Velocity Blues’ Book Release, an Exclusive Interview by Paul Semel, and the Giveaway Continues

Vernacular Books is pleased to announce the official release of Velocity Blues by Clifford Royal Johns.

Set in a near future Chicago, a young man genetically engineered to be a genius finds himself unable to focus or sit still, the urge to flex his near superhuman speed rendering it impossible to complete any meaningful task or process complex thoughts or emotions.

Forced to work as a courier for a crime boss–because he can’t hold a normal job–he finds himself in trouble when the person he’s supposed to deliver a package to is murdered.

Velocity Blues has already garnered significant praise:

A gritty thriller that puts the downside of superpowers into bracingly relatable terms.

Kirkus Reviews

Johns has a keen eye for worldbuilding and captures Zip’s thought processes in frenetic, almost stream-of-conscious prose that perfectly mirrors his mental state. Readers are in for a ripping, deceptively philosophical ride.

Publisher’s Weekly

 When Zip gets caught up in a classic delivery gone wrong he’ll need to think as fast as he can run to stay alive. It’s an engaging romp full of parkour and predators in the seamy underbelly of the Windy City.

Amazing Stories

To celebrate, we’re giving away five (5) free SIGNED copies of Velocity Blues through Goodreads. Head on over to throw your hat in the ring, and then pick up your copy today!


Barnes and Noble


Paul Semel also just published his EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Johns, If you enjoy some behind-the-scenes shop talk.

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