Today Is The Day!

Do you like books with your coffee?

Well, for less than a Starbucks Vente Macchiato you can get my latest superhero book, Super Villain, on your Kindle! The price will be $0.99 for the next few days, so don’t delay!

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In celebration, here is an excerpt from the book. What better way to showcase a book called Super Villain than with a chapter featuring my two super villains?

Enjoy!


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The New Recruit

“Where in the world do I start?” Austin muttered, raising his eyebrows briefly. “I guess the main source of contention between myself and Jeff was that we wanted two different things. When it came to the visor, our vision for what it would look like was the same, but the way it would be used…”
He licked his lips.
“I’ve always been the one at the bottom of the totem pole. Always been the grunt. For a while I resigned myself to what I thought was my destiny to always be the one doing the heavy lifting with none of the recognition – or financial reward – which I deserved. I was brighter than anyone, and yet I was still stuck doing dead-end jobs.
“So, when I saw Jeff’s ad for a tech designer in one of the local newspapers I jumped at the chance to apply. There were plenty of people competing with me, but somehow, to my delight, I made it to the top. He had ambitions to make Super Guy’s visor a reality, but he didn’t have the time or the skills to actually see it happen. This was back in the days when merchandising his series was just beginning, and that is where I entered the picture.
“We worked as a team to get the product off the ground. Jeff would give me his ideas while I executed the actual construction of the physical device. With other things like Google Glass and various VR technologies in development across the world, it wasn’t exactly a challenge for me to find what I needed. I already had the skills to put the visor together. Now, as far as Aberrant abilities are concerned, I had no idea that Jeff was gifted, so the thought of creating a working visor seemed to be nothing more than a vanity project for use at conventions.”
Bill chuckled. “But, it wasn’t a vanity project.”
Austin shook his head.
“Unbeknownst to me, Jeff wanted to use the visor to fight crime in the city. It was admirable, sure. But, not something that you expect a best-selling author to do in his spare time. It wasn’t until I started to catch onto his Aberrant abilities that things got complicated.”
“How did you catch him?” asked Bill, resting his arms on his armored legs. “What gave him away?”
Austin got a glint in his eye.
“His schedule. I started noticing that he traveled faster than anyone I had ever seen. He told me that he was flying, but even with that thin excuse, I’ve never seen anyone fly commercially and be on time one hundred percent of the time. There were never any layovers. Never any cancellations.
“Soon I started keeping an eye on his arrivals at my office. He never drove a car anywhere when he was alone, and I never saw him get out of a cab. I wanted to know how he was doing it, so one day I hid a camera in the bushes outside. I expected to see him walking down the sidewalk, maybe coming from a restaurant out of view. That was the most plausible explanation.
“What I saw on that film still gives me chills to this day.”
Austin’s eyes sparkled in the fluorescent light and he looked directly at Bill.
“I reviewed the tape that evening and was shocked to see Jeff descend from the air above the street, landing on the concrete sidewalk as if he had just parachuted in. There it was – clear as day!
“I tried to find some explanation, some glitch or trick of the light, that could explain the images I captured. But, there was no explanation that made sense. All arrows were pointing to Jeff having some sort of supernatural abilities, and being the creative type, I never ruled it out at face value. I just needed confirmation and proof.”
Bill stroked his chin lazily.
“So, you confronted him,” he said.
Austin nodded.
“It didn’t go over so well at first. Understandably, Jeff was afraid that I would ‘out’ him to the world. His fear made him reluctant to continue working with me, but soon I gained his trust and convinced him that we were both working towards the same thing. We wanted to make the world a better place.”
Bill smirked.
“That’s such an open-ended statement,” he said. “I’m guessing Jeff was against your whole ‘brainwash and mind control’ strategy?”
“Of course,” Austin replied. “You know Jeff’s type more than anybody. He wanted to fight crime. I wanted to fight social blindness and passivity. Eventually we parted ways, and he took my technology with him.”
“Such a sad story,” said Bill sarcastically to break the serious atmosphere. “But, at least we know the ending to the story. Jeff is in the ground, and you used your technological know-how to create an Aberrant persona for yourself – admittedly in a round-about way. I’d say you were the more successful one.”
Austin gave a faint, knowing smile, but did not respond.
“Still,” Bill continued. “I’m tired of hiding out. Aren’t we wasting time just sitting here, doing nothing?”
“You need to learn patience,” Austin said with a wave of his hand. “Don’t forget that it’s thanks to me and my own patience that you got away from that prison transport and successfully hid out at my lab. It’s because of my mind control abilities that there weren’t news stories circulating until you were already in hiding. I won’t let you undo all our progress because you can’t wait to attack.”
Leaning back in his chair, Bill rested his head against the headrest.
“How did you come across these mind control abilities without the Vestige anyway? Are you ever going to tell me?”
Austin froze in place and, for the first time in Bill’s memory, appeared to become reflective. His eyes became shiny as moisture built up around them. He blinked it all away and forced his normal serious expression back onto his features.
Bill drummed his fingers on the side of his chair.
“Looks like you have your own share of skeletons in your closet,” he said softly, fixing his stare on Austin.
The younger man nodded solemnly, then he said, “You know I can’t tell you that. Even if we are partners.”
Bill steeled his expression. “In the future, perhaps,” he muttered.
“I know you can’t keep surviving on blind faith alone,” admitted Austin. “It seems like I’m being evasive, and to be honest, I am. But, have patience. We still need to trust each other. I’ll drop questions about your past if you drop questions about mine. It will all come together in the end. I promise you that you will have the Vestige in the end and we will be kings among men. You just have to trust me and follow the plan.”
Bill rolled his eyes.
“I will,” he said, “when you actually tell me what the plan is.”
A smile tugged at Austin’s lips and he brought a hand up to stroke his fingers along the tan flesh of his chin.
“Don’t worry,” he said. “I’ll tell you a lot of things by tonight. That’s where the trust comes in.”
Bill didn’t like the thought of being someone’s lackey, but what choice did he have? He could fend for himself in the past, but even now he had to admit that without these mechanical legs and ballistic rockets he would be sitting in a wheelchair in a prison cell somewhere. He probably wouldn’t even be able to see the light of day.
“Alright,” he said. “I’ll be patient, but I expect answers by tonight. I can’t follow the plan if I don’t even know what it is. Don’t forget, we’re still at a disadvantage when it comes to Shaun Boding. Even with all our technology, Shaun still has Aberrant powers. He could wipe us out with an energy blast. And it’s not just him. You saw the news. Now he has his friend posing as a sidekick. What are two of us going to do against two super-powered Aberrants?”
Austin’s smile widened.
“That’s the thing,” he replied. “It won’t be just the two of us. There will be more. Many, many more.”
Bill blinked.
“How? Where are we going to get these people?”
Austin glanced at his watch, his tongue sliding out from between his rows of teeth. Slowly he raised a finger into the air. Then –
A buzzer sounded. It was the signal that someone was standing outside their facility, waiting to be let in.
Austin motioned with his finger at Bill.
“That must be her,” he said.


Thank-you very much for everyone who has already purchased the book and supported me this far. I am honored to have you on Shaun’s journey with me.

If you are new to the series, all three books are discounted the next few days to celebrate this new release. (As of this writing, I’m still waiting for the promo on Book 2 to kick in, but check back if you are interested in that.)

Go get your hero on!

Super Villain Releases June 23!

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Exciting news! Super Villain is going to unleash its mayhem on the world on June 23! Yes, that’s a Friday because I love payday, and I also love to read late on Fridays because I can sleep in on Saturday – no matter how hard I try to get up early and be productive!

The pre-order for the Kindle edition just went live on Amazon. Here’s the link for anyone who is interested.

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As with my previous releases, this book will be priced at $0.99 thru a few days after the launch, so if you want it for the best deal possible, snatch it up while it’s on sale!

Some of you might be asking, “What’s this book even about anyway?” Well, I have the blurb for you right here:


When friends become enemies, how hard do you hit?

Someone is using a sound file that enslaves anyone who hears it. No one knows who’s behind it, until old enemies arise. The Cloak and The Drone have joined forces to enslave Boston.

Shaun Boding has enough problems on his hands trying to stay sane, but now the entire city is out to get him. When Shaun’s partner is hypnotized and tries to murder him, the fight becomes personal.

If he succeeds, he saves the people of Boston. If he fails, he loses his own powers, the Vestige, and his life. Is he ready to risk everything and become the hero the city needs him to be?


I am very excited to have this book finished. This is my first published trilogy, and I hope it doesn’t disappoint. I’m currently working on getting the paperback edition in order and should have pictures of that on the blog once it arrives.

To anyone reading this post, thank-you so much for your support on this series. It means so much to me that you are on this journey along with me. Check back for more closer to launch day!

Draft 1 Of Super Villain Is Complete!

Last night I finished up the final chapter of Super Villain. It took a lot of energy to get to this point, and I hope that this finale of my first true trilogy lives up to expectations!

For all the little errors that need to be combed out…well, that’s what a second draft is for! I generally read through the entire manuscript once it’s complete and make sure that there are no glaring errors or any spelling mistakes. Once that read-through is done I will be passing the book off to some beta readers who will give me some feedback.

Once I address that feedback, it will be processing for publication and then uploading to the Kindle Store, as well as Createspace for the paperback.

I don’t have a hard publication date yet, but I am estimating early June. Mostly everything is finished with just some fine tuning to do.

Thank-you very much to everyone who has supported the series so far. I am super appreciative! (See what I did there?)

Stay tuned for more news in the very near future!

Milestones

Today marks the point where the two books in my Aberrant Trilogy – so far – are now the top books of my writing career, which began officially in 2013. Super Charged is my top book, while Super Vision is number two.

I’ve written in a few different genres since starting this venture, and I have to say that writing superheroes has been the most fun and fulfilling of all my fiction. Writing horror is a close second, though both genres can become formulaic. I hope that I am evolving in my storytelling with every subsequent release and learning more about how to tell a thrilling story.

That remains to be seen for the finale of my series about Fallout, Mecha, and The Drone as I near the end of my first draft on the third book about the Vestige, Super Villain. I am closing in on 40,000 words, and I hope to have the book out to my beta readers very soon. It was the middle of the book that really got to me. I always need a bit of time to have the middle sort itself out before barreling to the finale.

To mark these milestones, I thought I would release the cover for Super Villain. It has been through a few drafts, and I’m pretty certain that this is the final cover. I’m pleased with it. I’d love to hear what you think of it!

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Keep an eye on my blog, and sign up for my mailing list to be the first to find out when Super Villain is available. I may even start posting some free superhero fiction in the future. Time will tell!

For now, if you haven’t checked out Super Charged, it is part of a giveaway on Instafreebie with a bunch of other awesome superhero books. You can check out a sample of the book absolutely free by following this link: http://remyflagg.com/superhero-promotion/

Thank-you so much for your support, and I promise there are more stories on the way!

 

Super Vision Is On Sale!

Just a quick shout out that the second book in The Aberrant Trilogy is on sale (dare I say, super sale) for only $0.99 for the next few days. If you’ve wanted to check it out, now’s a great time to snatch it up for as low as it will go!

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I am still hard at work on the last book in the trilogy, Super Villain. The cover design is about 75% there, and the drafting of the story is about halfway to my goal. Steadily filling in the gaps so that I can move forward and get this thing ready for publication.

No dates yet, but as soon as I know, I will post about it here. This is my first finale to a trilogy, so I’m trying to do it the best that I can.

Thank-you to everyone on Amazon and Goodreads who have left reviews and star ratings for the first two books. Your feedback is definitely valuable to me, and I hope to put all that feedback to good use as I continue to work on my craft. Without you awesome peeps, I would be writing into a vacuum, and that just seems like it would be full of blackness and not much fun!

Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy reading!

(As a side note, maybe you’re curious what I’m reading this weekend? Currently The Purge of Babylon by Sam Sisavath, and also Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler. Both really great!)

What Classic Writers Can Teach Us

In the rush to read the latest books, it’s always a joy to find something written decades or even a century ago by a classic writer who reveals part of their writing process along the way.

I was given the raised eyebrows when I checked out The Autobiography of Mark Twain Vol. 1 from my local library this week. To be sure, this is a door stopper if ever there was one. My original plan was to buy the book on Kindle, but the cheaper edition was only the “readers” edition, meaning that all the commentary was removed from the book, and the official edition was way too expensive for me to justify buying an eBook.

So, the library it was. Hermione would be proud.

Rather than skipping all the introduction, which is quite a few pages, I hunkered down and decided to start at the beginning.

I’m glad I did because the narrative of how Mark Twain started his autobiography was very enlightening. Not only did he struggle with how to begin, he also had many “false starts” that he deemed not worthy – though they were incredibly interesting either way.

How many times have I struggled with the simple act of beginning a piece of writing? It’s tricky and one of those stupid things that exists only in my head. Once I start, however, the writing generally flows easily – albeit with a few five minute breaks here and there, and of course, some coffee. Maybe two cups.

The point is that even a writer of classic literature had high standards for himself as an an author, and though it may not be comforting to see that even the best of us struggles with fear of beginning and fear of a passage not being good enough, we are still in good company.

I can say that while I might not make it through the entire book due to its length, I look forward to continuing my reading of this book and am glad that such attention to detail has been paid. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are two of my favorite books from childhood. Those might demand a re-read in the near future.

My Art Through The Ages

How far back did you come up with your favorite idea for a piece of art, and how long has that germ of an idea remained with you?

For me, I originally came up with Super Guy back in seventh grade. I remember it vividly. I was the child who begged for a new drawing book probably every week. My mother was no doubt sick of buying paper. But, she did give in and usually got me a portable sketch book whenever she took me to the grocery store.

I still have all of those drawing books, and in them I created my own world. It wasn’t a secret that I was bullied a lot as a child. I was scrawny, incredibly short compared to my classmates, and I was always absorbed in a book.

Originally the villain came to me first. Bill Flagrant – or the drawing that would become him, was drawn on the back side of a page in my latest drawing book. He was called “Dr. F” back then, which thankfully I abandoned later on.

If you have a villain, you need a hero to fight him. So, I came up with Super Guy.

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This picture isn’t the very first one I did of Super Guy, and his muscles are a bit DBZ, but it is one of my favorites from back then. As you can see, I kept his visor for Super Charged and Super Vision. There was also always his pulse blasts and of course the flying. I always thought that flying would be the most fun superpower to have.

I hope you get a kick out of that old drawing. Super Guy hasn’t let go of me since I drew him back in middle school, and I never would have predicted that he would be fighting the villains even today in my imagination.