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Behind the Mask Blog Tour / Ebook Giveaway!

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Join us on a blog tour celebrating the 5/16 release of Behind the Mask: An Anthology of Heroic Proportions–20 amazing stories by 20 amazing authors! Here is our week two tour line-up.

We hope you will stop by and visit each stop and be sure to join in the discussion as we’ll choose 1 lucky commenter to get a free ebook copy of Behind the Mask. Winners for week 1 will be announced on Monday 5/22. And this is just the first 6 of 25 tour stops between now and June 9th!

WEEK 2:

May 22: Up Til Dawn Book Blog – Patrick Flanagan (“Quintessential Justice”) – Interview
May 23: The Avid Reader Blogspot Cat Rambo (“Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut”) – Interview
May 24: Lorana Hoopes – Matt Mikalatos – “The Beard of Truth” – Interview
May 25: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads – Jennifer Pullen (“Meeting Someone in the 22nd Century or Until the Gears Stop Turning”) – Interview
May 26: Book Crazy Scrapbook Mama – Carrie Vaughn (“Origin Story”) – Guest Post

WEEK 1:

May 15: Sharing Links and Wisdom – Keith Rosson (“Torch Songs”) – Interview
May 15: Straight From the Library – Ziggy Schutz (“Eggshells”) – Interview
May 15: MyLifeMyBookMyEscape Tricia Reeks & Kyle Richardson – Anthology Co-Editors – Interview
May 16: The Reading Addict – Seanan McGuire (“Pedestal”) – Guest Post
May 17: Unabridged Andra – Chris Large (“Salt City Blue”) – Guest Post
May 18: Queen of All She Reads – Kyle Richardson – Anthology Co-Editor – Guest Post
May 19: Independent Authors – Keith Frady (“Fool”) – Interview

Recent Press:

  • Publisher’s Weekly – “Reeks and Richardson have pulled together a treasure trove of 20 stories . . . exploring the lives of superheroes when they’re not saving the world. . . . There is nary a miss in this diverse and thoughtful collection, which will have readers considering what it means to be human.”  – Full Review
  • Library Journal | Jennifer Funk – “Verdict: Fans of superhero fiction will find that these imaginative stories, with their original perspectives, make for a thoroughly worthwhile compilation.” – Full Review
  • Kirkus Reviews – (starred review) “A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories.” – Full Review
  • SuperheroNovels.com –  “[Richardson] and Reeks have done a great job picking 20 stories that play to familiar strengths of the genre like transformation, self-identity, secret identities and the responsibilities that come with extraordinary power.” – Full Review
  • John DeNardo, SF Signal – “Short fiction readers should seek out . . . Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology,” 2017 Speculative Fiction Continues to Deliver – Full Article
  • Pop.Edit.Lit – “5 Book Recs” – Full Article
  • A Dragon in Space – “. . . this anthology is a beautiful gem, with a lot of original content in the growing theme of superpowered people, whether they are superheroes or supervillains.” – Full Review
  • Words on the Page – “I was pleased to find the majority of these stories worked for me. . . . I highly recommend tracking down a copy.” – Full Review
  • Inky Reviews – (4.5/5 Stars) “Masterfully-written, this compilation lets us peek inside these people’s ordinary lives, and shows us that they may not be as different as we think. . . . Absolutely recommend it!”” – Full Review
  • Shomeret: The Masked Reviewer – “In this world where cynicism and noir are popular, I feel that superheroes are the antidote.   I found that hopeful vision in those particular stories of Behind The Mask which makes me glad that I read them.” – Full Review

 

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

$16.95eBook: $8.95
Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask. More info →
Buy now!

 

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Behind the Mask Release Day!

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The time has finally come to release this collection of wonderful stories into the world! So be sure to get a copy now at your favorite book retailer!

Recent Press

  • Publisher’s Weekly – “Reeks and Richardson have pulled together a treasure trove of 20 stories . . . exploring the lives of superheroes when they’re not saving the world. . . . There is nary a miss in this diverse and thoughtful collection, which will have readers considering what it means to be human.”  – Full Review
  • Library Journal | Jennifer Funk – “Verdict: Fans of superhero fiction will find that these imaginative stories, with their original perspectives, make for a thoroughly worthwhile compilation.” – Full Review
  • Kirkus Reviews – (starred review) “A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories.” – Full Review
  • SuperheroNovels.com –  “[Richardson] and Reeks have done a great job picking 20 stories that play to familiar strengths of the genre like transformation, self-identity, secret identities and the responsibilities that come with extraordinary power.” – Full Review
  • John DeNardo, SF Signal – “Short fiction readers should seek out . . . Behind the Mask: A Superhero Anthology,” 2017 Speculative Fiction Continues to Deliver – Full Article
  • A Dragon in Space – “. . . this anthology is a beautiful gem, with a lot of original content in the growing theme of superpowered people, whether they are superheroes or supervillains.” – Full Review
  • Words on the Page – “I was pleased to find the majority of these stories worked for me. . . . I highly recommend tracking down a copy.” – Full Review
  • Inky Reviews – (4.5/5 Stars) “Masterfully-written, this compilation lets us peek inside these people’s ordinary lives, and shows us that they may not be as different as we think. . . . Absolutely recommend it!”” – Full Review
  • Shomeret: The Masked Reviewer – “In this world where cynicism and noir are popular, I feel that superheroes are the antidote.   I found that hopeful vision in those particular stories of Behind The Mask which makes me glad that I read them.” – Full Review

 

Behind the Mask

Behind the Mask

$16.95eBook: $8.95
Behind the Mask is a multi-author collection with stories by award-winning authors Kelly Link, Cat Rambo, Carrie Vaughn, Seanan McGuire, Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Pinsker, Keith Rosson, Kate Marshall, Chris Large and others. It is partially, a prose nod to the comic world—the bombast, the larger-than-life, the save-the-worlds and the calls-to-adventure. But it’s also a spotlight on the more intimate side of the genre. The hopes and dreams of our cape-clad heroes. The regrets and longings of our cowled villains. That poignant, solitary view of the world that can only be experienced from behind the mask. More info →
Buy now!
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The Mercy of the Tide Book Club Giveaway!

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This giveaway ROCKS!! Three lucky book clubs will win books and a virtual chat with the author. Be sure to enter by JUNE 9th at BookMovement.com.

We also are excited to release book club discussion questions for The Mercy of the Tide. Click Here

More about the book and author. Click Here

A striking novel. – Publisher’s Weekly (Starred review)

 

Rosson is a talent to be watched, and Riptide is one of the most immersive fictional settings in recent memory. – Jason Heller, NPR

 

. . . Rosson’s voice is sure; his characters are vividly, heartbreakingly human in their flaws and foibles and relationships; and his plot rolls relentlessly along, growing ever more nerve-wracking until the final, completely unsettling chapter. – Amy Wang, The Oregonian

 

“An exquisitely honed, beautifully written novel.” – Foreword Reviews (5/5 hearts)

 

 

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Publishers Weekly Starred Review – The Mercy of the Tide

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Publishers Weekly calls Keith Rosson’s The Mercy of the Tide, a “striking new novel” with a starred review in the latest issue of the publication. Read the full review online here. Needless to say these Meerkats are doing a #happydance! The book is available for pre-order now: BUY NOW

. . . Rosson has a real gift for vivid description and for creating anguished characters who deserve a faint glimmer of hope.

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Book Excerpt: The Mercy of the Tide

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What do nine-year-olds dream of? Well, if you’re Trina Finster…

[Book Excerpt from The Mercy of the Tide by Keith Rosson. Available February 2017]

Audio Excerpt:

Excerpt:

RIPTIDE, OREGON, 1983

Trina Finster

Trina learned to fear the bomb two weeks after her mother died, and she fell into that fear like someone slipping into bed after a hard day’s work. Fell into it with a relief that bordered on gratitude. When she thought of the bomb, she felt like someone who was gravely ill witnessing a terrible and violent event: a merciless distraction, but at least one outside of her own body.

When thoughts of her mother came now, thoughts that made her ache and curl up in bed like a plant without sunlight, she read The Looming Error. She read about Mutual Assured Destruction—M.A.D.—and at night those three letters ran the plainsong of their zippered teeth along her heart as she stared at the ceiling wishing for sleep. It was a lullaby that made her heart fearful and clumsy, those three letters, that idea, but—and this was the important part—it took up too much room to worry about anything else. To feel sad for herself. To miss her mom. The world, Trina knew, was doomed, and it was terrible, but there was some part of her that felt glad that at least this part of it would be over. The world wouldn’t survive, and there was something freeing about that, like finally throwing up after you’ve felt sick for a long, long time.

Those three letters, M.A.D., and how they spelled the end of everything. The book lay under her bed and sometimes it felt like she slept above a bomb for all the power it had.

The thing she hated most about the Soviets and the United States both was their babyishness. How much they seemed like grumpy, spoiled kids playing with toys they didn’t want to give up. There was a lot about the negotiations in the book, and she could picture it all too well, the two countries discussing things in a big room somewhere, everyone with their own glass of water by their hands, old white men in suits trying to work out trades in practically the same way that she and Sam had bartered the gross parts of their school lunches when she was a baby back in first grade:

United States: We want you to reduce the number of your SS-20 missile launchers in Europe, okay? You have 243 of them and we want you to only have 75.

Russia: Hmm. Okay. If you also only have 75 launchers for your Tomahawk cruise missiles there as well.

United States: Fine by us.

Russia: Ha! Except we both know that your Tomahawks carry four warheads compared to the one warhead of the SS-20, so you would have like 300 warheads to our 75! Cheater!

Trina knew they did not actually talk like this, but still. Practically.

It went on and on. And this, she knew, was just one type of nuclear missile, when both sides had so many different kinds, thousands of missiles of all different kinds, and all of them capable of doing their little part for M.A.D. One Tomahawk, The Looming Error said, carried a nuclear yield up to ten times the one at Hiroshima! And still they argued about it like little babies over their toys. Their tens of thousands of toys.

ICBMs. NCBMs. SLBMs. IRBMs.

B-1s. MXs. Poseidons.

These characters at night became like glyphs to her, these names a hidden language that battled the shadows skirting her wall, battled the shapes of the trees outside her window, the yawning realization that her mother was never, ever coming back, that Trina would never see her again, that she was dead in the ground right now even—

Trident IIs. Pershing IIs. Tomahawks.

Soviet SS-4s. SS-5s. SS-18s. SS-19s. SS-20s.

She read them in the book and repeated them; it was a cadence that had become familiar, intimate. The Looming Error was overdue but she couldn’t imagine turning it back in to the library. She carried it in her backpack to school; she could practically feel it under the bed at night, whispering like a bad friend.

End of excerpt

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