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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Have you ever wanted to fly like a bird? - King of the Mutants by Samantha Verant

Happy Release Day!


Can one boy stop a nefarious plot to turn kids into super-mutants?

Maverick Mercury enjoys his life as the sideshow attraction known as “Gator Boy” at Grumbling’s Traveling Circus and Sideshow.

His freakish mutations are the result of some billionaire geneticist’s experiments gone awry. But life as a mutant is about to get worse, as Maverick uncovers a plot to kidnap kids, turns them into super-mutants, and sells their powers to the highest bidder.

Now, Maverick is on a mission to find the mad scientist who may have created him and destroy his sinister plans!

The Best Super-Mutant mutations

Have you ever wanted to fly like a bird? Or an actual fly? Want super strength? Like a gorilla? The grace of a gazelle? The stealth of a tiger? Well, thanks to Doctor Greizenheime you can have all these traits and more. But it will cost you. A lot. Power comes with a price. Ever wonder why the rich get richer and the poor end up with flippers and tails? 

Maverick was one of Doctor Greizenheimer’s experiments gone awry. Now, he’s determined to stop this madman from kidnapping other kids and turning them into super-mutants.

Excerpt (spoiler):
One floor below us, a woman that appeared to be fifteen hundred pounds of lard was shaking and vibrating on a large metal table, her flab undulating like waves. The back of her head was bulbous and she was nearly bald—just a few long pieces of blondish hair growing out on the top. It looked like somebody had taken a black Sharpie marker and drew a circle on her face because there was a huge black mole on it, the size of a silver dollar. Out of the mole, long black hairs waved in a breeze.

Now it wasn’t her size or appearance that freaked me out. What had me mortified were the octopus-like tentacles growing out of her stomach. Attached to the tentacles were giant ostrich-sized, egg-shaped pods. And in these pods? There were mutated children, at least twenty of them.

From my vantage point, only a few of the kids could be seen. And they were far more advanced in their freakiness than me. One was submerged in a water-filled pod and had giant flippers instead of arms. Another squat, hair-covered one was shaking his or her pod like a gorilla. I couldn’t tell if the kid was a boy or a girl. An annoying, loud buzz resonated the room, and suddenly, this bug-eyed fly boy zipped by the window, and flew back into his pod. On the floor, a kangaroo girl hopped around, punching pods. In her pouch, two little human hands waved frantically.

About the author:
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, French chef. Over the years, she’s visited many different countries, lived in many places, and worked many jobs— always on the search for the one thing that truly excited her. Then, one day, she found everything she’s been looking for: a passion for the written word and true love. Writing not only enabled her to open her heart, it led her to southwestern France, where she’s now married to a sexy French rocket scientist she met over twenty years ago, a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to one ridiculously expensive Bengal cat. When she’s not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées, tasting wine in American-sized glasses, or embracing her inner Julia Child while deliberating what constitutes the perfect boeuf bourguignon, Samantha is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.

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