Super Starrella follows the adventures of seventeen-year-old Estelle Wright when she is transformed into a superhero in her freshman year at college. The story opens with a crime scene and a serial killer. Estelle must solve the mystery of the killer(s) and discover her fellow supers, while pursuing her biology major and a couple of romantic entanglements. There is a HFN. All my stories leave the main characters in a happy place, although possibly temporary.
Several lines of thought led to this story and its sequels (in progress). I have always had a sneaking fondness for comic book superhero/ine stories and one or two reviewers have accused me of a comic book style. People say you should write what you know. So the main characters are students at Goldman University in Atalanta, a sunnier southern Gotham City. Many of the scenes occur in or near Atlanta where I live. Most of my students are unaware of my fictional creations, although some of the professors have read a couple of my novels. Then, I had a vision of people flying through space on different animals. If you have read the intriguing book, Star Rider by Doris Piserchia, the influence of her animal steeds will be obvious. Hence, ordinary Estelle Wright transforms into Super Starrella and rides her snarky winged mare, Rockette.
The first books are set firmly in contemporary Earth with the authorities stymied by weird killers and hi-tech hackers. In future books, I hope to take the characters on a series of adventures, throwing different villains at Atalanta or other locations. It is not as simple as I had first imagined, however, since I have to describe aliens living among us, various superpowers and animal companions as well as researching police procedures for homicides.
I wanted a romance and created a wobbly triangle of Estelle and two attractive men with their own secret agendas. It’s not difficult to guess the one she prefers, but they have a tortuous road to their HFN. Imagine a hunky biker with the tattoo of a cat leaping up his biceps and several layers of secrets. At the start of the story, Estelle Wright is seventeen and expects to be a freshman in about a month. Originally, I had envisioned a young adult series, but Estelle has her eighteenth birthday on a climatic day of the story. The first book has a sweet romance. But, my brainy superheroes at college find their emotions difficult to control. In book 2, the romance takes a dive and then heats up (teaser or spoiler?). Of course, they will contend with elusive villains and mysterious aliens.
About Super Starrella
Teen superhero, Starrella, and her flying horse combat vicious killers in the skies of Atalanta.
The quiet summer before her freshman year turns frighteningly weird after Estelle Wright trespasses onto an Army base. Blown into the air and knocked unconscious, she wakes with a nascent superpower. Not to mention a winged horse with a snarky attitude and a mind of her own.
Back home in Atalanta, a serial killer is targeting the students at Goldman University. Before long she must juggle college classes with sneaking out of the house after dark to battle alien monsters. Estelle’s life is in danger, but who can she trust: handsome Captain Copper from military intelligence, or hunky Toby, the tough gangster with a motorbike? Both men have secret agendas, but falling in love is not in their plans.
Young adult superheroes, quirky animal sidekicks, and a dash of romance enliven this thrilling adventure. Book 1 of the Secret Supers.
Aurora Springer is a crazy scientist by day and invents adventures in weird worlds at night. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. Her fictional works are character-driven adventures and romances sprinkled with humor. Some of her published stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
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