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ENEMIES & ALLIES—Dust Jacket and Cover Copy

Published March 27, 2009 in Comics , Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve received the final—and gorgeous—cover for my Batman/Superman novel Enemies & Allies, which comes out in hardcover on May 5 from William Morrow.

The Fifties

A time of postwar conservatism and international tensions, of fear and hope, when Howdy Doody, UFOs, Elvis, and the Communist menace occupied America. A time when human beings had, for the first time in history, the power to destroy their world. A time when heroes were needed more than ever.

A time for the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel.

As America and the Soviet Union race to build their nuclear stockpiles, two extraordinary heroes must form an uneasy alliance. These studies in opposites—shadow and light—must overcome their distrust of each other to battle evil and injustice.

Sputnik silently circles in the skies above the fabled cities of the United States as danger lurks in the Earth’s darkest corners. In Gotham, the shadowy vigilante known as the Batman haunts Gotham’s streets . . . and the police are just as afraid of this Dark Knight as the city’s criminals are. In Metropolis, the notorious Lex Luthor is leveraging international tensions to build LuthorCorp into a military-industrial empire, competing against his business rival Wayne Industries, which is run by Gotham’s enigmatic millionaire, Bruce Wayne. Luthor’s activities have raised the interest of Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, who is beginning to realize that Luthor may stop at nothing to achieve success. At the same time, Clark Kent and Jimmy Olsen are investigating the rumored crash of a flying saucer. Clark is desperate to know if there may be other lost interplanetary visitors on Earth secretly living among them—visitors like himself. When Batman’s and Superman’s paths cross, their lives change, and history will never be the same.

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TheTrades.com also just ran a lengthy review of the novel, and soon they’ll be giving away a few signed copies. Check it out at TheTrades.com.

Batman/Superman cover

“Swept Away” — New Terra Incognita Music Track Up

Published March 27, 2009 in Music , Roswell Six , Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve posted a third sample track from the CD “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon,” tied to my novel The Edge of the World. The song, “Swept Away,” has vocals by Lana Lane and Michael Sadler (formerly of Saga), and a killer guitar riff by Chris Brown from Ghost Circus.

In the story, the two characters Adrea (Lane) and Criston (Sadler) have been torn apart by tragic circumstances and find themselves on opposite sides of the world, with little hope of ever seeing each other again. Give it a listen on my MySpace profile page — add it to your profile songs.

KJA

"Swept Away" — New Terra Incognita Music Track Up

Published March 27, 2009 in Music , Roswell Six , Writing - 0 Comments

We’ve posted a third sample track from the CD “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon,” tied to my novel The Edge of the World. The song, “Swept Away,” has vocals by Lana Lane and Michael Sadler (formerly of Saga), and a killer guitar riff by Chris Brown from Ghost Circus.

In the story, the two characters Adrea (Lane) and Criston (Sadler) have been torn apart by tragic circumstances and find themselves on opposite sides of the world, with little hope of ever seeing each other again. Give it a listen on my MySpace profile page — add it to your profile songs.

KJA

Roswell Six “Terra Incognita” CD off to Mastering

Published March 24, 2009 in Roswell Six , Terra Incognita - 0 Comments

Finished!  Nearly two years after Shawn Gordon and I began to talk about an innovative crossover rock CD and fantasy novel, “Terra Incognita: Beyond the Horizon” is now in its final stages.  Erik Norlander has finished mixing all 13 tracks, including the instrumental finale/epilogue, “The Edge of the World,” and has turned the entire album over to our crack mastering artist, Chris Brown, who also played acoustic and additional electric guitars on the tracks. 

Erik and Lana have headed off on a tour for Erik’s band Rocket Scientists, and they’ll have special appearances by John Payne (who also sings on the Terra Incognita CD).  Michael Sadler is on tour in Germany right now.  James LaBrie and Dream Theater are in the studio adding the finishing touches to a new CD.  It was quite a scheduling challenge just to get all these talented people together to contribute their parts for the tracks.

Meanwhile, I have completed the CD booklet, and our designer—T. Duren Jones—is prepping it for press.  The booklet contains original connecting text between the song lyrics, so the music is definitely a companion to the novel.  The fifteen booklet paintings were done by well-known SF artist Bob Eggleton (who just received his twentieth Hugo Award nomination). 

I’ve completed 111 (out of 124) chapters in the second “Terra Incognita” novel, which will be published in summer 2010; I should finish the first draft by the end of the week.  This has truly been an exciting and satisfying project for me; I hope you’ll check out both the music and the novel when they’re available.  (Remember, you can preorder signed copies of both at AnderZoneShop and ProgRock Records.)

—KJA

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