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New Release: Friend or Foe and Other Stories

There's a new volume of the Menopausal Superheroes series by Samantha Bryant. Friend or Foe and Other Stories (Menopausal Superheroes 2.5) is a collection of short stories taking place in the same universe, but outside the scope of the novels. 

Peer into the past to discover how Cindy Liu became a mad scientist. Follow the bus at the end of Book 1: Going Through the Change. Find out how Patricia “Lizard Woman” O’Neill spent her Christmas holidays. Flash forward for a hint of where the series may yet lead.

The first novel in the series won a Legendary Women Jacquis Award for feminist fiction. Come read the only superhero fiction out there that would fail a reverse Bechdel Test.

New Release: Sidekicks!

Pen and Cape Society is releasing a third volume of The Good Fight series. The Good Fight 3: Sidekicks includes a story by Broad Universe member Samantha Bryant, author of the Menopausal Superheroes series.

Her story, "Underestimated", features crowd favorite Menopausal Hero, Patricia O'Neill, and her sidekick, Suzie Grayson.

The full list of stories includes:
"Dating Games" by Marion George Harmon
On a date that goes bad, Astra discovers helpers she didn't know she had.

"Underestimated" by Samantha Bryant
Sure, go ahead and underestimate Suzie Grayson just because she's petite, young, blonde, and cute--that's just what she's counting on.

"The Henchman’s Apprentice" by Stephen T. Brophy
'Handcannon' LaRue's henching career kicks off in Guatemala, where he makes his first kill and takes his first interdimensional drug trip.

"Sun-Kissed" by Ian Thomas Healy
Hawaiian superhero Akamai thought he had it made . . . until the kid showed up.

"Secrets in the Sands" by Michael Ivan Lowell
Sidekicks Spider Wasp and Stealth are sent to solve a mystery that, if they can keep their minds off of each other, they might even survive.

"Minor League" by Jim Zoetewey
Two young heroes try to survive the villain who beat them when they were sidekicks.

"Heroes Don’t Retire" by Nicholas Ahlhelm
A former teenage hero comes out of retirement only to face a deadly new threat and the return of her former partner's greatest regret.

"Unmasked" by T. Mike McCurley
Voltage thought he could handle anything that the Gifted world could throw at him . . . until he had to explain his heroic life to his mother.

"Gemini Rescue" by Caine Dorr
A professional rescue turns deadly for Rion
when the client terminates the contract.

Theme-Thology: Mad Science

Theme-Thology-MadScienceFor fans of mad science, Broad Universe member Samantha Bryant is proud to announce the publication of Intervention, a short story from the Menopausal Superheroes universe in Theme-Thology: Mad Science.

Intervention takes place in the 1980s and explores the life path that turned brilliant researcher Cindy Liu into the mad scientist who became the catalyst for the Menopausal Superheroes.

Also in the anthology are stories by Susan Joslyn, Charles Barouch, Mike Reeves-McMillan, Lore Hera, CM Stewart, Ezekiel David, Ian Harac, and John Frater. The new collection is available on Amazon and is soon to be released on Kobo and Nook platforms as well.

John G. Hartness, Winner of the Manly Wade Wellman Award

On July 16, 2016, the Manly Wade Wellman Award was given at Con-Gregate to John G. Hartness, an author from Charlotte, North Carolina (and member of Broad Universe). The award, now in its third year, is given by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation and seeks to "recognize outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors."withfinalists-noursula

The 2016 award was given for a work of speculative fiction published by a North Carolina writer in 2015. The primary eligibility list was announced in January 2016 at Illogicon and included more than 115 titles. This year there were six finalists, since three titles were by the same author (Gail Z. Martin, also of Broad Universe):

Raising Hell by John G. Hartness (Falstaff Books)
The Mussorgsky Riddle by Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
Iron and Blood by Gail Z. Martin and Larry N. Martin (Solaris Books)
Vendetta by Gail Z. Martin (Solaris Books)
War of Shadows by Gail Z. Martin (Orbit Books)
Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon (Dial Books)

Hartness's winning title, Raising Hell, features his newest creation, Quincy Harker, the immortal magic-wielding child of Mina Murray and Jonathan Harker from Dracula. You can find more about John and his works on his amazon page: or his website:

Southern Voices Book Launch Party



At Con-Gregate in High Point, NC on Friday, July 15th, three members of Broad Universe, along with other southern writers, joined together for a Book Launch Party.

Samantha Bryant, Gail Z Martin, and John G Hartness launched Change of Life, The Shadowed Path, and Quincy Harker, Year One, respectively. It was a gala event with raffle prizes and an opportunity to buy books and get them signed for fans.

Con-Gregate is a small, family-oriented convention, beloved by many in the community. This year's special guests included Steven Barnes, Lindsey Look, AJ Hartley and Valentine Wolfe.