Unexpected Exploit, cover reveal and excerpt.

Hello, if you been following my blog for a while you may be familiar with a series of middle grade books I’ve been reviewing.

The Mythcoast Adventures series by Kandi J. Wyatt, follows a group of friends who find mythical creatures turning up in their pacific northwest home.

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The third book is on it’s way and I’m here to show off the cover and give you a sneek peek. I am super excited for this installment because this time the kids follow the mythical creatures home.

About the book:

Protect a mythical realm or his family?

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Cover Designer: Amalia Chitulescu

Sixteen-year-old Franklin follows a Sasquatch through a portal to the realm of Shinwano and discovers a world full of mythical creatures he never expected to actually exist. Upon returning to Myrtle Beach, Oregon, he vows to protect the land, not realizing how difficult it will be to keep his promise, especially when a poacher, a NSA agent, and his friends are interested in the portal—and all for different reasons.

 When the poacher threatens his family, Franklin must reconsider his vow to protect this new world to keep his family safe. The consequences of his decision reach further than just a rift in the space-time continuum.

 Can Franklin live up to the trust placed on him and save this new world from an even greater danger?

Harry and the Hendersons meets The Neverending Story

You can preorder it now for only 99 cents, but hurry up because the release date is September 10th.

Instagram_preorder.jpgPreorder Links: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures3

 Other books in the series:

          An Unexpected Adventure: https://books2read.com/u/3yDLX6

          An Unexpected Escapade: https://books2read.com/mythcoastadventures2

 

Author Bio:

Kandi_J_Wyatt_Author Picture 2Even 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/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kandijwyatt/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/kandijwyatt/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/kandijwyatt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13817774.Kandi_J_Wyatt

Bookbub: https://bookbub.com/profile/kandi-j-wyatt

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kandi-J-Wyatt/e/B00ZTC4T10/

 Other books by Kandi J Wyatt:

Dragon Courage series

Dragon’s Future: https://www.books2read.com/u/bzpDq9

Dragon’s Heir: https://www.books2read.com/u/47YQE3

Dragon’s Revenge: https://www.books2read.com/u/b5qvGb

Dragon’s Cure: https://www.books2read.com/u/47kxJa

Dragon’s Posterity: https://www.books2read.com/u/4DA8og

Dragon’s Heritage: https://www.books2read.com/u/3neVN6

 Middle Grade Fantasy:

Journey from Skioria: https://www.books2read.com/u/4AwJee

 Biblical Retellings:

The One Who Sees Me: https://www.books2read.com/u/mdrRlb

To Save a Race: https://www.books2read.com/u/49PG5k

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An Unexpected Exploit Excerpt:

Franklin felt a calloused hand on his forehead and started to turn toward its owner, but the pain in his neck stopped him short. “Hush, don’t try to move. Let me check the compress.” Sahasi adjusted some kind of damp fabric, and as she did, Franklin caught a glimpse of coarse black hair covering her hand.

He felt his pulse quicken. What had he gotten himself into? What kind of people were these?

“Will he be okay?” Ladaku’s tone carried not a hint of the concern in his words.

The weight of Sahasi’s hand lifted, and Franklin tried to move again. He needed to see where he was; besides, the position he lay in and the tickling of his nose from the fabric beneath him was getting too uncomfortable.

“Ladaku, use your size and help me reposition him.”

Whatever the relationship between the two, Franklin knew the tone of a mother when he heard one. Soon large, hairy hands wrapped around his arms and pulled him to a sitting position. Franklin learned nothing at first, as he was too busy trying to keep his breakfast down. But when the nausea and pounding in his head subsided, Franklin cracked his eyes open a slit.

A large, dark face with a flat nose and beady black eyes met his gaze. Long, stringy hair covered the creature as far as Franklin could see. His eyes came back to the face. Although it was alien, it still bore the recognizable expressions of tenderness and concern.

“My name is Sahasi,” she said. “I am a healer among my people, the sanraksaka. I don’t believe you have properly been introduced to Ladaku.”

Franklin shifted his position and shuddered. Staring at him with hairy arms crossed in front of an ape-like chest was the same creature that had met his gaze across the clearing.

Remember to snag it now before the price goes up on September 10th.

If you do pre-order make sure to screenshot your recipt and fill out this google form from the author: http://bit.ly/preordergiveaway. She is giving a special gift to everyone who pre-orders An Unexpected Exploit.

Realm Makers 2019: Recap

Part of being a Writer means socalizing with other writers. Even though we can do so much of that online, it is still important to go to writing conferences, for learning and fellowship.

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My Name tag, note the 7 marking my attendance streak.

Last month I was at Realm Maker’s seventh writers conference for Christian speculative fiction authors. (Curious about year one? Click here.)

Why has it taken me so long to  get a post up about it? Recovery. It is hard for me to be around so many people for so long. It is also hard to put an event like realm Makers into words. (I’ve tried in past years)

For me the highlight this year was meeting bestselling authors Brent Weeks and Terry Brooks.

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For bestselling authors they were both very down to earth. Terry Brooks even stopped to chat with a group of us sitting in the lobby on Sunday evening, after the official conference was over.

Once again I did not have a novel to sell or to pitch to an agent or publisher. But this year I resolve to fix that.

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WTB teaching about balance. 

I learned from Wayne Thomas Batson on how to balance my life and writing. I think it helped. I have been making slow but steady progress which is better than no progress at all. He mostly just drilled into me that books don’t write themselves and if you want to do it you need to make time for it.

Then of course there was the costume banquet. It’s the best reason to go to Realm Makers over any other writers conference. That and Friends.

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Steampunk DC villains!

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I found a doctor!

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And fought a TARDIS

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Steampunk Justice league. I was Batman.

After the conference I went with a group to the City Museum in St. Louis. It is crazy amazing there. It’s like a giant art installation, and it’s never finished they are always adding to it. If you are ever in St. Louis you must go.

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The last great thing about Realm Makers are the book hauls. So many great books and so many great authors, ready to sign them. I had to take an empty suit case just to pack all my books in to take home. 

 

 

Giveaway:

I won some books this year that I already owned. So I got them signed and now I’m giving you a chance to win them.

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Just tell me how many books I have in my suitcase and if you are the closest then I will send you one of the two books pictured above.

Mark of the Raven by Morgan Busse or Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne.

The first right answer gets to pick and the second right answer gets the left over.

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If it helps the suitcase is 13″ X 21″ X 8″

Email your guess to dolphin18cb@aim.com by August 18. Please put, Realm Makers Suitcase guess, in the subject line so I know it’s an entry.

Legal disclaimer: This giveaway is solely on me and is not sponsored by Realm Makers, WordPress or any of the authors pictured.

 

 

For the Love of a Word: A Dive in Review

Today I have a book for the writers out there, (not that readers can’t enjoy it too). Have you ever felt unworthy? Do you not find time everyday to pound out ten thousand or even just ten words on your manuscript? Does it feel like you’re just pretending to be a writer?

Then you need this book.

On this the eve before I go to attend a writers conference where I am not sell or pitching my book, I needed this. A reminder that publishing is not the goal of the writer. The writer writes for themselves, and they do it for the love of words.

Blurb:

for the love of a word ebook.pngA collection of love letters to creative souls.

For your inspiration and encouragement.

“There is a strange beauty in this lonely work; to create is to realize my connection with things greater than myself, and soon enough the work is not lonely at all, but blessed and beloved.”

Featuring the words of sixteen writers, For the Love of a Word is designed to encourage, inspire, and uplift you in your journey.

Featuring the words and hearts of:

Savannah Jezowski

Annie Harley

Kathy Twitchell

C.F. Barrows

Abigail M. Swanson

Keturah Lamb

Emily Vedder

Isabella Morganthal

Katherine Brown

Melissa Holliday

Lauren Grinder

Rachel Katherine

Selina J. Eckert

Rebecca Woodie

C.S. Taylor

Buy Links:

https://annielouisetwitchell.com/shop/

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Word-Annie-Louise-Twitchell-ebook/dp/B07RVM2WY2

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-the-love-of-a-word-annie-louise-twitchell/1132400776

My Dive In Review:

For the love of a word is a book of poetry and love letters, all about the written word and our passion for reading and writing it.

It is a short read and can easily be finished in a single setting. Though I personally think that prose this powerful should be savored. I plan on reading it again much slower.

Struggling writers will find encouragement and support. Seriously if you are a writer suffering from doubt or fear, get a copy of this and read one letter a day, or all at once.

I believe this book can be enjoyed by readers as well. They’ll find their own feelings echoed in the poetry about words and the love letters to the writers that fuel their passion.

*I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own and were reached honestly.*

Giveaway Link:

1562977073.jpgSO does that sound like a book you need in your life? Author Annie Louise Twitchell is giving away a paperback copy of For the Love of  Word. Just click the link below and complete the raffle copter.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c973916e9/?

Curse and Consequence: Dive in Review

 

Hello another blog tour is stopping by the blog today. This time it’s for Savannah Jezowski’s new novel Curse and Consequence. It a fun regency inspired fantasy, with . . . oh, maybe I should be saving that for the review.

 

About the Book

When Love visits Ravenhead Hall, sparks fly…quite literally.

Miss Rea Abernathy only wants to honor the family who has taken her under their wing, rescuing her from a life of poverty. But thanks to two determined suitors, she finds herself in a state far worse than the one from which her benefactress saved her.

When Mr. Sedgwick Whitby sets his sights on his mother’s sweet-tempered pig keeper, his orderly life is thrown into chaos: Rea’s station is less–than-desirable, and another gentleman may be pursuing her. Hoping to get his annoyingly charming twin brother out of the way, Sedgwick purchases a simple curse from a disreputable faery which consequently plunges them all into a misfortune far more serious than troubles of the heart.

With time running out to break the curse and tempers flying high, can Sedgwick and Rea set things right and find love after all? Jane Austen meets dragons in this frolicking fantasy romance about a comely pig keeper, two wealthy gentlemen, and the curse binding them all together. Perfect for fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Gail Carson Levine.

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Dive in Review:

Curse and Consequence by Savannah Jezowski is a magical fantasy with regency flare.
The Whitby twins are as different as night and day. Hugh is a wild play boy who never grew up. Sedgwick is responsible, but is willing to do anything (even unresponsible things) to prevent his brother from having a chance with the woman he loves.

I loved the interplay between the two brothers. It was over the top hilarious but also not unheard of for siblings.

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This that interplay I mentioned.

The setting really made the story for me. I don’t think would have worked in any other time period. Both boys are such a product of their high class life style, even though each claims to be the progressive one, that they can’t even get out of their curse without reactivating it.

The best part though was the little dragon Rea. She was cute and adorable but full of fire.

Can’t wait to read the next one.

*I was given an ARC of this novel for the purposes of reviewing.*

 

About the Author

Savannah Jezowski lives in Amish country with her Knight in Shining Armor and a wee warrior princess. She is the founder of Dragonpen Designs and Dragonpen Press, which offers author services such as cover design, developmental edits, and interior formatting. Her debut novella “Wither” is featured in Five Enchanted Roses, an anthology of Beauty and the Beast, and is a prequel to The Neverway Chronicles, a Christian fantasy series filled with tragic heroes and the living dead. She is also the author of When Ravens Fall, a Norse Beauty and the Beast retelling. She is featured in several Fellowship of Fantasy anthologies, including Mythical Doorways, Tales of Ever After, and Paws, Claws, and Magic Tales. When she isn’t writing, Savannah likes to read books, watch BBC miniseries, and play with cover design. She also enjoys having tea with her imaginary friends.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Monday, June 1st

Tuesday, July 2nd

Wednesday, July 3rd

Thursday, July 4th

Friday, July 5th

Saturday, July 6th

Sunday, July 7th

Heart of the Curiosity Blog-tour

I am so excited for this amazing book that’s releasing soon, It’s steampunk goodness with a theater of wonder and magic sisters, snails and so much good stuff. Check out theses early reviews:

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The release date for The Heart of the Curiosity is swiftly approaching. So I invited Author H. L. Burke over to tell you a bit about the amazing magic system she created for her novel.

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You’ve Got a Knack for That.

Have you ever known someone who had an unusual small talent? Or who seemed eerily good at their job, however mundane? Maybe they were super snappy at letter opening. Maybe the espresso machine at the coffee shop which was finicky for everyone else operated perfectly for them. Maybe they can always get pickle jars open even when their Marine husband screws them on ridiculously tight to the point where no human ever could get them open, no matter how many tricks she tries like banging on them with a butter knife or running them under warm water or … sorry, flashbacks. Much trauma.

Anyway, pickle jar woes aside, in the world of Heart of the Curiosity, these abilities have 64784056_10157933783166002_8334785011739787264_oreached a point that defies scientific explanation. They’ve crossed that ever so wobbly line between talent and magic. They are “knacks,” little day-to-day magical gifts that help people improve their lives in small ways … for the most part. Not everyone has the knack they would choose.

Knacks tend to fall into two major categories, professional and personal.

The first, professional, help people with their work. As people are born with knacks (though they sometimes don’t manifest until later in childhood), there’s a sense of “fate” as to what profession they end up in, and as knacks tend to run in families, you might have generation after generation of accountants with a knack that makes them able to add up long lines of figures at a glance. Some professional knacks (which you may find within the pages of Heart of the Curiosity) are a librarian who can mend ripped pages at a touch, a dancer with a levitation knack that makes her literally light on her feet, or a mechanic who can see how things are broken at a glance.

Personal knacks can be less obvious in their intended use. They can range from a person who can see if you are keeping secrets to the ability to detect the emotions of others and finally, the knack that Leo, the heroine of Heart of the Curiosity has and despises, the ability to manipulate the emotions of others.

62351511_10157896887816002_7910744780391317504_nMost of the time, knacks are a gift, something that helps a person find their place in the world and aids them in their day-to-day life. Other times knacks can be a source of turmoil as the knack leads a person towards a life they might not want or if a person who feels they should have their family’s knack ends up with a different knack that makes them feel like an outsider.

Finding (and accepting) your place in the world is hard enough without a big flashing neon sign saying, “Go there and do this whether you want to or not!” over your head. At the same time, the idea of having a small, individualized magic that helps me through the day to day really appeals to me as a lover of small wonders.

What sort of knack would you like to have? Someone in my book might actually have it. Find out in Heart of the Curiosity.

Heidi Lyn Burke

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heidi-107Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.

An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.

Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.

Social Media Links:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter/

Facebook Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hlburkereaders/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/hlburkewriter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/burkesdragons/

Website: http://www.hlburkeauthor.com/

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The secret lies with the Heart.

HoC CoverBorn with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora’s only dream is to ensure her talented little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity, a grand old theater of tradition and innovation. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd’s mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.

Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity’s sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater—the Heart. And Leo’s only friend Paxton, nephew of the theater’s stagemistress, is the key to finding it.

While Leo and Paxton hunt for the Heart, the blackmailer’s threats loom larger. Mysterious figures, cryptic clues, and deadly traps hinder the search at every turn. If the friends cannot recover the Heart in time, Leo and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.

Enter a world reminiscent of The Greatest Showman, with a puzzle worthy of Sherlock Holmes and National Treasure, in this new Steampunk Fantasy from H. L. Burke.

Pre-Order links:

The release date is June 27th so take advantage of the pre-order deals before they’re gone.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Curiosity-H-L-Burke-ebook/dp/B07S58N3P5/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heart-of-the-curiosity-h-l-burke/1131668257

Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1464838020

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/heart-of-the-curiosity

Autographed paperback: https://uncommonuniverses.com/product/heart-of-the-curiosity-autographed-paperback-pre-order/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45944020-heart-of-the-curiosity

Here’s one more quote graphic to get you excited:

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Wish you weren’t here: dive in review

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Wish You Weren’t Here is the sequel to If Wishes Were Curses by Janeen Ippolito. My review of WYWH shouldn’t contain spoilers for IWWC, but if you haven’t had a chance to read the first book yet, it’s free today (6/17/19) on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M743SN8/

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About book two:

I was done with my Jinn ex-boyfriend—but now I’m the only one who can save his life.

WYWH_JIFinalI’m already in enough trouble with my magic going crazy right when I’m opening a storefront for romantic crimes consulting. The last thing I need is interference from Kiran Singh, who failed spectacularly as a boyfriend, and now wants me back with some crappy excuse of helping him track down illegal, dangerous love potions.

Then one of his other exes tries to kill me in a fit of jealous, doped-up rage—and ends up dead herself, with all evidence pointing to Kiran.

My vegetarian vampire mate, Cendric, is convinced Kiran is up to something. But homicide isn’t Kiran’s style, even if he’s starting to show serious psycho-jealousy of his own. Someone else is pulling the strings, and they don’t care how many people die from fake love.

If we can’t track down the real mastermind, my ex is going to disappear.
And not in the way I’d wish. 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45451984

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RG8NRGG/

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Author Bio Pic for Uploads - FictionJaneen Ippolito writes steampunk fantasy and urban fantasy, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out and the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories. She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, marketer, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small traditional science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. In her spare time, Janeen enjoys sword-fighting, reading, pyrography, and eating brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica.

Website: https://janeenippolito.com/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janeenippolitounique/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JaneenIppolito
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janeen_ippolito/  

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Dive in Review:

In Wish you Weren’t Here, Janeen Ippolito creates a complex interplanetary/inter-dimensional universe. One that not only connects her own works but also draws in the works of other authors. And she does it seamlessly.

Two characters show up about halfway through the book through a portal to another world. Diza and Casimir are from Haladya and Rothana by Sarah Delena White. Another character shows up from Janeen’s older, book Blood Mercy. Both Crosssovers were handled very well giving the borrowed characters more than just a cameo. The borrowed characters were fully included as key players, making them indispensable to the plot.

I have it on good authority that more crossovers are planned for future books. This is unheard of! We can only wait to see what stories future crossovers will connect.

The characters that return from the first book are just as snarky and fun as before. Allis and Cendric have the best chemistry. They bring out the best in each other. I love them together more than when they are apart.

Even the minor characters shine. Cendric has a vampire friend named Akira, he’s French and he can cook and I love him even though he’s only in like two scenes. All future stories should have more Akira.

In the end, Wish you weren’t here is a fun urban fantasy mystery with snarky and sympathetic characters. I highly recommend it.

*I was given an ARC of this book in addition to being a beta reader. All thoughts are my own and are given freely and honestly.*

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The Steel City Genie series features snarky urban fantasy with a blue-collar genie, a romantic subplot with heat (nothing graphic), and gleeful send ups of many romantic fantasy tropes, plus otter-shifters and coffee addictions.

The Steel City Genie Series – Best Read in Order!
Book 1 – If Wishes Were Curses: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M743SN8/
Book 2 – Wish You Weren’t Here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RG8NRGG/

 

Pen Prints Flash Dash 2019

Recently I participated in the pen prints flash dash; a flash fiction challenge where you create a story less than one thousand words based on genre and a surprise story prompt. My Genre was superhero and my prompt was an image. The prompt and my entry are below. Enjoy.

Pirouette

By C. O. Bonham

superhero promptHannah leaped and twirled her way across the stage. The passion of the music filling her up and bursting forth in pure streams of fluid movement.

The moment was shattered by a boom. Rather than be frozen by shock, Hannah spun right and jumped left. Zigzagging across the stage she made her way to the edge and stopped.

“What are you doing here?” She crossed her arms and stared down at the man in the midnight blue and purple spandex. Captain Galaxy still had a ring of plasma orbiting around his hand, charged and ready for another blast. Hannah looked to the scorch marks on the molding above the proscenium. “It’s not enough to interrupt my rehearsal, you have to destroy the theater?”

“Well how else was I going to get your attention?”

“You could have tried waiting for me to finish.”

“No time, Galaxy Girl. We have a world to save.”

“Forget it dad.” Hannah spun on her heel. “I told you, I’m not your sidekick anymore.”

Dad used his galaxy powers to negate gravity enough to step up onto the stage. “You can’t quit, you have a responsibility.”

“To use my powers to protect those who can’t protect themselves. I know, but you were the one given these powers. I only have them because I’m your daughter. I have my own dreams. I need to practice for my audition tomorrow.”

His face fell, “You love being Galaxy Girl.”

“I loved spending time with you, but now it’s all about stopping Dr. Retro. It’s training and fighting and foiling. I want a life, dad. I still love you, but I want a different path.” Hannah spun and used her gravity powers to reach the damaged molding. ”I think it will come off with some soap.”

“Do you ever use your powers when your dancing?”

“Stop trying to guilt trip me.” She lowered herself back down to the stage and confronted him. “Why does being powerful mean, I can’t do what I love?”

“Because you’re powerful other people will resent it. Even if you don’t use your powers; they’ll think you did.”

“All the more reason for you to leave before someone sees us together. I only get the stage for thirty minutes.”

 Her father’s face suddenly appeared old to her. His platinum blond hair, now more silver. This was a first for her, realizing as she grew up, her father’d grown old. He turned and floated off the stage. Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to let him do this alone.

Hannah shrugged off the feeling. He was barely fifty. She shuffled upstage to restart her music. She picked up the smart phone beside the bluetooth speaker and noticed several messages from her mother.

Your father is trying to find you.

Has your father found you yet?

Meet your father at the old space center. Dr. Retro has a death ray.

Not the death ray again. Didn’t Dr. Retro know, nearly all rays were deadly: X-rays, uv-rays, stingrays. But still her father was going there alone.

No, she had to practice. Ten more minutes and then she wouldn’t be on this stage again until the audition. She had to make the most of this chance.

The music started and muscle memory carried her body as her mind drifted back. Professor Proton had discovered the one weakness of Captain Galaxy. Her.

 Not only had her father left in the middle of her solo, he had forgotten he needed to drive her home. A nice man had approached her as she sat beside the locked car. “Your father sent me to bring you home,” he had said. After he said the secret phrase she trusted him enough to follow him.

Hannah missed a step and collapsed. She rubbed her knee where it’d hit the stage. The absolute look of fear in her fathers eyes when he saw her in danger had been real. It was only because Proton hadn’t known about her own powers, that they had escaped at all.

Maybe training her, fighting beside her, was his way, of not only protecting her, but of overcoming his own fear. Maybe. There was no time to change.

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Captain Galaxy had fired off his last plasma blast. The effects of the death ray were taking a toll on his powers. Though his shaky breaths were proof that it didn’t actually shoot rays of death. It was more of an agonizing pain ray. Villains and their naming conventions.

“Ready for another taste of death, Captain Galaxy?” Dr. Retro swung his ray back around and raised his hand to hit the button. But he never fired.

A blur of pink flew in from overhead. “Oh, please,” said a familiar voice, “death ray is such a misnomer. More like vastly over hyped ray.” Then she powered up a plasma blast and sent Dr. Retro flying across the open testing bay.

He smiled. That banter could only have come from one person. “Galaxy Girl, you came.” Seeing her there, vulnerable in her practice clothes with only a ripped piece of cloth around her eyes for anonymity, was enough to make him wish she hadn’t come. Seeing her in danger never got easier.

“Sorry Captain, Galaxy Girl couldn’t come. You can call me Pirouette.” She spoke loudly presumably so the recovering villain could hear her. Then she blasted the death ray controls and flew down to help him up. “Sorry I’m late dad. Are you okay?”

He patted her arm. “I am now.”

They were interrupted by Retro as he finally got up off the floor. “A ballerina? Really? That’s your big superhero schtick?”

“Says Dr. groovy sixties man.”

“Retro like the rocket not retro like vintage.”

“Clearly I’m not late for the monologue.” She flashed him a smile. “I guess no one ever told him what happened to Professor Proton.”

About the story:

I chose Pirouette, not just because it is a ballet term but also because it is the term for turning in place. In the same way Hannah is turning around over her feelings towards her father.  And if you were thinking this was a father daughter story because I’ve been trying to think of a fathers day gift for my dad, then you would be right.

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