There’s nothing I don’t like about this cover. The problem is finding my favorite part of it, which, after a long debate with myself, I’d say is the cow. Definitely the cow. And if the author’s fear was cracking the voice of the story, well, I’d say he has nothing to be worried about.
EDGER The Audiobook by David Beem narrated by Vikas Adams will releases soon in the Comedy, Action/Adventure genre.
I don’t have an actual Buy Link for now, but keep an eye on David’s Amazon Page.
Meet Edger (Ed-jer), a twenty-six-year-old gadget retail dork destined to become the world’s first superhero! His superpower: the ability to channel the Collective Unconscious, a psychic network connecting the living and the dead. In his arsenal are the skills of Bruce Lee, the strength of Samson, the wisdom of the ages…and the dancing chops of Michael Jackson—including that one twisty foot move, crotch grab, and fedora tilt. But there’s a catch… Like every psychic super power to get administered through a hypodermic needle, this one comes with a prick. Someone seems to have misplaced the booster necessary for stabilizing his superpower. Without it, Edger has three days before his brain turns to pudding. Join our Dork of Destiny as he overcomes the world’s greatest butt, two rival Cluck-n-Pray gangs, an evil cow, a Green Bay Defensive Tackle, rifle-toting assassins—and a pair of stoners who inadvertently create the world’s first supervillain after a wild night on Twitter!
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Water and glass shower the dance floor. Needle scratches vinyl. Hattori Hanzo seizes control of my body and I land with the grace of a ninja. Mary, who has no dead ninja in her head, thuds with the grace of a turkey carcass dropped from the Level Two parapet of Westfield Horton Plaza.
“Kill them!” someone yells.
“Don’t kill them!” I yell back, figuring that’s got to be worth a try.
Panic ensues. Screaming people run and duck for cover. Shots are fired. A bullet ricochets off a larger-than-life phosphorescent wallpaper image of Caleb’s crotch. I seize control of my body from Hanzo, grab Mary, and drag her behind a nearby couch.
I chance a peek. Real life Caleb Montana is near the front door, exchanging shots with two Nostradamus agents behind a life-sized statue of Caleb in his quarterback uniform, one arm cocked back preparing to pass the football, and the other stretched out in front, pointing.
I round on Mary, who flings her wet hair back like a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. Water sprays my visor.
“Cut me loose.”
“Right, right,” I say, feeling around on my utility belt. Jeez, I’ve never tried to locate anything without someone helping me from the Collective Unconscious. There are a lot of things here. I pull a tiny ball out—it grows into a switchblade-shaped object. Seems promising. I flick it on. Blue flame blows out from the end.
“Come on, quit fooling round.”
“Don’t rush me! Do you have any idea how stressful this is?”
“Come on,” she says, her voice husky.
“There’s like, fifty thousand things on this belt, and they all look the same.”
“Just calm down.”
“You never see Batman having this problem is all I’m saying.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
David Beem loves superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. To help actualize David’s inner confidence, visit his website and buy all the stuff: http://www.davidbeem.com
What was the hardest part of writing this story?
The hardest part of writing Edger was cracking the book’s voice. I knew I wanted to create a comedy fiction title in the mold of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but it needed to be translated into a contemporary American fiction narrative.
Edger is a superhero/spy comedy about a typical Dork—tech support at Über Dork, a subsidiary of InstaTron in San Diego—who has a chance to become the world’s first superhero. He receives an injection of nano-neuro medicine enabling him to access, via his own mind, the dreamlike Collective Unconscious (a psychic database of the lives of everyone who has ever lived). He gains allies from the realm of the dead to help him battle the baddies, including Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson, and Harry Houdini.
Edger follows a large ensemble cast through separate adventures until all narratives collide in the finale. My challenge was in figuring out how to navigate these various plots. In the end, I discovered the solution in the premise itself. It was hiding inside the hive mind subconscious connecting the living and the dead!
His name is Herodotus, and he’s the “Busted Greek Classic, Father of History.” (Think: George Carlin from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.) Once I had him installed as my book’s narrator, I knew I had my Hitchhiker’s Guide “vibe,” and could use Herodotus for meta commentary, point of view transitions, and some amusing “fake history” chapters. (Read: History of the Ninja: Han, Cookie Thief of Destiny!)
For all the chapters chronicling Edger’s narrative, (Edger, pronounced Ed-jer, is the name of my protagonist) I selected a first-person point-of-view to provide the contemporary American fiction component needed to update my narrative model, which was largely predicated on the “language” of TV action comedy. The result is a unique series with laughs and heart, and I hope readers of this blog will give it a shot!
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/David-Beem/e/B005M4NEYI/
This post is part of a Tour. The tour dates can be found here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2020/03/nbtm-edger-audio-book-by-david-beem.html
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