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Italian Edition of Don’t Be a Hero

Update time!

It’s all hands on deck here. I’m busy beavering away on various projects, both writing and real-life nonsense. Currently, I’m deep in the first draft of the third Miles Franco urban fantasy novel. Predictably, things aren’t going too well for Miles. But he’s not the only one having a hard time. And that’s all I’m saying on that for now.

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for the cover reveal of my upcoming giant monster/hardboiled detective mashup novel, MAYDAY. And maybe I’ll see about posting a sneak peak of the first chapter or two as well. I’m really excited about this book. I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written. I hope you guys think so too.

Don't Be a Hero: A Superhero NovelBut in the meantime, I’ve got some exciting news to share. I’m very pleased to announce that Italian publishing house La Ponga Edizioni will be publishing the Italian edition of my superhero novel Don’t Be a Hero!

That’s right, folks. Soon you’ll be able to read my scribblings not only in English, but also in one of the languages of love.

Even if you don’t understand Italian, there’s plenty of reasons to pick up a copy when it’s released.  For example: Tell your significant other that it’s a book of Italian love poems and read it aloud to them. They’ll think you’re the most sophisticated son of a gun on the planet.

If it gets you laid, I’m taking the credit.

I’ll be sure to post more information as it comes along.

Until next time, keep being awesome.

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A quick update and a question for you all

Another semester of challenging postgraduate work has begun, so naturally I’m procrastinating. Here in the Strange office (that’s the tiny nook in my apartment containing my computer, a few dozen posters of vintage sci-fi movies, and of course, my Gamera figure to keep me company) I’m gearing up for a new release that should be hitting virtual shelves within the next couple of months. There will be more about that in my next post, but until then I should get you fine folks up to speed on recent happenings.

You may recall that my superhero novel Don’t Be a Hero was nominated in the Best Novel category of this year’s Sir Julius Vogel awards. Sadly, I didn’t take home the award, but I want thank everyone who nominated or voted for the book. You guys are awesome. And I want to extend a huge (belated) congratulations to all the other finalists and award-winners. It was a pleasure and and an honor to be in such great company.

Writing continues on as always. I’m in the middle of drafts for two different novels at the moment. One work in progress is another superhero novel, while the other is something a bit special I’m keeping under my hat for the moment. I’m plugging away, although never as fast as I’d like. I’ll have more information on those books in a few months when they’re closer to completion. In addition, I’ll hopefully have a superhero short story set in the same universe as Don’t Be a Hero out before too long. The story itself has been done for a little while, so now we’re getting the cover and formatting worked out. It’s a fun little story that I hope will keep you guys sated while you wait for me to hurry up and finish more novels.

Before I sign off for today, I want to ask you guys a question. For the most part, this blog has been a way for me to keep you updated about what books of mine are out and other bits and pieces of news. It’s intended for those of you who have read something of mine or are interested in doing so. I don’t really write posts hoping to get huge page views or draw in random people from the Internet. (Although, if you have stumbled in here from the ether, welcome! Grab a seat by the fire, watch out for the spiderdogs, and don’t drink anything anyone offers you.) But since I’m soon going to be sharing this space with another pen name of mine (more on that in the next post), I thought this would be a good time to ask you all what you want out of this blog.

Are you happy with it as it is, with me posting occasionally when books are coming out or when something related to my writing has happened? Would you like me to discuss a greater range of topics, such as my writing process or movies/books/games I’m currently enjoying? Would you like to see me doing vlogs (video logs)? Should I post the bad poetry I wrote years ago? (You don’t want this one. Trust me.) Should I get personal and give you insights into my real life, warts and all? Are you guys interested in peeking behind the curtain?

Let me know. This blog is partly for me but it’s also for you. I love you guys. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below, Facebook me, or email me at

All right, that’s enough for today. Stay awesome, folks.


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Shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Award 2013

Don't Be a Hero: A Superhero NovelI have great news! Don’t Be a Hero, my superhero novel, has been shortlisted in the Best Novel category of the 2013 Sir Julius Vogel Awards. Thank you very much to all of you who were kind enough to nominate me.

The next stage is voting by members of SFFANZ and Au Contraire. If you are member of one of these groups and would like a free digital copy of Don’t Be a Hero to read before casting your vote, please email me at with your name and format preference (Kindle, EPUB, PDF).

Thanks again, everyone. You guys are the best.



My Books on Sale for Read an Ebook Week 2013

It’s Read an E-Book Week this week, and to celebrate, my novels Don’t Be a Hero and The Man Who Crossed Worlds are both 50% off at Smashwords!

Smashwords is an ebook retailer that offers ebooks in a variety of formats, including EPUB (for Kobo, Nook, and iBooks) and MOBI (for Kindle). To get 50% off either of my novels, just go to the store page for Don’t Be a Hero or The Man Who Crossed Worlds and use the coupon code REW50 at the checkout.

Get in fast, because the deal ends at midnight Pacific time on March 9. And be sure to check out all the other awesome books on sale for Read an E-Book Week!

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Nominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards Are Open!

Don't Be a Hero: A Superhero NovelNominations for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards, New Zealand’s premier science fiction and fantasy awards, are now open! Since my superhero novel Don’t Be a Hero was released in 2012, it is eligible for the Best Professional Novel category. But to stand a chance of getting this award I need your help!

If you read and enjoyed Don’t Be a Hero, I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to send in an email nomination. The author must be a New Zealander (like me) or a New Zealand resident, but you don’t have to be — the SFFANZ accepts nominations from any living person on Earth. Every nomination helps!

All you have to do is cut and paste the information below, add in your name and email, and forward it to:

For further information, or to see other authors you can vote for, go to:

Here are the details you need to nominate Don’t Be a Hero for Best Professional Novel:

Book Title: Don’t Be a Hero

Author: Chris Strange

Type of work: Novel

Year of release: 2012

Publisher: Cheeky Minion

Author Contact:

Category: Professional – Best Novel

Genre: Science Fiction

Your name: [Insert your own name here]

Your Contact: [Insert your email address]

Send email nominations to

Thanks so much for your help everyone. You guys rock!


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