What is “Warm Up”?

I recently got to share the artwork (by Victo Ngai, *swoon*) for my upcoming short story, “Warm Up.”




I couldn’t say much about it at the time, aside from the fact that it would go up on Tor.com BEFORE Vicious hits shelves, but now that it’s up for pre-order on Amazon, I can finally share what it’s about!

We wanted to give readers a taste of the world without spoiling ANYTHING in Vicious, so “Warm Up” is set during a decade-long period when Victor is in prison, and Eli is out executing ExtraOrdinary people (read: superpowered). It follows an ExtraOrdinary man named David Lane.


Here’s the pitch:

It’s been 297 days since David died–and came back.

He may have survived the avalanche, but the aftermath has been far worse. His wife moved out, taking his son with her, and a devastated David hasn’t left his house since, terrified of the mysterious new power that followed him home from the ill-fated expedition.

After months in seclusion, David’s ready for a fresh start, and ventures out, determined to keep his power in check. But David’s power isn’t the one he needs to worry about.


“Warm Up” will go up on Tor.com on AUGUST 20TH!!

You can also pre-order it on Amazon for only $0.99 and it will just *poof* arrive on your kindle that day.


13 thoughts on “What is “Warm Up”?

  1. bhwrn1 says:

    I AM SO EXCITED! I got to read the preview of Vicious and I’m wanting the rest (100 pages was not enough!). I can’t wait to read this and see what the story shows me!

  2. So incredibly excited to read Vicious 🙂 I’m also in love with this illustrator. I saw his work on Tumblr a couple days ago, and the first thing I thought was, “That’s the cover of Vicious! So cool!”

  3. I really like the cover art on this! It’s very intriguing, and just as wonderful as the cover for Vicious. I’m curious about the book, so I’ll definitely have to check this out.

  4. It’s already the 20th in Australia and the waiting is driving me crazy 😀

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