My stories begin in all sorts of different ways, but When Dark Falls started very much with a specific ‘what if’ question. In this case, what if a superhero’s secret identity was so secret even the superhero didn’t know about it?
Of course, this immediately raises all kinds of issues and difficulties. Okay, so the superhero is never going to be able to give themselves away in their normal form. No amount of torture or threatening their loved ones is going to work, if no one knows. But how does the normal everyday persona transform into the superhero without knowing? What effect will it have on their personality and memories? How will they get into their superhero costume and out again?! No running into the nearest phone booth or dropping down a chute to an underground hideout and arriving already dressed for the part. Something, or in this case someone else has to be around to help with the transformation.
In the case of When Dark Falls, that burden drops onto the ever present, fiercely loyal (and rather sexy) sidekick, Shadow. But how does he manage it? I suppose if it had been Batman, you might have had Alfred standing ready with cape, or a little shove down the chute. To find out how Shadow does it, ah, you’ll have to read the book to find that out!
In a city where Dark Technologies Inc. now runs the show, Kadie Williams has more immediate concerns than the fall of Blaze, their guardian superhero. Almost every morning for the last few months she’s woken up with cuts and bruises on her body, and no idea how she got them. There are no nightmares. No evidence that she sleepwalks, or any sign of a break in. And nothing to tell her who’s been cleaning up after her. As just one of thousands of civilians conscripted to slave away in the labs of Professor Dark, she knew there’d be trouble ahead. But she never expected it to be so bad, or so personal.
Desperate for answers, Kadie looks to the new defender of the night, the only person who can hinder the total domination of Professor Dark—Nocturnelle. The mysterious vigilante superhero came from nowhere with her cybernetic sidekick Shadow, set on putting an end to the brutality of Dark’s regime. But as his laboratories work on a new secret super-weapon, Nocturnelle and Shadow may not be enough to save Nephopolis…or to save Kadie either.
**Giveaway: One digital edition of When Dark Falls if you tell me what your superpower would be and your superhero name. Contest ends 11/27/2014 at 11:59PM EST.
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
You can stalk her at her website or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter.
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