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Book Tour & Giveaway (US/Int): The superheroes we love and the kryptonite that strengthens them

by davincikittieFebruary 26, 2013

Please help me welcome the authors of Entangled Publishing’s Holding Out for a Hero anthology!

Scarlett Fever by by Christine Bell and Ella Dane

After five years in training, it’s finally time for Scarlett Fever and her fellow superheroes to leave the United Superhero Academy and test their powers out in the real world. There’s only one problem. She’s been assigned to partner with arrogant, by the book, and irritatingly hot, Blade of Justice.

Blade’s whole life has gone according to plan, and he’s more than ready to move on to the big time, protecting a metropolis of his own. But his perfectly ordered life is derailed when he’s teamed up with the fiery maverick, Scarlett Fever.

Sparks fly the moment they arrive in Plunketville, Oklahoma, as they each set out to force the other to request a transfer. They soon discover there’s more going on in this single stop-sign town than blowing up mailboxes and cow tipping. If Scarlett can get Blade to listen to his gut, and he can teach her to use her head, they just might have a fighting chance.

From author Christine Bell

When I think of all the things that draw me to a character I’m most apt to say humor, but if I really think on it, that’s just a small piece of it. More important? Vulnerability. I think making characters vulnerable is just about the most integral part of good storytelling. Without it, we can’t relate. We can’t connect. Readers want to see themselves on the page, and know that their protagonist has been through strife, is a wide open nerve for the author to poke and prod. Sounds sadistic, right? But without it, who cares. I mean, that’s the investment, right? Without falling into a crevice due to hiking-hubris, there IS no sawing off of the proverbial arm. And without the sawing off of the proverbial arm, where is the “HELL YEAH!” The fist pump along with that good, juicy feeling payoff of seeing someone overcoming the odds? Where’s our Rudy, or our Rocky? In order to celebrate the victory, we have to witness the suffering too, and that requires our protagonist to be vulnerable.

This holds true in all stories, but for superhero tales even more because they need to have both emotional AND physical vulnerability in order for readers to really connect. If they were immortal, or had no physical “kryptonite” so to speak, the nervous tension of “Will he make it this time?” or “How will she get out of THIS one?” would be nil. What would happen if Spider Man didn’t love Gwen (or Uncle Ben or Mary Jane, depending on which version)? What would the super-villains use to manipulate him? What if Superman’s powers weren’t drained by kryptonite? What if the Hulk COULD control his anger? BORing. So when Ella and I were writing our superheroes for Scarlett Fever we knew going in that these characters were going to be flawed, vulnerable and wide open for a world of hurt.

Scarlett is a wild-card, impetuous and her jump first, think later personality almost gets her killed more than once. She leads with her gut. Her partner Blade of Justice needed to be just as vulnerable, but in almost the opposite way. Blade looks, measure the distance with a ruler, then double checks with a measuring tape, then consults a weather vane to check the direction of the wind, THEN he jumps. He leads with his head, and just like Scarlett, it’s almost his undoing because he ignores his gut in favor of logic. This makes for a great pairing between the two as they wrestle with their own issues and try to come to terms with those differences in order to become a real team, between the sheets AND whilst saving the world. It’s a rollicking good time!

As for me, my kryptonite would be maggots. Show me maggots and I will tell you ANYTHING you want to know. What about you, blog readers? If you were a superhero, what do you think would make you most vulnerable? (Asking for a friend. Seriously. I’m not a super-villain cataloguing these answers in order to use them later to defeat you and take over the world on Cinco De Mayo when everyone is busy reveling and drinking margaritas or anything *shifty eyes*)

From author Ella Dane

One would think the Blade of Justice wouldn’t have much in the way of vulnerabilities, but he wouldn’t be a superhero without any. Yes, Blade has super strength, the ability to turn himself into steel weapons like swords and knives, can regenerate most wounds, and even has super hearing thanks to a handy-dandy little implant courtesy of the United Super Academy. Makes one think there aren’t any weaknesses to exploit. But that would be incorrect. Because so much of Blade’s make up is…well, metal, his body actually works like a living, breathing electrical conductor. In other words, a lightning rod. It won’t kill him of course, I mean, he’s our hero after all, but it is going to knock him out of commission just long enough to give a supervillian the upper hand. Good thing he has a superhero partner to help him save the day in Scarlett Fever.

Ironheart by Nico Rosso

Vince might be hard as steel, but he’s not invincible. Not when iron touches him, especially in the hands of an evil minion. Not when Kara ran away after a whirlwind affair, just when he thought he might be falling in love. And definitely not when she returns, looking for his help.

The archvillain TechHead is coming for Kara and her superhero teammates, and he’s determined to use their combined power to create the ultimate weapon. But Kara can’t fight him alone. She needs Vince’s brutal skill, though being with him means she risks losing her beloved secret identity, leaving her nowhere else to hide.

When TechHead makes a play to capture Kara, Vince has more to lose than just his heart. But he will do anything for the woman he loves, even if it means putting his heart on the line again.

From author Nico Rosso

The hero of my story, IRONHEART, Vince “The Anvil” has skin as hard as titanium. But this power is negated by iron. If a villain has a weapon of iron like a crowbar, it means Vince has to fight like a normal man. Which is just fine with him. He’s a bit of a rough guy, and isn’t afraid to get dirty doing battle. His superhuman abilities might be changed by iron, but his will isn’t. The heroine, Kara “SnapDragon” derives her abilities from cosmic energy. The power cells she uses as armor or weapons can be harmed by energy attacks like high-powered lasers, but that isn’t her greatest vulnerability. Because she’s new at the superhero game, her greatest threat is doubt. It isn’t an easy journey, but with Vince at her side, she discovers the cosmic energy is only part of what makes her powerful.

Playing with Fire by Tamara Morgan

Fiona Nelson has always been one hot ticket–even before she took the conversion serum that gave her superhuman abilities. Fiona’s powers come at a price: lack of human contact, or she won’t be the only thing burning. When she loses control of her emotions, her fire powers run rampant… and she’s hurt enough people already. Including herself.

But when the man behind her conversion returns to blackmail her into helping him gain power, the only person she can turn to is Ian Jones, the man who broke her teenage heart. The man determined to expose the criminal known as Fireball, whose explosive escapades are just a little too close to Fiona’s M.O.

Ian is convinced Fiona’s dangerous, convinced she’s Fireball, and convinced he’ll damn himself if he doesn’t resist a heat that’s always drawn him to Fiona like a moth to a flame–but Ian has his own secrets.

And he’ll learn far too soon what happens when you play with fire.

From author Tamara Morgan

Fiona Nelson has always been one hot ticket–even before she took the conversion serum that gave her superhuman abilities. Fiona’s powers come at a price: lack of human contact, or she won’t be the only thing burning. When she loses control of her emotions, her fire powers run rampant… and she’s hurt enough people already. Including herself.

But when the man behind her conversion returns to blackmail her into helping him gain power, the only person she can turn to is Ian Jones, the man who broke her teenage heart. The man determined to expose the criminal known as Fireball, whose explosive escapades are just a little too close to Fiona’s M.O.

Ian is convinced Fiona’s dangerous, convinced she’s Fireball, and convinced he’ll damn himself if he doesn’t resist a heat that’s always drawn him to Fiona like a moth to a flame–but Ian has his own secrets.

And he’ll learn far too soon what happens when you play with fire.

From the Ashes by Adrien-Luc Sanders

Sociopath. Killer. Deviant. Monster, devoid of morals, incapable of human emotion. The villain known as Spark has been called that and more, and as a super-powered aberrant has masterminded countless crimes to build his father’s inhuman empire.

Yet to professor Sean Archer, this fearsome creature is only Tobias Rutherford–antisocial graduate researcher, quiet underachiever, and a fascinating puzzle Sean is determined to solve.

One kiss leads to an entanglement that challenges everything Tobias knows about himself, aberrants, and his own capacity to love. But when his father orders him to assassinate a senator, one misstep unravels a knot of political intrigue that places the fate of humans and aberrants alike in Tobias’s hands. As danger mounts and bodies pile deeper, will Tobias succumb to his dark nature and sacrifice Sean–or will he defy his father and rise from the ashes to become a hero in a world of villains?

Giveaway (US/Int)

Entangled Publishing is giving away an e-copy of Holding Out For A Hero to one commenter on today’s post! To enter to win, leave a comment answering Christine’s question (below) then fill out the Rafflecopter widget.

If you were a superhero, what do you think would make you most vulnerable?

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davincikittie
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
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