Empowered: Rebel chapter 1

Empowered: Rebel, the final novel is The Empowered series will be released shortly! Here's the first chapter, as an extended teaser. Spoiler alert! If you haven't read the previous novels, you might want to hold off on reading this. Otherwise, enjoy! It's taken longer than I'd planned, but the end is finally at hand for Mat's story.     Empowered: Rebel By Dale Ivan Smith Copyright 2018 Chapter 1   The lichen covering the ruins of the ancient Greek temple outside the barrow shivered in my mind but made no sound. I crouched beside Alex beneath an ancient arched doorway. The moonlight-washed Greek columns off to our right stood like fingers reaching to the night sky. Off to the left, the Black Sea glimmered darkly beneath a waning moon. “Damn quiet,” I whispered. Even the sticky, stifling hot air was silent. No breeze, nothing. Sweat ran down my body. My black cotton A-shirt was stuck to my sides. I rubbed my palms against my camo pants, but my hands were still slick. My hair was tied back in a ponytail and felt limp from the freaking humidity. I never thought I’d travel here, to the Kerch Peninsula, in the freaking Crimea. Alex nodded, scanning the grass field beyond the barrow. Behind us, the Dark-Net node had closed. Past the temple ruins the field sloped up to a crest. The Crimean Reclamation Zone was just beyond that crest. That was why we’d just traveled the crazy Fairy Road through the Dark-Net.…

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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!