As DragonCon has now started in earnest, and despite the fact that the official launch party is not until Sunday, Pure Poison by Hawkings Austin, a Purity Wellman novel, is now available in ebook and paperback. It’s an intriguing and entertaining mystery with likeable characters and a well thought out approach to urban fantasy that I’ve not seen before.
You can listen to an excerpt in the video below:
Purity Wellman’s family thinks she died in 1958. She should have been so lucky. No, the devil stole her soul on her very doorstep. He was trying to get her parents. He got her instead.
She spent eight years in Don Bello’s fishbowl and fifty years in Purgatory before her brother sang her back into the daylight. As close as Knoxville lies to her Appalachian hometown, Purity has travelled far from anything she’s ever known, and she’s not going back to that fishbowl.
But, it turns out Purity isn’t as helpless as she used to be. For one thing, now she can sing. And for another, when it comes to vampires, she’s poison.
Image of Hope Lavelle used with permission. Other images from pixabay and dreamstime. Narration by Jennifer Ledford. Animation, editing and additional effects by Ben Zwycky.
The second book launched by Superversive Press two weeks ago is the eagerly anticipated sequel to For Steam and Country by Jon Del Arroz:
Danger looms on a foreign continent…
Zaira von Monocle is getting the hang of commanding her airship, when crisis hits her homeland, Rislandia. Caught in a terrible cycle of withdrawal from their power-serum, Wyranth soldiers are ravaging the countryside in a berserk rage. The Grand Rislandian Army has been unable to slow their bloodthirsty advance.
The Wyranth’s serum has its origin in legend, a children’s tale about giants roaming the land of Zenwey, far across the ocean. Zaira must take the Liliana and her crew to this faraway land, in hopes that she might find a cure before the Wyranth take even more lives.
When Zaira arrives on Zenwey, she finds the continent to be a mysterious and hostile environment. She must navigate her way past savage jungle warriors, fantastic creatures and terrors, and evil forces that have flying machines of their own. Before she can try to save Rislandia, she has to survive!
As DragonCon and the associated new Superversive Press book launches rapidly approach, it is time I announced some book launches that occurred two weeks ago. The first of these is The Bone God by Hawkings Austin, sequel to The Broken Man:
It features one of the most terrifying monsters I have ever heard of, and some very interesting challenges and developments that both Waylaid and Piju have to face. Not for the faint-hearted, but an engaging and entertaining read.
Prophesy has shaken the foundations of the world. Three kingdoms search for a king, while an evil sorcerer has raised a spirit to destroy the fragile peace of the Daen Empire. Piju fights to free the slaves of Ard, and Waylaid must find a way to defeat a god which has the power to take his bones.
Here is this year’s birthday poem for my wife.
Your Sweet Soul
No words can suitably express
The gift you are to all of us;
No way to count the ways unless
We leave too many out, and thus
This minor gesture of our love
And gratitude for all you are,
Your kindness we’re unworthy of,
Your fun and varied repertoire,
Your generosity of heart,
Your skills at every kind of art,
Your patience with our petty woes,
You’re a channel where His mercy flows.
So on this commemoration
Of your worthy life’s foundation,
We hope to show you all the love that your sweet soul is due
Please let us warm your heart,
As we all play our part
To demonstrate this day that we’re so glad to all know you.