Starfest, Mustang Sally, and Merchandise!

Local Hero Press spent the past weekend at Starfest in Denver and a fantastic time was had by all. Many folks stopped by the table to look at our ever-growing selection of paperbacks, marvel at our display, snag a free bookmark, and get their picture taken with Just Cause superhero Mustang Sally, who popped by to help sell books.

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2015-04-18 19.02.182015-04-19 12.37.48Although they were not on sale at the table this time around, Local Hero Press has just released a collection of exclusive merchandise, available through our partner outlet RedBubble. Check out the official Just Cause and Local Hero Press logo gear. CEO, Publisher, Head Cook and Chief Bottle Washer Ian Thomas Healy test-drove all three shirts over the weekend and reported them to be “Comfortable, eye-catching, and strangely attractive to members of the opposite sex (or same sex, if that’s your thing–we don’t judge).” Check them out for yourself at the link or in the main menu!

CASTLES now on sale everywhere!

Local Hero Press is pleased to announce that Castles, Just Cause Universe Book 7, is now on sale at all online retail outlets!

As a new president takes the White House, Just Cause returns to New York City for the first time in eight years, under the command of its newest leader: Mustang Sally.

But not everyone is excited about the expansion of Just Cause. Senator Christine Goodwin, slighted by the team’s leadership years before, has made it her mission to put all parahumans on a very short leash, while at the same time creating her own super-powered militia.

With the media and America at large turning against Just Cause, Sally and her teammates must risk their lives and freedom to halt the Senator’s plans, which threaten the futures of parahuman people worldwide.

Castles Front Cover SmallerCastles can be ordered from the following sites (each opens in a new page):

Amazon

Smashwords

iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

Now on sale: THE GOOD FIGHT 2: VILLAINS

Local Hero Press, LLC in conjunction with the Pen & Cape Society is pleased to announce the publication of The Good Fight 2: Villains, the next ebook in the series of anthologies featuring stories from some of the premiere authors working in the superhero fiction genre. All proceeds from the sale of The Good Fight 2: Villains will benefit long-time comic book author James Hudnall, who has suffered some recent health and financial challenges. At 99 cents, it’s an inexpensive way to donate to a worthy cause, so be sure to get a copy for yourself and ask your friends to do the same.

The Good Fight 2: Villains features stories by Nick Ahlhelm, Scott Bachmann, Mike Baron, Drew Hayes, Ian Thomas Healy, Hydrargentium, T. Mike McCurley, Landon Porter, R. J. Ross, Cheyanne Young, and Jim Zoetewey. It can be downloaded from Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Scribd, Inktera, with other outlets adding it all the time.
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CASTLES Preorders now live!

Local Hero Press is pleased to announce that Castles, Just Cause Universe Book 7, is now available for preorder. Official release date is April 1, 2015!

As a new president takes the White House, Just Cause returns to New York City for the first time in eight years, under the command of its newest leader: Mustang Sally.

But not everyone is excited about the expansion of Just Cause. Senator Christine Goodwin, slighted by the team’s leadership years before, has made it her mission to put all parahumans on a very short leash, while at the same time creating her own super-powered militia.

With the media and America at large turning against Just Cause, Sally and her teammates must risk their lives and freedom to halt the Senator’s plans, which threaten the futures of parahuman people worldwide.

Castles Front Cover SmallerCastles can be preordered from the following sites (each opens in a new page):

Amazon

Smashwords

iTunes

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

An honorary position from Local Hero Press!

From CEO Ian Thomas Healy

I want to take a moment here to tell you about someone behind the scenes of my entire library. I say that because without this person, the chances are very good that you might not have gotten to read anything I’ve written.

Let me tell you about my best friend and editor, Allison M. Dickson. She has read, edited, and critiqued literally everything that is in my bibliography, and without her insight and skills with the red pen, I’d likely have drifted away from this grind long ago for more lucrative fields like grocery store night stockers or making fries at Arby’s. But because of her, I’ve not only persevered through some very challenging times as a writer, I’ve thrived, started my own publishing company, and am looking to the future with great excitement instead of apprehension.

I met Allie online, after happening onto her blog by clicking on the Next Blog button back several years ago, before Obama’s first presidency, in fact. We were both struggling as writers, working on various projects and trying to find agents, because at the time, that was what one did. She started reading my stuff, and I hers. And we never really stopped.

Over the years, we got so good at editing each other that we developed our own unique editorial shorthand terminology that would send most writers into crying jags of hate and despair. But we always persevered through, even when we had our differences, and to this day I respect and count on her opinion more than anyone else’s. Everyone has someone for whom they write their books; I write mine for her.

We both eventually landed our agents, and although mine never seemed to work out, I suspect hers will bring her much success. And I have asked her many times to become part of Local Hero Press on a more official basis, to which she has politely refused. Nevertheless, she’s my go-to girl and therefore I have given her a special gift of the position of Honorary Editor. As long as I continue to write books, you can be assured that she will in some way have a hand in them.

Ladies and gentlemen, Honorary Editor Allison M. Dickson!

Honorary Editor Allison M. Dickson

Out on the Tiles, Out in the Wild

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Local Hero Press at COSine Science Fiction Convention!

The place where the magic happens.

The place where the magic happens.

The entire staff of Local Hero Press (plus an intern!) spent the weekend at COSine Science Fiction Convention in Colorado Springs, pimping our existing books, our upcoming works, and making special mention of the Pen & Cape Society! We had a grand old time with some longtime fans of science fiction and fantasy. We gave away a book in a raffle! We handed out a ton of bookmarks! We saw some very cool fabrication projects and met some great artists as well. If you haven’t been to a Con before, we highly recommend it. LHP will be at several events in 2015. Up next is GalaxyFest over the last weekend of February, also in Colorado Springs. Mark it on your calendars and plan to be there. It’s going to be big. Really big. You won’t want to miss it!

CEO Ian and Intern Patrick rocking the LHP Logo Shirts

CEO Ian and Intern Patrick rocking the LHP Logo Shirts

What we learned:

  • There are nerds, and then there are NERDS. And they’re all awesome.
  • Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs has a really good breakfast and brunch buffet.
  • You can’t get Blonde Roast in the coffee shop, much to their detriment.
  • Everything is awesome.
CEO Ian (beard) and Managing Editor Alicia (no beard)

CEO Ian (beard) and Managing Editor Alicia (no beard)

The (possibly) Insane Dr. Nutzenboltz (sic) was our neighbor

The (possibly) Insane Dr. Nutzenboltz (sic) was our neighbor

Exponential Nerdism

Exponential Nerdism

Alicia stole Ian's glasses to look more nerdly

Alicia stole Ian’s glasses to look more nerdly

Longtime LHP friend Greg stopped by to update his inventory of signed books

Longtime LHP friend Greg stopped by to update his inventory of signed books

Pen & Cape Society REPRESENT!

Pen & Cape Society REPRESENT!

 

All Local Hero Press novels now available from Smashwords

This includes Ian Thomas Healy’s Just Cause Universe books as well as the unrelated novels listed below. Follow the links for specific purchase pages. All these items will be available from Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo within the next 2-3 days as well.

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Looking back and looking ahead

Reviewing 2014 and previewing 2015 – A letter from LHP CEO Ian Thomas Healy

(tl;dr version)

(the long, much more interesting version below:)

Hello, friends!

It’s been an amazing year here at Local Hero Press, LLC, and I have a lot to go over with you, so buckle up!

For starters, we released two novels in the Just Cause Universe in 2014: Jackrabbit and Champion. Both were received very well and came strong out of the gate, which means there’s plenty more superheroes in store for you in the future. Champion represents the finale of what we call the Mustang Sally Trilogy, which chronicles heroine Mustang Sally’s growth from untested rookie to full-fledged superhero. That trilogy consists of Just Cause, The Archmage, and Champion. While you don’t need to read the JCU books in any particular order, as each is a self-contained story, those three definitely form a long story arc.

2014 also saw the release of Making the Cut, a mainstream Young Adult/New Adult title that combines a reality TV show with two girls’ love of cooking and cuisine. If you are in the habit of watching Food Network more than you ought to, or maybe just have a predilection for Chopped!, you may want to check out this one. We guarantee that if nothing else, it will make you hungry.

In the spring of this past year, a ragtag group of rebels superhero fiction authors formed an impromptu Guild called the Pen & Cape Society, dedicated to the promotion of superhero fiction as a genre and cross-promotion of each others’ work. To that end, Local Hero published an anthology of stories by several of those authors called The Good Fight, which showcases some great tales, including an all-new Mustang Sally short story that is a direct tie-in to the next JCU book in the pipeline (more on this soon).

Last but certainly not least, Local Hero grew in another important area. We are pleased to welcome our newest teammate, Managing Editor Alicia Howie. She will be helping take the company in some exciting directions over this coming year, and we couldn’t be happier to have her under our aegis.

Let’s now shift our focus to the coming year, and what kind of things you can expect from Local Hero Press in 2015.

Later this winter, you’ll get the JCU Omnibus, Volume 2, which will contain several new short stories that expand and deepen the Just Cause Universe.

In the spring, you’ll get the seventh (!) book in the immensely popular superhero fiction series The Just Cause Universe, called Castles. Castles represents a major change to the structure and direction of the JCU. Set in early 2009 in the first days of President Barack Obama’s administration, the Parahuman Resources Agency expands Just Cause into several additional teams spread across the country, and none other than Mustang Sally is tasked with the leadership of Just Cause: New York. It’s the first time Just Cause has had a presence in New York City since 2001. Not everyone is happy about the changes in the world of parahumans, and an old foe returns to try to shut down JCNY before Sally barely gets her feet wet in her new leadership role.

In the fall, we’ll return to the prior incarnation of Just Cause established in Day of the Destroyer with a solo Lionheart tale that follows him to Hong Kong in 1980 in an homage to the great martial arts films of the ’70s and ’80s in The Lion and the Five Deadly Serpents.

We already have the next three books in the series planned beyond that, so you can count on more Just Cause Universe stories coming your way at least through the beginning of 2017.

Another Pen & Cape Society anthology is on the way for early spring, called The Good Fight 2: Villains. Additionally, Local Hero Press will be opening to submissions for an all-new anthology of superhero fiction this spring for publication later in the year, so sharpen up your pencils and polish your word processing keys.

We’re looking to have a presence at some regional conventions in 2015. We’ll let you know when and where we will be. There are other projects in the pipeline, but it’s either too early or too much of a secret to tell you about them right now. Stay tuned to this channel!

Ian Thomas Healy, CEO, Local Hero Press, LLC

CHAMPION Release Day!

Champion is officially on sale worldwide, and can be ordered from the following outlets:

Amazon (print/ebook)

Smashwords (ebook)

iTunes (ebook)

Barnes & Noble (print/ebook)

KoboBooks (ebook)

CreateSpace (print)

Happy reading!

When Just Cause hero Orb is murdered using a new kind of nanotechnology, Mustang Sally will stop at nothing to find and bring to justice his killer. Not even her longtime mentor Juice’s dismissal from his position as team leader can distract Sally from her mission.

A sensational new parahuman named Champion brings old-fashioned morals back to the world, training others to follow in his footsteps and heralding the onset of a new age of heroism. Champion isn’t all that he seems, and there is a sinister side to his organization. To find Orb’s killer and uncover the motive for his murder, Sally must risk everything that makes her a hero.

Champion is the sixth novel in the popular Just Cause Universe superhero fiction series.

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