Raptors 2: SUPERTEAM!

•April 22, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Superteam, Book two of Raptors is out! Huzzah!!!

Artwork by Luciano Fleitas

It’s free for members of Audible Plus: https://www.audible.com/pd/Superteam-Audiobook/B091M6JHJH

And available on eBook, and print: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08TCJ8DGM

Description: If you didn’t listen to Sidekick, you’ve gotta listen to that first. Trust me. If you did…Wow. Who saw that coming? I know I didn’t. As you know, I’m the Red Raptor. Now that things have…changed, I’ve asked my friend Amy to help tell the story. No, seriously, she’s just a friend. I mean – I guess if it were up to me? But…no. Okay, so there’s a new threat – a bunch of punks called the Neon Knights. They’re causing mayhem, armed with some kind of plasma-photon-light weapons that I can’t even begin to understand, and as usual, I’ve gotta stop them. However, this time I’ve got help. That’s right, I formed my own superteam. One for the ages. But first, I’ve gotta do my shift at Big Frankie Junior’s. What? You like eating burgers, right? Well, someone has to cook them. We can’t be heroes all the time.

Book Review: Raptors 1 – Sidekick by Jaime Castle & CJ Valin

•March 26, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Check out this excellent review of Sidekickat the Indie Aethenaeum!

https://theindieathenaeum.wordpress.com/2021/03/26/book-review-raptors-1-sidekick-by-jaime-castle-cj-valin/

New Book Release!

•March 23, 2021 • Leave a Comment

After a long hiatus getting an entire new series of superhero books ready, my co-author Jaime Castle and I have released the first book of the Raptors trilogy, SIDEKICK: a Superhero Adventure Series. The eBook is currently at the special release price of only 99 cents, but if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free! And if you prefer audiobooks, Sidekick is an Audible Original in the Plus program, so if you’re part of the program, you can listen to it for free!

You can find the book here: RAPTORS 1: SIDEKICK

And the audiobook HERE

Here’s the description:

My name is Sawyer William Vincent—I know, it sounds like three first names—but most people know me as the Red Raptor.

Well, technically no one knows I’m the Red Raptor, he’s just a bit more popular.

Wow. Enough about my name. Let me start over. I’m a superhero—the legendary Black Harrier’s partner. Not sidekick. I don’t care if I’m still in high school. We work together to bring down the city’s most dangerous villains.

When the Black Harrier gets a mysterious note, then goes missing in New York City, things are pretty much left up to me.

But don’t worry… I’ve got this. Piece of cake.

If you like Tim Drake as Robin or ever wondered what Peter Parker would be like if he lived in Gotham, Raptors is right up your alley.

From Washington Post Bestseller Jaime Castle and CJ Valin comes a new superhero universe perfect for fans of both DC and Marvel. Actually, it’s for fans of anything superhero-related… You’re gonna like it. Promise.

Center of GRAVITY

•October 30, 2020 • Leave a Comment

An interview about Gravity City, a project I’m very proud to be part of.

Arts Independent

Return with us to the wondrous days of Famous Monsters, the science vs. fiction of Omni and Starlog, the satirical humor of Mad Magazine, and the brilliant short stories of the legendary pulp magazines.

Gravity City Digital Magazine — a stunning amalgam of these great periodicals will burst upon the genre by Halloween!

Filled with Mad Magazine lampoon-style ads and spoof gadgets and products, the magazine — aside from its humor — serves as a platform for emerging authors of science fiction, fantasy, and Horror, as well as illuminating interviews and articles about new films, books, and other genre events.

Gravity City is a media partner with Phoenix FearCon Online. FearCon will run until December 31. Gravity City will provide coverage of the film festival’s events. Gravity City is also offering Issues 1 & 2 (now out of print) to all ticket buyers of Phoenix FearCon (https://phoenixfearcon.festivee.com/)

Joining Artie Cabrera…

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Reading Room: Chronicle Worlds: B-Movie – published by Artie Cabrera & Samuel Peralta

•April 10, 2020 • Leave a Comment

A great review for a anthology I was in a few years ago…

The Indie Athenaeum

Book Title: Chronicle Worlds: B-Movie – Future Chronicles, Book 16

Authors: Matthew Stott, Eamon Ambrose, Jessica West, Christopher J. Valin, Stefan Bolz, Daniel Arthur Smith,  Artie Cabrera, Forbes West & S. Elliot Brandis.

Series Editors and Presented By: Artie Cabrera and Samuel Peralta

Editor: Ellen Campbell

Publication Date: October 27, 2017

Available OnAmazon as an eBook

Indie Athenaeum Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


B-Movies. The first thing that comes to mind is cheesy movies made on a shoestring budget featuring science-fiction or horror themes. Some of the typical tropes from these kinds of movies are bad dialogue, wooden acting, crazy events and plot holes you could drive a tractor-trailer through.

There are fake scares, real scares, horrific sp-crime and punishmentscares and poop your pants scares. Now, imagine an anthology filled with stories like that, but the writing is terrific, the dialogue is well…

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New Release: BEYOND THE STARS: ROCKING SPACE!

•August 24, 2019 • Leave a Comment

BEYOND THE STARS is a best-selling anthology series from Patrice Fitzgerald and editor Ellen Campbell, along with some of the best sci-fi authors out there. ROCKING SPACE is the new book in the series, and it’s on sale now, with stories from David Bruns, A.K. DuBoff, Patrice Fitzgerald, Patricia Gilliam, Cain V. Hopwood, R.J. Howell, Julia Huni, Patty Jansen, Andy McKell, J.M. Thomas, Nemma Wollenfang, Misty Zaugg, and me!

And just look at that gorgeous cover by Hugo Award-winning artist JULIE DILLON!

Get your copy of Rocking Space HERE!

New Gravity City Short Story!

•March 1, 2019 • 1 Comment

Fortitude pic

Check out my new story set in the Gravity City universe for free at this LINK. And while you’re at it, if you haven’t read the anthology with my first story in it, please check it out! I love Gravity City, and I think you will too.

EDIT: This originally had the wrong link, but it’s fixed now. Sorry!

Top Twenty Movies Update

•January 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

 

It’s time once again for my semi-decennial update of my Top Twenty Movies blog post! Are you as excited as I am? No? Why not?

As noted in the post, these are my top twenty favorite movies, not the top twenty BEST movies of all time. “What the difference?” you ask. Read on and find out!

TOP TWENTY MOVIES

Win a Deadpool Prize Pack!

•September 7, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Deadpool Contest

That’s right–you can win an awesome Deadpool prize pack that some fellow writers and I created! Just click the link below to find out how:

WIN A DEADPOOL PRIZE PACK!

Anyone Else Notice Some Parallels?

•June 9, 2018 • Leave a Comment

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR AND EARLIER MARVEL FILMS

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, the relationship between Frank Douglas/Black Harrier and Sawyer Vincent/Red Raptor was never meant to mirror Batman/Bruce Wayne and Robin/Tim Drake (or Dick Grayson, or Jason Todd, or Damian Wayne), as many readers assume. A closer template to Frank was Tony Stark, and to Sawyer was Peter Parker. And, at the time I wrote Sidekick in 2014, the relationship between those two characters wasn’t a very important one in the comics. In fact, it still isn’t.

Despite knowing each other for forty years (in real time), Spidey and Iron Man hadn’t spent much time together except for the few years in the early 2000s when they were both Avengers, until they eventually ended up on opposite sides in the comics version of Civil War. Also, by that time, Peter was a fully-grown adult in the comics. So, for me, exploring a relationship between an older Tony Stark-like character and a teenage Peter Parker-type was new territory and I thought it was an interesting dynamic with which to work.

Then Captain America: Civil War was released shortly after Sidekick came out in 2016, and we got a brief glimpse of the relationship between Tony and Peter, which most fans really seemed to like. Fast forward to Spider-Man: Homecoming a year later, and the relationship was being more fully developed…and started to remind me a lot of the one between Frank and Sawyer. [Please note that I am NOT, in any way, shape, or form, suggesting that anyone who had anything to do with those films was copying or had even read my book. It was just an interesting parallel.]

Now that Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters, fans really seem to be enjoying the evolving relationship between Tony and Peter, and the ending appears to be one of most viewers’ favorite/least favorite parts. Of all the deaths in the movie, that one seems to be the one that really gets to people and tugs at their heartstrings. And it’s certainly better than any relationship between Batman and Robin that has ever been depicted in film or television.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: I think I made the right call.