Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Melinoe is back in a new chapter of Walking Shadows!

Book Three of Walking Shadows continues today as Melinoe again takes the lead. The goddess turned exotic dancer is at the center of a killing spree as the chapter starts, and things start to go bad for her very quickly.

Every page of Walking Shadows is available online to read, and Melinoe is only one of a diverse set of characters. Check out the new chapter today or start from the beginning!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Work-in-progress Wednesday: The Spaceman

I have been buried in a lot of quite writing projects of late, hence the lack of updates for this site in the last few weeks. But at the beginning of April, Camp Nanowrimo started, one of the two sup-novel writing events ran by National Novel Writing Month. I decided to start one that I can talk a little bit about on Super Powered Fiction.

David Bowie by Mike Allred, for Gosh London. Bowie's
inspiration will be apparent when The Spaceman is released.
The Spaceman is the one novel I am starting this year that I am fairly certain will be released in 2016. I have three other books in various stages awaiting endings, rewrites and edits, but The Spaceman is one of the four current novel concepts I am sitting on that most felt like it needed to be on the page.

The basic concept is one I have touched on before in the pages of Quadrant, but I really wanted to explore more in an original novel. I am fascinated by the idea of aliens walking among humanity, so much so I produced an anthology called Aliens Among Us, a sequel to which is in the development stages. But I wanted to take a look at what it would mean if an alien truly tried to replace a human intelligence. The Spaceman of the title is an energy being that inhabits the mind and body of a struggling rock star after he is left nearly dead in a gruesome automobile accident.

From there, the adventure becomes something of a travelogue of our hero's adventures, as well as his interactions with his body's wife, loved ones and acquaintances.

Phoenix TV series title card.
The basic concept is one I have had in my mind for years now, but never quite had the little extra to make it gel. But I have recently hit on inspirations that made me understand the directions I wanted to take the novel in: the writings of Jack Kerouac, the poetry of Allen Ginsberg, the music of David Bowie and an oddball 80s television show called The Phoenix. Each had bits and pieces I took inspiration from and all of them will go into The Spaceman.

As I write this, I'm about ten thousand words into the new book, a bit behind my planned schedule but still on track to finish at least the first third of the novel by month's end. It already has went in directions my work hasn't traveled before, but I am sure I will talk more about that in future installments of this column.

And with that I have only one thing left to say: keep reading and I'll keep writing.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

'Big Top Tales' gets some praise!

My favorite reviewer, the always great Ron Fortier took the time to review Big Top Tales in his most recent Pulp Fiction Reviews. I'm glad this great little anthology is getting some attention as I had a lot of fun with my tale of the Trapeze Artist.

He called my contribution “Fast paced with a terrific finale worthy of the Big Top.”

Check out his full review at the Pulp Fiction Reviews site. And please remember, every review you give a work on Amazon, Goodreads or abroad helps more people find that author's work. I always appreciate my great fans when they give some love to my writing!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Kickstart the Week 41: B-Squad Volume Two

I am currently on a self-imposed exile from Kickstarter, but that doesn't mean I am not going to still feature projects here on Super Powered Fiction that I think are worth backing.

I supported the first volume of B-Squad without a second thought. It's an odd little funny book, created and written by Eben E.B. Burgoon which basically tells the tales of a special mission task force somewhere in weirdness levels between G.I. Joe and Suicide Squad. The team is always shifting and changing, with the rule in place that every story will feature at least one death of a B-Squad member.

Of course, while that might make B-Squad sound a bit dark, it is anything but. The second volume promises more of the same tongue-in-cheek adventures of the first book, which featured an appearance by Bill Murray of all people. Burgoon and his artists seem to be having a wild time with the series, creating a hilarious little world of their own to play around in.

And let's be honest, folks: the world needs more comics that are just plain fun.

Help make B-Squad possible and keep that dream of many more great, fun comics alive. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Pulp Fiction Reviews takes on "Lightweight: Black Death"

It has been awhile since Ron Fortier over at Pulp Fiction Reviews took on Lightweight: Senior Year, but he's back this week with his review of the second volume in the series.

A consummate comic and short story writer himself, Ron heaps praise on the book which makes this writer nothing short of proud. Heck, I can never complain when anyone anywhere makes comments like “This is how superhero novels should be done all the time.”

Check out the full review here. If you're interested in reading the second book in the ongoing Lightweight series, it is available for purchase at Amazon.