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Secret Identities & Romance | Brenda Drake

Stevie Moon is famous…at least to the subscribers on her comic review vlog. At school, she’s as plain as the gray painted walls in the cafeteria. So when Blake, the hot new guy at school, shows an interest in her, she knows trouble when she sees it. Been there. And never doing it again.

As the son of the god Thor, Blake Foster’s been given an important mission—to recover the Norse god Heimdall’s sacred and powerful horn before someone uses it to herald in the destruction of the entire universe. But while Blake is great in a fight, the battlefield that is a high school’s social scene is another matter.

Blake knows his only choice is to team up with the adorable Stevie, but she’s not willing to give him even the time of day. He’ll need to woo the girl and find the horn if he hopes to win this war. Who better to tackle Stevie’s defenses than the demi-god of thunder?


How some of my favorite superheroes hide their secret identities fascinates me. Some merely have to don professional clothes and slip on a pair of eyeglasses to hide him or her selves. Case in point, Superman and Wonder Woman. Which makes no sense because we can totally tell who they are. Then there’s the ones who wear masks. Some masks conceal the superhero’s entire face like Batman. Others don’t do as good of a job at hiding identities as with the Green Lantern. How does this even work? It’s because the creator of the superhero relies on the reader’s suspension of disbelief—that his or her readers will believe the superhero is unrecognizable in disguise.

EA-Drake-secret-identity-supermanI have to stop here and tell a silly story. At the Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando in July, I had a superhero moment. While walking to an event and not feeling like I looked good after sweating all day, I said to one of my roomies, “I should put on my glasses so no one will recognize me.” My roomie cracked up and said. “Who do you think you are? Superman?” We laughed all the way down the elevator.

In THUNDERSTRUCK, Stevie conceals her identity while filming her famous comic vlog wearing superhero costumes and masks. What’s your secret identity?

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Guest Post: “Five Romantic Dates to Go On in The Mystik World” by Brenda Drake

Going on dates is the fun part of a budding relationship. But going on dates in the Library Jumpers’ Mystik world holds so much wonder and beauty, I thought it would be fun to give Arik some ideas on where to take Gia on their first date.

The Spanish haven of Santara with its lush, green grounds and beautiful flowers and sweet fruits is my first pick for Arik and Gia’s date. The castle was built into the side of a mountain. Arik and Gia could hike the long, winding trail that leads to the top of the mountain. At the crest, they could view all of Santara while enjoy a picnic of empanadas filled with meats and fruits. Afterward, they could fly down the mountain

Mantello Haven in Italy is where Gia’s great-grandfather is from. The castle is stately and the village is quaint with winding roads and many shops. There are festivals, wine making, and a unique bookstore. Arik and Gia could have fun eating bake goods while strolling through the many shops. They could sit at one of the outdoor cafes to eat and watch the many plays and puppet shows performed on the street.

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