Happy Release Day to Asta Idonea, who joins me on the blog with her Superhero story Super for You, Bad for Me. Superheroes have always been popular, maybe because most of us have been in situations where we yearned for special powers to fix what wasn’t fixable under normal circumstances. For a writer, superheroes are gold dust, because there are a lot of aspects one can choose to explore… as Asta Idonea explains below.
Hi, Jackie, and greetings to your readers. I am thrilled to introduce you to my new release Super For You, Bad For Me, which is out now from Dreamspinner Press. Below you’ll find the blurb, and some links to hear an excerpt from the story (read by me), but first let me offer up a mini-guest post in which I discuss my approach to writing this novel in terms of the idea of heroes and villains.
Heroes and Villains—Super For You, Bad For Me
The battle between good and evil is an archetype that flows through so much literature, as well as other art forms. The polarity of heroes and villains is of particular importance in superhero tales, but what I wanted to explore in Super for You, Bad for Me was the fine line that exists between the two and what kind of things could tip someone from one stance to the other. After all, the best villains are not two-dimensional, moustache-twirling fellows with maniacal laughs. No, they have histories and motivations, the same as the hero. Sometimes a single event in their past has set them on their current path. A different set of circumstances and they could have ended up on the other side of the fence. So, what makes a person good or bad, and how easy is it to change that? Want to know the answer? You’ll have to read my story to find out!
Super for You, Bad for Me
Struggling actor Oswell Outterridge thinks he’s hit the jackpot when he’s chosen to play a scene opposite his idol, Kane Teague, in a superhero movie. However, things take an unexpected turn when the slime he accidentally ingests gives him telekinetic powers. Then Kane asks him out, against all expectation, and it seems that life couldn’t get any better—aside from the little matter of keeping his identity secret from his celebrity boyfriend.
Oswell goes from a nobody with little social life and few prospects for the future to dating the man of his dreams and using his superhuman abilities to defend innocents. Everything is perfect, and it seems he’s finally achieved a happily ever after worthy of the silver screen. But when a supervillain arrives, determined to defeat Oswell and win Kane’s affections, everything falls apart. In the ensuing conflict, Kane gets caught in the crossfire, and Oswell faces his toughest fight yet. Can he remain the hero he’s always imagined himself, or will a dark desire for vengeance change him forever?
About Asta Idonea
Asta Idonea (aka Nicki J Markus) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.
Asta launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!
As a day job, Asta works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.
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