JUST CAUSE Universe books now available everywhere!

The Just Cause Universe books (Just Cause, The Archmage, Day of the Destroyer, Deep Six, Jackrabbit, and the JCU Omnibus Vol. 1) are no longer exclusive to Amazon.com. You can now download them from Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble. And of course, all the full-length novels are also available in print if you like to have them in paperback!*

*Some retailers have not yet updated their inventory lists. If you want an epub file that can be read on your Nook, Kobo, or iPad, or pretty much any app, Local Hero Press recommends the Smashwords store or buying direct.


If you love food, and watching people make it on television, you’re going to love Making the Cut, the newest release from Local Hero Press and Ian Thomas Healy.

Making the Cut is a Young Adult/New Adult novel about two girls competing in a televised cooking competition. Midori comes from San Francisco, and grew up in a family that owns a restaurant. All she ever wanted to do was cook, but in Japanese culture, women are relegated to hostess and management roles. She enters the Making the Cut competition without her parents’ knowledge. Nicole comes from Denver, the child of a broken home who’s been forced to grow up way too soon to help her mother support her younger sister. She’s been poor her entire life, and that prize package is impossibly valuable to her. These two girls become friends despite their cultural differences, and together with six more recent high school graduates, will be competing in front of the cameras. With a $10,000 prize and scholarship to a prestigious New York culinary school at stake, can their friendship survive the challenge?

Making the Cut is available from all online retailers including Amazon and Smashwords, or can be purchased directly from Local Hero Press.


Submission call: WHO IS EBONY BONESHAFT? anthology!

Local Hero Press is proud to introduce the Twitter personality FakeEditor. LHP has agreed to partner up with FakeEditor to produce an all-new anthology of original fiction. Here, now, is the call for submissions:

The Red Pen of Hate and Rejection

Well, I’ve been threatening to do this for a long time, and that time has become now.

I can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m announcing a new anthology edited by me, FakeEditor, and published right here by Local Hero Press.

Submission Requirements:

Note: failure to follow these to the letter will get you rejected, probably in a hateful way.

1. This anthology is titled WHO IS EBONY BONESHAFT? and will contain at least twelve and as many as twenty stories depending upon length of approved works.

Ebony Boneshaft was an early creation of FakeEditor, Inc. To best understand it, search for #whoisEbonyBoneshaft on Twitter.

2.The submission period opens at 9 AM, Eastern Standard Time, on September 1, 2014, and closes at 9 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on September 30, 2014. No submissions will be read prior to October 1. The anthology will be published solely in ebook format because I’m being all green and saving trees and crap. Also, I’m cheap. The tentative release date will be February 3, 2015. This may change depending on whether or not I’m hung over.

3. Your submission should be an original short story of 3000-5000 words that answers the question posed in the title. Ebony Boneshaft must be a character within the story, but not necessarily the focal point of the narrative. Here are some things Ebony Boneshaft may not be: An artifact; a weapon; a sex move; a shot (although if any of you more liquored-up types want to invent one, @ it to me on Twitter).

4. Your submission should be emailed as an .odt (preferred, because I’m an open-source hipster) or a .doc (if you’re a sheep) attachment to twitterfakeeditor@gmail.com.

5. Your submission should include the following:
a. The story title
b. Your byline. Pseudonyms are okay if you’re afraid your friends might recognize you and laugh. Twitter handles are acceptable.
c. One paragraph about you. It may not include any live hyperlinks except to your Twitter profile. I realize that “paragraph” is opening up a real can of worms as to what constitutes a single paragraph. Rest assured, if I think you’re being a pain in the ass, I’ll send you a picture of a butt in your rejection and probably make fun of you on Twitter.
d. Your story. It should be formatted in Times New Roman 12-pt., single space, with one-inch margins all around and no headers or footers. Your paragraphs should be .25″ indents, and not justified. I prefer smart quotes and apostrophes. If you do not know how to do smart quotes and apostrophes, try to find a first grader to help you with your newfangled computer thingie.

6. I will reject stories for any reason, without mercy, with extreme prejudice and malice aforethought. If you don’t make the cut, suck it up and soldier on, bunky. I will definitely reject stories containing the following: numerous typos, spelling, and grammatical errors; being boring; stories that don’t adhere to the subject matter, stories containing explicit sex, incest, bestiality, or other stuff that will get the book yanked off Amazon. I’m looking at you, dinosaur watersports erotica authors!

Things that will make it more likely that I accept your story:

…I’m still thinking about this. Bribes, maybe?

7.This anthology does not pay an advance, but will pay royalties to all contributors. Contributors will receive 75% of earned royalties divided equally amongst them. So if there are twenty authors, and the anthology makes $10 in royalties because nobody bothers to promote it, each author will receive $0.37, which is a whole lot of pony rides at the grocery store. To get paid, you’ll have to sign a contract, which will be designed to screw you over, because that’s what publishers do, right?

So that’s it, the first open submission call from Local Hero Press! Hope to see your piece in the mailbox in September! Good luck!

JACKRABBIT officially released today!

Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, and Rabbits of All Ages…

Local Hero Press is proud to announce the official release of Jackrabbit, Book 5 of the Just Cause Universe series of superhero fiction! Jackrabbit is available from all online retail outlets and can be found in both print and ebook editions. If you like your superheroes fun with a healthy portion of snark, you’ll enjoy Jackrabbit. Jackrabbit is $3.99 for an ebook and $12.99 in print. If you purchase a print edition from Amazon, you can get the ebook for free.


The foolishness arrives April 1!

Local Hero Press and Author Ian Thomas Healy are pleased to announce April 1, 2014, as the official release date for Jackrabbit, the fifth book in the popular Just Cause Universe series of superhero fiction.


Jay is having a pretty bad day at school. His popular cheerleader girlfriend just dumped him and a jock spilled soda all over his brand new Nikes. So when the God of Rabbits recruits him to save the world from an invasion of interstellar cockroaches, it seems like it might be a pretty cool gig.

Unfortunately, in the spectrum of god-like abilities, rabbits rank pretty low, and Jay receives the ability to make snarky wisecracks, jump real high, and . . . that’s about all.

With all other superheroes snapped up by the Cockroach God and his minions running rampant in the extradimensional Gods’ Home, Jay and his newfound ally Bluebird are the only two unlikely heroes left to defend humanity.

We are doomed . . .

Ian is giving away three signed Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Jackrabbit by Ian Thomas Healy


by Ian Thomas Healy

Giveaway ends March 21, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

If you want to preorder Jackrabbit as an ebook, visit Kobobooks to order an EPUB edition or Smashwords to order a Kindle edition. Jackrabbit will have suggested retail pricing of $3.99 as an ebook and $12.99 in print (specific retailer pricing may vary).

Pre-order DEEP SIX today!

DeepSixcoverBThe next novel in the Just Cause Universe is now available to pre-order in ebook and print formats!

Releasing November 29, 2013 worldwide, DEEP SIX broadens the Just Cause Universe with a tale set in the deep underground prison for convicted parahuman offenders.

When criminals are convicted, they go to jail. When they have parahuman abilities, they go to Deep Six, the most secure prison facility in the world. Six thousand feet underground, nobody has ever escaped from the maximum security facility.

Until now.

A parahuman terrorist called Misrule engineers a mass breakout, and it falls to a pair of prison guards to stop the world’s most dangerous criminals from reaching freedom, and Just Cause won’t be able to help them. Despite being overmatched and underpowered, the two guards must find a way to prevent the escapees from their ultimate goal.

Pre-order the ebook via Smashwords, available for all ebook readers including Kindle, iPad/iPhone, Android, Sony, Kobo, and Nook.

Preorder a signed print edition via PayPal (United States and Canada only; if you reside in another country and want to pre-order,

Check out the book trailer!