Renegade is the free prequel to The Empowered series. Read to see what happened when Mat first discovered her superpower.
A life-long resident of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Dale Ivan Smith has his mother to thank for his love of science fiction and fantasy. When he was five, he glimpsed the cover of a paperback sci-fi novel she was reading and was immediately interested. (It had a giant radioactive spider on the cover.) When he was fifteen, she loaned him her collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Barsoom novels and he devoured them in short order.
He got into trouble in grade school for sneaking off to the library during class, so naturally, he wound up working as a librarian for the Multnomah County Library system in Portland, Oregon.
He's been writing fiction since he was a kid. He's had stories published in Perihelion Science Fiction, Everyday Fiction, 10Flash Quarterly, and on the Toasted Cake podcast. The Empowered is his first novel series, beginning with Empowered: Agent.
When he isn't writing or reading fantasy and science fiction, he's playing board games, practicing yoga, and obeying his feline overlords
That’s Brendan’s dad. He’s a supervillain. The law is after him. The internet loves him. Brendan wishes they weren’t related.
Fortunately a scholarship fell into his lap to an exclusive private high school across the country in California. The chance of a lifetime. The teachers are attentive and Brendan is making new friends, but Dutchman Springs Academy has its own mysteries.
A girl keeps showing up in his electronics lab who can vanish at will, the phone and internet keep going out, and Brendan believes the Headmaster of the school is conducting secret experiments on the students.
Set in a world where a superhero mania has gripped the nation and otherwise normal individuals don masks and take to the streets to fight one another, Supervillain High follows a boy trying hard to navigate a new school while keeping his relationship with his villain father a secret. But can he resist the temptation of real superpowers when he begins to unravel an otherworldly threat to the safety of the school?
A small town full of secrets. A coming darkness. Teenagers with supernatural abilities. Think you know the story?
As Summer ends, the students at Silverwood High are getting ready to go back to school and resume their normal, everyday lives. Too bad "normal" is no longer an option. When these teens get their very first tastes of what destiny has in store, will they embrace that destiny... or flee from it? Will they be selfless... or ruthless? Will they master their abilities... or will their abilities master them?
This is their awakening, the first step of an epic journey. But it's only the beginning of something bigger than they could ever imagine.
Four teenagers. One town.
Four authors. One story.
The sleepy little town of Silverwood is about to wake up.
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IN THESE EPISODES...
AVERY: Episode 1:
Soulful, artistic Avery is intrigued when Silverwood High's strapping, athletic newcomer takes an interest in her. So why is she convinced that there's more going on with this guy than a simple crush?
by Melody Carlson
MARSHALL: Episode 2:
Brilliant but nerdy Marshall is used to being the odd man out, the last one picked, and the bully's favorite target. But his luck may be changing when he discovers that he can do something that should be completely impossible.
by Robin Parrish
HAILEY: Episode 3:
Soccer prodigy Hailey wants desperately to hide every aspect of her home life -- and the anger and regrets that fill her heart. But she's about to discover that concealing her feelings isn't a possibility anymore.
by K.C. Neal
ISRAEL: Episode 4:
Homeschooler Israel is part of a dysfunctional family. They look normal on the outside, but it's a carefully constructed lie that's leaving plenty of scars. It doesn't help that he's having disturbing dreams and experiencing bizarre sensations.
by Aaron Patterson