Quest: an Audiobook Review

Hello and Happy New Year. I know it’s pretty late to be doing the first post of the year. Is it really almost February? But I needed a serious break from everything. I also had some cleaning up to do on my manuscript. (Don’t get excited. It’s not the sequel.) A couple trusted friends helped me get my commas in the right places so Runaway Lyrics would read better. There’s a couple good reasons why it needs to read better. Hopefully I can share good news about both of the reasons soon.

With so much going on I haven’t had much time for reading—at least not typed books. I can always find time for audiobooks.

Sylvalla escapes Avondale castle and the life of a princess, in search of the adventure she’s always wanted.
Once found, adventure bites back.

Fortunately, she’s not alone. Unfortunately, her new-found companions are less than heroic. Jonathan, would rather make money than learn wizardry. Dirk, would rather live a long and happy life than confront danger. And at 150, old Capro would rather stop gallivanting, and harangue unsuspecting wizardry students about his glory days over a nice cup of tea.
Quest has everything, heroes, monsters, chases, escapes and a complete lack of true love.

A celebration of adventure fantasy, Quest is a quirky and original fantasy from award winning and USA Today Bestselling author, A.J. Ponder on behalf of Wizardly historian, F Fraderghast. Become a student of magic today, and discover the true fighter, warrior, and most unprincesslike Princess Sylvalla, as she battles for her place as a hero.

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Audiobook Review of Quest: book one in the Sylvalla Chronicles

*review of audiobook edition*

Quest is a fun little side quest of a read that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

It has jokes sprinkled throughout by a Douglas Adams style narrator, character intro’s that read like D&D character sheet summaries, with gimmicks that could have carried the novel if they had to.

Quest is a fun read is you are just looking for surface level adventure and humorous antics. The story does get a little serious towards the end, which I fear may be setting the tone for future installments.

The Characters are all likeable enough and each has their own thing that draws you too them.

There is a wizard named Goodfellow who is trying desperately to reconnect with his adult son, Johnathan. These two are the characters that I connected with most. I felt like their plot thread was never fully developed to it’s fullest potential. There was an opportunity for some real deep feels here.

The rest of the characters felt like stereotypes of D&D classes. I suspect this book may be a novelized D&D campaign—or several. Like a Dungeon Master was trying to bring several campaigns together in one story.


Which brings me to this book’s one major flaw.

There are too many characters. They are not together as a party either. They are separate and seemingly unrelated to each other. The constant jumping from one character to the next makes it hard to care about any of them and also keeps them from developing.

The narrator Benjamin Fife was amazing as he always is. He handled the large cast of characters the only way he could, by giving each one a different voice. He even reads subtext and emotion into the really underdeveloped relationship between Johnathan Goodfellow and his father.

If you do pick up this book, I really hope you choose the audio version.

Will I continue this series? Yes, but mostly likely not until they release on audio. I like to complete series in the same format I start them in. I certainly hope Benjamin Fife returns for the next two books.

*Thank you to Story Origin and the author for providing me with a free reviewer code. This review is my own honest opinion.* 

Quest is available in ebook, paperback, and in audio formats from multiple retailers. As of this writing you can get the ebook for only 99cents.

A.J. Ponder

“Writing is about fun. Reading doubly so.”

USA Today bestselling author, and winner of the Wright-Murray Residency 2021, A.J. Ponder (BSc, Dip Teach) is the author of numerous novels and short stories including the award winning Frankie and the Netball Clone, Dying for the Record, The Sylvalla Chronicles, Wizard’s Guide to Wellington and more.

A.J. lives in a hundred year old house overlooking Wellington harbour with three cats and a family all obsessed with games, books and dungeons and dragons. A.J. has a head full of monsters, and recklessly spills them onto the written page. Beware dragons, dreadbeasts, taniwha, and small children—all are equally dangerous, and capable of treading on your heart—or tearing it, still beating, from your chest.

Christmas Stories and a Card

Merry Christmas! I am so thankful that you chose to visit my little blog in the midst of your holiday preparations.

I love Christmas stories!

Don’t you?

Christmas is such a magical time of the year that any story set during Christmas instantly takes on this warm and fuzzy feeling of nostalgia and magic.

From the original Christmas when a God came to live as a lowly creation, to the story of a miser who’s heart was changed by spirits in one night, Christmas stories are ultimately about how to live everyday of the year.

If you are looking for a good seasonal story and will give you all the Christmas feels then check out this Fellowship of Fantasy blog post to read more about each book and find links to where you can buy them. 

I’ve personally read at least half of these books and can promise you that they are amazing and full of holiday cheer. 

Oh yeah, and one of them is mine.

My Christmas Card

This year I wanted to do something special for my Christmas cards.

I knew I wanted a music theme and I knew I wanted them to have a steampunk look. 

I looked everywhere and I couldn’t find a card I liked.

Suddenly, it hit me. Why not just design my own? So I did. The result is the Christmas card you see below. It is very Christmas and very Steampunk.

The card front says: 
May music show you the magic of the season. 
The image is the girl from my cover art, holding her violin, surrounded by a holly wreath on a background of blue gears.
The back says: 
As the Lyrics tell you of the reason. 
Warmest Wishes and Happy Holidays.
C.O. Bonham. 
(Only instead of a signature I put my author logo there.)

I also need to tell you about an anthology that I am in. It’s called Hope and Renewal 2021. It’s another one of the Challenge anthology from author Michelle Francik. It’s super short, mostly poetry, but it’s priced pretty reasonably and it does have a short story from me it. My story is titled Birth and it’s my attempt to figure out why people would even want to be born.

My story is first so honestly you can cheat and just read it in the free sample.

Also with al this talk of Christmas stories I want to leave you with a wonderful song that I love so much for the story that it tells. It’s a little sad but also upbeat. Listen at your own risk.

Uprooted Cover Reveal

It’s time for another cover reveal. This time it’s for a new YA fantasy series from author Kandi J. Wyatt. Keep reading to the end for news about a special pre order offer from the author.

Sold as a slave, and uprooted from home, 18-year-old Hest must decide where his loyalties lie or risk losing his new friends.


At peace in the stable, Hest cares for the visitors to Stad while spinning tales of adventure for the innkeeper’s son. But when a foreign warrior purchases him as a slave, he must decide if he’s willing to live the adventures he’s told.


With his new country under attack from an old enemy, Hest must learn to fight or lose his life in battle. While recuperating from injuries, he overhears a plot of treason. Choosing where his loyalties lie will seal his fate and that of a kingdom.


Hest’s already lost one family. He’ll do anything to keep his new one—even ride out to battle and most-certain death.


Uprooted is the first book in the coming-of-age fantasy series, The Sovereigns. If you like action, rounded character development, and dragons, you’ll love Kandi J Wyatt’s book.

Journey to a new world and start reading Uprooted today!

Author bio:

Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that’s her own five or the hundreds of students she’s been lucky to teach. When Kandi’s not spinning words to create stories, she’s using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.

Where to find her:

Website: http://kandijwyatt.com/
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Pre-order link: https://books2read.com/u/3R6BDL

Special ½ off sale for cover reveal day! Original price is $4.99.

On 12/7 Uprooted will be $2.99.

PLUS anyone that pre-orders can get free swag if they fill out this form after: https://forms.gle/BhTpbcg9D93gSeUE6

Epic Fantasy from Epic Gamers

I know I just posted an update the other day. Well today’s update is related. I promise.

Did you know I play D&D?

“What is D&D ?” you ask quizzically.

Well I am surprised that you don’t already know.

D&D stands for Dungeons and Dragons. It’s a table top roleplaying game.

My party plays it on the computer, though, not on a table.  It’s hard to meet in person when you live in different parts of the country.

The players create characters and then someone called the DM, or Dungeon Master, creates a story arc for the characters to complete. It’s sort of like writing a book, only you have a different author writing a separate character while one author lords over everyone pulling the plot threads together.

It just so happens that my D&D party is mostly authors. So you can imagiane the amount of fun that we have with this.

Today I’m featuring my D&D party and our books.

First up is me. It is my blog, after all.

Cathrine/Katrin

Yes I am aware that it’s basically the same name. I did that on purpose.

Book: Runaway Lyrics

Snow wants to perform music, Rose wants to perform magic. Luckily, for them, it’s the same thing.

When an airship crashes near their home, Snow’s magical abilities awaken. Together, the sisters must learn to use their magic, rescue a pair of cursed princes, and discover their own secrets.

Discover the magic of music in this retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

My D&D character is Katrin Songsmith. She is a Human Bard. In D&D Bards use music to perform magic much like my main characters in Runaway Lyrics. In fact, if you read the book already, you may recognize Songsmith. It’s the last name of my main characters, Snow and Rose. 

Was this an attempt to play my book character instead of writing a new one?

Maybe?

Like Rose and Snow, Katrin also has a twin sister. The evil White Dragon kidnapped Cressida. Her soul is currently inside a ship, and it is Katrin’s mission to restore her sister to full humanity. 

She has purple hair and wears a Rainforest café t-shirt. Because D&D lets you do things like that.

I also enjoy being super meta to annoy the DM.

Naomi/Talice

Book: The Fey of Castle Garden

New York City, 1859: On Samhain night, a mage pledged to the Wild Hunt is violently murdered. Tensions between the Hunt and Triona, Fey Queen of Central Park, heat up and threaten to boil over into a full-scale conflict.

Sofia De Benedetti, mage and musician in Triona’s court, has her hands full making enough money to support herself and help women who are down on their luck in the rough corners of the city.

Now a fey war looms and a mage killer is on the prowl. Everything Sofia has built since immigrating, and her life itself, is at risk. With the help of a cait sidhe and a tempestuous storm fey, Sofia must find the murderer before the streets of the city erupt into a magical battleground.

Naomi plays as Talice a Cleric and a Drow. Drow are from the dark underground and are considered evil. But Talice has been called by Solaris to redeem the Drow and bring them out of the dark. I really like Talice, because in a game that is often accused of being evil she has created a character that feels very in keeping with the spirit of Christ.

Janeen/Dessa

Book: Wishing Against the House.My city is under attack by shadowfiends.
Apparently, this is my fault, thanks to the family I’ve never met.

At least the attack interrupted my first couples therapy session with Cendric. Small blessings, right?Personally, all I want for Christmas is to survive until New Year’s.
And maybe, a vacation.

Janeen plays as Dessa, a Half-Elf Ranger and Beast Master. She has a Wombat as an animal cmpanion, named Alfred. Alfred has toxic farts that Dessa has weaponized.

I love her character becasue she comes up with the most bizarre solutions to problems that our party encounters.

And most of the time they work.

Wishing Against the House is Janeen’s newest release but it’s the third in the series. Click the buttons below for the first two books. Trust me you don’t want to come in in the middle.

Books one and two are on sale until Tuesday 12/7/2021.

Now we come to the reason for this blog!

Happy Book Birthday to Power Play! The newest release in H.L. Burke’s ever expanding superhero universe. 

And yes, it just so happens that H.L. Burke plays D&D with me.

Heidi/Intuitive.

Book: Power Play

It’s dangerous to go alone. Even for superheroes.

Laleh Ashe has found her first real friends at Camp Sable, a refuge for at-risk superpowered teens, but her politically ambitious mother has other plans. Mrs. Ashe is determined to send Laleh to a fancy, overseas boarding school—far from her friends and the life she’s come to love. To drown her sorrows, Laleh agrees to a table top role playing game with her friends, Marco and Jake, as well as the new girl at camp—shy, withdrawn Rian. Too bad no one warned her about Rian’s reality bending superpowers.

Sucked into a fantasy world created by Rian’s imagination, Laleh and her friends must scramble to master their magical new surroundings and complete their quest if they are to have any hope of getting home again.

This magical world is less fun than it sounds, but as Laleh and her friends face the various challenges, Laleh can’t help but remember that all that waits for her in the real world is separation from her friends and a life under the thumb of her overbearing mom. Maybe going home is seriously overrated.

Superheroes meet Portal Fantasy in this second book of the Supervillain Rescue Project Young Adult Series.

Power Play was largly inspired by our D&D sessions. As I was reading it I couldn’t help laughing at all the inside jokes and events that she had copied.

But don’t worry this book is very accessible, even to people who have never played D&D before.

H.L. Burke (Heidi) plays a Tifling Wizard named Intuitive. 

Intuitive is a fun mix of book smarts and chaos, She once used octopus mating rituals to save the party from a Kraken. 

Intuitive also has a cat named Purrcival. He helps, sometimes, when he feels like it. He is a cat.

Intuitive is a fun character to play with because you never know what she’s going to do next.

The rest of the party…

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There are two members of the party that do not have books out, but despite this oversight I will mention them, anyway.

The first is Matt, Heidi’s husband. He plays as Pyrrhic a Fighter. His character saves our butts in every session. He’s also the veteran D&D player in our group. He keeps gameplay on topic. Otherwise, we would all chase after every shiny side quest that presented itself.

The second person I need to mention is our long suffering DM who shall not be named. As the DM, he plays every other character in the game, including the bad guys. He also invents most of the story arcs and plots out how adventures will go. 

So do you play D&D?
Let me know in the comments.

Dive in Review: Wishing Against the House.

Hey there, I hope everyone is recovered from all of the crazy ales we had last weekend. Because I have another new book to tell you about.

Janeen Ippolito has just released her newest book in The Steel City Genie series.

My city is under attack by shadowfiends.
Apparently, this is my fault, thanks to the family I’ve never met.

At least the attack interrupted my first couples therapy session with Cendric. Small blessings, right?

Then my long-lost dad—yeah, the one that’s supposed to be dead—shows up to tell me that the shadowfiends are controlled by Raith, an old family member who’s here to recharge his magical batteries by any means necessary, including destroying Pittsburgh and me. Oh, and centuries ago, Raith picked a fight with the local dragons, so they’re after me as well.

Now I have to learn my family’s magic, stop Raith’s path of destruction, and make nice with the dragons. Speaking of which, did I mention my oh-so-quiet secretary has eloped with one of the dragons’ worst enemies?

Personally, all I want for Christmas is to survive until New Year’s.
And maybe, a vacation.

Buy now and enjoy the Steel City Genie series: snarky urban fantasy with a blue-collar genie, a load of trouble, some romance with heat (nothing graphic), and gleeful send ups of many romantic fantasy tropes, plus otter-shifters and coffee addictions.

Janeen Ippolito doesn’t just write quirky series with snarky characters. B\No, She writes MCU level crossovers with Easter eggs and character cameos.

Check out the full universe below complete with Amazon links:

The Steel City Genie Series – Best Read in Order!
Gone Wishing – A Steel City Genie Prequel Novella – Free!
Book 1 – If Wishes Were Curses
Book 2 – Wish You Weren’t Here
Book 3 – Wishing Against the House

The Arcane Market Adventures – Companion Series
Book 1 – Cut to the Heart
Book 2 – Fire that Unites (coming soon)

The Accidental Alien Romance Chronicles – Set in Same Universe with Crossover Characters
Novella 1 – My Alien Boyfriend
Novella 2 – My Alien Engagement

If you are up for the challenge try reading them in chronological order:

My Alien Boyfriend
Steel City Genie one: If Wishes were Curses
Cut to the Heart
Steel City Genie 2: Wish you Weren’t Here
SCG 3: Wishing Against the House
My Alien Engagement (concurrent with Wishing Against the House, occurs within it)

Janeen Ippolito believes you should own your unique words—and make them awesome! She’s a multi-published author of bestselling fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She’s also an experienced editor and marketing strategist, plus the head of Uncommon Universes Press, a publishing company with award-winning books. In her spare time, she helps her missionary husband with his youth swordfighting ministry, indulges her foodie ambitions, reads whatever books she feels like, and explores a slew of random hobbies. Her life goals include traveling to Antarctica and riding a camel while wearing a party hat. This extrovert loves to connect, so join her on social media or at janeenippolito.com

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Dive-in Review: Wishing Against the House

Wishing Against the House is the official third book in the Steel City Genie series.

As a result of this pretty much anything I write in this review is going to be spoiler for an earlier book in the series.

You have been warned.

Before I start into spoilers, I will say that if you have read any of the previous books by Janeen Ippolito, then you will find the same snarky humor, and same heart touching character dilemmas as can be found in her other books.

Possible spoilers to follow.

Allis’s character, despite having gone through considerable growth already, continues to discover new things about herself, her powers, and her family.

At first I thought it was strange that Allis was dealing with some of the same hang ups she had in book one. Feelings of being worthless and unloved resurface, even with the ever growing number of friends and family she has collected over the course of her series.

But I can see how the events of this novel bring all those feelings right back to the front of her mind since this story does tackle the question of just who Allis’s father was and why he abandoned her. It is a tough topic for her as it drags up all of the abandonment and abuse that she went through as a child and even as an adult.

One of the best things about this series though is the romance. There’s no triangles or will they/won’t they. it’s just a healthy relationship between a married couple. They have problems, as couples do, but they work it out or try to anyway. It’s nice to see Allis and Cendric going to counseling and talking out their problems.

If you are looking for a humorous urban fantasy that has some clean steam (clean because she doesn’t describe it, but steamy because you know they did it.) between a married couple then I really recommend you check out the Steel city Genie series.

A huge thank you to Author Janeen Ippolito for providing me with an advanced copy of Wishing Against the House. This review is my own honest opinion of the book and is given willingly and without coercion.

Black Friday Book Bonanza

I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday, even if you are outside of the United States, there are always reasons to be thankful.

But now the food has been eaten and the dishes are done and thankfulness gives way to rampant consumerism.

I have some big news for you if you enjoy books. The news gets better if you also enjoy saving money on books.

It’s Black Friday so that means you get all the books at rock bottom prices!

Black Friday Ebook Sale $0.99 or Free! Princesses, Fey Folk, & Happily Ever Afters. http://sale.perrykirkpatrick.com

This sale has 136 different fantasy books. All the Ebooks are 99 cents or free. Including my own Runaway Lyrics which is 99 cents through the sale dates.

Remember the Frosted Roses Collection? Four out of the six book in that collection are on sale for 99 cents each.

Five Frosted Roses at Black Friday prices. http://sale.perrykirkpatrick.com

Look for: Runaway Lyrics, Gilded in Ice, Rose Petals and Snow Flakes, and Secrets of the Mountain, in fantasy and The Bear in historical fiction.

You can also check out The Clockwork FaerieTale Novellas, #1: Red As Blood It may not be a Frosted Rose but it looks like an amazing steampunk retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

I know what you’re thinking, “I prefer physical books.” We’ve all been there, and I hear you.

Runaway Lyrics Paperbacks are on sale too!

Grab yourself a physical copy of Runaway Lyrics from Amazon for the low price of $8.99. That’s four whole dollars off the regular print price.

That’s all for now! I hope you and your families have a happy and safe holidays and also that your book haul may be large and satisfying.

NaNoWriMo 2021 and Runaway Lyrics takeover

Hello Readers, I hope everyone is doing well. It’s been a minute since my last post. I’ve had to cut back on my reading lately to give myself time for National Novel Writing month, you the time of year where everyone is struggling to write a novel in 30 days AND cook dinner for thirty family members. Writers are crazy.

My project for NaNo is Shattered Lyrics. It’s the sequel to Runaway Lyrics that released this past September. Behold my Inspiration collage:

I’m about seven thousand words in right now. (Yes I am way behind in NaNo.)

Once again I am writing this story as part of the Arista band of fairy tale retellers challenge. In 2021 the challenge is to write a Snow Queen retelling.

Snow Queen is a hard fairytale to retell, it is very meandering and has a lot of characters.

Thankfully Runaway Lyrics had a lot of characters too.


In other news: This happened.

My book Runaway Lyrics was nominate as the November book of the month by the Fellowship of Fantasy Indie Book Club.

I did not get the coveted spot but I was a runner up. As a result I get an author take over day. That day is today! (November 10th 2021)

Please join the Book club’s Facebook group if you would like to see me share about Runaway Lyrics and get in on my giveaways.

Also as a side note, The winning book was written by my cover designer. I’ve read it before and it is very good, Beauty and the Beast meets Norse mythology. She is so talented at both art and writing.

Frosted Roses Release Six: The Bear

After a month delay it’s finally here! The last of the Frosted Roses retelling of Snow White and Rose Red.

Here are the links to my previous blog posts featuring the Frosted Roses:

My book Runaway Lyrics released Tuesday the 21st: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/21/runaway-lyrics-release-day/

As long as we Live, by Cortney Manning came out on Wednesday the 22nd: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/22/frosted-roses-release-two-as-long-as-we-live/

Gilded in Ice by Sarah Pennington went live on Friday the 24th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/24/frosted-roses-release-three-gilded-in-ice/

Rose Petals and Snowflakes by Kendra E. Ardnek released on Saturday the 25th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/25/frosted-roses-release-four-rose-petals-and-snowflakes/

Secrets of the Mountain released on Monday September 27th: https://cobonham.com/2021/09/27/frosted-roses-release-five-secrets-of-the-mountain/

The Bear was originally going to release on September 28th but was unfortunately delayed. This retelling is set in the old west and is loosely based on the Lone Ranger. don’t believe me. Just look at this cover!

Wunstaponia #2 
Once upon a time, way out west… 
 
Two sisters live in a forest with their mother, just outside the town of Wunstaponia. That’s just how they like it, but one day, an injured stranger stumbles into their chicken pen. He doesn’t want to give his name, but they quickly find themselves tangled into his troubles, unraveling a mystery of betrayal and stolen treasure. 

Purchace Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0997343B1/ 

Add Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58551385-the-bear 

The Bear is the second book in the Tales of Wunstaponia. A western themes series of fairytale retellings. Book one was Sleeping Beauty and I’m looking forward to book three which will tackle Cinderella.

Find the rest of the Series: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087JNLXKR 

Author Bio: 

Rachel Roden is a natural storyteller, capable of weaving the most hilarious of fairy tales. She fell in love with the Lone Ranger in her teens, but ended up with a basketball referee instead. A homeschool mom of four, she also teaches with VIP Kids and tutors any other kid who wanders across her path. She might also be the sole human who still uses math after college. 

Find her online at: Blog || Goodreads || YouTube || Instagram || Twitter 

Cover Reveal: The Fey of Castle Garden

Happy October! Spooky season has begun.

For all of you eagerly awaiting the the last Frosted Roses release, I am sorry to report that the last book, The Bear, has been delayed until October 28th. It’s still on pre-order for ninety-nine cents.

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Today I’m very excited to share the cover of a upcoming historical fantasy, The Fey of Castle Garden, by Naomi P. Cohen.

About the book:

New York City, 1859: On Samhain night, a mage pledged to the Wild Hunt is violently murdered. Tensions between the Hunt and Triona, Fey Queen of Central Park, heat up and threaten to boil over into a full-scale conflict.

Sofia De Benedetti, mage and musician in Triona’s court, has her hands full making enough money to support herself and help women who are down on their luck in the rough corners of the city.Now a fey war looms and a mage killer is on the prowl. Everything Sofia has built since immigrating, and her life itself, is at risk. With the help of a cait sidhe and a tempestuous storm fey, Sofia must find the murderer before the streets of the city erupt into a magical battleground.

Isn’t this a gorgeous cover? Of course if any remembers the book I recently published, then you know I have a love of books with a girl playing violin on the cover. (If you don’t remember Runaway Lyrics, it now has it’s own page on my site menu. Go check it out.)

The Fey of Castle Garden releases October 31st, and is currently available to pre-order on Amazon for ninety-nine cents.

Also check out this character art of the main character Sofia. It is so pretty.

Be Our Guest Post: H.L. Burke and Why-A

We are taking a break from the Frosted Roses tour to bring you a guest post from author H.L. Burke. This is part of her blog tour for the release of Power On her new superhero YA novel.

Why-A: Guest post from H.L. Burke

Why-A?

Why YA would make more sense but WHY-A was too good a pun to resist.

Where was I?

I am usually very easily distracted. It is unusual for me to stick with a story world beyond a handful of books. Normally I get to the end of a trilogy or a quadrology and maybe I’ve got a couple of short stories left to fill in some gaps, but not much else. I’m ready to move on, find something new. Something shinier. 

For whatever reason, my superheroes won’t let me go. My original four book series plan turned into five plus a short story prequel then a two novella spin off series. That was a lot of books for me. It was time to move on, so I’d decided to retire my main couple but what would they do. Well, they had a baby  now. Maybe they’d quit superheroing for her … but I couldn’t see them quitting the game altogether and I kind of wanted to see how Fade and Prism were as parents … what if they decided to continue rehabilitating supervillains but with a focus on at risk teens instead of adult supervillains? 

Dang it. 

I have to write this now, don’t I?

And here’s where I’ll admit … the main reason I took the series in a YA direction is I really really really like writing Fade as a Dad. 

I’m nearly fifteen years into my marriage, and for almost fourteen of that, my husband has been a dad (we had our first daughter a month after our first anniversary and of course there were nine months of pregnancy preceding that). I love being a mom, but I super love being married to a dad. I like the aura of protection. I like the way it makes a tough guy show his gentle side. I even like the jokes.

So while the focus of the story is on the teens, watching Fade and Prism grow as parents, both with their own infant children and the teens they take in and come to care for was my favorite part. Plus Fade’s dad joke game is strong:

“What’s the prize?” Marco asked.

“It’s a sir,” Fade said from where he stood behind his wife, holding Ruby.

“A what?” Marco scrunched up his face in confusion.

“A sir-prize.” Fade winked. 

All three of the teens groaned.

Plus the main character of this series, Jake, is in desperate need of a strong but loving role model … if only he can bring himself to trust Fade and the rest of the folks at camp long enough to let him fill that gap. 

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Also check out Kandy Wyatts blog to read an interview with Jake the main character in Power On: https://kandijwyatt.com/2021/09/new-supervillain-rehabilitation-project/

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Reformed, book one in the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project. Is freeree for the moment so don’t miss your chance to grab an awesome book and save on the super cinematic audiobook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085X8N8FL

Power On: Book One in the Supervillain Rescue Project, a new YA Superhero Series from the world of the Supervillain Rehabilitation Project

Add Power On to your Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59003059-power-on

Power on releases October 9th but until then you can pre-order on Amazon. Only ninety-nine cents until October first then the price goes up: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09GBQF5PG

Jake’s family ties have turned to cuffs.

Born with the ability to fragment his body at a molecular level, Jake Lucas has devoted his life to his uncle’s supervillain gang. When he’s captured by superheroes, he’s certain his life is over at only sixteen.

To Jake’s surprise, he doesn’t end up in prison but at Camp Sable: an intervention project for at-risk super powered teens. Jake’s not interested in rehabilitation. As far as he’s concerned, the camp mentors are just a barrier between him and his true family, the Sand Fox gang.

Forced to work alongside the likewise screwed up duo of fire-powered Marco and electricity manipulator Laleh, Jake waits for the perfect escape opportunity. Having friends and the chance at a real family is more appealing than Jake originally thought, but going soft can cost a supervillain his life. Jake soon finds the forces fighting to control his life threatening to tear him apart.

Will Jake choose to remain the villain his uncle made him, or become the hero his new friends think he can be?

A Young Adult Superhero series featuring found family, friendship, and one superpowered ferret.

Author Bio:

H. L. Burke has written more books than she can count—because she’s written a lot of books, not just because she can’t count very high.

Easily distracted by shinies, she has published in many subgenres including fantasy romance, Steampunk, and superhero, and always creates story worlds with snark, feels, and wonder.

Married to her high school crush, she spends her time writing, spoiling her cat, and supervising her two supervillains in training (aka her precocious daughters).

An Oregon native, she wilts without trees and doesn’t mind the rain. She is a fan of delicious flavor, a follower of the Light, and a believer in happily ever after.

Author Links:

www.twitter.com/hlburkewriter

www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter

www.hlburkeauthor.com

www.instagram.com/burkesdragons

www.facebook.com/groups/hlburkereaders/

https://www.amazon.com/H.-L.-Burke/e/B00EYQ1HLW

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7230868.H_L_Burke

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