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"A Wing and a Prayer" - Fiction in the spirit of CoH

If you’re missing the flavor of CoH, there is a novel you might want to check out.

“A Wing and a Prayer” is written in the spirit of City of Heroes, the Secret World Chronicles, and other works of comic book-based heroic science fiction. Members of several SGs on Virtue gave input and inspiration for these stories. There are some cameo appearances, but these are new stories and not just CoH fan fiction.

Paperback and ebook available on Amazon; ebook available on BN.com. Related books in the Venture City collection are coming out in May and later this summer, 2015.

http://amzn.to/1JSX0Lx - Amazon paperback
http://amzn.to/1OjRJz4 - Amazon ebook

My intent is more to share the availability of these stories with fellow CoH fans and spread the word, rather than to simply promote sales of the books. Comments, feedback, and questions welcome.

A Wing and a Prayer, A Strong, Strong Wind, All Forests are One - Venture City metahuman novels in the spirit of City of Heroes and other comic book superhero fiction. (http://bit.ly/sdpbooks)

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Oohh! Guest appearance by

Oohh! Guest appearance by Liberty Girl!

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*grin* Alexa gets a stronger

*grin* Alexa gets a major supporting role in the next one, A Strong, Strong Wind.

I am just waiting for the final draft cover art. It will be in print and ebook on Amazon before the end of May!

The third book, All Forests are One, is set in Venture City, as well. That one has Sheena, Gayle, and a few familiar characters already worked into the main outline. There will be a battle for the city near the end, and I will be soliciting cameo suggestions. That book is scheduled for publication this summer (target August, but possibly September, depending on cover art and some other commitments).

Twitter: @Steve_Semler
#WingandaPrayer | #StrongStrongWind | #AllForestsAreOne

Cheers!

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nice. :)

nice. :)

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The cover art for "A Strong,

The cover art for "A Strong, Strong Wind" is done, with just some work on the lettering to go. Artwork by Runescratch.

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Cover art for "A Wing and a

Cover art for "A Wing and a Prayer." Artwork by Runescratch.

(Now that I have figured out how to include the art here, I can post these! It has been a long time since I worked directly with HTML. *grin* )

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You can also use BBCode, like

You can also use BBCode, like on the old forums, which is similar to HTML.

Be Well!
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I am happy to announce that

I am happy to announce that my new book "A Strong, Strong Wind" is now on Amazon in paperback and ebook formats, and the artwork by Runescratch looks great! We're learning how best to compose the image for text and picture as we go. For the next one, I think we'll make sure that we're not plopping text over the interesting baddies in the background, or whatever.

Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Strong-Wind-Steve-Semler/dp/1511594756
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Strong-Wind-Steve-Semler…/…/B00YBPEQMI

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Cover artwork by Runescratch,

Cover artwork by Runescratch, without the text, so you can see the baddies that got obscured by the contrast block for the text. The Vengeful Earth attack!

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*Looks at Kindle Fire, which

*Looks at Kindle Fire, which has WiFi but no direct internet connectivity.

*Looks at new phone (easy to do, while typing on it ^_^ ) which has 4G and capability to be a WiFi hotspot, except that option isn't activated, and doesn't have the Kindle app on it yet.

*Resolves to correct at least two of those problems after getting home.

*And after downloading A Strong, Strong Wind. ^_^

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I bought both of these and

I bought both of these and started reading, "A Wing and a Prayer" today. Didn't get far before I got interrupted (such is the curse of a busy life).

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Just bought both myself.

Just bought both myself. Congrats Kartanian you caused me to open a Kindle account.

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Thanks, RL. You guys are

Thanks, RL. You guys are great. :D

I welcome feedback, too. I have a list of "critical reader" questions, but they boil down to advice on what works well and what I could do differently or better in the next book.

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Just a few minor editorial

Just a few minor editorial comments nitpicks I noticed.

near the end of chapter 1(A Wing and a Prayer). You had stated "She Realized that she could see as well in the moonlight as she could in the daytime, even without the glow." In chapter 2 near the beginning of the chapter. "Sheena blinked realized that she was seeing as easily in the moonlight as she could by the light of the sun." Stated the same thing twice.

At the start of the story I kind of picked up that your writing style and flow of the conversation was kin to Forum/Chatroom RP more chatroom RP. Later in the book you got more at ease with the flow of the conversations and action better suited to a complete solo writing.

>.> does it show I'm kind of a bookworm? I read college level material Token for me is easy and Stephen KIng I get bored with.

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Yep, I had noted that, too,

Yep, I had noted that, too, after the editorial process was done. There are always things that I would like to go back and re-do, and I have to force myself to finish and save it for the next work. Thanks, RL!

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Do song lyrics count? *grin*

Do song lyrics count for media sharing? *grin*

This one was on my list of Gayle's songs since 2006. I finally got around to writing the lyrics. I am not sure whether it will make it into a book, but you never know.

The Potato Goes in Front
Gayle Force

I was walking down the beach one day, just grooving in the breeze.
And the muscle boys are flexing for me. I said ‘Baby, please!’
‘You’re not gonna get me with all that bulky stuff.’
‘It’s what you’ve got to thrill me that’s gonna win my love!’

So I walk on and from behind I hear this hot young guy,
Tell his friend this one weird trick to make the ladies sigh.
‘Make ‘em look, make ‘em drool, and you might have a chance.
Wear a Speedo super-tight, and put a potato in your pants!’

Well, you know me, I had to see, what this guy was talking ‘bout,
So I turned and looked him over and that’s when it all came out.
I bit my lip, this little tip, the one weird thing that caught my ear,
I had to grin, ‘cause the guy’s hot friend had slipped the potato in the rear!

(Chorus) Show me what you got!
Impress me with your package!
It’s all so smoking hot!
You could really do some damage!
But just remember while you’re showing off that long, fine power tool…
I can see right through, if it ain’t you… and the potato goes in front!
(Just a small word of advice, boys!) The potato goes in front!
The potato goes in front!
Yeah, the potato goes in front. (Really.)

(saxophone solo, dueling guitar and sax)

I didn’t want to hurt too bad the feelings of this guy,
‘Cause he looked like he’d been kicked before, from sewer to the sky.
So I walked back up to this guy, and his friend is freaking out,
‘Cause here’s this chick in green back on the scene with a sexy little pout.

And I leaned over to the guy and I whispered in his ear,
It’s who you are and how you act that will make a girl come near.
With what you’ve got inside your head, you don’t need this little stunt.
You’re not so bad, you can just be glad… and the potato goes in front.

(Repeat Chorus)

You may be built like Atlas, or hung just like a stud,
But if you’re really class-less, you’re no better than a dud.
It’s guys with class (and a cute …) that get my motor running,
If you think you’re a god, you’re the potato squad, not where I get my fun in!

(Final Chorus and repeat)

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How about a two-year necro

How about a two-year necro raising of this thread?

Yes, "Potato in Front" got edited and included in the third Venture City story, All Forests are One. That one is a bit of superhero-urban fantasy crossover, the way it turned out.

I have continued writing. I pay attention to reader feedback and critique, and book 3 is considerably better written than the first two. (Thank you, RL and Greyhawk!) In addition, my 4th novel was written for NaNoWriMo 2016 and is a more "mainstream" near-future science fiction piece. Links here, with cover art in following posts.

Venture City superhero novels
A Wing and a Prayer ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SLXADBO
A Wing and a Prayer paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692389636/
A Strong, Strong Wind ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00YBPEQMI/
A Strong, Strong Wind paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1511594756
All Forests are One Amazon Kindle ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MXY6HDM
All Forests are One paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1532747543

Near-Future Science Fiction (non-superhero; featuring real, possible tech and social changes in 2044)
The Tranquility Chip ebook: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071S3XQ61
The Tranquility Chip paperback: (coming within another day or so of this post; I will edit and provide the link)

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Cover art by Runescratch for

Cover art by Runescratch for All Forests are One.

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Cover art by Runescratch for A Strong, Strong Wind.

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Cover art by Runescratch for

Cover art by Runescratch for A Wing and a Prayer. (This was the first book, but they don't have to be read in order.)

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Cover art by RL Sather for

Cover art by RL Sather for The Tranquility Chip.

Synopsis
Summer, 2044. Ethan Weber, a brain implant firmware programmer, finds a suspicious flaw in the code of the tranquility chip, a new-tech brain implant device. No bigger than a sunflower seed, the tranquility chip allows users to dampen the human “fight or flight” reaction, giving the rational mind an edge. The chip and the techniques surrounding this enhanced brain discipline have given rise to the Rational Party, the first viable third political party in the US in more than a century. He reports the incident to his superiors, but the hack is covered up by a rogue government plant inside the company. Before the agents can “plug the leak,” US Army Captain Veronica Rosen rescues him and the two begin their escape into the shadows. Veronica is a test subject in the company’s experimental “warrior chip” project and a cyberwarfare expert. The pair work to discover who is behind the hack and what they intend to do with it, just one step ahead of their pursuers.

With the help of some friends and contacts in unusual places, they learn of the “Committee,” a cabal of powerful Washington power brokers who want to destroy the rising third party. The Rational Party is poised for success on the eve of its national convention, and it has been winning away legislators and voters from both the Democratic and Republican parties. When the Committee exploits the hack they created, 40 million people around the world are stricken. Ethan and Veronica have to fix the hack, obtain evidence of the Committee’s involvement, and get it all back to the real authorities in time to prevent the Rational Party and its presidential candidate from being eliminated.

The Tranquility Chip is a near-future science-fiction story that combines brain science, politics, espionage, cyberwarfare, military action, romance, and human interest in one novel. This future is less than 30 years away, but it is entirely possible given the current trajectory of science, technology, and politics.

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If you haven't read these,

If you haven't read these, let me throw in a hearty recommendation.It certainly brings back tons of nostalgia for the city that was. Full disclosure, I've been a fan of Gayle's grace, humility, humor and competence for a number of years, so I may be slightly biased. :) That said, watching Sheena develop into her own has been a great experience. I have read many other superhero novels, and this one comes the closest for me to capturing the feel of being part of a superhero team.

I've always known Steve as a passionate and talented writer, and you can see him grow in his craft as these novels progress. I'll say that a Strong, Strong Wind is the book that convinced me that Steve had transitioned from writing as a hobby, to truly becoming a professional. I'm happy, proud, and yes, somewhat jealous of his accomplishment.

(As an aside, we just got Tranquility Chip. Can't wait to get started on it!)