Face The Change

Face The Change by Samantha Bryant is the third book in the menopausal superhero series and gets deeper into the lives of the world’s newest heroes. In the last book we discovered that the menopausal superheroes weren’t the only ones with power. Jessica and Fuerte have joined the department which is now gone public and is being called  the UCU, the unusual cases unit.

Patricia is still on the fence about joining but she does do some contract work with them. Leonel is still having issues with David, Jessica is better at handling her powers and is also in love with a member of the department. As the story goes on we still have the UCU trying to track down Cindy and her father plus a new enemy that is using mind control to take over parts of the city.

The third book in the series is the same as the other two books. The first and second didn’t have an ending and neither does this one. This novel series is a lot like reading a comic series where the main story never ends. Some things get resolved but some stories keep going. The reason I like these books and want to read more is that I enjoy the characters, you don’t normally get superhero stories about women in their late fifties and sixties and the issues they deal with you wouldn’t find in other stories similar to this.

What I enjoyed most about this story is that we learn a little more about how Cindy thinks. Cindy isn’t a bad person, she just puts science before people. I though it was interesting how she was thinking of Patricia as a villain, even though Patricia was trying hard to save Cindy from herself.   Also I liked when Cindy was noticing how her new body felt so much better than her old body and was wondering if she could get her life right this time.

The other character that fascinated me in this book was Helen. She’s a woman who seems to be loosing her mind, is it due to her flame throwing power? Symptoms from menopause? or is she just bipolar with her condition making it worse. Helen is a villain but you feel a lot of sympathy for her, you get the impression that she hasn’t had much good in her life and in her mind her fire power changes that. In the past she felt weak and unimportant, now she has power but she doesn’t use it for good. She is out for revenge against anyone who has ever harmed her.

My main problem in this book was that I was expecting a little more action this time around. The action scenes seemed short and like they were there just because it was expected. Since this superhero trilogy is geared towards a different audience, it doesn’t need a lot of action but I still felt that the two fight scenes towards the end could have been better. My other complaint was that Agatha the psychic should have had a bigger role. It seemed like throwing her in as a villain was just a way to show that the UCU does more that just chase after Cindy, but her story seemed unimportant compared to what else was going on. I would still recommend this series. It’s an original spin on superhero stories and it has a lot of great characters.

Friend or Foe: A Menopausal Superhero Short Story Collection

Friend Or Foe by Samantha Bryant is a collection of 4 short stories that bridges the gaps in the menopausal superhero novel series. In comics they sometimes have story arcs that last several issues but sometimes they will have a one shot between stories. This book is all about giving you little details that you didn’t get in the novels.

The first story set before book 1 is “Intervention” and it goes back in time to when Patricia and Cindy Lu were friends. You could say it’s an orgin story for Cindy as we see what made her decide to be a mad scientist. In this one you feel sympathy for her but in the future you see her as caring more about science and progress than people. The theme here could be that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. You also see Patricia already acting like a hero.

The second story takes place between the first and second novel. Its called “Friend of Foe” and gets into what happened with Cindy and the other characters right after the battle that ended book one. I liked that this story focused on Cindy and her reactions to all the changes that the characters have gone through. I found myself debating if I should feel sympathy for Cindy or not, while she shows that she is working for a greater good, she also shows that she doesn’t mind using people to get to where she wants to be. You also get a good glimpse of the rift that is forming between the other characters.

Story three is “O’ Scaly Night” and it follows Patricia on a Christmas Day adventure. If you want a good and simple superhero story this one fits the bill. This tale gets into what goes on in Patricia’s mind and you get to follow her as she puts her skills to use.  One thing that I took away from this story is that out of all the menopausal superheroes, Patricia has done the best job of accepting who she is and playing the hero role.

The Final story takes place after the third book in the series and is called “The Right Thing.” I don’t want to give any spoilers away on this one because if you haven’t read the three novels in the series you would be lost. What I will say though is that it’s about a damaged friendship and what happens when someone’s former friend needs to be rescued. The main idea is if you’re a hero would you still be willing to help a former friend that you don’t care for anymore? Friend Or Foe is a good read if you are a fan of the menopausal superhero series. The stories are short and give you info that you won’t know from the novels. It also could be a good way to get to know the characters if you are new to the series and don’t mind a few spoilers.

What Is Fearless Reader Radio?

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Fearless Reader Radio

If you love audio books or just love the art of verbal storytelling, or admired old time radio show s like The Shadow Knows, you might like to know about Fearless Reader Radio. Serialized dramas are still popular and loved at RiverWest Radio   WXRW in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are bringing back the art of old time radio storytelling.  I’m pleased to tell you that they are reading my supernatural novel Night Sea Journey on air. Katie Jesse, host of Fearless Reader Radio,  is quite skilled in dramatic reading and she is performing 1-hour episodes of the full novel, every Wednesday, week by week. The broadcast is also on internet radio for anytime listening at your convenience.

I hope you’ll give Katie Jesse a listen. The first two episodes are already available at the links below.

Night Sea Journey, Episode One:

http://www.riverwestradio.com/episode/peoples-books-story-hour-0169-night-sea-journey-by-paula-cappa-episode-1/

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Change Of Life

The last time we saw the characters of Going Through The Change they were involved in a climactic brawl at the end of a search for answers. Change Of Life by Samantha Bryant begins several months after the events of book one. Patricia who can turn into a lizard like creature is still trying to find her former friend and scientist Cindy Lu who has changed from a 67-year-old woman to a young girl. We also have Leonel who changed from a woman to a man and Jessica who can now fly. They have joined a top-secret organization called The Department and are training to be super spies

Jessica and Leonel believe they are using their powers for something greater and Patricia feels abandoned by them. Things start to get more complicated as Patricia gets kidnapped and the clues to what happened point to a dead man. Jessica, Leonel and the Department lead a search for her that raises more questions than answers.

What I liked most about this book was how Samantha Bryant makes her characters realistic. First of all who ever heard of a superhero going through menopause? The subplots are what made this book stand out for me, the characters may have superpowers but they are dealing with real world issues too. Leonel has a new career as a department spy and now doesn’t have time to be the housewife and mother she use to but she doesn’t want to give up her job. Jessica is dealing with a failed marriage, two young kids and a possible new love interest and Patricia is dealing with retirement and her new body. Also the reason these women have powers in the first place is because they were all taking something to help them with their aging bodies. Change Of Life may be about superheroes but a lot of depth and detail goes into each character.

There are some great action sequences in this book also, I loved the part where  Jessica takes  her test to join the department. Her mission is to retrieve a package from a building full of armed spies, she completes her task and manages to beat up on two department operatives in the process. I found myself cheering for Jessica as she went through her test, this is a woman who is a cancer survivor and mother who has now gained new powers and mastered them. Even the minor characters have a lot going on, I loved the reaction of her new boss Sally Ann who has some interesting powers herself. I’m hoping to see a lot more of Helen and Cindy Lu in book three, they have small roles in this book and I liked seeing how different they are from book one.

Change of Life takes what happens in the first book in a new direction. While the first one was an orgin story this one builds on that and adds a spy element to the superhero storyline. Think Agents of Shield meets The X files or at least that’s what I was thinking as I read it. Above all else this is a human drama disguised as a superhero spy story. I love these characters and watching them deal with the changes they are going through and I’m looking forward to the next book.

 

Jeff Carlson, Never to be Forgotten

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One of our frequent authors and a man many of us had the pleasure to know in life, has passed on. Jeff Carlson, author of the Plague Year Series and Frozen Sky, died Monday, July 17th from an extremely aggressive lung cancer. He is survived by his wife and two sons, who he adored.

Jeff was an excellent writer and had an exuberant thirst for life. We here at HorrorAddicts.net would like to express our sincerest sympathies to his friends and family by celebrating what enjoyment Jeff brought to our lives through his writing.

About Horror, Jeff said,

We like to be scared because we have a huge capacity for fear. The most basic element of storytelling is conflict because we respond to it.

With four features on HorrorAddicts.net and tons of cameos and book reviews, Jeff is one of the most frequent guests on the podcast. He won…

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Esteemed Vampire Cat (Colt Harper #1)

Colt Harper is a rare breed. He’s a monster, but not just any monster, he’s a vampire cat and the last of his kind. Colt has an attitude problem, he doesn’t like humans and he may kill you for the simple act of petting him the wrong way. It’s illegal for a monster to hurt a human and when they do they get sentenced to community service. In Colt’s case he is being forced to work in a run down community theater with an anxiety ridden werewolf and a tickle monster. To make matters worse Colt is starting to have feelings for the woman in charge of the theater.

Why would a vampire cat suddenly be falling in love with a dirty disgusting human, it makes no sense. Things at the theater get even more complicated as Colt and the other monsters find out that they are being stalked by monster hunters called chasers. Can the monsters keep from killing and getting into more trouble? Can they keep the theater owner safe? Will they ever get to perform their play? These are just a few of the questions that you will have answered in Colt Harper Esteemed Vampire Cat by Tryolin Puxty.

If you ever wondered what a book would be like written from a cat’s point of view, then look no further. Colt Harper Esteemed Vampire Cat is a comedy with supernatural elements told from Colt’s point of view. If you’re a cat person you will enjoy this book because Colt talks and acts exactly like you would expect a cat to talk and act, if a cat could talk. While the story does seem a little thin, there are a lot of funny moments in this book and the characters in it are a lot of fun.

This is a fast paced read with a lot of ridiculous moments. I got the feeling that the author wrote this book specifically to make herself laugh and hopefully her audience too. Some of the funnier parts include Colt biting into a fat human and then thinking because he was fat he will have to walk him off later. In another scene Colt goes on a tirade about the ridiculousness of the tv show Lost which was pretty funny. This is the kind of book you buy if you are just looking for a fun read and you don’t want to think too much and since I love a good comedy I enjoyed it.

 

 

Going Through The Change: (Menopausal Superheroes #1)

As women enter menopause their bodies go through a lot of changes. They have to deal with such things as hot flashes, itchy skin, mood swings and hormonal imbalances. For the women in Going Through The Change: (Menopausal Superheroes #1) by Samantha Bryant these changes lead to superhuman strength. It all started with four women taking supplements made by Dr. Cindy Liu for their menopause symptoms.

Now we have Linda who has become a man, Helen who can throw fire, Jessica who now flies and Patricia who is bullet proof. None of the women understand why these changes happened and now they’re trying to find Dr. Cindy Lu to get some answers. What they don’t know is Cindy Liu is going through some changes herself and the answers they seek will change their lives forever.

As soon as I saw the cover for this book I thought of it as a must read. I’m a fan of superhero fiction but I’ve never seen a superhero story that deals with women going through menopause and I don’t know of a lot of superhero stories written by women. Going Through The Change is not your average superhero novel, the opening line even says “dedicated to any woman who has ever felt betrayed by her own body.” If you are expecting lots of action then look elsewhere but If you want a story about women dealing with their changing bodies then this book is for you.

Going Through The Change is a character driven superhero origin story. This is a first book in a series where the author gives you a foundation of five characters dealing with massive change. The attention to detail in each character shows that Samantha Bryant  has a real passion for what she is writing about and that’s what makes this book so good. For instance we have Jessica who is recovering from cancer and who can now fly making the realization that her marriage looks good on the surface but in reality isn’t that great. She sees that her husband publicly shows his support but emotionally is not there for her. In Linda’s case her body is breaking down but when she starts taking Dr. Liu’s supplements she has to deal with a new life as a man and we get to see how her relationship with her husband and family changes. The other character whose story I liked was Cindy Liu who finds that life as an old woman doesn’t suit her but what she does to fix the problem leads to side effects that are even worse.

One of my favorite scenes in the book was when Patricia performs her first act as a hero saving a beauty queen from a deranged gunman. As she saves the young woman she says to her: “See what pretty gets you, try for smart next time.” This is a superhero story that is not geared towards a young audience, this is a story written with older people in mind and since I’m an old comic book geek I loved it. My one complaint about it is that the story has no ending, If you’re going to read this be prepared to buy the second book. What you have in book one is an introduction to some well written superheroes with real life problems that have never been dealt with in comic books.