Genre: Adult Urban Sci-fi/Fantasy
Date of Publication: September 8th, 2014
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba
Blue Brennan is jaded and bitter despite her pinup girl looks and quick wit. Night after night, she scours the Seattle club scene looking for someone or something to fill the emptiness inside.
When she meets the mysterious Kasey, her world stops… literally. He claims she has the ability to control time and stuns her even further when he reveals his own gifts.
Blue is inexplicably drawn to Kasey and reluctantly enters his world filled with a new breed of humanity. They’re misfits like her, blessed or cursed with powerful abilities, struggling to hide their differences from the rest of society.
Then the group discovers a nameless, faceless sociopath with nightmarish powers; and he’s coming for Blue. She’s left reeling when they discover her gifts are the key to defeating his terrible evil and saving them all.
Now she must race against the clock to harness her own powers and save her new friends. Can she be more than a renegade? Can she be a hero too?
As I scanned the crowd my eyes fell on one person out of sync with the rest. Close to my age, maybe a little older, he obviously didn’t belong in the club. His clothes, messy looking slacks and a gray t-shirt, hung on his lean frame. He finished his look with a tartan scarf and brown fedora that seemed more at home on an old man than one in his twenties.
He pulled his hat off and shaggy brown hair fell across his eyes as he danced. Well, he didn’t dance so much as sway to the music, his eyes closed while a hint of a smile graced his lips. As he danced, he bobbed his head back and forth and his hands moved like graceful waves. His shadow grin seemed to infuse his entire body. He danced by himself as if he didn’t care what anyone around him thought, as if he danced for himself and no one else. He looked completely out of place, yet he appealed to me and I felt myself wanting to go to him.
I was shocked by the surge of jealousy that rushed through me as I stared at him. His face broke through my drunken haze and I realized this man was no paper doll. His face belonged to a truly happy man. Hell, he looked fucking ecstatic.
He had the face of an angel.
Character Name: Blue Brennan
Character Bio: I grew up in Seattle. I never knew my father and wish I never knew my mother. She kicked me out when I was 16 and I’ve been on my own ever since. I spent a lot of years trying to drink away the pain that woman caused me and I’ve always avoided getting too close to people. Since I met Kasey, I can’t seem to shut people out anymore. Well, his little group anyway. They are all like a family, Kasey, Avery, Valentina, Esme and Ash. I still can’t believe we all have super powers. I mean, I’m like a freakin superhero! I always knew I was different but it weren’t for Kasey I would have avoided that part of me forever. Life’s friggin’ comic book, you know?
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
My mouth and my mouth. I swear all the goddamn time and say whatever I’m thinking. It gets me in trouble time and time again. But you know, someone has to be the one to say what everyone is thinking. Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is just as bad as saying what you really think.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I wish they understood that I’m more than my face. All my life men have barely been able to lift their eyes from my chest and women have wanted to tear my eyes out. I wish people would try see me as more than an object. I gave up on that a long time ago and played up my “assets” instead, if you get my drift. I guess I figured it that’s all people were going to see when they looked at me, I might as well take advantage of it.
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
How bad my childhood really was. The things that happened to me when my mom was drunk. I never told anyone about those things until Kasey looked inside my head. Now he knows my secrets too, although he’s helped me get passed them. A little, anyway.
What are you most afraid of?
What do you want more than anything?
I never wanted anything before I met Kasey and the gang. I was too afraid to want anything. I moved through life on autopilot for years. Now, I just want to be with them.
What is your relationship status?
Taken! I can’t even see anyone else but Kasey. Well… except maybe Avery from our little group, but I can’t help that, it’s just part of being what we are. At least, that’s what they tell me. Kasey says he understands but that doesn’t make me hate it any less. I mean, how would you feel if you were attracted to someone you don’t even like?
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
If you’ve got it, flaunt it, right?
How much of a rebel are you?
No one’s ever given a shit about me besides Kasey and the gang. They want to help people so I do the same thing. For them. I’d drop off the face of the planet if I could, just get away from everyone except them.
What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
I can’t stand how friggin’ sappy it sounds, but actually falling in love. I never thought anyone could ever love me.
What is your idea of happiness?
Finding Kasey and the rest has changed my life. I’d never experienced real happiness before them. Life can be a shit sandwich, if you know what I mean, but if you have good people around you, it’s a helluva lot more bearable.
What is your most treasured possession?
Things are just things. You can’t take ‘em with you and they sure as hell don’t keep you warm at night. If I treasure anything it’s the people in my life.
What is your most marked characteristic?
I don’t exactly blend in when I walk down the street. I mean, I look like Jessica Rabbit brought to life, for Christ’s sake.
What is it that you, most dislike?
People talking down to me.
Which living person do you most despise?
What is your greatest regret?
Wasting all those years trying to drink myself to death
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Someone who actually wants to know me
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A bad ass bitch just like me
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
I don’t really read a lot. Kasey loves his comic books so we go to all the superhero movies. We went to the latest X-Men movie and I have to say, speaking of bad ass bitches, Raven is awesome!
Which living person do you most admire?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I don’t know if I would change a damn thing. Everything in my life has brought me here, with Kasey, and I wouldn’t want to change that.
What is your motto?
Not sure I have one. Maybe that thing John Lennon said in a song, “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans.” I sure never planned for this, but I’m not sorry. Not one bit.
Rose Shababy and her family reside in eastern Washington State. Rose grew up in the Northwest but swears she’s going to move to warmer climates someday. She’s claimed this for over 20 years, however, and has yet to move more than 75 miles away from her mother.
Rose has a deep love of all things Star Trek and yearns to travel the heavens, as well as an intense desire to be bitten by a radioactive spider.
Unfortunately she sucks at science and math so she hasn’t been able bring her dreams to life, instead living vicariously through books, comics, television and film. She hopes to someday make a million dollars so she can afford to buy her way to the international space station, but she’d settle for being able to fly around the world and leap tall buildings in a single bound.
Rose also loves to cook and worked for years in a gourmet Italian grocery and deli where she learned to hone her skills. She prepares culinary masterpieces for her family, but fervently wishes the dishes would wash themselves. Especially now that her dishwashers/children are nearly grown and only one still lives at home.
Rose likes to use her free time wisely. For instance, she likes to daydream, will often read for hours until she falls asleep on the couch with an electric blanket and a warm tabby cat curled up on her hip, as well as spending cozy weekend days watching Syfy movies like Sharknado and Mega Piranha with her husband.
If Rose were a cartoon animal, she’d prefer to be a wise old owl or a sleek and sexy jaguar, but in reality she’d probably be a myopic mole with coke-bottle glasses.