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Here’s a sneak peek at the cover for Magic Man (Anti-Heroes Book 5). Feast your eyes and feel the anticipation! We’ll have Book 5 ready for you soon, folks, so keep checking here, or at the Anti-Heroes site and Karen’s site, to see what’s new with the Anti-Heroes.
Don’t forget, you can grab Anti-Heroes Books 1, 2, 3, and 4 now! Click the book covers below to grab copies now. Available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.
Happy spring to all our readers! We’ve got some great news to share with you today.
First off, now you can grab Anti-Heroes Book 1: New Girl for FREE at Barnes & Noble. Click the highlighted link here or the book cover below to download a copy to your Nook now.
We thank you a ton for all the sales and making Anti-Heroes, our serial novel, a huge success! We’re both thrilled you’re enjoying your adventures with our supervillains so much. And don’t forget, you can grab Book 2, 3, and 4 now as well! Click on the book covers below to grab copies.
Also, here’s more updates on what’s ahead for us from Ms. K.H. Koehler’s blog.
Right now I’m down in the Mrs. McGillicuddy trenches, frantically finishing up An English Werewolf in New York, the third episode of the new Mrs. McGillicuddy Mystery series, and also juggling with finishing up Anti-Heroes with Louise Bohmer.
In addition, my writing partner and I are working on developing a whole new gothic-centered New Adult series we hope to unveil very, very soon. It should begin roughly at the time we finish up Anti-Heroes, and it will center around college life and vampires, two of our favorite subjects!
I wanted to thank you folks who have been making Anti-Heroes such a HUGE success. Louise and I are truly amazed by your response and the way fans have been gobbling up the series. We’ve talked about it, and when we finish the series, we may even release the book in paperback, but we’re still thinking about that. Of course, if there are
any publishers out there interested in releasing the paperback through their own imprint, and maybe taking a look at our next series, you’re welcomed to hit us up for the details anytime!
So more Anti-Heroes goodness coming soon, plus a brand new series in the works! Be sure to visit the three sites for future updates!
5 stars. “I loved the book! The plot was awsome though the books could have been longer. If you enjoy books wih magic in them then this would be a perfectt book for you. From the diversity of the charachters to the plot that catches your attention this is a gret read” –Maureen Wozniak
5 stars. “Omg this was like really good and everything was perfect except it was like super short to me like seriously.” –Brittany
Thanks for the reviews, readers! We really appreciate hearing how much you’re enjoying the Anti-Heroes serial. And, don’t forget, you can still grab New Girl for FREE at Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords. Just click the link here or book cover below to get your copy now!
Don’t forget, you can also grab Books 2, 3, and 4 now! Continue your adventures with the Anti-Heroes.
About: In Anti-Heroes Book IV: Power Play, the looming threat of the mysterious Devil Man and his horde of gargoyles draws near Sky City, and the kids learn they need to work together, both Supers and Geeks alike, if they have a hope in hell of defeating their enemy. But that’s only if they can keep from killing each other first!
Excerpt: “What the hell is this?” Jinx said, ripping a sign off the frosted door of their Superhero 101 class. On a sheet of yellow parchment were the words inked in calligraphy: GO TO THE REAR ENTRANCE.
Isaac tore it out of Jinx’s hands and looked it over while the rest of their crew crowded at their backs. The Supers lagged behind at an acceptable distance, everyone dragging their feet on this, their first day returning to Superhero Mentoring 101—with a new teacher none of them had ever met, no less.
Not a one among them was in the mood. The Geeks were still shaken from their encounter with the gargoyles in Witch World the day before, and the Supers were pissed that Mr. Snodgrass was forcing them to return to class alongside their nemeses.
Serena and Nikki jostled each other to see the note while Isaac smirked. “Hey, Blaine, it’s for you, man,” he said, and flung it at the smaller boy standing a few paces away.
Blaine plucked nervously at the long, retro-style 80’s rocker coat he wore. He claimed it was part of his Super costume, but Isaac was pretty sure Elton John had worn a similar coat on one of his tours. He picked up the note, read it, and muttered a few detention-getting words that Isaac didn’t even know the boy knew the definitions of. “Creep, I’m gonna sink your sorry ass,” he said, raising one booted foot menacingly as he prepared to open a sinkhole beneath them all.
Amber shoved to the front and snatched the paper away. “Give it here, shortcake.” She bunted Blaine away with a professionally executed hip throw, then looked it over. “The hell does this mean?”
“Zack knows,” Zoe informed them all as she dogged Amber, precariously carrying a tall stack of books in her arms. They were partly hers and partly Amber’s. When in a bad mood—which was to say all the time—Amber used Zoe as a beast of burden, seeing how the little half-alien girl could carry ten times her own weight.
Zack flinched noticeably at the sound of his name, his feelers drooping despondently. He thought a moment. “There’s a bus waiting in the parking lot to take us to the Sky City Training Facility.”
“The Sky City Training Facility?” Amber croaked with excitement.
“How does he know that?” Jinx said, looking bemused.
Amber looked smug. “That’s his power. Zack can predict things a few minutes before they happen. And Zoe reads minds.”
Jinx looked at Amber and blinked at the twins. “Lame.” He headed down the hallway toward the rear entrance, his crew in tow.
True to what Zack had said, a school bus was indeed waiting for them, parked at the curb with the door open and the motor running.
“Field trip!” Nikki cried excitedly, clapping her hands and jumping up and down like a game show contestant. The rest of the kids piled in at a more sedate rate, many muttering less enthusiastic things under their breath.
They were the only ones on the bus.
Serena stopped short at the back of the vehicle and Amber slammed into her, nearly driving her to the floor with her sheer power. “Watch it, headcase,” she said irritably as she took a seat next to Harrison.
Oh, that girl! Serena thought irritably as she stared longingly at the boy who had popped her kissing cherry.
Harrison shrugged apologetically at her as if to say What can you do?
One of these days Amber would meet her match, and then she’d be sorry! Serena was even thinking about being that match, but before she could say or do anything to forward that aim, her attention snapped back around to the bus driver. She recognized him. It was Phillip, from her family’s house!
She waved to him, but he didn’t acknowledge her. Instead, he focused on the road ahead of him as he closed the door of the school bus and let off the brake with a hiss of steam. She stared until he turned his head—somewhat mechanically—and offered her a blank nod. He must be another one of those clockwork creatures, she thought. She searched his mind for some recognition, but he had the brain of a true automaton, programmed for only one purpose. He was definitely not the Phillip from the house, though he was a Phillip…or whatever those clockwork creatures were called.
It didn’t make her feel much better about the trip, but, she figured, if Phillip was behind this, he only meant well, or that was the impression she had gotten from him. Maybe he was taking her to see her family in Witch World. Maybe some of them were alive, somewhere. It was a long shot, she knew, but she couldn’t help herself. She couldn’t help hoping.
She started down the narrow aisle, looking for a seat. The Supers and Geeks had divided the bus in half, Supers on one side, Geeks on the other. On the Geek side, Nikki was sitting with her brother. That left Jinx alone in his seat. Serena thought about taking the seat behind him, but she knew that was childish—and cowardly. She had no reason to hide from Jinx! So she plopped herself down into the seat beside him instead and smiled.
He looked out the window as the bus pulled out of the school parking lot.
“Your hair looks nice,” she told him. “I like the cut.”
Jinx dug out his cell phone and checked it for messages.
“Is your dad still giving you a hard time?” she asked, remembering how Jinx’s dad just wouldn’t leave him alone sometimes, calling him on his cell to taunt him whenever the mood struck him, which was typical of the devil, she supposed.
Jinx ignored her.
“Look,” Serena said, “I don’t want us to be mad at each other anymore. Can we just…I don’t know…call a truce? Agree to disagree on things?”
Jinx put his phone down in his lap and said in a soft voice, “James.” Since the Supers were currently trying to throw cheese puffs at Nikki and Isaac, and both were ducking while the Supers booed them and called them cowards, she didn’t think anyone had heard him.
“James,” Serena said. “What does that mean?”
“My name.” He looked over at her with his stormy amber eyes. “My real name is James. Jinx is just something they called me when I started going to kindergarten because I was so clumsy back then. But my real name is James. I wanted you to know.”
Serena smiled when she realized he was struggling with apologizing. “That’s a nice name. I like that.” He waited, and she finally realized what he was waiting for. “Oh…mine’s still Serena. It’s always been that. I’ve never had a nickname.”
Jinx—James—smiled a little in return. “You look like a Serena.”
“Do you know what a Serena looks like?”
He shrugged and blushed, then looked away and busied himself with his phone. “I guess she looks like you.” Then he frowned. “So are you seeing Harrison again? Did he ask for another date?”
So that’s what this was all about. Serena bit her lip and told the truth. “I don’t know.”
“I don’t like him.”
“Of course you don’t,” she said. “He’s a Super. But maybe you would, if all of you stopped hating all of them all the time.”
“They hated us first!”
Serena bit her lip. “Do you have any idea what the high road is?”
“No…is that something in class?” Jinx said grumpily. “I’m failing history.”
Serena felt her heart fall a little. “You know, I could tutor you, if you want.”
Now he looked angry. “I don’t want to be tutored by an Eggs Benedict!”
“Benedict Arnold.” She sighed, realizing this was useless, and sat back to ride the rest of the way in silence.
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We’d like to thank P.C.P and SV for their recent reviews of New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book 1). We’re thrilled to hear readers are enjoying their adventures with the Geek Squad! And look for Power Play (Anti-Heroes Book 4) coming soon! Until then, be sure to check out the first three books in the series by visiting our book page.
Here’s what P.C.P. and S.V. had to say about New Girl:
5 stars “I love this book it is awesome I just want to keep reading this book over & over again!!! Awesome.” — P.C.P.
5 stars “Oh. Em. Gee. I loved this book it was so amazing and now I absolutely have to get the next book!!!!! The only problem was that it was so short!!!!!!” — SV
No worries, SV and readers, because there are more adventures to be had with our Anti-Heroes. If you’re anxious for more, make sure you pick up Book 2 and Book 3 now! And, even more goods news, Power Play is processing right now, and will be available at all the usual places in just a day or two. In fact, you can grab a copy from Smashwords now!