The intense, complicated, intriguing, journal of a noble lady. . . .
For a thousand years, the trapped, immortal Teacher has carefully planned escape. Everything now depends on one naive young man . . . Book one: Prince Temmin Antremont has been sheltered from assassins and women for eighteen years. Now at his father’s court, forces he can neither control nor understand pull at him from all sides. But none pull harder than the . . .
City of Roses is about what happens when Jo Maguire, a highly strung underemployed telemarketer, meets Ysabel Perry, a princess of unspecifiable pedigree. It’s also about hearts broken cleanly and otherwise, the City of Portland, Spenser, those moments in pop songs when the bass and all of the drums except maybe a handclap suddenly drop out of the bridge leaving . . .
Diggory Franklin met a beautiful woman today. Twice. The first time, she warned him of impending doom and then bestowed the most passionate kiss of his life. The second time, she had no memory of the first. And that’s really just the start of his problems . . . . . .
The Legion of Nothing is the story of Nick Klein and what happens when he takes on the identity (and powered armor) of “The Rocket.” Originally his grandfather’s superhero identity, the powered armor comes with a lot of baggage. Ranging from his grandfather’s service in World War II to connections with other heroes (and villains), the past has a . . .
America’s greatest hero is murdered in his home. A man who was once his enemy, then his friend, then his sidekick receives the hero’s final email, containing a mysterious encrypted file. One organization wants it back before it’s unlocked . . . before anyone else learns the truth. Old alliances are strained as a century-old conspiracy is discovered, compromising the very men and . . .
Wonder City Stories is an ongoing serial that explores gender, race, and sexuality in a richly-populated superhero comic book universe, actively deconstructing the persistent themes of the genre through the eyes of a group of compelling characters who are unusual in that context: women, elderly people, POCs, LGBTQI people, and more. It’s a universe where the equivalent of Superman . . .
From the author of the award winning novel “River” and internet cult hit “Catharsis” comes a serialized novel about the end of the world and the lives of those destined to stop it. Three girls are thrust together by their shared abilities and the roles they are to play in the nearing apocalypse. They are guided only by the mysterious . . .
Though pompous with its modern advancements, Sybar City has always fostered a seedy underbelly stretching back millennia. Glory, a humble scholar with a talent for occult research, is unwillingly thrust into this world of ancient malevolent races and scientific exploitation. A girl with issues, she would just as soon crawl into a bookshelf and never come back out, leaving a . . .
To friends and family there is nothing remarkable about Justin Cade. Seeing only an awkward, sometimes isolated high school sophomore they would never suspect that he lives a double life as Milestone City’s protector: the holographic heroine known as Glimmer Girl. Juggling school, superherodom and his own skewed sense of self Justin starts down the road of transition into . . .
Tales of MU is an open-ended serial detailing the college life of one Mackenzie Blaise, a university student in a world where our fantasy is reality and our science is fantasy. Moving from her sheltered existence as an outcast and self-professed geek into the wild, wide world of Magisterius University, Mackenzie narrates her own story for us in a style . . .
The Slush Pile is a weekly short-fiction blog run by Hal Matthews that runs the gamut of speculative fiction. Updated every Wednesday, the stories can range in focus from power-armored paladins looking for love at the edge of space, to boys getting high with the monsters in their closets. . . .
Mar 28, 2013: This story starts out as a series of emails from Xandra to her best friend back in Philly, and later settles into a journal style narrative. Xandra’s motto is to live life to the fullest, including her sex life. She’s doing well at her job as a dispatcher in Los Angeles, and meeting men and women too, but she seems to keep running into mobsters. Her troubles start when she hides from an unwanted suitor and accidentally witnesses a murder . . . .Chick lit meets crime thriller!
Nov 4, 2016: This review covers up to Chapter 1.18. For simplicity’s sake, I’m breaking things up into pros and cons, because this story does some things AMAZINGLY well and some things quite poorly – there’s little in-between.
PROS: The premise is solid, and most of the characters are relatable. The story puts enough twists on the super-powered-psychic-whatever trope that it’s a refreshing sci-fi read. The writing is funny and fast-paced, and uses third person POV with enough charm and wit to make it [more . . .]