The After Effect
Renegade Heroes Series, Book Two
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Sci-fi
Publisher: Super Sheroes LLC
Date of Publication: July 19th, 2016
Number of pages: 228 approx.
Word Count: 72,757
Cover Artist: Regina Wamba
Maximum Ride meets Sin City in the Renegade Heroes series!
Kasey and his friends are fringe heroes. They use their abilities to protect society, until their last battle leaves Kasey almost dead. Disillusioned, they leave the city in search of peace.
But peace is the last thing they’ll find. Ever since Kasey escaped the cold fingers of death, his powers have been running wild. It doesn’t take long for his girlfriend, Blue, and the others to notice.
In the lush forests of northern Idaho they meet a brand new hero whose shocking revelation sheds new light on Kasey’s strange behavior.
And with her revelation comes a terrible solution none of them can accept.
Worse still, Kasey soon comes face to face with the nightmares of his past.
Will the heroes find the strength to face the consequences of their mistakes? Or will Kasey be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice?
Renegade Heroes, Book One
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?
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.
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Please welcome Kasimir from Rose Shababy's The After Effect to Diane’s Book Blog.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
My name is Kasimir Korsak, but my friends call me Kasey.
Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you currently call home?
I was born in Abkhazia Georgia but lost my entire family during the ethnic cleansings in the 90’s. I escaped Asia and spent most of adolescence living the life of a vagrant and traveling through Europe before finally coming to America when I was a teenager. At nineteen I finally settled in Seattle Washington, but when I met Blue Brennan, the love of my life, and she felt the need to escape the city I knew I had to go with her. We moved to northern Idaho, but of course, no matter where you go, the past always catches up to you.
Who are the people you are closest to?
I’ve spent most of my life trying not to get close to people, but inevitably you find individuals that speak to you. My first real friend was Avery Anderson, a person so similar to myself it seemed we were fated to meet. Within a couple years, our duo grew to include the dynamic Valentina and Esme Love, and Ashton Gray, each with secrets of their own. When Blue came along, all the pieces of my life fell into place. Recently, however, we’ve added one more person to our little group, an amazing, talented woman named Rayne Fontaine.
Who is your funniest friend?
I’m not sure any of my friends would make it on the comedy circuit, but Blue makes me laugh more than anyone I’ve ever known. She has a bad habit of saying exactly what she’s thinking and has a mouth like a trucker. When she’s mad, her creative swearing constantly makes me laugh, even when she doesn’t mean to. In fact, she gets even more pissed when you laugh and she swears even more. It’s pretty much the funniest thing ever.
What is your most treasured possession?
I don’t treasure possessions, I treasure people. My friends are more important to me than any object could ever be. And Blue… well, what can I say? She is my heart and soul.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
My friends tease me a lot for quoting comic books. They tell me all the platitudes like “with great power comes great responsibility” are hackneyed and cliché. I can take the teasing though, because deep down I know they see the truth behind the words. In a world like this one, heroes are needed more than ever, and I know that each and every one of my friends, this little family I have cobbled together, has the ability to be amazing heroes. Not just because of the abilities they possess, but because of the immense breadth and depth of love they have in their hearts. Together, I know we can accomplish anything.
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