"Pray tell, what is this Playing for Keeps thing you speak of?" I hear you ask.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, it is Mur Lafferty's newest novel which was just released to the public today in podcast AND PDF formats.
"Interesting, interesting. However, what is the story about? Is it something that such a refined and dignified individual such as myself would enjoy?"
Oh yes. While I may have some insider info on this, I am not about to spoil anything. Just listen (or read). It's good. Here's a good description of the book straight from the, er, first waver's mouth.
It tells the story of Keepsie Branson, a bar owner in the shining metropolis of Seventh City: birthplace of super powers. Keepsie and her friends live among egotistical heroes and manipulative villains, and manage to fall directly in the middle as people with powers, but who just aren't strong enough to make a difference. Or that's what they've been told. As the city begins to melt down, it's hard to tell who are the good guys and who are the bad.
"Oh! That sounds lovely," you say. "Where might I acquire said story goodness?"
Also, you may have noticed the large image at the beginning of this post. This is a little something I did to help Mur kick off the launching of the release. The woman who is cleaning her pint glass with an anonymous hero's cape is none other than the heroine of the story, Keepsie Branson. The reason why I labeled the piece "Mine" is, well, you'll just have to listen to the story to get the joke. Suffice it to say, the superhero may find that he has a bit of trouble leaving the bar. :)
Stay tuned, as I plan on showing the steps I took to create "Mine" from start to finish in the near future.
In addition to this image, Mur also used a piece of the pie piece (a.k.a. Robo Swarm) as part of the logo for "Mur Verse Comics", the imaginary comic company displayed on the cover of the PDF. So, make sure to also check out the PDF as it includes some excellent artwork by Jared Axelrod.
"Most excellent! But how much does these wondrous things cost?"
Free. Yes folks, you heard me right. Free. Now you have no excuse to go and get it. So, go on, go already! (If you feel a bit guilty about the free part, you can always make a generous donation to the author via the Podiobooks page)