Do you notice anything about this book cover - aside from the fact that it's cool, I like the floaty girl and the epic skyline and the sunlight glinting just right emphasize the airy, hopeful, surreal feeling of the piece - look just under the title, where the authors are listed?
I've read a few of these authors, and I can't recommend them highly enough... and what on Earth is my name doing there?
I keep checking, and it's still there.
My story, "A Soldier Out of the Desert," was selected for this awesome anthology of hopeful and heroic superhero stories! Yes really!
What's even more exciting than my story getting chosen is the fact that this anthology exists. I can't tell you how many times I've bought an anthology to explore new authors and ended up hating half the stories for being depressing and perverse in the name of being literary or edgy or preachy or whatever the authors thought was more important than telling a good story. Having read and followed the submission guidelines myself, I can guarantee you that these stories will not be a complex, navel-gazing, depressing read.
Paragons was intended from the start to be a "superversive" collection of stories. Superversive is a new genre that is "inspired from above" as in higher ideals, higher purpose, higher morality and yes, even spiritual and religious themes are allowed, which is kind of unusual in science fiction. So it isn't all explicitly "Christian" stories - I know that because mine isn't - but the worldview is that good exists, and that good fights against evil, and that good ultimately wins.
Soldier Out of the Desert is not hugely action-oriented, but there is tension and some action and danger involved. It's a bit of a character study of Pen and Kail, where I also abuse my position as author to tease them mercilessly and set them up for all kinds of crossed wires. It's told from Kail's perspective and essentially asks, "You can take the soldier out of the desert, but can you take the desert out of the soldier?"
I hope you enjoy it! If you're excited to read this anthology, leave me a comment and tell me if you'd also write a review for it, and I can see about getting you a copy for free!
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