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book6_6 Now available, the explosive conclusion of the Anti-Heroes online serial!

Witch Wars (Anti-Heroes Book VI) by Louise Bohmer & K.H. Koehler

About: In ANTI-HEROES BOOK VI: WITCH WARS the battle with Mr. Magickal gets intense, and Serena uses her darkness magic, along with spells she’s never used before, to fight him. But Mr. Magickal calls on a new flying minion to help him. Will the Anti-Heroes save the universe in time, or will Mr. Magickal rip apart existence as we know it? Find out in the explosive, exciting conclusion to the Anti-Heroes serial!

Excerpt: As Serena shot out a coil of the Grey and Nikki let her Nix side out, a half dozen cops, along with Jinx, stormed into the hall. The moment Jinx saw the danger at hand, he skidded to a halt, his worn sneakers screeking on the linoleum floor.

“Serena, look out!” he shouted.

A burly copy with a bristly moustache aimed a pistol at her and said, “Step back from the cell, Miss.”
The words barely left his lips before the glass rippled away and Mr. Magickal shot out into the hall. Whips of the ooze that still clung to him shot out, trying to ensnare Serena, Nikki, and Isaac, but the Grey reared up like a shining tidal wave of pure magic and deflected these. More tendrils of Mr. Magickal’s power reached for the cops, winding around their ankles and struggling with them. One cop managed to run from the hall before an inky tentacle ensnared him. Another got off a shot before the ropy tether coiled around his neck and squeezed.

The cop screamed and his eyes bugged manically as he dropped his gun.

Jinx shouted “When will this crazy shit end?” and let his wings unfold as he rose up and shot small fireballs directly at the tentacles.

Serena knew he couldn’t let a massive firestorm go inside the building. It would set the place ablaze in seconds and leave them all in more danger than they were in now. She let the Grey swoop and swirl with him, helping to try and contain Mr. Magickal like a big fist trying to close around a bothersome insect.

Mr. Magickal’s power drained all the cops he caught, leaving the police withered husks as he sucked all their life energy away. He dropped their desiccated corpses to the linoleum floor and moved farther into the hall where Serena and her friends waited, trying to put on a brave front.

Serena related, belatedly and with not a little fear, that she and her friends were the last barrier between Mr. Magickal and complete dominance of the city. Huh, she thought, no pressure!

“Soon, all of you will be inside me too,” he said as he drew nearer. “And what’s left of you all inside of me will witness the death of everything and the birth of a new existence. Isn’t that beautiful? Why resist?”

“I like the universe just the way it is, thanks,” Serena snarled at him. She lifted her hands in a menacing way, the way her mother had once done as she fought the Alliance. “Sure, there’s room for improvement, but you’re being a bit melodramatic.”
Her uncle sneered at her. “I’m a totalitarian kind of guy. You don’t get a say in this matter, Princess.”

More cords of dark magic flew out from Mr. Magickal and they wrapped around the ankles of the flying Nix, trying to pull her down. She screeched and dug her gleaming fangs into the tentacles, gnawing until she was nearly free, but as her adversary was snarling in pain from her attack, another interruption came.

Serena went to help her friend with a shot of the Grey, but the interruption put her off kilter too, and her magic just missed its intended target.

“Hey!” Amber shouted from the end of the hall. “What do you Supervillains think you’re doing? You can’t attack Mr. Magickal! Wait, how’d he get in there? That’s supposed to be Harrison.”

“We have to help him,” Blaine said, appearing beside the daughter of Atlas.

Zack and Zoe came up behind him and their tall, muscular leader. Together, the remaining Supers charged down the corridor toward the Supervillains.

Serena nearly rolled her eyes. “Oh, no way,” she said. “Now is not a good time. And that’s not Mr. Magickal!”

“Whatever,” Zack snapped. “Like we’ll believe anything a Supervillain tells us!”

“Time to rumble!” Blaine brought up his foot, ready to stamp it down and start an earthquake that would likely swallow the whole building.

Serena felt her stomach sink.

She shot out a strong stream of the Grey that slid underneath Blaine, son of the Earthmover, and took his powerful feet out from under him. A pair of Converse sneakers rose up in the air and Blaine let out a “Whooooah, shit!” as he fell on his ass in the center of the hall. The Grey wrapped around him and kept him held tightly in a bubble of magic that wouldn’t allow him to open up a crack in the floor with his earth-shattering stomp.

Before Serena could look back to the battle with her uncle, ropy tendrils slithered around her wrists, feet, and neck. While she was distracted by Blaine, her uncle had taken advantage and seized her tight. Already she could feel him draining her. Her energy and air was sucked away. She choked and struggled in his grasp, feeling sleepier and weaker as his tentacles squeezed.

As everything went black, she heard Jinx say, “We have to help Serena!”

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I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because my internal editor was overbooked and they offer a great service.

Hey folks!

We’d like to thank Relleman for her recent review of New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book 1). Here’s what she had to say about the first book in the Anti-Heroes series:

“What a great concept. I was routing for the not so bad-bad guys. The so called good guys are bullies, the adults think they are a breath away from evil, their parents are forcing them to commit crimes. It was action packed. I found it a little short, as I read it in just about a half hour, so it went fast. This book was only lacking maybe a little backstory. I did learn a little about the main characters, but felt hungry for more info. I mean who did kill a certain teacher?

I am banking on a certain principal or maybe… well I guess you have to read the book and see who you think did it. I can’t recommend this book enough. Get the book, it is a fun, fast, action packed story.” –Relleman

Much thanks again, Relleman, for the review!

Do you want to know who killed Blaze? Who is that elusive DevilMan? All your questions will be answered in the conclusion of Anti-Heroes: Witch Wars, book six of our young adult serial. Watch for the release any day now! And we’ll also have a sneak peek at the final series cover coming soon.

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Don’t forget, you can grab New Girl (Anti-Heroes Book 1) for free at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, and B&N. Click the book cover above or the links here to grab your copy now!

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Hey folks!

Now you can grab part two of my fantasy serial, The Black Act: Witch Twins Secrets. Cover art, blurb, and buy links below. Don’t forget, you can also pick up part one, The Black Act: Witch Twins Born for free at Amazon, Kobo, on The Black Act page, and at Smashwords. Cover art for that one and download links below too.

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This is a serial fantasy novel that will be released in regular installments. Watch for Book 3: Witch Twins Cursed coming soon.

The history of a curse is filled with bloody battles, bitter hatred, and dark secrets.

Through five generations, ghosts of war haunt the wise women. When the rebellion of Glenna ends, their curse sleeps bound in the Tunnels of the Dead, waiting for its chance to re-awaken the war between the wood people and Dalthwein clans. Claire, a wise woman born in the valley of the fae, unwittingly helps it escape imprisonment, while her twin sister Anna receives psychic glimpses of ancient secrets she must unravel. With her scribe teacher Rosalind, she also struggles to uncover the reasons behind Claire’s strange behavior, ever escalating since the death of their guild mother, Grianne.

The Age of the Wise Women will cease if the curse does not end with Anna and Claire. Perhaps inheriting the mistakes of their ancestors and learning the truths of their identities will bring great suffering for these witch twins.

In Book 2: Witch Twins Secrets Anna begins having visions of the witch guild’s creation history, and Claire reveals the devastating secret their guild mother told her before she died.


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Hey folks!

Lisa Hook drops by again today with some tips for writing fantasy fiction your readers will love. Take a peek below.

How to Write Fantasy Fiction that your Readers will Love

Witches, demons, vampires and werewolves… they have been entertaining and absorbing us for some time now and, despite their longevity, the trend for this type of fantasy fiction is far from dying out. Paranormal fiction sales are booming, particularly in the young adult market, and they show no signs of slowing down. The public knows what it likes and it likes the fantasy genre: the darker the better. The challenge today is to come up with something original that hasn’t been done before. Once you’ve done your research, you’re ready to jump into the fray and, with a few simple tips about fantasy writing, you can create the type of fiction that your readers will love and will want to come back to again and again.

The World is the Key

Creating a unique world that absorbs the reader and pulls them in is such a crucial factor in writing good fantasy novels. You need to make the world as real as possible in your own mind, so flesh it out and cover every aspect of it so that when your characters journey through it, the reader will believe it. Think about the laws of your world, the moons and tides and gravity, the weather and geography of the land and races that inhabit the world. If you don’t take the time to create something that you believe in, how do you expect your reader to? The world of Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Never Land and Utopia were painstakingly brought to life because of the detail given to them. It is a good idea to map out the world, as well as the plot.

Characters

The world should reflect the characters and vice versa, if they don’t, your reader won’t suspend disbelief in the story. Don’t stick to 21st Century characters because this won’t work if your world is set a long time ago or in the distant future, unless the character is a time traveler. Readers like multiple stories that follow the characters through a series of events, but only if they like and believe in the characters.

Avoid clichés. Let characters be real people, with real problems. The orphan and ‘chosen one’ has been over-used in fantasy fiction and should be laid to rest unless he or she has some great idiosyncrasies that give the scenario a smack of reality. Similarly, there is usually a destiny or prophecy that will be resisted at first, but this causes many readers a great deal of frustration these days and they lose interest in the story. If the character undergoes a series of challenges that are unexpected however, and their personality develops with the story, this is a much better method to employ.

Take some time to think about your character’s personality as well as their physical appearance. The temptation among fantasy writers is to make their male and female leads beautiful beyond belief, with in depth aesthetic details such as the color of their hair and eyes and their lean physical form. The trend used to be that characters were defined by how smart they were, intellectually speaking, but from the 80s onwards, that changed radically to how good they looked.

Imagine instead a character that is quirky and who is defined by their personality rather than outward appearance. Imagine someone who is in the grip of a compulsion, such as an addiction for opium or for food. At once they become more real and more compelling than their counterparts. They could lose what they are striving to achieve because of this simple flaw in their character and at the same time the reader will relate to them. In Dragon Prince, by Melanie Rawn, the magic users become addicted to the drug that enhances their abilities, while in Tolkien’s fantasies, dwarves are often portrayed as drunks. The flaw doesn’t have to be a serious addiction like alcohol or drugs. It may simply be an appetite for something, such as an eating disorder. Research into such topics will throw light on them fairly quickly. For example, a character who overeats because of a compulsion to do so, can be found to be suffering from a craving, because ‘cravings are linked to our emotions and the need for comfort’ according to Licensed Prescriptions. By taking the time to research compulsions, addictions and other psychological traits, you can create flesh and blood characters that evoke empathy among your audience.

Structure

Structure can be difficult to keep organized in this genre because there may be sub-plots and various layers to the storytelling that are easy to lose track of. Your reader needs to be kept absorbed and enthralled by everything that is going on: there needs to be continuity in the plot as well as characters. So how do you manage all this?

A good method of organizing structure is to make a list, with each point representing the next event in the story. Writer’s Digest suggests using a stack of index cards, with each one featuring a one-line synopsis of a scene, and stick to one scene per card. You can order your scenes as you want them, and then add one or two sub-plots with your index cards too. Lay your cards out onto a table and order them where they would go best in your novel. When you think you have finished, simply go through them and see if your story makes sense. If it doesn’t, tear up cards and add new ones. A logical method like this can really work when you’re tackling a fantasy novel.

Copyright (C) 2013 Lisa Hook

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Much thanks going out to Lily Knol for her recent review of Anti-Heroes Book 5: Magic Man. Here’s what Lily had to say about Magic Man and the Anti-Heroes serial overall.

“I am very much enjoying this story. Great characters, lots of action, just blazing fun. I’m always sorry when it ends and I can’t wait to read the next installment!”

Thanks again, Lily! We’re thrilled by the responses to our serial. Magic Man is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Click the book cover below to read an excerpt and for all buy links.

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Don’t forget to grab the first four books in the Anti-Heroes serial too! And New Girl is free!

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