Books

Check out the list of released books and short stories available now or coming soon! Most books are or will be available from major book retailers. If anything has limited distribution, the summary will mention it.

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Released Books and Stories

SuperSuper by Karen Diem - Arca Book 1 - Superhero Urban Fantasy Books

Adrenaline junkie and almost-respectable accountant Zita Garcia wouldn’t know a superhero from some dude in his pajamas. As a result, the second-to-last thing she expected was to wake from a spontaneous coma, quarantined, and with super powers she has to hide from everyone, including her family. Now Zita must master her new abilities while dodging kidnappers, evading government inquiries, and finding her missing brother.

The only thing weirder would have been if the blind date had gone well.

Super is the first and pilot episode in the Arca superhero urban fantasy series, so includes both the “origin story” of her powers and her first adventure(s) using them. As a movie, Super would be rated “R” for immoderate language, lame sexual innuendo, and comic book violence.

Washout: A Short Story from the Arca series of superhero urban fantasy booksWashout

Sneaking out of quarantine, Zita and Andy try to unwind and practice their new powers in an isolated corner of Arizona. However, neither Mother Nature nor their fellow man is going to go along with their plans for a quick, uneventful trip.

This is an approximately 4,000 word short story set between Super chapters 10 and 11, and is only available to newsletter subscribers.

Octopus: An Arca Short Story coverOctopus

All Zita wanted was dinner, but what she got was trouble. Bite-Sized Stories: A Multi-Genre Flash Fiction Anthology (Flash Flood #1) cover

Octopus is a “flash fiction” (extremely short ~1000 words) story, and occurs between the events of Super and Human. No hentai. It includes comic book violence, justifiable swearing, and a grumbling stomach.

This story is part of Bite-Sized Stories: A Multi-Genre Flash Fiction Anthology (Flash Flood #1), available for free. While weighted heavily toward sci fi, fantasy, and horror, a couple of other genres are also available in this volume.

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Tourists

Tourists by Karen Diem

When possible extraterrestrials invade the Las Vegas Strip, it will take superheroes to stop them. Even if those superheroes are neophytes.

This is an approximately 10,500 word short story set after Human, and is only available to newsletter subscribers.

 

HumanHuman - Karen Diem - Arca Book 2 - Superhero Urban Fantasy

Death? Acceptable risk. Taxes? No problem. Ancient magical cutlery of mass destruction? Bad, very bad.

Following a brief foray into the world of superpowered vigilantism, extreme sports enthusiast and halfhearted tax preparer, Zita Garcia, wants her old life, her shiny new abilities, and none of the consequences. She’s even willing to hide her powers since the alternative means endangering her family and living life as a literal lab rat.

Unfortunately, villains are searching for the pieces of a decrepit magic dagger, hurting innocents and fueling nasty anti-super protests. Her close friends, who helped before, are barely speaking to her, and one of them stands in the path of the violent hunt for the knife.

Zita better dig out her mask—fast.

Human is the second in the Arca superhero urban fantasy series and contains immoderate language, lame sexual innuendo, and comic book violence. While Human can be read as a standalone, it includes minor spoilers for the first book in the series.

Upcoming Books and Stories

Pie

Karen Diem - PieZita faces a cranky brother and a rampaging pink monster, armed only with her wits and pie. Or at least the pie.

This short story is set after Power and will be available in fall 2017 to newsletter subscribers.

 

 

Power

Book 3. Ain’t no rest for the super-powered.

Power is the third in the Arca superhero urban fantasy series and contains immoderate language, lame sexual innuendo, and comic book violence. Also dinosaurs.