Monday, February 18, 2013

Holding Out For a Hero Anthology (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome author, Ella Dane, who is joining us with the anthology - Holding Out For A Hero!

What Kind of Superhero Are You?

If you do a quick search online, you’ll find a variety of quizzes to find out which superhero your personality most compares to. I tried one and it came back with Superman, which I find kind of funny because he’s one of my favorite superheroes. Traits or qualities that matched me to Superman were: mild-mannered, good, strong, and love to help others. 

That’s all fine and dandy, but it takes a bit more than that to be a good superhero. So I asked, what makes a good superhero? Is it the strength and power? Ability and skill? Morality or costume? While I love a great costume as much as the next person, I think there’s one element that makes all the best superheroes, well, the best. Humanity. It’s in the flaws and weaknesses and shortcomings they need to overcome, just like all of us every day people. Sure, not anyone can wield a flaming whip and throw fireballs, like our heroine in Scarlett Fever, but unless there’s something deeper driving that ability its just all flash.

A good superhero, in my opinion, not only possesses a variety of super abilities, but they also possess compassion and empathy and humility. If they didn’t have those qualities then the moral compass that guides our true heroes would likely be inaccurate. And what happens when the compass is off course? You get your villains, and really, you can’t have a superhero without a supervillain. 

In Scarlett Fever, one of four stories in the superhero anthology HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO, our two heroes possess several talents, abilities, and skills from Scarlett’s command of fire and Blade’s powers to actually turn himself into a weapon, but they also have those few but powerful qualities to make them that little bit more. Scarlett is instinctual and reactionary, which can and does make her jump right into the thick of things before looking at all the angles. Blade on the other hand, is more reserved and logical thinking. He weighs all the pros and cons before he takes action. Together the two have to overcome their shortcomings in order to save the day. And Plunketville, Oklahoma. 

I’d love to hear from you. What do you think makes a great superhero, and which superhero do you think you’re most like? 

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO, featuring Scarlett Fever by Christine Bell and Ella Dane, Ironheart by Nico Rosso, Playing with Fire by Tamara Morgan, and From the Ashes by Adrien-Luc Sanders.
After five years in training, it’s finally time for Scarlett Fever and her fellow superheroes to leave the United Superhero Academy and test their powers out in the real world. There’s only one problem. She’s been assigned to partner with arrogant, by the book, and irritatingly hot, Blade of Justice.
Blade’s whole life has gone according to plan, and he’s more than ready to move on to the big time, protecting a metropolis of his own. But his perfectly ordered life is derailed when he’s teamed up with the fiery maverick, Scarlett Fever.
Sparks fly the moment they arrive in Plunketville, Oklahoma, as they each set out to force the other to request a transfer. They soon discover there’s more going on in this single stop-sign town than blowing up mailboxes and cow tipping. If Scarlett can get Blade to listen to his gut, and he can teach her to use her head, they just might have a fighting chance.

Author Bio:

Winning a creative writing contest in grade school was just the beginning of Ella’s foray into the wonderful world of writing. After several years of technical writing for power utilities and project finance, Ella moved to penning articles for sports and music magazines before returning to her creative writing roots. Ella believes everyone deserves to fall in love, and from contemporary to paranormal, even the most conflicted and damaged hearts find their other half in her stories. Because what’s life without a happy ending!

Entangled Publishing is giving away an ecopy of the anthology (PDF or ePub only) to one reader. To enter, just leave a comment on this post answering Ella's question: What do you think makes a great superhero, and which superhero do you think you’re most like?  and then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Additional entries are available but not required. Good luck!

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  1. Heroes are amazing and I think if they have superpowers then they must also have restraint. Great post
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  2. I think I am a bit like Batman... More ordinary...

  3. I think courage and perseverance makes a great superhero, whether he has super powers or not. I think I'm most like The Black Widow, or at least I wish I was. :D

  4. I think a great superhero is one who cares for those he seeks justice for. I am not a superhero, but who knows I might get bit by a spider and turn yet ;) Thank you for the awesome post.

  5. A superhero is someone who genuinely cares about others and wants to help.

  6. I totally agree with booksforme comment.

  7. i'm not sure what type of superhero i would be ... for me, the ability of being immortal would be very cool. strong in body and mind. to never be afraid of being hurt by a bad person. being able to protect others. right, wrongs. awesome. thank you for the giveaway.

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  8. I think a great superhero has a sense of honor and justice. I

  9. Superheroes have a sense of right and wrong, stand up for the underdog and are willing to sacrifice to save others. I've always wanted to be like Wonder Woman but I'm probably more like Batman's Robin.
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  10. A real superhero is ready to sacrifice anything, even him/herself, to save the world. I´d love to be like Black Widow but i think i´m more like Iron Man. Lazy =) and relies on gadgets to get anything done *guffaws*
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!
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  11. I think I am a bit like Batman... More ordinary...

  12. I always loved Superman when I was younger, but now I'm thinking he's just a little too perfect. I want him to have an edge-- just a little edge--I like my superheroes to have a touch of badboy in them:)


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