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A Smugglerific Cover: Superior by Jessica Lack

In which we reveal the cover for Superior by Jessica Lack!

Today we are thrilled to share with you the very penultimate cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s Superhero season of short stories.

Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover!


About the Story

A superhero’s intern falls in love with a supervillain’s apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers.

Here’s the thing about being a superhero intern: there’s a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue and the administrative headache of constantly monitoring the Heroic Help Hotline. The most action that Jamie sees happens when he is kidnapped by the supervillain of the week–and then waits for his boss, Captain Superior, to show up and rescue him. Again.

On his most recent nabbing, Jamie gets to meet Tad, Terrorantula’s new villainous apprentice. Even though they are supposed to be on opposite sides (or are they?), sparks fly almost immediately. So, when Tad offers to give Jamie much-needed self-defense classes, how could Jamie pass the opportunity to hang out with the coolest (and hottest) guy he knows?

But Tad has a secret–one that threatens the budding relationship between the two teenage sidekicks, and could destroy Captain Superior forever.


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

You know that thrill of first love? Or, at least, that first full-on, no-holds-barred crushdom? That feeling of throwing caution to the wind, to embracing the unknown whole-heartedly? THAT is what Superior reminded us of. We loved the heart-warming romance between two star-crossed lovers that this story embodies, just as we love the personal awakening to one’s purpose in life. Superior is sweet, heartfelt, and enchanting in its earnestness. We are so very excited to share the story with you, dear readers.


About the Author: Jessica Lack

Jessica Lack

Jessica is a proud superhero nerd from California, currently living across the pond in London. When she’s not telling stories about super-sidekicks, she’s busy writing about fairy tales and jabberwocks to earn her Master’s degree in Children’s Literature. Her award-winning short story “Twas Brillig” can be read in the anthology Purple Lights from Fincham Press.

About the Artist: Sparrows

Superior (no text)

Sparrows is an illustrator and is definitely not 30 small birds in a trenchcoat and large hat pretending to be human. Sparrows can be found online on tumblr,, and on twitter @madeofsparrows.


How to Get the Story

Superior will be published officially on August 16, 2016. You’ll be able to read the short story in full for free here on The Book Smugglers, but we’ll also have a DRM-free ebook (EPUB, MOBI) that contains the story as well as a Q&A, and an essay from the author available for purchase on all major ebook retail sites.

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Need a copy *right* now? Want to read it *today*? You can buy it directly from us!

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Add the book on Goodreads, and read Superior for free online on August 16, 2016.

1 Comment

  • Christopher
    August 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I love this cover so much. Definitely need to read this.

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