Upcoming Projects from H. L. Burke 

Reformed: Supervillain Rehabilitation Project

May 01, 2020

Coming May 1st, 2020
Once a villain, always a villain?

Convicted of an unforgivable crime, Fade received a choice: surrender to trial and possible execution or endure a memory erasure so he could start fresh. Now with no recollection of his time before incarceration, Fade doubts he has the ability to be anything but the super villain the public believe him to be.

Optimistic and idealistic superhero Prism is determined to redeem her father’s legacy by rebooting his super villain rehabilitation program. To do so, she sets her sights on Fade, her father's former star pupil and the reason the original program failed in the first place. However, when she petitions for him to be released into her custody, she finds out things might not be as simple as she thought.

A series of attacks by a mysterious power-swapping villain points back to Fade’s past and the crime that cost him his freedom and memory. With her father's legacy and her own reputation on the line, even Prism has to wonder: can a villain truly be reformed?
 

Untitled Puss in Boots Retelling

Young huntsman Spencer is a faithful servant of his king and constant guardian of the blind but adventurous Princess Everly. When the princess travels to a neighboring kingdom to marry their charming prince, the king entrusts Spencer with ensuring his daughter's safe journey. Unfortunately, the true danger to Everly waits for her in the form of her intended groom.

In the safety of his own kingdom, Prince Mykel reveals himself for the bully he is, and terrified Everly seeks help from the only one she truly trusts. Thankfully Spencer is clever enough to help her escape back to her homeland ... unfortunately, he isn't clever enough to escape himself.

Caught by a vengeful sorcerer king, Spencer finds himself cursed to four paws, a tail ... the whole feline package. If he wants to shed his furry form, all he has to do is ensure that Princess Everly marries the king's son. 
The good news, there's a loophole: the king didn't specify which son, so when Spencer discovers Prince Mykel's illegitimate half-brother hiding at the local mill, he thinks he's found his ticket back to humanity without sacrificing Everly's well-being. All Spencer has to do is ensure a hapless miller marries the beautiful princess. Easy when one is a clever cat with an innate sense of style ... 

What might not be so easy is putting aside his own feelings for the gentle princess ... or accepting her marrying a man too feckless to keep track of his own pants.  

Ashen

Coming August of 2020 from Uncommon Universes Press

Stealer of warmth, bringer of death.

Foundling Lizbete has lived her life enduring the suspicions of her small town home ... suspicions that might prove to be well-deserved. Unable to produce her own bodyheat, to survive she has to draw warmth from other sources--the sun, fires, or other living beings. In a village where everyone talks, keeping her secret is hard enough, but when her needs start to harm those around her, Lizbete wonders if she even belongs with other humans.

Adding to the chaos, strange figures stalk the shadows of her isolated home. Livestock goes missing. Children are stalked, and the villagers start to notice these nefarious happenings often occur in Lizbete's orbit. The answer to it all might lie in the steam vents, mysterious caverns honeycombing the landscape around the village. Lizbete's need for answers--as well as warmth--lure her to these mysterious wells of geothermal energy. However, more than truth might lurk within the eerie glow of the volcanic passages.

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