Calling all aspiring superheroes!
Want to know you’re not alone in wishing you had super powers and take out villains? Or just feel (and be) super cool? Or both?
Well, my friend, you are not alone because author H. L. Burke is hanging out on the blog today, sharing what her ideal superpower would be in honor of her latest release, Reformed!
Come join in on the fun, my superpower-wanting friend! 😉
About the Book
Once a villain, always a villain?
Optimistic and idealistic superhero Prism is determined to redeem her father’s legacy by rebooting his super villain rehabilitation program. To do so, she sets her sights on Fade, the relapsed super villain who was the reason the government canceled the original program in the first place. However, when she petitions for Fade to be released into her custody, she finds out things might not be as simple as she thought.
Convicted of an unforgivable crime, Fade received a choice: surrender to trial and possible execution or endure a memory erasure so he could start fresh. Now with no recollection of his time before incarceration, Fade doubts he has the ability to be anything but the villain the public believe him to be.
A series of attacks by a mysterious power-swapping villain points back to Fade’s past and the crime that cost him his freedom and memory. With her father’s legacy and her own reputation on the line, even Prism has to wonder: can a villain truly be reformed?
I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned, knowing what superpower you would choose if offered is right up there with knowing what your favorite dinosaur is or whether you’re “team dragon” or “team unicorn” (alternate answers like “team phoenix” are all right if you want to be all hipster about it). If a person does not have an automatic answer to this inquiry, it indicates a serious problem with their priorities. Like I know you can spend your thinking time trying to solve world hunger or pondering the meaning of life, but what are you going to do if a very specific genie pops up and offers you your choice of superpowers?
Probably say something lame like “flying” just because you’ve never taken the time to consider the repercussions. Like if you take flying but not some other powers to mitigate the cold air at high temperatures, you’re just going to end up having to fly at a low level and you’ll probably get attacked by aggressive seagulls mad that you wandered onto their turf. Just sayin’.
Or you’ll choose something altruistic like healing powers without taking into account the shear stress involved with having the power of life and death in your hands and being constantly on call. Like if you had healing, would you ever be able to leave the nearest emergency room? Someone somewhere is always going to be hurt, sick, dying. How would you avoid burnout without feeling like you’re callously ignoring people who need you?
Or you take on super strength without knowing for sure if you have the temperament for crime fighting … there are just so many things that could go wrong.
So because superpower-bestowing genies are always in a hurry, you need an immediate answer that you’ve actually taken the time to think about.
Of course, I know what I want.
I want retractable claws.
Not Wolverine style. Those things are ridiculous. I’m talking house cat level finger-needles.
You know how they say “with great power comes great responsibility”? Well, I’m not huge on great responsibility. I already have enough things keeping me busy as is.
But what you don’t hear a lot is, “with minor power comes minor responsibility.” That’s what I’m aiming for. Awesome fun cat claws that I can use to defend myself and others in a pinch but that won’t have Nick Fury knocking on my door insisting that I join any initiatives any time soon, because dang it, Fury, I’ve got books to write, kids to take care of, and a really bossy cat who needs to be petted constantly.
Cat claws can also cause mischief. I might not be able to take down a supervillain, but I can shred their upholstery and really annoy them. Also, I’d never have to struggle to open packages again. Also-also, they’re retractable so I could just sit and flick them in and out over and over again. My cat seems to really like doing that. I want to try it. It looks fun.
Honestly, most of the superheroes in the world of Reformed have much flashier powers than retractable claws … but they also fight supervillains and get into a LOT of trouble, so I think my point still stands.
So, what is YOUR superpower of choice? Remember, you never know when you might need to choose.
About the Author
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
She is the author of a four part fantasy/romance series entitled “The Dragon and the Scholar,” the Award Winning (2016 Realm Award for Young Adult Fiction) Nyssa Glass Steampunk series, and MG/Fantasy “Cora and the Nurse Dragon,” among others.
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