Superhero Urban Fantasy Series Silke's Strike Force Launches
My superhero/urban fantasy series Silke's Strike Force is launching this fall! Starting with the origin story of Karma and how Silke gets her powers.
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.
The age of the superhero in today’s entertainment continues to surge in popularity. With the release of DC Comic’s highly anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman and Marvel's Black Widow, 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 4-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 Silke's Strike Force
Only one strike force can stop The Sin Squad from ruling the world and time is running out.
Silke Butters lived within the glamour bubble of the modeling world, until the day that bubble burst. Upon her father's sudden death, Silke finds out that she is not who she thinks but rather is the product of genetic tampering giving her extraordinary abilities. The revelation puts Silke in the cross-hairs of a ruthless, terrorist organization known as The Sin Squad, endowed with powers of their own. Disguising her famous face, Silke invents the alter-ego Karma and joins an unlikely group of allies to combat the dangerous threat.
A mask, a makeup brush, and amazing powers. It’s all in a days work for supermodel turned superhero, Karma.
Karma blends the over-the-top punch of popular comic book stories, with the literary nuance of an urban fantasy novel. A genre-blending roller coaster ride, Karma will delight both superhero fans and fantasy readers alike. Book 1 in Silke's Strike Force.
SILKE'S STRIKE FORCE:
Book 1: Karma Available Now!
Book 2: Kobra, Available for Pre-Order
Book 3: Kaged, Coming Soon!
Book 4: Khaos, Coming Soon!
Now is your chance to get in on the action and join Silke's Strike Force!
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A redacted case history (book synopsis)
2 detailed accounts of events (short stories)
Profile reports (character profiles)
Top secret images (cover designs)
About Author Cynthia Vespia:
"Original Cyn" Cynthia Vespia writes fantasy novels for adults and teens that keep pages turning and hearts pounding. Her characters are designed with depth and real vulnerabilities to give heroes a challenge and villains a purpose. The worlds Cyn creates mix fantasy, magic, and the supernatural while exploring the theme of “success through struggle." She's expanded this theme into personal development books and guides. Cyn received a "Best Series" nomination in 2009 for her fantasy saga Demon Hunter. She has been published in anthologies such as Skelos Press and Dark Eclipse. During her downtime she enjoys getting lost in a good book or movie, and keeping active through martial arts and weight training. Cynthia is available for freelance work, conventions, and workshops.