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
I went to prison because I didn’t want to join the Hero Council, become one of the so-called “good guys” and give up my freedom. I just wanted a place where I could be free, with other Empowered “renegades.” My friends died trying to be free, but I was captured and sentenced to Special Corrections.
I just turned twenty-one and have been paroled. But a gang wants to use my power for crime, threatening my family when I refuse. A secretive government agency gives me a choice—go back to prison for life, or work for them, and infiltrate a dangerous criminal group.
Not only is my freedom at stake, but the lives of my grandmother, my sisters, and thousands of others are on the line.
Superhero, alternate history, supernatural suspense, paranormal, and urban fantasy. Free, freebies
Superhero, alternate history, supernatural suspense, paranormal, and urban fantasy.
Superheroes, alternate history fiction, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, superhero novels, supernatural suspense, paranormal thriller.
The Empowered series reading order
Book 0 Renegade
Book 1 Empowered: Agent
Book 2 Empowered: Traitor
Book 3 Empowered: Outlaw
Book 4 Empowered: Rebel
Alana and Karlyn Wildstar are cursed. They're forced to shift between different worlds, so they take jobs as bounty hunters. Dangerous, risky, there is no bounty they can't catch or kill.
Young girls around the lands vanish when a mysterious bard arrives. A grief-stricken father hires Alana and Karlyn to track the missing girls and rescue his daughter.
The sisters take the assignment, but are not prepared for the case they find. Not all is what is it seems in an idyllic life. An illusion created by the sweet strums of a lute. And there is a hunger waiting beneath the ground. A mystery the Wildstar sisters must figure out before a utopia swallows them whole.
Free series starter into the Wildstar series!
Led Astray is a 18,000 word novella
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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?
Yeah, you heard me right. I'm currently undead.
Honestly, I'm not really sure what I am. All I know is I have super strength, am crazy fast, and am basically immortal.
There is one tiny downfall. I crave souls. Luckily, I have a sliver of my soul left and feel a small bit of guilt over the idea of eating a good soul.
Fortunately, my town is well stocked with bad guys, and I spend my nights tracking them down and feeding off them. But during the day, I'm Remi, the high school extraordinaire. Well, extraordinaire might be a stretch.
But anyway, I had a pretty good system going until the day I crossed paths with a group of people that have powers like me. They're not the friendliest group and are threatening to take away my food source. Not to mention, Revenna and Thorn, the school outcasts, may have discovered what I am.
So yeah, that's my life, one undead, complicated problem at a time.
The My Cursed Superhero Life series follows Remi as she navigates through high school while trying to deal with her powers, soul cravings, and paranormal drama.
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