Two New Superversive Releases and a Superversive Livestream!

Two new books were recently released by Superversive Press, A Case for Mary by David Knox, which is a non-fiction defense of the Orthodox Church’s position on the Virgin Mary; and Guard Training by Jon Del Arroz, a second short in The Rislandian Adventures series following the exploits of James Gentry as he trains to become a Crystal Knight.

Mary was a Virgin but did she stay a virgin after Jesus was born? Did she live a sinless life?

In his debut work, David Knox explores these and other questions that have become points of contention between Protestants and Orthodox Christians.

Using scripture, history, culture, and linguistics, A Case For Mary shines a light on how, and more importantly why these ideas came about, and why they may not be so unbelievable after all.

Spies and traitors everywhere!

Apprentice Knight James Gentry is used to a life of travel and adventure, but now he’s been assigned to stand guard for Princess Reina. Tensions mount with King Malaky, as James can’t keep his eyes—or hands—off the beautiful princess. To make matters worse, the Wyranth have discovered the location of the king’s retreat, and they’re coming to assassinate Rislandia’s royal family.

James must keep his heart in check as Princess Reina’s passions steam up for him in return. Negotiations for crucial aid to the kingdom could depend on Reina’s hand in marriage to another man. With his heart and the kingdom at stake, can James perform his duty for his country?


In addition, tomorrow at 3pm Eastern Time there will be a Superversive Livestream, no doubt discussing these two books and other seasonal topics. Be sure to head over to SuperversiveSF when the time comes to listen in.

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The Dragon Hand by Yakov Merkin

The above beautiful cover artwork by John Zeleznik is for the first of Yakov Merkin’s Fantasy trilogy, The Dragon Hand. It came out a little while ago, but I neglected to mention it in all the hectic work of the last couple of months that has kept me pretty quiet of late.

In my opinion, this is Yakov’s best book so far, with lots of likeable characters with real depth to them, a very interesting and well fleshed out world with just the right level of complex political machinations (enough to feel real and thoroughly engaging, while never being confusing), action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and not one but three different magic systems, each full of intriguing possibilities, and mysterious figures that hint at much more going on.

An orphan must overcome the past she wants to forget, a jeweller’s son has to take up the mantle he never knew he had, and a dragon has to deal with a role he never asked for; he must face threats on the border, conspiracies at home, and an otherworldly danger that dwarfs them all, but no-one else believes exists.

This was a fun book to edit, and I highly recommend it.

 

Yakov is also running a crowdfunding campaign for his Galaxy Ascendant space opera series, which you can contribute to here

Book Launch: The Fight for Rislandia by Jon Del Arroz

Superversive Press is proud to announce the launch of The Fight for Rislandia, Book Three in the Adventures of Baron von Monocle



Enemy at the gates!

The Wyranth Empire is marching on Rislandia City. Zaira Von Monocle and her airship crew are all that stands between the invading army and the total destruction of her country.

After her expedition to the Zenwey continent, Zaira discovers the Wyranth have a new source of their giant’s blood soldier serum. The enemy has pressed the advantage and used the lack of an airship threat to gain ground. Meanwhile, the Rislandian Grand Army is running low on supplies and food. They can’t hold out forever.

Join Zaira and her crew as they try to take on the full might of the Wyranth Empire and deal with a deadly surprise the Iron Emperor has waiting for them in the conclusion to this epic steampunk trilogy!

 

Book Launch: Jake and the Dynamo by D.G.D. Davidson

As the second of its DragonCon book launches, Superversive Press is proud to announce the release of D.G.D. Davidson’s hilarious debut novel, a gloriously over-the-top satire of magical girl stories, written in the tradition of the Japanese Light Novels. One simple quote sums up its mood quite nicely:

“I don’t think these are magical monsters.” He shaded his eyes and peered again into the sky. “It looks like the tower guns are doing real damage. That means these are just ordinary, run-of-the-mill dinosaur robots from space.”

Jake Blatowski can’t wait for high school: basketball, calculus, and a cafeteria that isn’t under investigation by the health department. Well, he’s going to have to wait: a computer malfunction has assigned him to the fifth grade.

It’s bad enough that he bangs his knees on the desks or that Miss Percy is going over long division … again … but Jake’s sitting next to Dana Volt. She’s a perpetually surly troublemaker who doesn’t even have to exert herself to make his life a living hell. But no, it gets better: Dana secretly belongs to a coalition of girls protecting humanity from the horde of deadly monsters that plagues the city. But Jake’s no hero; he just wants to get to varsity tryouts!

When the monsters choose a new target, Jake’s not at all surprised that the target is him. Sure, why not? That’s the kind of week he’s having. Now the impulsive and moody Dana is the only one who can save Jake from certain death—but Jake is the only one who can save Dana from herself.


Cover art by Lee Madison
Illustrations by Roffles Lowell
Lightning, spark and cloud effects from footagecrate.com.
Selected urban images from pixabay.
Animation, audio and video editing by Ben Zwycky

Book Launch: Pure Poison by Hawkings Austin

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.

Blood of Giants by Jon Del Arroz

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!

The Bone God by Hawkings Austin

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.