You can buy RawJack here.
Just a few days hence I released one of the projects I've been most excited about over the last year or so.
In suffering an insatiable desire to try my hand at superhero prose, I entertained the concept of innate powers versus earned magic for quite a while as the story and world took shape. We've tread the ground of 'what would it be like if superheroes came about in the real world' plenty of times, and I wanted to try something different. Peter Cline covered supers in the zombocalypse quite nicely, and many many authors are currently delving into superhero litrpgs.
What I had not yet seen was a world where people recognizable as supers, with power levels ranging from X-men to Superman, rose to foil not a world of mundanity, but one saturated by magic.
This was very much a case of building the world first and characters second, and I think that shows in a sense that this first installment of Hero Planet could have taken place in any city, with any hero as its protag. This I think is an element that Coming to Power and How Black the Sky do not possess.
Interestingly, I have far less anxiety about producing a quality sequel to this book than I do about the others... I think this is part of the reason why.
Our main hero, Jack, was a pleasure to write, as I seem to enjoy painting my characters' responses to pain as vividly as I know how... and Jack can take more than either Jon or Pierce. Honestly he's probably only rivaled by the skeleton man Agrathor in this department.
I can't tell you how many times I made my own stomach growl describing whatever Jack was eating to kickstart his healing factor... Just thinking about it makes me crave sushi and gyros.
If you know me by now, you know that saying I'm excited to continue writing in this world is about as novel as someone saying they like donuts or cherry pie, but I'll say it anyway.
I'm so excited to keep writing in this world!
So read free on KU, or grab it at a very reasonable price, leave a review, and I'll see you on the magical hero planet Ellio!
After a few procedural delays, my magipunk superhero future-fantasy thriller RawJack is nearly ready for release!
Here's the cover. Art by the wonderfully talented Bachtard.
The left one will be used - I'm just sharing the one on the right because I like it...
This one had been swimming around in my brain for a while, with its particularly exciting premise.
We see story after story where supers emerge in the normal world, and in anime we have worlds like One Punch and MHA where they are so ubiquitous as to be a profession.
One day, I wondered to myself what it would look like for supers to be born into a world not dominated by technology, but magic. A place where the average citizen would have access to enough spells and enchantments to make them a match for an equally average super.
Jealousy was my first thought. And economic tension, as the supers are born with natural access to power that other people have to pay for. It's quite a different power dynamic that I think grew into a story I couldn't have written any other way.
Throw in competing motivations, lost religions, a hostile rural landscape, and a little bit of romance, and you've got my first installment in the Hero Planet collection - RawJack.
I plan to continue writing in this world, expanding the stories of the various heroes while keeping the central thread focused on Jack, the first book's MC. I won't number these because I aim to make them less dependent on chronology than my other series, so we'll see how that goes.
Watch my Twitter and Amazon author page for deets, and expect to see RawJack on Kindle in about a week. Paperback to follow.
In the meantime, check out my other heroic stories, How Black the Sky and Coming to Power (Free this weekend!)
As always, thanks for reading.
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