With: Natalie J. Damschroder
Here are 10 things you might not know about the life of a small-town superhero:
- Anonymity is your friend.
Everyone is going to want something, so it’s smart to keep your night-time activities on the down-low, even if big-city superheroes don’t hide their identities.
- Be prepare for boredom.
Small towns have plenty of crime, but between busting drug dealers and preventing DUIs, there’s a lot of waiting. And crouching in the shadows. And patrolling, so make sure conditioning is part of your routine.
- You’ll have to be like a duck.
When you work in a public environment like, say, the library, you’ll hear lots of talk about your alter ego. You have to keep your cool, even when they get details wrong.
- Small town may be small time, but you’ll still be a target.
The Citizens Against Superhero Existence (CASE) prefer big, flashy showdowns with both super and civilian casualties, but their agenda can also be quiet and insidious. No do-gooder with extra abilities is safe.
- When another superhero moves in, be prepared for new threats to your town…and your heart.
Harmony Wilde is a unique kind of superhero. She operates as Eclipse in a small town in Ohio instead of the big city, on her own instead of on a team, and in near-complete anonymity. For the most part, she’s satisfied with using her ability, manipulating light, to bust drug dealers and prevent drunk drivers—until Conn Parsons comes to town.
Conn has been a superhero all over the world. Dissatisfied with the little bit of good she can do in comparison, Harmony asks Conn to train her. He refuses, feeling responsible for superhero and civilian deaths in big-city incidents. He doesn’t want to risk the same thing happening here. But the attraction between them is hard to fight, and so is her determination.
Then small-town problems get bigger, and it looks like both Eclipse and Conn are being targeted by CASE, the Citizens Against Superhero Existence, who are responsible for those city disasters. When her town seems destined to become collateral damage and the stakes get personal, Harmony must tap undeveloped powers and convince Conn to work with her to stop their mutual enemy. The only problem is that when they succeed, it may give Conn the redemption he needs to move on, away from Pilton…and away from Harmony.
Did you miss The Color of Courage, book 1 in Natalie’s superhero series? The two books stand alone, but TLoR does reference events of TCoC.
About the Author
Natalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an emphasis on romantic adventure. She has had 24 novels, 7 novellas, and 16 short stories published by several publishers, most recently with Soul Mate Publishing, Entangled Publishing, and Carina Press. She recently debuted her Fusion Series, a young adult paranormal adventure series, with Full Fusion, as NJ Damschroder. Learn more about those books here.
Natalie grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and proofreading. She and her husband have two grown daughters, one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)