I would like to thank GRL Author Katey Hawthorne for taking the time to talk to us about the music of Superpowered Love. Check out Teresa’s review of book 1 Equilibrium. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Superpowered Love Mixed Tapes
The saying is that ‘you don’t write in a vacuum’, and I think I took that to heart when I was about thirteen years old. Sitting in my room listening to music and scribbling until my bedspread had ink spots all over it. (My mother still won’t let me forget it—she loves it, really!) When I finished the first Superpowered Love book, Equilibrium, and sent it off to my editor Raven, I mentioned that I had a good playlist if she wanted it while she was working on the thing. She said, “Sweet, we should put that into the back of the book!”
And so the Superpowered Love Mixed Tapes were born. Some are integrated into the books themselves, some are sorta mood music, but they’re all important. Super serious important, even. Yes, that important. They’re all in the back of the books, but here’s a little sampling:
Superpowered Love #1, Equilibrium = “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon
Oh, I know, how innovative, a “Sex on Fire” for a story about a guy with fire-powers that are out of control. But hey. Sometimes the sex is literallyand figuratively on fire. Had to be on the list.
Superpowered Love #2, Riot Boy = “Orgasm Addict” by Buzzcocks
Okay so the books have a lot of sex in them, but I swear not all the songs will be about sex. Just, this one basically could’ve been written by bratty punk bass player Brady. Plus, Buzzcocks. What’s not to love?
Superpowered Love #3, Nobody’s Hero = “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” by the Pogues
So, this list is half dancey electro pop, half paddy rock. Pretty obvious which half this one is from, but music plays a huge part in Kellan’s life… and seeing as he’s all Irish-American punk-loving, gotta go with the godfathers.
Superpowered Love #4, Losing Better = “Dakota” by Stereophonics
Childhood memories of sweeter times… even if in Andrew and Gabriel’s case they were also really screwed up times. The boys might love Bowie and Suede (respectively), but this one kinda sums them up.
Superpowered Love #5, Re-Entry Burn = “Nobody Loved You” by Manic Street Preachers
Definitely Malory’s song. And I’ll tell you a secret: this one is my favorite SL soundtrack, because Mal’s taste is the most like mine. What that says about either of us, I don’t even wanna know.
Superpowered Love #6, In Distress = “Rescue Song (RAC Remix)” by Mr. Little Jeans
I’m gonna rescue you//so you can rescue me too//make it a rendezvous… That’s it. That’s the plot.
So, the whole series can be read in just about any order and has very little character crossover, but apart from the whole superpowered world, this is one of the biggest things they all have in common. Character specific mixed tapes. Priorities, amiright?
From the Publisher:
Econ student Hansen Marks has been hot for Sam MacLeod since they first bonded over their secret superpowers–literally hot, since Hansen can produce fire from thin air. But soccer star Sam was always covered in girls, so Hansen kept his attraction in the closet and convinced himself that “best friends” was better than nothing.
When Sam’s electrical powers freak out in public, Hansen has a sinking feeling they’re spotted by unfriendly eyes. While dealing with the fallout, Sam’s emotional dependency on Hansen forces their mutual attraction to the surface. Even after they give in, Hansen is afraid to admit he’s in love. Sam doesn’t really like guys, he’s just feeling vulnerable… right?
Just as their nights are heating up, it becomes clear Sam’s electrical explosion was seen, and now someone has it in for both of them. They’ll have to save each other, both from the haters and from their own fears, if they want to maintain equilibrium.
They don’t call it “game theory” for nothing. Who knew Econ could be so hot?
Etienne never thought getting his pocket picked could lead to a first date. He knows the second he catches punk boy Brady’s eye that the guy is pure trouble, but Et can’t resist his wicked sense of humor, pretty face, cold hands — and the piss off swagger when Brady’s on stage with his band doesn’t hurt, either.
From Rimbaud to Buzzcocks to Malbec to handcuffs, they introduce each other to their favorite pleasures, and the chemistry is unstoppable. But Brady disappears in the night, won’t give Etienne a phone number, doesn’t talk about his past; Etienne’s never known someone so hungry for affection, but with so many trust issues. Et would give all he has, but he has the feeling Brady needs saving from something before he can take it.
Then, the something shows up: Brady’s dangerous family, all of them more than human — including Brady, who has the ability to supercool matter with the slightest touch. Throw in the family talent for criminal activity, and it’s an explosion waiting to happen.
Et wants to help him escape his past, but if Brady keeps disappearing, he may not get the chance.
Jamie Monday lives in two different worlds. With his family, he’s the golden child of awakened superpowered society. He’s meant to do Great Things and pass on his powers — with the appropriate girl, hand-picked by his mother. He’s already failed at the former, so he can’t bring himself to tell her that the latter isn’t happening, either. With his friends, he’s the social director and life of the party. He’s also an out gay man with an appetite for the quick and easy lay. It’s tough to have a relationship when you’re hiding off-the-charts electrical powers, but Jamie doesn’t mind.
Not until the prickly, paddy rocking, geeky-hot new guy at work shows him what he’s been missing, anyhow. Kellan Shea’s singular combination of dirty mouth and pure soul makes Jamie spark right from the beginning. To break through Kelly’s defensive front and get to the gentle heart inside, Jamie will have to reconcile his split life: come to terms with his past, his family, his powers, even his nightmares.
Easier said than done, but if Jamie doesn’t step up and own the truth, he could lose his love before it gets off the ground.
Superpowered Special Agent Gabriel Genêt’s first solo mission: go to Hooperstown, North Carolina, find evidence that Andrew Wynne is operating as a vigilante, then bring him in. Ten years ago, Gabriel spent a summer alternately torturing and hooking up with Andrew as they tried to ignore their parents’ embarrassing affair. Of course Andrew, the big puppy dog, will be happy to see his old friend and never suspect a thing. Career-driven, cocky young Agent Genêt can hardly believe his luck.
A covert game of betrayals ensues. Things start out complicated, with Gabriel using Andrew’s open arms and attraction to him for all it’s worth. Gabriel tells himself he doesn’t reciprocate, and then that he can control it, but it’s too violent for either of them to deny. As he gets closer to the evidence he needs, a heady combination of nostalgia, genuine affection, and even understanding brings Andrew closer to him. Dangerously close, in every sense.
The stakes are much higher than just their livelihoods. Gabriel begins to fear it’ll come down to a choice between everything he’s ever believed in, wanted, and stood for–and the only love he’s ever known.
Malory Claremont was born and raised to be the villain in someone else’s story, complete with fire-based superpowers. But then his cousin and former partner-in-crime, Brady, led him into a trap, and he’s been in superpowered lockdown ever since.
When he gets out on parole, he meets Theo McCracken, a cold-superpowered ex-offender. Theo has a modern Hamlet-style past, dangerously pretty eyes, and a hunger for affection that even Mal’s best defensive efforts can’t deny for long.
They’ve paid their debts to society, but society doesn’t care–from blackmailing coworkers to suspicion from the neighbors, it’s hard to catch a fair chance. Pile that on top of their dark family pasts haunting their every step, plus all the leftover abandonment issues and paranoia, and it feels like just a matter of time before they’ll be shoved right back into prison.
After all the people he’s hurt, Mal isn’t sure he deserves a chance to live his own life, to choose his own labels, to be his own man. But maybe having someone like Theo, someone who can love him and be loved, scars and all, could make the whole endless struggle worthwhile.
Hopeless romantic Eddie Kim acts out his favorite ‘rescued by the white knight’ fantasies through weekly D&D campaigns, but had almost given up hope of ever getting a real one. Then Callum, a mysterious red-head with freezing superpowers and a memorable kiss, saves him from a house but disappears without a trace. Taking pity on him, Eddie’s friends look to craiglist to relocate his hero.
Unfortunately, the publicity brings down the kind of attention Callum Race been trying to avoid; he’s in town to try and clear his family name, and now the dangerous superpowered organization he needs to thwart know he’s come home again. Still, he can’t help following up with Eddie.
The heat between Callum and Eddie flares instantly, and Eddie insists on helping to undo the damage his romantic notions have done. The problem: that will mean becoming embroiled in a nefarious plot, not to mention a superpowered world Eddie didn’t even know existed a week ago. The ‘bad guys’ will try to trick and use him, and in the meantime he has to convince Cal to trust him enough to be the white knight for once–and for real–instead of the perpetual damsel in distress.
About the Author
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of dark fiction and superpowered romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in the D.C. Metro Area. In her spare time she enjoys comic books, B-movies, loud music, Epiphones, and Bushmills.
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