Coast to Coast Stars

by Dawn Vogel

Cerulean City, California. Home to the film industry, beautiful beaches, an extensive harbor, and superheroes. With superheroes come supervillains, and conflict between the heroes and villains of Cerulean City has persisted for generations.

Coast to Coast Stars introduces a reluctant visitor learning about the heroes and villains of Cobalt City's sister city on the other coast, then follows a few of these heroes and villains throughout their respective histories in five short stories, some of which are published here for the first time. Meet J.J. and the Justice family of heroes, Preethi, Cyclone and Celadon Cyclone, Doctor Ruthless, and Cobalt City's own Gray Dawn, the alter ego of pop sensation Cassidy Sweet!

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Dawn Vogel's academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.

You can reach Dawn at historythatneverwas@gmail.com or vogel.dawn@gmail.com.


Eye for an Eye

by Erik Scott de Bie

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Injured, on the run, and without a friend in the world, Lady Vengeance returns to Cobalt City. Stardust can’t be sure which is more dangerous—the murderous vigilante chasing her, the dark secret which grants Lady Vengeance her powers, or the threat this dangerously alluring bad-girl poses to his family life.

Is it a team-up or a free-for-all?

And is Cobalt City big enough to contain the sheer firepower all sides are willing to unleash to assure victory?

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Erik Scott de Bie is a 30-something speculative fiction author and game designer.

He has published ten novels to date, including novels in the storied Forgotten Realms, his World of Ruin epic fantasy setting (the fourth of which, Scourge of the Broken World, is due out in 2019), as well as stand-alone novels for Broken Eye Books (Scourge of the Realm) and the horror novel Blind Justice.

His short work has appeared in numerous anthologies and online, and he is the author of the multimedia superhero project, Justice/Vengeance (including fiction, spoken word, and comics).

In his work as a game designer, he has contributed to products from such companies as Wizards of the Coast and Privateer Press, and he was the lead creative consultant on Red Aegis from Vorpal Games.

He lives in Seattle with his wife, cats, and dog. Learn more at erikscottdebie.com.


Cobalt City: Ties that Bind

by Nathan Crowder

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Editions:Paperback - DefCon One Edition
ISBN: 978-1-948280-07-5
Kindle - Nathan Crowder Edition: $ 1.99 USD
ISBN: B014LRBC72

It’s a multi-billion dollar industry in a country that would rather look away–an insidious crime so horrible that authorities are powerless, or unwilling, to stop it.

Not even Cobalt City, the bright, cosmopolitan center of the superhero world, is safe from human trafficking and sexual slavery. For heroes used to dealing with madmen and megalomaniacs, the decentralized nature of the blight is difficult to comprehend, much less impact. How do you combat not just criminals but the very nature of a crime itself?

Velvet, society girl turned powerhouse, has slugged it out with gods. But when she crosses paths with a dead young woman, she finds herself dragged into a grim underworld that challenges her understanding of the city. With the mysterious vigilante Bantam as her guide, Velvet goes in search of justice for the victims of sex trafficking—whether the deadly Harlequin and Crime Kings of Cobalt City like it or not.

But how can she hope to stop something as nebulous as an idea?

And who can she really trust?

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Creator and curator of the superhero universe of Cobalt City, Nathan lives in the wilds of North Seattle, where he writes his weird stories and survives on a diet of coffee and irony. He draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut who reminds us, "God damn it, you've got to be kind."


Ride Like the Devil

by Nathan Crowder

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Part of the de la Vega Mysteries series:
  • Ride Like the Devil
Editions:Paperback - DefCon One Edition: $ 14.99 USD
ISBN: 9781948280068
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 214

Once a year, thirty racers gather from all over the world to compete in an illegal cycle race from Mexico to Canada. Big money and bigger bragging rights go to the winner of the Devil's Run International. Some would do anything to win--even murder.

It falls to Manuel de la Vega and his vigilante alter ego Gato Loco to find this murderer among madmen. Or his friend Xander Tesla might be the next victim.

Follow de la Vega and his panda sidekick Snowflake for a high-octane thrill ride up the Pacific coast, where danger waits around every bend, and death comes at you at 200 miles an hour!

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Creator and curator of the superhero universe of Cobalt City, Nathan lives in the wilds of North Seattle, where he writes his weird stories and survives on a diet of coffee and irony. He draws inspiration from Kurt Vonnegut who reminds us, "God damn it, you've got to be kind."


Rites & Desires

by Amanda Cherry

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Part of the Ruby Killingsworth series:
  • Rites & Desires
Editions:Paperback - Print Edition
ISBN: 978-1-948280-01-3
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Kindle - Amazon Edition: $ 2.99 USD
ISBN: B078X6WG3S

Ruby Killingsworth relies on magic to keep her entertainment empire on top. When a ritual gone wrong robbed her of this magic, she wasn't about to take it lying down. Enlisting Loki's aid and commanding the band of supernatural henchmen he’s proffered, Ruby embarks to capture the magic of an ancient African gem.

While endeavoring to regain her powers, Ruby must also contend with the daily business of Goblin Records, her romantic designs on her billionaire neighbor, and the unwanted attention of the newly elected U.S. president. The return of her power and a relationship with the city's most prominent citizen would give Ruby all she ever desired. But magic comes with a price, politics are a dirty business—doubly so when a trickster god gets involved—and Loki is never on anyone’s side but his own.

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Amanda Cherry is a red headed wife and mom, an actor, and an author loving life in the suburbs of Seattle, WA. She’s an alumnus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas whose biggest claim to fame is having once co-starred with a Gecko in an insurance commercial. Amanda’s debut novel, Rites & Desires is on sale now. When not writing about or pretending to be fictional characters, Amanda enjoys tweeting (@MandaTheGinger) and geeking out about Star Wars.


Heroes of Necessity

by Dawn Vogel

Not all heroes wear spandex and capes. Sometimes, they come from the most unlikely of places. Heroes of Necessity collects four such tales of women who become the heroes that the situation calls for.

When a weather app starts talking to her, Molly realizes that her programming abilities can be used for far more good than she anticipated. After the zombies rise, Satchel finds out that not everyone with the zombies' speed shares their insatiable lust for brains. A night out drinking on Spring Break turns into a strange opportunity for Kirsteen. And in a city filled with heroes, Leila discovers that her power of amplification and suppression works a little differently than she expected when there's a volatile teenager with newly awakened powers in her house.

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Dawn Vogel's academic background is in history, so it’s not surprising that much of her fiction is set in earlier times. By day, she edits reports for historians and archaeologists. In her alleged spare time, she runs a craft business, co-edits Mad Scientist Journal, and tries to find time for writing. She is a member of Broad Universe, SFWA, and Codex Writers. She lives in Seattle with her awesome husband (and fellow author), Jeremy Zimmerman, and their herd of cats.

You can reach Dawn at historythatneverwas@gmail.com or vogel.dawn@gmail.com.


Kensei Tales: Unorthodoxy

by Jeremy Zimmerman

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ISBN: 9781370218929
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Sabrina Alvarez never wanted to be a superhero. But when she was chosen by St. Jeanne d'Arc, Sabrina had to rethink her priorities. Now an archbishop is trying to draft Sabrina into his secret army within the church, forcing Sabrina to make a decision about where her loyalties lie.

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Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” He is the author of the young adult superhero book, Kensei and its sequel, The Love of Danger. In his copious spare time he is the co-editor of Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with a herd of cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.


Kensei Tales: Live and In Concert

by Jeremy Zimmerman

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ISBN: B01N5XR6Z5
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ISBN: 9781370704163

Parker Fiorenza always wanted to be a superhero. When a supervillain implanted new memories and skills into her brain, she thought this could be her chance. Instead she's dealing with an equal mix of boredom and poorly-timed blackouts. Just as she's about to hang up her mask, she's thrust into being the only person who can stop a sinister plot by a retired super-spy. She might be a hero whether she wants to or not.

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Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” He is the author of the young adult superhero book, Kensei and its sequel, The Love of Danger. In his copious spare time he is the co-editor of Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with a herd of cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.


The Devil, You Say

By Jeremy Zimmerman

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ISBN: B00SNS2LOO
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ISBN: 9781311127471

Thomas Carlton, wealthy man about town, and his faithful companion, Grace Glass, don masks to fight crime in 1930s Cobalt City.

This book collects together three tales of pulp heroism, pitting the Diabolical Duo against threats that are out of this world.

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Kensei Tales: It’s the Great Yule Cat, Jamie Hattori

by Jeremy Zimmerman

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ISBN: B01N58U9YM
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ISBN: 9781370544950

Raised Buddhist, but with friends and family pushing Christmas on her all her life, Jamie Hattori is a superhero who hates Christmas. But when the Yule Cat begins terrorizing Cobalt City, she has to don her mask as Kensei and deal with the issue. Even with her friends at her side to solve the problem, she's still going to complain a lot.

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Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” He is the author of the young adult superhero book, Kensei and its sequel, The Love of Danger. In his copious spare time he is the co-editor of Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with a herd of cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.