Finishing The Empowered and other news

It's been a long time coming, but I'm now revising Empowered: Rebel, and will be sending it off my beta readers shortly. Wrapping up The Empowered series has been a journey in itself. Mathilda has come a long way since Renegade, when her sixteen-year old self first discovered her superpower and tried to run away from the world. She spent five years in Special Corrections working to keep her nose clean and be paroled. Paroled on her twenty-first birthday, she wanted nothing more to do with the Empowered, but of course, the world wouldn't let her live a normal life. She was maneuvered into working for a secretive government agency and ordered to infiltrate a dangerous super villain group. Now, in the final book, she learns the truth behind the Empowered and the source of super powers, and fights to save her friends and family and the world itself. Empowered: Rebel will be released on June 20th. Along with that, I'm writing "Dynamo," a short story about Alex Sanchez, one of Mat's controllers in Support who becomes much more over the course of the four novels. After this will be my new urban fantasy series, as well as a novel about Zoe Steele, the "almost ex-super villain" of my flash fiction story, "Coffee Shop Crisis." I've received many emails and comments about my writing more about Zoe. I surveyed my reader group a little back about this and the majority of respondents want to read a novel about her. Recently…

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Coffee Shop Crisis: Help me decide if I should write more!

My almost-ex super villain story "Coffee Shop Crisis" has been popular with readers. It was a fun story to write, one that started out simply as a test-drive for what became the Empowered series, only this one was much more classic superheroes and super villains with flashy super powers and even flashy costumes. I've received emails and my reposting of the story here has gotten a lot of comments. People want more about Zoe Steele, the hero of the story. They loved her attitude and the four-color superhero world, and the fact that she was an "almost-ex" super villain. I'd like to know if you agree. So, I've set up a short survey here. To the left is a possible cover for a possible novel featuring Zoe. Please help me decide whether I write more about her, and how much!    

Dead Wife Waiting

Eight years ago this month, my first story sale, "Dead Wife Waiting," appeared in K.C. Ball's 10Flash Quarterly. I met K.C. when she was the editor guest at the Long Ridge Writer's online writing forums, a few months earlier. I learned she edited a magazine which had a theme for each issue, based around a different story prompt. She mentioned the upcoming issue's theme was "an encounter at a lonely crossroads at twilight," and BAM!, "Dead Wife Waiting," popped into my head. A weary, determined hex-slinger pursuing a nasty sorcerer, encounters his supposedly dead wife guarding a crossroad, sword in hand. I'd already written a lot of unpublished short stories, but "Dead Wife Waiting" had a spark the others lacked. It just felt cool to me. K.C. loved the story when I submitted it, but wanted two small changes, which made it a much stronger story. I listened. The story appeared in the January 2010 issue, and gave me my first fan letter as a writer. I wrote two sequels, "Skinning the Sorcerer" and "Last Hex Sacrifice," which also appeared in 10Flash. I later republished the three stories as my second eBook, in 2012. In August 2016, I republished the collection with a new cover on instaFreebie, and picked up new readers. I wrote a novel in 2013-14, The Hardscrabble, featuring Thomas and Mira, but it didn't quite work. It just didn't capture the epic of the short stories, or do justice to the crackling setting. I hope to return…

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