written, and it’s gone out to some test-readers for scrutiny. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – July 10, 2018

The new Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set, which includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins, is still available, and will be through September — which isn’t too early to do some holiday shopping, hint hint.

This collection of e-books also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Awakening is done and waiting for its cover art. Progress on draft one of book three is coming along and I expect to get a lot of work done on it this week.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Weekly Update – July 3, 2018

In case you missed it last week, the new Heroes & Villains superhero novel box set, which includes Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins, has dropped!

This collection of e-books also includes Hero Status by Kristen Brand, Super by Karen Diem, Morning Sun by Jeremy Flagg, Supervillain High by Gerhard Gehrke, Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon, Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich, Fuse – Origin by David Neth, The Kota by Sunshine Somerville, and Sidekick – The Red Raptor Files Part One by Christopher J. Valin.

Buy it now for just $2.99 on AmazonBarnes & Noble, or Kobo!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: The final draft of book one, Awakening, is done! Now I can focus on book three while I wait for my cover artist to work her magic.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fourth draft written. Tentatively scheduled for a February/March 2019 release.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

MISC.

The New England Speculative Writers group if offering not one but two free books to new newsletter subscribers. Simply click on this link and sign up for the newsletter, and you’ll receive e-book versions of the two collections pictured here, featuring novel samples from NESW members. The fantasy collection includes the first two chapters of The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – Scratching a Lich.

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Sharing The Love: Superhero Fiction

Today I’m going to do something that just might be crazy: I’m going to spotlight superhero novels that aren’t mine.

I’ve grown to like working with other indie authors to cross-promote their books, and I always enjoy hosting blog tour stops or conducting interviews with fellow indie creators, so in principle this is no different, but I admit it’s an unusual decision to give some stage time to books that, in a sense, are in competition with mine.

So why do it? For starters, superhero fiction as a genre needs some attention. Fantasy, horror, sci-fi, they all have very significant presences on Amazon, and you can find websites aplenty dedicated to genre fiction, but there’s not much out there promoting superhero fiction — which, as a genre, is fairly small and for that reason underrepresented.

Also, I’m simply not a competitive person, and I don’t believe that the best way to attract people to my work is to trash other creators and their work. I’ll be honest here, I want people to choose to spend their money with me first. I want the best-reviewed books. I want the top spots on Amazon’s best-seller list for my genre. I want readers to consider my series the best of the bunch. But I’m not going to achieve these goals by pissing all over “the competition”; I’m going to achieve these goals by pushing myself to produce the best stories I can and making damn sure my books are top-quality. As the saying goes, extinguishing another’s candle does not cause mine to burn brighter (or something like that. I’m feeling too lazy to look it up).

So in the interest of camaraderie and community and cooperation, here are some titles that pop up alongside mine on various Amazon lists. I will start with my own work because, hey, I do still have a series of my own to promote (insert smiley-winky emoticon here). Click on the links to jump to that title’s Amazon page, and maybe find something new to read!

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins by Michael Bailey – Average Amazon rating:4.7 stars

AF CoverIt was the worst summer of Carrie Hauser’s life, and the weirdest: it was the summer her parents announced they were getting divorced, and when a dying alien passed on to her his fantastic superhuman abilities.

All Carrie wants now is to settle into her new home in Kingsport and get her life back to something resembling normal – but that won’t be easy when her secret is discovered by a group of teenage super-hero wannabes, who need her help to discover why experimental military drones have been wreaking havoc in town.

Their search leads the fledgling super-team to Archimedes, an artificial intelligence that will do anything to escape its virtual reality prison and enter the real world.

However, the kids aren’t the only ones with an interest in Archimedes, and the super-teens soon find themselves caught in the middle of a longstanding feud between Concorde, Kingsport’s high-flying hometown hero, and his nemesis, the deadly mercenary Manticore.

Save the day? Sure…as soon as school lets out.

Wearing the Cape by Marion G. Harmon – Average Amazon rating: 4.4 stars

Wearing the CapeWho wants to be a superhero?

Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name “Astra” and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?

In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high—especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.

Super Villain Dad (Cape High Book 1) by R.J. Ross – Average Amazon rating: 4.4 stars

Supervillain DadYou’re probably wondering why we’re trying to be so quiet. Well there’s a reason. A really BIG reason. He’s standing over there–no–to your right–no, THROUGH the fence. Yes, on the other side of the big, nasty looking security fence that is literally shaking because of electric jolts. Yes, him. He’s pretty scary looking, right? He’s got to be six five, and he’s got the face of a serial murderer. It’s all sharp and needing shaved. And that whole skin tight prison body suit thing–it’s really not fashionable at all, I admit. What? Why’s he got a streak of white in his hair? Well, see, that’s why we’re here.

He’s a super villain.

So why is an innocent little freshman like me and her annoying twin brother sneaking peeks at him through a prison fence? Well…

He’s our father. At least, that’s what we think.

Super Powereds: Year 1 by Drew Hayes – Average Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

Super PoweredsKnowledge is power. That would be the motto of Lander University, had it not been snatched up and used to death by others long before the school was founded. For while Lander offers a full range of courses to nearly all students, it also offers a small number of specialty classes to a very select few. Lander is home to the Hero Certification Program, a curriculum designed to develop student with superhuman capabilities, commonly known as Supers, into official Heroes.

Five of this year’s freshmen are extra special. They have a secret aside from their abilities, one that they must guard from even their classmates. Because for every one person in the world with abilities they can control, there are three who lack such skill. These lesser super beings, Powereds as they are called, have always been treated as burdens and second class citizens. Though there has been ample research in the area, no one has ever succeeded in turning a Powered into a regular human, let alone a Super.

That is, until now…

Powered (The Powered Trilogy Book 1) by Cheyanne Young – Average Amazon rating: 4.5 stars

PoweredMaci Might’s sixteenth birthday is supposed to be the day she’s awarded Hero status. But thanks to a tiny anger problem and a questionable family tree, King City’s elders think it’s best if she doesn’t join the Hero ranks. Determined to change their minds, Maci will break whatever rule it takes to prove she’s Hero material. As her hair darkens and her anger grows, everyone turns against her except Evan; a childhood friend turned scientist who may be able to unlock the secrets hidden in her DNA.

When a villain attacks King City and her dad is held prisoner, Maci discovers a truth she refuses to believe. She may not be a Hero after all—but this time the Heroes of King City need her more than she needs them. And she won’t let them down.

Powered is the first in a trilogy.

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