INDIES IN THEIR UNDIES: Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

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JENA @ PURE TEXTUALITY [JENA]: Welcome to the 2014 edition of Indies In Their Undies, a month-long interview series with 31 indie authors! Today we are sitting down with Joseph Lallo.


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RELEASE DAY REVIEW by Beth: The Other Eight by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo , @bunnybeth​a)

Superpowers have turned out to be a disappointment. Heat vision? Super strength? Flight? They are nowhere to be found. Instead, powers like photosynthesis or the ability to spontaneously change hair color seem to be the best the world can offer. To make matters worse, the gifted individuals tend to suffer from psychological issues. Nonetheless, in hopes of finding enough functional meta-humans to form a squad, in 1965 the US military created The Guardian Project. The head of the Army’s current incarnation of the project hires Dr. Adam Aiken, a psychologist specializing in the meta-human condition, to filter out the most dangerously unbalanced of the prospective super-soldiers. The screening process is to be done with all possible secrecy. This proves to be more easily said than done. A misfiring superpower leaks news of the recruitment effort to the public, attracting a flood of misfit meta-humans from around the nation, each hungry for heroic validation. A sleazy PR officer knows publicity when he sees it and converts the secret program into a nationally broadcast competition with all of the dignity and grace of a reality show. The ultimate prize is a coveted spot on a government sanctioned super team.

The Other Eight follows the exploits of the applicants deemed sane enough for consideration. On one side are earnest but underpowered heroes like the twitch-inducing Nonsensica or the fluorescent tube-hurling Phosphor. On the other are the better equipped but less dedicated recruits like walking good luck charm Johnny on The Spot and seed-spitting loose cannon The Hocker. Who will win a place on the team, and what will be done about the jilted heroes who didn’t make the cut?

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NOW BOOKING: The Rise of the Red Shadow Virtual Book Tour – July 30 to August 5

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This tour runs from July 30th to August 5th

The Rise of the Red Shadow
The Book of Deacon Trilogy Prequel (#0.5)
By Joseph Lallo
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: July 30, 2013
482 Pages

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Before he was a legendary assassin and mythic hero, the creature known as Lain was just a simple malthrope, frightened and alone. The Rise of the Red Shadow tells the story of his tragic youth, beginning with his days on a plantation in Tressor and following him through the painful tragedies and thrilling trials that would one day lead him to greatness in the pages of The Book of Deacon.


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NEWS AND EBOOK DEALS: Check Out The Indie Writers Summer Solstice Sale!!! June 21st – June 23rd ONLY!!!

Well, now. Our own resident reviewer and indie author Matt Larkin has been a busy man as of late!!!

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He spent a good amount of time contacting and rounding up a bunch of FANTASTIC indie authors to all come together and have a massive $0.99 ebook sale!

Most of them are favorites here at Pure Textuality, including (but not limited to) Amber Lynn Natusch, Beth Dolgner, Jocelyn Stover, Shannon Morton, Jason Halstead, Joseph Lallo, Lola Rayne, Kendra L Saunders, Ginny Lurcock, and me (J.M. Gregoire). 

The sale starts TODAY and lasts through Sunday!!

So, go! Check it out! Shop! Snag some great books for $0.99 or FREE!!!


NEWS AND GUEST POST: The StoryBundle Experience by Joseph Lallo (@jrlallo)

On February 26th, my fantasy epic The Book of Deacon Trilogy was officially included in something called The Indie Fantasy Bundle. This is the latest offering from the good folks at, and it is the second time that I’ve worked with them (the first being the inclusion of my sci-fi books in their inaugural bundle, The Big Bang Bundle). When I contacted Jena about potentially writing a guest post to help publicize the bundle, she suggested it would be interesting to hear about StoryBundle from the point of view of a participant, so brace yourself as I share with you the ins and outs of the bundling lifestyle.

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