Sometimes life throws you for a loop. After 2020, we all seem to be experts in that.

A pandemic. An accident. The death of an elderly pet. All are hard. We navigate them the best we can.

But sometimes life doesn’t throw you for a loop, it pitches you a curveball. And in those cases, it has help.

Superhero Marble Grant knows all about that. And you can read her story in the latest novel by Dean Wesley Smith: The First Year.

Here’s the synopsis:

Superhero Marble Grant dies suddenly on a blind date, a bullet between her eyes. Maybe the worst ending of a blind date in recorded history.

But instead of taking the white light to the next world, she finds herself still here. Her first year as a ghost agent begins with her sitting on a dumpster in a dirty alley watching the man who killed her and her date.

The entire first year got stranger from there. And over that year Marble Grant and her lover, Sims, saved a lot of lives.

So, if you’re dealing with your own loops or curveballs, take a break from reality and see how Marble Grant makes the most of a really crappy life roll.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.