Almost 8 years ago, I wrote my first book, Johnny Came Home, a novel about people who develop super powers in a West Virginia town. I’m very proud of that book and perhaps one day I’ll get around to writing the sequel. It’s been described as the “X-Men meets James Bond with, believe it or not, just a touch of To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Today is the birthday of the late Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. And as fate would have it, it’s also National Superhero Day.
In 1995, Marvel Comics employees instituted the very first National Superhero Day, a day dedicated to the comic book characters they created. They sent a team of interns out into central Pennsylvania to research how people felt about superheroes and what they thought the most interesting super powers were. While the holiday originally focused on costumed superheroes, it eventually expanded to include all heroes, both real and fictional. It’s a day to honor the people who serve their communities and embody what a hero should be. People like firefighters, policemen, military service personnel, doctors, nurses, paramedics, and so forth.
This year, COVID-19 has accented the reality of heroes who don’t necessarily wear capes. It’s been a difficult time for all of us, but especially for some.
While I write about superheroes, I can’t just put on a cape and save us all. What I can do is make the ebook version of Johnny Came Home free to alleviate some of your COVID-19 boredom and frustration. Escape for a while into a good book and all that. You can download your copy for free as part of Smashwords’ Authors Give Back promotion at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/tonybreeden. Just use the discount code AG100 any time now through May 31st to take advantage of this offer.
While you’re there, be sure to download the three other books I’ve made free as part of this promotion. Dreadknights, Luckbane and Garden of Stone are all set in the Impworld/Otherworld universe, where people play the universe’s most popular fantasy game live and in-person on a terraformed alien world. Sort of Warcraft meets Ready Player One, as one reviewer described it.
Until we reach The Last Door,