KARMA, a novel series with a strong female protagonist of Indian-American heritage.
Moonlighting meets Agents of Shield in the new superhero/urban fantasy novel series.
Online – A mask, a makeup brush, and amazing powers. It’s all in a days work when supermodel turned superhero, Silke Butters, faces off against criminal masterminds, The Sin Squad, who are endowed with their own special powers. Karma ($3.99) debuted on the first day of summer June 21st, 2017 on the heels of the first successful female driven superhero film, Wonder Woman.
The age of the superhero in today’s entertainment continues to surge in popularity. With favorites like Wonder Woman; CW’s Supergirl; and Marvel’s Jessica Jones and upcoming Captain Marvel movie, females are enjoying their much deserved share of the spotlight. Author Cynthia Vespia recognized this ongoing trend and focused her new series on a fresh take of the traditional superhero mold. The novel blends the over-the-top punch of popular comic book stories with the literary nuance of an urban fantasy.
Opting to embrace diversity with her characters, Vespia peppered her 5-part series with different cultures, including the introduction of the first Indian-American female superhero in a novel.
“The culmination of Silke Butters, and her alter ego Karma, came together organically from a number of sources,” said Vespia. “My own love of the superhero genre swayed the books in that direction, but I knew I wanted a strong female lead like the heroes I grew up with,” she continued. “It wasn’t until I saw actress Priyanka Chopra on ABC television’s Quantico that I knew I wanted Silke to have Indian heritage. That choice was further solidified after I attended a panel at San Diego Comic Con about the rise of the Indian superhero. That’s when I knew I made the right choice.”
Vespia herself is of Italian-Finnish ancestry and knows how important heritage can be. “I treaded lightly on the cultural aspect of the character of Silke simply out of respect for it. But at the same time, I also think it’s important to have certain aspects recognized, for any character of diverse backgrounds, to make them more authentic. First and foremost, the story is about a woman’s journey through life, the struggles of International fame, and then heaping superpowers on top of that and it makes for a fun ride.”
About KARMA, Book 1 in the Silke Butters Series:
26-year-old Silke Butters is the face of the fashion world. Her Indian heritage and long, silky black hair have made her an international icon. Silke is also one of the most powerful superheroes in the world…only she doesn’t know it yet. When her father, Sgt. Duke Butters, dies suddenly, the block he’s had on Silke’s powers breaks causing them to come to the surface out of Silke’s control. Through the help of Joe Riggs, her father’s second in command and Silke’s former crush, she discovers that there are other superhumans like her in the world including Joe himself. As Silke’s powers begin to grow she finds herself caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between both a subdivision of the U.S. government known as Shadow Company, and a ruthless terrorist organization called The Sin Squad. Both entities want the “enhanced” for their respective teams with Silke as the main prize. To disguise her famous face, Silke invents an alter ego. Karma is born of necessity to decide the fate of those who are ill-intentioned and empower others with hope. Alongside Joe, and her computer hacker friend Maki, Silke develops a heroes call-to-action to battle the dark force that threatens to annihilate humanity…The Sin Squad. A genre-blending send-up, Karma will delight superhero fans and fantasy readers alike.
About Author Cynthia Vespia:
Cynthia Vespia "The Original Cyn" writes speculative fiction that encompasses fantasy, the paranormal, and magic realism. Her novels are emotionally engaging, leaving hearts pounding and pages turning. She has been nominated for a "Best in Series" award for her fantasy trilogy Demon Hunter. She has also turned her creative energy into Original Cyn Content, an award-winning copy, design, and video source for the development of promotional content. Her creative work has won awards for "Most Artistic Trailer" Demon Hunter 2: Seek & Destroy; "Best Video" Bloodlines; "Honorable Mention" for Anti-Bullying Campaign, and a nomination for "Best Cover Design" Demon Huntress: Destiny Unleashed.
Cynthia is available for freelance work, conventions, and workshops.
To arrange a book signing or interview, contact Cynthia Vespia at firstname.lastname@example.org