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.
This is a hymn I wrote. If I can ever find the proper musical accompaniment, I will record it for you.
There is a Place
There is a place where innocents rejoice;
There is a place where meek souls lift their voice,
There is a place where truth has its full gleam,
There is a place where sinners are washed clean.
There is a place where all will be explained;
There is a place where life abounds again,
A place where fear and death have no more power,
A place where healing flows from every flower,
There is a place where justice has been done;
There is a place where good has fought and won,
Where pain and sickness have been swept away
And beauty basks in bright eternal day.
The hope of glory lifts us from the grime;
A hope that saves us from a life of crime,
That we could gaze upon that holy face,
Who has prepared for us a special place.
The hope that lifted great souls long ago,
When through the vale of death they had to go
Their heads held high, no longer cursed to roam,
Safe in the knowledge they were going home.
Tired of stories about men as bumbling idiots? Of fathers as incompetents? Of masculinity as “toxic”? Tired of misandry? Ready for some real masculine role models? Stories about heroes and men who do the right thing? Stories about real men? The kind that provide for their families, love their wives and children, and make sacrifices. And save the world. A collection of seventeen stories and two essays, To Be Men: Stories Celebrating Masculinity pays homage to men and masculinity. Fun. Action-packed. Thought-provoking. Whatever your tastes, you will find enjoyment in these pages. Each story embraces, in its own way, virtus—the concept of valor, manliness, excellence, courage, character, and worth. The sentient Colt 1911 destined for the smelter. A courageous werewolf who embodies virtus no matter his form. The wizard raising a family in the 21st century. Sherlock Holmes’ newfound respect for women. A future untamed frontier where “women and children first” proves itself a timeless maxim. The hero who identifies as a M1A2 Abrams tank. A Vietnam War sailor defending his gay crew mate, because when bullets are flying, only what you do matters. The police chief in a noir-style world where Fae, dragons, and humans live, love, and break the law. These stories will delight and entertain you.
To Be Men from Superversive Press is available in paperback, and can be pre-ordered on Kindle before its release date on the 16th of June.
Music: Temple from soundscrate.com combinedf with Discovery Hit by Kevin McLeod, which is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Superversive’s Planetary Anthology series dares to take us home for high adventure.
Tales of explorers, lost worlds, strange and wondrous creatures, gods & goddesses of old, miraculous inventions, aliens, bots and post humans, brought together in this anthology of discovery and daring.
Come explore the legends and chronicles of planet Earth and the space beyond in the fourth volume in the Planetary series.
Ben Wheeler’s outstanding debut novel will released by Superversive Press on June 1st, but is now available for preorder. The first part was serialized in Astounding Frontiers magazine as “In the Seraglio of the Sheik of Mars” and was one of the most popular stories among readers and critics. Combining the lyrical qualities and atmosphere of 1001 Nights with the action and spectacle of A Princess of Mars to produce a truly unique and engaging story in the pulp tradition. You’re in for a treat with this one, and I thoroughly enjoyed editing it (as well as making the above video).